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Falling to the earth
The Lamanites fear that King Lamoni is dead since he hasn't moved in two days--But the queen says he doesn't stink enough to be dead--Ammon agrees with the queen, saying the king is just sleeping
and will wake up the next day--The queen believes Ammon--King Lamoni wakes up the next day praising Jesus--The king, queen, Ammon, and everyone else sink down to the earth--Except for Abish, who ran
to tell everyone else--The people begin to murmur--A man who was angry at Ammon for killing his brother tries to kill him, but he falls down dead--The people say Ammon is the Great Spirit, or was sent by the Great Spirit, or is a
monster sent by the Nephites--The queen praises Jesus and speaks in tongues--Some believe and some don't--Those who believe stop being wicked and establish a church.
Version - Chapter 23: Ammon: A Great Servant
|19:1 aAnd it came to pass that
after two days and two nights they were about to take his
body and lay it in a sepulchre, which they had made for the purpose of burying their dead. ||
(19:1-4) After two days and two nights they were about to take his body and lay it in a sepulchre.|
By now the people were getting convinced that King Lamoni was actually dead. He had been laying motionless on his bed for two days, so the queen called for Ammon to ask him what to do.
|19:2 Now the queen having heard of the fame of Ammon, therefore she sent and desired that he should come in
|19:3 aAnd it came to pass that Ammon did as he was commanded, and went in unto the
queen, and desired to know what she would that he should do. ||
|19:4 And she said unto him: The servants of my husband have made it known unto me that thou art a prophet
of a holy God, and that thou hast power to do many mighty works in his name; ||
|19:5 Therefore, if this is the case, I would that ye should go in and see my husband,
for he has been laid upon his bed for the space of two days and two nights; and some say that he is not dead, but
others say that he is dead and that he stinketh, and that he ought to be placed in the sepulchre;
but as for myself, to me he doth not stink. ||
(19:5) Others say that he is dead and that he stinketh ... but as for myself, to me he doth not stink.|
Nobody was quite sure whether or not the king was dead. The issue seemed to hinge on whether or not he stunk. You see, a person is only really, truly dead when they start stinking.
Some people said that he stunk, but the queen didn't think so.
(19:6-8) King Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind.
Ammon knew that the king was merely in a sort of devil-detox mode, and that he would wake up the next day. He called this period of time "Sleeping in God."
Ammon told the queen not to bury him just yet. He didn't mention anything about the odor of the king.
|19:6 Now, this was what Ammon desired, for he knew that king Lamoni was under the power of God; he knew
that the dark veil of unbelief was being cast away from his mind, and the light which did light up his mind, which
was the light of the glory of God, which was a marvelous light of his goodness -- yea, this light had infused such
joy into his soul, the cloud of darkness having been dispelled, and that the light of everlasting life was lit up in
his soul, yea, he knew that this had overcome his natural frame, and he was carried away in God --
|19:7 Therefore, what the queen desired of him was his only desire. Therefore, he went in to see the king
according as the queen had desired him; and he saw the king, and he knew that he was not dead.
|19:8 And he said unto the queen: He is not dead, but he sleepeth in God, and on the morrow he shall rise
again; therefore bury him not.
|19:9 And Ammon said unto her: Believest thou this? And she said unto him: I have had no witness save thy
word, and the word of our servants; nevertheless I believe that it shall be according as thou hast said. ||
(19:9-11) Blessed art thou because of thy exceeding faith.|
Ammon asked her if she believed him. She said, "Well, gee, it's your word against theirs. I guess I'll believe you." Ammon said, "Bless you for your faith. There isn't a single Nephite with stronger faith than you."
|19:10 And Ammon said unto her: Blessed art thou because of thy eexceeding
faith; I say unto thee, woman,
there has not been such great faith among all the people of the Nephites.
|19:11 aAnd it came to pass that she watched over the bed of her husband, from that
time even until that time on the morrow which Ammon had appointed that he should rise. ||
|19:12 aAnd it came to pass that he arose, according to the words of Ammon; and as he
arose, he stretched forth his hand unto the woman, and said: Blessed be the name of God, and blessed art thou. ||
(19:12-13) His heart was swollen within him, and he sunk again with joy; and the queen also sunk down.|
She waited by the king's bed until the next day, and then he woke up just like Ammon said he would. When he did, he said that he had seen Jesus, and that he would be born of of a woman, and
that he would save everyone. Then he "sunk again" with joy, and the queen "sunk down" right along with him. They were overcome with the Spirit.
|19:13 For as sure as thou livest, bbehold, I have seen my Redeemer; and he shall come forth, and be born of
a woman, and he shall redeem all mankind who believe on his name. Now, when he had said these words,
his heart was
swollen within him, and he sunk again with joy; and the queen also sunk down, being overpowered by the Spirit.
|19:14 Now Ammon seeing the Spirit of the Lord poured out according to his prayers upon the Lamanites, his
brethren, who had been the cause of so much mourning among the Nephites, or among all the people of God because of
their iniquities and their traditions, he fell upon his knees, and began to pour out his soul in prayer and thanksgiving
to God for what he had done for his brethren; and he was also overpowered with joy; and thus they
all three had sunk
to the earth. ||
(19:14) All three had sunk to the earth.|
But they weren't the only ones doing the sinking. When Ammon saw what was going on, he was overpowered with joy and started praying to God, and thanking Him for everything.
He also "sunk to the earth", so now all three of them were "sunk".
|19:15 Now, when the servants of the king had seen that they had fallen, they also began to cry unto God,
for the fear of the Lord had come upon them also, for it was they who had stood before the king and testified unto him
concerning the great power of Ammon. ||
(19:15-16a) They had all fallen to the earth.|
When the servants of the king saw that Ammon, the king and the queen had all fallen down, they started calling out to God, and then they also fell down to the earth. (I wonder if they fell on their faces..?)
(19:16b-17) She ran forth from house to house.
Everyone fell down except Abish, who was already religious. You see, Abish's father had seen a vision, so she had already done the whole sink-down-and-call-out-to-God routine.
She took the opportunity to run from house to house, telling people what was going on downtown.
|19:16 aAnd it came to pass that they did call on the name of the Lord, in their
might, even until they had all fallen to the earth, save it were one of the Lamanitish women, whose name was Abish,
she having been converted unto the Lord for many years, on account of a remarkable vision of her father --
|19:17 Thus, having been converted to the Lord, and never having made it known, therefore, when she saw that
all the servants of Lamoni had fallen to the earth, and also her mistress, the queen, and the king, and Ammon lay
prostrate upon the earth, she knew that it was the power of God; and supposing that this opportunity, by making known
unto the people what had happened among them, that by beholding this scene it would cause them to believe in the power
of God, therefore she ran forth from house to house, making it known unto the people.
|19:18 And they began to assemble themselves together unto the house of the king. And there came a multitude,
and to their astonishment they beheld the king, and the queen, and their servants prostrate upon the earth, and they all
lay there as though they were dead; and they also saw Ammon, and bbehold, he was a Nephite. ||
|19:19 And now the people began to murmur among themselves; some saying that it was a great evil that had
come upon them, or upon the king and his house, because he had suffered that the Nephite should remain in the land. ||
(19:19-21)Now the people began to murmur among themselves.|
A big group gathered, and they were astonished by the huge group laying prostrate on the floor, playing dead. They were unsure what to make of it, but they were pretty sure there was some kind of wickedness going on.
|19:20 But others rebuked them, saying: The king hath brought this evil upon his house,
because he slew his servants who had had their flocks scattered at the waters of Sebus.
|19:21 And they were also rebuked by those men who had stood at the waters of Sebus and scattered the flocks
which belonged to the king, for they were angry with Ammon because of the number which he had slain of their brethren
at the waters of Sebus, while defending the flocks of the king. ||
|19:22 Now, one of them, whose brother had been slain with the sword of Ammon, being
eexceedingly angry with Ammon, drew his sword and went forth that he might let it fall upon
Ammon, to slay him; and as he lifted the sword to smite him, bbehold, he fell dead. ||
(19:22) Behold, he fell dead.|
One of the members of the group was really angry at Ammon, because Ammon had killed his brother in the waters of Sebus incident. He pulled out his sword and ran
towards Ammon, ready to kill him--but when he lifted his sword to strike Ammon, he fell down dead.
|19:23 Now we see that Ammon could not be slain, for the Lord had said unto Mosiah, his father: I will spare
him, and it shall be unto him according to thy faith -- therefore, Mosiah trusted him unto the Lord. ||
|19:24 aAnd it came to pass that when the multitude beheld that the man had fallen
dead, who lifted the sword to slay Ammon, fear came upon them all, and they durst not put forth their hands to touch
him or any of those who had fallen; and they began to marvel again among themselves what could be the cause of this
great power, or what all these things could mean. ||
|19:25 aAnd it came to pass that there were many among them who
said that Ammon was
the Great Spirit, and others said he was sent by the Great Spirit; ||
(19:25-26) Many ... said that was the Great Spirit, and others said he was sent by the Great Spirit; but others ... that he was a monster, who had been sent from the Nephites to torment them. |
Now the crowd was really confused. Some of them thought that he was the Great Spirit; some of them thought that he was sent by the Great Spirit, and others thought he was even more wicked than before.
|19:26 But others rebuked them all, saying
that he was a monster, who had been sent from the Nephites to
|19:27 And there were some who said that Ammon was sent by the Great Spirit to afflict
them because of their iniquities; and that it was the Great Spirit that had always attended the Nephites, who had
ever delivered them out of their hands; and they said that it was this Great Spirit who had destroyed so many of
their brethren, the Lamanites.
|19:28 And thus the contention began to be eexceedingly sharp among them. And while
they were thus contending, the woman servant who had caused the multitude to be gathered together came, and when she
saw the contention which was among the multitude she was eexceedingly sorrowful, even unto
(19:28-30) O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell!|
Everyone was arguing, and on the verge of fighting, so Abish (the woman who gathered everyone together in verse 17), walked up to the queen, and grabbed her hand to help her up. Immediately, the queen yelled out,
"O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful Hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this people!" Then she spoke in tongues for a while, and unfroze the king.
|19:29 aAnd it came to pass that she went and took the queen by the hand, that perhaps
she might raise her from the ground; and as soon as she touched her hand she arose and stood upon her feet, and cried
with a loud voice, saying: O blessed Jesus, who has saved me from an awful hell! O blessed God, have mercy on this
|19:30 And when she had said this, she clasped her hands, being filled with joy,
speaking many words which
were not understood; and when she had done this, she took the king, Lamoni, by the hand, and bbehold he arose and stood
upon his feet. ||
|19:31 And he, immediately, seeing the contention among his people, went forth and began
to rebuke them, and to teach them the words which he had heard from the mouth of Ammon; and as many as heard his words
believed, and were converted unto the Lord. ||
(19:31-32) There were many among them who would not hear his words.|
The king saw that the people were confused, and he tried to set the record straight about Ammon, God, the Great Spirit, and everything else. Most of the people
believed him and were converted, but some didn't by it and they went away.
|19:32 But there were many among them who would not hear his words; therefore they went their way. ||
|19:33 aAnd it came to pass that when Ammon arose he also administered unto them,
and also did all the servants of Lamoni; and they did all declare unto the people the selfsame thing -- that their
hearts had been changed; that they had no more desire to do evil.
(19:33-35) They had no more desire to do evil.|
Many Lamanites were converted that day. They stopped being wicked, and established a church.
|19:34 And bbehold, many did declare unto the people that
they had seen angels and had conversed with them;
and thus they had told them things of God, and of his righteousness.
|19:35 aAnd it came to pass that there were many that did believe in their words; and
as many as did believe were baptized; and they became a righteous people, and they did establish a church among
|19:36 And thus the work of the Lord did commence among the Lamanites; thus the Lord did begin to pour out his
Spirit upon them; and we see that his arm is extended to all people who will repent and believe on his name. ||
And it came to pass
(19:1, 3, 11, 12, 16, 24, 29,
Exceedingly (19:10, 22, 28)
Behold (19:13, 17, 18, 22, 30, 34)
(19:9) Believest thou this? John 11:26
(19:10) I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Luke 7:9
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