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A Library Tour through Ether 11
1 And there came also in the days of Com many prophets, and prophesied of the destruction
of that great people except they should repent, and turn unto the Lord, and forsake
their murders and wickedness.
2 And it came to pass that the prophets were rejected by the people, and they fled
unto Com for protection, for the people sought to destroy them.
3 And they prophesied unto Com many things; and he was blessed in all the remainder
of his days.
4 And he lived to a good old age, and begat Shiblom; and Shiblom reigned in his stead.
And the brother of Shiblom rebelled against him, and there began to be an exceedingly
great war in all the land.
5 And it came to pass that the brother of Shiblom caused that all the prophets who
prophesied of the destruction of the people should be put to death;
6 And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great
curse should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there should
be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had been upon the face of
the earth, and their bones should become as heaps of earth upon the face of the land
except they should repent of their wickedness.
7 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord, because of their wicked combinations;
wherefore, there began to be wars and contentions in all the land, and also many
famines and pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one
as never had been known upon the face of the earth; and all this came to pass in
the days of Shiblom.
8 And the people began to repent of their iniquity; and inasmuch as they did the
Lord did have mercy on them.
9 And it came to pass that Shiblom was slain, and Seth was brought into captivity,
and did dwell in captivity all his days.
10 And it came to pass that Ahah, his son, did obtain the kingdom; and he did reign
over the people all his days. And he did do all manner of iniquity in his days, by
which he did cause the shedding of much blood; and few were his days.
Marilynne Todd Linford writes a brief description of each of these people mentioned
by name. “I don’t know whether you are going to read or merely scan the list that
follows. Either way, I think you will come to the same feeling I had as I compiled
the names – that of absolute respect for the depth, breadth, scale, scope, complexity,
and continuity of the Book of Mormon.” – Marilynne Todd Linford
11 And Ethem, being a descendant of Ahah, did obtain the kingdom; and he also did
do that which was wicked in his days.
12 And it came to pass that in the days of Ethem there came many prophets, and prophesied
again unto the people; yea, they did prophesy that the Lord would utterly destroy
them from off the face of the earth except they repented of their iniquities.
13 And it came to pass that the people hardened their hearts, and would not hearken
unto their words; and the prophets mourned and withdrew from among the people.
14 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his days;
and he begat Moron. And it came to pass that Moron did reign in his stead; and Moron
did that which was wicked before the Lord.
15 And it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people, because of
that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain; and there arose
a mighty man among them in iniquity, and gave battle unto Moron, in which he did
overthrow the half of the kingdom; and he did maintain the half of the kingdom for
16 And it came to pass that Moron did overthrow him, and did obtain the kingdom again.
17 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man; and he was a descendant
of the brother of Jared.
18 And it came to pass that he did overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore,
Moron dwelt in captivity all the remainder of his days; and he begat Coriantor.
19 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.
20 And in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets, and prophesied of
great and marvelous things, and cried repentance unto the people, and except they
should repent the Lord God would execute judgment against them to their utter destruction;
21 And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the
land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers.
22 And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society
and wicked abominations.
23 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died, having dwelt in captivity
all his days.