|49:1 And now it came to pass in the eleventh month
of the nineteenth year, on the tenth day of the month,
the armies of the Lamanites were seen approaching towards
the land of Ammonihah.
|49:2 And behold, the city had been rebuilt, and
Moroni had stationed an army by the borders of the city,
and they had cast up dirt round about to shield them from
the arrows and the stones of the Lamanites; for behold,
they fought with stones and with arrows.
|49:3 Behold, I said that the city of Ammonihah had
been rebuilt. I say unto you, yea, that it was in part
rebuilt; and because the Lamanites had destroyed it once
because of the iniquity of the people, they supposed that
it would again become an easy prey for them.
|49:4 But behold, how great was their disappointment;
for behold, the Nephites had dug up a ridge of earth
round about them, which was so high that the Lamanites
could not cast their stones and their arrows at them that
they might take effect, neither could they come upon them
save it was by their place of entrance.
|49:5 Now at this time the chief captains of the
Lamanites were astonished exceedingly, because of the
wisdom of the Nephites in preparing their places of
|49:6 Now the leaders of the Lamanites had supposed,
because of the greatness of their numbers, yea, they
supposed that they should be privileged to come upon them
as they had hitherto done; yea, and they had also
prepared themselves with shields, and with breastplates;
and they had also prepared themselves with garments of
skins, yea, very thick garments to cover their nakedness.
|49:7 And being thus prepared they supposed that they
should easily overpower and subject their brethren to the
yoke of bondage, or slay and massacre them according to
|49:8 But behold, to their uttermost astonishment,
they were prepared for them, in a manner which never had
been known among the children of Lehi. Now they were
prepared for the Lamanites, to battle after the manner of
the instructions of Moroni.
|49:9 And it came to pass that the Lamanites, or the
Amalickiahites, were exceedingly astonished at their
manner of preparation for war.
|49:10 Now, if king Amalickiah had come down out of
the land of Nephi, at the head of his army, perhaps he
would have caused the Lamanites to have attacked the
Nephites at the city of Ammonihah; for behold, he did
care not for the blood of his people.
|49:11 But behold, Amalickiah did not come down
himself to battle. And behold, his chief captains durst
not attack the Nephites at the city of Ammonihah, for
Moroni had altered the management of affairs among the
Nephites, insomuch that the Lamanites were disappointed
in their places of retreat and they could not come upon
|49:12 Therefore they retreated into the wilderness,
and took their camp and marched towards the land of Noah,
supposing that to be the next best place for them to come
against the Nephites.
|49:13 For they knew not that Moroni had fortified, or
had built forts of security, for every city in all the
land round about; therefore, they marched forward to the
land of Noah with a firm determination; yea, their chief
captains came forward and took an oath that they would
destroy the people of that city.
|49:14 But behold, to their astonishment, the city of
Noah, which had hitherto been a weak place, had now, by
the means of Moroni, become strong, yea, even to exceed
the strength of the city Ammonihah.
|49:15 And now, behold, this was wisdom in Moroni; for
he had supposed that they would be frightened at the city
Ammonihah; and as the city of Noah had hitherto been the
weakest part of the land, therefore they would march
thither to battle; and thus it was according to his
|49:16 And behold, Moroni had appointed Lehi to be
chief captain over the men of that city; and it was that
same Lehi who fought with the Lamanites in the valley on
the east of the river Sidon.
|49:17 And now behold it came to pass, that when the
Lamanites had found that Lehi commanded the city they
were again disappointed, for they feared Lehi
exceedingly; nevertheless their chief captains had sworn
with an oath to attack the city; therefore, they brought
up their armies.
|49:18 Now behold, the Lamanites could not get into
their forts of security by any other way save by the
entrance, because of the highness of the bank which had
been thrown up, and the depth of the ditch which had been
dug round about, save it were by the entrance.
|49:19 And thus were the Nephites prepared to destroy
all such as should attempt to climb up to enter the fort
by any other way, by casting over stones and arrows at
|49:20 Thus they were prepared, yea, a body of their
strongest men, with their swords and their
slings, to smite down all who should attempt to come into
their place of security by the place of entrance; and
thus were they prepared to defend themselves against the
|49:21 And it came to pass that the captains of the
Lamanites brought up their armies before the place of
entrance, and began to contend with the Nephites, to get
into their place of security; but behold, they were
driven back from time to time, insomuch that they were
slain with an immense slaughter.
|49:22 Now when they found that they could not obtain
power over the Nephites by the pass, they began to dig
down their banks of earth that they might obtain a pass
to their armies, that they might have an equal chance to
fight; but behold, in these attempts they were swept off
by the stones and arrows which were thrown at them; and
instead of filling up their ditches by pulling down the
banks of earth, they were filled up in a measure with
their dead and wounded bodies.
|49:23 Thus the Nephites had all power over their
enemies; and thus the Lamanites did attempt to destroy
the Nephites until their chief captains were all slain;
yea, and more than a thousand of the Lamanites were
slain; while, on the other hand, there was not a single
soul of the Nephites which was slain.
|49:24 There were about fifty who were wounded, who
had been exposed to the arrows of the Lamanites through
the pass, but they were shielded by their shields, and
their breastplates, and their head-plates, insomuch that
their wounds were upon their legs, many of which were
|49:25 And it came to pass, that when the Lamanites
saw that their chief captains were all slain they fled
into the wilderness. And it came to pass that they
returned to the land of Nephi, to inform their king,
Amalickiah, who was a Nephite by birth, concerning their
|49:26 And it came to pass that he was exceedingly
angry with his people, because he had not obtained his
desire over the Nephites; he had not subjected them to
the yoke of bondage.
|49:27 Yea, he was exceedingly wroth, and he did curse
God, and also Moroni, swearing with an oath that he would
drink his blood; and this because Moroni had kept the
commandments of God in preparing for the safety of his
|49:28 And it came to pass, that on the other hand,
the people of Nephi did thank the Lord their God, because
of his matchless power in delivering them from the hands
of their enemies.
|49:29 And thus ended the nineteenth year of the reign
of the judges over the people of Nephi.
|49:30 Yea, and there was continual peace among them,
and exceedingly great prosperity in the church because of their heed and diligence which they
gave unto the word of God, which was declared unto them
by Helaman, and Shiblon, and Corianton, and Ammon and his
brethren, yea, and by all those who had been ordained by
the holy order of God, being baptized unto repentance, and sent forth to preach among