History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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lyeth to deceive, because he supposeth that another lyeth to decieve; for  such are not exempt from the Justice of God.
5 Now behold they altered those words. because satan saith  unto them; He hath decieved you, and thus he flattereth them  away to do iniquity, to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God.
6 Behold I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those  words which have gone forth out of <your> your hands, for behold they  shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those  words, for behold if you <should> bring forth the same words they  will say that you have lied, that you have pretended to trans late, 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 beli[e]ve my words: Thus satan thinketh to overpower your testi mony 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 acc omplished the work of translation.
7 Marvel not that I said unto you, here is wisdom, show it  not unto the world; that you may be preserved. Behold I  do not say that you shall not show it unto the rightious, 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 <this> 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 of 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 [p. 19]
lyeth to deceive, because he supposeth that another lyeth to decieve; for such are not exempt from the Justice of God.
5 Now behold they altered those words. because satan saith unto them; He hath decieved you, and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God.
6 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 accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words, for behold if you should bring forth 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; that you may be preserved. Behold I do not say that you shall not show it unto the rightious, 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 this 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 [p. 19]
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