|51:1 And now it came to pass in the commencement of
the twenty and fifth year of the reign of the judges over
the people of Nephi, they having established peace
between the people of Lehi and the people of Morianton
concerning their lands, and having commenced the twenty
and fifth year in peace;
|51:2 Nevertheless, they did not long maintain an
entire peace in the land, for there began to be a
contention among the people concerning the chief judge
Pahoran; for behold, there were a part of the people who
desired that a few particular points of the law should be
|51:3 But behold, Pahoran would not alter nor suffer
the law to be altered; therefore, he did not hearken to
those who had sent in their voices with their petitions
concerning the altering of the law.
|51:4 Therefore, those who were desirous that the law
should be altered were angry with him, and desired that
he should no longer be chief judge over the land;
therefore there arose a warm dispute concerning the
matter, but not unto bloodshed.
|51:5 And it came to pass that those who were
desirous that Pahoran should be dethroned from the
judgment-seat were called king-men, for they were
desirous that the law should be altered in a manner to
overthrow the free government and to establish a king
over the land.
|51:6 And those who were desirous that Pahoran should
remain chief judge over the land took upon them the name
of freemen; and thus was the division among them, for the
freemen had sworn or covenanted to maintain their rights
and the privileges of their religion by a free
|51:7 And it came to pass that this matter of their
contention was settled by the voice of the people. And it
came to pass that the voice of the people came in favor
of the freemen, and Pahoran retained the judgment-seat,
which caused much rejoicing among the brethren of Pahoran
and also many of the people of liberty, who also put the
king-men to silence, that they durst not oppose but were
obliged to maintain the cause of freedom.
|51:8 Now those who were in favor of kings were those
of high birth, and they sought to be kings; and they were
supported by those who sought power and authority over
|51:9 But behold, this was a critical time for such
contentions to be among the people of Nephi; for behold,
Amalickiah had again stirred up the hearts of the people
of the Lamanites against the people of the Nephites, and
he was gathering together soldiers from all parts of his
land, and arming them, and preparing for war with all
diligence; for he had sworn to drink the blood of Moroni.
|51:10 But behold, we shall see that his promise which
he made was rash; nevertheless, he did prepare himself
and his armies to come to battle against the Nephites.
|51:11 Now his armies were not so great as they had
hitherto been, because of the many thousands who had been
slain by the hand of the Nephites; but notwithstanding
their great loss, Amalickiah had gathered together a
wonderfully great army, insomuch that he feared not to
come down to the land of Zarahemla.
|51:12 Yea, even Amalickiah did himself come down, at
the head of the Lamanites. And it was in the twenty and
fifth year of the reign of the judges; and it was at the
same time that they had begun to settle the affairs of
their contentions concerning the chief judge, Pahoran.
|51:13 And it came to pass that when the men who were
called king-men had heard that the Lamanites were coming
down to battle against them, they were glad in their
hearts; and they refused to take up arms, for they were
so wroth with the chief judge, and also with the people
of liberty, that they would not take up arms to defend
|51:14 And it came to pass that when Moroni saw this,
and also saw that the Lamanites were coming into the
borders of the land, he was exceedingly wroth because of
the stubbornness of those people whom he had labored with
so much diligence to preserve; yea, he was exceedingly
wroth; his soul was filled with anger against them.
|51:15 And it came to pass that he sent a petition,
with the voice of the people, unto the governor of the
land, desiring that he should read it, and give him
(Moroni) power to compel those dissenters to defend their
country or to put them to death.
|51:16 For it was his first care to put an end to such
contentions and dissensions among the people; for behold,
this had been hitherto a cause of all their destruction.
And it came to pass that it was granted according to the
voice of the people.
|51:17 And it came to pass that Moroni commanded that
his army should go against those king-men, to pull down
their pride and their nobility and level them with the
earth, or they should take up arms and support the cause
|51:18 And it came to pass that the armies did march
forth against them; and they did pull down their pride
and their nobility, insomuch that as they did lift their
weapons of war to fight against the men of Moroni they
were hewn down and leveled to the earth.
|51:19 And it came to pass that there were four
thousand of those dissenters who were hewn down by the sword; and those of their leaders who were not slain
in battle were taken and cast into prison, for there was
no time for their trials at this period.
|51:20 And the remainder of those dissenters, rather
than be smitten down to the earth by the sword, yielded to the standard of liberty, and were
compelled to hoist the title of liberty upon their
towers, and in their cities, and to take up arms in
defence of their country.
|51:21 And thus Moroni put an end to those king-men,
that there were not any known by the appellation of
king-men; and thus he put an end to the stubbornness and
the pride of those people who professed the blood of
nobility; but they were brought down to humble themselves
like unto their brethren, and to fight valiantly for
their freedom from bondage.
|51:22 Behold, it came to pass that while Moroni was
thus breaking down the wars and contentions among his own
people, and subjecting them to peace and civilization,
and making regulations to prepare for war against the
Lamanites, behold, the Lamanites had come into the land
of Moroni, which was in the borders by the seashore.
|51:23 And it came to pass that the Nephites were not
sufficiently strong in the city of Moroni; therefore
Amalickiah did drive them, slaying many. And it came to
pass that Amalickiah took possession of the city, yea,
possession of all their fortifications.
|51:24 And those who fled out of the city of Moroni
came to the city of Nephihah; and also the people of the
city of Lehi gathered themselves together, and made
preparations and were ready to receive the Lamanites to
|51:25 But it came to pass that Amalickiah would not
suffer the Lamanites to go against the city of Nephihah
to battle, but kept them down by the seashore, leaving
men in every city to maintain and defend it.
|51:26 And thus he went on, taking possession of many
cities, the city of Nephihah, and the city of Lehi, and
the city of Morianton, and the city of Omner, and the
city of Gid, and the city of Mulek, all of which were on
the east borders by the seashore.
|51:27 And thus had the Lamanites obtained, by the
cunning of Amalickiah, so many cities, by their
numberless hosts, all of which were strongly fortified
after the manner of the fortifications of Moroni; all of
which afforded strongholds for the Lamanites.
|51:28 And it came to pass that they marched to the
borders of the land Bountiful, driving the Nephites
before them and slaying many.
|51:29 But it came to pass that they were met by
Teancum, who had slain Morianton and had headed his
people in his flight.
|51:30 And it came to pass that he headed Amalickiah
also, as he was marching forth with his numerous army
that he might take possession of the land Bountiful, and
also the land northward.
|51:31 But behold he met with a disappointment by
being repulsed by Teancum and his men, for they were
great warriors; for every man of Teancum did exceed the
Lamanites in their strength and in their skill of war,
insomuch that they did gain advantage over the Lamanites.
|51:32 And it came to pass that they did harass them,
insomuch that they did slay them even until it was dark.
And it came to pass that Teancum and his men did pitch
their tents in the borders of the land Bountiful; and
Amalickiah did pitch his tents in the borders on the
beach by the seashore, and after this manner were they
|51:33 And it came to pass that when the night had
come, Teancum and his servant stole forth and went out by
night, and went into the camp of Amalickiah; and behold,
sleep had overpowered them because of their much fatigue,
which was caused by the labors and heat of the day.
|51:34 And it came to pass that Teancum stole privily
into the tent of the king, and put a javelin to his
heart; and he did cause the death of the king immediately
that he did not awake his servants.
|51:35 And he returned again privily to his own camp,
and behold, his men were asleep, and he awoke them and
told them all the things that he had done.
|51:36 And he caused that his armies should stand in
readiness, lest the Lamanites had awakened and should
come upon them.
|51:37 And thus endeth the twenty and fifth year of
the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi; and
thus endeth the days of Amalickiah.