|30:1 Behold, now it came to pass that after the
people of Ammon were established in the land of Jershon,
yea, and also after the Lamanites were driven out of the
land, and their dead were buried by the people of the
|30:2 Now their dead were not numbered because of the
greatness of their numbers; neither were the dead of the
Nephites numbered--but it came to pass after they had
buried their dead, and also after the days of fasting,
and mourning, and prayer, (and it was in the sixteenth
year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi)
there began to be continual peace throughout all the
|30:3 Yea, and the people did observe to keep the
commandments of the Lord; and they were strict in
observing the ordinances of God, according to the law of Moses; for they were taught to keep the law of Moses
until it should be fulfilled.
|30:4 And thus the people did have no disturbance in
all the sixteenth year of the reign of the judges over
the people of Nephi.
|30:5 And it came to pass that in the commencement of
the seventeenth year of the reign of the judges, there
was continual peace.
|30:6 But it came to pass in the latter end of the
seventeenth year, there came a man into the land of
Zarahemla, and he was Anti-Christ, for he began to preach
unto the people against the prophecies which had been
spoken by the prophets, concerning the coming of Christ.
|30:7 Now there was no law against a man's belief;
for it was strictly contrary to the commands of God that
there should be a law which should bring men on to
|30:8 For thus saith the scripture: Choose ye this
day, whom ye will serve.
|30:9 Now if a man desired to serve God, it was his
privilege; or rather, if he believed in God it was his
privilege to serve him; but if he did not believe in him
there was no law to punish him.
|30:10 But if he murdered he was punished unto death;
and if he robbed he was also punished; and if he stole he
was also punished; and if he committed adultery he was
also punished; yea, for all this wickedness they were
|30:11 For there was a law that men should be judged
according to their crimes. Nevertheless, there was no law
against a man's belief; therefore, a man was punished
only for the crimes which he had done; therefore all men
were on equal grounds.
|30:12 And this Anti-Christ, whose name was Korihor,
(and the law could have no hold upon him) began to preach
unto the people that there should be no Christ. And after this manner did he preach, saying:
|30:13 O ye that are bound down under a foolish and a
vain hope, why do ye yoke yourselves with such foolish
things? Why do ye look for a Christ? For no man can know of anything which is to
|30:14 Behold, these things which ye call prophecies,
which ye say are handed down by holy prophets, behold,
they are foolish traditions of your fathers.
|30:15 How do ye know of their surety? Behold, ye
cannot know of things which ye do not see; therefore ye
cannot know that there shall be a Christ.
|30:16 Ye look forward and say that ye see a remission
of your sins. But behold, it is the effect of a frenzied
mind; and this derangement of your minds comes because of
the traditions of your fathers, which lead you away into
a belief of things which are not so.
|30:17 And many more such things did he say unto them,
telling them that there could be no atonement made for
the sins of men, but every man fared in this life
according to the management of the creature; therefore
every man prospered according to his genius, and that
every man conquered according to his strength; and
whatsoever a man did was no crime.
|30:18 And thus he did preach unto them, leading away
the hearts of many, causing them to lift up their heads
in their wickedness, yea, leading away many women, and
also men, to commit whoredoms--telling them that when a
man was dead, that was the end thereof.
|30:19 Now this man went over to the land of Jershon
also, to preach these things among the people of Ammon,
who were once the people of the Lamanites.
|30:20 But behold they were more wise than many of the
Nephites; for they took him, and bound him, and carried
him before Ammon, who was a high priest over that people.
|30:21 And it came to pass that he caused that he
should be carried out of the land. And he came over into
the land of Gideon, and began to preach unto them also;
and here he did not have much success, for he was taken
and bound and carried before the high priest, and also
the chief judge over the land.
|30:22 And it came to pass that the high priest said
unto him: Why do ye go about perverting the ways of the
Lord? Why do ye teach this people that there shall be no Christ, to interrupt their rejoicings? Why do ye speak
against all the prophecies of the holy prophets?
|30:23 Now the high priest's name was Giddonah. And
Korihor said unto him: Because I do not teach the foolish
traditions of your fathers, and because I do not teach
this people to bind themselves down under the foolish
ordinances and performances which are laid down by
ancient priests, to usurp power and authority over them,
to keep them in ignorance, that they may not lift up
their heads, but be brought down according to thy words.
|30:24 Ye say that this people is a free people.
Behold, I say they are in bondage. Ye say that those
ancient prophecies are true. Behold, I say that ye do not
know that they are true.
|30:25 Ye say that this people is a guilty and a
fallen people, because of the transgression of a parent.
Behold, I say that a child is not guilty because of its
|30:26 And ye also say that Christ shall come. But behold, I say that ye do not
know that there shall be a Christ. And ye say also that
he shall be slain for the sins of the world--
|30:27 And thus ye lead away this people after the
foolish traditions of your fathers, and according to your
own desires; and ye keep them down, even as it were in
bondage, that ye may glut yourselves with the labors of
their hands, that they durst not look up with boldness,
and that they durst not enjoy their rights and
|30:28 Yea, they durst not make use of that which is
their own lest they should offend their priests, who do
yoke them according to their desires, and have brought
them to believe, by their traditions and their dreams and
their whims and their visions and their pretended
mysteries, that they should, if they did not do according
to their words, offend some unknown being, who they say
is God--a being who never has been seen or known, who
never was nor ever will be.
|30:29 Now when the high priest and the chief judge
saw the hardness of his heart, yea, when they saw that he
would revile even against God, they would not make any
reply to his words; but they caused that he should be
bound; and they delivered him up into the hands of the
officers, and sent him to the land of Zarahemla, that he
might be brought before Alma, and the chief judge who was
governor over all the land.
|30:30 And it came to pass that when he was brought
before Alma and the chief judge, he did go on in the same
manner as he did in the land of Gideon; yea, he went on
|30:31 And he did rise up in great swelling words
before Alma, and did revile against the priests and
teachers, accusing them of leading away the people after
the silly traditions of their fathers, for the sake of
glutting on the labors of the people.
|30:32 Now Alma said unto him: Thou knowest that we do
not glut ourselves upon the labors of this people; for
behold I have labored even from the commencement of the
reign of the judges until now, with mine own hands for my
support, notwithstanding my many travels round about the
land to declare the word of God unto my people.
|30:33 And notwithstanding the many labors which I
have performed in the church, I have never
received so much as even one senine for my labor; neither
has any of my brethren, save it were in the
judgment-seat; and then we have received only according
to law for our time.
|30:34 And now, if we do not receive anything for our
labors in the church, what doth it
profit us to labor in the church save it were to declare
the truth, that we may have rejoicings in the joy of our
|30:35 Then why sayest thou that we preach unto this
people to get gain, when thou, of thyself, knowest that
we receive no gain? And now, believest thou that we
deceive this people, that causes such joy in their
|30:36 And Korihor answered him, Yea.
|30:37 And then Alma said unto him: Believest thou
that there is a God?
|30:38 And he answered, Nay.
|30:39 Now Alma said unto him: Will ye deny again that
there is a God, and also deny the Christ? For behold, I say unto you, I know there is a
God, and also that Christ shall come.
|30:40 And now what evidence have ye that there is no
God, or that Christ cometh not? I say unto you that ye have none,
save it be your word only.
|30:41 But, behold, I have all things as a testimony
that these things are true; and ye also have all things
as a testimony unto you that they are true; and will ye
deny them? Believest thou that these things are true?
|30:42 Behold, I know that thou believest, but thou
art possessed with a lying spirit, and ye have put off
the Spirit of God that it may have no place in you; but
the devil has power over you, and he doth carry you
about, working devices that he may destroy the children
|30:43 And now Korihor said unto Alma: If thou wilt
show me a sign, that I may be convinced that there is a
God, yea, show unto me that he hath power, and then will
I be convinced of the truth of thy words.
|30:44 But Alma said unto him: Thou hast had signs
enough; will ye tempt your God? Will ye say, Show unto me
a sign, when ye have the testimony of all these thy
brethren, and also all the holy prophets? The scriptures
are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is
a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon
the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all
the planets which move in their regular form do witness
that there is a Supreme Creator.
|30:45 And yet do ye go about, leading away the hearts
of this people, testifying unto them there is no God? And
yet will ye deny against all these witnesses? And he
said: Yea, I will deny, except ye shall show me a sign.
|30:46 And now it came to pass that Alma said unto
him: Behold, I am 1grieved because of the hardness of your heart,
yea, that ye will still resist the spirit of the truth,
that thy soul may be destroyed.
|| Mark 3:5: ...being
grieved for the hardness of their hearts...
|30:47 But behold, it is better that thy soul should
be lost than that thou shouldst be the means of bringing
many souls down to destruction, by thy lying and by thy
flattering words; therefore if thou shalt deny again,
behold God shall smite thee, that thou shalt become dumb,
that thou shalt never open thy mouth any more, that thou
shalt not deceive this people any more.
|30:48 Now Korihor said unto him: I do not deny the
existence of a God, but I do not believe that there is a
God; and I say also, that ye do not know that there is a
God; and except ye show me a sign, I will not believe.
|30:49 Now Alma said unto him: This will I give unto
thee for a sign, that thou shalt be struck dumb,
according to my words; and I say, that in the name of
God, ye shall be struck dumb, that ye shall no more have
|30:50 Now when Alma had said these words, Korihor was
struck dumb, that he could not have utterance, according
to the words of Alma.
|30:51 And now when the chief judge saw this, he put
forth his hand and wrote unto Korihor, saying: Art thou
convinced of the power of God? In whom did ye desire that
Alma should show forth his sign? Would ye that he should
afflict others, to show unto thee a sign? Behold, he has
showed unto you a sign; and now will ye dispute more?
|30:52 And Korihor put forth his hand and wrote,
saying: I know that I am dumb, for I cannot speak; and I
know that nothing save it were the power of God could
bring this upon me; yea, and I always knew that there was
|30:53 But behold, the devil hath deceived
me; for he appeared unto me in the form of an angel, and
said unto me: Go and reclaim this people, for they have
all gone astray after an unknown God. And he said unto
me: There is no God; yea, and he taught me that which I
should say. And I have taught his words; and I taught
them because they were pleasing unto the carnal mind; and
I taught them, even until I had much success, insomuch
that I verily believed that they were true; and for this
cause I withstood the truth, even until I have brought
this great curse upon me.
|30:54 Now when he had said this, he besought that
Alma should pray unto God, that the curse might be taken
|30:55 But Alma said unto him: If this curse should be
taken from thee thou wouldst again lead away the hearts
of this people; therefore, it shall be unto thee even as
the Lord will.
|30:56 And it came to pass that the curse was not
taken off of Korihor; but he was cast out, and went about
from house to house begging for his food.
|30:57 Now the knowledge of what had happened unto
Korihor was immediately published throughout all the
land; yea, the proclamation was sent forth by the chief
judge to all the people in the land, declaring unto those
who had believed in the words of Korihor that they must
speedily repent, lest the same judgments would come unto
|30:58 And it came to pass that they were all
convinced of the wickedness of Korihor; therefore they
were all converted again unto the Lord; and this put an
end to the iniquity after the manner of Korihor. And
Korihor did go about from house to house, begging food
for his support.
|30:59 And it came to pass that as he went forth among
the people, yea, among a people who had separated
themselves from the Nephites and called themselves
Zoramites, being led by a man whose name was Zoram--and
as he went forth amongst them, behold, he was run upon
and trodden down, even until he was dead.
|30:60 And thus we see the end of him who perverteth
the ways of the Lord; and thus we see that the devil will not support his children at the last day,
but doth speedily drag them down to hell.