THE DOCTRINE AND COVENANTS

SECTION 71

Hiram, Ohio, December 1, 1831

Confound your enemies
Absurdity 71:1-11

1 Behold, thus saith the Lord unto you my servants Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, that the time has verily come that it is necessary and expedient in me that you should open your mouths in proclaiming my gospel, the things of the kingdom, expounding the mysteries thereof out of the scriptures, according to that portion of Spirit and power which shall be given unto you, even as I will.

2 Verily I say unto you, proclaim unto the world in the regions round about, and in the church also, for the space of a season, even until it shall be made known unto you.

3 Verily this is a mission for a season, which I give unto you.

4 Wherefore, labor ye in my vineyard. Call upon the inhabitants of the earth, and bear record, and prepare the way for the commandments and revelations which are to come.

5 Now, behold this is wisdom; whoso readeth, let him understand and receive also;

6 For unto him that receiveth it shall be given more aabundantly, even power.

This is what the Lord says to Joseph Smoith, Jun. and Sidney Rigdon: Open your mouths to proclaim my gospel for a season in the regions round about.

7 Wherefore, confound your enemies; call upon them to meet you both in public and in private; and inasmuch as ye are faithful their shame shall be made manifest.

8 Wherefore, let them bring forth their strong reasons against the Lord.

Confound and shame your enemies. [1]

Challenge them to public debates where they can be humiliated.

9 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you - there is no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper;

No weapon against your will prosper.

10 And if any man lift his voice against you he shall be confounded in mine own due time.

I'll confound them (in my own due time).

11 Wherefore, keep my commandments; they are true and faithful. Even so. Amen.

Amen.