3 Nephi 6
Evil lawyers and their kindreds
The Nephites return to their lands--They prosper and wax great--Satan stirs the people up--Inspired men preach to the Nephites--Lawyers and judges kill some of the preachers--They are brought before a judge--The
evil judges covenant with the devil to destroy the people of the Lord.
|6:1 And now it came to pass that the people of the Nephites did all return
to their own lands in the twenty and sixth year, every man, with his family, his flocks and his herds,
his horses and his cattle, and all things whatsoever did belong unto them.
(6:1-3) The Nephites did all return to their own lands.|
A few chapters ago, the Nephites gathered in Zarahemla to defend themselves against the Gadianton robbers. Now that the robbers have been defeated, converted, or condemned, the Nephites return to the land northward and
the land southward.
There were no horses the New World in the first century CE.
|6:2 It came to pass that they had not eaten up all their provisions; therefore
they did take with them all that they had not devoured, of all their grain of every kind, and their gold, and their
silver, and all their precious things, and they did return to their own lands and their possessions, both on the
north and on the south, both on the land northward and on the land southward.
|6:3 And they granted unto those robbers who had entered into a covenant to keep the peace of the
land, who were desirous to remain Lamanites, lands, according to their numbers, that they might have, with their
labors, wherewith to subsist upon; and thus they did establish peace in all the land. |
|6:4 And they began again to prosper and to wax great; and the twenty and sixth and seventh years
passed away, and there was great order in the land; and they had formed their laws according to equity and
(6:4-9) They began again to prosper and to wax great.|
The Nephites prospered and waxed great, enjoying a couple three years of continuous peace. They built many new cities and roads, and repaired the ones that were damaged in the robbers wars.
|6:5 And now there was nothing in all the land to hinder the people from prospering continually,
except they should fall into transgression. |
|6:6 And now it was Gidgiddoni, and the judge, Lachoneus, and those who had been appointed leaders,
who had established this great peace in the land. |
|6:7 It came to pass that there were many cities built anew, and there were
many old cities repaired. |
|6:8 And there were many highways cast up, and many roads made, which led from city to city, and
from land to land, and from place to place. |
|6:9 And thus passed away the twenty and eighth year, and the people had continual peace. ||
|6:10 But it came to pass in the twenty and ninth year
there began to be
some disputings among the people; and some were lifted up unto pride and boastings because of
their exceedingly great riches, yea, even unto great persecutions; ||
(6:10-14) There began to be some disputings among the people.|
But then there was trouble again. There were disputings, and boastings, and great persecutions; merchants, and lawyers, and many offices. The poor got poorer while the rich got richer. The inequality got so severe that
the church broke apart, leaving only a few faithful Lamanites to keep the commandments of the Lord.
|6:11 For there were many merchants in the land, and also many lawyers, and many officers.
|6:12 And the people began to be distinguished by ranks, according to their riches and their chances
for learning, yea, some were ignorant because of their poverty, and others did receive great learning because
of their riches. |
|6:13 Some were lifted up in pride, and others were exceedingly humble; some
did return railing for railing, while others would receive railing and persecution and all manner of afflictions,
and would not turn and revile again, but were humble and penitent before God. |
|6:14 And thus there became a great inequality in all the land, insomuch that the church began to be
broken up; yea, insomuch that in the thirtieth year the church was broken up in all the land save it were among
a few of the Lamanites who were converted unto the true faith; and they would not depart from it, for they were
firm, and steadfast, and immovable, willing with all diligence to keep the commandments of the Lord.
|6:15 Now the cause of this iniquity of the people was this -- Satan had great power, unto the stirring
up of the people to do all manner of iniquity, and to the puffing them up with pride, tempting them to seek for
power, and authority, and riches, and the vain things of the world. ||
(6:15-18) For the space of a long time|
And of course you know who was behind all this. That's right, Satan. They were stirred up by him for the space of a long time to do all kinds of hellish things. He puffed them up with pride, led away their hearts,
and carried them about to wherever he wanted to carry them, getting them to do whatever he wanted them to do.
|6:16 And thus Satan did lead away the hearts of the people to do all manner of iniquity; therefore
they had enjoyed peace but a few years.
|6:17 And thus, in the commencement of the thirtieth year -- the
people having been delivered up
for the space of a long time to be carried about by the temptations of the devil whithersoever he desired to
carry them, and to do whatsoever iniquity he desired they should -- and thus in the commencement of this, the
thirtieth year, they were in a state of awful wickedness.
|6:18 Now they did not sin ignorantly, for they knew the will of God concerning them, for it had
been taught unto them; therefore they did wilfully rebel against God. |
|6:19 And now it was in the days of Lachoneus, the son of Lachoneus, for Lachoneus did fill the
seat of his father and did govern the people that year. ||
(6:19-20) In other words|
This all happened in the days of Lachoneus, the son of Lachoneus. But luckily there began to be men inspired from heaven preaching and testifying to them about all kinds of things. In other words, the resurrection
of Christ, and such like.
|6:20 And there began to be men inspired from heaven and sent forth, standing among the people
in all the land, preaching and testifying boldly of the sins and iniquities of the people, and testifying
unto them concerning the redemption which the Lord would make for his people, or
in other words, the resurrection
of Christ; and they did testify boldly of his death and sufferings.
|6:21 Now there were many of the people who were exceedingly angry
because of those who testified of these things; and those who were angry were chiefly the chief judges,
and they who had been high priests and lawyers; yea, all those who were lawyers were angry with those who
testified of these things. ||
(6:21-23) All those who were lawyers were angry.|
Many of the people were exceedingly angry at the preachers, especially the judges and lawyers. All the lawyers were angry with the people who testified of the things pertaining to Christ. Some of the preachers
were secretly killed by the judges.
|6:22 Now there was no lawyer nor judge nor high priest that could have power to condemn any
one to death save their condemnation was signed by the governor of the land. |
|6:23 Now there were many of those who testified of the things pertaining to Christ who testified
boldly, who were taken and put to death secretly by the judges, that the knowledge of their death came not unto
the governor of the land until after their death. ||
|6:24 Now behold, this was contrary to the laws of the land, that any man should be put to death
except they had power from the governor of the land -- |
|6:25 Therefore a complaint came up unto the land of Zarahemla, to the governor of the land,
against these judges who had condemned the prophets of the Lord unto death, not according to the law. |
|6:26 Now it came to pass that they were taken and brought up before the
judge to be judged of the crime which they had done, according to the law which had been given by the people. |
|6:27 Now it came to pass that
those judges had many friends and kindreds;
and the remainder, yea, even almost all the lawyers and the high priests, did gather themselves together, and
unite with the kindreds of those judges who were to be tried according to the law. ||
(6:24-30) Those judges had many friends and kindreds.|
So the judges that secretly executed the preachers were brought before a judge. But those judges had many friends and kindreds, who covenanted with devil the to destroy the people of the Lord.
|6:28 And they did enter into a covenant one with another, yea, even into that covenant which was
given by them of old, which covenant was given and administered by the devil, to combine against all
|6:29 Therefore they did combine against the people of the Lord, and enter into a covenant to
destroy them, and to deliver those who were guilty of murder from the grasp of justice, which was about to be
administered according to the law. |
|6:30 And they did set at defiance the law and the rights of their country; and they did covenant
one with another to destroy the governor, and to establish a king over the land, that the land should no more
be at liberty but should be subject unto kings. |
And it came to pass (6:1, 2, 7, 10, 13, 26, 27)
Exceedingly (6:10, 13, 21)
(5:14) be ye stedfast, unmoveable -- 1 Corinthians 15:58