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Revelation, 6 August 1833 [D&C 98]

and I the Lord will fight their battles and their childrens battles and their childrens children  untill they have avenged themselves on all their enemes to the third and fourth generation;  behold this is an ensample unto all people saith the Lord your God for justification before  me. And again I say unto you Verily I say unto you if after thine enemy has come  upon you the first time he repents and come unto thee praying thy forgiveness thou shalt  forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testimony against thine enemy and so on  unto the second and the third time and as oft as thine enemy repent of the trespass whe rewith he has trespassed against thee thou shalt forgive him unto seventy times  seven and if he trespass against the[e] and repent not the first time nevertheless thou shalt for give him and if he trespass against thee the second time and repent not nevertheless thou shalt  forgive him and if he trespass against thee the third time and repent not thou shalt also  forgive him, but if he trespass against him the fourth time thou shalt not forgive him  but shall bring these testimonies before the Lord and they shall not be blotted out till he  repent and reward thee four fould in all things wherewith he has trespassed against  you and if he do this thou shalt forgive him with all thine heart and if he do not  this I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemy an hundred fold and upon his children  and upon his childrens children of all them that hate me unto the third and fourth gene ration but if the children shall repent or the childrens children and turn unto the  Lord their God with all their heart and with all their night mind and strength and restore  four fold for all their trespasses wherewith they have trespassed or wherewith their fathers  have trespassed or their fathers fathers then thine indignation shall be turned away and veng ence shall no more come upon them saith the Lord your God and their trespasses shall  never be brought any more as a testmony before the Lord against them Amen. [p. [4]]
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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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