3 Nephi 27:4 Textual Variants

Royal Skousen
why is it [that 01ABCEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST| D] the people should murmur and dispute because of this thing

Here the typesetter for the 1841 British edition accidentally omitted the subordinate conjunction that. The 1849 LDS edition restored the that. Elsewhere the text consistently uses the subordinate conjunction that in introducing finite clauses complementing an expletive it in a wh-question:

The critical text will maintain the occurrence of that here in 3 Nephi 27:4.

Summary: Maintain in 3 Nephi 27:4 the expected subordinate conjunction that in the wh- question “why is it that the people should murmur”.

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