Book of Commandments, 1833

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  • Historical Introduction
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Chapter 4 • Revelation, March 1829 [D&C 5]
CHAPTER IV.
 
1 A Revelation given to Joseph and , in  , Pennsylvania, March, 1829, when   desired of the Lord to know whether Jo seph had, in his possession, the record of the  Nephites.
BEHOLD, I say unto you, that my servant   has desired a witness from my hand,  that my servant Joseph has got the things of which  he has testified, and borne record that he has receiv ed of me.
2 And now, behold, this shall you say unto him: —I the Lord am God, and I have given these  things unto my servant Joseph, and I have com manded him that he should stand as a witness of  these things, nevertheless I have caused him that  he should enter into a covenant with me, that he  should not show them except I command him,  and he has no power over them except I grant it  unto him; and he has a gift to translate the book,  and I have commanded him that he shall pretend  to no other gift, for I will grant him no other gift.
3 And verily I say unto you, that wo shall come  unto the inhabitants of the earth, if they will not  hearken unto my words, for, behold, if they will not  believe my words, they would not believe my ser vant Joseph, if it were possible that he could show  them all things. O ye unbelieving, ye stiffnecked  generation, mine anger is kindled against you!
4 Behold, verily I say, I have reserved the things  of which I have spoken, which I have intrusted to  my servant, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall  be made known unto future generations: But this  generation shall have my words, yea and the testi [p. 10]
Chapter 4 • Revelation, March 1829 [D&C 5]
CHAPTER IV.
 
1 A Revelation given to Joseph and , in , Pennsylvania, March, 1829, when desired of the Lord to know whether Joseph had, in his possession, the record of the Nephites.
BEHOLD, I say unto you, that my servant has desired a witness from my hand, that my servant Joseph has got the things of which he has testified, and borne record that he has received of me.
2 And now, behold, this shall you say unto him:—I the Lord am God, and I have given these things unto my servant Joseph, and I have commanded him that he should stand as a witness of these things, nevertheless I have caused him that he should enter into a covenant with me, that he should not show them except I command him, and he has no power over them except I grant it unto him; and he has a gift to translate the book, and I have commanded him that he shall pretend to no other gift, for I will grant him no other gift.
3 And verily I say unto you, that wo shall come unto the inhabitants of the earth, if they will not hearken unto my words, for, behold, if they will not believe my words, they would not believe my servant Joseph, if it were possible that he could show them all things. O ye unbelieving, ye stiffnecked generation, mine anger is kindled against you!
4 Behold, verily I say, I have reserved the things of which I have spoken, which I have intrusted to my servant, for a wise purpose in me, and it shall be made known unto future generations: But this generation shall have my words, yea and the testi [p. 10]
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