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Revelation, April 1829–B [D&C 8]

Shall receive, a knowledge concerning the engraveings of old Records which are ancient which contain those parts of my Scriptures of which hath been spoken by the manifestation of my Spirit2

Cowdery’s opportunity to translate is discussed in Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:25–27]; and Revelation, Apr. 1829–D [D&C 9:1–3].  


yea Behold I will tell you in your mind & in your heart by the Holy Ghost which Shall come upon you & which shall dwell in your heart now Behold this is the spirit of Revelation Behold this is the spirit by which Moses brought the children of Israel through the red Sea on dry ground therefore this is thy gift apply unto it3

See Exodus 14:16–22.  


& blessed art thou for it shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies when if it were not so they would sley thee4

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:30, 34].  


& bring thy soul to distruction O remember these words & keep my commandments remember this is thy gift now this is not all for thou hast another gift which is the gift of working with the sprout5

In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “sprout” with “rod.” Green, flexible shoots or rods cut from hazel, peach, or cherry trees were sometimes used as divining rods. (Revelation Book 1, p. 13 [D&C 8:6]; see also Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 202; and “The Divining-Rod,” Milwaukie [Wisconsin Territory] Sentinel, 7 Sept. 1842, [1].)  


Behold it hath told you things Behold there is no other power save God that can cause this thing of Nature6

In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “thing of Nature” with “rod.” Editors of the Book of Commandments reinstated “of nature” so that the phrase read “rod of nature.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 13; Book of Commandments 7:3 [D&C 8:7].)  


to work in your hands for it is the work of God7

Accounts of how divining rods were held and how they functioned were prevalent in 1820s America. Wrote one skeptic: “To use the divining rod, the hands are spread, with the palms upward and the thumbs pointing out, when the ends of the forks are grasped by closing the fingers, and the rod is carried along perpendicularly over the ground to be explored. The practitioners pretend, that on arriving over water, or mass of precious ore, the top of the rod will bend over, and point at it.” (“Divining Rods,” Aurora and Franklin Gazette [Philadelphia], 14 Nov. 1826, [2]; see also “The Electrometrical or Divining Rod,” Daily National Intelligencer [Washington DC], 5 Sept. 1820, [2]; “The Divining Rod,” Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer [Annapolis], 28 Sept. 1820, [3]; “The Divining Rod,” Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal, Oct. 1825, 29; and Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 201–212.)  


& therefore whatsoever ye shall ask to tell you by that means that will he grant unto you that ye shall know remember that without faith ye can do nothing trifle not with these things do not ask for that which ye had not ought ask that ye may know the mysteries of God & that ye may Translate

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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all those ancient Records which have been hid up which are Sacred8

The injunction to Cowdery to “trifle not” with his gifts but to use them to unlock the “mysteries of God” and the translation of “ancient Records” is similar to counsel Cowdery received in another April 1829 revelation. (See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:10–12, 26–27].)  


& according to your faith shall it be done unto you Behold it is I that have spoken it & I am the same which spake unto you from the begining amen [p. 13]
Shall receive, a knowledge concerning the engraveings of old  Records which are ancient which contain those parts of my  Scriptures of which hath been spoken by the manifestation  of my Spirit2

Cowdery’s opportunity to translate is discussed in Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:25–27]; and Revelation, Apr. 1829–D [D&C 9:1–3].  


yea Behold I will tell you in your mind & in your  heart by the Holy Ghost which Shall come upon you & which  shall dwell in your heart now Behold this is the spirit of  Revelation Behold this is the spirit by which Moses brought the  children of Israel through the red Sea on dry ground there fore this is thy gift apply unto it3

See Exodus 14:16–22.  


& blessed art thou for  [it] shall deliver you out of the hands of your enemies when if it  were not so they would sley thee4

See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:30, 34].  


& bring thy soul to distruction  O remember these words & keep my commandments remem ber this is thy gift now this is not all for thou hast another  gift which is the gift of working with the sprout5

In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “sprout” with “rod.” Green, flexible shoots or rods cut from hazel, peach, or cherry trees were sometimes used as divining rods. (Revelation Book 1, p. 13 [D&C 8:6]; see also Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 202; and “The Divining-Rod,” Milwaukie [Wisconsin Territory] Sentinel, 7 Sept. 1842, [1].)  


Behold  it hath told you things Behold there is no other power save  God that can cause this thing of Nature6

In preparing the text of Revelation Book 1 for publication, Sidney Rigdon replaced “thing of Nature” with “rod.” Editors of the Book of Commandments reinstated “of nature” so that the phrase read “rod of nature.” (Revelation Book 1, p. 13; Book of Commandments 7:3 [D&C 8:7].)  


to work in your  hands for it is the work of God7

Accounts of how divining rods were held and how they functioned were prevalent in 1820s America. Wrote one skeptic: “To use the divining rod, the hands are spread, with the palms upward and the thumbs pointing out, when the ends of the forks are grasped by closing the fingers, and the rod is carried along perpendicularly over the ground to be explored. The practitioners pretend, that on arriving over water, or mass of precious ore, the top of the rod will bend over, and point at it.” (“Divining Rods,” Aurora and Franklin Gazette [Philadelphia], 14 Nov. 1826, [2]; see also “The Electrometrical or Divining Rod,” Daily National Intelligencer [Washington DC], 5 Sept. 1820, [2]; “The Divining Rod,” Maryland Gazette and Political Intelligencer [Annapolis], 28 Sept. 1820, [3]; “The Divining Rod,” Worcester Magazine and Historical Journal, Oct. 1825, 29; and Silliman, “Divining Rod,” 201–212.)  


& therefore whatsoever ye shall  ask to tell you by that means that will he grant unto you  that ye shall know remember that without faith ye can do  nothing trifle not with these things do not ask for that  which ye had not ought ask that ye may know the mysteries  of God & that ye may Translate

To produce a text from one written in another language; in JS’s usage, most often through divine means. JS considered the ability to translate to be a gift of the spirit, like the gift of interpreting tongues. He recounted that he translated “reformed Egyptian...

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all those ancient Records which  have been hid up which are Sacred8

The injunction to Cowdery to “trifle not” with his gifts but to use them to unlock the “mysteries of God” and the translation of “ancient Records” is similar to counsel Cowdery received in another April 1829 revelation. (See Revelation, Apr. 1829–A [D&C 6:10–12, 26–27].)  


& according to your faith  shall it be done unto you Behold it is I that have spoken it  & I am the same which spake9

TEXT: Or “spoke”.  


unto you from the begining amen [p. 13]
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; CHL. Includes redactions. For more complete source information, see the source note for Revelation Book 1.

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