Book Of Mormon Plagiarism

Author: Paul Gee

Chapter 50 (BOMP)

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“Thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.” (Isaiah 51:22,23) – About 700–681 B.C.

• The Book Of Mormon = Plagiarism •
“Thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again. But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over.” (2 Nephi 8:22,23) – About 559–545 B.C.

The King James Version of Isaiah, chapter 51, was copied and pasted into the Book of Mormon. This chapter of Isaiah can be found in 2 Nephi, chapter 8. The book of Isaiah and 2 Nephi are also available to read in the next chapters of this book. Details of what took place can be found below…

One thing that truly bothers me is the extensive use of material from the Bible in the Book of Mormon. This is what I call plagiarism. Mormons may not realize this, but many chapters in Joseph's book were copied and pasted from the Bible. Specifically, chapters from the book of Isaiah were included. These additions to the Book of Mormon have also taken away words and phrases from the KJV Bible. Joseph Smith orchestrated this with the help of his friends. This is what you call a false prophet and a liar. We see him copying and pasting from Isaiah, chapter 51, into the Book of Mormon. It is written, “thus saith thy Lord the Lord, and thy God that pleadeth the cause of his people, Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, even the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again: But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; which have said to thy soul, Bow down, that we may go over: and thou hast laid thy body as the ground, and as the street, to them that went over.” (Isaiah 51:22,23) It is fine to reference the Bible when we write books, but to not do this is when plagiarism is found. Simply to add verses from the Bible into books gets people into a lot of trouble. Unfortunately, in the earliest edition of the Book of Mormon, references to Isaiah did not exist. This makes the use of Isaiah in this book plagiarism.

To be clear, 2 Nephi, chapter 8, is generally the same thing as Isaiah, chapter 51. Only verses 24 and 25 come from a different chapter, chapter 52. It is written, “thus saith thy Lord, the Lord and thy God pleadeth the cause of his people; behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of my fury; thou shalt no more drink it again. But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee; who have said to thy soul: Bow down, that we may go over and thou hast laid thy body as the ground and as the street to them that went over. Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust; arise, sit down, O Jerusalem; loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.” (2 Nephi 8:22-25) What you just read was not originally about Isaiah in the 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon. This means that the original intent was not to site Isaiah as the author. Where if Joseph Smith meant to have these verses appear like they were from his book alone, then it is plagiarism. Later on down the road, references to Isaiah, chapters 51 and 52, were added to the chapter heading. Isaiah's quotes are also notated in other chapters of the Book of Mormon now. Amen.

Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love Your ways and Your words in the Bible. Help people know that tampering with Your words is doing the will of Satan. We must not cause Your words to be changed in any way possible. Thank you for preserving the Bible. It is a lamp unto my feet. I am able to understand Your ways by studying it out daily in my mind, heart, and soul. I have never been so happy, God. You have lighted up my life and put Your Spirit in me. All I desire now is to live my life for You. You are my everything and my all in all. Jesus, your presence brings me great joy and comfort. Give me wisdom and lead me from the evils of this wicked world. Help me not fall for different temptations. As I read and study the Bible, help me to apply what has been taught to my everyday life. If I am not living for You, bring this to my attention now. I do not want to unknowingly sin in Your sight. How awesome are You, God? Always be with me. Help me to be a light unto the gentiles, that people will see me and then see You, Father, in heaven. My only desire is to live for You and lead people to Your presence also. The best thing I can do is be judged in this life so that I can find freedom before I die. So I say, judge me now, God. Awaken me to righteousness and holiness. Whatever is lacking, fill it. I love You, Jesus. I give You praise! Amen.

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