The Book of the Law of the Lord

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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Behold I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith Jr to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young and middle aged, to gather together for thee redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen, but the strength of mine house has not hearkened unto my words, but inasmuch as there are those that have hearkened <​un​>to my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offring: And it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.
And now verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay, and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, for I will council him concerning this matter: and all things whatsoever he <​shall​> appoint unto them shall be fulfilled.
And let all my people who dwell in the region round about, be very faithful and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal not the things which I have revealed unto them. Talk not of judgment; boast not of faith, nor of mighty works, but carefully gather together, as much in one region as can be consistently with the feelings of the people. And behold I will give unto you favor and grace in their eyes, that you may rest in peace and safety while you are saying to the people, execute judgment and justice for us according to law, and redress us of our wrongs. Now behold I say unto you, my friends, in this way you may find favor in the eyes of the people, until the armies of Israel become very great: And I will soften the hearts of the people, until the armies of Israel become very great: And I will soften the hearts of the people, as I did the heart of Pharoah, from time to time, until my servant Joseph, and mine Elders whom I have appointed shall have time to gather up the strength of my house, and to have sent wise men to fulfil that which I have commanded concerning the purchasing of all the land in , that can be purchased, and in the adjoining counties round about; for it is my will that these lands should be purchased, and after they are purchased, <​(read Note A. page 21)​> I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possesion of their own lands, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies, that may be upon them, and of scattering their watchmen, and [p. 20]
Behold I have commanded my servant Joseph Smith Jr to say unto the strength of my house, even my warriors, my young and middle aged, to gather together for the redemption of my people, and throw down the towers of mine enemies, and scatter their watchmen, but the strength of mine house has not hearkened unto my words, but inasmuch as there are those that have hearkened unto my words, I have prepared a blessing and an endowment for them. I have heard their prayers, and will accept their offring: And it is expedient in me, that they should be brought thus far, for a trial of their faith.
And now verily I say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that as many as have come up hither, that can stay in the region round about, let them stay, and those that cannot stay, who have families in the east, let them tarry for a little season, inasmuch as my servant Joseph shall appoint unto them, for I will council him concerning this matter: and all things whatsoever he shall appoint unto them shall be fulfilled.
And let all my people who dwell in the region round about, be very faithful and prayerful, and humble before me, and reveal not the things which I have revealed unto them. Talk not of judgment; boast not of faith, nor of mighty works, but carefully gather together, as much in one region as can be consistently with the feelings of the people. And behold I will give unto you favor and grace in their eyes, that you may rest in peace and safety while you are saying to the people, execute judgment and justice for us according to law, and redress us of our wrongs. Now behold I say unto you, my friends, in this way you may find favor in the eyes of the people, until the armies of Israel become very great: And I will soften the hearts of the people, : , as I did the heart of Pharoah, from time to time, until my servant Joseph, and mine Elders whom I have appointed shall have time to gather up the strength of my house, and to have sent wise men to fulfil that which I have commanded concerning the purchasing of all the land in , that can be purchased, and in the adjoining counties round about; for it is my will that these lands should be purchased, and after they are purchased, (read Note A. page 21) I will hold the armies of Israel guiltless in taking possesion of their own lands, and of throwing down the towers of mine enemies, that may be upon them, and of scattering their watchmen, and [p. 20]
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