Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible

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[edit] Was it considered finished?

“Now, verily I say unto you my servants, Joseph Smith, Jun., and Sidney Rigdon, saith the Lord, it is expedient to translate again; And, inasmuch as it is practicable, to preach in the regions round about until conference; and after that it is expedient to continue the work of translation until it be finished” (Doctrine and Covenants 73:3,4).

“We are exceedingly fatigued, owing to a great press of business. We this day finished the translating of the Scriptures, for which we returned gratitude to our Heavenly Father, and sat immediately down to answer your letters” (Joseph Smith, History of the Church 1:368).

"We are now commencing to prepare and print the New Translation, together with all the revelations which God has been pleased to give us in these last days, and we are in want of funds to go on with so great and glorious a work, brethren, [we] want you [to] donate and loan us all the means or money you can that we may be enable[d] to accomplish the work as a great means towards the salvation of men" (Dean Jessee, Personal Writings of Joseph Smith, pp.343-44).

“It was begun in June 1830, and was finished July 2, 1833” (Preface, Joseph Smith Translation).

“July 2 [1833] – The Prophet Joseph Smith finished the translation of the Bible” (Deseret News 1999-2000 Church Almanac, p.483).

1833, July, Tues. 2 – Joseph the Prophet finished the translation of the Bible” (Andrew Jenson, Church Chronology, 1899, p.9).

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