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A Library Tour through Mosiah 10-11
1. And it came to pass that we again began to establish the kingdom and we again
began to possess the land in peace. And I caused that there should be weapons of
war made of every kind, that thereby I might have weapons for my people against the
time the Lamanites should come up again to war against my people.
2. And I set guards round about the land, that the Lamanites might not come upon
us again unawares and destroy us; and thus I did guard my people and my flocks, and
keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies.
3. And it came to pass that we did inherit the land of our fathers for many years,
yea, for the space of twenty and two years.
4. And I did cause that the men should till the ground, and raise all manner of grain
and all manner of fruit of every kind.
5. And I did cause that the women should spin, and toil, and work, and work all manner
of fine linen, yea, and cloth of every kind, that we might clothe our nakedness;
and thus we did prosper in the land -- thus we did have continual peace in the land
for the space of twenty and two years.
6. And it came to pass that king Laman died, and his son began to reign in his stead.
And he began to stir his people up in rebellion against my people; therefore they
began to prepare for war, and to come up to battle against my people.
7. But I had sent my spies out round about the land of Shemlon, that I might discover
their preparations, that I might guard against them, that they might not come upon
my people and destroy them.
8. And it came to pass that they came up upon the north of the land of Shilom, with
their numerous hosts, men armed with bows, and with arrows, and with swords, and
with cimeters, and with stones, and with slings; and they had their heads shaved
that they were naked; and they were girded with a leathern girdle about their loins.
9. And it came to pass that I caused that the women and children of my people should
be hid in the wilderness; and I also caused that all my old men that could bear arms,
and also all my young men that were able to bear arms, should gather themselves together
to go to battle against the Lamanites; and I did place them in their ranks, every
man according to his age.
10. And it came to pass that we did go up to battle against the Lamanites; and I,
even I, in my old age, did go up to battle against the Lamanites. And it came to
pass that we did go up in the strength of the Lord to battle.
11. Now, the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the Lord, nor the strength of the
Lord, therefore they depended upon their own strength. Yet they were a strong people,
as to the strength of men.
12. They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people, believing in the
tradition of their fathers, which is this -- Believing that they were driven out
of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, and that they
were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren, and they were also wronged while
crossing the sea;
13. And again, that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance,
after they had crossed the sea, and all this because that Nephi was more faithful
in keeping the commandments of the Lord -- therefore he was favored of the Lord,
for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead of their journey
in the wilderness.
14. And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings
of the Lord; they were also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened
their hearts against the Lord.
15. And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived in the promised land,
because they said that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands;
and they sought to kill him.
16. And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as
the Lord had commanded him, and took the records which were engraven on the plates
of brass, for they said that he robbed them.
17. And thus they have taught their children that they should hate them, and that
they should murder them, and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all they
could to destroy them; therefore they have an eternal hatred towards the children
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright.
This verse inspired Dr. Wright to make a study which resulted in chapter 6, “The
Lamanite Perspective.” “The Book of Mormon is full of layers of meaning, such as
the Lamanite perspective, to keep its readers engaged and fascinated for a lifetime.”
He shares a few lessons he learned from trying to see things from a Lamanite point
18. For this very cause has king Laman, by his cunning, and lying craftiness, and
his fair promises, deceived me, that I have brought this my people up into this land,
that they may destroy them; yea, and we have suffered these many years in the land.
19. And now I, Zeniff, after having told all these things unto my people concerning
the Lamanites, I did stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting their
trust in the Lord; therefore, we did contend with them, face to face.
20. And it came to pass that we did drive them again out of our land; and we slew
them with a great slaughter, even so many that we did not number them.
21. And it came to pass that we returned again to our own land, and my people again
began to tend their flocks, and to till their ground.
22. And now I, being old, did confer the kingdom upon one of my sons; therefore,
I say no more. And may the Lord bless my people. Amen.
1. And now it came to pass that Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah, one of his
sons; therefore Noah began to reign in his stead; and he did not walk in the ways
of his father.
2. For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God, but he did walk after the
desires of his own heart. And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause
his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in the sight of the Lord.
Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.
3. And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed, a fifth part of their
gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and
of their brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth
part of all their grain.
4. And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines;
and also his priests, and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the
affairs of the kingdom.
5. For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated
new ones in their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts.
6. Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and
in their whoredoms, by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did
the people labor exceedingly to support iniquity.
7. Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and
flattering words of the king and priests; for they did speak flattering things unto
8. And it came to pass that king Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings;
and he ornamented them with fine work of wood, and of all manner of precious things,
of gold, and of silver, and of iron, and of brass, and of ziff, and of copper;
9. And he also built him a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof, all
of which was of fine wood and was ornamented with gold and silver and with precious
10. And he also caused that his workmen should work all manner of fine work within
the walls of the temple, of fine wood, and of copper, and of brass.
11. And the seats which were set apart for the high priests, which were above all
the other seats, he did ornament with pure gold; and he caused a breastwork to be
built before them, that they might rest their bodies and their arms upon while they
should speak lying and vain words to his people.
12. And it came to pass that he built a tower near the temple; yea, a very high tower,
even so high that he could stand upon the top thereof and overlook the land of Shilom,
and also the land of Shemlon, which was possessed by the Lamanites; and he could
even look over all the land round about.
13. And it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land Shilom;
and he caused a great tower to be built on the hill north of the land Shilom, which
had been a resort for the children of Nephi at the time they fled out of the land;
and thus he did do with the riches which he obtained by the taxation of his people.
14. And it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches, and he spent his
time in riotous living with his wives and his concubines; and so did also his priests
spend their time with harlots.
15. And it came to pass that he planted vineyards round about in the land; and he
built wine-presses, and made wine in abundance; and therefore he became a wine-bibber,
and also his people.
16. And it came to pass that the Lamanites began to come in upon his people, upon
small numbers, and to slay them in their fields, and while they were tending their
17. And king Noah sent guards round about the land to keep them off; but he did not
send a sufficient number, and the Lamanites came upon them and killed them, and drove
many of their flocks out of the land; thus the Lamanites began to destroy them, and
to exercise their hatred upon them.
18. And it came to pass that king Noah sent his armies against them, and they were
driven back, or they drove them back for a time; therefore, they returned rejoicing
in their spoil.
19. And now, because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their
hearts; they did boast in their own strength, saying that their fifty could stand
against thousands of the Lamanites; and thus they did boast, and did delight in blood,
and the shedding of the blood of their brethren, and this because of the wickedness
of their king and priests.
20. And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and
he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, thus saith the Lord,
and thus hath he commanded me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith
the Lord -- Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their abominations, and their
wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine
21. And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver
them into the hands of their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage;
and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies.
22. And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God,
and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of my people.
23. And it shall come to pass that except this people repent and turn unto the Lord
their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except
it be the Lord the Almighty God.
24. Yea, and it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow
to hear their cries; yea, and I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies.
25. And except they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and cry mightily to the Lord their
God, I will not hear their prayers, neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions;
and thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me.
26. Now it came to pass that when Abinadi had spoken these words unto them they were
wroth with him, and sought to take away his life; but the Lord delivered him out
of their hands.
27. Now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spoken unto the people,
he was also wroth; and he said: Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged
of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my people such great affliction?
28. I command you to bring Abinadi hither, that I may slay him, for he has said these
things that he might stir up my people to anger one with another, and to raise contentions
among my people; therefore I will slay him.
29. Now the eyes of the people were blinded; therefore they hardened their hearts
against the words of Abinadi, and they sought from that time forward to take him.
And king Noah hardened his heart against the word of the Lord, and he did not repent
of his evil doings.