The Lamanites select Amilickiah's brother, Ammoron, as their king--Moroni's army defeat the Lamanites--The Nephites kill everyone in Mulek who refuse
to give up their weapons--Many die on both sides--Moroni is wounded and Jacob is killed--Lehi takes many Lamanites captive (66-64 BCE)
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Ammoron becomes king of the Lamanites
1 And now, it came to pass in the twenty and sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people
of Nephi, behold, when the Lamanites awoke on the first morning of the first month,
behold, they found Amalickiah
was dead in his own tent; and they also saw that Teancum was ready to give them battle on that day.
2 And now, when the Lamanites saw this they were affrighted; and they abandoned their design in
marching into the land northward, and retreated with all their army into the city of Mulek, and sought
protection in their fortifications.
When the Lamanites found their leader, Amalickiah, dead in this tent, they retreated to the city of Mulek.
3 And it came to pass that the brother of Amalickiah was appointed king over
the people; and his name was Ammoron; thus king Ammoron, the brother of king Amalickiah, was appointed to reign in
4 And it came to pass that he did command that his people should maintain
those cities, which they had taken by the shedding of blood; for they had not taken any cities save they had lost
5 And now, Teancum saw that the Lamanites were determined to maintain those cities which they had
taken, and those parts of the land which they had obtained possession of; and also seeing the enormity of their
number, Teancum thought it was not expedient that he should attempt to attack them in their forts.
6 But he kept his men round about, as if making preparations for war; yea, and truly he was
preparing to defend himself against them, by casting up walls round about and preparing places of resort.
7 And it came to pass that he kept thus preparing for war until Moroni had
sent a large number of men to strengthen his army.
8 And Moroni also sent orders unto him that he should retain all the prisoners who fell into his
hands; for as the Lamanites had taken many prisoners, that he should retain all the prisoners of the Lamanites
as a ransom for those whom the Lamanites had taken.
9 And he also sent orders unto him that he should fortify the land Bountiful, and secure the
narrow pass which led into the land northward, lest the Lamanites should obtain that point and should have
power to harass them on every side.
10 And Moroni also sent unto him, desiring him that he would be faithful in maintaining that
quarter of the land, and that he would seek every opportunity to scourge the Lamanites in that quarter, as
much as was in his power, that perhaps he might take again by stratagem or some other way those cities which
had been taken out of their hands; and that he also would fortify and strengthen the cities round about, which
had not fallen into the hands of the Lamanites.
11 And he also said unto him, I would come unto you, but behold, the Lamanites are upon us in
the borders of the land by the west sea; and behold, I go against them, therefore I cannot come unto you.
12 Now, the king (Ammoron) had departed out of the land of Zarahemla, and had made known unto the
queen concerning the death of his brother, and had gathered together a large number of men, and had marched
forth against the Nephites on the borders by the west sea.
13 And thus he was endeavoring to harass the Nephites, and to draw away a part of their forces
to that part of the land, while he had commanded those whom he had left to possess the cities which he had taken,
that they should also harass the Nephites on the borders by the east sea, and should take possession of their
lands as much as it was in their power, according to the power of their armies.
14 And thus were the Nephites in those dangerous circumstances in the ending of the twenty and
sixth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
15 But behold, it came to pass in the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges, that
Teancum, by the command of Moroni -- who had established armies to protect the south and the west borders of
the land, and had begun his march towards the land Bountiful, that he might assist Teancum with his men in
retaking the cities which they had lost --
16 And it came to pass that Teancum had received orders to make an
attack upon the city of Mulek, and retake it if it were possible.
17 And it came to pass that Teancum made preparations to make an attack
upon the city of Mulek, and march forth with his army against the Lamanites; but he saw that it was impossible
that he could overpower them while they were in their fortifications; therefore he abandoned his designs and
returned again to the city Bountiful, to wait for the coming of Moroni, that he might receive strength to his
18 And it came to pass that Moroni did arrive with his army at the
land of Bountiful, in the latter end of the twenty and seventh year of the reign of the judges over the
people of Nephi.
19 And in the commencement of the twenty and eighth year, Moroni and Teancum and many of the
chief captains held a council of war -- what they should do to cause the Lamanites to come out against them
to battle; or that they might by some means flatter them out of their strongholds, that they might gain
advantage over them and take again the city of Mulek.
20 And it came to pass they sent embassies to the army of the Lamanites,
which protected the city of Mulek, to their leader, whose name was Jacob, desiring him that he would come out
with his armies to meet them upon the plains between the two cities. But behold, Jacob, who was a Zoramite,
would not come out with his army to meet them upon the plains.
21 And it came to pass that Moroni, having no hopes of meeting them upon
fair grounds, therefore, he resolved upon a plan that he might decoy the Lamanites out of their strongholds.
They selected Amilickiah's brother, Ammoron, to be their king.
22 Therefore he caused that Teancum should take a small number of men and march down near the
seashore; and Moroni and his army, by night, marched in the wilderness, on the west of the city Mulek; and
thus, on the morrow, when the guards of the Lamanites had discovered Teancum, they ran and told it unto Jacob,
23 And it came to pass that the armies of the Lamanites did march forth
against Teancum, supposing by their numbers to overpower Teancum because of the smallness of his numbers.
And as Teancum saw the armies of the Lamanites coming out against him he began to retreat down by the seashore,
24 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites saw that he began to
flee, they took courage and pursued them with vigor. And while Teancum was thus leading away the Lamanites
who were pursuing them in vain, behold, Moroni commanded that a part of his army who were with him should
march forth into the city, and take possession of it.
Moroni, Teancum, Lehi, and the Nephite army attacked and defeated the Lamanites in the city of Mulek.
25 And thus they did, and slew all those who
had been left to protect the city, yea, all
those who would not yield up their weapons of war.
26 And thus Moroni had obtained possession of the city Mulek with a part of his army, while he
marched with the remainder to meet the Lamanites when they should return from the pursuit of Teancum.
27 And it came to pass that the Lamanites did pursue Teancum until they
came near the city Bountiful, and then they were met by Lehi and a small
army, which had been left to protect the city Bountiful.
28 And now behold, when the chief captains of the Lamanites had
beheld Lehi with his army coming against them, they fled in much confusion,
lest perhaps they should not obtain the city Mulek before Lehi should overtake
them; for they were wearied because of their march, and the men of Lehi were
29 Now the Lamanites did not know that Moroni had been in their rear with his army; and all
they feared was Lehi and his men.
30 Now Lehi was not desirous to overtake them till they should
meet Moroni and his army.
31 And it came to pass that before the Lamanites had retreated far they
were surrounded by the Nephites, by the men of Moroni on one hand, and the men
of Lehi on the other, all of whom were fresh and full of strength; but the
Lamanites were wearied because of their long march.
The Nephites killed everyone in Mulek who refused to give up their weapons.
32 And Moroni commanded his men that they should fall upon
them until they had given up their weapons of war.
33 And it came to pass that Jacob, being their leader, being also a Zoramite,
and having an unconquerable spirit, he led the Lamanites forth to battle with exceeding fury against Moroni.
34 Moroni being in their course of march, therefore Jacob was determined to slay them and cut his
way through to the city of Mulek. But behold, Moroni and his men were more powerful; therefore they did not give
way before the Lamanites.
35 And it came to pass that they fought on both hands with
exceeding fury; and there were many slain on both sides; yea, and Moroni was wounded and Jacob was killed.
Many died on both sides in the battle.
Moroni was wounded and Jacob was killed.
36 And Lehi pressed upon their rear with such fury with his
strong men, that the Lamanites in the rear delivered up their weapons of war; and the remainder of them,
being much confused, knew not whither to go or to strike.
Lehi continued fighting the Lamanites, who had become confused.
37 Now Moroni seeing their confusion, he said unto them: If ye will bring forth your weapons of
war and deliver them up, behold we will forbear shedding your blood.
Lehi said to them,
Give us your weapons and we won't kill you.
38 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had heard these words,
their chief captains, all those who were not slain, came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the
feet of Moroni, and also commanded their men that they should do the same.
So many of the captains and soldiers threw down their weapons.
39 But behold, there were many that would not; and those who would not deliver up their
swords were taken and bound, and their weapons of war were taken from them, and they were compelled to
march with their brethren forth into the land Bountiful.
Some refused and were taken captive and were forced to march to the land Bountiful.
40 And now the number of prisoners who were taken exceeded more than the number of those who
had been slain, yea, more than those who had been slain on both sides.
There were more prisoners taken than those who had died on both sides in the battle.
And it came to pass: 52:1, 3, 4, 7,
15, 16, 17, 18, 20,
21, 23, 24, 27, 31,
33, 35, 38
Exceedingly: 52:33, 35
Behold: 52:1(2), 11(2), 15, 20, 24,
28, 34, 37, 39
Yea: 52:6, 25, 35,40