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

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but Ammon withstood his blows & also smote his arm that he could not use it now when the King saw that Ammon could slay him he began to plead with Ammon that he would spare his life but Ammon raised his sword & said unto him behold I will smite thee except thou wilt grant unto me that my brethren may be cast out of prison now the king fearing that he should lose his life said if thou wilt spare me I will grant unto thee whatsoever thou wilt ask even to the half of the Kingdom now when Ammon saw that he had wrought upon the old king according to his desire he sayeth unto him if thou wilt grant that my brethren may be cast out of prison & also that Lamoni may retain his kingdom & that ye be not displesed with him but grant that he may do according to his own desires in whatsoever thing he thinketh & then will I spare thee otherwise I will smite thee to the earth now when Ammon had said these words the king began to rejoice because of his life & when he saw that Ammon had no desire<​s​> to destroy him & when he also saw the great love he had for his Son Lamoni he was astonished excedeingly & sayeth because this is all that thou hast desired that I would release thy brethren & suffer that my Son Lamoni sould retain his kingdom behold I will grant unto you that my Son may retain his kingdom from this time & forever & I will govern him no more & I will also grant unto thee that thy brethren may be cast out of prison & thou & thy brethren may come unto me in my kingdom for I shall greatly desire to see thee for the king was greatly astonished at the words which he had spoken & also at the words which had been spoken by his son Lamoni therefore he was desireous to learn them
And it came to pass that Ammon & Lamoni proseded on their journey towards the land of Middoni & it came to pass that Lamoni found favour in the eyes of the king of the land therefore the brethren of Ammon was brought <​forth​> out of prison & when Ammon did meet them he was exceding [p. 223]
but Ammon withstood his blows & also smote his arm that he could not use it now when the King saw that Ammon could slay him he began to plead with Ammon that he would spare his life but Ammon raised his sword & said unto him behold I will smite thee except thou wilt grant unto me that my brethren may be cast out of prison now the king fearing that he should lose his life said if thou wilt spare me I will grant unto thee whatsoever thou wilt ask even to the half of the Kingdom now when Ammon saw that he had wrought upon the old king according to his desire he sayeth unto him if thou wilt grant that my brethren may be cast out of prison & also that Lamoni may retain his kingdom & that ye be not displesed with him but grant that he may do according to his own desires in whatsoever thing he thinketh & then will I spare thee otherwise I will smite thee to the earth now when Ammon had said these words the king began to rejoice because of his life & when he saw that Ammon had no desires to destroy him & when he also saw the great love he had for his Son Lamoni he was astonished excedeingly & sayeth because this is all that thou hast desired that I would release thy brethren & suffer that my Son Lamoni sould retain his kingdom behold I will grant unto you that my Son may retain his kingdom from this time & forever & I will govern him no more & I will also grant unto thee that thy brethren may be cast out of prison & thou & thy brethren may come unto me in my kingdom for I shall greatly desire to see thee for the king was greatly astonished at the words which he had spoken & also at the words which had been spoken by his son Lamoni therefore he was desireous to learn them
And it came to pass that Ammon & Lamoni proseded on their journey towards the land of Middoni & it came to pass that Lamoni found favour in the eyes of the king of the land therefore the brethren of Ammon was brought forth out of prison & when Ammon did meet them he was exceding [p. 223]
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