Appendix 5, Document 4. Blessing to William Smith, 28 September 1835

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Brother is as the fierce lion which divideth not the spoil because of his much strength; and in the pride of his heart he will neglect the more weighty matters until his soul is bowed down in sorrow, and then he shall return and call on the name of his God and shall find forgiveness, and shall wax valiant in the cause of truth: therefore, he shall be saved unto the uttermost and shall be with power from on high. At his rebuke, in the name of the Lord, the eyes of the blind [p. 10] shall be opened, the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped, the tongue of the dumb shall be made to speak, and the lame man shall leap as a heart [hart]; and his adversaries shall not have power to withstand his words. Hell shall tremble because of him, and satan shall flee from before his face; and he shall be as a roaring lion of the forest, in the midst of his pray [prey]— so shall his hand be in the midst of his enemies, among those who know not the Lord, but seek the injury of the righteous: and the hand of his generation shall be lifted up also against those who are set on high, that fight the God of Israel: fearless and unda[u]nted shall they be in battle, in avenging the wrongs of the innocent and relieving the oppressed. Therefore, the blessings of the God of Jacob shall be upon him to the uttermost, and in the midst of his house, from generation to generation, forever; and he shall be lifted up at the last day and shall come up before the Lord like as <​a full​> shock of corn, laden with his tens of thousands, as a reward of his labors, with songs of everlasting joy, with hozannahs upon his lips, to God and to the Lamb, to go no more out. Amen.
, Clerk and Recorder.
Given in , Ohio, December 18th, 1833, and recorded September 28th, 1835. [p. 11]


  1. 1

    The version in JS’s journal has “who” instead of “which.” (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833.)  

  2. 2

    See Matthew 23:23.  

  3. 3

    A June 1834 revelation informed church members that the redemption of Zion would not come until the elders of the church had been “endowed with power from on high.” This endowment was to come in the House of the Lord the Saints were constructing in Kirtland, Ohio. (Revelation, 22 June 1834 [D&C 105:9–11]; see also Revelation, 1 June 1833 [D&C 95:8]; and Revelation, 2 Jan. 1831 [D&C 38:32].)  

  4. 4

    See Isaiah 35:5–6.  

  5. 5

    The version in JS’s journal has “so shall the hand of his generation be lifted up against those who are set on high.” (JS, Journal, 18 Dec. 1833.)  

  6. 6

    See Isaiah 1:17.  

  7. 7

    See Job 5:26.