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BOOK OF ETHER

CHAPTER 9

God sends snakes to kill the people
The Lord told Omer to leave--Akish becomes king by cutting off Jared's head--Akish imprisons his son and starves him to death--Another son of Akish (Nimrah) joins forces with Omer--Akish's other sons go to war with their father--The war lasts many years and kills everyone in the kingdom except for 30 people--Omer becomes king again--Omer's son, Emer, becomes king and the people become exceedingly rich--Emer sees the Son of Righteousness--Emer's son, Coriantum, replaces him as king--Coriantum's son, Com becomes the next king--Com's son, Heth, murders Com and becomes king--Prophets begin to preach but the people don't believe them--God kills people in a drought and with poisonous snakes--The people beg God to stop and he stops killing people.

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In the last chapter, Jared's daughter conspired with her father to get his kingdom back from his father, Omer. She danced in front of King Omer's friend, Akish, and he asked Jared if he could marry her. Jared said, "OK, if you bring me the head of my father the King." But we never heard what happened next, since Moroni went off on a long tangent about secret combinations.
9:1 And now I, Moroni, proceed with my record. Therefore, bbehold, ait came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish and his friends, bbehold, they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer. (9:1-2) Because of the secret combinations
Moroni now continues with his story, but he forgets to tell us what happened with the "bring me the head of my father" episode. I guess Omer kept his head, but he lost his kingdom because of those secret combinations.
9:2 Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his sons and to his daughters who did not seek his destruction.
9:3 And the Lord warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land; wherefore Omer departed out of the land with his family, and traveled many days, and came over and passed by the hill of Shim, and came over by the place where the Nephites were destroyed, and from thence eastward, and came to a place which was called Ablom, by the seashore, and there he pitched his tent, and also his sons and his daughters, and all his household, save it were Jared and his family. (9:3) The Lord warned Omer in a dream.
The Lord told Omer in a dream to leave, so he and his family traveled past the hill of Shim (near Hill Cumorah in what is now Manchester, New York), and continued on to the eastcoast.
9:4 aAnd it came to pass that Jared was anointed king over the people, by the hand of wickedness; and he gave unto Akish his daughter to wife. (9:4) Jared ... gave unto Akish his daughter to wife.
So it looks like Akish got Jared's daughter after all, the one that pleased him so much when she danced for him in the last chapter. He just didn't have to pay for it with Omer's head.

(9:5-6) They obtained the head of his father-in-law.
After Akish married Jared's daughter, he became king by cutting off Jared's head, with a little help from his secret society friends.

9:5 aAnd it came to pass that Akish sought the life of his father-in-law; and he applied unto those whom he had sworn by the oath of the ancients, and they obtained the head of his father-in-law, as he sat upon his throne, giving audience to his people.
9:6 For so great had been the spreading of this wicked and secret society that it had corrupted the hearts of all the people; therefore Jared was murdered upon his throne, and Akish reigned in his stead.
9:7 aAnd it came to pass that Akish began to be jealous of his son, therefore he shut him up in prison, and kept him upon little or no food until he had suffered death. (9:7) Akish began to be jealous of his son.
King Akish then became jealous of his son, so he starved him to death in prison.
9:8 And now the brother of him that suffered death, (and his name was Nimrah) was angry with his father because of that which his father had done unto his brother. (9:8-9) His name was Nimrah
One of Akish's other sons (Nimrah) became angry at Akish for starving to death his brother. So he and his friends left to hang out with Omer.
9:9 aAnd it came to pass that Nimrah gathered together a small number of men, and fled out of the land, and came over and dwelt with Omer.
9:10 aAnd it came to pass that Akish begat other sons, and they won the hearts of the people, notwithstanding they had sworn unto him to do all manner of iniquity according to that which he desired. (9:10-12) Akish begat other sons.
Akish had other sons, who grew up to be bad boys, buying the hearts of the people with money. Eventually they went to war with their father, a war that lasted many years and killed everyone in the land except for 30 people, who fled to Omer's house.
9:11 Now the people of Akish were desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power; wherefore, the sons of Akish did offer them money, by which means they drew away the more part of the people after them.
9:12 And there began to be a war between the sons of Akish and Akish, which lasted for the space of many years, yea, unto the destruction of nearly all the people of the kingdom, yea, even all, save it were thirty souls, and they who fled with the house of Omer.
9:13 Wherefore, Omer was restored again to the land of his inheritance. (9:13-15) Omer began to be old.
After the war, Omer became king again. He grew old, had another son (Emer), whom he chose to replace him as king. Then he died.
9:14 aAnd it came to pass that Omer began to be old; nevertheless, in his old age he begat Emer; and he anointed Emer to be king to reign in his stead.
9:15 And after that he had anointed Emer to be king he saw peace in the land for the space of two years, and he died, having seen eexceedingly many days, which were full of sorrow. aAnd it came to pass that Emer did reign in his stead, and did fill the steps of his father. (9;16-20) They became exceedingly rich.
After Emer became king, God stopped cursing the land, and everything was perfect for 62 years. The people all became filthy rich, with silk and all kinds of farm animals that didn't exist in the New World at the time -- cows, oxen, sheep, pigs, goats, horses, donkeys, and elephants (even some cureloms and cumoms). God blessed the land, which he liked better than all other lands on earth. But he warned everyone that if they misbehave in some way, he'll murder them all.

(9:17-19) Silks ... all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats ... horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms.

9:16 And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land, and the house of Emer did prosper eexceedingly under the reign of Emer; and in the space of sixty and two years they had become eexceedingly strong, insomuch that they became eexceedingly rich --
9:17 Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and of silks, and of fine linen, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things;
9:18 And also all manner of cattle, of oxen, and cows, and of sheep, and of swine, and of goats, and also many other kinds of animals which were useful for the food of man.
9:19 And they also had horses, and asses, and there were elephants and cureloms and cumoms; all of which were useful unto man, and more especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.
9:20 And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice above all other lands; and he commanded that whoso should possess the land should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyed when they were ripened in iniquity; for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my wrath.
9:21 And Emer did execute judgment in righteousness all his days, and he begat many sons and daughters; and he begat Coriantum, and he anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead. (9:21-22) He even saw the Son of Righteousness.
Emer was a completely righteous king, who had many sons and daughters. He chose one of his sons, Coriantum, to replace him as king. Before his died, Emer even saw the Son of Righteousness, which I suppose is supposed to be Jesus, a thousand or so years before Jesus was born.
9:22 And after he had anointed Coriantum to reign in his stead he lived four years, and he saw peace in the land; yea, and he even saw the Son of Righteousness, and did rejoice and glory in his day; and he died in peace.
9:23 aAnd it came to pass that Coriantum did walk in the steps of his father, and did build many mighty cities, and did administer that which was good unto his people in all his days. And it came to pass that he had no children even until he was eexceedingly old. (9:23-24) Coriantum ... lived until he was an hundred and forty and two years old.
Coriantum was a perfect king, just like his dad. He lived to be 142 years old.
9:24 aAnd it came to pass that his wife died, being an hundred and two years old. aAnd it came to pass that Coriantum took to wife, in his old age, a young maid, and begat sons and daughters; wherefore he lived until he was an hundred and forty and two years old.
9:25 aAnd it came to pass that he begat Com, and Com reigned in his stead; and he reigned forty and nine years, and he begat Heth; and he also begat other sons and daughters. (9:25-27) Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old.
Coriantum's son Com became the next king. Com reigned for 49 years and begat Heth, who became king by murdering his father after embracing the secret plans of old.
9:26 And the people had spread again over all the face of the land, and there began again to be an exceedingly great wickedness upon the face of the land, and Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old, to destroy his father.
9:27 aAnd it came to pass that he did dethrone his father, for he slew him with his own sword; and he did reign in his stead.
9:28 And there came prophets in the land again, crying repentance unto them -- that they must prepare the way of the Lord or there should come a curse upon the face of the land; yea, even there should be a great famine, in which they should be destroyed if they did not repent. (9:28-29) The people believed not the words of the prophets.
Prophets began to warn people that if they didn't repent, God would curse the land and kill them in a great famine. But the people didn't believe them. They cast the prophets into pits and left to die, as they were told to do by King Heth.
9:29 But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them out; and some of them they cast into pits and left them to perish. aAnd it came to pass that they did all these things according to the commandment of the king, Heth.
9:30 aAnd it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth upon the land, and the inhabitants began to be destroyed eexceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain upon the face of the earth. (9:30) The inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly fast.
So God began to kill people with a drought.
9:31 And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the land, and did poison many people. aAnd it came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous serpents, towards the land southward, which was called by the Nephites Zarahemla. (9:31-33)
There came forth poisonous serpents
As the people were dying exceedingly fast in the drought, God sent poisonous snakes to finish them off.
9:32 aAnd it came to pass that there were many of them which did perish by the way; nevertheless, there were some which fled into the land southward.
9:33 aAnd it came to pass that the Lord did cause the serpents that they should pursue them no more, but that they should hedge up the way that the people could not pass, that whoso should attempt to pass might fall by the poisonous serpents.
9:34 aAnd it came to pass that the people did follow the course of the beasts, and did devour the carcasses of them which fell by the way, until they had devoured them all. Now when the people saw that they must perish they began to repent of their iniquities and cry unto the Lord. (9:34a) The people ... did devour the carcasses of them which fell by the way, until they had devoured them all.
The people who were dying from God's famiine ate all of the people who were killed by God's poisonous snakes.

(9:34b-35) When they had humbled themselves sufficiently
The people who survived God's famine and snakes knew that God would soon kill them too. So they cried to the Lord. When they had grovelled enough to satisfy him, God stopped killing them with the famine and poisonous snakes. them.

9:35 And it came to pass that when they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord he did send rain upon the face of the earth; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine.

And it came to pass [9:1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 23, 24(2), 25, 27, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34]

Exceedingly [9:15, 16(3), 23, 30]

Behold [9:1(2)]


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