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Revelation, 6 August 1833 [D&C 98]

Kirtland August 6th 1833
verely I say unto you my friends feer not let your heart be comforted yea rejoice ever mor & in  every thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lor[d] for your prayer have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabbath  and are recorded with this seal and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefor he  giveth this promise unto you with an immutable covenant that they shall be fulfi[ll]ed and all things wherewith  you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord God.
And now verely I say unto you co[n]cerning the Law of the Lord it is my will that my people  should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them and that law of the Land which is constitutional  supporting the principls of freedom in maintaning rights and priveleges belongs to all mankind  and is justifyeble before me therefor I the Lord justifieth your and your brethren of my Church in bef riending that law which is the constitutional law of the Land and as pertaining to its law of the lord men  whatso[ev]er is more or less then this cometh of evil. I the Lord your God maketh you free therefor you are  free in deed and the law also maketh you free nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wh erefor honest men and wise men should be saught for dilligently and good men and wise men ye  should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoevr is less then thes cometh of evil and I give unto you comm andment that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that  procedeth out forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line upon line  precept upon precept and will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down  his life in my caus for my nam[e’]s sake shall find it again even life eternal therfor be not  affraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my heart with the Lord that I will prove you in all  things, whether you will abide in my covenant even unto death that you may be found  worthy for if you will not abide in my covenet you are not worthy of me therefor renounce  war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the children to the  fathers and the hearts of the fathers to the children and again the hearts of Jews to the pro phets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse and  all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my  fathers house are many mansions and I have prepared a place for you and where  my father and I am there you shall be also,
Behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the Church at kirt land for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and  thire coveteousness and all their detestable things and observ the words of wisdom and eternal  life which I have given unto them verely I say unto you <that> I the Lord will chasten them and will do  whatsoer I list if they do not repent and observe all thing whatsoer I have said unto them.
And again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoevr I command you I the Lord will  turn away all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you
Now I speak unto you concernin your familes if men will smite you or your familes and  you bear it patiently and revile not against them neithe[r] seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye  bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto you as being mieted out a just measure unto you, and  again if your enemies shall smite you a second time and you revile not against your enemies  and bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third  time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and then three  testamones shall stand against your enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out  and now verely I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brought  into Judgment before me then you shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he  come no more upon you with either upon your family either your children or your  children[’s] children unto the third and fourth generation <and then if he shall come upon you or your children or your childrens children unto the third and forth generation> I have delivered thine enemy into thine  hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy  children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation nevertheless thine  enemy is in thine hands and if thou reward him according to his works thou art justified  if he has saught thy life and thy life is endangered by him thine enemy is in thine hand  and thou art justified. Behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Nephi and  thy father Joseph and Jacob and Isaac and Abraim and all mine anciett prophets and  Apostles and again this is the law <that I gave unto mine ancients> of my prophets that they should not go out <un>to battle  against any nation kindred tongue or people save I the Lord commanded them and if any  Nation tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a  standard of <peace> unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people does not except [accept]  the offering of peace neither the second nor the third time they should bring them  testamony before the Lord then I the Lord would give unto them a commandment  and justify them in going out to battle against that nation tongue or people [p. [3]]
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In an environment of opposition, this text provided guidance on how to respond to physical aggression from antagonists. In its urging of respect for constitutional and civil authority and its plea to turn the other cheek, render good for evil, and seek peaceful solutions when confronted by strife, it reiterated fundamental civic and religious principles.
This revelation was included in a 6 August 1833 letter sent by Sidney Rigdon, Frederick G. Williams, and JS to church leaders in Missouri. Edward Partridge received the letter. Williams copied the text into Revelation Book 2 sometime between August 1833 and August 1834, identifying the setting as “Kirtland 6th of August 1833.” John Whitmer recorded a copy in Revelation Book 1 with the same identification. The 1835 Doctrine and Covenants includes this revelation with a date of August 1833.

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