The Inspired Revision of the Bible Part Three

In part two of this series we documented how the law of the gospel was given through Joseph Smith and canonized as section 42.

[Editorial Note: There is a great series on the LAW being done by Searcher for those interested]

Among other things, the Law of the Gospel commands the saints to live the marital law of monogamy and to live the law of consecration.

The Lord also commanded the saints to receive and publish the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible to the world and to incorporate it as part of the law with the other canons of scripture that Joseph Smith was instrumental in bringing forth.

In Robert J. Matthew’s doctoral dissertation entitled “A Study of the Text of the JST of the Bible,” (Brigham Young University, May 1968, page 37), he shows that Joseph Smith and Sidney Rigdon affirmed that “they were appointed by the Lord and that the work was done by the Spirit” 

During the Secret History of Mormonism series a five part timeline was introduced that divided the 15 year ministry of Joseph Smith into five very specific and identifiable periods.

It was suggested that you can plug just about any otherwise difficult to understand historical event pertaining to Joseph Smith’s ministry, into that historical timeline and it will begin to make sense.

This is certainly true with regard to the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible as well.

Notice how the official commandment to translate the Bible came in March of 1831, just months before the endowment of the Melchizedek Priesthood .

The translation of the New Testament was completed on February 2nd 1833.

The Old Testament was completed on July  2nd 1833.

translation-of-bible-timeline

As you can see, the translation of the Bible was completed within a relatively short period of time and it was completed during the revelatory sweet spot when the vast majority of the revelations Joseph was given were pouring down upon him.

More specifically, it was completed DURING THE 3 1/2 YEARS that the fulness of the gospel/priesthood was on the earth.

That makes perfect sense.

Then, following the rejection of the fulness and after the expulsion of the saints from Jackson County and Kirtland, nothing of significance is done towards publishing the work UNTIL the saints go to the cornerstone of Zion in Nauvoo.

That makes perfect sense.

At that time, Section 124 was given and the Saints were informed that the Kirtland Temple had been defiled and the fulness of the priesthood had been taken from them.

They are commanded to REPENT and REFORM.

They were given a window of opportunity to repent and BUILD THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.

At that time, the first presidency and the Twelve again begin petitioning the saints to finance the publishing of the New Translation while also pleading with them to finance and help build the Temple and the Boarding House  of the Lord.

That makes perfect sense.

Sadly, the saints failed to complete the house of the Lord, upon which the restoration of the fulness of the priesthood was predicated and they failed to publish the Inspired Version of the Bible to the world, upon which the salvation of the Church was predicated.

JST Completion Timeline

June 1830 Joseph Smith receives the Visions of Moses which essentially begins the translation of the Old Testament (Joseph Smith Papers)

December 30, 1830 – Joseph acknowledges that the translation had already begun.

It may be well to observe here, that the Lord greatly encouraged and strengthened the faith of His little flock…by giving some more extended information upon the Scriptures, a translation of which had already commenced. (I:131)

March 7, 1831, (Section 45) Joseph Smith is commanded by revelation to begin the translation of the New Testament:

“And now, behold, I say unto you, it shall not be given Unto you to know any further concerning this chapter, until the New Testament be translated, and in it all these things shall be made known;

“Wherefore, I give unto you that ye may now translate it, that ye may be prepared for the things to come.” (D&C 45:60–61.)

December 1 1831 the work of translation is resumed

On December 1, 1831, at Hiram, Ohio, he recorded this statement in his journal:

“I resumed the translation of the Scriptures, and continued to labor in this branch of my calling with Elder Sidney Rigdon as my scribe. …” (DHC, vol. 1, p. 238.)

In previous blog posts and in the Secret History of Mormonism youtube series I have provided documentation to show that the saints failed to live the law and eventually replaced the truth with falsehood.

February 2 1833 The Translation of the New Testament is Finished

“I completed the translation and review of the New Testament on the 2nd of February, 1833, and sealed it up, no more to be opened till it arrived in Zion.” (History of the Church, 1:324.)

March 8 1833 The New Testament is Completed

Having completed the New Testament, the Brethren then returned to the book of Genesis and continued with the translation of the Old Testament. On 8 March 1833, the Lord spoke to them about other duties that needed to be taken care of, but not until after they had “finished the translation of the [Old Testament] prophets.”

13 And when you have finished the translation of the prophets, you shall from thenceforth preside over the affairs of the church and the school;

14 And from time to time, as shall be manifested by the Comforter, receive revelations to unfold the mysteries of the kingdom; (D&C 90:13.)

May 6 1833 Joseph is commanded to hasten the work of translation

At Kirtland, Ohio, the Lord counseled the Prophet,

“It is my will that you should hasten to translate my scriptures.” (D&C 93:53.)
On the same day another revelation was received in which the Lord gave instruction concerning a printing house to be built:

“And again, verily I say unto you, the second lot on the south shall be dedicated unto me for the building of a house unto me, for the work of the printing of the translation of my scriptures.” (D&C 94:10.)

These revelations suggest some urgency about completing the work and getting it printed. They also reveal that the JST was to be printed in Kirtland where the word of the Lord was to go forth from…
2 July 1833, The Old Testament was completed

In a letter to the brethren in Zion, the Prophet wrote that-

“we are exceedingly fatigued, owing to the great press of business. We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures, for this we returned gratitude to our Heavenly Father.” (HC 1:368)

The words “Finished on the 2nd day of July 1833” also occur in bold handwriting on the JST manuscript at the conclusion of the book of Malachi.

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Ok. In this segment of the series we have provided an overview of how the JST fits into the early history of Mormonism and a brief timeline of the beginning and completion of the translation.

In previous parts of this series we have demonstrated that the salvation of the Church and the redemption of Zion was predicated upon the completion of the publishing of the JST.

Sadly, the church failed to publish the JST to the world. Fortunately, the manuscript was saved and was eventually published by the RLDS church.

We know from the revelations that joseph Smith brought forth that there is critical information contained therein which sheds light on doctrinal, historical and prophetic information.

Because of this, we should all be studying and searching the changes made in the JST under the influence of the spirit.

I am now going to begin highlighting passages that have been changed and why I (and some of my readers that have contributed to this project) feel they are incredibly inspired, revelatory, and essential to understand.

There is not necessarily going to be any rhyme or reason to the order in which I will be spotlighting passages of the JST during this series.

In this series I am not necessarily attempting to present important changes in the JST chronologically or by topic. However, when possible, I will clump various changes together in a post if they relate to a given gospel topic.

Again, I will be limiting each post to highlighting just three ro four clusters of passages that have significant changes. I am doing this so that readers will not be unindated with information.

Some of the inspired clarifications will entail snippets that are larger than just one verse.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #1

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

Chapter & Verse ???

Chapter & Verse ???

Passage ???

Passage ???

As you can see, the very first passage that I want to highlight does not exist.

Why?

Because one of the most profound changes that could have been made by Joseph Smith, was never made! 

Specifically, I am referring to the nefarious doctrine of Celestial Polygamy that was most likely introduced into the Church during the Nauvoo period or possibly during the end of the Kirtland era .

I have written about eight articles about what I refer to as the Spiritual Wife Doctrine (celestial polygamy)  containing countless scriptural and historical evidences proving that the doctrine of celestial polygamous marriage is false. Nevertheless, it has occurred to me while putting this series together, that I missed out on identifying one of the most profound evidences that celestial polygamy and Section 132 is false.

What is that evidence?

It is in the fact that Joseph Smith did not make one single change in the Inspired Version to support the Celestial Polygamy heresy.

Think about it.

If Joseph Smith was revealing a higher celestial martial law that is to be lived by the elect of God that will inherit the highest level of salvation, then certainly it would have been clearified and validated among the changes made in the JST!

It has previously been demonstrated that Section 132 begins with the false premise that David and Solomon were justified in the practice of polygamy even though the Book of Mormon clearly states that David and Solomon were NOT justified in that practice.

False Claim that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was Justified 

Clarification that the Polygamy of
David and Solomon was NOT Justified

D&C 132:1

Jacob 2:24

1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you my servant Joseph, that inasmuch as you have inquired of my hand to know and understand wherein I, the Lord, justified my servants Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, as also Moses, David and Solomon, my servants, as touching the principle and doctrine of their having many wives and concubines—

23 But the word of God burdens me because of your grosser crimes. For behold, thus saith the Lord: This people begin to wax in iniquity; they understand not the scriptures, for they seek to excuse themselves in committing whoredoms, because of the things which were written concerning David, and Solomon his son.
 24 Behold, David and Solomon truly had many wives and concubines, which thing was abominable before me, saith the Lord.

We have observed that at the time of the martyrdom, there was not one single passage of scripture in the four standard works that gave credence to the doctrine that righteous men will be sealed to multiple wives in the hereafter.

One could only prove that Biblical Polygamy existed in ancient times, but not the doctrine of multiple wives being sealed to one in the after life.

The above passage from the Book of Mormon indicates that ALL of the polygamous wives of Solomon and David were an abomination in the eyes of the Lord.

It has been observed that the Book of Mormon contains the fulness of the Gospel, and yet, there is nothing in the Book of Mormon about the need to be sealed to multiple wives in order to gain a greater exaltation. Quite the opposite. The Book of Mormon condemns  the practice of having multiple wives.

Having said all of that, the JST provides one of the strongest evidences against Celestial Polygamy by OMISSION.

If indeed Joseph Smith really was legitimately introducing a higher law of marriage that required being sealed to multiple wives, then he clearly would have revealed this important doctrine in the Inspired Translation of the Bible even if for some strange reason it had not been revealed in the Doctrine and Covenants and the Book of Mormon.

Did he reveal the doctrine of celestial polygamy in the JST?

Nope.

There is nothing about the spiritual wife-Celestial Polygamy doctrine or any bizaare reason for a man to be sealed to multiple wives in the Inspired Translation…..

nada…

zip…

zilch .

The fact that Joseph did not insert anything in the JST to sustantiate the heresy is huge.

For this reason alone the church should extract Section 132 from the D&C.

Those who understand the significance of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible in revealing true doctrine and in being part of the LAW of God will recognize this observation as a huge exposition on the heresy of Celestial Spiritual Wifery.

It is no coincidence that the JST was completed during the “revelatory sweet-spot” of Joseph Smith’s ministry that took place from 1831 to 1834. Had the practice of sealing spiritual wives to someone been revealed as part of the fulness of the gospel, it certainly would have to have been revealed during that time period.

Of course there are no credible historians that place the emergence of the spiritual wife heresy during those early Kirtland years because there is no credible evidence to suggest such a thing.

Interestingly, there are a few  historical revisionists includinng Denver Snuffer, who claim that Joseph Smith did introduced the practice of sealing multiple wives in 1831. They make this claim even though there is not one shred of credible evidence to justify the speculation.

If the doctrine was a true doctrine, what Snuffer asserts would have to be true because all  of the most important revelations and ordinances of salvation having to do with the restored church of Christ came forth at that time.

If the doctrine was true, Joseph would have been practicing celestial polygamy while translating the Bible and he clearly would have corrected passages and/or added clarifications in the Bible to justify the doctrine and the practice.

But the JST is silent on the topic of the Celestial Polygamy doctrine because is not true. Furthermore, Joseph was not practicing it during that time.

Game, Set, Match.

This leads me to the 2nd set of inspired revisions to be addressed in this series.

I now want to spotlight a change that provides further clarification about the topic of David and Solomon, dispite the fact that the wording requires a lot of mental energy to sort out…

1 Kings 15 in the KJV of the Bible leads us to believe that the only sin that David committed, had to do with Uriah. However i believe the following changes fronn the Inspired Version reveal that David had committed many sins. The real intent of the revised passages are to differentiate the sins that David had repented of from the singular sin that he had not repented of.

I realize that the changed meaning of the passages below is somewhat subtle and difficult to understand. however sample # three of this series will provide much clarity.

Sample of Inspired Clarifications in the JST #2

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

1 Kings 15:3-15

1 Kings 15:3-15

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him; and his heart was not perfect with the Lord, his God, as the Lord commanded David, his father.

4 Nevertheless, for David’s sake did the Lord, his God, give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him and to establish Jerusalem,

5 Because David did right in the eyes of the Lord and turned not aside from all that he commanded him, to sin against the Lord, but repented of the evil all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite, wherein the Lord cursed him.

3 And he walked in all the sins of his father, which he had done before him: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father.

4 Nevertheless for David’s sake did the Lord his God give him a lamp in Jerusalem, to set up his son after him, and to establish Jerusalem:

5 Because David did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from any thing that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.

So David committed many sins, however, he repented of all of them except the sin that he could not repent of . In the matter of Uriah, wherein David caused her husband to be killed and took her to wife, the Lord cursed him.

So what about all of the wives that David was given by Nathan the prophet? Wouldn’t they be justified since the Lord’s prophet gave them to him?

According to the Book of Mormon, no.

I have personally never publicly questioned the doctrinal veracity of those wives because Nathan give the wives to David and, like any good Latter day Saint, I never question anything that a bonafide prophet does.

I have just assumed that the wives that Nathan gave to David were legitimate wives based on the desire of God raise up the seed of David.

I have always maintained that there is a very distinct difference between the doctrine of “Biblical Polygamy” which seems to be substantiated in scripture, and the “Spiritual Wife- Celestial Polygamy” heresy that emerged during Joseph Smith’s ministry.

Biblical Polygamy is allowed by the Lord for purposes of raising up seed. Celestial Polygamy on the other hand is presented as a celestial marital law that results in a greater salvation by being sealed to multiple wives throughout eternity.

I still think there is a clear historical and scriptural distinction between the two doctrines.

HOWEVER, thanks to the JST I am no longer making the assumption that all of the plural wives of David besides Uriah were justified in the eyes of God just because they were given through the prophet Nathan.

We have preciously observed that the Lord teaches a very important principle in Ezekiel 14.

That principle is that anytime a person with an idolotrous heart petitions the Lord through his prophet, they will recieve an idolotrous answer through the Lord’s prophet.

Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me and sat before me.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart and put the stumbling block of their iniquity before their face. Should I be inquired of at all by them?

Therefore, speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God: Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols,

That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart because they are all estranged from me through their idols.

Therefore, say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God: Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols, and turn away your faces from all your abominations.

For everyone of the house of Israel, or of the stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which separateth himself from me, and setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumbling block of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to a prophet to inquire of him concerning me, I, the Lord, will answer him by myself.

And I will set my face against that man and will make him a sign and a proverb; and I will cut him off from the midst of my people; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.

And if the prophet be deceived when he hath spoken a thing, I, the Lord, have not deceived that prophet; therefore, I will stretch out my hand upon him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.

And they shall bear the punishment of their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be even as the punishment of him that seeketh unto him,

That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God. Ezek 14;1-11

According to the Book of Mormon, the petition to the Lord given in the first verse of Section 132 was an erroneous and idolatrous petition based on a false assumption which clearly contradicted what had been taught in the Book of Mormon.

According to the above declarations in Ezekiel 14, the Lord gives idolatrous answers to those asking false and idolatrous questions.

Hense, the fact that the Prophet Nathan might have given multiple wives to David according to the desires of his heart, does not necessarily mean that his desires were righteous or that David was justified in taking plural wives.

With this in mind, I now want to share an astounding body of changes in the JST that a reader of this blog has brought to my attention regarding pertaining to David and Solomon.

The changes she refers to are contained in 1 Kings 3, 11, 14, and 15

She pointed out that many people miss out on seeing these changes because the LDS church does not include them amoung the 600+ JST passages that have been integrated into the LDS scriptures. She make the profound observation:

 “Here is a change that might be missed because it was NOT included in the church-published KJV…The main point is that the JST description of David and Solomon is inconsistent with D&C 132.”

Boy is it ever inconsistent with Section 132!

I am going to go one step further and suggest that hidden within all of these changes in those four Chapters, is the fact that David and Solomon sinned much more than we are led to suppose and that David may not have had a pure heart when he began receiving wives through Nathan the prophet.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #3 1st Kings 3, 11, 14 & 15

David and Solomon were NOT Justified in Polygamy!

In this particular sampling of inspired  I have decided to simply copy some pages from one of my reference books that allows you to compare the JST with the KJV.

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As you can see, according to the changes that Joseph Smith made in those chapters-

  • The Lord was not pleased with Solomon or the wife he took who was the daughter of Pharaoh!
  • The reason the Lord blessed Solomon was for the peoples sake, not because of Solomon’s righteousness!
  • David had walked in UNRIGHTEOUSNESS!
  • Solomons heart WAS NOT PERFECT WITH GOD! It was the same of the unrighteous heart of David!
  • The Kingdom was taken away from David because he did not keep the commandments.
  • Both David and Solomon DID EVIL in the sight of the Lord. They went not fully after the Lord!
  • The Lord cursed the seed of David because of the sins that he committedd

Why did the Lord inspire Joseph Smith to clarify that both David and Solomon did evil in the sight of God way beyond what is normally attributed to them?

Clearly the Lord was revealing that David and Solomon desired multiple wives because their hearts were not right before God.

Clearly these changes are consistent with the declaration in the Book of Mormon which states that David and Solomon were not justified in their abominations having to do with polygamy.

It further exposes the absurd supposition that Section 132 is predicated upon!

The person that sent the above changes to me made the following observation;

My personal belief about the JST is that Joseph focused on the points of clarification that were most relevant to the work he was doing in preparing for Zion. The amount of information he added about Enoch, Melchizedek, the promises to Joseph, and the details related to the events prior to the second coming indicate that he knew what needed to be taught. 

I don’t disagree with her observation.

Although there are significant changes sprinkled throughout the Old and New Testaments covering a multitude of topics, it appears that the changes made were not exhaustive and they were somewhat surgical, focused on specific books of the Bible and certain topics.

I think it is evident that the Lord was primarily having Joseph clarify and correct the passages that pertained to the work that Joseph was involved in.

Although the condemnation of polygamy in the Book of Mormon and modern revelation is more than adequate to show forth the ridiculousness of the beginning passages in Section 132, the changes in the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible provide the final nail in the coffin of the celestial polygamy debate.

Any celestial polygamy that has been practiced by the saints in Nauvoo or Utah or elsewhere, does not have a leg to stand on!!!!

Even heretics who make false claims about Joseph Smith receiving Section 132 in 1831 are embarrassed by what Joseph did and did not reveal in the JST of the Bible.

This brings us to the final sample of inspired changes to be addressed in this post. It is only related to polygamy indirectly. Rather it focuses on the nature and character of Christ during his earthly ministry.

Sample of Inspired Changes in the JST #4 JST John 1:12-13

Joseph Smith Revision

King James Version

John 1:12-13

John 1:12-13

 

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name.

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God.

But as many as received him , to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

When I first noticed the above change several decades ago, I was blown away with the profundity of what was being revealed.

My First Observation: Verse 13 was referring to Christ, not his followers!

My Second Observation: Christ was clearly differentiated from his mortal followers by virtue of the fact that unlike them, he was not conceived through carnal sex (the will of the flesh)

My Third Observation: Christ did not have human (mortal) blood coursing through his veins like his followers did!

Those changes in the JST tasted good to me.

I had recently become aware of the false teaching embedded in Bruce R. McConkie’s book titled “The Mortal Messiah” which opined that Christ was a human being with human blood.

McConkie had erroneously taught that Christ was mortal like the rest of the human family that descended from Adam.

Of course another heretical teaching that emerged from Brigham Young was that Christ was not conceived through a virgin birth as taught in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Rather, Young claimed that God the Father condescended and had carnal sex with Mary.

As I began to ponder the amazing truth that was being brought to light in JST 1:13, I was filled with light and was led to other passages of scripture that substantiated this truth. One of them was the passage contained in Alma 34:8-11

8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.
 9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.
 10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.
 11 Now there is not any man that can sacrifice his own blood which will atone for the sins of another..

There you  have it, Christ did not offer himself up as a human sacrifice because he was not human! He was literally God in the flesh!

He was not born of [human] blood!

There is much more documentation related to this amazing topic but I do not want to take the time to address it in this series. Years ago I did a post on the topic on my other blog.

You can read it here.

I previously alluded to the fact that this sample of an inspired change in the JST is indirectly related to the topic of polygamy.

How you ask?

Well, Mormon Fundamentalists erroneously teach the Jesus was married and that he spawned human offspring through carnal sex. That of course means that there are literal  descendants of Christ on the earth today. This is a hopeful thought for those who suffer from delusions of grandeur.

Clearly, this theory that Christ begat human children during his earthly ministry is destroyed by the inspired passages we have just reviewed.

This concludes part three of this series.

keep watching and feel free to keep sending me your favorite JST passages 🙂

[Editorial Note: Breaking News!]

By coincidence, as I was finishing up this segment of this series on the JST, I was contacted by a few Snufferites who informed me that Denver Snuffer has just posted a revelation that he recently received.

The revelation is purported to be the fulfillment of the prophesy in Section 93

And John saw and bore record of the fulness of my glory, and the fulness of John’s record is hereafter to be revealed. D&C 93:6

 

As per the fulfillment of the above prophecy, Denver Snuffer has completely corrected and added to the content known as the Testimony of John (Gospel of John) in the New Testament.

Apparently there is a group of Snufferites that are getting ready to publish their own set of scriptures to legitimize the church that Snuffer has started.

It is going to include the JST.

As Denver was consulting with these individuals and directing them in their activities, he decided that it would be a great opportunity to update the testimony of John with the prophesied record that is spoken of in Section 93.

Interestingly, this latest revelation from God now officially designates Denver Snuffer as a “REVELATOR” despite his failure as a translator.

Although I have not taken the time to read the new revelation in full, I was curious to see how Denver would treat the above passage in John 1:12-13 that I have just addressed.

Remarkably, he rejected Joseph Smith’s inspired change and he went back to the corrupted KJV inference that it was the followers of Christ that were not born of blood!

He then added his own variation on what the corrupted and nonsensical passage meant.

Here is the Snuffer Version next to the truly inspired Version done by Joseph Smith

 

Joseph Smith Revision

Denver Snuffer Revision

John 1:12-13

John

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God; only to them who believe on his name. 

He was born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,  nor of the will of man , but of God. 

As many as perceived the Light
in Him, to them He gave knowledge to enable them to follow the path to become like Him, begotten children in the family of the Most High God. This is only possible for
those who believe through His name. Those who believe through His name are no longer born of blood to follow the appetites of flesh, nor the ambitions of man, but are able to become, like Him, the offspring of God.

 
It is not clear if Snuffer simply overlooked the JST of this passage as he was working his magic, or whether he was aware of it but couldn’t understand it so he blatantly discarded Joseph Smith’s change as being uninspired.

He indicates in his communications with his flock that he first tried to hire a Greek Scholar to translate a more accurate version of the Gospel of John but the translator turned him down. That is a very pragmatic way of approaching the project. I can envision a modern President of the Church like President Monson doing something like that. The modern church hires translators all the time.

He then got a commandment from the Lord to translate it himself but after trying to do it, he got frustrated and told the Lord he could not do it.

Then, miraculously, Denver was blessed with a false revelation from a lying spirit.

The following narrative from the JST may shed some light on the process of revelation used in bringing forth this revelation

2Chr 18:19 And the Lord said, Who shall entice Ahab, king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner.

2Chr 18:20 Then there came out a lying spirit, and stood before them, and said, I will entice him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith?

2Chr 18:21 And he said, I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail; go out, and do even so, for all these have sinned against me.

2Chr 18:22 Now, therefore, behold, the Lord hath found a lying spirit in the mouth of these, thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil against thee.

 

 

 

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