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Old Testament Revision 1

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God of my master Abraham who hath not left my master destitute of his mercy and his truth and when I was in the way the Lord led me to the house of my masters breatheren. and the damsel ran to the house and told her mother these things. and Rebekah had a brother whose name was Laban and Laban ran out to the man unto the well. and it came to pass when he saw the earring and braceletts upon his sisters hands and when he heard the words of Rebeka his sister saying thus spake the man unto me and I came unto the man and Behold he stood by the Camels at the well. and he said come in thou blessed of the Lord wherefore standest thou without for I have prepared the house and room for the Camels. and the man came into the house, and he unburdened his Camels and gave straw and provender for the Camels and watter to wash his feet and the men’s feet that came with him and there was set before him food to eat but he said I will not eat till I have told mine errand and Laban said speak on. and he said I am Abraham’s servent. and the Lord hath blessed my master greatly and he is become great and he hath given him flocks and heards and silver and gold and men servents and maid servents and Camels and Asses, and Sarah my master’s wife bear a son to my master when she was old and unto him hath he given all that he hath. and my master made me swear saying thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell but thou shalt go unto my fathers house and to my kindred and take a wife unto my son. and I said unto my master perhaps the woman will nof not follow [p. 60]
God of my master Abraham who hath not left  my master destitute of his mercy and his truth and  when I was in the way the Lord led me to the house of my  masters breatheren. and the damsel ran to the house and  told her mother these things. and Rebekah had a  brother whose name was Laban and Laban ran out unto  <the> men <man> unto the well. and it came to pass when he saw the  earing earring and braceletts upon his sisters hands and when he  <heard> the words of Rebeka his sister saying thus spake the man unto  me and <I> came unto the man and Behold he stood by the  Camels at the well. and he said come in thou blessed of  the Lord wherefore standest thou without for I have prepa red the house and room for the Camels. and the man  came into the house, and he unburdened his Camels and  gave them straw and provender for the Camels and watter  to wash his feet and the men’s feet that came with  him and there was set before him food to eat but he  said I will not eat till I have told mine errand  errand and Laban said speak on. and he said I am  Abraham’s servent. and the Lord hath blessed my  master greatly and he has <is> become great and he  hath given him flocks and heards and silver and gold  and men servents and maid servents and Camels and  Asses, and Sarah my master’s wife bear a son to my mas ter when she was old and unto him hath he given all  all that he hath. and my master made me swear  saying thou shalt not take a wife to my son of  the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwe ll but thou shalt go unto my fathers house and  to my kindred and take a wife unto my son. and I  said unto my master perhaps the woman will nof [not] follow [p. 60]
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Old Testament Revision 1, June 1830–ca. 7 Mar. 1831; handwriting of Sidney Rigdon

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, Oliver Cowdery

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, Emma Smith

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, and John Whitmer

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

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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

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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

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

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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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