Book of Commandments, 1833

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Chapter 2 • Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3]

CHAPTER II.
 
1 A Revelation given to Joseph, in ,  Pennsylvania, July, 1828, after had lost  the Manuscript of the forepart of the book of  Mormon, translated from the book of Lehi, which  was abridged by the hand of Mormon, saying:
THE works, and the designs, and the purposes  of God, can not be frustrated, neither can  they come to nought, for God doth not walk in  crooked paths; neither doth he turn to the right  hand nor to the left; neither doth he vary from that  which he hath said: Therefore his paths are strait  and his course is one eternal round.
2 Remember, remember, that it is not the work of  God that is frustrated, but the work of men: for al though a man may have many revelations, and  have power to do many mighty works, yet, if he  boasts in his own strength, and sets at nought the  counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his  own will, and carnal desires, he must fall and incur  the vengeance of a just God upon him.
3 Behold, you have been intrusted with these  things, but how strict were your commandments; and  remember, also, the promises which were made to  you, if you did not transgress them; and behold,  how oft you have transgressed the commandments  and the laws of God, and have gone on in the per suasions of men: for behold, you should not have  feared man more than God, although men set at  naught the counsels of God, and despise his words,  yet you should have been faithful and he would  have extended his arm, and supported you against  all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would  have been with you in every time of trouble. [p. 7]

Chapter 2 • Revelation, July 1828 [D&C 3]

CHAPTER II.
 
1 A Revelation given to Joseph, in , Pennsylvania, July, 1828, after had lost the Manuscript of the forepart of the book of Mormon, translated from the book of Lehi, which was abridged by the hand of Mormon, saying:
THE works, and the designs, and the purposes of God, can not be frustrated, neither can they come to nought, for God doth not walk in crooked paths; neither doth he turn to the right hand nor to the left; neither doth he vary from that which he hath said: Therefore his paths are strait and his course is one eternal round.
2 Remember, remember, that it is not the work of God that is frustrated, but the work of men: for although a man may have many revelations, and have power to do many mighty works, yet, if he boasts in his own strength, and sets at nought the counsels of God, and follows after the dictates of his own will, and carnal desires, he must fall and incur the vengeance of a just God upon him.
3 Behold, you have been intrusted with these things, but how strict were your commandments; and remember, also, the promises which were made to you, if you did not transgress them; and behold, how oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men: for behold, you should not have feared man more than God, although men set at naught the counsels of God, and despise his words, yet you should have been faithful and he would have extended his arm, and supported you against all the fiery darts of the adversary; and he would have been with you in every time of trouble. [p. 7]
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