Doctrine and Covenants, 1844

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for a little season, for the redemption of Zion:  for behold, I do not require at their hands to  fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a  former commandment, even so will I fulfil, I  will fight your battles.
4 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth  to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not  many years hence, they shall not be left to pol lute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name  upon the lands which I have consecrated for  the gathering together of my saints.
5 Behold, I have commanded my servant  Baurak Ale [JS] to say unto the strength of my  house, even my warriors, my young men and  middle-aged, to gather together for the re demption of my people, and throw down the  towers of mine enemies, and scatter their  watchmen; but the strength of mine house  have not hearkened unto my words; but inas much as there are those who have hearkened  unto my words, I have prepared a blessing  and an endowment for them, if they continue  faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will  accept their offering; and it is expedient in  me, that they should be brought thus far, for a  trial of their faith.
6 And now, verily I say unto you, a com mandment I give unto you, that as many as  have come up hither, that can stay in the re gion round about, let them stay; and those  that cannot stay, who have families in the  east, let them tarry for a little season, inas much as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto  them, for I will counsel him concerning this [p. 391]
for a little season, for the redemption of Zion: for behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will I fulfil, I will fight your battles.
4 Behold, the destroyer I have sent forth to destroy and lay waste mine enemies; and not many years hence, they shall not be left to pollute mine heritage, and to blaspheme my name upon the lands which I have consecrated for the gathering together of my saints.
5 Behold, I have commanded my servant Baurak Ale [JS] to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young men and middle-aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen; but the strength of mine house have not hearkened unto my words; but inasmuch as there are those who have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them, if they continue faithful. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offering; and it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.
6 And now, verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay; and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, for I will counsel him concerning this [p. 391]
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