Another daring escape
The Lamanite king (Laman) appoints Amulon teacher--The Lamanites wax great--Amulon persecutes the people of Alma--God helps Alma's people
escape by making the Lamanites sleepy--After 12 days, Alma and his people reach Zarahelma.
|24:1 And it came to pass that
Amulon did gain favor in the eyes of the king of the
Lamanites; therefore, the king of the Lamanites granted unto him and his brethren that they should be appointed teachers
over his people, yea, even over the people who were in the land of Shemlon, and in the land of Shilom, and in the land of
(24:1) In the eyes of the king of the Lamanites|
Amulon and King Laman (the King of the Lamanites) were getting quite cozy. Laman appointed Amulon and his brethren
to be teachers over his people, in the land of Shemlon, Shilom and Amulon.
|24:2 For the Lamanites had taken possession of all these lands; therefore, the king of the Lamanites had
appointed kings over all these lands. ||
|24:3 And now the name of the king of the Lamanites was Laman, being called after the name of his father; and
therefore he was called king Laman. And he was king over a numerous people. ||
|24:4 And he appointed teachers of the brethren of Amulon in every land which was possessed by his people;
and thus the language of Nephi began to be taught among all the people of the Lamanites. ||
|24:5 And they were a people friendly one with another; nevertheless they knew not God; neither did the
brethren of Amulon teach them anything concerning the Lord their God, neither the law of Moses; nor did they teach
them the words of Abinadi; ||
|24:6 But they taught them that they should keep their record, and that they might write one to another. ||
|24:7 And thus the Lamanites began to increase in riches, and began to trade one with another and wax great,
and began to be a cunning and a wise people, as to the wisdom of the world,
yea, a very cunning people, delighting in
all manner of wickedness and plunder, except it were among their own brethren. ||
(24:7) Yea, a very cunning people|
The Lamanites started to become rich, through trade, innovation, and piracy. They didn't rob one another, though, only outsiders.
|24:8 And now it came to pass that Amulon began to exercise authority over Alma and his brethren, and began
to persecute him, and cause that his children should persecute their children. ||
(24:8-9) His children should persecute their children.|
It is unclear whether or not Amulon and his people robbed Alma and his people, but they certainly mistreated them.
They put heavy burdens upon their backs and persecuted their children,.
|24:9 For Amulon knew Alma, that he had been one of the king's priests, and that it was he that believed the
words of Abinadi and was driven out before the king, and therefore he was wroth with him; for he was subject to king
Laman, yet he exercised authority over them, and put tasks upon them, and put task-masters over them.
|24:10 And it came to pass that so great were their afflictions that they began to
cry mightily to God. ||
(24:10-11) Whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death.|
Alma and his people follow the typical playbook here, and they cry out to God. In fact, they cried so mightily that it
began to annoy Amulon so much that he appointed guards to watch for the criers and execute whoever tries to pray
|24:11 And Amulon commanded them that they should stop their cries; and he put guards over them to watch
them, that whosoever should be found calling upon God should be put to death.
|24:12 And Alma and his people did not raise their voices to the Lord their God, but did pour out their
hearts to him; and he did know the thoughts of their hearts. ||
(24:12-13) The voice of the Lord came to them.|
So they stopped crying (out loud), and instead learned how to "pour out their hearts to God" silently. Or something.
Anyways, God knew that they were suffering, so he started saying some encouraging words.
|24:13 And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their
afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me;
and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage.
|24:14 And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon
your backs, even while you are in bondage; and this will I do that ye may stand as witnesses for me hereafter, and that
ye may know of a surety that I, the Lord God, do visit my people in their afflictions. ||
|24:15 And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light;
yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease, and they did submit cheerfully and
with patience to all the will of the Lord. ||
|24:16 And it came to pass that so great was their faith and their patience that
the voice of the Lord came unto them again, saying: Be of good comfort, for on the morrow I will deliver you out
of bondage. ||
(24:16) The voice of the Lord came unto them again|
Then God promised to deliver them out of bondage the very next day.
|24:17 And he said unto Alma: Thou shalt go before this people, and I will go with thee and deliver this
people out of bondage. ||
|24:18 Now it came to pass that Alma and his people in the night-time gathered their flocks together, and also
of their grain; yea, even all the night-time were they gathering the flocks together. ||
The Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites.
So Alma gathered his people, and their flocks, and their grain. Then, while God caused a very profound sleep to come upon the taskmasters,
Alma and his people escaped. .
|24:19 And in the morning the Lord caused a deep sleep to come upon the Lamanites, yea, and all their
task-masters were in a profound sleep.
|24:20 And Alma and his people departed into the wilderness; and when they had traveled all day they pitched
their tents in a valley, and they called the valley Alma, because he led their way in the wilderness.
|24:21 Yea, and in the valley of Alma they poured out their thanks to God because he had been merciful unto
them, and eased their burdens, and had delivered them out of bondage; for they were in bondage, and none could deliver
them except it were the Lord their God. ||
(24:21-23) The Lord said unto Alma: Haste thee.|
They hung out in a nearby valley for a few days, thanking God, until God tells them to hurry the hell up and get out of there because
the sleeping potion is about to wear off. Those things don't last forever, even when God makes them.
|24:22 And they gave thanks to God, yea, all their men and all their women and all their children that could
speak lifted their voices in the praises of their God.
|24:23 And now the Lord said unto Alma: Haste thee and get thou and this people out of this land, for the Lamanites have awakened and do pursue thee; therefore get thee out of this land, and I will stop the Lamanites in this
valley that they come no further in pursuit of this people.
|24:24 And it came to pass that they departed out of the valley, and took their
journey into the wilderness. ||
|24:25 And after they had been in the wilderness twelve days they arrived in the land of Zarahemla; and
king Mosiah did also receive them with joy. ||
(24:25) King Mosiah did also receive them with joy. |
They travel through the wilderness for 12 days, and then they reach Zarahemla and join up with King Mosiah.
And it came to pass (24:1, 8, 10, 13, 15, 16, 18, 24)