History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the Lord was angry with him who was my servant : and  also, my servant : for they kept not the law, neither the  : they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord with held my spirit. They condemned for evil, that thing in which there  was no evil; nevertheless, I have forgiven my servant .  And also my servant , behold he hath sinned, and  Satan seeketh to destroy his soul: but when these things are made  known unto him them and they repent of evil the evil, they shall be  forgiven.
4 And now verily I say, that it is expedient in me that my servant  , after a few weeks, should return upon his business, and  to his agency in the land of : and that which he hath seen and  heard, may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not.  And for this this cause have I spoken these things. And again, I  say unto you that my servant may not be tempted  above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt,  I gave commandment that this farm should be sold. I willeth not that  my [servant] should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth to  retain a strong hold in the land of , for the space of five  years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby  I may save some; and after that day, I the Lord will not hold  any guilty, that shall go, with an open heart, up to the land of Zion; for  I the Lord requireth the hearts of the children of men.
5 Behold now it is called to day, (until the coming of the Son of man,)  and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the of  my people; for he that is tithed shall not be (at his coming) for after  to day cometh the burning: this is speaking after the manner of the Lord;  for verily I say, to morrow all the proud and they that do wickedly  shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lords of hosts,  and I will not spare any that remaineth in Ba[b]ylon. Wherefore, if ye be lieve me, ye will labor while it is called to day. And it is not meet that  my servants, and should sell their ,  and their possessions here, for this is not wisdom until the residue of  the , which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of  Zion.
6 Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden to get in debt to thine en emies; but behold it is not said at any time, that the Lord should not  take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good: wherefore as ye  are agents, and ye are on the Lord's errand: and whatever ye do [p. 152]
the Lord was angry with him who was my servant : and also, my servant : for they kept not the law, neither the : they sought evil in their hearts, and I the Lord withheld my spirit. They condemned for evil, that thing in which there was no evil; nevertheless, I have forgiven my servant . And also my servant , behold he hath sinned, and Satan seeketh to destroy his soul: but when these things are made known unto them and they repent of the evil, they shall be forgiven.
4 And now verily I say, that it is expedient in me that my servant , after a few weeks, should return upon his business, and to his agency in the land of : and that which he hath seen and heard, may be made known unto my disciples, that they perish not. And for this this cause have I spoken these things. And again, I say unto you that my servant may not be tempted above that which he is able to bear, and counsel wrongfully to your hurt, I gave commandment that this farm should be sold. I willeth not that my [servant] should sell his farm, for I the Lord willeth to retain a strong hold in the land of , for the space of five years, in the which I will not overthrow the wicked, that thereby I may save some; and after that day, I the Lord will not hold any guilty, that shall go, with an open heart, up to the land of Zion; for I the Lord requireth the hearts of the children of men.
5 Behold now it is called to day, (until the coming of the Son of man,) and verily it is a day of sacrifice, and a day for the of my people; for he that is tithed shall not be (at his coming) for after to day cometh the burning: this is speaking after the manner of the Lord; for verily I say, to morrow all the proud and they that do wickedly shall be as stubble; and I will burn them up, for I am the Lord of hosts, and I will not spare any that remaineth in Babylon. Wherefore, if ye believe me, ye will labor while it is called to day. And it is not meet that my servants, and should sell their , and their possessions here, for this is not wisdom until the residue of the , which remaineth in this place, shall go up unto the land of Zion.
6 Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden to get in debt to thine enemies; but behold it is not said at any time, that the Lord should not take when he please, and pay as seemeth him good: wherefore as ye are agents, and ye are on the Lord's errand: and whatever ye do [p. 152]
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