We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate
advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to
Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
A Library Tour through Ether 9
1 And now I, Moroni, proceed with my record. Therefore, behold, it came to pass that
because of the secret combinations of Akish and his friends, behold, they did overthrow
the kingdom of Omer.
2 Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his sons and to his
daughters who did not seek his destruction.
3 And the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land; wherefore
Omer departed out of the land with his family, and traveled many days, and came over
and passed by the hill of Shim, and came over by the place where the Nephites were
destroyed, and from thence eastward, and came to a place which was called Ablom,
by the seashore, and there he pitched his tent, and also his sons and his daughters,
and all his household, save it were Jared and his family.
4 And it came to pass that Jared was anointed king over the people, by the hand of
wickedness; and he gave unto Akish his daughter to wife.
5 And it came to pass that Akish sought the life of his father-in-law; and he applied
unto those whom he had sworn by the oath of the ancients, and they obtained the head
of his father-in-law, as he sat upon his throne, giving audience to his people.
6 For so great had been the spreading of this wicked and secret society that it had
corrupted the hearts of all the people; therefore Jared was murdered upon his throne,
and Akish reigned in his stead.
7 And it came to pass that Akish began to be jealous of his son, therefore he shut
him up in prison, and kept him upon little or no food until he had suffered death.
8 And now the brother of him that suffered death, (and his name was Nimrah) was angry
with his father because of that which his father had done unto his brother.
9 And it came to pass that Nimrah gathered together a small number of men, and fled
out of the land, and came over and dwelt with Omer.
10 And it came to pass that Akish begat other sons, and they won the hearts of the
people, notwithstanding they had sworn unto him to do all manner of iniquity according
to that which he desired.
11 Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for
power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew
away the more part of the people after them.
12 And there began to be a war between the sons of Akish and Akish, which lasted
for the space of many years, yea, unto the destruction of nearly all the people of
the kingdom, yea, even all, save it were thirty souls, and they who fled with the
house of Omer.
13 Wherefore, Omer was restored again to the land of his inheritance.
14 And it came to pass that Omer began to be old; nevertheless, in his old age he
begat Emer; and he anointed Emer to be king to reign in his stead.
15 And after that he had anointed Emer to be king he saw peace in the land for the
space of two years, and he died, having seen exceedingly many days, which were full
of sorrow. And it came to pass that Emer did reign in his stead, and did fill the
steps of his father.
16 And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land, and the house of
Emer did prosper exceedingly under the reign of Emer; and in the space of sixty and
two years they had become exceedingly strong, insomuch that they became exceedingly
17 Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and of silks, and of fine linen, and
of gold, and of silver, and of precious things;
18 And also all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine,
and of goats, and also many other kinds of animals which were useful for the food
19 And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and
cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and
cureloms and cumoms.
Those famous cureloms and cumoms are only mentioned in the Book of Ether. If there
were no word for them in Nephite language, no wonder there is no English translation
for those words. Moroni’s Jaredite record also uniquely mentions bees, cows, asses,
elephants, and swarms. The uniquely Mormon word “Deseret” comes from the Book of
Ether, where Moroni did have a translation of it, but for some reason gave us the
The Book of Ether contains 62 unique words, not including the sections written by
20 And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice
above all other lands; and he commanded that whoso should possess the land should
possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyed when they were ripened in iniquity;
for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my wrath.
21 And Emer did execute judgment in righteousness all his days, and he begat many
sons and daughters; and he begat Coriantum, and he anointed Coriantum to reign in
22 And after he had anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead he lived four years,
and he saw peace in the land; yea, and he even saw the Son of Righteousness, and
did rejoice and glory in his day; and he died in peace.
23 And it came to pass that Coriantum did walk in the steps of his father, and did
build many mighty cities, and did administer that which was good unto his people
in all his days. And it came to pass that he had no children even until he was exceedingly
24 And it came to pass that his wife died, being an hundred and two years old. And
it came to pass that Coriantum took to wife, in his old age, a young maid, and begat
sons and daughters; wherefore he lived until he was an hundred and forty and two
25 And it came to pass that he begat Com, and Com reigned in his stead; and he reigned
forty and nine years, and he begat Heth; and he also begat other sons and daughters.
26 And the people had spread again over all the face of the land, and there began
again to be an exceedingly great wickedness upon the face of the land, and Heth began
to embrace the secret plans again of old, to destroy his father.
27 And it came to pass that he did dethrone his father, for he slew him with his
own sword; and he did reign in his stead.
28 And there came prophets in the land again, crying repentance unto them -- that
they must prepare the way of the Lord or there should come a curse upon the face
of the land; yea, even there should be a great famine, in which they should be destroyed
if they did not repent.
29 But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them out;
and some of them they cast into pits and left them to perish. And it came to pass
that they did all these things according to the commandment of the king, Heth.
30 And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon the land, and the
inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there
was no rain upon the face of the earth.
31 And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the land, and did
poison many people. And it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the
poisonous serpents, towards the land southward, which was called by the Nephites
32 And it came to pass that there were many of them which did perish by the way;
nevertheless, there were some which fled into the land southward.
33 And it came to pass that the Lord did cause the serpents that they should pursue
them no more, but that they should hedge up the way that the people could not pass,
that whoso should attempt to pass might fall by the poisonous serpents.
34 And it came to pass that the people did follow the course of the beasts, and did
devour the carcasses of them which fell by the way, until they had devoured them
all. Now when the people saw that they must perish they began to repent of their
iniquities and cry unto the Lord.
35 And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before
the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive
again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries
round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from