Doctrine and Covenants

Section 88

March 9, 1833-Kirtland, Ohio. While engaged in translating the Bible, Joseph Smith, Jr., received this direction concerning the books of the Apocrypha.

The Apocrypha is only partially correct and is not to be translated-The Spirit will reveal truth

D&C 88:1a Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning the Apocrypha:

D&C 88:1b There are many things contained therein that are true, and it is mostly translated correctly; there are many things contained therein that are not true, which are interpolations by the hands of men.

D&C 88:1c Verily, I say unto you that it is not needful that the Apocrypha should be translated.

D&C 88:1d Therefore, whoso readeth it, let him understand; for the Spirit manifesteth truth; and whoso is enlightened by the Spirit shall obtain benefit therefrom; and whoso receiveth not by the Spirit cannot be benefited; therefore, it is not needful that it should be translated. Amen.