Book of Commandments, 1833

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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5 Verily, verily I say unto you, wo be unto him  that lieth to decieve, because he supposeth that an other lieth to decieve, for such are not exempt from  the justice of God.
6 Now, behold they have altered those words, be cause satan saith unto them, He hath decieved you,  and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to  tempt the Lord their God.
7 Behold I say unto you, that you shall not trans late again those words which have gone forth out of  your hands; for behold, they shall not lie any more  against those words; for behold, if you should bring  forth the same words, they would say that you have  lied; that you have pretended to translate, but that  you have contradicted your words; and behold they  would publish this, and satan would harden the  hearts of the people, to stir them up to anger against  you, that they might not believe my words: thus sa tan would overpower this generation, that the work  might not come forth in this generation: but behold  here is wisdom, and because I show unto you wis dom, and give you commandments concerning these  things, what you shall do, show it not unto the world  until you have accomplished the work.
8 Marvel not that I said unto you, here is wisdom,  show it not unto the world, for I said, show it not  unto the world, that you may be preserved. Behold  I do not say that you shall not show it unto the right eous; but as you cannot always judge the righteous,  or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the  righteous: therefore, I say unto you, hold your peace  until I shall see fit to make all things known unto  the world concerning the matter.
9 And now, verily I say unto you, that an account  of those things that you have written, which have [p. 24]
5 Verily, verily I say unto you, wo be unto him that lieth to decieve, because he supposeth that another lieth to decieve, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.
6 Now, behold they have altered those words, because satan saith unto them, He hath decieved you, and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to tempt the Lord their God.
7 Behold I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands; for behold, they shall not lie any more against those words; for behold, if you should bring forth the same words, they would say that you have lied; that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted your words; and behold they would publish this, and satan would harden the hearts of the people, to stir them up to anger against you, that they might not believe my words: thus satan would overpower this generation, that the work might not come forth in this generation: but behold here is wisdom, and because I show unto you wisdom, and give you commandments concerning these things, what you shall do, show it not unto the world until you have accomplished the work.
8 Marvel not that I said unto you, here is wisdom, show it not unto the world, for I said, show it not unto the world, that you may be preserved. Behold I do not say that you shall not show it unto the righteous; but as you cannot always judge the righteous, or as you cannot always tell the wicked from the righteous: therefore, I say unto you, hold your peace until I shall see fit to make all things known unto the world concerning the matter.
9 And now, verily I say unto you, that an account of those things that you have written, which have [p. 24]
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