Jacob 7:17 Textual Variants

Royal Skousen
and he spake plainly unto them and denied the things which he had taught them and confessed the Christ and the power of the Holy Ghost and the [ministering 1ABCDEFGHIJKLMNPQRST|ministry O] of angels

The 1907 LDS vest-pocket edition accidentally replaced the gerundive ministering with the nongerundive ministry, perhaps because this final conjunct was joined with a preceding nongerundive noun, power. The Book of Mormon text otherwise has only “the ministering of angels” (two times, in Omni 1:25 and Moroni 7:25), never “the ministry of angels”.

Summary: Maintain the original expression “the ministering of angels” in Jacob 7:17.

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part. 2