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Old Testament Revision 1

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& commanded 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 strength & 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 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 chosen And it came to pass as the voice was still speaking he cast his eyes &beheld the Earth yea even all all the face of it & there was not a particle of it which he did not behold diserning it by the Spirit of God & he beheld also the inhabitants thereof & there was not a soul which he beheld not & he discerned them by the Spirit of God & their numbers were great 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 talked 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 begotten Son full of grace & truth & worlds without number have I created & 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 but 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 unto thy servant O God & tell me concerning this Earth & the inhabitants thereof & also the Heavens & then thy servant will be content [p. 2]
& 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 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 & 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]  [th]ereof & also the H[eavens] & then thy servant will be content [p. 2]
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Old Testament Revision 1, June 1830–ca. 7 Mar. 1831; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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, Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, Emma Smith

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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, and John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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; 60 pages; CCLA. Includes redactions, wrapper, and archival markings.
The possibility that the first pages inscribed by Oliver Cowdery

3 Oct. 1806–3 Mar. 1850. Clerk, teacher, justice of the peace, lawyer, newspaper editor. Born at Wells, Rutland Co., Vermont. Son of William Cowdery and Rebecca Fuller. Raised Congregationalist. Moved to western New York and clerked at a store, ca. 1825–1828...

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, especially the first two-and-a-half pages following the original heading, were copied from an earlier dictation text cannot be ruled out. At least by October 1830, when John Whitmer

27 Aug. 1802–11 July 1878. Farmer, stock raiser, newspaper editor. Born in Pennsylvania. Son of Peter Whitmer Sr. and Mary Musselman. Member of German Reformed Church, Fayette, Seneca Co., New York. Baptized by Oliver Cowdery, June 1829, most likely in Seneca...

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replaced Cowdery as scribe, this manuscript is the dictation copy.
The Bible revision manuscripts remained in JS’s possession throughout his life—except during a brief period in 1838 and another in 1839. Upon the death of JS, the manuscript was in possession of his wife Emma

10 July 1804–30 Apr. 1879. Scribe, editor, boardinghouse operator, clothier. Born at Willingborough Township (later in Harmony), Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania. Daughter of Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis. Member of Methodist church at Harmony (later in Oakland...

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for over twenty years, until 1867 when she gave it to her son Joseph Smith III

6 Nov. 1832–10 Dec. 1914. Clerk, hotelier, farmer, justice of the peace, editor, minister. Born at Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio. Son of JS and Emma Hale. Moved to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1838; to Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, 1839; and to Commerce ...

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in order for the RLDS Church to publish The Holy Scriptures.
Note: The transcript of Old Testament Revision 1 presented here is used with generous permission of the Brigham Young University Religious Studies Center. It was published earlier, with some differences in style, 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), 75–152.

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