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

or if he translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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again, or in other words, if he bringeth forth the same words, behold we have altered them: therefore they will not agree, and we will say that he has lied in his words, and that he has no gift, and that he has no power: therefore we will destroy him, and also the work, and we will do this that we may not be ashamed in the end, and that we may get glory of the world.
3 Verily, verily I say unto you, that Satan has great hold upon their hearts he stirrith them up to iniquity against that which is good, and their hearts are corrupt and full of wickedness and abominations, and they love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil: therefore they will not ask of me. Satan stirreth them up, that he may lead their souls to destruction. And thus he has laid a cunning plan, thinking to destroy the work of God, but I will require this at their hands, and it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgement; yea, he stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work, yea, he saith unto them, deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy: behold this is no harm, and thus he flattereth them and telleth them that it is no sin to lie, that they may catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him, and thus he flattereth them and leadeth them along, untill he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare; and thus he goeth up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.
4 Verily, verily I say unto you, wo be unto him that lyeth to decieve because he supposeth that another lieth to decieve, for such are not exempt from the justice of God.
5 Now behold they altered those words, because Satan saith unto them, He hath deceived you: and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to get thee to tempt the Lord thy God. 6 Behold I say unto you, that you shall not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands; for behold they shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words.
For behold, if you should bring forth the same words, they will say, that you have lied; that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contradicted yourself: and behold they will publish this, and Satan will harden the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not believe my words. Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this generation; that the work may not come forth in this generation: but behold here is wisdom, and because I shew unto you wisdom, and give you commandments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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concerning these things, what you shall do, shew it not unto the world untill you have accomplished the work of translation.
7 Marvel not that I said unto you here is wisdom, show it not unto the [p. [2]]
or if he translate

To produce a new text through a revelatory, rather than scholarly, process, by the “gift and power of God.” In the Book of Mormon, the ancient prophet Mosiah translated records into his own language using “interpreters,” or “two stones which was fastened ...

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again, or in other words, if he bringeth forth the same words,  behold we have altered them: therefore they will not agree, and we will say that  he has lied in his words, and that he has no gift, and that he has no power: there fore we will destroy him, and also the work, and we will do this that we may not  be ashamed in the end, and that we may get glory of the world.
3 Verily, verily I say unto you, that Satan has great hold upon their hearts  he stirrith them up to iniquity against that which is good, and their hearts are corrupt  and full of wickedness and abominations, and they love darkness rather than light  because their deeds are evil: therefore they will not ask of me. Satan stirreth them  up, that he may lead their souls to destruction. And thus he has laid a cunning  plan, thinking to destroy the work of God, but I will require this at their hands, and  it shall turn to their shame and condemnation in the day of judgement; yea, he  stirreth up their hearts to anger against this work, yea, he saith unto them,  deceive and lie in wait to catch, that ye may destroy: behold this is no harm, and  thus he flattereth them and telleth them that it is no sin to lie, that they may  catch a man in a lie, that they may destroy him, and thus he flattereth them  and leadeth them along, untill he draggeth their souls down to hell; and thus  he causeth them to catch themselves in their own snare; and thus he goeth  up and down, to and fro in the earth, seeking to destroy the souls of men.
4 Verily, verily I say unto you, wo be unto him that lyeth to decieve  because he supposeth that another lieth to decieve, for such are not exempt  from the justice of God.
5 Now behold they altered those words, because Satan saith unto them,  He hath deceived you: and thus he flattereth them away to do iniquity, to get  thee to tempt the Lord thy God. 6 Behold I say unto you, that you shall  not translate again those words which have gone forth out of your hands; for be hold they shall not accomplish their evil designs in lying against those words.
For behold, if you should bring forth the same words, they will say, that you  have lied; that you have pretended to translate, but that you have contra dicted yourself: and behold they will publish this, and Satan will harden  the hearts of the people to stir them up to anger against you, that they will not  believe my words. Thus Satan thinketh to overpower your testimony in this  generation; that the work may not come forth in this generation: but behold  here is wisdom, and because I shew unto you wisdom, and give you command ments

Generally, a divine mandate that church members were expected to obey; more specifically, a text dictated by JS in the first-person voice of Deity that served to communicate knowledge and instruction to JS and his followers. Occasionally, other inspired texts...

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concerning these things, what you shall do, shew it not unto the world  untill you have accomplished the work of translation.
7 Marvel not that I said unto you here is wisdom, show it not unto the [p. [2]]
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; 553 pages, plus 16 pages of addenda; CHL. This is the first volume of a six-volume manuscript history of the church. This first volume covers the period from 23 December 1805 to 30 August 1834; the remaining five volumes, labeled B-1 through F-1, continue through 8 August 1844.

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