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

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& to come up to battle against my People but I having sent my spies out round about the land of Shemlon that I might discover their preperations that I might guard against them that they might not come upon my People & destroy them & it came to pass that they came up upon the North of the land of Shilom with their numerous hosts men armed with bows & with arrows & with swords & with simitres & with stones & with slings & they had their heads sheaved that they were naked & they were girted about with a lethern girdle about their loins & it came to pass that I caused that the women & Children of my People should be hid in the wilderness & I also caused that all my old men that could bear arms & also all my young men that were able to bear arms should gather themselves together to go to battle against the Lamanites & I did place them in their ranks every man according to his age & it came to pass that we did go up to battle against the Lamanites & I even I in my old age did go up to battle against the Lamanites & it came to pass that we did go up in the strength of the Lord to battle now the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the Lord nor the strength of the Lord therefore they depended upon their <​own​> strength yet they were a strong People as to the strength of men they were a wild & ferocious & a bloodthirsty People believing in the tradition of their fathers which is this believing that they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers & that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren & they were also wronged while crossing the Sea & again that they were wronged <​while​> in the land of the<​ir​> first inheritance after they had crossed the Sea & all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore he was favored of the Lord for the Lord heard his prayers & answered them & he took the lead of their journy in the wilderness & his brethren was wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord they was also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord & again they were wrath with him when they had ariven to the promised land because they said that he had taken the ruleing of the People out of their hands & they sought to kill him & again they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him & took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass for they said that he robed them & thus they have taught their Children that they should hate them & that they should murder them & that they should rob & plunder them & do all they could to destroy them therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi for this verry cause hath king Laman by his cunning <​&​> lying craftinenss & his fair promises hath deceived me that I have brought this my People up into this land that they may destroy them yea & we have suffered this many years in the land & now I Zeniff after having told all these things unto my People concerning the Lamanites I did stimulate them to go to battle with their mights might putting their trust in the Lord therefore we did contend with them face to face & it came to pass [p. 134]
& to come up to battle against my People but I having sent my spies out round about the land of Shemlon that I might discover their preperations that I might guard against them that they might not come upon my People & destroy them & it came to pass that they came up upon the North of the land of Shilom with their numerous hosts men armed with bows & with arrows & with swords & with simitres & with stones & with slings & they had their heads sheaved that they were naked & they were girted about with a lethern girdle about their loins & it came to pass that I caused that the women & Children of my People should be hid in the wilderness & I also caused that all my old men that could bear arms & also all my young men that were able to bear arms should gather themselves together to go to battle against the Lamanites & I did place them in their ranks every man according to his age & it came to pass that we did go up to battle against the Lamanites & I even I in my old age did go up to battle against the Lamanites & it came to pass that we did go up in the strength of the Lord to battle now the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the Lord nor the strength of the Lord therefore they depended upon their own strength yet they were a strong People as to the strength of men they were a wild & ferocious & a bloodthirsty People believing in the tradition of their fathers which is this believing that they were driven out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers & that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren & they were also wronged while crossing the Sea & again that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance after they had crossed the Sea & all this because that Nephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord therefore he was favored of the Lord for the Lord heard his prayers & answered them & he took the lead of their journy in the wilderness & his brethren was wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord they was also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord & again they were wrath with him when they had ariven to the promised land because they said that he had taken the ruleing of the People out of their hands & they sought to kill him & again they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded him & took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass for they said that he robed them & thus they have taught their Children that they should hate them & that they should murder them & that they should rob & plunder them & do all they could to destroy them therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi for this verry cause hath king Laman by his cunning & lying craftinenss & his fair promises hath deceived me that I have brought this my People up into this land that they may destroy them yea & we have suffered this many years in the land & now I Zeniff after having told all these things unto my People concerning the Lamanites I did stimulate them to go to battle with their might putting their trust in the Lord therefore we did contend with them face to face & it came to pass [p. 134]
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