Elihu under the hand of Jeremy, and Jeremy under the hand of Gad, and Gad under the hand of Esaias, and Esaias received it under the hand of God; Esaias also lived in the days of Abraham and was blessed of him, which Abraham rec eived the , who received it through the lineage of
his fathers, even till Noah; and from Noah till Enoch, through the lineage of their fathers; and from Enoch to Abel, who was slain by the conspir acy of his brother, who received the priesthood by the of God by the hand of his father Adam, who was the first man; which priesthood continueth in the in all generations, and is without beginning of days or end of years.
3. And the Lord confirmed a and his seed throughout all their generations, which priesthood also continueth and abideth forever, with the . And this great er priesthood administereth the gospel and holdeth the key of the mysteries of the kingdom, even the of the knowledge of God. Therefore, in the thereof the power of Godliness is manifest; and without the
ordinances thereof, and the authority of the priest hood, the power of godliness is not manifest unto men in their flesh; for without this no man can see the face of God, even the Father, and live.
4. Now this Moses plainly taught to the children of Israel in the wilderness, and sought diligently to sanctify his people that they might behold the face of God; but they hardened their hearts and could not endure his presence, therefore, the Lord, in his wrath, (for his anger is was kindled in against them,) swore that they should not enter into his rest, while in the wilderness, which rest is the fulness of his glory. Therefore he took Moses out of their midst and the
holy priesthood also; [p. 230]