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Revelation, 5 January 1831 [D&C 39]

42nd Commandment Recd Jan. 5th. 1831
there was a man by the name of James [Covel] who covenanted with  the Lord that he would obey any commandment that the  Lord would give through his servent Joseph & <accordingly> he enquird  of the Lord & he received these words as follows
given at Fayette Seneca County state New York1

John Whitmer likely created the preceding three-paragraph heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

 
Saying hearken ye & listen to the voice of him who is from  all eternity to all eternity2

See, for example, Old Testament Revision 1, p. 17 [Moses 7:29]; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 160, 582 [Mosiah 3:5; Moroni 8:18].
Comprehensive Works Cited

 

 

Old Testament Revision 1 / “A Revelation Given to Joseph the Revelator June 1830,” 1830–1831. CCLA. Also available 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.

The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

the great I am even Jesus Christ th[e]  light & the life of the world3

See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 189, 473, 477 [Mosiah 16:9; 3 Nephi 9:18; 11:11]; and Revelation, 4 Nov. 1830 [D&C 34:2]; compare John 8:12.
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

a light which shineth in  darkness & the darkness comprehendeth it not4 the same which  came in the maridian of time unto my own & my own  Received me not but to as many as received me gave I  power to become my Sons & even so will I give unto as  many as Receive me power to become my Sons. & Verily Verily  I say unto you he that receiveth my Gospel Receiveth me &  this is my Gospel Repentance & Baptism by water & then [p. 58]
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Revelation, Fayette Township, Seneca Co., NY, to James Covel, 5 Jan. 1831. Featured version, titled “42nd Commandment Recd Jan. 5th. 1831,” copied [ca. Mar. 1831] in Revelation Book 1, pp. 58–60; handwriting of John Whitmer; CHL. Includes redactions. For more information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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