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Old Testament Revision 1

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and she shall say drink and I will give thy Camels drink also let her be the one whom thou hast appointed for thy servent Isaac and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass before he had done speaking that Behold Rebeckah came out who was born to Bethuel son of Milcha the wife of Nahor, Abrahams brother with her pitcher upon her shoulder. and the damsel being a Virgin very fair to look upon such as the servent of Abraham had not seen neither had any man known like unto her and she went down to the well and filled her pitcher and came up. and the servent ran to meet her and said let me I pray thee drink a little watter of thy pitcher. and she said drink my lord and she hasted and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. and when she had done giving him drink she said, I will draw for thy Camels also, untill they have done drinking. and she hasted, and emtied her pitcher into the trough; and ran again unto the well to draw and drew for all his Camels. And the man wondering at her, held his peace, pondering in his heart wheather the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not. and it came pass as the Camels had done drinking that the man took a golden earring of half a shekel weight and two braceletts for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, and said Whose daughter art thou tell me I pray thee and is there room in thy fathers house for us to lodge in and she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcha, which she bear unto Nahor. she said moreover unto him we have both straw and provender enough and room to lodge in. and the man bowed down his head and worshiped the Lord. and he said Blessed is the Lord [p. 59]
and she shall say drink and I will give thy C[a]mels drink  also let her be the one whom thou hast appointed for thy  servent Isaac and thereby shall I know that thou hast sh ewed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass before  he had done speaking that Behold Rebeckah came out  who was born to Bethuel son of Milcha the wife of Nahor,  Abrahams brother with her pitcher upon her shoulder. and  the damsel being a Virgin very fair to look upon such as  the servent of Abraham had not seen neither had any man  known like unto her and she went down to the well and  filled her pitcher and came up. and the servent ran  to meet her and said let me I pray thee drink a little  watter of thy pitcher. and she said drink my lord and  she hasted and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and  gave him drink. and when she had done giving him drink  she said, I will draw for thy Camels also, <un>till <untill> they have  done drinking. and she hasted, and emtied her pitcher in to the trough; and ran again unto the well to draw  and drew for all his Camels. And the man wondering  at her, held his peace, pondering in his heart wheather  the Lord had made his journey prosperous or not.  and it came pass as the Camels had done drinking  that the man took a gold<en> earing earring of half a she kel weight and two braceletts for her hands of ten she kels weight of gold, and said Whose daughter art thou  tell me I pray thee and is there ro[o]m in thy fathers  house for us to lodge in and she said unto him, I am  am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcha, which  she bear unto Nahor. she said moreover unto him  we have both straw and provender enough and  room to lodge in. and the man bowed down his head  and worshiped the Lord. and he said Blessed is the Lord [p. 59]
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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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