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

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none such wherefore a man being evil cannot do that which is good neither will he give a good gift for behold a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water wherefore a man being the servant of the devil cannot follow Christ & if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil wherefore all things which are good cometh of God & that which is evil cometh of the devil for the devil is an enemy unto God & fighteth against him continually & inviteth & enticeth to sin & to do that which is evil continually but behold that which is of God inviteth & enticeth to do good continually wherefore every thing which inviteth & enticeth to do good & to love God & to serve him is inspired of God wherefore take heed my beloved brethren that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God or that which is good & of God to be of the devil for behold my brethren it is given unto you to judge that ye may know good from evil & the way to judge is as plain that ye may know with a perfect knowledge as the day light is from the dark night for behold the spirit of Christ is given to every man that they may know good from evil wherefore I shew unto you the way to judge for every thing which inviteth to do good & to persuade to believe in christ is sent forth by the power <​& gift​> of Christ wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God but whatsoever thing persuadeth <​men​> to do evil & believe not in christ & deny him & serve not God then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil for after this manner doth the devil work for he persuaet <​persuadeth​> no man to do good no not one neither doth his angels neither doth they which subject themselves unto him & now my brethren seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge which light is the light of Christ see that ye do not judge wrongfully for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged wherefore I beseach of you brethren that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil & if ye will lay hold upon every good thing & condemn it not ye certainly will be a child of Christ & now my brethren how is it possible that ye can lay hold upon every good thing & now I come to that faith of which I said I would speak & I will tell you the way whereby ye may lay hold on every good thing for behold God knowing all things being from everlasting to everlasting behold he sent angels to minister unto the children of men to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ & in christ there should come every good thing & God also declared unto prophets by his own mouth that Christ should come & behold there were divers ways that he did manifest things unto the children of men which were good & all things which are good cometh of Christ otherwise men were fallen & there could no good thing come unto them wherefore by the ministering of angels & by every word which proceeded <​proceded​> forth out of the mouth of God men began to exercise faith in Christ & thus by faith they did lay hold upon every good thing & thus it was until the coming of Christ & after that he come men also were saved by faith in his [p. 456]
none such wherefore a man being evil cannot do that which is good neither will he give a good gift for behold a bitter fountain cannot bring forth good water neither can a good fountain bring forth bitter water wherefore a man being the servant of the devil cannot follow Christ & if he follow Christ he cannot be a servant of the devil wherefore all things which are good cometh of God & that which is evil cometh of the devil for the devil is an enemy unto God & fighteth against him continually & inviteth & enticeth to sin & to do that which is evil continually but behold that which is of God inviteth & enticeth to do good continually wherefore every thing which inviteth & enticeth to do good & to love God & to serve him is inspired of God wherefore take heed my beloved brethren that ye do not judge that which is evil to be of God or that which is good & of God to be of the devil for behold my brethren it is given unto you to judge that ye may know good from evil & the way to judge is as plain that ye may know with a perfect knowledge as the day light is from the dark night for behold the spirit of Christ is given to every man that they may know good from evil wherefore I shew unto you the way to judge for every thing which inviteth to do good & to persuade to believe in christ is sent forth by the power & gift of Christ wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God but whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil & believe not in christ & deny him & serve not God then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil for after this manner doth the devil work for he persuadeth no man to do good no not one neither doth his angels neither doth they which subject themselves unto him & now my brethren seeing that ye know the light by which ye may judge which light is the light of Christ see that ye do not judge wrongfully for with that same judgment which ye judge ye shall also be judged wherefore I beseach of you brethren that ye should search diligently in the light of Christ that ye may know good from evil & if ye will lay hold upon every good thing & condemn it not ye certainly will be a child of Christ & now my brethren how is it possible that ye can lay hold upon every good thing & now I come to that faith of which I said I would speak & I will tell you the way whereby ye may lay hold on every good thing for behold God knowing all things being from everlasting to everlasting behold he sent angels to minister unto the children of men to make manifest concerning the coming of Christ & in christ there should come every good thing & God also declared unto prophets by his own mouth that Christ should come & behold there were divers ways that he did manifest things unto the children of men which were good & all things which are good cometh of Christ otherwise men were fallen & there could no good thing come unto them wherefore by the ministering of angels & by every word which proceded forth out of the mouth of God men began to exercise faith in Christ & thus by faith they did lay hold upon every good thing & thus it was until the coming of Christ & after that he come men also were saved by faith in his [p. 456]
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