The Lamanites trty to attack the city of Ammonihah, but the wall is too high--The Lamanites march to the land of
Noah--The walls are too high there too--The Nephites kill
more than 1000 Lamanites, including their captains--No Nephites are killed--Amalickiah
curses God and swears he will drink Moroni's blood--The Nephites thank their God. (72 BCE)
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1 And now it came to pass in the eleventh month of the nineteenth year, on the tenth day of the
month, the armies of the Lamanites were seen approaching towards the land of Ammonihah.
2 And behold, the city had been rebuilt, and Moroni had stationed an army by the borders of the
city, and they had cast up dirt around about to shield them from the arrows and the stones of the Lamanites;
for behold, they fought with stones and with arrows.
3 Behold, I said that the city of Ammonihah had been rebuilt. I say unto you, yea, that it was in
part rebuilt; and because the Lamanites had destroyed it once because of the iniquity of the people, they
supposed that it would again become an easy prey for them.
When the Lamanites approached the city of Ammonihah, they were stopped by a huge dirt wall around the city.
4 But behold, how great was their disappointment; for behold, the Nephites had dug up
of earth round about them, which was so high that the Lamanites could not cast their stones and their arrows
at them that they might take effect, neither could they come upon them save it was by their place of entrance.
5 Now at this time the chief captains of
the Lamanites were
astonished exceedingly, because of the wisdom of the Nephites in preparing their places
6 Now the leaders of the Lamanites had supposed, because of the greatness of their numbers, yea,
they supposed that they should be privileged to come upon them as they had hitherto done; yea, and
they had also
prepared themselves with shields, and with breastplates; and they had also prepared themselves with garments of
skins, yea, very thick garments to cover their nakedness.
7 And being thus prepared they supposed that they should easily overpower and subject their brethren
to the yoke of bondage, or slay and massacre them according to their pleasure.
8 But behold, to their uttermost astonishment, they were prepared for them, in a manner which never
had been known among the children of Lehi. Now they were prepared for the
Lamanites, to battle after the manner of the instructions of Moroni.
9 And it came to pass that
the Lamanites, or the Amalickiahites,
were exceedingly astonished at their manner of preparation for war.
10 Now, if king Amalickiah had come down out of the land of Nephi, at the head of his army, perhaps
he would have caused the Lamanites to have attacked the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah; for behold, he did care
not for the blood of his people.
11 But behold, Amalickiah did not come down himself to battle. And behold, his chief captains
durst not attack the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah, for Moroni had altered the management of affairs among
the Nephites, insomuch that the Lamanites were disappointed in their places of retreat and they could not come
The wall was so high that the Lamanites couldn't throw rocks or shoot arrows over it.
12 Therefore they retreated into the wilderness, and took their camp and marched towards the
land of Noah, supposing that to be the next best place for them to come against the Nephites.
When the Lamanite army saw the huge walls, they retreated into the wilderness.
13 For they knew not that Moroni had fortified, or had built forts of security, for every city in
all the land round about; therefore, they marched forward to the land of Noah with a firm determination; yea,
their chief captains came forward and took an oath that they would destroy the people of that city.
14 But behold, to their astonishment, the city of Noah, which had hitherto been a weak place,
had now, by the means of Moroni, become strong, yea, even to exceed the strength of the city Ammonihah.
15 And now, behold, this was wisdom in Moroni; for he had supposed that they
would be frightened
at the city Ammonihah; and as the city of Noah had hitherto been the weakest part of the land, therefore they
would march thither to battle; and thus it was according to his desires.
16 And behold, Moroni had appointed Lehi to be chief captain
over the men of that city; and it was that same Lehi who fought with the
Lamanites in the valley on the east of the river Sidon.
17 And now behold it came to pass, that when the Lamanites had found
that Lehi commanded the city they were again disappointed, for they
feared Lehi exceedingly; nevertheless their chief
captains had sworn with an oath to attack the city; therefore, they brought up their armies.
Then they marched toward the city of Noah,
18 Now behold, the Lamanites could not get into their forts of security by any other way save
by the entrance, because of the highness of the bank which had been thrown up, and the depth of the ditch
which had been dug round about, save it were by the entrance.
19 And thus were the Nephites prepared to destroy all such as should attempt to climb up to enter
the fort by any other way, by casting over stones and arrows at them.
20 Thus they were prepared, yea, a body of their strongest men, with their swords and their
slings, to smite down all who should attempt to come into their place of security by the place of entrance;
and thus were they prepared to defend themselves against the Lamanites.
21 And it came to pass that the captains of the Lamanites brought up their
armies before the place of entrance, and began to contend with the Nephites, to get into their place of
security; but behold, they were driven back from time to time, insomuch that they were slain with an
but they couldn't enter that city either, because of the high bank and deep ditch that had been dug around it.
22 Now when they found that they could not obtain power over the Nephites by the pass, they began
to dig down their banks of earth that they might obtain a pass to their armies, that they might have an equal
chance to fight; but behold, in these attempts they were swept off by the stones and arrows which were thrown
at them; and instead of filling up their ditches by pulling down the banks of earth, they were filled up in a
measure with their dead and wounded bodies.
The Lamanites tried to dig through the wall, but that didn't work either.
23 Thus the Nephites had all power over their enemies; and thus the Lamanites did attempt to
destroy the Nephites until their chief captains were all slain; yea, and
more than a thousand of the Lamanites
were slain; while, on the other hand, there was not a single soul of the Nephites which was slain.
More than a thousand Lamanites were killed in this battle, and not a single Nephite was killed.
24 There were about fifty who were wounded, who had been exposed to the arrows of the Lamanites
through the pass, but they were shielded by their shields, and their breastplates, and their head-plates,
insomuch that their wounds were upon their legs, many of which were very severe.
But about fifty Nephites were wounded in their legs, since that was the only part of their bodies that
wasn't covered with armor.
25 And it came to pass, that when the Lamanites saw that their chief
captains were all slain they fled into the wilderness. And it came to pass that they
returned to the land of Nephi, to inform their king, Amalickiah, who was a Nephite by birth, concerning
their great loss.
26 And it came to pass that he was exceedingly
angry with his people, because he had not obtained his desire over the Nephites; he had not subjected them to
the yoke of bondage.
All of the Lamanite chief captains were slain in the battle.
The Lamanite army went back to the land of Nephi and told their king,
Amalickiah, about it.
27 Yea, he was exceedingly wroth, and he did
curse God, and also Moroni, swearing with an oath that he would drink his blood; and this because Moroni had kept
the commandments of God in preparing for the safety of his people.
28 And it came to pass, that
on the other hand, the people of Nephi did thank
the Lord their God, because of his matchless power in delivering them from the hands of their enemies.
29 And thus ended the nineteenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi.
30 Yea, and there was continual peace among them, and exceedingly great
prosperity in the church because of their heed and diligence which they gave unto the word of God, which was
declared unto them by Helaman, and Shiblon, and Corianton, and Ammon and his brethren, yea, and by all those
who had been ordained by the holy order of God, being baptized unto repentance, and sent forth to preach among
When the king heard the news, he cursed God and Moroni, and swore an oath to drink Moroni's blood.
And it came to pass: 49:1, 9, 17, 25(2),
Exceedingly: 49:5, 9, 17, 26,
Behold: 49:2(2), 3, 1, 4,
8, 10, 11(2), 14, 15,
16, 17, 18, 21, 22
Yea: 49:1, 3, 6(3), 13,
14, 20, 23, 27,
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Alma 49