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Revelation, 27 February 1833 [D&C 89]

used with prudence & thanksgiving, yea flesh also of beasts & of fowls,18

Instead of “of beasts & of fowls,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “of beasts and of the fowls of the are [air].” (Revelation Book 2, p. 50 [D&C 89:12].)  


I the Lord hath ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving— Nevertheless they are to be used sparingly & it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used only19

One of the many ways only can be used is as a preposition meaning “except for.” In his 1842 discourse to church members in Nauvoo, Illinois, Hyrum Smith paraphrased this part of the revelation saying, “It is pleasing saith the Lord that flesh be used only in times of winter, or of famine.” (“Only,” in Oxford English Dictionary, 7:128; “The Word of Wisdom,” Times and Seasons, 1 June 1842, 3:801.)  


in times of winter20

Many other contemporary authors similarly argued that meat was better for humans in the winter than in the summer. Thomas Tryon, for example, advised that meat be eaten sparingly, and especially avoided in the summer. (Tryon, Way to Health and Long Life, 8–9; see also Bush, “Word of Wisdom,” 168–169.)  


or of famine—21

Instead of “in times of winter or of famine,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “in times of winter or of cold or famine.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:13].)  


All grain is for22

Instead of “is for,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “is ordained for.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:14].)  


the use of man & of beasts to be the staff of life not only for man, but for the beasts & for the fowls,23

Instead of “for the beasts & for the fowls,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “for the beasts of the feald and the fowls of heaven.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:14].)  


and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth & these hath God made24

The Revelation Book 2 copy has “made” here. (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:15].)  


for the use of man only in times of famine or25

Instead of “or,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “and.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:15].)  


excess of hunger all grain is good for the use26

Instead of “use,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “food.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16].)  


of man as also the fruit of the vine that which beareth27

Instead of “beareth,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads “yealdeth.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16].)  


fruit whether in the ground or above ground.28

Instead of “above ground,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “above the ground.” At the time, fruit could mean “not only corn [grain] of all kinds, but grass, cotton, flax, grapes and all cultivated plants.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16]; “Fruit,” in American Dictionary.)  


Nevertheless wheat for man & corn for the Ox & Oats for the horse. Rye for the fowls & the swine & for all beasts of the field and Barley for all useful animals & for mild drinks29

“Mild drinks” could include barley water (a nonalcoholic drink made by the decoction of pearl barley and used as a remedy for a variety of conditions) or drinks made from malted barley. (“Barley-water,” in American Dictionary; Buchan, Domestic Medicine, 165; Richardson, New-England Farrier and Family Physician, 129.)  


as also other grains— and all saints who remember to keep & do these sayings walking in obedience to the commands30

Instead of “commands,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “commandments.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:18].)  


shall receieve health in their navel & marrow to their bones31

See Proverbs 3:8.  


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used with prudence & thanksgiving, yea  flesh also of beasts & of fowls,18

Instead of “of beasts & of fowls,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “of beasts and of the fowls of the are [air].” (Revelation Book 2, p. 50 [D&C 89:12].)  


I the  Lord hath ordained for the use of man  with thanksgiving— Nevertheless they are  to be used sparingly & it is pleasing unto  me that they should not be used only19

One of the many ways only can be used is as a preposition meaning “except for.” In his 1842 discourse to church members in Nauvoo, Illinois, Hyrum Smith paraphrased this part of the revelation saying, “It is pleasing saith the Lord that flesh be used only in times of winter, or of famine.” (“Only,” in Oxford English Dictionary, 7:128; “The Word of Wisdom,” Times and Seasons, 1 June 1842, 3:801.)  


in  times of winter20

Many other contemporary authors similarly argued that meat was better for humans in the winter than in the summer. Thomas Tryon, for example, advised that meat be eaten sparingly, and especially avoided in the summer. (Tryon, Way to Health and Long Life, 8–9; see also Bush, “Word of Wisdom,” 168–169.)  


or of famine—21

Instead of “in times of winter or of famine,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “in times of winter or of cold or famine.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:13].)  


All grain is  for22

Instead of “is for,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “is ordained for.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:14].)  


the use of man & of beasts to be the  staff of life not only for man, but for  the beasts & for the fowls,23

Instead of “for the beasts & for the fowls,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “for the beasts of the feald and the fowls of heaven.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:14].)  


and all wild  animals that run or creep on the earth  & these hath God [made]24

The Revelation Book 2 copy has “made” here. (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:15].)  


for the use of man only  in times of famine or25

Instead of “or,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “and.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:15].)  


excess of hunger  all grain is good for the use26

Instead of “use,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “food.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16].)  


of man  & of beasts as also the fruit of the vine  that which beareth27

Instead of “beareth,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads “yealdeth.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16].)  


fruit whether in the  ground or above ground.28

Instead of “above ground,” the Revelation Book 2 copy reads, “above the ground.” At the time, fruit could mean “not only corn [grain] of all kinds, but grass, cotton, flax, grapes and all cultivated plants.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:16]; “Fruit,” in American Dictionary.)  


Nevertheless  wheat for man & corn for the Ox  & Oats for the horse. Rye for the fowls  & the swine & for all beasts of the field  and Barley for all useful animals & for  mild drinks29

“Mild drinks” could include barley water (a nonalcoholic drink made by the decoction of pearl barley and used as a remedy for a variety of conditions) or drinks made from malted barley. (“Barley-water,” in American Dictionary; Buchan, Domestic Medicine, 165; Richardson, New-England Farrier and Family Physician, 129.)  


as also other grains— and  all saints who remember to keep & do  these sayings walking in obedience to  the commands30

Instead of “commands,” the Revelation Book 2 copy has “commandments.” (Revelation Book 2, p. 51 [D&C 89:18].)  


shall receieve health in  their navel & marrow to their bones31

See Proverbs 3:8.  


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