Revelation, February 1829 [D&C 4]

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A revalation from the Lord unto [page damaged] AD 1829
Saying now behold a marvelous work is about to come among the [page damaged] [children] of men Therefore O ye that embark in the service of God see that ye serve him with all your heart mind might mind & strenght that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day therefore if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work for behold the field is white already to harvest & lo he that thursteth in his sickle with his might the same layeth up his store that he perish not but bringeth Salvation to his own soul & faith hope charity & love with an eye single to the glory of God constitutes him for the work remember temperance patience humility diligence &C.
Ask & ye shall receive knock & it shall be opened unto you amen [p. [1]]


  1. 1

    This heading likely named Joseph Smith Sr. as the recipient. It is unknown whether Partridge or someone else first created this heading.  

  2. 2

    Missing text supplied from Revelation Book 1, p. 2.  

  3. 3

    See Isaiah 29:14.  

  4. 4

    See, for example, Book of Mormon, 1830 ed., 106, 156, 587 [2 Nephi 25:29; Mosiah 2:11; Moroni 10:32].  

  5. 5

    See John 4:35.  

  6. 6

    See Revelation 14:15–16.  

  7. 7

    The Book of Commandments has “qualifies,” possibly reflecting wording from the nonextant portion of Revelation Book 1. (Book of Commandments 3:1 [D&C 4:5].)  

  8. 8

    This “etcetera” likely signaled to readers that it was standing in for the fuller description in 2 Peter 1:5–7. Later, editors of the 1835 edition of the Doctrine and Covenants replaced “&C” with the entire list of virtues from 2 Peter: “Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence.” (Doctrine and Covenants 31:2, 1835 ed. [D&C 4:6].)  

  9. 9

    See Matthew 7:7–8.