Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, July 14

Book of Mormon: Up and Down Imagery with the Zoramites

Book of Mormon: Up and Down Imagery with the Zoramites

It seems the Zoramite story also, like the Korihor story, has “up” and “down” imagery; they pretend to like and worship “up” while they really liked and worshiped “down”:

Alma 31:13 For they had a place built up in the center of their synagogue, *a place for standing*, which was *high above the head*; and the *top* thereof would only admit one person.

Alma 31:14 Therefore, whosoever desired to worship must go forth and *stand upon the top* thereof, and *stretch forth his hands towards heaven*, and *cry with a loud voice*, saying:

Alma 31:16 Holy God, we believe that *thou hast separated us from our brethren*; and *we do not believe in the tradition of our brethren*, which was *handed down to them by the childishness of their fathers*; but we believe that thou hast *elected* us to be thy *holy children*; and also thou hast made it known unto us that *there shall be no Christ*.

Alma 31:17 But thou art the same yesterday, today, and forever; and thou hast *elected* us that we shall be saved, whilst all around us are *elected to be cast by thy wrath down to hell*; for the which holiness, O God, we thank thee; and we also thank thee that thou hast *elected* us, that we may *not be led away after the foolish traditions of our brethren*, which doth *bind them down to a belief of Christ*, which doth *lead their hearts to wander far from thee*, our God.

Alma 31:18 And again we thank thee, O God, that we are *a chosen* and *a holy* people. Amen.

Alma 31:25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were *lifted up* unto great boasting, in their pride.

And there’s a little connection between all that, and Alma’s prayer in Alma 31:

Alma 31:24 Now when Alma saw this his heart was grieved; for he saw that they were a wicked and a perverse people; yea, he saw that their hearts were set upon gold, and upon silver, and upon all manner of fine goods.

Alma 31:25 Yea, and he also saw that their hearts were *lifted up* unto great boasting, in their pride.

Alma 31:26 And he *lifted up* his voice to heaven, and cried, saying: O, how long, O Lord, wilt thou suffer that *thy servants shall dwell here below* in the flesh, to behold such gross wickedness among the children of men?

Alma 31:27 Behold, O God, they cry unto thee, and yet their hearts are swallowed up in their pride. Behold, O God, they cry unto thee with their mouths, while they are *puffed up*, even to greatness, with the vain things of the world.

Alma 31:28 Behold, O my God, their costly apparel, and their ringlets, and their bracelets, and their ornaments of gold, and all their precious things which they are ornamented with; and behold, *their hearts are set upon them*, and yet they cry unto thee and say–We thank thee, O God, for we are a chosen people unto thee, while others shall perish.

They are lifted up in their praise of themselves, but their true gods are their riches–not a God high in the heavens, but gods on their bodies down below.

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