Book of Abraham Manuscript, circa July–circa November 1835–A [Abraham 1:4–2:6]

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H The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham; and the daughter of Zep-tah. which in the Chaldea signifies Egypt, which sign[i]fies that which is forbidden. Whin this woman discovered the land it was under water, who after settled her sons in it: And thus from Ham sprang the that race which preserved the curse in the land.
H Now the <first> government of Egypt, was established by Pharaoh the eldest sun son of Egyptes the daughter of Ham; and it was after the manner of the government of Ham, which was Patriarchal. Pharaoh being a righteous man established his kingdom, and Judged his people wisely and Justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generation in the days of the first Patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam. And also Noah his father. For in his days who blessed him with the blessing<s> of the earth, and of with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood.
H Now Pharaoh being of that leniage by which he could not have the right of priesthood; notwithstanding the Pharaohs would fain claim it from Noah through Ham: Therefore, my father was led away by their—idolitry; but I shall indeaver hereafter to dilliniate the chronology run<n>ing back from myself to the begining of <the> creation, for the reccords, have came come into my hands whi<c>h I hold unto this present time
H Now after the priest of Elkkeenah was smitten that he died, there came a fulfilment of those thing<s> which were spoken unto me concerning the land of Chaldea, that there should be a fam[i]ne in the land; and accordingly a famine prevailed throughout all the land of Chaldea: And my father was sorely tormented because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me, to take away my life: But the reccords of the fathers even the patriarchs concerning the right of priesthood, the lord my God preserved in mine own hand<s:>
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H The land of Egypt being first discovered by a woman, who was the daughter of Ham; and the daughter of Zep-tah. which in the Chaldea signifies Egypt, which signifies that which is forbidden. Whin this woman discovered the land it was under water, who after settled her sons in it: And thus from Ham sprang that race which preserved the curse in the land.
H Now the first government of Egypt, was established by Pharaoh the eldest son of Egyptes the daughter of Ham; and it was after the manner of the government of Ham, which was Patriarchal. Pharaoh being a righteous man established his kingdom, and Judged his people wisely and Justly all his days, seeking earnestly to imitate that order established by the fathers in the first generation in the days of the first Patriarchal reign, even in the reign of Adam. And also Noah his father. who blessed him with the blessings of the earth, and with the blessings of wisdom, but cursed him as pertaining to the priesthood.
H Now Pharaoh being of that leniage by which he could not have the right of priesthood; notwithstanding the Pharaohs would fain claim it from Noah through Ham: Therefore, my father was led away by their—idolitry; but I shall indeaver hereafter to dilliniate the chronology running back from myself to the begining of the creation, for the reccords, have come into my hands which I hold unto this present time
H Now after the priest of Elkkeenah was smitten that he died, there came a fulfilment of those things which were spoken unto me concerning the land of Chaldea, that there should be a famine in the land; and accordingly a famine prevailed throughout all the land of Chaldea: And my father was sorely tormented because of the famine, and he repented of the evil which he had determined against me, to take away my life: But the reccords of the fathers even the patriarchs concerning the right of priesthood, the lord my God preserved in mine own hands:
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