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Helaman 4

Trouble in Zarahelma.
There is a war in the church--Most of the rebel Nephites are killed, but some escapte to the Lamanites--The rebel Nephites talk the Lamanites into going to war with the Nephites--The Lamanites take Zarahelma, Bountiful, and most of the Nephite lands--Moronihah preaches to the Nephites--The Nephites repent, prosper, and retrieve half of their lands--The Nephites are unable to get all their lands back--They become as weak as the Lamanites--All this happens because of the Nephites unbelief.
4:1 And it came to pass in the *fifty and fourth year there were many dissensions in the church, and there was also a contention among the people, insomuch that there was much bloodshed. (4:1) There was much bloodshed.
In 38 BCE, a war broke out in the proto-Mormon church ("the church of God").

(4:2)
The rebellious part were slain and driven out of the land. Those who rebelled were killed or "driven out of the land."

(4:3) They did endeavor to stir up the Lamanites.
But some of the the rebel Nephites escaped, joined up with the Lamanites, and tried to convince them to go to war with the Nephites. But the Lamanites were "exceedingly afraid."

4:2 And the rebellious part were slain and driven out of the land, and they did go unto the king of the Lamanites.
4:3 And it came to pass that they did endeavor to stir up the Lamanites to war against the Nephites; but behold, the Lamanites were exceedingly afraid, insomuch that they would not hearken to the words of those dissenters.
4:4 But it came to pass in the fifty and sixth year of the reign of the judges, there were dissenters who went up from the Nephites unto the Lamanites; and they succeeded with those others in stirring them up to anger against the Nephites; and they were all that year preparing for war. (4:4-5) They did commence the work of death.
After a few years of stirring, they rebel Nephites findly succeeded, and the Lamanites attacked, defeating the lands of Zarahelma and Bountiful.
4:5 And in the fifty and seventh year they did come down against the Nephites to battle, and they did commence the work of death; yea, insomuch that in the fifty and eighth year of the reign of the judges they succeeded in obtaining possession of the land of Zarahemla; yea, and also all the lands, even unto the land which was near the land Bountiful.
4:6 And the Nephites and the armies of Moronihah were driven even into the land of Bountiful;
4:7 And there they did fortify against the Lamanites, afrom the west sea, even unto the east; it being a day's journey for a Nephite, on the line which they had fortified and stationed their armies to defend their north country. (4:7) A day's journey for a Nephite
"From the west sea [Pacific?], even unto the east [Atlantic?]; it being a day's journey for a Nephite." (Nephites could walk 5000 kilometers in one day.)
4:8 And thus those dissenters of the Nephites, with the help of a numerous army of the Lamanites, had obtained all the possession of the Nephites which was in the land southward. And all this was done in the fifty and eighth and ninth years of the reign of the judges.
4:9 And it came to pass in the sixtieth year of the reign of the judges, Moronihah did succeed with his armies in obtaining many parts of the land; yea, they regained many cities which had fallen into the hands of the Lamanites. (4:9-10) Moronihah did succeed with his armies.
Then Moronihah got involved. He and his armies regained many of the cities that the Lamanites had captured.
4:10 And it came to pass in the sixty and first year of the reign of the judges they succeeded in regaining even the half of all their possessions.
4:11 Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the great slaughter which was among them, would not have happened had it not been for their wickedness and their abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among those also who professed to belong to the church of God. (4:11-13) Their wickedness and their abomination
This "great slaughter" was God's way of punishing the Nephites for "their wickedness and their abomination."
4:12 And it was because of the pride of their hearts, because of their exceeding riches, yea, it was because of their oppression to the poor, withholding their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon the cheek, making a mock of that which was sacred, denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation, murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing adultery, rising up in great contentions, and deserting away into the land of Nephi, among the Lamanites --
4:13 And because of this their great wickedness, and their boastings in their own strength, they were left in their own strength; therefore they did not prosper, but were afflicted and smitten, and driven before the Lamanites, until they had lost possession of almost all their lands.
4:14 But behold, Moronihah did preach many things unto the people because of their iniquity, and also Nephi and Lehi, who were the sons of Helaman, did preach many things unto the people, yea, and did prophesy many things unto them concerning their iniquities, and what should come unto them if they did not repent of their sins. (4:14-16) But behold, Moronihah did preach many things.
But then Moronihah preached many things, and that pretty much took care of everything. The people repented, began to prosper, got their land and possessions back from the Lamanites (well, half of it anyway).
4:15 And it came to pass that they did repent, and inasmuch as they did repent they did begin to prosper.
4:16 For when Moronihah saw that they did repent he did venture to lead them forth from place to place, and from city to city, even until they had regained the one-half of their property and the one-half of all their lands.
4:17 And thus ended the sixty and first year of the reign of the judges.
4:18 And it came to pass in the sixty and second year of the reign of the judges, that Moronihah could obtain no more possessions over the Lamanites. (4:18-20) Moronihah could obtain no more possessions.
But preaching and repenting can only do so much. Finally, the Nephites had to give up and let the Lamanites keep half their stuff.
4:19 Therefore they did abandon their design to obtain the remainder of their lands, for so numerous were the Lamanites that it became impossible for the Nephites to obtain more power over them; therefore Moronihah did employ all his armies in maintaining those parts which he had taken.
4:20 And it came to pass, because of the greatness of the number of the Lamanites the Nephites were in great fear, lest they should be overpowered, and trodden down, and slain, and destroyed.
4:21 Yea, they began to remember the prophecies of Alma, and also the words of Mosiah; and they saw that they had been a stiffnecked people, and that they had set at naught the commandments of God.
4:22 And that they had altered and trampled under their feet the laws of Mosiah, or that which the Lord commanded him to give unto the people; and they saw that their laws had become corrupted, and that they had become a wicked people, insomuch that they were wicked even like unto the Lamanites. (4:22) Wicked even like unto the Lamanites
The Nephites became "a wicked people ... wicked even like unto the Lamanites [Native Americans]."
4:23 And because of their iniquity the church had begun to dwindle; and they began to disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy and in the spirit of revelation; and the judgments of God did stare them in the face. (4:23)
The judgments of God did stare them in the face.
The Nephites "began to disbelieve ... and the judgments of God did stare them in the face." (God doesn't like disbelievers.)
4:24 And they saw that they had become weak, like unto their brethren, the Lamanites, and that the Spirit of the Lord did no more preserve them; yea, it had withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth not dwell in unholy temples -- (4:24) They had become weak.
The Nephites had become weak, like the Lamanites, because the Spririt of the Lord had withdrawn from them. (The Holy Ghost doesn't dwell in unholy temples.)
4:25 Therefore the Lord did cease to preserve them by his miraculous and matchless power, for they had fallen into a state of unbelief and awful wickedness; and they saw that the Lamanites were exceedingly more numerous than they, and except they should cleave unto the Lord their God, they must unavoidably perish. (4:25) They had fallen into a state of unbelief.
God withdrew his miraculous protection from the Nephites because "they had fallen into a state of unbelief."
4:26 For behold, they saw that the strength of the Lamanites was as great as their strength, even man for man. And thus had they fallen into this great transgression; yea, thus had they become weak, because of their transgression, in the space of not many years.

* 38 BCE according the the LDS Book of Mormon footnote

And it came to pass (4:1, 3, 4, 9, 10, 15, 18, 20)

exceedingly (4:3, 12, 25)

Behold (3:3, 14, 26)


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