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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Therefore it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another, and for this purpose have I established the constitution of this land by the hand of wise men whom I have raised up if unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
11. Now unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust Judge, (for men ought always to pray and not to faint,) which saith, There was in a city a judge which feared not God neither regarded man— and there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary, and he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet, because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming, she weary me. Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
12. Let them importune at the feet of the Judge; and if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the ; and if the heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the President; and if the President heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation, and in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time will cut of<​f​> these wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites and unbelievers; even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Pray ye therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your your cries, that I may be merciful unto them, that these things may not [HC 1:463] come upon them. What I have said unto you, must needs be, that all men may be left without excuse; that wise men and rulers may hear and know that which they have never considered; that I may proceed to bring to pass my act, my strange act, and perform my work, my strange work. That men may discern between the righteous and the wicked, saith your God. [p. 405]
Therefore it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another, and for this purpose have I established the constitution of this land by the hand of wise men whom I have raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood.
11. Now unto what shall I liken the children of Zion? I will liken them unto the parable of the woman and the unjust Judge, (for men ought always to pray and not to faint,) which saith, There was in a city a judge which feared not God neither regarded man— and there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, avenge me of mine adversary, and he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God, nor regard man, yet, because this widow troubleth me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming, she weary me. Thus will I liken the children of Zion.
12. Let them importune at the feet of the Judge; and if he heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the ; and if the heed them not, let them importune at the feet of the President; and if the President heed them not, then will the Lord arise and come forth out of his hiding place, and in his fury vex the nation, and in his hot displeasure, and in his fierce anger, in his time will cut off these wicked, unfaithful, and unjust stewards, and appoint them their portion among hypocrites and unbelievers; even in outer darkness, where there is weeping, and wailing, and gnashing of teeth. Pray ye therefore, that their ears may be opened unto your cries, that I may be merciful unto them, that these things may not [HC 1:463] come upon them. What I have said unto you, must needs be, that all men may be left without excuse; that wise men and rulers may hear and know that which they have never considered; that I may proceed to bring to pass my act, my strange act, and perform my work, my strange work. That men may discern between the righteous and the wicked, saith your God. [p. 405]
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