King Noah commands his priests to kill Abinadi--Abinadi warns them that God will kill them if they try to kill
him--He continues to preach about the Ten Commandments, the coming of Jesus, etc. (148 BCE)
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1 And now when the king
had heard these words, he said unto his priests: Away with this fellow, and slay
him; for what have we to do with him, for he is mad.
When King Noah heard this, he said to his priests,
Kill him. He's mad.
2 And they stood forth and attempted to lay their hands on him; but he withstood them, and said unto
But when they tried to grab him, he got away, and said,
3 Touch me not, for God shall smite you if ye lay your hands upon me, for I have not delivered the message
which the Lord sent me to deliver; neither have I told you that which ye requested that I should tell; therefore, God
will not suffer that I shall be destroyed at this time.
4 But I must fulfil the commandments wherewith God has commanded me; and because I have told you the truth
ye are angry with me. And again, because I have spoken the word of God ye have judged me that I am mad.
Don't touch me.
God will kill you if you do.
5 Now it came to pass after Abinadi had spoken these words that the people of king Noah durst not lay
their hands on him, for the Spirit of the Lord was upon him; and his face shone with exceeding
luster, even as Moses' did while in the mount of Sinai, while speaking with the Lord.
6 And he spake with power and authority from God; and he continued his words, saying:
7 Ye see that ye have not power to slay me, therefore I finish my message. Yea, and I perceive that it
cuts you to your hearts because I tell you the truth concerning your iniquities.
8 Yea, and my words fill you with wonder and amazement, and with anger.
9 But I finish my message; and then it matters not whither I go, if it so be that I am saved.
10 But this much I tell you, what you do with me, after this, shall be as a type and a shadow of things
which are to come.
So no one dared to touch Abinadi.
His face shined like Moses's on Mount Sinai. 
11 And now I read unto you the remainder of the commandments of God, for I perceive that they are not
written in your hearts; I perceive that ye have studied and taught iniquity the most part of your lives.
12 And now, ye remember that I said unto you: Thou shall not make unto thee any graven image, or any
likeness of things which are in heaven above, or which are in the earth beneath, or which are in the water under the
13 And again: Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve
them; for I the Lord thy God am a
jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generations
of them that hate me;
14 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my
15 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless
that taketh his name in vain.
16 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
17 Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work;
18 But the seventh day, the sabbath of the Lord thy God, thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son,
nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates;
19 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is; wherefore the Lord
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
20 Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon
the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
21 Thou shalt not kill.
22 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal.
23 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
24 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his
man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor anything that is thy neighbor's.
Then he read the ten commandments to the priests,
25 And it came to pass that after Abinadi had made an end of these sayings that
he said unto them: Have ye taught this people that they should observe to do all these things for to keep these
Have you taught and obeyed these commandments?
26 I say unto you, Nay; for if ye had, the Lord would not have caused me to come forth and to prophesy
evil concerning this people.
The answer is no. If you had, God wouldn't have made me prophesy evil things against the people.
27 And now ye have said that salvation cometh by the law of Moses.
I say unto you that it is expedient
that ye should keep the law of Moses as yet; but I say unto you, that
the time shall come when it shall no more be
expedient to keep the law of Moses.
I've said that salvation comes from obeying the law of Moses, but the time will
come when you shouldn't obey them. 
28 And moreover, I say unto you, that
salvation doth not come by the law alone; and were it not for the
atonement, which God himself shall make for the sins and iniquities of his people, that they must unavoidably perish,
notwithstanding the law of Moses.
29 And now I say unto you that it was expedient that there should be a law given to the children of
Israel, yea, even a very strict law; for they were a stiffnecked people, quick to do iniquity, and slow to remember
the Lord their God;
30 Therefore there was a law given them, yea, a law of performances and of ordinances, a law which they
were to observe strictly from day to day, to keep them in remembrance of God and their duty towards him.
31 But behold, I say unto you, that all these things were types of things to come.
32 And now, did they understand the law? I say unto you, Nay, they did not all understand the law; and
this because of the hardness of their hearts; for they understood not that there could not any man be saved except it
were through the redemption of God.
Because salvation doesn't come from the law alone.
33 For behold, did not Moses prophesy unto them concerning
the coming of the Messiah, and that God should
redeem his people? Yea, and even all the prophets who have prophesied ever since the world began -- have they not
spoken more or less concerning these things?
34 Have they not said that God himself should come down among the children of men, and take upon him the
form of man, and go forth in mighty power upon the face of the earth?
35 Yea, and have they not said also that he should bring to pass the resurrection of the dead, and that
he, himself, should be oppressed and afflicted?
That's why Moses and the other prophets prophesied that God would become a man and
walk on the earth. 
- His face shone with exceeding
luster, even as Moses' did while in the mount of Sina.i (v.5)
See The shining face of Moses: Exodus 32:29-35
- The time shall come when it shall no more be
expedient to keep the law of Moses. (v.27)
This directly contradicts both the Old Testament and what Jesus said in the gospels. (See Matthew 5:18-19 and
Should you keep the law of Moses?
- Did not Moses prophesy concerning the coming of the Messiah? (v.33)
Abinabi falsely claims that Moses and the other Hebrew prophets prophesied that God would come down
to earth as the Messiah by taking the form of a man. (Of course all this Jesus-talk is old news in the Book of Mormon.
Every Book of Mormon prophet since Lehi prophesied in minute and fantastic detail about Jesus, who would be
born hundreds of years later.)
And it came to pass: 13:5, 25
Behold: 13:31, 33
Yea: 13:7, 8, 29, 30, 33,
13:12 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in
heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Exodus 20:4
13:13 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I
the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third
and fourth generation of them that hate me; Exodus 20:5
13:14 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Exodus 20:6
13:15 Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
13:15 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Exodus 20:8
13:17 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: Exodus 20:9
13:18 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor
thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
13:19 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all
that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
13:20 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
13:21 Thou shalt not kill. Exodus 20:13
13:22 Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:14-15
13:23 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Exodus 20:16
13:24 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his
maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." Exodus 20:17
- Dwindling in Unbelief
- Mosiah 12-13: Abinadi's Trial
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Mosiah 13