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

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fear it not for they love the truth & are not shaken O then my beloved Brethren come unto the Lord the holy one of Israel <​remember​> that his paths are righteousness behold the way for man is narrow but it lieth in a strait course before him & the keeper of the gate is the holy one of Israel & he employeth no servant there & there is none other way save it be by the gate for he cannot be deceived for the Lord God is his name & whoso knocketh to him will he open & the wise & the learned & they that are rich which are puffed up because of their learning & their wisdom & their riches yea they are they whom he despiseth & save they shall cast these things away & consider themselves fools before God & come down in the debths of humility he will not open unto them but the things of the wise & the prudent shall be hid from them forever yea that happiness which is prepared for the Saints O my beloved Brethren remember my words behold I take off my garments & I shake them before you I pray <​the​> God of my Salvation that he view me with his all searching eye wherefore ye shall know at the last day when all men shall be Judged of their works that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my Soul & that I stand with brightness before him & am rid of your blood O my beloved Brethren turn away from your Sins shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast come unto that God who is the rock of your Salvation prepare your Souls for that glorious day when Justice shall be administered unto the righteous even the day of Judgment that ye may not shrink with awful fear that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness & be constrained to exclaim holy holy are thy Judgments O Lord God Almighty but I know my guilt I transgressed thy law & my transgressions are mine & the Devil hath obtained me that I am a prey to his awful miseary but behold my Brethren is it expediant that I should awake you to an awful reality of these things would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure would I be plain unto you according to the planeness of the truth if ye were freed from sin behold if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness but as ye are not holy & ye look upon me as a teacher it must needs be expediant that I teach you the consequences of sin behold my soul abhoreth Sin & my heart delighteth inn righteousness & I will praise the holy name of my God come my brethren every one that thirsteth come ye to the <​waters​> & he that hath no money come buy & eat ye<​a​> come buy wine & milk without money & without price wherefore do not spend money for that which is of no worth nor your labour for that which cannot satisfy hearken diligently unto me & remember the words which I have spoken & come unto the holy one of Israel & feast upon that which perisheth not neither can be corrupted & let your soul delight in fatness behold my beloved Brethren remember the words of your God pray unto him cotinually by day & give thanks unto his holy name by night let your hearts [p. 65]
fear it not for they love the truth & are not shaken O then my beloved Brethren come unto the Lord the holy one remember that his paths are righteousness behold the way for man is narrow but it lieth in a strait course before him & the keeper of the gate is the holy one of Israel & he employeth no servant there & there is none other way save it be by the gate for he cannot be deceived for the Lord God is his name & whoso knocketh to him will he open & the wise & the learned & they that are rich which are puffed up because of their learning & their wisdom & their riches yea they are they whom he despiseth & save they shall cast these things away & consider themselves fools before God & come down in the debths of humility he will not open unto them but the things of the wise & the prudent shall be hid from them forever yea that happiness which is prepared for the Saints O my beloved Brethren remember my words behold I take off my garments & I shake them before you I pray the God of my Salvation that he view me with his all searching eye wherefore ye shall know at the last day when all men shall be Judged of their works that the God of Israel did witness that I shook your iniquities from my Soul & that I stand with brightness before him & am rid of your blood O my beloved Brethren turn away from your Sins shake off the chains of him that would bind you fast come unto that God who is the rock of your Salvation prepare your Souls for that glorious day when Justice shall be administered unto the righteous even the day of Judgment that ye may not shrink with awful fear that ye may not remember your awful guilt in perfectness & be constrained to exclaim holy holy are thy Judgments O Lord God Almighty but I know my guilt I transgressed thy law & my transgressions are mine & the Devil hath obtained me that I am a prey to his awful miseary but behold my Brethren is it expediant that I should awake you to an awful reality of these things would I harrow up your souls if your minds were pure would I be plain unto you according to the planeness of the truth if ye were freed from sin behold if ye were holy I would speak unto you of holiness but as ye are not holy & ye look upon me as a teacher it must needs be expediant that I teach you the consequences of sin behold my soul abhoreth Sin & my heart delighteth inn righteousness & I will praise the holy name of my God come my brethren every one that thirsteth come ye to the waters & he that hath no money come buy & eat yea come buy wine & milk without money & without price wherefore do not spend money for that which is of no worth nor your labour for that which cannot satisfy hearken diligently unto me & remember the words which I have spoken & come unto the holy one of Israel & feast upon that which perisheth not neither can be corrupted & let your soul delight in fatness behold my beloved Brethren remember the words of your God pray unto him cotinually by day & give thanks unto his holy name by night let your hearts [p. 65]
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