And it came to pass (17:1, 5, 13, 15, 16)
King Noah doesn't listen. Instead, it came to pass that he commanded his priests to kill Abinadi.
(17:1) "And now it came to pass that when Abinadi had finished these sayings, that the king commanded that the priests should
take him and cause that he should be put to death."
But Abinadi's words were not spoken in vain. There was at least one who heard him. He was a
descendant of Nephi, and his name was Alma.
(17:2) "But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi ... and he believed the words
which Abinadi had spoken ... therefore he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi."
But King Noah's mind was made up. He was going to kill Abinadi, and now he was going to kill Alma, too.
(17:3) "But the king was more wroth, and caused that Alma should be cast out from among them, and sent his servants after him that they might slay him."
(17:4-10) Alma got away from Noah's priests, and he hid in the woods for a few days. Noah threw Abinadi
in prison, and then brought him out to hear his sentence: Death. Abinadi held to his words, and threatens Noah one more time.
(17:4) "But he fled from before them and hid himself ... being concealed for many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken."
(17:5) "The king caused that his guards should surround Abinadi and take him; and they bound him and cast him into prison."
(17:6-7) "After three days ... he said unto him: Abinadi ... thou art worthy of death."
(17:8) "For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men."
(17:9) "Abinadi said ... I will not recall the words which I have spoken."
(17:10) "And if ye slay me ye will shed innocent blood, and this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day."
(17:11-13) This almost scares King Noah enough to release Abinadi. But then his priests goad him on, and he is forced to burn
Abinadi to death. That's how it goes sometimes.
(17:11-12) "King Noah was about to release him ... But the priests lifted up their voices against him
...Therefore the king ... delivered
him up that he might be slain."
(17:13) "And it came to pass that they took him and bound him, and scourged his skin with faggots, yea, even unto death."
(17:16-19) While he was burning, he cursed them, saying they will be burned, afflicted
with disease, hunted by their enemies...
(17:16) "Ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases because of your iniquities."
(17:18) "Ye shall be hunted, and ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies, and then ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire."
(17:19) "Thus God executeth vengeance upon those that destroy his people."
(17:20) So Abinadi died, "sealing the truth of his words by his death."
"When Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he
would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death."