Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon, circa August 1829–circa January 1830

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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it be sacred & now if I do err even did they err of Old not that I would excuse myself because of other men but because of the weakness which is in me according to the flesh I would excuse myself for the things which some men esteem to be of great worth both to the body & soul others set at nought & trample under their feet yea even the verry God of Israel do men trample under their feet I saay <​say​> trample under their feet be but I would speak in other words they do set him at nought & hearken not to the voice of his Councils & behold he cometh according to the words of the Angel in Six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem & the world because of their iniquity shall Judge him to be a thing of nought wherefore they scourge him & he suffereth it & they smite him & he suffereth it yea they spit upon him & he suffereth it because of his loveing kindness & his long suffering towards the children of men & the God of our fathers which were lead out of Egypt out of bondage & also were preserved in the wilderness by him yea the God of Abraham & of Isaac & the God of Jacob yieldeth himself according to the words of the Angel as a man into the hands of wicked men to be bifted <​lifted​> up according to the words of Zenock & to be crucified according to the words of Neum & to be buried in a Sepulchar & according to the words of Zenos which he spake concerning the three days of darkness which should be a sign given of his death unto them who should inhabit the Isles of the Sea more especially given unto them which are of the house of Israel for thus spake the Prophet the Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel it at that day some with his voice because of <​their​> righteousness unto their great joy & Salvation & others with the thunderings & the lightnings of his power by tempest by fire & by smoke & vapour of darkness & by the opening of the earth & by mountains which shall be carried up & all these things must surely come saith the Prophet Zenos & the Rocks of the earth must rend & because of the groanings of the earth many of the Kings of the Isles of the Sea shall be wrought upon by the spirit of God to exclaim the God of Nature suffers & as for they which are at Jerusalem saith the Prophet shall be scourged by all People saith the Prophet because they Crucify the God of Israel & turned their hearts aside rejecting signs & wonders & power & glory of the God of Israel & because they turned their hearts aside saith the Prophet & have dispised the Holy one of Israel they shall wander in the flesh & perish & become a hiss & a by word & be hated among [p. 39]
it be sacred & now if I do err even did they err of Old not that I would excuse myself because of other men but because of the weakness which is in me according to the flesh I would excuse myself for the things which some men esteem to be of great worth both to the body & soul others set at nought & trample under their feet yea even the verry God of Israel do men trample under their feet I say trample under their feet but I would speak in other words they do set him at nought & hearken not to the voice of his Councils & behold he cometh according to the words of the Angel in Six hundred years from the time my father left Jerusalem & the world because of their iniquity shall Judge him to be a thing of nought wherefore they scourge him & he suffereth it & they smite him & he suffereth it yea they spit upon him & he suffereth it because of his loveing kindness & his long suffering towards the children of men & the God of our fathers which were lead out of Egypt out of bondage & also were preserved in the wilderness by him yea the God of Abraham & of Isaac & the God of Jacob yieldeth himself according to the words of the Angel as a man into the hands of wicked men to be lifted up according to the words of Zenock & to be crucified according to the words of Neum & to be buried in a Sepulchar & according to the words of Zenos which he spake concerning the three days of darkness which should be a sign given of his death unto them who should inhabit the Isles of the Sea more especially given unto them which are of the house of Israel for thus spake the Prophet the Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day some with his voice because of their righteousness unto their great joy & Salvation & others with the thunderings & the lightnings of his power by tempest by fire & by smoke & vapour of darkness & by the opening of the earth & by mountains which shall be carried up & all these things must surely come saith the Prophet Zenos & the Rocks of the earth must rend & because of the groanings of the earth many of the Kings of the Isles of the Sea shall be wrought upon by the spirit of God to exclaim the God of Nature suffers & as for they which are at Jerusalem saith the Prophet shall be scourged by all People saith the Prophet because they Crucify the God of Israel & turned their hearts aside rejecting signs & wonders & power & glory of the God of Israel & because they turned their hearts aside saith the Prophet & have dispised the Holy one of Israel they shall wander in the flesh & perish & become a hiss & a by word & be hated among [p. 39]
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