Zion

The Concept of Zion

Ever since the beginning of the restoration, members of the LDS faith have looked forward to the concept of “Zion”. Joseph Smith attempted versions of Zion which all ended up in abysmal failures. The concept of Zion being so advanced in practice, that it has only been successfully achieved a few times over the course of entire history of the Earth. Furthermore, Zion has only reached its full stature only two times (that I know of), the City of Enoch which was removed from the Earth due to its righteousness and Melchizedek’s city…

34 And his people wrought righteousness, and obtained heaven, and sought for the city of Enoch which God had before taken, separating it from the earth, having reserved it unto the latter days, or the end of the world;

Two Zions in their full stature, right before and right after the flood, which both eventually merged into one in heaven. All other attempts (that I know of) were ultimately destroyed or disbanded, e.g. original meeting at Adam-ondi-Ahman, attempt made by the original 12 apostles, the Nephite Zion, Joseph Smith’s attempts, etc.

Why is Zion so important? For me, it’s the ultimate socioeconomic system for our mortal existence. It’s the end to poverty, sickness, war, and darkness within a community of those that maintain its requirements. Also, as major bonus, the Lord fights your battles for you.

67 And the glory of the Lord shall be there, and the terror of the Lord also shall be there, insomuch that the wicked will not come unto it, and it shall be called Zion.

70 And it shall be said among the wicked: Let us not go up to battle against Zion, for the inhabitants of Zion are terrible; wherefore we cannot stand.

43 And the day shall come when the nations of the earth shall tremble because of her, and shall fear because of her terrible ones. The Lord hath spoken it. Amen.

Also, fortunately / unfortunately for us, the Lord won’t return until Zions exists on the Earth.

62 And righteousness will I send down out of heaven; and truth will I send forth out of the earth, to bear testimony of mine Only Begotten; his resurrection from the dead; yea, and also the resurrection of all men; and righteousness and truth will I cause to sweep the earth as with a flood, to gather out mine elect from the four quarters of the earth, unto a place which I shall prepare, an Holy City, that my people may gird up their loins, and be looking forth for the time of my coming; for there shall be my tabernacle, and it shall be called Zion, a New Jerusalem.

Is the Lord’s return near? Could be very, but we won’t be prepared unless Zion is built.

What Zion Isn’t
Approaching Zion

A really fascinating book is Approaching Zion by Hugh Nibley. This book begins to counter many of the false traditions that those of the LDS faith hold so dear. Hugh Nibley was a master at criticizing the LDS Church membership while evading any kind of discipline. He was however, very careful not to criticize the leaders. After all, that would be wrong even if you are correct in your criticism. You can read it in its entirety for free here.

The major thesis of H.Nibley’s book Approaching Zion is that Zion and Babylon are like oil and water. They simply do not mix. You can’t have them both. This assertion alone begins to break down LDS false traditions.

Members of the LDS Church have become fond of calling the Church “Zion”. I.e., we as God’s people are called Zion and we have the Kingdom of God on the earth. When you step back and start to think about this it becomes a sad and shocking exercise. One of the things that Hugh Nibley discusses in this book is that at that time Utah had a severe fraud problem, and still does. When I was going the Marriott School of Babylonian Management, we had a PwC partner speak to us about how Utah was the Mecca for fraud and that he was glad Utah existed because it helped finance his kids’ college educations.

Approaching Zion Pg 401
So what is our present condition? Can you imagine a more horrendous paradox than “Zion, the Fraud Capital of the World”? Saith the Lord, “You have many things to do and to repent of; . . . your sins . . . are not pardoned, because you seek to counsel in your own ways. . . . Your hearts are not satisfied. And ye obey not the truth, but have pleasure in unrighteousness” (D&C 56:14-15). What unrighteousness? The explanation follows: “Wo unto you rich men, that will not give your substance to the poor, for your riches will canker your souls [the scriptures call wealth a cancer, a pernicious, malignant growth]; and this shall be your lamentation. . . . The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and my soul is not saved!” (D&C 56:16). This time of probation is to be taken seriously, for the poor as well if they too seek riches (D&C 56:17). What the Lord insists on is that all who qualify must be “pure in heart” (D&C 56:18).

Mr. Nibley, I believe I can imagine a more horrendous paradox. “Zion, the Porn Capital of the US”. Not too many years ago, Utah ranked No. 1 in online porn consumption. The paradox is even more startling than ever.

Interestingly, LDS members refer to the Church as “Zion” when we bear very little resemblance to the descriptions in scripture. There has also been much talk about some kind of “Old Ship Zion”, the quote attributed to Brigham Young. I’m not sure what this ship is, and I’m not sure I want to know. Nevertheless, in the early Church the Lord in many instances referred to the organization of the Saints as “Zion”, but still placed admonitions or warnings regarding its growth.

And Zion cannot be built up unless it is by the principles of the law of the celestial kingdom; otherwise I cannot receive her unto myself.

At least many of the Saints during/around this time were attempting to live higher laws. We really have no excuse these days to be referring to ourselves as “Zion”, and in fact I can imagine that it could be quite offensive to God to seriously do so. Furthermore, Nephi in the Book of Mormon uses our own language against us having no doubt seen us in vision in what is yet another proof of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon.

And they deny the power of God, the Holy One of Israel; and they say unto the people: Hearken unto us, and hear ye our precept; for behold there is no God today, for the Lord and the Redeemer hath done his work, and he hath given his power unto men;

Behold, hearken ye unto my precept; if they shall say there is a miracle wrought by the hand of the Lord, believe it not; for this day he is not a God of miracles; he hath done his work.

Yea, and there shall be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us.

And there shall also be many which shall say: Eat, drink, and be merry; nevertheless, fear God—he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdom of God.

Yea, and there shall be many which shall teach after this manner, false and vain and foolish doctrines, and shall be puffed up in their hearts, and shall seek deep to hide their counsels from the Lord; and their works shall be in the dark.

10 And the blood of the saints shall cry from the ground against them.

11 Yea, they have all gone out of the way; they have become corrupted.

12 Because of pride, and because of false teachers, and false doctrine, their churches have become corrupted, and their churches are lifted up; because of pride they are puffed up.

13 They rob the poor because of their fine sanctuaries; they rob the poor because of their fine clothing; and they persecute the meek and the poor in heart, because in their pride they are puffed up.

14 They wear stiff necks and high heads; yea, and because of pride, and wickedness, and abominations, and whoredoms, they have all gone astray save it be a few, who are the humble followers of Christ; nevertheless, they are led, that in many instances they do err because they are taught by the precepts of men.

21 And others will he pacify, and lull them away into carnal security, that they will say: All is well in Zion; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well—and thus the devil cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell.

22 And behold, others he flattereth away, and telleth them there is no hell; and he saith unto them: I am no devil, for there is none—and thus he whispereth in their ears, until he grasps them with his awful chains, from whence there is no deliverance.

23 Yea, they are grasped with death, and hell; and death, and hell, and the devil, and all that have been seized therewith must stand before the throne of God, and be judged according to their works, from whence they must go into the place prepared for them, even a lake of fire and brimstone, which is endless torment.

24 Therefore, wo be unto him that is at ease in Zion!

25 Wo be unto him that crieth: All is well!

26 Yea, wo be unto him that hearkeneth unto the precepts of men, and denieth the power of God, and the gift of the Holy Ghost!

I find it incredibly fascinating that Nephi uses this type of language. Who else uses “Zion” in this sense? We hear this type of language all the time in the LDS Church. The difference in use between the way Nephi uses it and the way we use it is that Nephi appears to be using the term sardonically. This alone should causes us to reconsider our standing before the Lord as a people. Furthermore, you have Moroni’s witness against us as well. He doesn’t mince words, and he’s speaking directly to us. Who else would be reading these words?

33 O ye wicked and perverse and stiffnecked people, why have ye built up churches unto yourselves to get gain? Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls? Behold, look ye unto the revelations of God; for behold, the time cometh at that day when all these things must be fulfilled.

34 Behold, the Lord hath shown unto me great and marvelous things concerning that which must shortly come, at that day when these things shall come forth among you.

35 Behold, I speak unto you as if ye were present, and yet ye are not. But behold, Jesus Christ hath shown you unto me, and I know your doing.

36 And I know that ye do walk in the pride of your hearts; and there are none save a few only who do not liftthemselves up in the pride of their hearts, unto the wearing of very fine apparel, unto envying, and strifes, and malice, and persecutions, and all manner of iniquities; and your churches, yea, even every one, have become polluted because of the pride of your hearts.

37 For behold, ye do love money, and your substance, and your fine apparel, and the adorning of your churches, more than ye love the poor and the needy, the sick and the afflicted.

38 O ye pollutions, ye hypocrites, ye teachers, who sell yourselves for that which will canker, why have ye polluted the holy church of God? Why are ye ashamed to take upon you the name of Christ? Why do ye not think that greater is the value of an endless happiness than that misery which never dies—because of the praise of the world?

39 Why do ye adorn yourselves with that which hath no life, and yet suffer the hungry, and the needy, and the naked, and the sick and the afflicted to pass by you, and notice them not?

40 Yea, why do ye build up your secret abominations to get gain, and cause that widows should mourn before the Lord, and also orphans to mourn before the Lord, and also the blood of their fathers and their husbands to cry unto the Lord from the ground, for vengeance upon your heads?

41 Behold, the sword of vengeance hangeth over you; and the time soon cometh that he avengeth the blood of the saints upon you, for he will not suffer their cries any longer.

Suffice it to say, the LDS Church is certainly not Zion in any significant sense of the word. If it is, then I want no part of it, and I find it offensive to refer to it as such.

Brigham Young has received much criticism by both faithful LDS members as well as the fringe Mormon community. No other president of the Church seems to draw so much ire. Despite BY’s many many weaknesses, oddly he did seem to have some profound insight into the condition of “Zion”.

Approaching Zion Pg 35
“They have not learned ‘a’ concerning Zion; and we have been traveling now forty-two years, and have we learned our a, b, c’s? . . . I will say, scarcely. Have we seen it as a people? How long shall we travel, . . . how long shall God wait for us to sanctify ourselves and become one in the Lord, in our actions and in our ways for the building up of the kingdom of God, that he can bless us?” “How long, Latter-day Saints, before you will believe the Gospel as it is? The Lord has declared it to be his will that his people will enter into covenant, even as Enoch and his people did, which of necessity, must be before we shall have the privilege of building the Center Stake of Zion.”

This was one of the last public addresses of the prophet Brigham, and the people were still not ready to go all the way. They still wanted to mix Babylon and Zion; or, as he put it, “Some of the Latter-day Saints had an idea that they could take the follies of the world in one hand and the Savior in the other, and expect to get into the presence of the Lord Jesus.”28 Such heaping up gold and silver would prove their destruction.29 Again and again the Lord had to rebuke even Joseph Smith for little concessions to the world: “You have feared man and have not relied on me for strength as you ought” (D&C 30:1). “Your mind has been on the things of the earth more than on the things of me, . . . and you . . . have been persuaded by those whom I have not commanded; . . . you shall ever open your mouth in my cause, not fearing what man can do, for I am with you” (D&C 30:2, 11). “How oft you have transgressed the commandments and the laws of God, and have gone on in the persuasions of men. For behold you should not have feared man more than God” (D&C 3:6-7).

Approaching Zion Pg 333-334
This is one of the last speeches Brigham Young gave: “Many professing to be saints seem to have no knowledge, no light to see anything beyond a dollar or a pleasant time, or a comfortable house, or a fine farm.” These have their place, but what do we enjoy? “O fools, and slow of heart to understand the purposes of God and his handiwork among his people.”

Go to the child, and what does its joy consist in? Toys, we may call them, . . . and so it is with our youth, our young boys and girls; they are thinking too much of this world; and the middle-aged are striving and struggling to obtain the good things of this life, and their hearts are too much upon them. So it is with the aged. Is not this the condition of the Latter-day Saints? It is. What is the general expression through out our community? It is that the Latter-day Saints are drifting as fast as they can into idolatry.

This was all Brigham Young could preach in his last year: “fast into idolatry, drifting into the spirit of the world and into pride and vanity.” “We wish the wealth of things of the world; we think about them morning, noon and night; they are first in our minds when we awake in the morning, and the last thing before we go to sleep at night.” “We have gone just as far as we can be permitted to go in the road on which we are now traveling. One man has his eye on a gold mine, another is for a silver mine, another is for marketing his flour or his wheat, another for selling his cattle, another to raise cattle, another to get a farm, or building here and there, and trading and trafficking with each other, just like Babylon. . . . Babylon is here, and we are following in the footsteps of the inhabitants of the earth, who are in a perfect sea of confusion. Do you know this? You ought to, for there are none of you but what see it daily. . . . The Latter-day Saints [are] trying to take advantage of their brethren. There are Elders in this Church who would take the widow’s last cow, for five dollars, and then kneel down and thank God for the fine bargain they had made.” This is the great voice of the economy of Babylon. It does not renounce its religious pretensions for a minute. Many in it think they are identical with a pious life.

Now to Brigham’s final word—his last speech, as a matter of fact:

Now those that can see the spiritual atmosphere can see that many of the Saints are still glued to this earth and lusting and longing after the things of this world, in which there is no profit. . . . According to the present feelings of many of our brethren, they would arrogate to themselves this world and all that pertains to it. . . . Where are the eyes and the hearts of this people? . . . All the angels in heaven are looking at this little handfull of people, and stimulating them to the salvation of the human family. So also are the devils in hell looking at this people, too, and trying to overthrow us, and the people are still shaking hands with the servants of the devil, instead of sanctifying themselves, [given a choice between the two].
We are being pulled in two directions, he says; all the powers of heaven are looking to us, waiting for us to perform our mission; the devils are looking at us to fail in it, and we are shaking hands with them, instead of the other way around. “When I think upon this subject, I want the tongues of seven thunders to wake up the people.”

Approaching Zion Pg 29
“When we conclude to make a Zion,” said Brigham Young, “we will make it, and this work commences in the heart of each person.” Zion can come only to a place that is completely ready for it, which is to say Zion must already be there. When Zion descends to earth, it must be met by a Zion that is already here: “And they shall see us; and we will fall upon their necks, and they shall fall upon our necks; . . . and there shall be mine abode, and it shall be Zion” (Moses 7:63-64). Hence, President Young must correct a misunderstanding among many of the Saints who “gather here with the spirit of Zion resting upon them, and expecting to find Zion in its glory, whereas their own doctrine should teach them that they are coming here to make Zion,”4 that is, to make it possible. “The elements are here to produce as good a Zion as was ever made in all the eternities of the Gods.”5 Note that Zion is an eternal and a universal type and that the local Zion, while made of the substances of this earth, “shall come forth out of all the creations which I have made” (Moses 7:64). “I have Zion in my view constantly,” said Brother Brigham, making it clear that Zion for this earth is still an unrealized ideal of perfection. “We are not going to wait for angels, or for Enoch and his company to come and build up Zion, but we are going to build it,” so that we will be ready. If we did not have a responsibility for bringing Zion, and if we did not work constantly with that aim in view, its coming could not profit us much—for all its awesome perfection and beauty, Zion is still our business and should be our constant concern.

We are the epitome of damnation. We think we are Zion or close to it, but in reality we are up to our eye balls in Babylon. Another “horrendous paradox”.

Inherent Gentile Covenant

In short, LDS members are associated with the Gentiles (see D&C 109) and have no inherent covenant. We do have a promise of a covenant, however, if we repent. The choice is ours to repent and be numbered with the house of Israel which does have an inherent covenant. The Lord made it clear… 

15 And I say unto you, that if the Gentiles do not repent after the blessing which they shall receive, after they have scattered my people—

16 Then shall ye, who are a remnant of the house of Jacob, go forth among them; and ye shall be in the midst of them who shall be many; and ye shall be among them as a lion among the beasts of the forest, and as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goeth through both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

17 Thy hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.

18 And I will gather my people together as a man gathereth his sheaves into the floor.

19 For I will make my people with whom the Father hath covenanted, yea, I will make thy horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people; and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth. And behold, I am he who doeth it.

20 And it shall come to pass, saith the Father, that the sword of my justice shall hang over them at that day; and except they repent it shall fall upon them, saith the Father, yea, even upon all the nations of the Gentiles.

26 The Father having raised me up unto you first, and sent me to bless you in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; and this because ye are the children of the covenant—

27 And after that ye were blessed then fulfilleth the Father the covenant which he made with Abraham, saying: In thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed—unto the pouring out of the Holy Ghost through me upon the Gentiles, which blessing upon the Gentiles shall make them mighty above all, unto the scattering of my people, O house of Israel.

28 And they shall be a scourge unto the people of this land. Nevertheless, when they shall have received the fulness of my gospel, then if they shall harden their hearts against me I will return their iniquities upon their own heads, saith the Father.

Uh oh, it’s not looking good for us.

10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.

11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

12 And I will show unto thee, O house of Israel, that the Gentiles shall not have power over you; but I will remember my covenant unto you, O house of Israel, and ye shall come unto the knowledge of the fulness of my gospel.

13 But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.

14 And I will not suffer my people, who are of the house of Israel, to go through among them, and tread them down, saith the Father.

15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.

Well crap, it doesn’t look like the Lord has much confidence in us. Well, at least Moroni might have something good to say?

36 And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that he would give unto the Gentiles grace, that they might have charity.

37 And it came to pass that the Lord said unto me: If they have not charity it mattereth not unto thee, thou hast been faithful; wherefore, thy garments shall be made clean. And because thou hast seen thy weakness thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father.

38 And now I, Moroni, bid farewell unto the Gentiles, yea, and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we shall meet before the judgment-seat of Christ, where all men shall know that my garments are not spotted with your blood.

Hmm, doesn’t look like the Lord answered Moroni’s petition on our behalf. This is all very bad news for us Gentiles. If this isn’t motivation for repentance, I don’t know what is. If you’ve read the previous post, you might be reminded of the LDS Remnants attempt to have God give them a covenant.

What Zion Is

Now that we’ve discussed what Zion isn’t, seems that the more important topic to address is regarding what Zion is. As far as I can tell, there are 4 main descriptions of Zion:

  1. Pure in Heart
  2. One Heart and One Mind
  3. All Things in Common
  4. No Poor Among them
Pure in heart

17 Zion shall not be moved out of her place, notwithstanding her children are scattered.

18 They that remain, and are pure in heart, shall return, and come to their inheritances, they and their children, with songs of everlasting joy, to build up the waste places of Zion—

21 Therefore, verily, thus saith the Lord, let Zion rejoice, for this is Zion—the pure in heart; therefore, let Zion rejoice, while all the wicked shall mourn.

Who are the pure in heart?

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

16 Yea, and my presence shall be there, for I will come into it, and all the pure in heart that shall come into it shall see God.

The pure in heart are those who shall see God, i.e. are worthy to see God in this life.

One heart and one mind

Is it possible to be one heart and one mind in wickedness? I think so. Is it possible to be one heart and one mind in error and false tradition? I think so. What’s the difference then between the counterfeits and the true Zion? I obviously don’t know all the answers to this and mostly likely know very very little, but I think for the most part it comes down to whichever spirit you listeth to obey.  If an entire community is truly struggling and determined to connect to Christ and the Father individually, then eventually they by default will share the same mind, God’s mind. As they continue in progression in this fashion then they no doubt will share his heart as well being taught charity and every other Godly attribute. There must be a Godly anchor. Otherwise, it would seem that the groups collective heart and mind would be skewed by the strongest personalities or opinions. If you’re all connected to God, then you are all equal spiritually and any other differences don’t seem to matter that much. However, there is a prerequisite for being spiritually equal (see D&C 78:6, and 49:20).

There would cease to be leaders and those that would seek to rule because there would be no need since Christ alone would reign (see Jeremiah 31:34). I would hope that strifes, jarrings, contentions would melt away in the brotherhood and sisterhood of Christ. Perhaps we would begin to see others as they are seen know others as they are known. What a wonderful yet completely foreign thought.

All things in common

All things in common = shared everything. ‘Nuff said. We are probably waaaaay to selfish to abide this part of the law right now. Might take a few earthquakes and foreign invasions to sufficiently humble us to the point where we are ready for this. Oh, and Satan’s counterfeit model won’t work btw.

No poor among them

This is connected heavily with the previous requirement; however, we as a society probably have a better shot at this part of the law than sharing everything. Unfortunately, our insatiable desire for wealth, retirement accounts, houses, cars, boats, vacation homes, status, power, and influence preclude us from fully taking care of the poor.

Our Challenge

Needless to say, Zion is a tall order. No wonder the existence of Zion in this world is such a rare thing. To see the Zion format within a single family would be rare enough (I’ve never seen any family even come close), but to see the Zion format exist within a large network of individuals seems daunting and nigh impossible.

The sermon on the mount seems like it is largely a blueprint for Zion. If a group of people actually did what Jesus recommended in that sermon, they’d be closer to Zion than anyone. You know, all those verses that seem like crazy talk to most of us. You know… pretty much the whole sermon. E.g. If someone sues me and takes my stuff, give them more stuff? Whuh?

The group of people that first achieves the most basic version of Zion will not only need to practice the sermon on the mount, but will need to be full of love, full of charity, full of patience, full of long suffering, full of humility, full of forgiving, without guile, without worldly ambition, without gossip, without unrighteous dominion, and without envy just as a start.

Consider the following scriptures:

15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully:

17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits?

18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.

19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soulshall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?

21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

22 ¶ And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.

23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.

24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?

29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.

30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

31 ¶ But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.

34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

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