Book of Mormon, 1830

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people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought pow er, to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie,  and to commit all manner of wickedness and whordoms.—  And it was the daughter of Jared which put it into his heart  to search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the  heart of Akish; wherefore Akish administered it unto his kin dreds and friends, leading them away by fair promises to do  whatsoever thing he desired. And it came to pass that they  formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which com bination is a most abominable and wicked above all, in the  sight of God: for the Lord worketh not in secret combina tions, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in  all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man. And  now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and  combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they  are had among all people, and they are had among the Laman ites, and they have caused the destruction of this people of  which I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the peo ple of Nephi; and whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret  combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread  over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed, for the Lord  will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed  by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for ven geance upon them, and yet he avengeth them not; wherefore,  O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should  be shewn unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins,  and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get  above you, which are built up to get power and gain, and the  work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you; yea,  even the sword of the justice of the eternal God, shall fall up on you, to your overthrow and destruction, if ye shall suffer  these things to be; wherefore the Lord commandeth you,  when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall  awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this se cret combination which shall be among you, or wo be unto it,  because of the blood of them which have been slain: for they  cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those  who build it up. For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it  up, seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and  countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all peo ple: for it is built up by the devil, which is the father of all  lies; even that same liar which beguiled our first parents; yea,  even that same liar which hath caused man to commit murder [p. 554]
people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power, to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whordoms.— And it was the daughter of Jared which put it into his heart to search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the heart of Akish; wherefore Akish administered it unto his kindreds and friends, leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired. And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which combination is a most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God: for the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man. And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites, and they have caused the destruction of this people of which I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi; and whatsoever nation shall uphold such secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed, for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of his saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them, and yet he avengeth them not; wherefore, O ye Gentiles, it is wisdom in God that these things should be shewn unto you, that thereby ye may repent of your sins, and suffer not that these murderous combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get power and gain, and the work, yea, even the work of destruction come upon you; yea, even the sword of the justice of the eternal God, shall fall upon you, to your overthrow and destruction, if ye shall suffer these things to be; wherefore the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you, that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you, or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them which have been slain: for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who build it up. For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up, seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people: for it is built up by the devil, which is the father of all lies; even that same liar which beguiled our first parents; yea, even that same liar which hath caused man to commit murder [p. 554]
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