|10:1 And it came to pass that we again began to
establish the kingdom and we again began to possess the
land in peace. And I caused that there should be weapons
of war made of every kind, that thereby I might have
weapons for my people against the time the Lamanites
should come up again to war against my people.
|10:2 And I set guards round about the land, that the
Lamanites might not come upon us again unawares and
destroy us; and thus I did guard my people and my flocks,
and keep them from falling into the hands of our enemies.
|10:3 And it came to pass that we did inherit the
land of our fathers for many years, yea, for the space of
twenty and two years.
|10:4 And I did cause that the men should till the
ground, and raise all manner of grain and all manner of
fruit of every kind.
|10:5 And I did cause that the women should spin, and
toil, and work, and work all manner of fine linen, yea,
and cloth of every kind, that we might clothe our
nakedness; and thus we did prosper in the land--thus we
did have continual peace in the land for the space of
twenty and two years.
|10:6 And it came to pass that king Laman died, and
his son began to reign in his stead. And he began to stir
his people up in rebellion against my people; therefore
they began to prepare for war, and to come up to battle
against my people.
|10:7 But I had sent my spies out round about the
land of Shemlon, that I might discover their
preparations, that I might guard against them, that they
might not come upon my people and destroy them.
|10:8 And it came to pass that they came up upon the
north of the land of Shilom, with their numerous hosts,
men armed with bows, and with arrows, and with swords, and with cimeters, and with
stones, and with slings; and they had their heads shaved
that they were naked; and they were 1girded with a leathern girdle about their loins.
|| Matthew 3:4: ...a
leathern girdle about his loins...
|10:9 And it came to pass that I caused that the
women and children of my people should be hid in the
wilderness; and I also caused that all my old men that
could bear arms, and also all my young men that were able
to bear arms, should gather themselves together to go to
battle against the Lamanites; and I did place them in
their ranks, every man according to his age.
|10:10 And it came to pass that we did go up to battle
against the Lamanites; and I, even I, in my old age, did
go up to battle against the Lamanites. And it came to
pass that we did go up in the strength of the Lord to
|10:11 Now, the Lamanites knew nothing concerning the
Lord, nor the strength of the Lord, therefore they
depended upon their own strength. Yet they were a strong
people, as to the strength of men.
|10:12 They were a wild, and ferocious, and a
blood-thirsty people, believing in the tradition of their
fathers, which is this--Believing that they were driven
out of the land of Jerusalem because of the iniquities of
their fathers, and that they were wronged in the
wilderness by their brethren, and they were also wronged
while crossing the sea;
|10:13 And again, that they were wronged while in the
land of their first inheritance, after they had crossed
the sea, and all this because that Nephi was more
faithful in keeping the commandments of the
Lord--therefore he was favored of the Lord, for the Lord
heard his prayers and answered them, and he took the lead
of their journey in the wilderness.
|10:14 And his brethren were wroth with him because
they understood not the dealings of the Lord; they were
also wroth with him upon the waters because they hardened
their hearts against the Lord.
|10:15 And again, they were wroth with him when they
had arrived in the promised land, because they said that
he had taken the ruling of the people out of their hands;
and they sought to kill him.
|10:16 And again, they were wroth with him because he
departed into the wilderness as the Lord had commanded
him, and took the records which were engraven on the
plates of brass, for they said that he robbed them.
|10:17 And thus they have taught their children that
they should hate them, and that they should murder them,
and that they should rob and plunder them, and do all
they could to destroy them; therefore they have an
eternal hatred towards the children of Nephi.
|10:18 For this very cause has king Laman, by his
cunning, and lying craftiness, and his fair promises,
deceived me, that I have brought this my people up into
this land, that they may destroy them; yea, and we have
suffered these many years in the land.
|10:19 And now I, Zeniff, after having told all these
things unto my people concerning the Lamanites, I did
stimulate them to go to battle with their might, putting
their trust in the Lord; therefore, we did contend with
them, face to face.
|10:20 And it came to pass that we did drive them
again out of our land; and we slew them with a great
slaughter, even so many that we did not number them.
|10:21 And it came to pass that we returned again to
our own land, and my people again began to tend their
flocks, and to till their ground.
|10:22 And now I, being old, did confer the kingdom
upon one of my sons; therefore, I say no more. And may
the Lord bless my people. Amen.