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Revelation, 3 November 1831 [D&C 133]

reasoning in plainness & simplisity to prepare the weak for those things which are coming upon the earth & for the Lords Errand in the days when the weak should confound the wise & 34

Both the Sidney Rigdon copy and the version published in The Evening and the Morning Star have “the” here. (Appendix 1: Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831, [4]; “Revelations,” The Evening and the Morning Star, May 1833, [2].)  


little one become a strong nation & two should put their tens of thousands to flight35

See Deuteronomy 32:30; Isaiah 60:22; and 1 Corinthians 1:27.  


by the weak things of the Earth the Lord should thresh the Nations of the Earth by the power of his spirit & for this cause these 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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were given37

See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:18–23]; and Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:13].  


they were commanded to be kept from the world in the day that they were given38

For examples of prohibitions against sharing the revelations, see Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:21]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:72].  


but now are to go forth unto all flesh & this according to the mind & the will of the Lord who reigneth over all flesh39

Fifty years after the conference approving the publication of the revelations, David Whitmer claimed that he had opposed publication because he believed “that it was not the will of the Lord that the revelations should be published.” (Whitmer, Address to All Believers in Christ, 54–55.)  


& unto him that repenteth & sanctifieth himself before the Lord shall be given eternal life & they that harken not to the voice of the Lord shall be fulfilled that which was written by the Prophet Moses that they should be cut off from among the people40

See Deuteronomy 18:15, 18–19; Acts 3:22–23; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:14].  


& also that which was written by the Prophet Mlichi for Behold the day cometh that burneth as an Oven & all the proud yea & all that do wickedly shall be stuble & the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the Lord of hosts that it shall leave them neither root nor branch42

See Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  


wherefore this shall be the answer of the Lord in that day when I come unto my own no man among you received me & ye are driven out when I called again there was none of you to answer yet my arm was not shortened43

See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:8].  


at all that I could not redeem neither my power to deliver Behold at my rebuke I dry up the Sea I make the rivers a wilderness their fish stinketh & dieth for thirst I Clothe the Heavens with blackness & make sackloth their covering45

See Isaiah 50:2–3; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:2–3].  


& this shall have of my hand ye shall lay down with sorrow46

See Isaiah 50:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:11].  


Behold & Lo there is none to deliver you for ye obeyed not my voice when I called unto you out of the Heavens ye believed not my Servants & when they were sent unto you ye received them not wherefore they sealed up the testimony & bound up the Law47

See Isaiah 8:16; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 94 [2 Nephi 18:16].  


& ye were delivered up unto darkness these shall go away into outer [p. 120]
reas[o]ning in plainness & simplisity to prepare the weak  for those things which are coming upon the earth & for  the Lords Errand in the days when the <weak should confound the wise> & [illegible]34

Both the Sidney Rigdon copy and the version published in The Evening and the Morning Star have “the” here. (Appendix 1: Revelation, 3 Nov. 1831, [4]; “Revelations,” The Evening and the Morning Star, May 1833, [2].)  


little one become  a strong nation & two should put their tens of thousands  to flight35

See Deuteronomy 32:30; Isaiah 60:22; and 1 Corinthians 1:27.  


by the weak things of the Earth the Lord should  thresh the Nations36

TEXT: “s” possibly inserted.  


of the Earth by the power of his spirit  & for this cause these commandments

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were given37

See Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:18–23]; and Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:13].  


they  were commanded to be kept from the world in the  day <that> they were given38

For examples of prohibitions against sharing the revelations, see Revelation, ca. Summer 1829 [D&C 19:21]; and Revelation, ca. 7 Mar. 1831 [D&C 45:72].  


but now are to go forth unto all  flesh & this according to the mind & the will of the Lord  who reigneth of over all flesh39

Fifty years after the conference approving the publication of the revelations, David Whitmer claimed that he had opposed publication because he believed “that it was not the will of the Lord that the revelations should be published.” (Whitmer, Address to All Believers in Christ, 54–55.)  


& unto him that repenteth  & sanctifieth himself before the Lord shall be given eternal  life & they that harken not to the voice of the Lord shall  be fulfilled that which was written by the Prophet  Moses & also that they should be cut off from among the  people40

See Deuteronomy 18:15, 18–19; Acts 3:22–23; and Revelation, 1 Nov. 1831–B [D&C 1:14].  


& also that which was written by the Prophet Mlichi41

TEXT: Final “◊” possibly “,” or “s”.  


 for Behold the day cometh that burneth as an Oven & all  the proud & they that do yea & all that do wickedly shall be  stuble & the day that cometh shall burn them up saith the  Lord of hosts that it shall l[e]ave them neither root nor  branch42

See Malachi 4:1; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 505 [3 Nephi 25:1].  


wherefore this shall be the answer of the  Lord in that day when I come unto my own no man  among you received me & ye are driven out when I  called again there was none of you to answer yet  my arm was not shortened43

See Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:8].  


at all that I could not  redeem neither my power to deliver Behold at my  rebuke I dry up the Sea is44

TEXT: Possibly “in”.  


I make the rivers a wild erness their fish stinketh & dieth for thirst I  Cloth[e] the Heavens with blackness & make sackloth  their covering45

See Isaiah 50:2–3; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:2–3].  


& this shall have at of my hand ye shall  lay down with sorrow46

See Isaiah 50:11; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 76 [2 Nephi 7:11].  


Behold & Lo there is none to deliver  you for ye obeyed not my voice when I called unto you all out  of the Heavens ye believed not my Servants & when they  were sent unto you ye received them not wherefore they  sealed up the testimony & bound up the Law47

See Isaiah 8:16; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 94 [2 Nephi 18:16].  


& ye were  delivered up unto darkness these shall go away into outer [p. 120]
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Revelation, Hiram Township

Area settled by immigrants from Pennsylvania and New England, ca. 1802. Located in northeastern Ohio about twenty-five miles southeast of Kirtland. Population in 1830 about 500. Population in 1840 about 1,100. JS lived in township at home of John and Alice...

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, OH, 3 Nov. 1831. Featured version, titled “72 A Revelation Recd. Nov 3, 1831,” copied [ca. Nov. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 116–121; handwriting of 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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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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