Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2008, December 16

Book of Mormon | Ownership of the People–King Noah versus the Lord by grego

*Book of Mormon | Ownership of the People–King Noah versus the Lord*
by grego

There is a power struggle between king Noah and the Lord going on over ownership of the people, with a second tier of the wicked priests and Abinadi. Notice both sides’: claims to the people, the sins and the anger and the judgments of the owner, and how the judgments will be settled, and by whom.

Mosiah 11:20 And it came to pass that there was a man among them whose name was Abinadi; and he went forth among them, and began to prophesy, saying: Behold, *thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me, saying, Go forth, and say unto this people, thus saith the Lord–Wo be unto THIS people*, for I have seen their abominations, and their wickedness, and their whoredoms; and except they repent *I will visit them in mine anger*.

Mosiah 11:21 And except they repent and turn to the Lord their God, behold, *I will deliver them into the hands of their enemies*; yea, and they shall be brought into bondage; and they shall be afflicted by the hand of their enemies.

Mosiah 11:22 And it shall come to pass that *they shall know that I am the Lord their God*, and am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of *MY people*.

Mosiah 11:23 And it shall come to pass that *except THIS people repent* and turn unto the Lord their God, they shall be brought into bondage; and none shall deliver them, except it be the Lord the Almighty God.

Mosiah 11:24 Yea, and it shall come to pass that when *they shall cry unto me* I will be slow to hear their cries; yea, and *I will suffer them that they be smitten by their enemies*.

Mosiah 11:25 And except they repent in sackcloth and ashes, and cry mightily to the Lord their God, I will not hear their prayers, neither will I deliver them out of their afflictions; and thus saith the Lord, and thus hath he commanded me.

Mosiah 11:26 Now it came to pass that when Abinadi had spoken these words unto them *they were wroth with him*, and *sought to take away his life*; but *the Lord delivered him out of their hands*.

Mosiah 11:27 Now when king Noah had heard of the words which Abinadi had spoken unto the people, *he was also wroth*; and he said: Who is Abinadi, that I and my people should be judged of him, or *who is the Lord, that shall bring upon *MY people* such great affliction*?

Mosiah 11:28 I command you to bring Abinadi hither, that *I may slay him*, for he has said these things that he might stir up *MY people* to anger one with another, and to raise contentions among *MY people*; therefore *I will slay him*.

Mosiah 11:29 Now the eyes of the people were blinded; therefore they hardened their hearts against the words of Abinadi, and they sought from that time forward to take him. And king Noah hardened his heart against the word of the Lord, and he did not repent of his evil doings.

Mosiah 12:1 And it came to pass that after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to prophesy among them, saying: Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying–Abinadi, go and prophesy unto *THIS MY people*, for they have hardened their hearts against my words; they have repented not of their evil doings; therefore, *I will visit them in my anger, yea, in my fierce anger will I visit them in their iniquities and abominations*.

Mosiah 12:2 Yea, wo be unto this generation! And the Lord said unto me: Stretch forth thy hand and prophesy, saying: Thus saith the Lord, it shall come to pass that *THIS generation*, because of their iniquities, shall be *brought into bondage, and shall be smitten on the cheek; yea, and shall be driven by men, and shall be slain; and the vultures of the air, and the dogs, yea, and the wild beasts, shall devour their flesh*.

Mosiah 12:3 And it shall come to pass that *the life of king Noah shall be valued even as a garment in a hot furnace*; for *he shall know that I am the Lord*.

Mosiah 12:4 And it shall come to pass that *I will smite this my people with sore afflictions, yea, with famine and with pestilence; and I will cause that they shall howl all the day long*.

Mosiah 12:5 Yea, and *I* will cause that they shall have burdens lashed upon their backs; and they shall be driven before like a dumb ass.

Mosiah 12:6 And it shall come to pass that *I* will send forth hail among them, and it shall smite them; and they shall also be smitten with the east wind; and insects shall pester their land also, and devour their grain.

Mosiah 12:7 And they shall be smitten with a great pestilence–and all this will *I* do because of their iniquities and abominations.

Mosiah 12:8 And it shall come to pass that except they repent *I* will utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth; yea, even *this will I do* that I may discover the abominations of this people to other nations. And many things did Abinadi prophesy against *THIS people*.

Mosiah 12:9 And it came to pass that *they were angry with him*; and they took him and carried him bound before the king, and said unto the king: Behold, we have brought a man before thee who has prophesied evil concerning *THY people*, and saith that *God will destroy them*.

Mosiah 12:10 *And he also prophesieth evil concerning thy life, and saith that thy life shall be as a garment in a furnace of fire.

Mosiah 12:11 And again, he saith that thou shalt be as a stalk, even as a dry stalk of the field, which is run over by the beasts and trodden under foot.

Mosiah 12:12 And again, he saith thou shalt be as the blossoms of a thistle, which, when it is fully ripe, if the wind bloweth, it is driven forth upon the face of the land. And *he pretendeth the Lord hath spoken it. And he saith all this shall come upon thee except thou repent, and this because of thine iniquities*.

Mosiah 12:13 And now, *O king, what great evil hast thou done*, or what great sins have *THY people* committed, that *we should be condemned of God* or judged of this man?

And king Noah and his wicked priests condemn and burn Abinadi, and Abinadi curses the seed of the wicked priests; the prophecies regarding king Noah, the people, and the descendants are fulfilled; and the people become the Lord’s people after many cries and much humility.

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