|44:1 And it came to pass that they did stop and
withdrew a pace from them. And Moroni said unto
Zerahemnah: Behold, Zerahemnah, that we do not desire to
be men of blood. Ye know that ye are in our hands, yet we
do not desire to slay you.
|44:2 Behold, we have not come out to battle against
you that we might shed your blood for power; neither do
we desire to bring any one to the yoke of bondage. But
this is the very cause for which ye have come against us;
yea, and ye are angry with us because of our religion.
|44:3 But now, ye behold that the Lord is with us;
and ye behold that he has delivered you into our hands.
And now I would that ye should understand that this is
done unto us because of our religion and our faith in Christ. And now ye see that ye cannot destroy this our
|44:4 Now ye see that this is the true faith of God;
yea, ye see that God will support, and keep, and preserve
us, so long as we are faithful unto him, and unto our
faith, and our religion; and never will the Lord suffer
that we shall be destroyed except we should fall into
transgression and deny our faith.
|44:5 And now, Zerahemnah, I command you, in the name
of that all-powerful God, who has strengthened our arms
that we have gained power over you, by our faith, by our
religion, and by our rites of worship, and by our church, and by the sacred support which we owe to our
wives and our children, by that liberty which binds us to
our lands and our country; yea, and also by the
maintenance of the sacred word of God, to which we owe
all our happiness; and by all that is most dear unto us--
|44:6 Yea, and this is not all; I command you by all
the desires which ye have for life, that ye deliver up
your weapons of war unto us, and we will seek not your
blood, but we will spare your lives, if ye will go your
way and come not again to war against us.
|44:7 And now, if ye do not this, behold, ye are in
our hands, and I will command my men that they shall fall
upon you, and inflict the wounds of death in your bodies,
that ye may become extinct; and then we will see who
shall have power over this people; yea, we will see who
shall be brought into bondage.
|44:8 And now it came to pass that when Zerahemnah
had heard these sayings he came forth and delivered up
his sword and his cimeter, and his bow
into the hands of Moroni, and said unto him: Behold, here
are our weapons of war; we will deliver them up unto you,
but we will not suffer ourselves to take an oath unto
you, which we know that we shall break, and also our
children; but take our weapons of war, and suffer that we
may depart into the wilderness; otherwise we will retain
our swords, and we will perish or conquer.
|44:9 Behold, we are not of your faith; we do not
believe that it is God that has delivered us into your
hands; but we believe that it is your cunning that has
preserved you from our swords. Behold, it is
your breastplates and your shields that have preserved
|44:10 And now when Zerahemnah had made an end of
speaking these words, Moroni returned the sword and the weapons of war, which he had received,
unto Zerahemnah, saying: Behold, we will end the
|44:11 Now I cannot recall the words which I have
spoken, therefore as the Lord liveth, ye shall not depart
except ye depart with an oath that ye will not return
again against us to war. Now as ye are in our hands we
will spill your blood upon the ground, or ye shall submit
to the conditions which I have proposed.
|44:12 And now when Moroni had said these words,
Zerahemnah retained his sword, and he was
angry with Moroni, and he rushed forward that he might
slay Moroni; but as he raised his sword, behold, one of
Moroni's soldiers smote it even to the earth, and it
broke by the hilt; and he also smote Zerahemnah that he
took off his scalp and it fell to the earth. And
Zerahemnah withdrew from before them into the midst of
|44:13 And it came to pass that the soldier who stood
by, who smote off the scalp of Zerahemnah, took up the
scalp from off the ground by the hair, and laid it upon
the point of his sword, and stretched
it forth unto them, saying unto them with a loud voice:
|44:14 Even as this scalp has fallen to the earth,
which is the scalp of your chief, so shall ye fall to the
earth except ye will deliver up your weapons of war and
depart with a covenant of peace.
|44:15 Now there were many, when they heard these
words and saw the scalp which was upon the sword, that were struck with fear; and many came
forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of
Moroni, and entered into a covenant of peace. And as many
as entered into a covenant they suffered to depart into
|44:16 Now it came to pass that Zerahemnah was
exceedingly wroth, and he did stir up the remainder of
his soldiers to anger, to contend more powerfully against
|44:17 And now Moroni was angry, because of the
stubbornness of the Lamanites; therefore he commanded his
people that they should fall upon them and slay them. And
it came to pass that they began to slay them; yea, and
the Lamanites did contend with their swords and their might.
|44:18 But behold, their naked skins and their bare
heads were exposed to the sharp swords of the Nephites; yea, behold they were pierced
and smitten, yea, and did fall exceedingly fast before
the swords of the Nephites; and they began to be swept
down, even as the soldier of Moroni had prophesied.
|44:19 Now Zerahemnah, when he saw that they were all
about to be destroyed, cried mightily unto Moroni,
promising that he would covenant and also his people with
them, if they would spare the remainder of their lives,
that they never would come to war again against them.
|44:20 And it came to pass that Moroni caused that the
work of death should cease again among the people. And he
took the weapons of war from the Lamanites; and after
they had entered into a covenant with him of peace they
were suffered to depart into the wilderness.
|44:21 Now the number of their dead was not numbered
because of the greatness of the number; yea, the number
of their dead was exceedingly great, both on the Nephites
and on the Lamanites.
|44:22 And it came to pass that they did cast their
dead into the waters of Sidon, and they have gone forth
and are buried in the depths of the sea.
|44:23 And the armies of the Nephites, or of Moroni,
returned and came to their houses and their lands.
|44:24 And thus ended the eighteenth year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi. And thus ended
the record of Alma, which was written upon the plates of