Joseph Smith’s Response to Skepticism
Robert N. Hullinger

Appendix 2.
Textual Comparison of Isaiah 29

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Joseph Smith Revision, Isaiah 29
Book of Mormon,
2 Nephi 25
King James Version, Isaiah 29
1 Woe to Ariel, to Ariel David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow; for thus hath the Lord about, said unto me, It shall be unto Ariel;3 That I the Lord will camp against her round about, and will lay siege against her with a mount, and I will raise forts against her.,4 And she shall be brought down,… [p.192]and shall speak out of the ground, and their speech shall be low out of the dust, and their voice shall be as of one that hath a familiar spirit.… 15 After my seed and the seed of my brethren shall have dwindled in unbelief, and shall have been smitten by the Gentiles; yea, after the Lord God shall have camped against them round and shall have laid siege against them with a mount, and raised forts against them; and after they shall have been brought down low in the dust, even that they are not, yet the words of the righteous shall be written, and the prayers of the faithful shall be heard, and all those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not be forgotten.16 For those who shall be destroyed … [p.192]shall speak unto them out of the ground, and their speech shall be low out of the dust, and their voice shall be as one that hath a familiar spirit,17 For thus saith the Lord God: They shall write the things which shall be done among them, and they shall be written and sealed up in a book and those who have dwindled in unbelief shall not have them, for they seek to destroy the things of God. 1 Woe to Ariel, to the city where Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices.2 Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow; for thus hath the Lord said unto me, It shall be unto Ariel;3 And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise forts against thee.4 And thou shalt be brought down … [p.192]and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, …

[Verses 11-19 contain the same text as for 2 Nephi 27:6-14, except for differences in numbering punctuation, and capitalization. The following text is from the Book of Mormon:]

11 (6) And it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall bring forth unto you the words of a book, and they shall be the words of them which have slumbered.

12 (7) And behold the book shall be sealed; and in the book shall be a revelation from God, from the beginning of the world to the ending thereof.

13 (8) Wherefore, because of the things which are sealed up, the things which are sealed shall not be delivered in the day of the wickedness and abominations of the people. Wherefore the book shall be kept from them.

14 (9) But the book shall be delivered unto a man, and he shall deliver the words of the book, which are the words of those who have slumbered in the dust, and he shall deliver these words unto another;

—(10) But the words which are sealed he shall not deliver, neither shall he deliver the book.

15 (—) For the book shall be sealed by the power of God, and the revelation which was sealed shall be kept in the book until the own due time of the Lord, that they may come forth; for behold they reveal all things from the foundation of the world unto the end thereof.

16 (11) And the day cometh that the words of the book which were sealed shall be read upon the house tops; and they shall be read by the power of Christ; and all things shall be revealed unto the children of men which ever [p.193] have been among the children of men, and which ever will be even unto the end of the earth.

17 (12) Wherefore, at that day when the book shall be delivered unto the man of whom I have spoken, the book shall be hid from the eyes of the world, that the eyes of none shall behold it save it be that three witnesses shall behold it, by the power of God, besides him to whom the book shall be delivered; and they shall testify to the truth of the book and the things therein.

18 (13) And there is none other which shall view it, save it be a few according to the will of God, to bear testimony of his word unto the children of men; for the Lord God hath said that the words of the faithful should speak as if it were from the dead.

9 (14) Wherefore, the Lord God will proceed to bring forth the words of the book; and in the mouth of as many witnesses as seemeth him good will he establish his word; and wo be unto him that rejecteth the word of God!

Joseph Smith
Revision, Isaiah 29
Book of Mormon
2 Nephi 27
King James Version
Isaiah 29
20 But, behold, it shall come to pass, that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book, Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee.21 And the learned shall say, Bring hither the book and I will read them; and now because of the world, and to get gain will they say this, and the man shall say, I cannot bring the book for it is sealed[p.194]… Then shall the learned say, I cannot read it. 15 But behold, it shall come to pass that the Lord God shall say unto him to whom he shall deliver the book: Take these words which are not sealed and deliver them to another, that he may show them unto the learned, saying: Read this, I pray thee. And the learned shall say, Bring hither the book, and I will read them.16 And now, because of the glory of the world and to get gain will they say this, and not for the glory of God.17 And the man shall say: I cannot bring thebook for it is sealed;[p.194]18 Then shall the learned say: I cannot read it. 11 And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot, for it is sealed:[p.194]
22 Wherefore it shall come to pass, that come the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned and the man that is not learned shall say, I am not learned.   19 Wherefore it shall to pass, that the Lord God will deliver again the book and the words thereof to him that is not learned; and the man that is not learned shall say, I am not learned.20 Then shall the Lord God say unto him: The learned shall not read them, for they have rejected them, and I am able to do mine own work; wherefore thou shalt read the words which I shall give unto thee. 12 And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned.