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Revelation, September 1830–A [D&C 29]

Spiritual & Temperally firstly spiritual secondly temporally which is the Begining of my work17

At about the time of this revelation, while working on his Bible revision, JS made the following revision to Genesis 2:5: “I the Lord God made . . . every plant of the field before it was in the Earth & every herb of the field before it grew for I the Lord God created all things of which I have spoken spiritually before they were naturally upon the face of the Earth for I the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth & I the Lord God had created all the children of men & not yet a man to till the ground for in Heaven created I them & there was not yet flesh upon the Earth neither in the water neither in the air.” (Old Testament Revision 1, p. 5 [Moses 3:4–5].)  


& again firstly temporal & secondly spiritual which is the last of my work18

See 1 Corinthians 15:44, 46.  


speaking unto you that ye may naturally understand but unto myself my work hath no end neither begining But it is given unto you that ye may understand because ye have asked it of me & are agreed Wherefore Verily I say unto you that all things unto me are Spiritual & not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal neither any man nor the childern of men Neither Adam your father whom I created Behold I gave unto him that he should be an agent unto himself & I gave unto him a commandment but no temporal Commandment gave I unto him for my commandments are spiritual19

In Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation, the preceding passage reads, “neither adam your father whom I have created behold I gave unto him but no carnal commandments for my commandments are spiritual.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [35] [D&C 29:34–35].)  


they are not Natural nor temporal neither carnal nor sensual & it came to pass that Adam being tempted of the Devil for Behold the Devil was before Adam for he rebelled against me saying give me thine honour which is my Power20

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 6 [Moses 4:1–4].  


& also a third part of the host of Heaven turned he away from me Because of their agency & they were thrust down & thus came the Devil & his Angels21

See Revelation 12:4, 7–9.  


& Behold a place prepared for them which place is Hell & it Must needs be that the Devil should tempt the children of men or they could not be agents unto themselves for if they never should have bitter they could not know the Sweet22

The Book of Mormon articulated the need for “an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter; wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man, that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself, save it should be that he were enticed by the one or the other.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 64 [2 Nephi 2:15–16].)  


Wherefore it came to pass that the Devil tempted Adam & he partook of the forbiden fruit & transgressed the commandment wherein he became subject to the will of the Devil Because he yielded unto temptation Wherefore I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out from the Garden of Edan from my presence because of his transgression Wherein he became spiritually dead which is the first death even that same death which is the last death which is spiritual which shall be pronounced upon the wicked when I shall say depart ye Cursed23

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 338, 446 [Alma 42:9; Helaman 14:18–19].  


But Behold I say unto you that I the Lord God gave unto Adam & unto his seed that they should not [p. 39]
Spiritual & Temperally firstly spiritual secondly temporally  which is the Begining of my work17

At about the time of this revelation, while working on his Bible revision, JS made the following revision to Genesis 2:5: “I the Lord God made . . . every plant of the field before it was in the Earth & every herb of the field before it grew for I the Lord God created all things of which I have spoken spiritually before they were naturally upon the face of the Earth for I the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth & I the Lord God had created all the children of men & not yet a man to till the ground for in Heaven created I them & there was not yet flesh upon the Earth neither in the water neither in the air.” (Old Testament Revision 1, p. 5 [Moses 3:4–5].)  


& again firstly temporal &  secondly spiritual which is the last of my work18

See 1 Corinthians 15:44, 46.  


speaking unto  you that ye may naturally understand but unto myself my  work hath no end neither begining But it is given unto you  that ye may understand because ye have asked it of me & are  agreed Wherefore Verily I say unto you that all things unto  me are Spiritual & not at any time have I given unto you  a law which was temporal neither any man nor the childern  of men Neither Adam your father whom I created Behold  I give <gave> unto him that he should be an agent unto himself  & I gave unto him a commandment but no temporal Com mandment gave I unto him for my commandments are spi ritual19

In Orson Hyde’s early copy of this revelation, the preceding passage reads, “neither adam your father whom I have created behold I gave unto him but no carnal commandments for my commandments are spiritual.” (Hyde and Smith, Notebook, [35] [D&C 29:34–35].)  


they are not Natural nor temporal neither carnal  nor sensual & it came to pass that Adam being tempted  of the Devil for Behold the Devil was before Adam for  he rebelled against me saying give me thine honour  which is my Power20

See Old Testament Revision 1, p. 6 [Moses 4:1–4].  


& also a third part of the host of  Heaven turned he away from me Because of their agency  & they were thrust down & thus came the Devil & his Angels21

See Revelation 12:4, 7–9.  


 & Behold a place prepared for them which place is Hell &  it came to pass Must needs be that the Devil should tempt  the children of men or they could not be agents unto  themselves for if they never should have bitter they could  not k[n]ow the Sweet22

The Book of Mormon articulated the need for “an opposition; even the forbidden fruit in opposition to the tree of life; the one being sweet and the other bitter; wherefore, the Lord God gave unto man, that he should act for himself. Wherefore, man could not act for himself, save it should be that he were enticed by the one or the other.” (Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 64 [2 Nephi 2:15–16].)  


Wherefore it came to pass that the Devil  tempted Adam & he partook of the forbiden fruit & trans gressed the commandment wherein he became subject to  the will of the Devil Because he yielded unto temptation  Wherefore I the Lord God caused that he should be cast out  from the Garden of Edan from my presence because of  his transgression Wherein he became spiritually dead  which death is the first death even that same death which is  the last death which is spiritual which shall be pronoun ced upon the wicked which shall be when I shall say  depart ye Cursed23

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 338, 446 [Alma 42:9; Helaman 14:18–19].  


But Behold I say unto you that I the Lord  God gave unto Adam & unto his seed that they should not [p. 39]
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