THE BOOK OF ALMA
A Tremendous Battle
There is a tremendous battle, bigger than all the battles since Lehi left Jerusalem--Thousands of Lamanites and Nephites die.
Version - Chapter 26: The People of Ammon
(28:1-2) "There was a tremendous battle ... as never had been known among all the people
in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea, and tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain."|
After Ammon and his people were all situated in their new land of Jershon, there was a battle between the Lamanites and the people of Nephi.
A big battle. In fact, it was the biggest battle anyone had ever seen since the very beginning of the Book of Mormon when Lehi and his children
left Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of Lamanites died.
|28:1 And now it came to pass that after the people of Ammon were established in the
land of Jershon, and a church also established in the land of Jershon, and the armies of the Nephites were set round
about the land of Jershon, yea, in all the borders round about the land of Zarahemla; behold the armies of the
Lamanites had followed their brethren into the wilderness.
|28:2 And thus there was a tremendous battle; yea, even such an one
as never had been known among all the
people in the land from the time Lehi left Jerusalem; yea, and
tens of thousands of the Lamanites were slain and scattered abroad.
|28:3 Yea, and also there was a tremendous slaughter among the
people of Nephi; nevertheless, the Lamanites were driven and scattered, and the people of Nephi returned again to their
(28:3-5) The cry of mourning was heard among all of them.|
Other than the body count, though, we don't get many details of the battle. Many Nephites died as well, and it was a very sad time
for the people of Nephi.
|28:4 And now this was a time that there was a great mourning and lamentation heard throughout all the land,
among all the people of Nephi --
|28:5 Yea, the cry of widows mourning for their husbands, and also of fathers mourning for their sons, and
the daughter for the brother, yea, the brother for the father; and thus
the cry of mourning was heard among all of
them, mourning for their kindred who had been slain.
|28:6 And now surely this was a sorrowful day; yea, a time of solemnity, and a time of much fasting and
|28:7 And thus endeth the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of
(28:7) "Thus endeth the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges."|
They do tell us a date here, though. The battle finished right around the end of the 15th year of the judges.
|28:8 And this is the account of Ammon and his brethren, their journeyings in the land of Nephi, their
sufferings in the land, their sorrows, and their afflictions, and their incomprehensible joy, and the reception and
safety of the brethren in the land of Jershon. And now may the Lord, the Redeemer of all men, bless their souls
|28:9 And this is the account of the wars and contentions among the Nephites, and also the wars between the
Nephites and the Lamanites; and the fifteenth year of the reign of the judges is ended. ||
|28:10 And from the first year to the fifteenth has brought to pass the destruction of many thousand lives;
yea, it has brought to pass an awful scene of bloodshed. ||
|28:11 And the bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are
moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth; yea, and many thousands are mourning for the loss of their kindred,
because they have reason to fear, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are consigned to a state of endless
(28:11-12) "The bodies of many thousands are laid low in the earth, while the bodies of many thousands are
moldering in heaps upon the face of the earth."|
That's pretty much all of the action in this chapter. The rest is just them talking about how
bad the battle was, and how the bodies of the slain were "mouldering in heaps upon the face of the earth." Sounds pretty nasty. But although some of
the people were mourning for their loss, others were rejoicing, because of how awesome God was and whatnot.
|28:12 While many thousands of others truly mourn for the loss of their kindred, yet they rejoice and exult
in the hope, and even know, according to the promises of the Lord, that they are raised to dwell at the right hand of
God, in a state of never-ending happiness.
|28:13 And thus we see how great the inequality of man is because of sin and transgression, and the power
of the devil, which comes by the cunning plans which he hath devised to ensnare the hearts of men. ||
|28:14 And thus we see the great call of diligence of men to labor in the vineyards of the Lord; and thus we
see the great reason of sorrow, and also of rejoicing -- sorrow because of death and destruction among men, and joy
because of the light of Christ unto life. ||
And it came to pass
Yea [28:1, 2(2), 3, 5(2), 6,