Wicked King Noah
Noah becomes king--He was a wicked, wine-bibbing polygamist--He imposed a 20% tax on the people--Noah's people boast after defeating the
Lamanites--Abinabi condemns the people for being wicked--The people try to kill Abinabi but God saves him.
|11:1 And now it came to pass that
Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah, one of his sons; therefore Noah
began to reign in his stead; and he did not walk in the ways of his father. ||
(11:1-9) Zeniff conferred the kingdom upon Noah
Zeniff's reign was at an end, and he conferred the kingdom upon his son, Noah. Noah was a wicked king. Unlike his father,
he taxed the people, and spent the tax revenue on concubines, priests, and a newly-constructed palace filled with precious things.
(11:2) He had many wives and concubines.
Although it is not entirely clear, Noah seems to be criticized for having "many wives and concubines." (God changed his mind for
He laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed.
Since Noah was a bad guy (who "did not keep the commandments of the Lord") and he taxed the people 20%, I guess God (or Joseph Smith) didn't
approve of flat taxes -- or maybe taxes of any kind.
(11:3) And a fifth part of their ziff
Oh no! Noah made the people give up a fifth of the ziff! Now that would be hard to live with.
And of their brass and their iron ... and grain. -- none of which were available in the New World before being introduced by
(11:8) King Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings.
Why is there no evidence for these fancy buildings? There were many of them, decorated with gold and silver. Where are they now?
And the metallurgy technology for iron and brass didn't exist prior to European contact. But there was plenty of ziff around at the time so that
wouldn't have been a problem.
|11:2 For behold, he did not keep the commandments of God,
but he did walk after the desires of his own heart.
And he had many wives and concubines. And he did cause his people to commit sin, and do that which was abominable in
the sight of the Lord. Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.
|11:3 And he laid a tax of one fifth part of all they possessed,
a fifth part of their gold and of their silver, and a fifth part of their ziff, and of their copper, and of their
brass and their iron; and a fifth part of their fatlings; and also a fifth part of
all their grain.
|11:4 And all this did he take to support himself, and his wives and his concubines; and also his priests,
and their wives and their concubines; thus he had changed the affairs of the kingdom.
|11:5 For he put down all the priests that had been consecrated by his father, and consecrated new ones in
their stead, such as were lifted up in the pride of their hearts.
|11:6 Yea, and thus they were supported in their laziness, and in their idolatry, and in their whoredoms,
by the taxes which king Noah had put upon his people; thus did the people labor exceedingly to
|11:7 Yea, and they also became idolatrous, because they were deceived by the vain and flattering words of
the king and priests; for they did speak flattering things unto them.
|11:8 And it came to pass that king Noah built many elegant and spacious buildings;
and he ornamented them with fine work of wood, and of all manner of precious things, of gold, and of silver, and of
iron, and of brass, and of ziff, and of copper;
|11:9 And he also built him a spacious palace, and a throne in the midst thereof, all of which was of fine
wood and was ornamented with gold and silver and with precious things.
|11:10 And he also caused that his workmen should work all manner of fine work within the walls of the
temple, of fine wood, and of copper, and of brass.
|11:11 And the seats which were set apart for the high priests, which were above all the other seats, he
did ornament with pure gold; and he caused a breastwork to be built before them, that they might rest their bodies
and their arms upon while they should speak lying and vain words to his people. ||
|11:12 And it came to pass that he built a tower near the temple; yea, a very high
tower, even so high that he could stand upon the top thereof and overlook the land of Shilom, and also the land of
Shemlon, which was possessed by the Lamanites; and he could even look over all the land round about. ||
(11:12) A very high tower|
King Noah also built a very high tower, so he could see everything in his kingdom.
|11:13 And it came to pass that he caused many buildings to be built in the land
Shilom; and he caused a great tower to be built on the hill north of the land Shilom, which had been a resort for the
children of Nephi at the time they fled out of the land; and thus he did do with the riches which he obtained by the
taxation of his people. ||
|11:14 And it came to pass that he placed his heart upon his riches, and he spent
his time in riotous living with his wives and his concubines; and so did also his priests spend their time with
|11:15 And it came to pass that
he planted vineyards round about in the land; and
he built wine-presses, and made wine in abundance; and therefore he became a wine-bibber, and also his people.
(11:15) He became a wine-bibber.|
King Noah was so evil that he even became a wine-bibber. (Just like
his namesake in the Bible.)
(11:16-17) The Lamanites came upon them and killed them.
Then the Lamanites started attacking Noah's people. He wasn't very good
at protecting them, though. (He was too busy wine-bibbing with his concubines in his exceedingly high tower.) He sends
out guards, but it is too little, too late.
|11:16 And it came to pass that
the Lamanites began to come in upon his people,
upon small numbers, and to slay them in their fields, and while they were tending their flocks.
|11:17 And king Noah sent guards round about the land to keep them off; but he did not send a sufficient
number, and the Lamanites came upon them and killed them, and drove many of their flocks out of the land; thus the Lamanites began to destroy them, and to exercise their hatred upon them.
|11:18 And it came to pass that king Noah sent his armies against them, and they
were driven back, or they drove them back for a time; therefore, they returned rejoicing in their spoil. ||
(11:19-20) Thus they did boast, and did delight in blood.|
They have a battle, and Noah's people win. Then they start boasting, and delighting in
the blood of their victory. Everyone joined in, except a man named Abinadi. Abinadi began to prophesy unto them, telling them
how wicked they all were, and how they should repent (or else).
|11:19 And now, because of this great victory they were lifted up in the pride of their hearts; they did
boast in their own strength, saying that their fifty could stand against thousands of the Lamanites; and
did boast, and did delight in blood, and the shedding of the blood of their brethren, and this because of the
wickedness of their king and priests.
|11:20 And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi;
and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded
me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord -- Wo be unto this people, for I have seen their
abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent I will visit them in mine anger.
|11:21 And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, I will deliver them into the hands of
their enemies; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their
|11:22 And it shall come to pass that they shall know that I am the Lord their God, and am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquities of my people. ||
|11:23 And it shall come to pass that except this people repent
and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the
Lord the Almighty God. ||
|11:24 Yea, and it shall come to pass that when they shall cry unto me I will be slow to hear their cries;
yea, and I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies. ||
|11:25 And except they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and cry mightily to the Lord their God, I will not hear
their prayers, neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions; and thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded
(11:26-29) The Lord delivered him out of their hands.|
After Abinadi was done with his prophesying, the people were angry with him. They tried to kill him, but God didn't let them.
When King Noah found out about it, he ordered that
Abinadi be brought to him so he could kill him.
|11:26 Now it came to pass that when Abinadi had spoken these words unto them they were wroth with him, and
sought to take away his life; but the Lord delivered him out of their hands.
|11:27 Now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spoken unto the people, he was also wroth;
and he said: Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or who is the Lord, that shall bring upon my
people such great affliction?
|11:28 I command you to bring Abinadi hither, that I may slay him, for he has said these things that he
might stir up my people to anger one with another, and to raise contentions among my people; therefore I will slay
|11:29 Now the eyes of the people were blinded; therefore they hardened their hearts against the words of
Abinadi, and they sought from that time forward to take him. And king Noah hardened his heart against the word of
the Lord, and he did not repent of his evil doings. ||
And it came to pass (11:1, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 24, 26)