Revelation, Spring 1829 [D&C 10]

1 A Revelation given to Joseph, in Harmony,  Pennsylvania, May, 18291

The revelation may have originated in April; see the source note and historical introduction to this document. Because the page or pages in Revelation Book 1 that included the first part of this revelation are missing, it is unknown whether this heading was included in Revelation Book 1 or was added by the editors of the Book of Commandments.  

informing him of the  alteration of the Manuscript of the fore part of  the book of Mormon
NOW, behold I say unto you, that because you  delivered up so many writings, which you had  power to translate, into the hands of a wicked man,  you have lost them, and you also lost your gift2

That is, JS’s ability to translate.  

at the  same time, nevertheless it has been restored unto  you again: therefore, see that you are faithful and  go on unto the finishing of the remainder of the work  as you have begun. Do not run faster than you  have strength and means provided to translate,3

Joseph Knight Sr., JS’s close associate and former employer, recalled the dire economic straits in which JS found himself at this time and how Knight provided the needed “means” to finish the translation of the Book of Mormon: “Joseph and Oliver Came up to see me if I Could help him to some provisons having no way to Buy any . . . and I went again and I Bought a Barral of Mackrel and some Lined paper for writing and . . . some nine or ten Bushels of grain and five or six Bushels taters and a pound of tea and I went Down to see him and they ware in want Joseph and Oliver ware gone to see if they Could find a place to work for provisions But found none they returned home and found me there with provisions and they ware glad for they ware out.” Knight added that his gift gave them “provisions enough to Last till the translation was Done.” (Knight, Reminiscences, 6.)
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Knight, Joseph, Sr. Reminiscences, no date. CHL.

but  be diligent unto the end, that you may come off con querer;4

See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 165 [Mosiah 4:27].
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The Book of Mormon: An Account Written by the Hand of Mormon, upon Plates Taken from the Plates of Nephi. Palmyra, NY: E. B. Grandin, 1830.

yea, that you may conquer satan, and those  that do uphold his work.
2 Behold they have sought to destroy you; yea,  even the man in whom you have trusted, and for  this cause I said, that he is a wicked man, for he has  sought to take away the things wherewith you have  been intrusted; and he has also sought to destroy  your gift, and because you have delivered the wri tings into his hands, behold they have taken them  from you: therefore, you have delivered them up;  yea, that which was sacred unto wickedness. And  behold, satan has put it into their hearts to alter the  words which you have caused to be written, or which  you have translated, which have gone out of your  hands; and behold I say unto you, that because they  have altered the words, they read contrary from that  which you translated and caused to be written; and  on this wise the devil has sought to lay a cunning [p. 22]
Revelation, Harmony Township, Susquehanna Co., PA, [ca. Apr. 1829; though parts may date as early as summer 1828]. Featured version, titled “Chapter IX,” typeset [between 1 Nov. and 31 Dec. 1832] for Book of Commandments, 22–27. John Whitmer copied this revelation [ca. Mar. 1831] into Revelation Book 1, but the pages on which the first part of the revelation was copied were removed at some point from that volume and are no longer extant.1

See Revelation Book 1, pp. 11–12, [207].
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Revelation Book 1 / “A Book of Commandments and Revelations of the Lord Given to Joseph the Seer and Others by the Inspiration of God and Gift and Power of the Holy Ghost Which Beareth Re[c]ord of the Father and Son and Holy Ghost Which Is One God Infinite and Eternal World without End Amen,” 1831–1835. CHL. Also available in Robin Scott Jensen, Robert J. Woodford, and Steven C. Harper, eds., Manuscript Revelation Books, facsimile edition, first volume of the Revelations and Translations series of The Joseph Smith Papers, edited by Dean C. Jessee, Ronald K. Esplin, and Richard Lyman Bushman (Salt Lake City: Church Historian’s Press, 2009).

The version found in the Book of Commandments and featured below is the earliest complete, extant version.