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

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deliver them in the time that their enemies should come down against them to battle & they were exceding sorrowful because of their enemies & Gidgiddoni <​did​> caused that they should make weapons of war of every kind that they should be strong with armour & with shields & with bucklers after the manner of his instructions & it came to pass that in the latter end of the eighteenth year those armies of robbers had prepared for battle & began to come down & to sally forth from the hills & out of the mountains & the willderness & their strong hold<​s​> & their cere <​secret​> places & began to take possession of the lands both which was in the land south & which was in the land north & began to take possession of all the lands which had been deserted by the Nephites & the cities of which had <​had​> been left desolate but behold there wa no wild beasts nor game in those lands which had been deserted by the Nephites & there were no game for the robbers save it were in the wilderness & the robbers could not exist save it were in wilderness for the want of food for the Nephites had left their lands desolate & had gathered their flocks & their herds & all their substance & they were in one body therefore there w◊◊e no chance for the robbers to plunder & to obtain food save it were to come up in open battle against the Nephites & the Nephites being in one body & having so great a number & having reserved for themselves provisions & horses & cattle & flocks of every kind that they might subsist for the space of seven years inthewhich time they did hope to destroy the robbers from off the face of the land & thus the eighteenth year did pass away & it came to pass in the nineteenth year Giddianhi found that it was expediant that he should go up to battle against the Nephites for there was no way that they could subsist save it were to plunder & rob & murder & they dearst not spread themselves upon the face of the land insomuch that they could raise grain lest the Nephites should come upon them & slay them therefore Giddianhi gave commandment unto his armies that in this year they should go up to battle against the Nephites & it came to pass that they did come up to battle & it was in the sixth month & behold great & terrible ws was the day that they did come up to battle & they were girded about after the manner of robbers & they had a lamb shim <​skin​> about their loins & they were dyed in blood & their heads were shorn & they had headplates upon them & great & terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi because of their armour & because of their being dyed in blood & it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhis Giddianhi had all fallen to the earth & did lift their cries to the Lord their God that he would spare them & deliver them out of the hand<​s​> of their enemies & it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice because of their joy for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies but in this thing they were disappointed for the Nephites did not fear them but they did fear their God & did suplicate him for protection therefore when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them yea in the strength of the Lord they did receive them & the battle commenced in this the sixth month & great & terrible was the battle [p. 369]
deliver them in the time that their enemies should come down against them to battle & they were exceding sorrowful because of their enemies & Gidgiddoni did cause that they should make weapons of war of every kind that they should be strong with armour & with shields & with bucklers after the manner of his instructions & it came to pass that in the latter end of the eighteenth year those armies of robbers had prepared for battle & began to come down & to sally forth from the hills & out of the mountains & the willderness & their strong holds & their secret places & began to take possession of the lands both which was in the land south & which was in the land north & began to take possession of all the lands which had been deserted by the Nephites & the cities of which had been left desolate but behold there wa no wild beasts nor game in those lands which had been deserted by the Nephites & there were no game for the robbers save it were in the wilderness & the robbers could not exist save it were in wilderness for the want of food for the Nephites had left their lands desolate & had gathered their flocks & their herds & all their substance & they were in one body therefore there we no chance for the robbers to plunder & to obtain food save it were to come up in open battle against the Nephites & the Nephites being in one body & having so great a number & having reserved for themselves provisions & horses & cattle & flocks of every kind that they might subsist for the space of seven years inthewhich time they did hope to destroy the robbers from off the face of the land & thus the eighteenth year did pass away & it came to pass in the nineteenth year Giddianhi found that it was expediant that he should go up to battle against the Nephites for there was no way that they could subsist save it were to plunder & rob & murder & they dearst not spread themselves upon the face of the land insomuch that they could raise grain lest the Nephites should come upon them & slay them therefore Giddianhi gave commandment unto his armies that in this year they should go up to battle against the Nephites & it came to pass that they did come up to battle & it was in the sixth month & behold great & terrible was the day that they did come up to battle & they were girded about after the manner of robbers & they had a lamb skin about their loins & they were dyed in blood & their heads were shorn & they had headplates upon them & great & terrible was the appearance of the armies of Giddianhi because of their armour & because of their being dyed in blood & it came to pass that the armies of the Nephites when they saw the appearance of the army of Giddianhi had all fallen to the earth & did lift their cries to the Lord their God that he would spare them & deliver them out of the hands of their enemies & it came to pass that when the armies of Giddianhi saw this they began to shout with a loud voice because of their joy for they had supposed that the Nephites had fallen with fear because of the terror of their armies but in this thing they were disappointed for the Nephites did not fear them but they did fear their God & did suplicate him for protection therefore when the armies of Giddianhi did rush upon them they were prepared to meet them yea in the strength of the Lord they did receive them & the battle commenced in this the sixth month & great & terrible was the battle [p. 369]
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