|1:1 And now behold, it came to pass in the
commencement of the fortieth year of the reign of the
judges over the people of Nephi, there began to be a
serious difficulty among the people of the Nephites.
|1:2 For behold, Pahoran had died, and gone the way
of all the earth; therefore there began to be a serious
contention concerning who should have the judgment-seat
among the brethren, who were the sons of Pahoran.
|1:3 Now these are their names who did contend for
the judgment-seat, who did also cause the people to
contend: Pahoran, Paanchi, and Pacumeni.
|1:4 Now these are not all the sons of Pahoran (for
he had many), but these are they who did contend for the
judgment-seat; therefore, they did cause three divisions
among the people.
|1:5 Nevertheless, it came to pass that Pahoran was
appointed by the voice of the people to be chief judge
and a governor over the people of Nephi.
|1:6 And it came to pass that Pacumeni, when he saw
that he could not obtain the judgment-seat, he did unite
with the voice of the people.
|1:7 But behold, Paanchi, and that part of the
people that were desirous that he should be their
governor, was exceedingly wroth; therefore, he was about
to flatter away those people to rise up in rebellion
against their brethren.
|1:8 And it came to pass as he was about to do this,
behold, he was taken, and was tried according to the
voice of the people, and condemned unto death; for he had
raised up in rebellion and sought to destroy the liberty
of the people.
|1:9 Now when those people who were desirous that he
should be their governor saw that he was condemned unto
death, therefore they were angry, and behold, they sent
forth one Kishkumen, even to the judgment-seat of
Pahoran, and murdered Pahoran as he sat upon the
|1:10 And he was pursued by the servants of Pahoran;
but behold, so speedy was the flight of Kishkumen that no
man could overtake him.
|1:11 And he went unto those that sent him, and they
all entered into a covenant, yea, swearing by their
everlasting Maker, that they would tell no man that
Kishkumen had murdered Pahoran.
|1:12 Therefore, Kishkumen was not known among the
people of Nephi, for he was in disguise at the time that
he murdered Pahoran. And Kishkumen and his band, who had
covenanted with him, did mingle themselves among the
people, in a manner that they all could not be found; but
as many as were found were condemned unto death.
|1:13 And now behold, Pacumeni was appointed,
according to the voice of the people, to be a chief judge
and a governor over the people, to reign in the stead of
his brother Pahoran; and it was according to his right.
And all this was done in the fortieth year of the reign
of the judges; and it had an end.
|1:14 And it came to pass in the forty and first year
of the reign of the judges, that the Lamanites had
gathered together an innumerable army of men, and armed
them with swords, and with cimeters and with
bows, and with arrows, and with head-plates, and with
breastplates, and with all manner of shields of every
|1:15 And they came down again that they might pitch
battle against the Nephites. And they were led by a man
whose name was Coriantumr; and he was a descendant of
Zarahemla; and he was a dissenter from among the
Nephites; and he was a large and a mighty man.
|1:16 Therefore, the king of the Lamanites, whose
name was Tubaloth, who was the son of Ammoron, supposing
that Coriantumr, being a mighty man, could stand against
the Nephites, with his strength and also with his great
wisdom, insomuch that by sending him forth he should gain
power over the Nephites--
|1:17 Therefore he did stir them up to anger, and he
did gather together his armies, and he did appoint
Coriantumr to be their leader, and did cause that they
should march down to the land of Zarahemla to battle
against the Nephites.
|1:18 And it came to pass that because of so much
contention and so much difficulty in the government, that
they had not kept sufficient guards in the land of
Zarahemla; for they had supposed that the Lamanites durst
not come into the heart of their lands to attack that
great city Zarahemla.
|1:19 But it came to pass that Coriantumr did march
forth at the head of his numerous host, and came upon the
inhabitants of the city, and their march was with such
exceedingly great speed that there was no time for the
Nephites to gather together their armies.
|1:20 Therefore Coriantumr did cut down the watch by
the entrance of the city, and did march forth with his
whole army into the city, and they did slay every one who
did oppose them, insomuch that they did take possession
of the whole city.
|1:21 And it came to pass that Pacumeni, who was the
chief judge, did flee before Coriantumr, even to the
walls of the city. And it came to pass that Coriantumr
did smite him against the wall, insomuch that he died.
And thus ended the days of Pacumeni.
|1:22 And now when Coriantumr saw that he was in
possession of the city of Zarahemla, and saw that the
Nephites had fled before them, and were slain, and were
taken, and were cast into prison, and that he had
obtained the possession of the strongest hold in all the
land, his heart took courage insomuch that he was about
to go forth against all the land.
|1:23 And now he did not tarry in the land of
Zarahemla, but he did march forth with a large army, even
towards the city of Bountiful; for it was his
determination to go forth and cut his way through with
the sword, that he might obtain the north parts of the
|1:24 And, supposing that their greatest strength was
in the center of the land, therefore he did march forth,
giving them no time to assemble themselves together save
it were in small bodies; and in this manner they did fall
upon them and cut them down to the earth.
|1:25 But behold, this march of Coriantumr through
the center of the land gave Moronihah great advantage
over them, notwithstanding the greatness of the number of
the Nephites who were slain.
|1:26 For behold, Moronihah had supposed that the
Lamanites durst not come into the center of the land, but
that they would attack the cities round about in the
borders as they had hitherto done; therefore Moronihah
had caused that their strong armies should maintain those
parts round about by the borders.
|1:27 But behold, the Lamanites were not frightened
according to his desire, but they had come into the
center of the land, and had taken the capital city which
was the city of Zarahemla, and were marching through the
most capital parts of the land, slaying the people with a
great slaughter, both men, women, and children, taking
possession of many cities and of many strongholds.
|1:28 But when Moronihah had discovered this, he
immediately sent forth Lehi with an army round about to
head them before they should come to the land Bountiful.
|1:29 And thus he did; and he did head them before
they came to the land Bountiful, and gave unto them
battle, insomuch that they began to retreat back towards
the land of Zarahemla.
|1:30 And it came to pass that Moronihah did head
them in their retreat, and did give unto them battle,
insomuch that it became an exceedingly bloody battle;
yea, many were slain, and among the number who were slain
Coriantumr was also found.
|1:31 And now, behold, the Lamanites could not
retreat either way, neither on the north, nor on the
south, nor on the east, nor on the west, for they were
surrounded on every hand by the Nephites.
|1:32 And thus had Coriantumr plunged the Lamanites
into the midst of the Nephites, insomuch that they were
in the power of the Nephites, and he himself was slain,
and the Lamanites did yield themselves into the hands of
|1:33 And it came to pass that Moronihah took
possession of the city of Zarahemla again, and caused
that the Lamanites who had been taken prisoners should
depart out of the land in peace.
|1:34 And thus ended the forty and first year of the
reign of the judges.