Wednesday, October 15, 2014

D&C 91 - The Apocrypha

On March 9, 1833, Joseph Smith was working on an inspired translation of the Old Testament. When he came to the Apocrypha, he prayed and received this revelation, which is D&C 91:

 1 Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha—There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly;
 2 There are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.
 3 Verily, I say unto you, that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.
 4 Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand, for the Spirit manifesteth truth;
 5 And whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom;
 6 And whoso receiveth not by the Spirit, cannot be benefited. Therefore it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.

Now on one hand, we can just dismiss the Apocrypha for its falsehoods. But we also know the Bible contains uninspired writings (The Song of Solomon, for example). So, on the other hand, we can look to the bits of the Apocrypha that may be inspired, and learn from them. So here and there, I plan to read books from the Apocrypha and report what I think about them.

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