Words of Mormon
Cruelty and Violence
-Words of Mormon
THE WORDS OF MORMON
Words of Mormon - whispered by the Spirit of the Lord to Mormon Jr.
In about 385 CE, Mormon Jr. found and abridged the plates of Nephi--God helped the Nephites kill many thousands of Lamanites--Many
false Christs and false teachers are punished by King Benjamin--King Benjamin and the prophets use much sharpness to establish peace in the land.
|1 And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record
which I have been making into the hands of my son Moroni, behold I have witnessed almost all the destruction
of my people, the Nephites. ||
(1-2) And now I, Mormon, being about to deliver up the record
which I have been making into the hands of my son Moroni ... many hundred years after the coming of Christ.|
"Words of Mormon" is a single-chapter, 18-verse "book" in the Book of Mormon.
It was engraved on golden plates by a Mormon prophet named Mormon (whose father was also named Mormon) about 385 CE.
Mormon Jr. entrusted the golden plates to his son Moroni, who buried them on a hill in what is now Wayne County, New York.
1400 years later, after being resurrected as an angel, Moroni delivered the golden plates to Joseph Smith.
|2 And it is many hundred years after the coming of Christ that I deliver these records into the hands of
my son; and it supposeth me that he will witness the entire destruction of my people. But may God grant that he may
survive them, that he may write somewhat concerning them, and somewhat concerning Christ, that perhaps some day it may
|3 And now, I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written; for after
I had made an abridgment from
the plates of Nephi, down to the reign of this king Benjamin, of whom Amaleki spake, I searched among the records
which had been delivered into my hands, and I found these plates, which contained this small account
of the prophets, from Jacob down to the reign of this king Benjamin, and also many of the words of Nephi. ||
(3-7) I speak somewhat concerning that which I have written; for after I had made an abridgment from the plates of Nephi ...
I found these plates.|
Mormon finds and abridges the plates of Nephi, which were written over a period of about 1000 years.
He wrote down less than one percent of all the stuff that was written, for which we should all be grateful. What he wrote he thinks is
choice; he wrote it with a wise purpose while the spirit of the Lord whispered to him.
He prays that the Nephites will once again become a delightsome people.
|4 And the things which are upon these plates pleasing me, because of the prophecies of the coming of
Christ; and my fathers knowing that many of them have been fulfilled; yea, and I also know that as many things as have
been prophesied concerning us down to this day have been fulfilled, and as many as go beyond this day must surely come
to pass --
|5 Wherefore, I chose these things, to finish my record upon them, which remainder of my record I shall
take from the plates of Nephi; and I cannot write the hundredth part of the things of my people. ||
(5) I cannot write the hundredth part of the things of my people.|
|6 But behold, I shall take these plates, which contain these prophesyings and revelations, and put them
with the remainder of my record, for they are choice unto me; and I know they will be choice unto my brethren. ||
(6) Behold, I shall take these plates ... for they are choice
unto me; and I know they will be choice unto my brethren.|
|7 And I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according to the workings of the Spirit
of the Lord which is in me. And now, I do not know all things; but the Lord knoweth all things which are to come;
wherefore, he worketh in me to do according to his will. ||
(7) I do this for a wise purpose; for thus it whispereth me, according
to the workings of the Spirit of the Lord which is in me.
|8 And my prayer to God is concerning my brethren, that they may once again come to the knowledge of God,
yea, the redemption of Christ; that they may once again be a delightsome people. ||
(8) My prayer to God is concerning my brethren ... that they may once again be a delightsome people.
|9 And now I, Mormon, proceed to finish out my record, which I take from the plates of Nephi; and I make
it according to the knowledge and the understanding which God has given me. ||
|10 Wherefore, it came to pass that after Amaleki had delivered up these plates into the hands of king
Benjamin, he took them and put them with the other plates, which contained records which had been handed down by the
kings, from generation to generation until the days of king Benjamin. ||
|11 And they were handed down from king Benjamin, from generation to generation until they have fallen into
my hands. And I, Mormon, pray to God that they may be preserved from this time henceforth.
And I know that they will
be preserved; for there are great things written upon them, out of which my people and their brethren shall be judged at
the great and last day, according to the word of God which is written. ||
(11) I know that they will be preserved; for there are great things written upon them.|
|12 And now, concerning this king Benjamin -- he had somewhat of contentions among his own people. ||
|13 And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi, to battle
against his people. But behold, king Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he did stand against them; and he did fight with the
strength of his own arm, with the sword of Laban. ||
|14 And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies,
until they had slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass
that they did contend against the Lamanites until they had driven
them out of all the lands of their inheritance. ||
(14) In the strength of the Lord ... they had slain many
thousands of the Lamanites.|
God helped the Nephites kill "many thousands" of evil, dark-skinned Lamanites.
(15-16) There had been false Christs, and
... false prophets ... all these having been punished according to their crimes.
But not all the Nephites were delightsome; there were lots of false Christs, false prophets
and teachers, whose mouths had to be shut and who were punished according to their crimes. (Were they executed as
required by Deuteronomy 18:20?)
(17) King Benjamin was a holy man ... and there were many holy men ...
and they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the people.
Luckily, though, King Benjamin was holy, and there were many other holy men, and the holy men used much sharpness against the sticknecked people.
(18) King Benjamin ... and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.
So everything worked out well in the end and there was peace in the land.
|15 And it came to pass that after there had been false Christs, and their mouths had been shut, and
they punished according to their crimes;
|16 And after there had been false prophets, and false preachers and teachers among the people, and
all these having been punished according to their crimes; and after there having been much contention and many dissensions
away unto the Lamanites, behold, it came to pass that king Benjamin, with the assistance of the holy prophets who were
among his people --
|17 For behold, king Benjamin was a holy man, and he did reign over his people in righteousness;
and there were many holy men in the land, and they did speak the word of God with power and with authority;
and they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the people --
|18 Wherefore, with the help of these, king Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the
faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.
And it came to pass (10, 13, 14, 15, 16)
- Dwindling In Unbelief
- Words of Mormon -
whispered by the Spirit of the Lord to Mormon Jr.
- God's death toll in the Bible,
Book of Mormon, and Quran
- Words of Mormon
- Mormon (the prophet)
- Golden Plates
- The Annotated Book of Mormon
- Words of Mormon 1