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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt  be rewarded for thy righteousness; and also thy children, and  thy children’s children unto the third and fourth generation ; nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands, and if thou  reward him according to thy works, thou art justified, if  he has sought thy life, and thy life is endangered by  him; thine enemy is in thy hands, and thou art jus tified.
6. Behold this is the law I gave unto my servant  Nephi; and thy father Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac,  and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and  Apostles. And again this is the law that I gave unto  mine ancients, that they should not go at out unto battle  against any nation, kindred, tongue, or people, save I  the Lord them. And if any Nation,  tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they  should first lift a standard of peace unto that nation,  people, nation, or tongue, and if that people did not  accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor  the third time, they should bring these testimonies before  the Lord; then I the Lord would give unto them a Com mandment, and justify them in going out to battle  against that nation, tongue or people, and I the  Lord would fight their battles, and their children’s  battles and their children’s children until they had  avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third  and fourth generation, behold this is an ensample  unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for jus tification before me.
7. And again verily I say unto you, if, after thine  enemy has come upon thee the first time, he repent  and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness, thou shalt  forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testimo ny against thine enemy, and so on unto the second  and the third time; and as oft as thine enemy  repenteth of the trespass, wherewith he hath trespass ed against thee, thou shalt forgive him, until seven ty times seven; and if he trespass against thee and  repent not the first time, nevertheless thou shalt [p. 343]
thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness; and also thy children, and thy children’s children unto the third and fourth generation; nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands, and if thou reward him according to thy works, thou art justified, if he has sought thy life, and thy life is endangered by him; thine enemy is in thy hands, and thou art justified.
6. Behold this is the law I gave unto my servant Nephi; and thy father Joseph, and Jacob, and Isaac, and Abraham, and all mine ancient prophets and Apostles. And again this is the law that I gave unto mine ancients, that they should not go out unto battle against any nation, kindred, tongue, or people, save I the Lord them. And if any Nation, tongue, or people should proclaim war against them, they should first lift a standard of peace unto that , people, nation, or tongue, and if that people did not accept the offering of peace, neither the second nor the third time, they should bring these testimonies before the Lord; then I the Lord would give unto them a Commandment, and justify them in going out to battle against that nation, tongue or people, and I the Lord would fight their battles, and their children’s battles and their children’s children until they had avenged themselves on all their enemies, to the third and fourth generation, behold this is an ensample unto all people, saith the Lord your God, for justification before me.
7. And again verily I say unto you, if, after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time, he repent and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness, thou shalt forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testimony against thine enemy, and so on unto the second and the third time; and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass, wherewith he hath trespassed against thee, thou shalt forgive him, until seventy times seven; and if he trespass against thee and repent not the first time, nevertheless thou shalt [p. 343]
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