Doctrine and Covenants–Section 89

Revelation given through Joseph Smith, Jun., at Kirtland, Ohio, February 27, 1833. As a consequence of the early brethren using tobacco in their meetings, the Prophet was led to ponder upon the matter; consequently, he inquired of the Lord concerning it. This revelation, known as the Word of Wisdom, was the result.


  1. a word of wisdom for the benefit of the council of high priests assembled in kirtland and the church |

  2. and also the saints in zion to be sent greeting |

  3. not by commandment or constraint | but by revelation and the word of wisdom |

  4. showing forth the order and will of god in the temporal salvation of all saints in the last days |

  5. given for a principle with promise |

  6. adapted to the capacity of the weak and the weakest of all saints | who are or can be called saints |

  7. behold | verily | thus saith the lord unto you |

    1. in consequence of evils and designs | which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days | i have warned you and forewarn you | by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation |

      1. that inasmuch as any man drinketh wine or strong drink among you |

        1. behold | it is not good neither meet in the sight of your father | only in assembling yourselves together to offer up your sacraments before him |

  8. and behold | this should be wine | yea | pure wine of the grape of the vine | of your own make |

  9. and again | strong drinks are not for the belly | but for the washing of your bodies |

  10. and again | tobacco is not for the body | neither for the belly | and is not good for man | but is an herb for bruises and all sick cattle | to be used with judgment and skill |

  11. and again | hot drinks are not for the body or belly |

  12. and again | verily | i say unto you |

    1. all wholesome herbs god hath ordained for the constitution | nature | and use of man |

  13. every herb in the season thereof | and every fruit in the season thereof |

  14. all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving |

    1. yea | flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air | i | the lord | have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving |

  15. nevertheless | they are to be used sparingly |

    1. and it is pleasing unto me | that they should not be used | only in times of winter | or of cold | or famine |

  16. all grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts | to be the staff of life | not only for man | but for the beasts of the field | and the fowls of heaven | and all wild animals | that run or creep on the earth |

  17. and these hath god made for the use of man | only in times of famine and excess of hunger |

  18. all grain is good for the food of man | as also the fruit of the vine | that which yieldeth fruit | whether in the ground or above the ground | nevertheless | wheat for man | and corn for the ox | and oats for the horse | and rye for the fowls and for swine | and for all beasts of the field | and barley for all useful animals | and for mild drinks | as also other grain |

  19. and all saints | who remember to keep and do these sayings | walking in obedience to the commandments | shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones | and shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge | even hidden treasures | and shall run and not be weary | and shall walk and not faint |

    1. and i | the lord | give unto them a promise |

      1. that the destroying angel shall pass by them | as the children of israel | and not slay them | amen |

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