Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2020, April 16

Book of Mormon | Mosiah 7:25–More about Mosiah 19 and the Anti-King Rebellion

In Mosiah 7:25, we learn that the division and contention in Mosiah 19 (later in the book, but earlier in time) was actual internal fighting and bloodshed between the king’s faction and the anti-king’s faction, likely led by Gideon. There wasn’t just arguing and pushing, and then Gideon chased the king, but battle.

Mosiah 7:25 For if this people had not fallen into transgression the Lord would not have suffered that this great evil should come upon them. But behold, they would not hearken unto his words; but there arose contentions among them, even so much that they did shed blood among themselves.
26 And a prophet of the Lord have they slain; yea, a chosen man of God, who told them of their wickedness and abominations, and prophesied of many things which are to come, yea, even the coming of Christ.

Mosiah 19:1 And it came to pass that the army of the king returned, having searched in vain for the people of the Lord.
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.
3 And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, and there began to be a great contention among them.

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.
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.

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