THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 103

Kirtland, Ohio, February 24, 1834

Whoever you curse, I curse - and you will avenge my enemies for me.
AbsurdityCruelty & ViolenceIntoleranceInjusticeProphecy 103:1-40

1 Verily I say unto you, my friends, behold, I will give unto you a revelation and commandment, that you may know how to act in the discharge of your duties concerning the salvation and redemption of your brethren, who have been scattered on the land of Zion;

I'll give you a revelation and commandment.

2 Being driven and smitten by the hands of mine enemies, on whom I will pour out my wrath without measure in mine own time.

I'll be pouring out my wrath, without measure, on my enemies in my own time.

3 For I have suffered them thus far, that they might fill up the measure of their iniquities, that their cup might be full;

I've put up with them for a while, waiting for their cup of iniquities to fill.

4 And that those who call themselves after my name might be chastened for a little season with a sore and grievous chastisement, because they did not hearken altogether unto the precepts and commandments which I gave unto them.

My followers will be chastened for a while to punish them for not obeying me.

5 But verily I say unto you, that I have decreed a decree which my people shall realize, inasmuch as they hearken from this very hour unto the counsel which I, the Lord their God, shall give unto them.

 

6 Behold they shall, for I have decreed it, begin to prevail against mine enemies from this very hour.

I'll begin to defeat my enemies starting right now.

7 And by hearkening to observe all the words which I, the Lord their God, shall speak unto them, they shall never cease to prevail until the kingdoms of the world are subdued under my feet, and the earth is given unto the saints, to possess it forever and ever.

If the saints obey me, they will prevail until I defeat all of the kingdoms of the world and give the earth to them to possess forever.

8 But inasmuch as they keep not my commandments, and hearken not to observe all my words, the kingdoms of the world shall prevail against them.

But if they don't obey me, the kingdoms of the world will defeat them.

9 For they were set to be a light unto the world, and to be the saviors of men;

 

10 And inasmuch as they are not the saviors of men, they are as salt that has lost its savor, and is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.

 

11 But verily I say unto you, I have decreed that your brethren which have been scattered shall return to the lands of their inheritances, and shall build up the waste places of Zion.

 

12 For after much tribulation, as I have said unto you in a former commandment, cometh the blessing.

 

13 Behold, this is the blessing which I have promised after your tribulations, and the tribulations of your brethren—your redemption, and the redemption of your brethren, even their restoration to the land of Zion, to be established, no more to be thrown down.

 

14 Nevertheless, if they pollute their inheritances they shall be thrown down; for I will not spare them if they pollute their inheritances.

 

15 Behold, I say unto you, the redemption of Zion must needs come by power;

The redemption of Zion must come by power.

16 Therefore, I  will raise up unto my people a man, who shall lead them like as Moses led the children of Israel.

So I'll send a man like Moses to lead them.

17 For ye are the children of Israel, and of the seed of Abraham, and ye must needs be led out of bondage by power, and with a stretched-out arm.

Because you must be led out of bondage by power.

18 And as your fathers were led at the first, even so shall the redemption of Zion be.

 

19 Therefore, let not your hearts faint, for I say not unto you as I said unto your fathers: Mine angel shall go up before you, but not my presence.

 

20 But I say unto you: Mine angels shall go up before you, and also my presence, and in time ye shall possess the goodly land.

 

21 Verily, verily I say unto you, that my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., is the man to whom I likened the servant to whom the Lord of the vineyard spake in the parable which I have given unto you.

Joseph Smith, Jun. is the man whom I likened to Moses. [1]

22 Therefore let my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., say unto the strength of my house, my young men and the middle aged—Gather yourselves together unto the land of Zion, upon the land which I have bought with money that has been consecrated unto me.

So let him say to the young and middle-aged men,

Go to the land of Zion, which I have bought with money.

23 And let all the churches send up wise men with their moneys, and purchase lands even as I have commanded them.

Let all the churches send money to buy land there, as I have commanded them.

24 And inasmuch as mine enemies come against you to drive you from my goodly land, which I have consecrated to be the land of Zion, even from your own lands after these testimonies, which ye have brought before me against them, ye shall curse them;

If my enemies try to drive you from my goodly land, you will curse them.

25 And whomsoever ye curse, I will curse, and ye shall avenge me of mine enemies.

Whover you curse, I curse, and you will avenge my enemies for me.

26 And my presence shall be with you even in avenging me of mine enemies, unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.

With my help, you will avenge my enemies for three or four generations.

27 Let no man be afraid to lay down his life for my sake; for whoso layeth down his life for my sake shall find it again.

Don't be afraid to die for my sake.

28 And whoso is not willing to lay down his life for my sake is not my disciple.

If you're not willing to die for me, you're not my disciple.

29 It is my will that my servant Sidney Rigdon shall lift up his voice in the congregations in the eastern countries, in preparing the churches to keep the commandments which I have given unto them concerning the restoration and redemption of Zion.

Sidney Rigdon will preach in the eastern counties.

30 t is my will that my servant Parley P. Pratt and my servant Lyman Wight should not return to the land of their brethren, until they have obtained companies to go up unto the land of Zion, by tens, or by twenties, or by fifties, or by an hundred, until they have obtained to the number of five hundred of the strength of my house.

Parley Pratt and Lyman Wight should gather soldiers in groups of 10s, 20s, or 100 until they have a total of 500.

31 Behold this is my will; ask and ye shall receive; but men do not always do my will.

 

32 Therefore, if you cannot obtain five hundred, seek diligently that peradventure you may obtain three hundred.

If you can't find 500, maybe your can find 300.

33 And if ye cannot obtain three hundred, seek diligently that peradventure ye may obtain one hundred.

And if you can't find 300, try for 100.

34 But verilyI say unto you, a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall not go up unto the land of Zion until you have obtained a hundred of the strength of my house, to go up with you unto the land of Zion.

Here's a commandment for you: You won't go into the land of Zion until you ffind 100.

35 Therefore, as I said unto you, ask and ye shall receive; pray earnestly that peradventure my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., may go with you, and preside in the midst of my people, and organize my kingdom upon the consecrated land, and establish the children of Zion upon the laws and commandments which have been and which shall be given unto you.

Pray that Joseph Smith, Jun. will be with you.

36 All victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith.

 

37 Let my servant Parley P. Pratt journey with my servant Joseph Smith, Jun.

Parley P. Pratt journey will go with Joseph Smith, Jun. 

38 Let my servant Lyman Wight journey with my servant Sidney Rigdon.

Lyman Wight will go with Sidney Rigdon.

39 Let my servant Hyrum Smith journey with my servant Frederick G. Williams.

Hyrum Smith will go with Frederick G. Williams.

40 Let my servant Orson Hyde journey with my servant Orson Pratt, whithersoever my servant Joseph Smith, Jun., shall counsel them, in obtaining the fulfilment of these commandments which I have given unto you, andleave the residue in my hands. Even so. Amen.


Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt will go wherever Joseph Smith, Jun. goes.

Leave the rest to me. Amen.