Doctrine and Covenants, 1835

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the same words they will say that you have lied; that you have  pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted your self: and behold they will publish this, and satan will harden  the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you,  that they will not believe my words. Thus satan thinketh to  overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work  may not come forth in this generation: but behold here is wis dom, and because I show unto you wisdom, and give you com mandments concerning these things, what you shall do, show  it not unto the world until you have accomplished the work of  translation.
7 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.
8 And now, verily I say unto you, that an account of those  things that you have written, which have gone out of your  hands, are engraven upon the plates of Nephi: yea and you  remember, it was said in those writings, that a more particu lar account was given of these things upon the plates of Nephi.
9 And now, because the account which is engraven upon  the plates of Nephi, is more particular concerning the things,  which in my wisdom I would bring to the knowledge of the  people in this account: therefore, you shall translate the en gravings which are on the plates of Nephi, down even till you  come to the reign of king Benjamin, or until you come to that  which you have translated, which you have retained; and be hold, you shall publish it as the record of Nephi, and thus I  will confound those who have altered my words. I will not  suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto  them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.
10 Behold they have only got a part, or an abridgment of the  account of Nephi. Behold there are many things engraven  on the plates of Nephi, which do throw greater views upon my  gospel: therefore, it is wisdom in me, that you should trans late this first part of the engravings of Nephi, and send forth  in this work. And behold, all the remainder of this work,  does contain all those parts of my gospel which my holy pro phets, yea, and also my disciples desired in their prayers,  should come forth unto this people. And I said unto them,  that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in  their prayers; yea, and this was their faith, that my gospel [p. 165]
the same words they will say that you have lied; that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted yourself: and behold they will publish this, and satan will harden the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not believe my words. Thus satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation, that the work may 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 of translation.
7 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.
8 And now, verily I say unto you, that an account of those things that you have written, which have gone out of your hands, are engraven upon the plates of Nephi: yea and you remember, it was said in those writings, that a more particular account was given of these things upon the plates of Nephi.
9 And now, because the account which is engraven upon the plates of Nephi, is more particular concerning the things, which in my wisdom I would bring to the knowledge of the people in this account: therefore, you shall translate the engravings which are on the plates of Nephi, down even till you come to the reign of king Benjamin, or until you come to that which you have translated, which you have retained; and behold, you shall publish it as the record of Nephi, and thus I will confound those who have altered my words. I will not suffer that they shall destroy my work; yea, I will show unto them that my wisdom is greater than the cunning of the devil.
10 Behold they have only got a part, or an abridgment of the account of Nephi. Behold there are many things engraven on the plates of Nephi, which do throw greater views upon my gospel: therefore, it is wisdom in me, that you should translate this first part of the engravings of Nephi, and send forth in this work. And behold, all the remainder of this work, does contain all those parts of my gospel which my holy prophets, yea, and also my disciples desired in their prayers, should come forth unto this people. And I said unto them, that it should be granted unto them according to their faith in their prayers; yea, and this was their faith, that my gospel [p. 165]
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