The Lamanites attack--Noah's men are saved by the beauty of their women--Noah is burned to death--
Noah's son, Limhi, is made king--The Lamanites impose a 50% tax--There is peace for two years.
|19:1 And it came to pass that
the army of the king returned, having searched in vain
for the people of the Lord. ||
There was a man among them whose name was Gideon.
In the last chapter, King Noah sent his army after Alma and his people. They managed to escape
the pursuing army. When the king's army returned, there was a division among the people. One strong
man, Gideon, sought to slay the king.
|19:2 And now behold, the forces of the king were small, having been reduced, and there began to be
a division among the remainder of the people.
|19:3 And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, and there began to be a great
contention among them.
|19:4 And now there was a man among them whose name was Gideon, and he being a strong man and an enemy to the
king, therefore he drew his sword, and swore in his wrath that he would slay the king.
|19:5 And it came to pass that he fought with the king; and when
the king saw that he
was about to overpower him, he fled and ran and got upon the tower which was near the temple. ||
(19:5-8) Gideon, spare me, for the Lamanites are upon us.|
Gideon and the king fought, and just as Gideon was about to slay him, King Noah ran away to his
tower. Noah saw that the Lamanites were preparing to attack the city. He told Gideon that he shouldn't kill him now, or else his people will be
killed by the Lamanites. His ploy works, and Gideon spares his life.
|19:6 And Gideon pursued after him and was about to get upon the tower to slay the king, and the king cast his
eyes round about towards the land of Shemlon, and behold, the army of the Lamanites were within the borders of the
|19:7 And now the king cried out in the anguish of his soul,
saying: Gideon, spare me, for the Lamanites are
upon us, and they will destroy us; yea, they will destroy my people.
|19:8 And now the king was not so much concerned about his people as he was about his own life; nevertheless,
Gideon did spare his life. ||
|19:9 And the king commanded the people that they should flee before the Lamanites, and he himself did go
before them, and they did flee into the wilderness, with their women and their children. ||
(19:9-10) The Lamanites ... began to slay them.|
Noah commanded his people to flee into the wilderness. They do, but the Lamanites quickly catch up and start killing people.
|19:10 And it came to pass that
the Lamanites did pursue them, and did overtake them,
and began to slay them.
|19:11 Now it came to pass that
the king commanded them that all the men should leave their wives and their
children, and flee before the Lamanites. ||
They were charmed with the beauty of their women.
Then Noah tells his people to abandon their wives and children, and to run for their lives. Some of them do,
and the others choose to stay and try and defend their families by other means: whoring out their daughters.
|19:12 Now there were many that would not leave them, but had rather stay and perish with them. And the rest
left their wives and their children and fled.
|19:13 And it came to pass that
those who tarried with their wives and their children
caused that their fair daughters should stand forth and plead with the Lamanites that they would not slay them.
|19:14 And it came to pass that
the Lamanites had compassion on them, for they were
charmed with the beauty of their women.
|19:15 Therefore the Lamanites did spare their lives, and took them captives and carried them back to the
land of Nephi, and granted unto them that they might possess the land, under the conditions that they would deliver
up king Noah into the hands of the Lamanites, and deliver up their property,
even one half of all they possessed,
one half of their gold, and their silver, and all their precious things, and thus they should pay tribute to the
king of the Lamanites from year to year. ||
(19:15) Even one half of all they possessed|
So the Lamanites took them captive, and let them live their lives relatively unchanged, except for a 50% tax.
|19:16 And now there was one of the sons of the king among those that were taken captive,
whose name was Limhi. ||
(19:16-24) Even unto death by fire|
The Nephites who fled into the wilderness were angry at King Noah for not letting them return to the land of
Nephi. So they burned Noah to death and made his righteous son, Limhi, king. Then they returned to the land of Nephi.
|19:17 And now Limhi was desirous that his father should not be destroyed; nevertheless, Limhi was not
ignorant of the iniquities of his father, he himself being a just man.
|19:18 And it came to pass that
Gideon sent men into the wilderness secretly, to
search for the king and those that were with him. And it came to pass that they met the people
in the wilderness, all save the king and his priests.
|19:19 Now they had sworn in their hearts that they would return to the land of Nephi, and if their wives
and their children were slain, and also those that had tarried with them, that they would seek revenge, and also
perish with them.
|19:20 And the king commanded them that they should not return; and they were angry with the king, and caused
that he should suffer, even unto death by fire.
|19:21 And they were about to take the priests also and put them to death, and they fled before them.
|19:22 And it came to pass that they were about to return to the land of Nephi, and
they met the men of Gideon. And the men of Gideon told them of all that had happened to their wives and their children;
and that the Lamanites had granted unto them that they might possess the land by paying a tribute to the Lamanites of
one half of all they possessed.
|19:23 And the people told the men of Gideon that they had slain the king, and his priests had fled from them
farther into the wilderness.
|19:24 And it came to pass that after they had ended
the ceremony, that they returned to the land of Nephi, rejoicing, because their wives and their children were not slain;
and they told Gideon what they had done to the king.
|19:25 And it came to pass that
the king of the Lamanites made an oath unto them, that
his people should not slay them. ||
(19:25-26) Even one half of all they possessed|
Limhi, the new king, agreed to the Lamanite king's demands.
|19:26 And also Limhi, being the son of the king, having the kingdom conferred upon him by the people, made
oath unto the king of the Lamanites that his people should pay tribute unto him,
even one half of all they possessed.
|19:27 And it came to pass that Limhi began to establish the kingdom and to establish
peace among his people. ||
|19:28 And the king of the Lamanites set guards round about the land, that he might keep the people of Limhi
in the land, that they might not depart into the wilderness; and he did support his guards out of the tribute which he
did receive from the Nephites. ||
(19:28-29) For the space of two years|
The Lamanite king was clever, though. He knew that Limhi's people might try running away
again, so he posted guards around the city. In spite of the crippling tax that was upon them, there was continual peace in the land for two years.
|19:29 And now king Limhi did have continual peace in his kingdom
for the space of two years, that the Lamanites did not molest them nor seek to destroy them.
And it came to pass [19:1, 5, 10, 11, 13, 14, 18(2), 22, 24, 25, 27]