two millions of mighty men, and also their
wives and their children.
|15:3 He began to repent of the evil which he had done; he began to remember the words which had been spoken by
the mouth of all the prophets, and he saw them that they were fulfilled thus far, every whit; and his soul mourned and
refused to be comforted.
|15:4 aAnd it came to pass that
he wrote an epistle unto Shiz, desiring him that he would spare the people,
and he would give up the kingdom for the sake of the lives of the people. ||
(15:4-5) He wrote an epistle unto Shiz.|
Coriantumr wrote a letter to Shiz, offering to give up the kingdom so that the killing could stop. Shiz replied by mail service, saying, "Sure,
if you'll let me kill you, I'll stop killing people."
suggesting the Shiz let Coriantumr kill him with his own sword. If he'd agree to that, then Coriantumr would
stop killing people.
|15:5 aAnd it came to pass that when Shiz had received his epistle he wrote an epistle unto Coriantumr,
that if he would give himself up, that he might slay him with his own sword, that he would spare the lives of the
|15:6 aAnd it came to pass that the people repented not of their iniquity; and the people of Coriantumr were
stirred up to anger against the people of Shiz; and the people of Shiz were stirred up to anger against the people of
Coriantumr; wherefore, the people of Shiz did give battle unto the people of Coriantumr. ||
(15:6-8) The waters of Ripliancum, which, by interpretation, is large|
Apparently Coriantumr refused Shiz's kind offer, because the next thing you know, the two armies are fighting again by the waters of Ripliancum, which by interpretation (you probably need your seer stones for this) means "large."
|15:7 And when Coriantumr saw that he was about to fall he fled again before the people of Shiz.
|15:8 aAnd it came to pass that he came to the waters of Ripliancum, which, by interpretation, is large, or
to exceed all; wherefore, when they came to these waters they pitched their tents; and Shiz also pitched his tents
near unto them; and therefore on the morrow they did come to battle.
|15:9 aAnd it came to pass
that they fought an eexceedingly sore battle, in which Coriantumr was wounded again,
and he fainted with the loss of blood. ||
(15:9-10) They fought an exceedingly sore battle.|
Coriantumr was wounded again in another exceedingly sore battle in which he defeated Shiz and his army which then fled to a place called Ogath.
|15:10 aAnd it came to pass that the armies of Coriantumr did press upon the armies of Shiz that they beat them,
that they caused them to flee before them; and they did flee southward, and did pitch their tents in a place which was
|15:11 aAnd it came to pass that the army of Coriantumr did pitch their tents
by the hill Ramah; and it was
that same hill where my father Mormon did hide up the records unto the Lord, which were sacred. ||
(15:11) By the hill Ramah ... where my father did hide up the records|
Coriantumr's army camped by the hill Ramah, which being interpreted is "Hill Cumorah" -- in current
day Manchester, NY, a few miles from Joseph's Smith's boyhood family farm.
|15:12 aAnd it came to pass that
they did gather together all the people upon all the face of the land, who had
not been slain, save it was Ether. ||
(15:12-17) They did gather together all the people upon all the face of the land.|
All the Jaredites in the Western Hemisphere gathered together to fight it out. Every man, woman, and child chose a side to fight on -- except
for Ether, who just watched from a distance for four years, as the people gathered to fight.
|15:13 aAnd it came to pass that Ether did bbehold all the doings of the people; and he beheld that the people
who were for Coriantumr were gathered together to the army of Coriantumr; and the people who were for Shiz were gathered
together to the army of Shiz.
|15:14 Wherefore, they were for the space of four years gathering together the people, that they might get all
who were upon the face of the land, and that they might receive all the strength which it was possible that they could
|15:15 aAnd it came to pass that when they were all gathered together, every one to the army which he would,
with their wives and their children -- both men women and children being armed with weapons of war, having shields,
and breastplates, and head-plates, and being clothed after the manner of war -- they did march forth one against another
to battle; and they fought all that day, and conquered not. ||
|15:16 aAnd it came to pass that when it was night they were weary, and retired to their camps; and after
they had retired to their camps they took up a howling and a lamentation for the loss of the slain of their people;
and so great were their cries, their howlings and lamentations, that they did rend the air exceedingly. ||
|15:17 aAnd it came to pass that on the morrow they did go again to battle, and great and terrible was that day;
nevertheless, they conquered not, and when the night came again they did rend the air with their cries, and their howlings,
and their mournings, for the loss of the slain of their people. ||
|15:18 aAnd it came to pass that
Coriantumr wrote again an epistle unto Shiz, desiring that he would not
come again to battle, but that he would take the kingdom, and spare the lives of the people. ||
(15:18) Coriantumr wrote again an epistle unto Shiz.|
Coriantumr tried one more time to contact Shiz though the mail, saying "Let's be friends. You can have the kingdom if you want it."
|15:19 And bbehold,
the Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them, and Satan had full power over the
hearts of the people; for they were given up unto the hardness of their hearts, and the blindness of their minds that
they might be destroyed; wherefore they went again to battle. ||
(15:19) The Spirit of the Lord had ceased striving with them ... that they might be destroyed.|
God quit striving with everyone, so Satan took over. And together they made sure that the people killed each other.
|15:20 aAnd it came to pass that they fought all that day, and when the night came they slept upon their
(15:20-22) They were drunken with anger.|
So they fought all day and then slept on their swords that night. They fought again the next day and got drunk on anger the next night.
|15:21 And on the morrow they fought even until the night came.
|15:22 And when the night came they were drunken with anger, even as a man who is drunken with wine; and
they slept again upon their swords.
|15:23 And on the morrow they fought again; and when the night came they had
all fallen by the sword save
it were fifty and two of the people of Coriantumr, and sixty and nine of the people of Shiz.||
(15:23) On the morrow they fought again;|
On the third day they fought again. All but 32 of Shiz's people and 69 or Coriantumr's were killed.
|15:24 aAnd it came to pass that they slept upon their swords that night, and
on the morrow they fought again,
and they contended in their might with their swords and with their shields, all that day. ||
(15:24-25) On the morrow they fought again|
After the fourth day of fighting only 32 people of Shiz and 27 people of Coriantumr survived.
|15:25 And when the night came there were thirty and two of the people of Shiz, and twenty and seven of
the people of Coriantumr.
|15:26 aAnd it came to pass that they ate and slept, and prepared for death on the morrow. And
large and mighty men as to the strength of men. ||
(15:26) They were large and mighty men as to the strength of men.|
The survivors ate and drank and prepared for death. As far as strength goes, they were all large and mighty men.
|15:27 aAnd it came to pass that
they fought for the space of three hours, and they fainted with the loss
of blood. ||
(15:27) They fought for the space of three hours.|
They fought for the space of three hours on the fifth day of fighting. Everyone fainted with the loss of blood.
|15:28 aAnd it came to pass that when the men of Coriantumr had received sufficient strength that they could walk,
they were about to flee for their lives; but bbehold, Shiz arose, and also his men, and he swore in his wrath that he
would slay Coriantumr or he would perish by the sword. ||
(15:28-29) Shiz had fainted with the loss of blood.|
After resting a bit, Coriantumr's men fled for their lives. But the next day, Shiz and his men caught up with them. Everyone fell by the sword
except for Shiz and Coriantumr, with Shiz fainting for loss of blood.
|15:29 Wherefore, he did pursue them, and on the morrow he did overtake them; and they fought again with
the sword. aAnd it came to pass that when they had all fallen by the
sword, save it were Coriantumr and Shiz,
bbehold Shiz had fainted with the loss of blood.
|15:30 aAnd it came to pass that when
Coriantumr had leaned upon his
sword, that he rested a little, he smote off the head of Shiz.
(15:30-31) Coriantumr ... smote off the head of Shiz. |
Coriantumr rested on his sword for a little while; then he cut off Shiz's head. The headless Shiz struggled a bit for breath, and died.
|15:31 aAnd it came to pass that after he had smitten off the
head of Shiz, that Shiz raised upon his hands
and fell; and after that he had struggled for breath, he died.
|15:32 aAnd it came to pass that Coriantumr fell to the earth,
and became as if he had no life. ||
(15:32-33) Go forth.|
Coriantumr fell to the ground as if he were dead. Then the Lord told Ether, "Go forth." Ether went forth and saw that the Lord's words
had been fulfilled. (Every was killed just like God said they'd be.) Ether finished his record (less than 1% is included in the Book
of Mormon -- thank God). Then Ether hid the records in a place where Limhi would find them.
|15:33 And the Lord spake unto Ether, and said unto him:
Go forth. And he went forth, and beheld that the
words of the Lord had all been fulfilled; and he finished his record; (and the hundredth part I have not written) and
he hid them in a manner that the people of Limhi did find them.
|15:34 Now the last words which are written by Ether are these:
Whether the Lord will that I be translated,
or that I suffer the will of the Lord in the flesh, it mattereth not, if it so be that I am saved in the kingdom of
God. Amen. ||
(15:34) Whether the Lord will that I be translated ... it mattereth not.|
Ether's last words were something about how it didn't matter if Joseph Smith would someday translate his writing or not, just as long as
he's saved. Or something like that.
And it came to pass (15:1,
4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10,
11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17,
18, 20, 24, 26, 27, 28,
29, 30, 31, 32)
Behold (15:13, 19, 28, 29)