Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet, at Hiram, Ohio, early November 1831. The occasion was that of a special conference, and the publication of the revelations already received from the Lord through the Prophet was considered and acted upon (see the heading to section 1
). William W. Phelps had recently established the Church printing press in Independence, Missouri. The conference decided to publish the revelations in the Book of Commandments
and to print 10,000 copies (which because of unforeseen difficulties was later reduced to 3,000 copies). Many of the brethren bore solemn testimony that the revelations then compiled for publication were verily true, as was witnessed by the Holy Ghost shed forth upon them. Joseph Smith’s history records that after the revelation known as section 1
had been received, some conversation was had concerning the language used in the revelations. The present revelation followed.
1 Behold and hearken, O ye a of my church, who have assembled yourselves together, whose b I have heard, and whose c I know, and whose desires have come up before me.
2 Behold and lo, mine a are upon you, and the heavens and the earth are in mine b, and the riches of eternity are mine to give.
3 Ye endeavored to a that ye should receive the blessing which was offered unto you; but behold, verily I say unto you there were b in your hearts, and verily this is the reason that ye did not receive.
4 And now I, the Lord, give unto you a a of the truth of these commandments which are lying before you.
5 Your eyes have been upon my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., and his a you have known, and his imperfections you have known; and you have sought in your hearts knowledge that you might express beyond his language; this you also know.
6 Now, seek ye out of the Book of Commandments, even the least that is among them, and appoint him that is the most a among you;
7 Or, if there be any among you that shall make one a unto it, then ye are justified in saying that ye do not know that they are true;
8 But if ye cannot make one like unto it, ye are under condemnation if ye do not a that they are true.
9 For ye know that there is no unrighteousness in them, and that which is a cometh down from above, from the Father of b.
10 And again, verily I say unto you that it is your privilege, and a a I give unto you that have been ordained unto this ministry, that inasmuch as you b yourselves from c and d, and e yourselves before me, for ye are not sufficiently humble, the f shall be rent and you shall g me and know that I am—not with the carnal neither natural mind, but with the spiritual.
11 For no a has seen God at any time in the flesh, except quickened by the Spirit of God.
12 Neither can any a abide the presence of God, neither after the carnal mind.
13 Ye are not able to abide the presence of God now, neither the ministering of angels; wherefore, a in patience until ye are b.
14 Let not your minds a back; and when ye are b, in mine own due time, ye shall see and know that which was conferred upon you by the hands of my servant Joseph Smith, Jun. Amen.