THE BOOK OF ETHER
The Jaredites discover America in 2200 BCE
God's magic stones are put into the barges--The stones provide light on the journey--The trip lasts 344 days--About 22 Jaredites
arrive in the New World--They began to be many--The brother of Jared has 22 sons and daughters--Orihah becomes king--The people
become exceedingly rich.
Cartoon Version - Chapter 51: The Jaredites Travel to the Promised Land
Destruction of the Jaredites
|6:1 And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother.
(6:1) And now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother.|
Now that Moroni is done telling about Jesus's visit to the brother of Jared (2200 years before Jesus was born), he continues with his story
about how the Israelites discovered America (the first time).
(6:2-3) The Lord caused stones to shine in darkness.
God's magic stones were put into the barges, "and behold, they did give light unto the vessels."
(6:2) "He did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof."
I'm a bit confused, though. Verse 2 says that one magic stone was place in each barge, but, according to 3:1,
there were 16 stones, two for each of the eight barges.
How many magic stones were placed in each Jaredite barge?
|6:2 For ait came to pass after
the Lord had prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried
up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels
which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and bbehold, they did give light unto the vessels.
|6:3 And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that
they might not cross the great waters in darkness.
|6:4 aAnd it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon
the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with
them -- aand it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and
set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.
|6:5 aAnd it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the
waters, towards the promised land; and thus they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind. ||
|6:6 aAnd it came to pass that they were many times buried in the depths of the sea, because of the mountain waves
which broke upon them, and also the great and terrible tempests which were caused by the fierceness of the wind. ||
|6:7 aAnd it came to pass that when they were buried in the deep there was no water that could hurt them,
their vessels being tight like unto a dish, and also they were tight like unto the ark of Noah; therefore when they were
encompassed about by many waters they did cry unto the Lord, and he did bring them forth again upon the top of the
(6:3-12) Their vessels being tight like unto a dish|
The eight barges were blown by God for 344 days until they reached the promised land.
|6:8 aAnd it came to pass that the wind did never cease to blow towards the promised land while they were upon
the waters; and thus they were driven forth before the wind. ||
|6:9 And they did sing praises unto the Lord;
yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when
the night came, they did not cease to praise the Lord. ||
|6:10 And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could
mar them; and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water. ||
|6:11 And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water. ||
|6:12 And they did land upon the shore of the promised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores
of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord,
and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them. ||
|6:13 aAnd it came to pass that they
went forth upon the face of the land, and began to till the earth. ||
(6:13-18) The friends of Jared and his brother were in number about twenty and two souls.|
There were "about(?)" 22 people on board the eight barges when they landed in the New World. But as soon as they got off the boat they got down
to the business of procreating. Jared had four sons, right off the bat (Jacom, Gilgah, Mahah, and Orihah). The brother of Jared had
both sons and daughters, all of which were, apparently, as nameless as their father. The rest of the friends and family of Jared got even
friendlier, and before long "they began to be many."
|6:14 And Jared had four sons; and they were called Jacom, and Gilgah, and Mahah, and Orihah.
|6:15 And the brother of Jared also begat sons and daughters.
|6:16 And the friends of Jared and his brother were in number about twenty and two souls; and they also
begat sons and daughters before they came to the promised land; and therefore they began to be many.
|6:17 And they were taught to walk humbly before the Lord; and they were also taught from on high.
|6:18 aAnd it came to pass that they began to spread upon the face of the land, and to multiply and to till
the earth; and they did wax strong in the land.
|6:19 And the brother of Jared began to be old, and saw that he must soon go down to the grave; wherefore
he said unto Jared: Let us gather together our people that we may number them, that we may know of them what they will
desire of us before we go down to our graves. ||
(6:19-21) The sons and the daughters of the brother of Jared were twenty and two.|
After a while, the brother of Jared began to be old, and he decided to count the people. When he counted up his own kids, he came up with
22. Jared only managed to have twelve, four sons and eight daughters. The rest of Jared's family and friends counted their kids, too,
but Moroni doesn't provide any numbers (though he says they "were many").
|6:20 And accordingly the people were gathered together. Now
the number of the sons and the daughters of
the brother of Jared were twenty and two souls; and the number of sons and daughters of Jared were twelve, he having
|6:21 aAnd it came to pass that they did number their people; and after that they had numbered them,
they did desire of them the things which they would that they should do before they went down to their graves.
|6:22 aAnd it came to pass that the people desired of them that they should anoint one of their sons to
be a king over them. ||
(6:22-27) Orihah was anointed to be king over the people. |
The people asked for a king, but the brother of Jared said that was a bad idea. Jared overruled him,
"Oh heck, let them have a king." So the people selected Pagag, the firstborn of the brother of Jared. But Pagag refused to be king.
So the people chose Pagag's three brothers, but each of them refused, too. So they tried the sons of Jared (since he had 22 kids, there must have
been a dozen or so), but they all refused, except for Orihah, who was made king.
|6:23 And now bbehold, this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them: Surely
this thing leadeth into captivity.
|6:24 But Jared said unto his brother: Suffer them that they may have a king. And therefore he said
unto them: Choose ye out from among our sons a king, even whom ye will.
|6:25 aAnd it came to pass that they chose even the firstborn of the brother of Jared; and his name was Pagag.
aAnd it came to pass that he refused and would not be their king. And the people would that his father should constrain
him, but his father would not; and he commanded them that they should constrain no man to be their king.
|6:26 aAnd it came to pass that they chose all
the brothers of Pagag, and they would not.
|6:27 aAnd it came to pass that neither would the sons of Jared, even all save it were one; and
anointed to be king over the people.
|6:28 And he began to reign, and the people began to prosper; and
became eexceedingly rich. ||
(6:28-30) They became eexceedingly rich.|
After Jared and his brother died, the people became exceedingly rich, while their new king, Orihah, walked humbly before the Lord.
|6:29 aAnd it came to pass that Jared died, and his brother also.
|6:30 aAnd it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the
Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers. ||
And it came to pass
[6:2, 4(2), 5, 6, 7, 8,
13, 18, 21, 22, 25(2), 26,
27, 29, 30]
Behold (6:2, 23)