|4:1 And it came to pass in the fifty and fourth
year there were many dissensions in the church, and there was also a contention among the
people, insomuch that there was much bloodshed.
|4:2 And the rebellious part were slain and driven
out of the land, and they did go unto the king of the
|4:3 And it came to pass that they did endeavor to
stir up the Lamanites to war against the Nephites; but
behold, the Lamanites were exceedingly afraid, insomuch
that they would not hearken to the words of those
|4:4 But it came to pass in the fifty and sixth year
of the reign of the judges, there were dissenters who
went up from the Nephites unto the Lamanites; and they
succeeded with those others in stirring them up to anger
against the Nephites; and they were all that year
preparing for war.
|4:5 And in the fifty and seventh year they did come
down against the Nephites to battle, and they did
commence the work of death; yea, insomuch that in the
fifty and eighth year of the reign of the judges they
succeeded in obtaining possession of the land of
Zarahemla; yea, and also all the lands, even unto the
land which was near the land Bountiful.
|4:6 And the Nephites and the armies of Moronihah
were driven even into the land of Bountiful;
|4:7 And there they did fortify against the
Lamanites, from the west sea, even unto the east; it
being a day's journey for a Nephite, on the line which
they had fortified and stationed their armies to defend
their north country.
|4:8 And thus those dissenters of the Nephites, with
the help of a numerous army of the Lamanites, had
obtained all the possession of the Nephites which was in
the land southward. And all this was done in the fifty
and eighth and ninth years of the reign of the judges.
|4:9 And it came to pass in the sixtieth year of the
reign of the judges, Moronihah did succeed with his
armies in obtaining many parts of the land; yea, they
regained many cities which had fallen into the hands of
|4:10 And it came to pass in the sixty and first year
of the reign of the judges they succeeded in regaining
even the half of all their possessions.
|4:11 Now this great loss of the Nephites, and the
great slaughter which was among them, would not have
happened had it not been for their wickedness and their
abomination which was among them; yea, and it was among
those also who professed to belong to the church of God.
|4:12 And it was because of the pride of their
hearts, because of their exceeding riches, yea, it was
because of their oppression to the poor, withholding
their food from the hungry, withholding their clothing
from the naked, and smiting their humble brethren upon
the cheek, making a mock of that which was sacred,
denying the spirit of prophecy and of revelation,
murdering, plundering, lying, stealing, committing
adultery, rising up in great contentions, and deserting
away into the land of Nephi, among the Lamanites--
|4:13 And because of this their great wickedness, and
their boastings in their own strength, they were left in
their own strength; therefore they did not prosper, but
were afflicted and smitten, and driven before the
Lamanites, until they had lost possession of almost all
|4:14 But behold, Moronihah did preach many things
unto the people because of their iniquity, and also Nephi
and Lehi, who were the sons of Helaman, did preach many
things unto the people, yea, and did prophesy many things
unto them concerning their iniquities, and what should
come unto them if they did not repent of their sins.
|4:15 And it came to pass that they did repent, and
inasmuch as they did repent they did begin to prosper.
|4:16 For when Moronihah saw that they did repent he
did venture to lead them forth from place to place, and
from city to city, even until they had regained the
one-half of their property and the one-half of all their
|4:17 And thus ended the sixty and first year of the
reign of the judges.
|4:18 And it came to pass in the sixty and second
year of the reign of the judges, that Moronihah could
obtain no more possessions over the Lamanites.
|4:19 Therefore they did abandon their design to
obtain the remainder of their lands, for so numerous were
the Lamanites that it became impossible for the Nephites
to obtain more power over them; therefore Moronihah did
employ all his armies in maintaining those parts which he
|4:20 And it came to pass, because of the greatness
of the number of the Lamanites the Nephites were in great
fear, lest they should be overpowered, and trodden down,
and slain, and destroyed.
|4:21 Yea, they began to remember the prophecies of
Alma, and also the words of Mosiah; and they saw that
they had been a stiffnecked people, and that they had set
at naught the commandments of God.
|4:22 And that they had altered and trampled under
their feet the laws of Mosiah, or that which the Lord
commanded him to give unto the people; and they saw that
their laws had become corrupted, and that they had become
a wicked people, insomuch that they were wicked even like
unto the Lamanites.
|4:23 And because of their iniquity the church had begun to dwindle; and they began to
disbelieve in the spirit of prophecy and in the spirit of
revelation; and the judgments of God did stare them in
|4:24 And they saw that they had become weak, like
unto their brethren, the Lamanites, and that the Spirit
of the Lord did no more preserve them; yea, it had
withdrawn from them because the Spirit of the Lord doth
not dwell in unholy temples--
|4:25 Therefore the Lord did cease to preserve them
by his miraculous and matchless power, for they had
fallen into a state of unbelief and awful wickedness; and
they saw that the Lamanites were exceedingly more
numerous than they, and except they should cleave unto
the Lord their God they must unavoidably perish.
|4:26 For behold, they saw that the strength of the
Lamanites was as great as their strength, even man for
man. And thus had they fallen into this great
transgression; yea, thus had they become weak, because of
their transgression, in the space of not many years.