Revelation, March 1829 [D&C 5]

against my words Behold I deliver them up unto Satan for  he reigneth & hath much Power at this time for he that hath  hath got great hold upon the hearts of the People of this  Generation & how far from the iniquities of Sodom and  Gomorrah do they come at this time & Behold the Swoard  of Justice doth hang above their heads & if they persist in the  hardness of ther hearts the time cometh that it must fall upon  them Behold I tell you these things even as I also told the People  of the destruction of Jerusalem & my word shall be verrified  at this time as it hath hitherto been verrified & now I com mand my Servant Joseph that he repenteth & walketh  more uprightly before me & yield to the perswations of men  no more & that he be firm in Keeping the commandments  which I have commanded him & if he do this Behold I grant  unto him Eternal life even if he should be slain. And  now I speak again concerning the the man that desireeth the Wit ness Behold I say unto him if he exalteth himself & doth not  humble himself sufficiently before me I will grant unto  him no such vews but if he will go out & bow down before  me & humble himself in mighty prayer & faith in the  sincerity of his heart then will I grant unto him a vew  of the things which he desireth to vew then shall he say un to the People of this Generation Behold I have seen the things &  I know of a surety that they are true for I have seen  them & they have been shone unto me by the Power  of God & I command him that he say no more except  I have seen them & they have been shone unto me by the  Power of God & these are the words which he shall say  but if he deny this he shall brake the covenant which  he hath covenanted with me & Behold he is condemn ed & now except he humble himself & acknowledge unto  me the things which he hath done that is wrong & cove nant with me that he will Keep my commandments  & exercise faith in me Behold I say unto him he shall  have no such vews for I will grant unto him no such vews  of which I have spoken & if this be the case I command him  that he shall do no more nor trouble me no more Con cerning this matter & if this be the case Behold I say unto  you Joseph when thou hast translated a few more [p. 2]
In June 1828, after JS and Martin Harris had completed 116 pages of the Book of Mormon translation, Harris convinced JS to allow him to take the manuscript to Palmyra, New York, to show to relatives. The manuscript was subsequently lost. Harris had borrowed the transcribed pages at least in part to demonstrate to his skeptical wife that he was involved in something meaningful and tangible. This revelation, dated March 1829, was directed to JS and Harris, with the opening line suggesting that Harris sought verification that JS had possession of certain “things” related to the Book of Mormon translation. Though not initially specified, a later revision, appearing in the 1835 Doctrine and Covenants, substituted “plates” for “things.”
The revelation went beyond Harris’s original intent in going to the Lord and promised that the Book of Mormon plates would be shown to three individuals, including Harris. The Book of Mormon was first published in 1830, and it included the testimony of Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Harris, confirming they had been shown the plates as promised.
Oliver Cowdery may have penned this text soon after he arrived in Harmony, Pennsylvania, early in April 1829. It was printed in the 1833 Book of Commandments.