(February 22, 2014)
I don’t presume to understand fully the nature of the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible (whether, and to what extent, it is authoritative), but there are times when it is clear that what he has written is more correct than what is in the existing text. Joseph, in this chapter, is clearly hinting at a prophesy about Moses. But why would he not just leave and return to Canaan at this point rather than remaining in Egypt? And the language hints clearly that something else is going on. Reading the text that we have in the King James Version, we are left with the unmistakable impression that Joseph knows more than he is saying. Reading the Joseph Smith Translation, we see that impression is correct – he does know more than we have in the existing text.