The Joseph Smith Translation: Precious Truths Restored by W. Jeffrey Marsh

The Joseph Smith Translation: Precious Truths Restored by W. Jeffrey Marsh: Notes

This is a lecture based on his book. This lecture can be found in the BYU Media Library on CD.

-Moses 1:40-41 refers to the JST, that God would raise up a seer like Moses who would restore the words of God that had been lost.

-“The Joseph Smith Translation, or Inspired Version, is a thousand times over the best Bible now existing on earth. It contains all that the King James Version does, plus pages of additions and corrections and an occasional deletion. It was made by the spirit of revelation, and the changes and additions are the equivalent of the revealed word in the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Bible: A Sealed Book” see

-“For historical and other reasons there have been, among some members of the Church in times past, some prejudice and misunderstanding of the place of the Joseph Smith Translation. I hope this has now all vanished away.” (Elder Bruce R. McConkie, “The Bible: A Sealed Book” see

-McConkie says that negative feelings about the JST are the devils way to keep the truth from coming forward. All these revelations are important. The Inspired version of the bible is inspired. This is crowning work of the restoration.

-Elder Dallin H Oaks says there should be no doubt about the JST version of the bible, that we should notice and honor it whenever it is present.

-Joseph Smith said that he has the oldest book in his heart- the Holy Ghost.

-Joseph Smith said that much instruction was given in the beginning that we do not now possess.

-D&C 7 is scripture from John the Revelator which was formerly lost

-if we are faithful we have been promised more writings from Enoch, John the Baptist, etc.

-Joseph Smith’s sections of the Book of Enoch that he revealed had several words that were proper names that were not in any known text of Enoch. Then after his death, several texts were found with those very words which scholars now embrace. We see that Joseph Smith was revealing ancient texts.

-oct 1975 ensign Hugh Nibley writes of the JS version of the book of Enoch;

-1952 Our Lord of the Gospels book by President Clark

-Why the King James Version book by President Clark

-77 of the 138 sections of the D&C were received while JS was translating the bible or dealing with that, as well as the Joseph Smith Matthew text.

-JS changes of the bible 1300 verses from the OT and 2100 verses from the NT

-1100 of these verses the LDS have, about 1/3, including most doctrinal of those.

-the Pearl of Great Price is the Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis

-JS would hold the bible in front of him and read it, then dictate changes to it to scribes. Those manuscripts didn’t make it to the west.

-JS wanted to publish the JST but was killed first. Jesus commanded him to publish it in the D&C.

-The RSV and the NIV which both come from an old source from the Egyptians, but Arius in Alexandria Egypt edited them to fit what he wanted. Arianism, the ways of Arius, emphasizes the humanity of Christ, denies the divinity of Christ. He taught that Jesus is not the same substance as the Father, and that Christ was created out of nothing.

-In the RSV, the word doctrine is changed into teachings;

-in the RSV when Jesus testifies in first person of himself being the son of God, that is always deleted;

-in the RSV, they removed the word ordain whenever speaking of the Priesthood, replacing it with appointed or a word like that. This makes it look like a political position;

-in the RSV When it says Jesus is the only begotten son of God, it takes out the word begotten, making it seem like he is the only child of God and that no one else is a child of God.

-in the RSV, every reference to the first estate was eliminated

-in the RSV the word miracle was eliminated

-Most Christians today use the RSV and the NIV today since it is easy to read. The RSV and NIV are like this.; these are but a few examples. This is why so many Christians are loosing faith in Jesus Christ in the world today.

-“Our Bible” by J Reuben Clark a talk on this; see also his book “Our Lord of the Gospels”; see also his book “Why the King James Version”. He points out the critical doctrinal differences between the

-JST Moses reads of the God head and adversary in ch 1. In the bible the word Satan doesn’t appear until the book of Chronicles. The word Lucifer doesn’t appear until the book of Isaiah. The word devil doesn’t show up in the Old Testiment at all. Satan wants us to believe that he is a myth.

-JST Moses 1, we see the Godhead. We see love from both the Father and the Son.

-JST Moses 1, There are 6 times where God calls Moses, “My Son”. In Egyptian Moses means son of blank. He didn’t know whose he was until he met God.

-JST has teachings of a pre mortal council, which is no where in the bible.

-JST has teachings of how Jesus was chosen as redeemer of all before he was born,

-JST shows that Jesus created millions of earths including this earth,

-JST shows that the gospel of Jesus Christ was taught to Adam and Eve in it’s fullness,

-JST shows that Jesus Christ is the Jehovah of the Old Testament,

-JST shows that Adam and Eve had children and grandchilddren before they even had Cain and Able, that throws out the idea that there were pre-Adam people that Cain married, but that he rather married one of his nieces or another one of the children of Adam and Eve.

-JST shows that sacred records were kept by Adam and Eve, that they know how to write etc.

-JST shows that the gospel continued through many dispensations, that the early patriarchs were not merely righteous, they were taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. They speak in the JST about the first ordinances of the gospel like baptism.

-JST speaks of Enoch and his city. No bibles speak of how Enoch had a city, what happened to him in that city, or when he will return. JST speaks of Enoch converting an entire group of people who were transported before the flood. We also learn that Melchizedek after the flood did the same thing.

-JST speaks of how Noah didn’t just save his family, but that he was called for 120 years to preach faith repentance baptism and the conferral of the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands before the flood came to try and get the people to be saved!

-JST teaches how Noah and his wife had grandchildren before the flood came, and that they had to close the doors on their own families.

-Noah is Gabriel, he watched the earth be destroyed at the flood, he gets to go to Marry to announce the Savior of the world.

-Gen 17:21 Abraham sees he will have a son, in the bible it says the laughed at the news, the JST says that they rejoiced at the news.

-Exo. 4 Moses is called to free Israel. KJV says God will harden Pharaohs hart, but JST says that Pharaoh will harden his own heart but that God would bless Moese.

-Exo. 6 says no one has known God by his name Jehovah, showing that prophets didn’t even know his name. The JST reads “was not my name Jehovah known to all my prophets?” It’s a rhetorical question showing that it was known! This is how God showed Moses that he is the same God that appeared to Abraham and all the prophets before him.

-Exo. 32 says God repented; in the JST all times where it says that, it’s changed to “the people repented”. God has no need for repentance. It shows he is perfected and doesn’t play with our lives.

-Matt. 4, says the spirit took the Savior into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil; in the JST it says that he was taken into the wilderness to commune with his Father for 40 days, and only after that experience the devil came to tempt him.

-John 2 Jesus turns water to wine; Jesus’ mother asks Jesus for help. Jesus says “woman what have I to do with thee?” But in the JST it says “woman, what wilt thou have me do for thee? For the hour of my ministry is not yet come.”

-Exo. 34 Moses in Mt. Sinai to get the law to bring to the people, that he smashed those tablets then went and got more. BUT in the JST, it says how the first set he smashed when he saw the wicked people were DIFFERENT than the tablets he returned with! The first set had the higher law with the Melchizedek Prhiestood with temple blessings and sealings, but then he smashed that and went and got a lesser law from God, the Aaronic, preparatory Priesthood. The people weren’t ready for the whole law, so they had to live ‘The Law of Moses’, not the fullness which other prophets had, and which Jesus Christ restored when he came. D&C 84 is all about this. It says that Moses was not at fault, nor the Lord upset with him, but the Lord withdrew Moses since the people were not worthy of him or someone else.

-In John 4, it says Jesus did, then says Jesus didn’t baptize anyone. The JST shows that Jesus baptized more people than John the Baptist did, but that once he had set up his Apostles, he left most of that to them for them to learn such.

-in 1 Cor. 7 Paul’s council speaks against marriage; but in the JST in shows that this is at a missionary conference where he is advising the missionaries to merely remain unmarried until they are done with their missions.

-Matt. 7:21 sermon on the mount Savior says that in the day of judgement many plea to enter but that he would say “I never knew you.” We know this is not right for He came to know us all especially in the Atonement. In the JST, he says, “ye never knew me”

-woman taken in adultery, they brought her to Jesus and accused her. Jesus tells her to go sin no more. The JST adds “and the woman glorified God from that hour and believed on his name.” This restores more information.

-Jesus is who gave the law to Moses.

*Other notes to help understanding from editor of Richardson Studies:

-*For a small look at this, as this is a complex subject, Joseph Smith was translating from the english King James Version; the word translation here thus is not in the traditional sense. He was not looking at any ancient documents. For one thing, no one claims to have the documents which the Apostles of the time of Jesus themselves wrote. Also, we say that the earliest documents, even those have been manipulated. Hence Joseph Smith has things in his inspired version of the bible which are not in the oldest Greek etc. manuscripts which we have. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and he was receiving revelation. He didn’t need any manuscripts to do that. He was clarifying the text, and adding in doctrines which had been removed by evil men.

-*Books to read on the subject are A Plainer Translation: Joseph Smith’s Translation Of The Bible, A History & Commentary by Robert J. Matthews; BYU Hebrew Dr. Donald Parry says this is the best work on the JST; Elder Bruce R McConkie says Matthews is the top JST authority in the Church.

-*concerning the JST, BYU religion Dr. Kelly Ogden says the source to go to if someone is seriously interested in the subject is possibly Scott Faulring’s and Kent Jackson’s big volume, Joseph Smith’s Translation of the Bible, especially the Introduction. The electronic library edition is available at the following link (20$):

-*Also, Elder Oaks said about revelation,

“If we harden our hearts, reject continuing revelation, and limit our learning to what we can obtain by study and reason on the precise language of the present canon of scriptures, our understanding will be limited to what Alma called “the lesser portion of the word” (Alma 12:11)….

What makes us different from most other Christians in the way we read and use the Bible and other scriptures is our belief in continuing revelation. For us, the scriptures are not the ultimate source of knowledge, but what precedes the ultimate source. The ultimate knowledge comes by revelation….

Just as continuing revelation enlarges and illuminates the scriptures, so also a study of the scriptures enables men and women to receive revelations. Elder Bruce R. McConkie said, “I sometimes think that one of the best-kept secrets of the kingdom is that the scriptures open the door to the receipt of revelation” (Doctrines of the Restoration, ed. Mark L. McConkie, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1989, p. 243). This happens because scripture reading puts us in tune with the Spirit of the Lord.”

(“Scripture Reading and Revelation” by Elder Oaks, Jan. 1995 Ensign