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

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by the taxation of his People & it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches & he spent his time in riotous living with his wives & his concubines & so did also his priests spend their time with harlots & it came to pass that he planted a vineyards round about in the land & he built wine presses & made wine in abundance & therefore he became a wine biber & also his People & it came to pass that the Lamanites began to come in upon his People upon small numbers & to slay them in their fields & wile they were tending their flocks & King Noah sent guards round about the land to keep them off but he did not send a sufficient number & the Lamanites come upon them & killed them & drove many of their flocks out of the land thus the Lamanites began to destroy them & to exercise their hatred upon them & it came to pass that king Noah sent his armies against them & they were driven back or they drive them back for a time therefore they returned rejoicing in their spoil & now because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts they did boast in their own strength saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites & thus they did boast & did delight in blood & the sheding of the blood of their brethren & this because of the wickedness of their king & priests & it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi & he went forth among them & began to prophesy saying behold thus saith the Lord & thus hath he commanded me saying go forth & say unto this People thus saith the Lord wo be unto this People for I have seen their abominations & their wickedness & their whoredoms & except they repent I will visit them in mine anger & except they repent & turn to the Lord their God behold I will deliver them in the hands of their enemies yea & they shall be brought into bondage & they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies & it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God & am a jealous God visiting the iniquities of my People & it shall come to pass that except this People repent & turn the Lord their God they shall be brought into bondage & none shall deliver them except it be the Lord the Almighty God yea & it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries yea & I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies & except they repent in sackcloth & ashes & cry mightily to the Lord their God I will not hear their prayers neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions & thus saith the Lord & thus hath he commanded me mow it came to pass that when Abinadi had spoke these words unto them they were wroth with him & sought to take away his life but the Lord delivered him out of their hands now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spake unto the People he was also wroth & saith who is Abinadi that I & my People should be Judged of him or who is the Lord that shall bring upon my People such great affliction I command you to bring Abinadi hither that I may slay him for he hath said these things that he might stir up my People to anger one with another & to raise contentions among my People therefore I will slay he him [p. 136]
by the taxation of his People & it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches & he spent his time in riotous living with his wives & his concubines & so did also his priests spend their time with harlots & it came to pass that he planted vineyards round about in the land & he built wine presses & made wine in abundance & therefore he became a wine biber & also his People & it came to pass that the Lamanites began to come in upon his People upon small numbers & to slay them in their fields & wile they were tending their flocks & King Noah sent guards round about the land to keep them off but he did not send a sufficient number & the Lamanites come upon them & killed them & drove many of their flocks out of the land thus the Lamanites began to destroy them & to exercise their hatred upon them & it came to pass that king Noah sent his armies against them & they were driven back or they drive them back for a time therefore they returned rejoicing in their spoil & now because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts they did boast in their own strength saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites & thus they did boast & did delight in blood & the sheding of the blood of their brethren & this because of the wickedness of their king & priests & it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi & he went forth among them & began to prophesy saying behold thus saith the Lord & thus hath he commanded me saying go forth & say unto this People thus saith the Lord wo be unto this People for I have seen their abominations & their wickedness & their whoredoms & except they repent I will visit them in mine anger & except they repent & turn to the Lord their God behold I will deliver them in the hands of their enemies yea & they shall be brought into bondage & they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies & it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God & am a jealous God visiting the iniquities of my People & it shall come to pass that except this People repent & turn the Lord their God they shall be brought into bondage & none shall deliver them except it be the Lord the Almighty God yea & it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries yea & I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies & except they repent in sackcloth & ashes & cry mightily to the Lord their God I will not hear their prayers neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions & thus saith the Lord & thus hath he commanded me mow it came to pass that when Abinadi had spoke these words unto them they were wroth with him & sought to take away his life but the Lord delivered him out of their hands now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spake unto the People he was also wroth & saith who is Abinadi that I & my People should be Judged of him or who is the Lord that shall bring upon my People such great affliction I command you to bring Abinadi hither that I may slay him for he hath said these things that he might stir up my People to anger one with another & to raise contentions among my People therefore I will slay him [p. 136]
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