|47:1 Now we will return in our record to Amalickiah
and those who had fled with him into the wilderness; for,
behold, he had taken those who went with him, and went up
in the land of Nephi among the Lamanites, and did stir up
the Lamanites to anger against the people of Nephi,
insomuch that the king of the Lamanites sent a
proclamation throughout all his land, among all his
people, that they should gather themselves together again
to go to battle against the Nephites.
|47:2 And it came to pass that when the proclamation
had gone forth among them they were exceedingly afraid;
yea, they feared to displease the king, and they also
feared to go to battle against the Nephites lest they
should lose their lives. And it came to pass that they
would not, or the more part of them would not, obey the
commandments of the king.
|47:3 And now it came to pass that the king was wroth
because of their disobedience; therefore he gave
Amalickiah the command of that part of his army which was
obedient unto his commands, and commanded him that he
should go forth and compel them to arms.
|47:4 Now behold, this was the desire of Amalickiah;
for he being a very subtle man to do evil therefore he
laid the plan in his heart to dethrone the king of the
|47:5 And now he had got the command of those parts
of the Lamanites who were in favor of the king; and he
sought to gain favor of those who were not obedient;
therefore he went forward to the place which was called
Onidah, for thither had all the Lamanites fled; for they
discovered the army coming, and, supposing that they were
coming to destroy them, therefore they fled to Onidah, to
the place of arms.
|47:6 And they had appointed a man to be a king and a
leader over them, being fixed in their minds with a
determined resolution that they would not be subjected to
go against the Nephites.
|47:7 And it came to pass that they had gathered
themselves together upon the top of the mount which was
called Antipas, in preparation to battle.
|47:8 Now it was not Amalickiah's intention to give
them battle according to the commandments of the king;
but behold, it was his intention to gain favor with the
armies of the Lamanites, that he might place himself at
their head and dethrone the king and take possession of
|47:9 And behold, it came to pass that he caused his
army to pitch their tents in the valley which was near
the mount Antipas.
|47:10 And it came to pass that when it was night he
sent a secret embassy into the mount Antipas, desiring
that the leader of those who were upon the mount, whose
name was Lehonti, that he should come down to the foot of
the mount, for he desired to speak with him.
|47:11 And it came to pass that when Lehonti received
the message he durst not go down to the foot of the
mount. And it came to pass that Amalickiah sent again the
second time, desiring him to come down. And it came to
pass that Lehonti would not; and he sent again the third
|47:12 And it came to pass that when Amalickiah found
that he could not get Lehonti to come down off from the
mount, he went up into the mount, nearly to Lehonti's
camp; and he sent again the fourth time his message unto
Lehonti, desiring that he would come down, and that he
would bring his guards with him.
|47:13 And it came to pass that when Lehonti had come
down with his guards to Amalickiah, that Amalickiah
desired him to come down with his army in the night-time,
and surround those men in their camps over whom the king
had given him command, and that he would deliver them up
into Lehonti's hands, if he would make him (Amalickiah) a
second leader over the whole army.
|47:14 And it came to pass that Lehonti came down with
his men and surrounded the men of Amalickiah, so that
before they awoke at the dawn of day they were surrounded
by the armies of Lehonti.
|47:15 And it came to pass that when they saw that
they were surrounded, they plead with Amalickiah that he
would suffer them to fall in with their brethren, that
they might not be destroyed. Now this was the very thing
which Amalickiah desired.
|47:16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men,
contrary to the commands of the king. Now this was the
thing that Amalickiah desired, that he might accomplish
his designs in dethroning the king.
|47:17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if
their chief leader was killed, to appoint the second
leader to be their chief leader.
|47:18 And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that
one of his servants should administer poison by degrees
to Lehonti, that he died.
|47:19 Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites
appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief
|47:20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched
with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the
land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief
|47:21 And the king came out to meet him with his
guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his
commands, and that Amalickiah had gathered together so
great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.
|47:22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him
Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to
meet the king. And they went and bowed themselves before
the king, as if to reverence him because of his
|47:23 And it came to pass that the king put forth his
hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites,
as a token of peace, which custom they had taken from the
|47:24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the
first from the ground, behold he stabbed the king to the
heart; and he fell to the earth.
|47:25 Now the servants of the king fled; and the
servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:
|47:26 Behold, the servants of the king have stabbed
him to the heart, and he has fallen and they have fled;
behold, come and see.
|47:27 And it came to pass that Amalickiah commanded
that his armies should march forth and see what had
happened to the king; and when they had come to the spot,
and found the king lying in his gore, Amalickiah
pretended to be wroth, and said: Whosoever loved the
king, let him go forth, and pursue his servants that they
may be slain.
|47:28 And it came to pass that all they who loved the
king, when they heard these words, came forth and pursued
after the servants of the king.
|47:29 Now when the servants of the king saw an army
pursuing after them, they were frightened again, and fled
into the wilderness, and came over into the land of
Zarahemla and joined the people of Ammon.
|47:30 And the army which pursued after them returned,
having pursued after them in vain; and thus Amalickiah,
by his fraud, gained the hearts of the people.
|47:31 And it came to pass on the morrow he entered
the city Nephi with his armies, and took possession of
|47:32 And now it came to pass that the queen, when
she had heard that the king was slain--for Amalickiah had
sent an embassy to the queen informing her that the king
had been slain by his servants, that he had pursued them
with his army, but it was in vain, and they had made
|47:33 Therefore, when the queen had received this
message she sent unto Amalickiah, desiring him that he
would spare the people of the city; and she also desired
him that he should come in unto her; and she also desired
him that he should bring witnesses with him to testify
concerning the death of the king.
|47:34 And it came to pass that Amalickiah took the
same servant that slew the king, and all them who were
with him, and went in unto the queen, unto the place
where she sat; and they all testified unto her that the
king was slain by his own servants; and they said also:
They have fled; does not this testify against them? And
thus they satisfied the queen concerning the death of the
|47:35 And it came to pass that Amalickiah sought the
favor of the queen, and took her unto him to wife; and
thus by his fraud, and by the assistance of his cunning
servants, he obtained the kingdom; yea, he was
acknowledged king throughout all the land, among all the
people of the Lamanites, who were composed of the
Lamanites and the Lemuelites and the Ishmaelites, and all
the dissenters of the Nephites, from the reign of Nephi
down to the present time.
|47:36 Now these dissenters, having the same
instruction and the same information of the Nephites,
yea, having been instructed in the same knowledge of the
Lord, nevertheless, it is strange to relate, not long
after their dissensions they became more hardened and
impenitent, and more wild, wicked and ferocious than the
Lamanites--drinking in with the traditions of the
Lamanites; giving way to indolence, and all manner of
lasciviousness; yea, entirely forgetting the Lord their