THE BOOK OF ETHER
War, taxes, whoredoms, and captive kings
Heth dies in God's famine and Shez becomes king--Shez's son, Riplakish becomes king--Riplakish has many wives and concubines and
afflicts the people with taxes, whoredoms, and abominations--Morianton become king--The people build many cities and become
exceedingly rich--Morianton's son, Kim, becomes king--Kim reigns in captivity--Kim's son, Levi reigns in captivity--Levi's son, Corom,
becomes the next king--Kish becomes king--Lib becomes king--The poisonous serpents are destroyed--The people work all manner of work of
exceedingly curious workmanship--Lib's son, Hearthom, becomes king and reigns in captivity--Hearthom begat Heth, who begat Aaron,
who begat Amnigaddah, who begat Coriantum, who begat Com - all became kings who reigned in captivity--There began to be robbers in the land.
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|10:1 aAnd it came to pass that Shez, who was a descendant of Heth -- for
Heth had perished by the famine, and all
his household save it were Shez -- wherefore, Shez began to build up again a broken people. ||
(10:1) Heth had perished by the famine.|
King Heth died in God's famine; his only surviving descendent, Shez, became the next king.
|10:2 aAnd it came to pass that
Shez did remember the destruction of his fathers, and he
did build up a righteous
kingdom; for he remembered what the Lord had done in bringing Jared and his brother across the deep; and he did walk in the
ways of the Lord; and he begat sons and daughters. ||
(10:2-4) Shez ... did build up a righteous kingdom.|
Shez walked in the ways of the Lord, but his oldest son (also named Shez) rebelled against him. Fortunately for King Shez, robbers
killed Shez Jr., restoring peace to his kingdom. King Shez built many cities and the people spread over the face of the land. When
King Shez was exceedingly old, he had son named Riplakish, who replaced him as king.
(10:5) King Riplakish had many wives and concubines (which was not right in the sight of the Lord) and he imposed heavy taxes on the people.
(10:5a) Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he
did have many wives and concubines.
Polygamy is not right in the sight of the Lord.
(10:5b) He did tax them with heavy taxes.
God is a Republican (or a Libertarian).
|10:3 And his eldest son, whose name was Shez, did rebel against him; nevertheless,
Shez was smitten by the hand of a robber, because of his eexceeding riches, which
brought peace again unto his father.
|10:4 aAnd it came to pass that his father did build up many cities upon the face of the land, and the people
began again to spread over all the face of the land. And Shez did live to an
eexceedingly old age; and he begat Riplakish. And he died, and Riplakish reigned in his stead.
|10:5 aAnd it came to pass that
Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, for he
did have many wives and concubines, and did lay that upon men's shoulders which was grievous to be borne; yea, he
did tax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings.
|10:6 And he did erect him an eexceedingly beautiful throne; and he did build many prisons, and whoso would not
be subject unto taxes he did cast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he did cast into prison; and he did
cause that they should labor continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did cause to be put to death. ||
(10:6-8) He did afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations. |
King Riplakish built himself a fancy throne that he paid for with taxes. Whoever refused to pay taxes was thrown into prison, and any prisoner
that refused to work was killed. Riplakish reigned for 42 years, afflicting everyone with his whoredoms and abominations. The people finally
rebelled, and Riplakish was killed in the resulting war.
|10:7 Wherefore he did obtain all his fine work, yea, even his fine gold he did cause to be refined in
prison, and all manner of fine workmanship he did cause to be wrought in prison.
aAnd it came to pass that he did
afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations.
|10:8 And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two years the people did rise up in rebellion against
him; and there began to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was killed, and his descendants were driven
out of the land.
|10:9 aAnd it came to pass after the space of many years, Morianton, (he being a descendant of Riplakish)
gathered together an army of outcasts, and went forth and gave battle unto the people; and he gained power over many
cities; and the war became eexceedingly sore, and did last for the space of many years; and he did gain power over all
the land, and did establish himself king over all the land. ||
(10:9-12) The war became exceedingly sore.|
After a war that lasted many years, Morianton (a descendant of Riplakish) became king. Although the people liked him and he treated them well,
he was cut off from the presence of the Lord because of his many whoredoms. During his reign the people built many cities and
became exceedingly rich.
|10:10 And after that he had established himself king he did ease the burden of the people, by which he did
gain favor in the eyes of the people, and they did anoint him to be their king.
|10:11 And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself because of his many whoredoms; wherefore
he was cut off from the presence of the Lord.
|10:12 aAnd it came to pass that Morianton built up many cities, and the people became
under his reign, both in buildings, and in gold and silver, and in raising grain, and in flocks, and herds, and
such things which had been restored unto them.
|10:13 And Morianton did live to an
eexceedingly great age, and then he begat Kim; and Kim did reign in the
stead of his father; and he did reign eight years, and his father died.
aAnd it came to pass that Kim did not reign
in righteousness, wherefore he was not favored of the Lord. ||
(10:13-16) Morianton did live to an exceedingly great age.|
Morianton lived to an exceedingly great age and then begat Kim, who replaced him as king. Kim's brother rebelled against him and put Kim in
captivity, where he remained for the rest of his life. In his old age he begat Levi, who remained in captivity for 42 years. Then he went to war
and became king. Levi did right in the sight of the Lord and the people prospered. He lived to a good old age and begat Corom, who became
the next king.
|10:14 And his brother did rise up in rebellion against him, by which he did bring him into captivity;
and he did remain in captivity all his days; and he begat sons and daughters in captivity, and in his old age he
begat Levi; and he died.
|10:15 aAnd it came to pass that Levi did serve in captivity after the death of his father, for the space
of forty and two years. And he did make war against the king of the land, by which he did obtain unto himself the
|10:16 And after he had obtained unto himself the kingdom he did that which was right in the sight of
the Lord; and the people did prosper in the land; and he did live to a good old age, and begat sons and daughters;
and he also begat Corom, whom he anointed king in his stead. ||
|10:17 aAnd it came to pass that Corom did that which was good in the sight of the Lord all his days; and
he begat many sons and daughters; and after he had seen many days he did pass away, even like unto the rest of the
earth; and Kish reigned in his stead. ||
(10:17-18) Kish passed away also, and Lib reigned in his stead. |
Corom did things that were good in the eyes of the Lord. Then he died and Kish became king. Then Kish died and was replaced with Lib. The
story doesn't say where Kish and Lib came from.
|10:18 aAnd it came to pass that
Kish passed away also, and Lib reigned in his stead.
|10:19 aAnd it came to pass that
Lib also did that which was good in the sight of the Lord. And in the
days of Lib the poisonous serpents were destroyed. Wherefore they did go into the land southward, to hunt food
for the people of the land, for the land was covered with animals of the forest. And Lib also himself became
a great hunter. ||
(10:19) The poisonous serpents were destroyed.|
Lib did good in the sight of the Lord and the poisonous serpents were removed. (These are the ones that God sent in the
last chapter to punish the people. Those that died from getting bit by God's poisonous serpents were eaten by whoever managed to
survive God's famine and poisonous snakes. I guess God's poisonous serpents were still biting people for the last six generations or so.)
(9:20-21) They built a great city by the narrow neck of land.
Lib and his people built a great city in the narrow neck of land (modern-day Panama). They made South America into a game preserve and
covered the whole face of North America with people.
|10:20 And they built a great city by the narrow neck of land, by the place where the sea divides
|10:21 And they did preserve the land southward for a wilderness, to get game. And the whole face
of the land northward was covered with inhabitants.
|10:22 And they weree exceedingly industrious, and they did buy and sell and traffic one with another, that
they might get gain.
|10:23 And they did work in all manner of ore, and they did make gold, and silver, and iron, and
all manner of metals; and they did dig it out of the earth; wherefore they did cast up mighty heaps of earth to
get ore, of gold, and of silver, and of iron, and of copper. And they did work
all manner of fine work. ||
(10:23-24) They did work in all manner of ore ... brass ... iron ... and they did have silks.|
Brass, iron and silks -- none of which existed in the Pre-Columbian New World.
|10:24 And they did have silks, and fine-twined linen; and they did work all manner of cloth, that they
might clothe themselves from their nakedness.
|10:25 And they did make all manner of tools to till the earth, both to plow and to sow, to reap and to hoe,
and also to thrash. ||
(10:25-27) They did work all manner of work of exceedingly curious workmanship.|
The people of Lib made all kinds of tools and weapons of exceedingly curious workmanship.
|10:26 And they did make all manner of tools with which they did work their beasts.
|10:27 And they did make all manner of weapons of war. And
they did work all manner of work of
eexceedingly curious workmanship.
|10:28 And never could be a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord.
And they were in a land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it.
(10:28) A land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it.
There never was and never will be a people more blessed than Lib's people. They lived on the best land on earth, according to God anyway.
|10:29 aAnd it came to pass that
Lib did live many years,
and begat sons and daughters; and he also begat Hearthom. ||
(10:29-31) Lib ... begat Hearthom.|
King Lib lived for many years and begat Hearthom. Hearthom was king for 20 years and then his kingdom was taken away from him. The rest of his
life was spent in captivity. Hearthom begat Heth, who begat Aaron, who begat Amnigaddah, who begat Coriantum, who begat Com. All of these guys
were kings who reigned in captivity (whatever that means).
|10:30 aAnd it came to pass that Hearthom reigned in the stead of his father. And when Hearthom had
reigned twenty and four years, bbehold, the kingdom was taken away from him. And he served many years in captivity,
yea, even all the remainder of his days.
|10:31 And he begat Heth, and Heth lived in captivity all his days. And Heth begat Aaron, and Aaron dwelt in
captivity all his days; and he begat Amnigaddah, and Amnigaddah also dwelt in captivity all his days; and he begat
Coriantum, and Coriantum dwelt in captivity all his days; and he begat Com.
|10:32 aAnd it came to pass that Com drew away the half of the kingdom. And he reigned over the half of the
kingdom forty and two years; and he went to battle against the king, Amgid, and they fought for the space of many years,
during which time Com gained power over Amgid, and obtained power over the remainder of the kingdom. ||
(10:32-34) There began to be robbers in the land.|
Com drew away (whatever that means) half the kingdom and ruled over that half for 42 years. Then he went to war with another king (Amgid). They
fought for many years until finally Com defeated Amgid and took control of his kingdom. There were robbers in Com's kingdom who adopted the
old plans and took ancient oaths and whatnot. Com fought against the robbers but he didn't have much success.
|10:33 And in the days of Com there began to be robbers in the land; and they adopted the old plans, and
administered oaths after the manner of the ancients, and sought again to destroy the kingdom.
|10:34 Now Com did fight against them much; nevertheless, he did not prevail against them.
And it came to pass (10:1, 2,
4, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 15,
17, 18, 19, 29, 30, 32)
Exceedingly (10:3, 4, 6, 9,
12, 13, 22, 27)