Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Oliver Cowdery, at Harmony, Pennsylvania, April 1829. Oliver is admonished to be patient and is urged to be content to write, for the time being, at the dictation of the translator, rather than to attempt to translate.
1 Behold, I say unto you, my son, that because you did not a according to that which you desired of me, and did commence again to b for my servant, Joseph Smith, Jun., even so I would that ye should continue until you have finished this record, which I have entrusted unto him.
2 And then, behold, a b have I, that I will give unto you power that you may assist to c.
3 Be patient, my son, for it is a in me, and it is not expedient that you should translate at this present time.
4 Behold, the work which you are called to do is to a for my servant Joseph.
5 And, behold, it is because that you did not continue as you commenced, when you began to translate, that I have taken away this privilege from you.
6 Do not a, my son, for it is wisdom in me that I have dealt with you after this manner.
7 Behold, you have not understood; you have supposed that I would give it unto you, when you took no thought save it was to ask me.
8 But, behold, I say unto you, that you must a it out in your b; then you must c me if it be right, and if it is right I will cause that your d shall e within you; therefore, you shall f that it is right.
9 But if it be not right you shall have no such feelings, but you shall have a a of thought that shall cause you to forget the thing which is wrong; therefore, you cannot write that which is b save it be given you from me.
10 Now, if you had known this you could have a; nevertheless, it is not expedient that you should translate now.
11 Behold, it was expedient when you commenced; but you a, and the time is past, and it is not expedient now;
12 For, do you not behold that I have a unto my servant b sufficient strength, whereby it is made up? And neither of you have I condemned.
13 Do this thing which I have commanded you, and you shall a. Be faithful, and yield to no b.
14 Stand fast in the a wherewith I have b you, and a hair of your head shall not be lost, and you shall be c at the last day. Amen.
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