The dancing daughters of the Lamanites are stolen--The Lamanaties attack, fighting like lions--The people of Limhi fight like dragons--Gideon
accuses Noah's priests of stealing the Lamanite daughters--The Lamanite king accespts this explanation--There is peace between the
Lamanites and the people of Limhi.
|20:1 Now there was a place in Shemlon where the daughters of the Lamanites did gather themselves together
to sing, and to dance, and to make themselves merry. ||
(20:1-5) There was a place in Shemlon.|
The daughters of the Lamanites liked to gather and sing and dance in this secret place in Shemlon. One day, when there were only a
few of them, the evil priests of King Noah kidnapped them and carried 24 of them into the wilderness.
|20:2 And it came to pass
that there was one day a small number of them gathered together to sing and to dance.
|20:3 And now the priests of king Noah, being ashamed to return to the city of Nephi, yea, and also fearing
that the people would slay them, therefore they durst not return to their wives and their children. ||
|20:4 And having tarried in the wilderness, and having discovered the daughters of the Lamanites, they laid
and watched them; ||
|20:5 And when there were but few of them gathered together to dance, they
came forth out of their secret
places and took them and carried them into the wilderness; yea, twenty and four of the daughters of the Lamanites
they carried into the wilderness. ||
|20:6 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites found that their daughters had
been missing, they were angry with the people of Limhi, for they thought it was the people of Limhi. ||
|20:7 Therefore they sent their armies forth; yea, even the king himself went before his people; and they
went up to the land of Nephi to destroy the people of Limhi. ||
|20:8 And now Limhi had discovered them from the tower, even all their preparations for war did he discover;
therefore he gathered his people together, and laid wait for them in the fields and in the forests. ||
|20:9 And it came to pass that when the Lamanites had come up, that the people of
Limhi began to fall upon them from their waiting places, and began to slay them. ||
|20:10 And it came to pass that
the battle became exceedingly sore, for they fought like lions for their prey. ||
(20:10) They fought like lions.|
The Lamanites suspected that the people of Limhi stole their daughters, so their king
sent an army that fought like lions.
|20:11 And it came to pass that the people of Limhi began to drive the Lamanites
before them; yet they were not half so numerous as the Lamanites. But they fought for their lives, and for their
wives, and for their children; therefore they exerted themselves and like dragons did they fight. ||
(20:11) Like dragons did they fight.|
But the people of Limhi fought like dragons. They were outnumbered 2-to-1, but everyone knows that a good dragon
is worth at least 3-4 lions.
|20:12 And it came to pass that they found the king of the Lamanites among the
number of their dead; yet he was not dead, having been wounded and left upon the ground, so speedy was the flight
of his people. ||
(20:12-16) Behold, here is the king of the Lamanites.|
In the battle, the Lamanite king was badly wounded. Limhi's soldiers took him captive and brought him before King Limhi.
But Limhi doesn't kill him; he has a chat with him.
Limhi: Why are we fighting, anyways?
Lamanite King: You stole our daughters!
Limhi: Oh! Sorry about that. I'll find and kill whoever took them.
Lamanite King: Sounds good. Sorry about the war and everything.
Limhi: No problem. It had been a little while since our last war anyways.
|20:13 And they took him and bound up his wounds, and brought him before Limhi, and said:
is the king of the Lamanites; he having received a wound has fallen among their dead, and they have left him; and
behold, we have brought him before you; and now let us slay him.
|20:14 But Limhi said unto them: Ye shall not slay him, but bring him hither that I may see him. And
they brought him. And Limhi said unto him: What cause have ye to come up to war against my people? Behold, my
people have not broken the oath that I made unto you; therefore, why should ye break the oath which ye made unto
|20:15 And now the king said: I have broken the oath
because thy people did carry away the daughters of
my people; therefore, in my anger I did cause my people to come up to war against thy people. ||
|20:16 And now Limhi had heard nothing concerning this matter; therefore he
said: I will search among my
people and whosoever has done this thing shall perish. Therefore he caused a search to be made among his people.||
|20:17 Now when Gideon had heard these things, he being the king's captain, he went forth and
said unto the king: I pray thee forbear, and do not search this people, and lay not this thing to their charge. ||
(20:17-18) Remember the priests of thy father.|
But before the search began, Gideon
talked him out of it. He reminded Limhi of Noah's creepy priests,
and he explained how they probably stole the Lamanite's daughters. (Gideon provides no evidence for his accusation.)
|20:18 For do ye not remember the priests of thy father, whom this people sought to destroy?
And are they not in the wilderness? And are not they the ones who have stolen the daughters of the Lamanites?
|20:19 And now, behold, and tell the king of these things, that he may tell his people that they may be
pacified towards us; for behold they are already preparing to come against us; and behold also there are but few
of us. ||
|20:20 And behold, they come with their numerous hosts; and except the king doth pacify them towards us we
must perish. ||
|20:21 For are not the words of Abinadi fulfilled, which he prophesied against us -- and all this because
we would not hearken unto the words of the Lord, and turn from our iniquities? ||
|20:22 And now let us pacify the king, and we fulfil the oath which we have made unto him; for it is better
that we should be in bondage than that we should lose our lives; therefore, let us put a stop to the shedding of
so much blood. ||
|20:23 And now Limhi told the king all the things concerning his father, and the priests that had fled
into the wilderness, and attributed the carrying away of their daughters to them.||
(20:23-24) My people shall not slay thy people.|
So Limhi explained Gideon's theory to the Lamanite King and they agreed to stop fighting.
|20:24 And it came to pass that the king was pacified towards his people; and he
said unto them: Let us go forth to meet my people, without arms; and I swear unto you with an oath that
my people shall not slay thy people.
|20:25 And it came to pass that they followed the king, and went forth without arms
to meet the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did meet the Lamanites; and the king of
the Lamanites did bow himself down before them, and did plead in behalf of the people of Limhi. ||
|20:26 And when the Lamanites saw the people of Limhi, that they were without arms, they had compassion on
them and were pacified towards them, and returned with their king in peace to their own land. ||
And it came to pass [20:2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 24, 25(2)]