Explanation of Scripture, 1830 [D&C 74]

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An explanation of the first Epistle to the first Corinthians 7 Chapter & 14th verse given to Joseph the Seer at . N.Y 1830
For the unbelieveing wife husband is sanctified by the wife & the unbelieveing wife is sanctified by the husband else were your Children unclean but now ere [are] they holy
Now in the days of the Apostles the law of circumcision was had among them all the Jews which believed not the Gospel of Jesus Christ, & it came to pass that there arose a great contention among the People concerning the law of circumcision for the unbelieveing husband was desirous that his children should be circumcised & become subject to the law of Moses which law was [p. 60] Fulfilled & it came to pass that the Children being brought up in subjection to the law of moses & gave heed to the traditions of their Fathers & believed not the Gospel of Christ wherein they became unholy wherefore for this cause the Apostle wrote unto the Church giving unto them a commandment not of the Lord but of himself that a believer should not be united to an unbeliever except the law of Moses should be done away among them that their Children might remain without circumcision & that the tradition might be done away which saith that little children are unholy for it was had among the Jews but little children are holy being sanctified through the atonement of Jesus Christ & this is wat these scriptures mean [p. 61]


  1. 1

    Although JS altered a number of verses in 1 Corinthians 7 during his revision of the Bible in 1832, he did not revise verse 14. (See New Testament Revision 2, pp. 127–128 [second numbering] [Joseph Smith Translation, 1 Corinthians 7].)  

  2. 2

    John Whitmer likely created this heading when he copied the text into Revelation Book 1.  

  3. 3

    This direct quotation of 1 Corinthians 7:14 may have been added by John Whitmer when he copied the document into Revelation Book 1. It does not appear in either copy of the document found in Revelation Book 2. (Revelation Book 2, pp. 94–95, 117.)  

  4. 4

    See Genesis 17:10–14.