Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, July 10

Book of Mormon: Korihor: Literary Devices: Irony 2

Book of Mormon: Korihor: Literary Devices: Irony 2

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Ironically, some might say Alma the priest and Nephite society *do*, in a certain way, glut off the labors of others–Korihor, that is–not the people in general:

Alma 30:57 Now the knowledge of what had happened unto Korihor was immediately published throughout all the land; yea, the proclamation was sent forth by the chief judge to all the people in the land, declaring unto those who had believed in the words of Korihor that they must speedily repent, lest the same judgments would come unto them.

Alma 30:58 And it came to pass that they were all convinced of the wickedness of Korihor; therefore they were all converted again unto the Lord; and this put an end to the iniquity after the manner of Korihor. And Korihor did go about from house to house, begging food for his support.

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Even more ironically, Korihor the hypocrite, who glutted himself off the labors of the people from his preaching and yet accused the priests of God of doing it, now gluts himself off the labors of the people–*with his begging*…

Alma 30:58 And it came to pass that they were all convinced of the wickedness of Korihor; therefore they were all converted again unto the Lord; and this put an end to the iniquity after the manner of Korihor. And Korihor did go about from house to house, begging food for his support.


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  1. Amazing!

    I am reading through the BoM at the moment (it is a deal with my mum, she is a believer, I am not).

    I was initially taken by the imagery of glutting with the labors of someone else’s hands – but in Mosiah 10:12. I remembered it because I spent some time trying to work out if ‘labors’ was a noun or verb with that wierd inflection.

    Then, when I got to Alma 30, there it was again, only said by a bad guy 113 years later. So I have been surfing trying to find out if it was a biblcal phrase (no) and found your blog.

    Now – what is with Alma 30:51?? Why is the chief judge writing messages to Korihor when we have just been told he is struck dumb having ‘no more utterance”? not deaf.

    Comment by Danna — 2008, July 11 @ 3:41 am

  2. Danna,
    A post will be up shortly with a very small section on that: “Korihor–Struck Dumb, and…?” (Within a week, for sure.)

    Comment by grego — 2008, July 11 @ 6:10 am


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