Revelation, 7 August 1831 [D&C 59]

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Behold blessed saith the Lord are they who have come up unto this land with an eye single to my glory according to my for them that live shall inherit the earth and them that die shall rest from all their labours & their works shall follow them they shall receive a crown in the mansions of my Father which I have prepared for them. Yea blessed are they whose feet stand upon the land of who have obeyed my Gospel for they shall receive for their reward the good things of the earth & it shall bring forth in her strength & they also shall be crowned with blessings from above yea & with commandments not a few & with revelations in their time they that are faithful & diligent before me. Wherefore I give unto them a commandment saying thus Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart with all thy might mind & strength & in the name of Jesus Christ thou shalt serve him thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself thou shalt not steal neither commit adultry nor kill or do any thing like unto it thou shalt thank the Lord thy God in all things thou shalt offer a sacrafice unto the Lord thy God in righteousness even that of a broken heart & a contrite spirit. And that thou mayest more fully keep thyself unspotted from the world thou shalt go to the house of prayer & offer up thy upon my holy day for verily this is a day appointed unto you to rest from your labours & to pay thy devotions unto the most high Nevertheless thy vows should be offered up in righteousness <​in​> all days & at all times but remember that on this the Lords day thou shalt offer thine oblations & thy sacraments unto the most High Confessing thy sins unto thy brethren & before the Lord & on this day thou shalt do none other <​things​> only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fastings may be perfect or in other words that thy joy may be full verily this is fasting and prayer or in other words rejoicing & prayer. And inasmuch as ye do these things with thanksgiving with cheerful hearts & coutenances not with much laughter (for this is sin) but with a glad heart & a cheerful countenance verily I say that inasmuch as ye do this the fulness of the earth is yours the beasts of the fields & the fowls of the air & that which climbeth upon trees & walketh upon the earth yea & the herb & the good things which cometh of the earth whether for food or for raiment or for houses or for barns or for orchards or for gardens or for vineyards yea all things which cometh of the earth in the season therof is made for the benefit & the <​use​> of man both to please the eye & to gladen the heart yea for food & for raiment for taste & for smell to strengthen the body & to enliven the soul & it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man for unto this end were they made to be used with judgement not to excess neither by extortion & in nothing doth man offend God or against none is his wrath kindled save those who Confess not his hand in all things & obey not his commandments behold this is according to the law & the prophets. Wherefore trouble me no more concerning this matter but learn that he who doeth the works of righteousness shall receive his reward even peace in this world & eternal life in the world to come I the Lord hath spoken it & the spirit beareth record Amen
Given by Joseph the & written by August 7. 1831 in the land of [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    See Matthew 6:22; Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 533 [Mormon 8:15]; and Revelation, Feb. 1829 [D&C 4:5]. While working on his revision of the Bible in spring 1831, JS changed the passage in Matthew 6:22 to read, “If therefore if thine eye be single to the glory of God thy whole body shall be full of light.” (New Testament Revision 1, p. 13 [Joseph Smith Translation, Matthew 6:22]; see also Faulring et al., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible, 64–65.)  

    New Testament Revision 1 / “A Translation of the New Testament Translated by the Power of God,” 1831. CCLA. Also available in Scott H. Faulring, Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds., Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004), 153–228.

    Faulring, Scott H., Kent P. Jackson, and Robert J. Matthews, eds. Joseph Smith’s New Translation of the Bible: Original Manuscripts. Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2004.

  2. 2

    See Revelation 14:13.  

  3. 3

    See John 14:2.  

  4. 4

    See Genesis 4:12.  

  5. 5

    See Matthew 22:37–39.  

  6. 6

    See Exodus 20:13–15; Deuteronomy 5:17–19; and Revelation, 9 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:18–24].  

  7. 7

    The Articles and Covenants listed “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” as requirements for baptism. The phrases also appear in the Bible and the Book of Mormon. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830 [D&C 20:37]; see, for example, Psalms 34:18; 51:17; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 474, 480, 576 [3 Nephi 9:20; 12:19; Moroni 6:2].)  

  8. 8

    See James 1:27.  

  9. 9

    See Isaiah 56:6–7. The Articles and Covenants previously instructed members to “meet together oft to partake bread & wine in Rememberance of the Lord Jesus,” but this revelation appears to be the first time that partaking of the Lord’s Supper is specifically associated with Sunday worship. (Articles and Covenants, ca. Apr. 1830, in Revelation Book 1, p. 57 [D&C 20:75].)  

  10. 10

    Members of the New Testament church “were together, and had all things common; . . . and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart.” (Acts 2:44–46.)  

  11. 11

    A passage in the Book of Mormon implies that when one fasts and prays much, one can “worship God with exceeding great joy.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 348 [Alma 45:1]; “Baptism, &c.,” The Evening and the Morning Star, Apr. 1833, [8].)  

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.

  12. 12

    See Deuteronomy 33:16; see also Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:45].  

  13. 13

    A May 1831 revelation explained that “the beasts of the field & the fowls of the air & that which cometh of the Earth is ordained for the use of man for food & for raiment & that he might have in abundance.” After hearing reports in Kirtland, Ohio, from those who had traveled to Missouri, Elizabeth Godkin Marsh explained that “common game” in Missouri consisted of “Deer Turkies, prairie hens Rabt [a]nd Gray squirels.” She also reported that the state had an abundance of “wild plumbs, wild sweet grapes, mulberies, strawberies, rspberries, and Blackberies, hazlenuts hickery nuts &c are two numerious to mention.” (Revelation, 7 May 1831 [D&C 49:19]; Elizabeth Godkin Marsh, Kirtland Mills, OH, to Lewis Abbott and Ann Abbott, East Sudbury, MA, Sept. [1831], Abbott Family Collection, CHL.)  

    Abbott Family Collection, 1831–2000. CHL. MS 23457.

  14. 14

    This notation by Cowdery may have been part of the original manuscript because Samuel Smith included this same notation in his copy. It is not, however, in the copy made by John Whitmer in Revelation Book 1, nor is it included in the version published in the July 1832 issue of The Evening and the Morning Star. (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [74]; Revelation Book 1, pp. 98–100; “Commandment for Keeping the Sabbath, &c.,The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1832, [1].)  

    Hyde, Orson, and Samuel Smith. Notebook of Revelations and Missionary Memoranda, ca. Oct. 1831–ca. Jan. 1832. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL. MS 4583, box 1, fd. 2.

    The Evening and the Morning Star. Independence, MO, June 1832–July 1833; Kirtland, OH, Dec. 1833–Sept. 1834.