Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson County, Missouri, 6 August 1833

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and I the Lord will fight their battles and their childrens battles and their childrens children  untill they have 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 justifycation before  me. And again I say unto you verily I say unto you if after thine enemy has come  upon you the first time he repents 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 repent of the trespass wh[e] rewith he has trespassed against thee thou shalt forgive him unto seventy times  seven and if he trespass against thee and repent not the first time nevertheless thou shalt for give him and if he trespass against thee the second time and repent not nevertheless thou shalt  forgive him and if he trespass against thee the third time and repent not thou shalt also  forgive him, but if he trespass against him the fourth time thou shalt not forgive him  but shall bring these testimonies before the Lord and they shall not be blotted out till he  repent and reward thee four fould in all things wherewith he has trespassed against  you and if he do this thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart and if he do not  this I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred fold and upon his children  and upon his childrens children of all them that hate me unto the third and fourth gene ration but if the children shall repent or the childrens children and turn unto the  Lord their God with all their heart and with all their might mind and strength and restore  four fold fer all their trespasses wherewith they have t[r]espassed or wherewith their fathers  have trespassed or their fathers fathers then thine indignation shall be turned away and veng ence shall no more come upon them saith the Lord your God and their trespasses shall  never be brought any more as a testimony before the Lord against them Amen.
Having here given you two revelations we accompany them with the following expla nations 1) the revelation respecting the two houses to be built in in addition  to the one for the and the other for the printing are <is> also  binding on you that is you at have to build three <two> houses as well as the one of which  we have sent the pattern and mentioned in the first revelation above written you an[d] also in addi tion to this one <to> build two others one for the presidency and one for the printing they are to be  of the same size in the inner court of the one of which you have received the pattern they  will therefore be larger than the ones we are to build in 2 you are to print an Editi on of the schriptures there at the same time we do here so that two additions [editions] will be  struck at the same time the one here and the other there, the two last mentioned  houses are to be built as soon after the other as means can be obtaind so to do
The pattern of the last mentioned houses is yet to be given see revelation from  above and wishes you to forward the rest of their papers  to as they are going to move here immediately both at present of N.Y.
Joseph Smith Jr
 
O )25
Augst 7 )
, Jackson County
Missouri—— [p. [4]]
and I the Lord will fight their battles and their childrens battles and their childrens children untill they have 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 justifycation before me. And again verily I say unto you if after thine enemy has come upon you the first time he repents 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 repent of the trespass wherewith he has trespassed against thee thou shalt forgive him unto seventy times seven and if he trespass against thee and repent not the first time nevertheless thou shalt forgive him and if he trespass against thee the second time and repent not nevertheless thou shalt forgive him and if he trespass against thee the third time and repent not thou shalt also forgive him, but if he trespass against him the fourth time thou shalt not forgive him but shall bring these testimonies before the Lord and they shall not be blotted out till he repent and reward thee four fould in all things wherewith he has trespassed against you and if he do this thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart and if he do not this I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred fold and upon his children and upon his childrens children of all them that hate me unto the third and fourth generation but if the children shall repent or the childrens children and turn unto the Lord their God with all their heart and with all their might mind and strength and restore four fold fer all their trespasses wherewith they have trespassed or wherewith their fathers have trespassed or their fathers fathers then thine indignation shall be turned away and vengence shall no more come upon them saith the Lord your God and their trespasses shall never be brought any more as a testimony before the Lord against them Amen.
Having here given you two revelations we accompany them with the following explanations 1) the revelation respecting the two houses to be built in in addition to the one for the and the other for the printing is also binding on you that is you at have to build two houses as well as the one of which we have sent the pattern and mentioned in the first revelation above written you and also in addition to this one to build two others one for the presidency and one for the printing they are to be of the same size in the inner court of the one of which you have received the pattern they will therefore be larger than the ones we are to build in 2 you are to print an Edition of the schriptures there at the same time we do here so that two additions [editions] will be struck at the same time the one here and the other there, the two last mentioned houses are to be built as soon after the other as means can be obtaind so to do
The pattern of the last mentioned houses is yet to be given see revelation from above and wishes you to forward the rest of their papers to as they are going to move here immediately both at present of N.Y.
Joseph Smith Jr
 
O )25
Augst 7 )
, Jackson County
Missouri—— [p. [4]]
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