The end of Abinadi
King Noah orders his priests to kill Abinadi and Alma--Alma avoids death by hiding--Abinadi is burned to death.
|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. ||
(17:1) The king commanded that the priests should take him and cause that he should be put to death.|
King Noah doesn't listen. Instead, it came to pass that he commanded his priests to kill Abinadi.
|17:2 But there was one among them whose name was Alma, he also being a descendant of Nephi. And he was a
young man, and he believed the words which Abinadi had spoken, for he knew concerning the iniquity which Abinadi has
testified against them; therefore he began to plead with the king that he would not be angry with Abinadi, but suffer
that he might depart in peace. ||
(17:2) There was one among them whose name was Alma.|
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.
|17:3 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. ||
(17:3) But the king was more wroth.|
But King Noah's mind was made up. He was going to kill Abinadi, and now he was going to kill Alma, too.
(17:4-10) Alma ... hid himself that they found him not.
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 that they found him not. And he being concealed for
many days did write all the words which Abinadi had spoken.
|17:5 And it came to pass that
the king caused that his guards should surround Abinadi and take him; and they bound him and cast him into prison.
|17:6 And after three days, having counseled with his priests, he caused that he should again be brought before
|17:7 And he said unto him:
Abinadi, we have found an accusation against thee, and thou art worthy of death. ||
|17:8 For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men; and now, for this cause
thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people. ||
|17:9 Now Abinadi said unto him: I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you
concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have
fallen into your hands. ||
|17:10 Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a
testimony against you. 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 And now king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared that the judgments
of God would come upon him. ||
(17:11-13) King Noah was about to release him|
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.
|17:12 But the priests lifted up their voices against him, and began to accuse him, saying: He has reviled
the king. Therefore the king was stirred up in anger against him, and he 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. ||
|17:14 And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying: ||
|17:15 Behold, even as ye have done unto me,
so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many
shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire; and this because they believe in the
salvation of the Lord their God. ||
|17:16 And it will come to pass that
ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases because of your iniquities. ||
(17:16-19) Ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire.|
While he was burning, he cursed them, saying they will be burned, afflicted
with disease, hunted by their enemies, etc.
|17:17 Yea, and ye shall be smitten on every hand, and shall be driven and scattered to and fro, even as a
wild flock is driven by wild and ferocious beasts.
|17:18 And in that day 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. O God, receive my soul.
|17:20 And now, 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.||
(17:20) When Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire|
So Abinadi died, "sealing the truth of his words by his death."
And it came to pass (17:1, 5, 13, 15, 16)