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BOOK OF ETHER
God sends snakes to kill the people
The Lord told Omer to leave--Akish becomes king by cutting off Jared's head--Akish imprisons his son and starves him to
death--Another son of Akish (Nimrah) joins forces with Omer--Akish's other sons go to war with their father--The war lasts many years
and kills everyone in the kingdom except for 30 people--Omer becomes king again--Omer's son, Emer, becomes king and the people become
exceedingly rich--Emer sees the Son of Righteousness--Emer's son, Coriantum, replaces him as king--Coriantum's son, Com becomes the next
king--Com's son, Heth, murders Com and becomes king--Prophets begin to preach but the people don't believe them--God kills people in
a drought and with poisonous snakes--The people beg God to stop and he stops killing people.
(No official LDS cartoon for this chapter.)
In the last chapter, Jared's daughter conspired with her father to get his kingdom back from his father,
Omer. She danced in front of King Omer's friend, Akish, and he asked Jared if he could marry her. Jared said, "OK, if you bring me the head
of my father the King." But we never heard what happened next, since Moroni went off on a long tangent about secret combinations.
|9:1 And now I, Moroni, proceed with my record. Therefore, bbehold,
ait came to pass that because of the secret
combinations of Akish and his friends, bbehold, they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer.
(9:1-2) Because of the secret combinations|
Moroni now continues with his story, but he forgets to tell us what happened with the "bring me the head of my father" episode. I guess
Omer kept his head, but he lost his kingdom because of those secret combinations.
|9:2 Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his sons and to his daughters who did not seek
|9:3 And the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land; wherefore Omer departed
out of the land with his family, and traveled many days, and came over and passed by the hill of Shim, and came over
by the place where the Nephites were destroyed, and from thence eastward, and came to a place which was called Ablom,
by the seashore, and there he pitched his tent, and also his sons and his daughters, and all his household, save it
were Jared and his family. ||
(9:3) The Lord warned Omer in a dream.|
The Lord told Omer in a dream to leave, so he and his family traveled past the hill of Shim (near Hill Cumorah in what is now Manchester, New York),
and continued on to the eastcoast.
|9:4 aAnd it came to pass that Jared was anointed king over the people, by the hand of wickedness; and
he gave unto Akish his daughter to wife. ||
(9:4) Jared ... gave unto Akish his daughter to wife.|
So it looks like Akish got Jared's daughter after all, the one that pleased
him so much when she danced for him in the last chapter. He just didn't have to pay for it with Omer's head.
(9:5-6) They obtained the head of his father-in-law.
After Akish married Jared's daughter, he became king by cutting off Jared's head, with a little help from his secret society friends.
|9:5 aAnd it came to pass that Akish sought the life of his father-in-law; and he applied unto those whom he
had sworn by the oath of the ancients, and they obtained the head of his father-in-law, as he sat upon his throne,
giving audience to his people.
|9:6 For so great had been the spreading of
this wicked and secret society that it had corrupted the hearts
of all the people; therefore Jared was murdered upon his throne, and Akish reigned in his stead.
|9:7 aAnd it came to pass that
Akish began to be jealous of his son, therefore he shut him up in prison, and
kept him upon little or no food until he had suffered death. ||
(9:7) Akish began to be jealous of his son.|
King Akish then became jealous of his son, so he starved him to death in prison.
|9:8 And now the brother of him that suffered death, (and
his name was Nimrah) was angry with his father
because of that which his father had done unto his brother. ||
(9:8-9) His name was Nimrah|
One of Akish's other sons (Nimrah) became angry at Akish for starving to death his brother. So he and his friends left to hang out with Omer.
|9:9 aAnd it came to pass that Nimrah gathered together a small number of men, and fled out of the land, and
came over and dwelt with Omer. ||
|9:10 aAnd it came to pass that
Akish begat other sons, and they won the hearts of the people, notwithstanding
they had sworn unto him to do all manner of iniquity according to that which he desired. ||
(9:10-12) Akish begat other sons.|
Akish had other sons, who grew up to be bad boys, buying the hearts of the people with money. Eventually they went to war with their father, a war
that lasted many years and killed everyone in the land except for 30 people, who fled to Omer's house.
|9:11 Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power; wherefore, the
sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the people after them.
|9:12 And there began to be a war between the sons of Akish and Akish, which lasted for the space of many
years, yea, unto the destruction of nearly all the people of the kingdom, yea, even all, save it were thirty souls,
and they who fled with the house of Omer. ||
|9:13 Wherefore, Omer was restored again to the land of his inheritance. ||
(9:13-15) Omer began to be old.|
After the war, Omer became king again. He grew old, had another son (Emer), whom he chose to replace him as king. Then he died.
|9:14 aAnd it came to pass that
Omer began to be old; nevertheless, in his old age he begat Emer; and he
anointed Emer to be king to reign in his stead.
|9:15 And after that he had anointed Emer to be king he saw peace in the land for the space of two years,
and he died, having seen eexceedingly many days, which were full of sorrow.
aAnd it came to pass that Emer did reign
in his stead, and did fill the steps of his father. ||
(9;16-20) They became exceedingly rich.|
After Emer became king, God stopped cursing the land, and everything was perfect for 62 years. The people all became filthy rich, with silk and
all kinds of farm animals that didn't exist in the New World at the time -- cows, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, donkeys, and elephants (even
some cureloms and cumoms). God blessed the land, which he liked better than all other lands on earth. But he warned everyone that if they
misbehave in some way, he'll murder them all.
(9:17-19) Silks ... all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats
... horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms.
|9:16 And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land, and the house of Emer did prosper
eexceedingly under the reign of Emer; and in the space of sixty and two years they had become
insomuch that they became eexceedingly rich --
|9:17 Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and of
silks, and of fine linen, and of gold, and of
silver, and of precious things;
|9:18 And also all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats, and also
many other kinds of animals which were useful for the food of man.
|9:19 And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which
were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.
|9:20 And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice above all other
lands; and he commanded that whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be
destroyed when they were ripened in iniquity; for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness
of my wrath. ||
|9:21 And Emer did execute judgment in righteousness all his days, and he begat many sons and daughters;
and he begat Coriantum, and he anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead. ||
(9:21-22) He even saw the Son of Righteousness.|
Emer was a completely righteous king, who had many sons and daughters. He chose one of his sons, Coriantum, to replace him as king.
Before his died, Emer even saw the Son of Righteousness, which I suppose is supposed to be Jesus, a thousand or so years before Jesus was born.
|9:22 And after he had anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead he lived four years, and he saw peace in
the land; yea, and he even saw the Son of Righteousness, and did rejoice and glory in his day; and he died
|9:23 aAnd it came to pass that Coriantum did walk in the steps of his father, and did build many mighty
cities, and did administer that which was good unto his people in all his days. And it came to pass that he had no
children even until he was eexceedingly old. ||
(9:23-24) Coriantum ... lived until he was an hundred and forty and two years old.|
Coriantum was a perfect king, just like his dad. He lived to be 142 years old.
|9:24 aAnd it came to pass that his wife died, being an hundred and two years old.
aAnd it came to pass
that Coriantum took to wife, in his old age, a young maid, and begat sons and daughters; wherefore he lived until
he was an hundred and forty and two years old.
|9:25 aAnd it came to pass that he begat Com, and Com reigned in his stead; and he reigned forty and nine
years, and he begat Heth; and he also begat other sons and daughters. ||
(9:25-27) Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old.|
Coriantum's son Com became the next king. Com reigned for 49 years and begat Heth, who became king by murdering his father after embracing
the secret plans of old.
|9:26 And the people had spread again over all the face of the land, and there began again to be an
exceedingly great wickedness upon the face of the land, and Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old, to
destroy his father.
|9:27 aAnd it came to pass that he did dethrone his father, for he slew him with his own sword; and he
did reign in his stead.
|9:28 And there came prophets in the land again, crying repentance unto them -- that they must prepare the
way of the Lord or there should come a curse upon the face of the land; yea, even there should be a great famine, in
which they should be destroyed if they did not repent. ||
(9:28-29) The people believed not the words of the prophets.|
Prophets began to warn people that if they didn't repent, God would curse the land and kill them in a great famine. But the people didn't believe
them. They cast the prophets into pits and left to die, as they were told to do by King Heth.
|9:29 But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them out; and some of them
they cast into pits and left them to perish. aAnd it came to pass that they did all these things according to the
commandment of the king, Heth.
|9:30 aAnd it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon the land, and
the inhabitants began
to be destroyed eexceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain upon the
face of the earth. ||
(9:30) The inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly fast.|
So God began to kill people with a drought.
|9:31 And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the
land, and did poison many people. aAnd it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents, towards the land southward, which
was called by the Nephites Zarahemla. ||
There came forth poisonous serpents
As the people were dying exceedingly fast in the drought, God sent poisonous snakes to finish them off.
|9:32 aAnd it came to pass that there were many of them which did perish by the way; nevertheless, there were
some which fled into the land southward.
|9:33 aAnd it came to pass that the Lord did cause the serpents that they should pursue them no more, but
that they should hedge up the way that the people could not pass, that whoso should attempt to pass might fall by
the poisonous serpents. ||
|9:34 aAnd it came to pass that
the people did follow the course of the beasts, and
did devour the carcasses
of them which fell by the way, until they had devoured them all. Now when the people saw that they must perish they
began to repent of their iniquities and cry unto the Lord. ||
(9:34a) The people ... did devour the carcasses
of them which fell by the way, until they had devoured them all.|
The people who were dying from God's famiine ate all of the people who were killed by God's poisonous snakes.
(9:34b-35) When they had humbled themselves sufficiently
The people who survived God's famine and snakes knew that God would soon kill them too. So they cried to the Lord. When they had grovelled
enough to satisfy him, God stopped killing them with the famine and poisonous snakes.
|9:35 And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain
upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and
in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine.
And it came to pass [9:1, 4,
5, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23,
24(2), 25, 27, 29, 30, 32,
Exceedingly [9:15, 16(3), 23, 30]
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Ether 9