3 Nephi 26:3 Textual Variants

Royal Skousen
even until the elements should [melts 1|melt ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST] with fervent heat

Here 𝓟 reads incorrectly as melts rather than the obvious melt (the 1830 reading). This form appears to be a simple scribal error on the part of scribe 2 of 𝓟. He made similar additions of morphemic s elsewhere in his copywork:

In all these other cases but one, scribe 2 immediately caught his error (in Alma 12:7, Oliver Cowdery corrected the error when he proofed 𝓟 against 𝓞).

Summary: Ignore cases where scribe 2 of 𝓟 accidentally added a morphemic s, such as melts for melt in 3 Nephi 26:3.

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part. 6