Revelation, 6 August 1833 [D&C 98]

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6th of August 1833—
Verily I say unto you my friends fear not let your hearts be comforted yea rejoice ever more and in evry thing give thanks waiting patiently on the Lord for your prayers have entered into the ears of the of the Lord of sabbaoth and are recorded with this seal and testament the Lord hath sworn and decreed that they shall be granted therefore he giveth this promise unto you with an immutable [p. 66] that they shall be fulfilled and all things wherewith you have been afflicted shall work together for your good and to my names glory saith the Lord and now verely I say unto you concerning the Laws of the land it is my will that my people should observe to do all things whatsoever I command them and that Law of the land which is constitutonal suporting the principles of freedom in maintaning rights and privealiges belonging to all mankind is justifyable before me therefore I the [Lord] justify you and your Brotheren of my Chirch in befriending that Law which [is] the constitutoonal Law of the land and as pertaining to law of man whatsoever is more or less then this cometh of evil I the Lord your God maketh you free therefore ye are free indeed and the law also maketh you free— nevertheless when the wicked rule the people mourn wherefore honest men and wise men should be sought for dilligently and good men and wise men ye should observe to uphold otherwise whatsoever is less then these cometh of evil and I give unto you a that ye shall forsake all evil and cleave unto all good that ye shall live by evry word that procedeth forth out of the mouth of God for he will give unto the faithful line <​line​> upon line precept upon precept and I will try you and prove you herewith and whoso layeth down his life in my cause for my name sake shall find it again even life eternal therefore be not afraid of your enemies for I have decreed in my heart saith the Lord that I will prove you in all things whether you will abide in my even unto death that ye may be found worthy for if ye will not abide in my covenant ye are [p. 67] not worthy of me therefore renounce war and proclaim peace and seek dilligently to turn the hearts of the Children to their fathers and the hearts of the father to the Children and the hearts of the father to the Children, and again the hearts of the Jews unto the prophets and the prophets unto the Jews lest I come and smite the whole earth with a curse <​and​> all all flesh be consumed before me let not your hearts be troubled for in my father[’s] house is are many mansions and I have prepared a place for <​you​> and where my father and I am there ye shall be also behold I the Lord am not well pleased with many who are in the church at for they do not forsake their sins and their wicked ways the pride of their hearts and their covetiousness and all their detestable things and the observe the words of wisdom and eternal Life which I have given unto them verily I say unto you that I the Lord will chasten them verily and will do whatsoever I List if they do not repent and observe all things whatsoever I have said unto you them and again I say unto you if ye observe to do whatsoevr I command you I the Lord will turn all wrath and indignation from you and the gates of hell shall not prevail against you, Now I speak unto you concerning your families, if men will smite you or your families once and ye bear it patiently and revile not against them neither revile seek revenge ye shall be rewarded but if ye bear it not patiently it shall be accounted unto them as being meeted out a just measure unto you and [p. 68] again if your enemies shall smite you a seccond time and you revile not against your enemies enemy & bear it patiently your reward shall be an hundred fold and again if he shall smite you a third time and ye bear it patiently your reward shall be doubled unto you four fold and these three testamonies shall stand against your enemy if he repent not and shall not be blotted out, and now verily I say unto you if that enemy shall escape my vengence that he be not brought into judgment before me then ye shall see to it that ye warn him in my name that he come no more upon you neither upon your families even your children nor your childrens Children unto the third and fourth generation and then if he shall come upon you or your Children or your childrens Children unto the third and forth generation nevertheless thine enemy is in thine hands and and if thou reward him according to his works thou art Justified if he has saugh [sought] thy life and thy life is endangered by him, thine enemy is in thine hands and thou art justified behold this is the Law I gave unto my servant Nephi and thy father Joseph and Jacob Isaac and Abraham and all mine ancients prophets and Apostles and again this is the Law that I gave unto mine ancients that they should not go out unto battle against any Nation Kindred Tongue or people save I the Lord commanded them and if any Nation Tongue or people should proclaim war against them they should first lift a standard of peace unto that people Nation or tongue and if that people did not accept the offering of [p. 69] peace neithr the seccond nor third time they should bring their testamonies before the Lord then the Lord would give unto them a and justify them in going out to battle against that Nation Tongue or people and I the Lord would fight their battles and their childrens battles and their children[’s] children[’s] until they had avenged themselves of upon all their enemies unto the third and forth generation, behold this is an ensample unto all people saith the Lord your God for justification befor me and again verely I say unto you if after thine enemy has come upon thee the first time and he repent and come unto thee praying thy forgivness thou shalt forgive him and shall hold it no more as a testamony against thine enemy and so on unto the seccond and third time and as oft as thine enemy repenteth of the trespass wherewith he has trespassed— against thee thou shalt forgive him until seventy times seven and if he trespass against thee and repent not the first time nevertheless thou shalt forgive him and if he trespass against thee seccond time and repent not never theless thou shalt forgive him and if he tresspass against thee the third time and repent not thou shalt also forgive him but if he trespass against him the forth time thou shalt not forgive him but shall bring these testamones [testimonies] before the Lord and they shall not be blotted out untill he repent and rewards them thee four fold in all things wherewith he has trespased against them [thee] and if and if he do this thou shalt forgive him [p. 70] with all thine heart and if he do not this I the Lord will avenge thee of thine enemies enemy and [an] hundred fold and upon his children and upon his childrens children of all them that hate me unto the third and forth generation but if the children shall repent or the childrens children and turn unto the Lord their God with all their heart with all their might mind and strenght and restore four fould for all their trespasses wherewith they have trespassed or wherewith their fathers have trespassed or their fathers fathers then thine indignation shall be turned away and vengence shall no more come upon them saith the Lord your God and their trespasses shall neve[r] be brought any more as a testamony before the Lord against them Amen—— [p. 71]

Footnotes

  1. new scribe logo

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  2. 1

    Instead of “sabbaoth,” the copy of this revelation in the 6 August 1833 letter has “sabbath.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:2].)  

  3. 2

    See Romans 8:28. The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “God” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:3].)  

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  5. 3

    See Matthew 28:20.  

  6. 4

    The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “and” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:5].)  

  7. 5

    Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “Lord” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6]; Revelation Book 2, p. 67 [D&C 98:6].)  

    Revelation Book 2 / “Book of Revelations,” 1832–1834. Revelations Collection, 1831–ca. 1844, 1847, 1861, ca. 1876. CHL.

  8. 6

    Instead of “justify,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “justifieth.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  

  9. 7

    Missing word supplied from the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter. Frederick G. Williams later inserted “is” in the Revelation Book 2 copy. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:6].)  

  10. 8

    Several earlier revelations instructed church members to abide by the laws of the land. (See, for example, Revelation, 23 Feb. 1831 [D&C 42:79, 84–86]; Revelation, 20 May 1831 [D&C 51:4–6]; and Revelation, 1 Aug. 1831 [D&C 58:21].)  

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    JS handwriting ends; Frederick G. Williams begins.  

  12. 9

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 479 [3 Nephi 11:40].  

  13. 10

    See Proverbs 29:2.  

  14. 11

    Later in August 1833, after receiving Oliver Cowdery’s firsthand report of the trouble in Missouri, JS emphasized the church’s fundamental commitment to obey civil law. “We think it would be wise,” he wrote to church officers in Missouri, “to try to git influence by offering to print a paper in favor of the goverment as you know we are all friends to the Constitution yea true friends to that Country for which our fathers bled.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  

  15. 12

    Several months later, Oliver Cowdery echoed the sentiments of this paragraph in a letter to his friend John Whitmer: “We are pleased to hear that the Governor is likely to give you aid; for we pray continually that the Lord will stir up the hearts of the Rulers & men in authority, to avenge his children. The Law is sufficient, the constitution was established according to the will of Heaven, and all the lack, is, for those whose duty it is to see that they are kept inviolable do their duty; pray that this may be the case; for God is able to turn the hearts of all men sufficiently to bring his purposes to pass.” (Oliver Cowdery, Kirtland, OH, to John Whitmer, Missouri, 1 Jan. 1834, in Cowdery, Letterbook, 14.)  

    Cowdery, Oliver. Letterbook, 1833–1838. Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, CA.

  16. 13

    See Deuteronomy 8:3; Matthew 4:4; and Luke 4:4.  

  17. 14

    See Isaiah 28:10, 13; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 114 [2 Nephi 28:30].  

  18. 15

    See Malachi 3:10; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 504 [3 Nephi 24:10].  

  19. 16

    See Matthew 10:39; 16:25.  

  20. 17

    Several days after dictating this revelation, JS explained that God “will not deliver unless we prove ourselves faithful to him in the severeest trouble for he that will have his robes washed in the blood of the Lamb must come up throught great tribulation even the greatest of all affliction.” He also wrote that “all things shall work together for good to them who are willing to lay down their lives for Christ sake.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833.)  

  21. 18

    See Malachi 4:6.  

  22. 19

    See John 14:1–3.  

  23. 20

    Nothing in the extant historical record reveals the reason for this sweeping indictment of church members in Kirtland, but a year earlier a JS revelation directed a similar condemnation to Missouri church members for not sufficiently obeying the commandments. (See Revelation, 22–23 Sept. 1832 [D&C 84:54–58].)  

  24. 21

    The copy in the 6 August 1833 letter includes the word “away” here. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:22].)  

  25. 22

    See Matthew 16:18; and Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 479 [3 Nephi 11:39]. A revelation dictated four days earlier similarly promised that “Zion shall escape if she observe to do all things whatsoever I have commanded her” and that “if she sin no more none of these things shall come upon her and I will bless her with blessings.” (Revelation, 2 Aug. 1833–A [D&C 97:25, 27–28].)  

  26. 23

    The revelation’s focus on families may be related to incidents in Jackson County in spring 1832 and early summer 1833, when hostile individuals attacked Mormon families by stoning and brickbatting their houses. ([Edward Partridge], “A History, of the Persecution,” Times and Seasons, Dec. 1839, 1:17; Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833.)  

    Times and Seasons. Commerce/Nauvoo, IL. Nov. 1839–Feb. 1846.

  27. 24

    See Matthew 5:38–48; and Luke 6:27–36.  

  28. 25

    Instead of “neither,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “either.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:28].)  

  29. 26

    Instead of “even,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “eithe[r].” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:28].)  

  30. 27

    See Exodus 20:5; 34:7; Numbers 14:18; and Deuteronomy 5:9. At this point the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter reads, “I have delivered thine enemy into thine hands and then if thou wilt spare him thou shalt be rewarded for thy righteousness and thy children and thy childrens children unto the third and fourth generation.” Frederick G. Williams copied this same text onto a slip of paper which he pinned to the text in Revelation Book 2. (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:29–30].)  

  31. 28

    See Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 344 [Alma 43:46–47].  

  32. 29

    See Isaiah 31:4.  

  33. 30

    See Matthew 18:22.  

  34. 31

    Instead of “them,” the copy in the 6 August 1833 letter has “you.” (Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:44].)  

  35. 32

    See Numbers 14:18.