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A Library Tour Through Omni
1. Behold, it came to pass that I, Omni, being commanded by my father, Jarom, that
I should write somewhat upon these plates, to preserve our genealogy --
2. Wherefore, in my days, I would that ye should know that I fought much with the
sword to preserve my people, the Nephites, from falling into the hands of their enemies,
the Lamanites. But behold, I of myself am a wicked man, and I have not kept the statutes
and the commandments of the Lord as I ought to have done.
3. And it came to pass that two hundred and seventy and six years had passed away,
and we had many seasons of peace; and we had many seasons of serious war and bloodshed.
Yea, and in fine, two hundred and eighty and two years had passed away, and I had
kept these plates according to the commandments of my fathers; and I conferred them
upon my son Amaron. And I make an end.
4. And now I, Amaron, write the things whatsoever I write, which are few, in the
book of my father.
5. Behold, it came to pass that three hundred and twenty years had passed away,
and the more wicked part of the Nephites were destroyed.
6. For the Lord would not suffer, after he had led them out of the land of Jerusalem
and kept and preserved them from falling into the hands of their enemies, yea, he
would not suffer that the words should not be verified, which he spake unto our fathers,
saying that: Inasmuch as ye will not keep my commandments ye shall not prosper in
7. Wherefore, the Lord did visit them in great judgment; nevertheless, he did spare
the righteous that they should not perish, but did deliver them out of the hands
of their enemies.
8. And it came to pass that I did deliver the plates unto my brother Chemish.
9. Now I, Chemish, write what few things I write, in the same book with my brother;
for behold, I saw the last which he wrote, that he wrote it with his own hand; and
he wrote it in the day that he delivered them unto me. And after this manner we keep
the records, for it is according to the commandments of our fathers. And I make an
10. Behold, I, Abinadom, am the son of Chemish. Behold, it came to pass that I saw
much war and contention between my people, the Nephites, and the Lamanites; and I,
with my own sword, have taken the lives of many of the Lamanites in the defence of
11. And behold, the record of this people is engraven upon plates which is had by
the kings, according to the generations; and I know of no revelation save that which
has been written, neither prophecy; wherefore, that which is sufficient is written.
And I make an end.
The Book of Mormon Miracle: 25 Reasons to Believe, by Randal A. Wright. Chapter
14 – Original Phrases
Dr. Wright presents an interesting analysis of the first two verses spoken
by 20 of the 153 people who have their words recorded in the Book of Mormon, beginning
with Abinadom in Omni. He indicates 1) which phrases were original and used by that
speaker only, 2) which were original to the Book of Mormon, but used by more than
one speaker, and 3) which were used by both Book of Mormon and Bible speakers.
For example, in Omni 1:10,11, he notes that, of the nineteen 3-to-7 word
phrases with which Abinadom introduces his portion of the record, only one phrase
is also found in the Bible, while other Book of Mormon writers used three of the
phrases. The rest of it is uniquely Abinadom’s voice.
Dr. Wright concludes that the vast majority of phrases in this “large,
complex, and inspirational book” are unique to the Book of Mormon.
12. Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat
concerning Mosiah, who was made king over the land of Zarahemla; for behold, he being
warned of the Lord that he should flee out of the land of Nephi, and as many as would
hearken unto the voice of the Lord should also depart out of the land with him, into
the wilderness --
13. And it came to pass that he did according as the Lord had commanded him. And
they departed out of the land into the wilderness, as many as would hearken unto
the voice of the Lord; and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings. And
they were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by the power
of his arm, through the wilderness, until they came down into the land which is called
the land of Zarahemla.
Amaleki, who concluded writing the book of Omni, was a remarkable person in several
1. He made a break from several generations of sloth with the records of the Small
Plates. Four writers before him wrote 11 verses; he wrote 19.
2. He lived during a remarkable time of change: The flight of Mosiah and his people,
the discovery and merger with the people of Zarahemla, the finding of the record
of Coriantumr’s stone, and the departure of a group back to the land of Nephi.
3. He was faithful to the Lord, and faithful to the original intent of the Small
Plates. His father before him had said he knew of no current revelation or prophecy;
Amaleki stated that the group with Mosiah were led by many preachings and prophesyings.
The other writers did their duty in preserving the genealogy; Amaleki exhorted his
readers to come unto the Holy One of Israel, and believe.
4. Amaleki wrote this 2-verse chiasm, where the turning point or climax is doing
as the Lord commands. This is Nephi’s original message in 1 Nephi, and Amaleki has
been true to it.
Reading the Book of Mormon as it is reformatted allows one to ponder and see more
relationships and insights in the book.
12 Behold, I am Amaleki, the son of Abinadom.
A. Behold, I will speak unto you somewhat concerning Mosiah, who was made king over
the land of Zarahemla;
B for behold, he being warned of the Lord
C that he should flee out of the land of Nephi,
D and as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord
E should also depart out of the land with him, into the wilderness –
13. F And it came to pass that
he did according as the Lord had commanded him.
E And they departed out of the land into the wilderness,
D as many as would hearken unto the voice of the Lord;
C and they were led by many preachings and prophesyings.
B And they were admonished continually by the word of God; and they were led by
the power of his arm, through the wilderness,
A until they came down into the land which is called the land of Zarahemla.
14. And they discovered a people, who were called the people of Zarahemla. Now, there
was great rejoicing among the people of Zarahemla; and also Zarahemla did rejoice
exceedingly, because the Lord had sent the people of Mosiah with the plates of brass
which contained the record of the Jews.
Chapter 23 – “The Hebrew Origin of Three Book of Mormon Place-Names. Research by
Stephen D. Ricks and John A. Tvedtnes, originally published in the Journal of Book
of Mormon Studies 6/2 (1997): 255-59.
The authors give convincing explanations for the names Zarahemla, Jershon, and Cumorah,
Hebrew derivations which enhance our understanding of those locations.
15. Behold, it came to pass that Mosiah discovered that the people of Zarahemla came
out from Jerusalem at the time that Zedekiah, king of Judah, was carried away captive
16. And they journeyed in the wilderness, and were brought by the hand of the Lord
across the great waters, into the land where Mosiah discovered them; and they had
dwelt there from that time forth.
17. And at the time that Mosiah discovered them, they had become exceedingly numerous.
Nevertheless, they had had many wars and serious contentions, and had fallen by the
sword from time to time; and their language had become corrupted; and they had brought
no records with them; and they denied the being of their Creator; and Mosiah, nor
the people of Mosiah, could understand them.
18. But it came to pass that Mosiah caused that they should be taught in his language.
And it came to pass that after they were taught in the language of Mosiah, Zarahemla
gave a genealogy of his fathers, according to his memory; and they are written, but
not in these plates.
19. And it came to pass that the people of Zarahemla, and of Mosiah, did unite together;
and Mosiah was appointed to be their king.
20. And it came to pass in the days of Mosiah, there was a large stone brought unto
him with engravings on it; and he did interpret the engravings by the gift and power
21. And they gave an account of one Coriantumr, and the slain of his people. And
Coriantumr was discovered by the people of Zarahemla; and he dwelt with them for
the space of nine moons.
22. It also spake a few words concerning his fathers. And his first parents came
out from the tower, at the time the Lord confounded the language of the people; and
the severity of the Lord fell upon them according to his judgments, which are just;
and their bones lay scattered in the land northward.
23. Behold, I, Amaleki, was born in the days of Mosiah; and I have lived to see his
death; and Benjamin, his son, reigneth in his stead.
24. And behold, I have seen, in the days of king Benjamin, a serious war and much
bloodshed between the Nephites and the Lamanites. But behold, the Nephites did obtain
much advantage over them; yea, insomuch that king Benjamin did drive them out of
the land of Zarahemla.
25. And it came to pass that I began to be old; and, having no seed, and knowing
king Benjamin to be a just man before the Lord, wherefore, I shall deliver up these
plates unto him, exhorting all men to come unto God, the Holy One of Israel, and
believe in prophesying, and in revelations, and in the ministering of angels, and
in the gift of speaking with tongues, and in the gift of interpreting languages,
and in all things which are good; for there is nothing which is good save it comes
from the Lord; and that which is evil cometh from the devil.
26. And now, my beloved brethren, I would that ye should come unto Christ, who is
the Holy One of Israel, and partake of his salvation, and the power of his redemption.
Yea, come unto him, and offer your whole souls as an offering unto him, and continue
in fasting and praying, and endure to the end; and as the Lord liveth ye will be
27. And now I would speak somewhat concerning a certain number who went up into the
wilderness to return to the land of Nephi; for there was a large number who were
desirous to possess the land of their inheritance.
28. Wherefore, they went up into the wilderness. And their leader being a strong
and mighty man, and a stiffnecked man, wherefore he caused a contention among them;
and they were all slain, save fifty, in the wilderness, and they returned again to
the land of Zarahemla.
28. And it came to pass that they also took others to a considerable number, and
took their journey again into the wilderness.
30. And I, Amaleki, had a brother, who also went with them; and I have not since
known concerning them. And I am about to lie down in my grave; and these plates are
full. And I make an end of my speaking.