Revelation, May 1829–B [D&C 12]

1 A Revelation given to Joseph (K.,) [Joseph Knight Sr.] in Harmo ny, Pennsylvania, May, 1829, informing him  how he must do, to be worthy to assist in the  work of the Lord.
A GREAT and marvelous work is about to come  forth among the children of men: behold I am  God, and give heed to my word, which is quick and  powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, to the  dividing asunder of both joints and marrow: there fore, give heed unto my word.
2 Behold the field is white already to harvest,  therefore whoso desireth to reap, let him thrust in  his sickle with his might, and reap while the day  lasts, that he may treasure up for his soul everlas ting salvation in the kingdom of God: Yea, who soever will thrust in his sickle and reap, the same is  called of God: therefore, if you will ask of me you  shall receive; if you will knock it shall be opened  unto you.
3 Now as you have asked, behold I say unto you,  keep my commandments, and seek to bring forth  and establish the cause of Zion.
4 Behold I speak unto you, and also to all those  who have desires to bring forth and establish this  work, and no one can assist in this work, except he  shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope  and charity, being temperate in all things, whatso ever shall be intrusted to his care.
5 Behold I am the light and life of the world,  that speaketh these words: therefore, give heed  with your might, and then you are called: Amen. [p. 31]
During JS and Oliver Cowdery’s effort to translate the Book of Mormon in spring 1829, Joseph Knight Sr. materially aided their work. Knight lived in Colesville, New York, within a day’s journey of Harmony, Pennsylvania, where JS and Cowdery labored on the translation. Knight, enthusiastic about their work, provided them with essential provisions so they could continue without interruption. Like others before him, he sought to understand his role in advancing the work, resulting in this revelation. The revelation itself does not mention Knight by name, though he is identified in the published version heading simply as “Joseph (K).”
Though included in the 1833 Book of Commandments, this text is not recorded in the earlier record, Revelation Book 1. The source used for the preparation of the text as it appears in the 1833 Book of Commandments is not known.