A revelation given to Oliver Cowdery, Hiram Page, Josiah Stowell and Joseph Knight, given at Manchester, Ontario County, New York.
Behold, I the Lord am God. I created the heavens and the earth and all things that in them are, wherefore they are mine.
And I sway my scepter over all the earth, and ye are in my hands to will and to do — that I can deliver you out of every difficulty and affliction, according to your faith and diligence and uprightness before me.
And I have covenanted with my servant Joseph, that earth nor hell combined against him shall not take the blessing out of his hands; which I have prepared for him, if he walketh uprightly before me — neither the spiritual nor the temporal blessing;
And behold I also covenanted with those who have assisted him in my work that I will do unto them even the same, because they have done that which is pleasing in my sight (yea even all, save it be one* only).
Wherefore be diligent in securing the copyright of my work upon all the face of the earth of which is known by you, unto my servant Joseph, and unto him whom he willeth, according as I shall command him;
That the faithful and the righteous may retain the temporal blessing as well as the spiritual,
And also that my work be not destroyed by the workers of iniquity to their own destruction and damnation when they are fully ripe.
And now, behold I say unto you, that I have covenanted and it pleaseth me that Oliver Cowdery, Joseph Knight, Hiram Page, and Josiah Stowell shall do my work in this thing, yea, even in securing the copyright;
And they shall do it with an eye single to my glory, that it may be the means of bringing souls unto salvation through mine Only Begotten.
Behold I am God. I have spoken it.
Wherefore, I say unto you that ye shall go to Kingston,** seeking me continually through mine Only Begotten, and if ye do this ye shall have my spirit to go with you and ye shall have an addition of all things which is expedient in me. (Amen.)***
And I grant unto my servant a privilege that he may sell a copyright through you — speaking after the manner of men — for the four provinces if the people harden not their hearts against the enticings of my spirit and my word;
For behold, it lieth in themselves to their condemnation or to their salvation. Behold my way is before you, and the means I will prepare, and the blessing I hold in mine own hand, and if ye are faithful, I will pour out upon you even as much as ye are able to bear, and thus it shall be.
Behold I am the Father, and it is through mine Only Begotten, which is Jesus Christ your Redeemer. Amen.
Phrases in this revelation that are found elsewhere:
“Behold, I the Lord am God” – appears in BC 4 (D&C 5), attributed to Cowdery
“workers of iniquity” – Alma 5 (Cowdery)
“after the manner of men” – 1 Nephi 18 (also found in Bible)
“Behold I am the Father” – Ether 4:12 (Rigdon)
“through mine only Begotten” – Alma 12, DC 29:46 (Cowdery)