22 years of peace
There is peace for 22 years--King Laman dies--The Lamanites were wild, naked, blood-thirsty savages--The Nephites slaughter the Lamanites in a great
Version - Chapter 13: Zeniff
|10:1 And it came to pass that we again began to establish the kingdom and we again
began to possess the land in peace. And I caused that there should be weapons of war made of every kind, that thereby
I might have weapons for my people against the time the Lamanites should come up again to war against my people. ||
(10:1-3) For the space of twenty and two years|
After the bloodshed in the last chapter, Zeniff tells his people to make every kind of weapon,
and he posts guards around the land. It seemed to work pretty well, too. They had 22 years of continual peace, which is pretty good
for the Book of Mormon.
|10:2 And I set guards round about the land, that the Lamanites might not come upon us again unawares and
destroy us; and thus I did guard my people and my flocks, and keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies.
|10:3 And it came to pass that
we did inherit the land of our fathers for many years,
yea, for the space of twenty and two years. ||
|10:4 And I did cause that the men should till the ground, and raise all manner of grain and all manner of
fruit of every kind. ||
|10:5 And I did cause that the women should spin, and toil, and work, and work all manner of fine linen, yea,
and cloth of every kind, that we might clothe our nakedness; and thus we did prosper in the land -- thus we did have
continual peace in the land for the space of twenty and two years. ||
|10:6 And it came to pass
that king Laman died, and his son began to reign in his
stead. And he began to stir his people up in rebellion against my people; therefore they began to prepare for war,
and to come up to battle against my people. ||
(10:6) King Laman died.|
But when King Laman died, his son began to reign, and he lost no time getting ready for battle.
|10:7 But I had sent my spies out round about the land of Shemlon, that I might discover their preparations,
that I might guard against them, that they might not come upon my people and destroy them. ||
|10:8 And it came to pass that they came up upon the north of the
land of Shilom, with their numerous hosts, men armed with bows, and with arrows, and with swords, and with cimeters,
and with stones, and with slings; and they had their heads shaved that they were naked; and they were girded with
a leathern girdle about their loins. ||
(10:8) Swords and cimeters|
More swords and cimeters. But no evidence for these pre-Columbian weapons has ever been found.
(10:8-9) They had their heads shaved that they were naked.
Then Zeniff saw a host of Lamanites on a hill overlooking his land
(Lamanites are easy to identify, since they shave their heads and walk around in leather underwear). Zeniff hid
all of the women and children in the woods and armed the men and boys for battle.
|10:9 And it came to pass that
I caused that the women and children of my people should
be hid in the wilderness; and I also caused that all my old men that could bear arms, and also all my young men that were
able to bear arms, should gather themselves together to go to battle against the Lamanites; and I did place them in their
ranks, every man according to his age.
|10:10 And it came to pass that we did go up to battle against the Lamanites; and I,
even I, in my old age, did go up to battle against the Lamanites. And it came to pass that we
did go up in the strength of the Lord to battle. ||
|10:11 Now, the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the Lord, nor the strength of the Lord, therefore they
depended upon their own strength. Yet they were a strong people, as to the strength of men. ||
|10:12 They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people,
believing in the tradition of their fathers, which is this -- Believing that they were driven out of the land of
Jerusalem because of the iniquities of their fathers, and that they were wronged in the wilderness by their brethren, and
they were also wronged while crossing the sea; ||
(10:12-17) They were a wild, and ferocious, and a blood-thirsty people.|
Before the battle, Zeniff rouses his troops with a speech about the Lamanites (Native Americans),
explaing why they (the descendants of Laman) are a wild, ferrocious, and blood-thirsty people -- God made them that way to
punish Laman for not obeying his brother Nephi. The Lamanites were wroth with the the Nephites from the beginning and
teach their children to hate the Nephites with an "eternal hatred." So it's best to kill them when you get the chance. It makes
you wonder why Zeniff wanted to defend them so badly in the
|10:13 And again, that they were wronged while in the land of their first inheritance, after they had
crossed the sea, and all this because thatNephi was more faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord -- therefore
he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead of their journey in
|10:14 And his brethren were wroth with him because they understood not the dealings of the Lord; they were
also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened their hearts against the Lord.
|10:15 And again, they were wroth with him when they had arrived in the promised land, because they said
that he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands; and they sought to kill him.
|10:16 And again, they were wroth with him because he departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded
him, and took the records which were engraven on the plates of brass, for they said that he robbed them. ||
|10:17 And thus they have taught their children that they should hate them, and that they should murder them,
and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all they could to destroy them; therefore they have an eternal hatred
towards the children of Nephi. ||
|10:18 For this very cause has king Laman, by his cunning, and lying craftiness, and his fair promises,
deceived me, that I have brought this my people up into this land, that they may destroy them; yea, and we have
suffered these many years in the land. ||
|10:19 And now I, Zeniff, after having told all these things unto my people concerning the Lamanites,
stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting their trust in the Lord; therefore, we did contend with them,
face to face. ||
(10:19-22) Of course the good guys win the battle, but Zeniff doesn't provide any details, except to say that
they "put their trust in the Lord" and "slew them with a great slaughter, even so many that we did not number them." Then he hands
over the kingdom to his son, Noah.
(10:19-20) I [Zeniff] did stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting their trust in the Lord; therefore ...
we slew them with a great slaughter, even so many that we did not number them.
(10:22) I, being old, did confer the kingdom upon one of my sons [Noah].
|10:20 And it came to pass that we did drive them again out of our land; and
them with a great slaughter, even so many that we did not number them.
|10:21 And it came to pass that we returned again to our own land, and my people again
began to tend their flocks, and to till their ground.
|10:22 And now I, being old, did confer the kingdom upon one of my sons; therefore, I say no more. And may
the Lord bless my people. Amen.
[10:1, 3, 6, 8, 9, 10(2), 20, 21] And it came to pass
(10:8) a leathern girdle about his loins - Matthew 3:4