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- D&C 127:3. The juxtaposition in this verse of the saints rejoicing and God meting out "a just recompense of reward" may seem a bit unsettling if not read carefully: are the saints to rejoice in the thought that their oppressors will be punished? The first problem with such a reading is that it ignores the word "therefore" in the first sentence. The reason the saints should rejoice is based on the previous verse(s?), not the subsequent statement of about justice. It seems most likely that the reason the saints should rejoice is because the Lord has promised that Joseph (who is perhaps typical of all of us) will triumph over all his enemies. One place it seems that promise was given is in D&C 103:2 where God says that he will pour out his wrath on Joseph's enemies "in [his] own time." If this qualification regarding the Lord's timing is remembered here, it underscores the trusting aspect of the promise of triumph which gives reason for the saints to rejoice. The saints are to rejoice, then, because the Lord will deliver them. Although it seems such deliverance and triumph will involve the oppressors getting "a just recompense of reward," this verse is not saying that the saints should rejoice in the fate of their oppressors.
- D&C 127:10. Joseph's way of expressing his desire using the first person nominative case differs from the way Joseph expresses his desire to address the topic of baptism for the dead in his subsequent letter. That is, in D&C 128:1, his mind is occupied and his feelings are pressed on these matters. In a sense, it seems that this matter of baptism for the dead later supplants the role or position of Joseph's persecutors--although Joseph is actually being pressed and occupied by enemies, he later describes himself as being pressed and occupied only by this matter of baptism for the dead.
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