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

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his goodness & long suffering towards you unworthy cretures & humble yourselves even in the debths of humititly <​humility​> calling on the name of the Lord daily & standing stedfastly in the faith of that which is to come which was spoken by the mouth of the Angel & behold I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice & be filled with the love of God & always retain a remission of your sins & ye shall grow in the knowledge <​of the glory​> of him who created you or in the knowledge of that which is Just & true & ye will not have a mind to injure one another but to live peacibly & to render to every man according to that which is his due & ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry or naked neither will yo suffer that they transgress the laws of God & fight & querrel one with another & save the Devil which is the master of sin or which is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers he being an enemy to all righteousness but ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth & soberness ye will teach them to love one another & to serve one another & also ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need & ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain & turn him out to perish perhaps thou shalt say the man hath brought upon himself his miseary therefore I will stay my hand & will not give unto him of my food nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer for his punishments are just but I say unto you O man whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent & except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever & hath no interest in the kingdom of God for behold are we not all beggars do we not all depend upon the same being even God for all the substance which we have for both food & rament & for gold & for silver & for all the riches which we have of every kind & behold even at this time ye have been calling on his name & beging for a remission of your sins & hath he suffered that ye have beged in vain nay he hath poured out his spirit upon you & <​hath​> caused that your hearts should be filled with joy & hath caused that your mouths should be stoped that ye could not find utterance so exceding great was your joy & now if God who hath created you on whom you are dependant for your lives & for all that ye have & are doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right in faith believeing that ye shall receive O then how had ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another & if ye Judge the man who puteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not & condemn him how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance which doth not belong to you but to God to whom also your life belongeth & yet ye put up no petition or repenteth not of the thing which thou hast done I say unto you wo be unto that man for his substance shall perish with him & now I say these things unto those which are rich as pertaining to the things of this world & again I say unto the poor ye that have <​have​> not & yet hath sufficient that ye remain from day to day I mean all you that deny the beggar because ye have [p. 125]
his goodness & long suffering towards you unworthy cretures & humble yourselves even in the debths of humility calling on the name of the Lord daily & standing stedfastly in the faith of that which is to come which was spoken by the mouth of the Angel & behold I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice & be filled with the love of God & always retain a remission of your sins & ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him who created you or in the knowledge of that which is Just & true & ye will not have a mind to injure one another but to live peacibly & to render to every man according to that which is his due & ye will not suffer your children that they go hungry or naked neither will yo suffer that they transgress the laws of God & fight & querrel one with another & save the Devil which is the master of sin or which is the evil spirit which hath been spoken of by our fathers he being an enemy to all righteousness but ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth & soberness ye will teach them to love one another & to serve one another & also ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need & ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain & turn him out to perish perhaps thou shalt say the man hath brought upon himself his miseary therefore I will stay my hand & will not give unto him of my food nor impart unto him of my substance that he may not suffer for his punishments are just but I say unto you O man whosoever doeth this the same hath great cause to repent & except he repenteth of that which he hath done he perisheth forever & hath no interest in the kingdom of God for behold are we not all beggars do we not all depend upon the same being even God for all the substance which we have for both food & rament & for gold & for silver & for all the riches which we have of every kind & behold even at this time ye have been calling on his name & beging for a remission of your sins & hath he suffered that ye have beged in vain nay he hath poured out his spirit upon you & hath caused that your hearts should be filled with joy & hath caused that your mouths should be stoped that ye could not find utterance so exceding great was your joy & now if God who hath created you on whom you are dependant for your lives & for all that ye have & are doth grant unto you whatsoever ye ask that is right in faith believeing that ye shall receive O then how had ye ought to impart of the substance that ye have one to another & if ye Judge the man who puteth up his petition to you for your substance that he perish not & condemn him how much more just will be your condemnation for withholding your substance which doth not belong to you but to God to whom also your life belongeth & yet ye put up no petition or repenteth not of the thing which thou hast done I say unto you wo be unto that man for his substance shall perish with him & now I say these things unto those which are rich as pertaining to the things of this world & again I say unto the poor ye that have not & yet hath sufficient that ye remain from day to day I mean all you that deny the beggar because ye have [p. 125]
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