Visions of Moses, June 1830 [Moses 1]

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& comma[n]ded saying I am the only begotten worship me And it came  to pass that Moses began to fear exceedingly & as he began to fear he  saw the bitterness of Hell Nevertheless calling upon God he received stren gth & he commanded saying Depart hence Satan for this one God only  will I worship which is the God of glory & now Satan began to tremble  & the Earth shook & Moses receiving strength called upon God saying  In the name of Jesus Christ depart hence Satan And it came to pass that  satan cried with a loud voice with weeping & wailing & gnashing of teeth  & departed hence yea from the presence of Moses that he beheld him not  And now of this thing <thing> Moses bore record but because of wickedness it is  not had among the children of men And it came to pass that when  Satan had departed from the presence of Moses he lifted up his  eyes unto Heaven being filled with the Holy Ghost which beareth  record of the Father & the Son & calling upon the name of God he beheld  again his glory for it was upon him & he heard a voice saying Blessed  art thou Moses for I the Almighty have chosen thee & thou shalt  be made stronger than the many waters for they shall obey thy command  even as if thou wert God & lo I am with you even to the end of thy days  for thou shalt deliver my people from bondage even Israel my chose[n]  And it came to pass as the voice was still speaking he cast his eyes & h[e]  beheld the Earth yea even all all the face of it & there was not a particl[e]  of it which he did not behold diserning it by the Spirit of God & he be held also the inhabitants thereof & there was not a soul which he be[held]  not & he discerned them by the Spirit of God & their numbers were grea[t]  even as numberless as the sand upon the sea shore & he beheld many lands  & each land was called Earth & there were inhabitants upon the face there of And it came to pass that Moses called upon God saying tell me I pray  thee why these things are so & by what thou madest them & behold the glory  of God was upon Moses that Moses stood in the presence of God & he talk[ed]  with him face to face & the Lord God said unto Moses For mine own  purpose have I made these things here is wisdom & it remaineth in me  & by the word of my power have I created them which is mine only be gotten Son full of grace & truth & worlds without number have I cre ated & I also created them for mine own purpose & by the same I  created them which is mine only begotten & the first man of all men  have I called Adam which is many but only an account of this  Earth & the inhabitants thereof give I unto you for behold there are  many worlds which have passed away by the word of my power &  there are many also which now stand & numberless are they unto man bu[t]  all things are numbered unto me for they are mine & I know them  And it came to pass that Moses spake unto the Lord saying Be merciful  [u]nto thy Servant O God & tell me concerning this Earth & the inhabitan[ts]  [the]reof & also the H[eavens] & then thy Servant will be content [p. [2]]
This revelation represents the first part of what is known as JS’s Bible Revision. In early October 1829, Oliver Cowdery purchased a copy of the King James Bible that JS used in summer 1830 to revise the scriptural text. By the time JS laid aside the Old Testament and New Testament manuscripts three years later, he had amended more than three thousand Bible verses, adding or altering passages and occasionally even entire chapters in a process he referred to as a translation.
The revelation served as a preface to the Pentateuch, particularly the book of Genesis. Unique to this narrative is an encounter between God and Moses in which Moses begins to comprehend God’s glory and the expanse of his creations.
Cowdery wrote this extract about June 1830, though it is not known where he was at the time. After Cowdery left on a mission, other scribes wrote for JS, adding to the manuscript during fall 1830. In December work ceased until after the move to Kirtland, Ohio, in early 1831.