|22:1 And now it came to pass that Ammon and king
Limhi began to consult with the people how they should
deliver themselves out of bondage; and even they did
cause that all the people should gather themselves
together; and this they did that they might have the
voice of the people concerning the matter.
|22:2 And it came to pass that they could find no way
to deliver themselves out of bondage, except it were to
take their women and children, and their flocks, and
their herds, and their tents, and depart into the
wilderness; for the Lamanites being so numerous, it was
impossible for the people of Limhi to contend with them,
thinking to deliver themselves out of bondage by the
|22:3 Now it came to pass that Gideon went forth and
stood before the king, and said unto him: Now O king,
thou hast hitherto hearkened unto my words many times
when we have been contending with our brethren, the
|22:4 And now O king, if thou hast not found me to be
an unprofitable servant, or if thou hast hitherto
listened to my words in any degree, and they have been of
service to thee, even so I desire that thou wouldst
listen to my words at this time, and I will be thy
servant and deliver this people out of bondage.
|22:5 And the king granted unto him that he might
speak. And Gideon said unto him:
|22:6 Behold the back pass, through the back wall, on
the back side of the city. The Lamanites, or the guards
of the Lamanites, by night are drunken; therefore let us
send a proclamation among all this people that they
gather together their flocks and herds, that they may
drive them into the wilderness by night.
|22:7 And I will go according to thy command and pay
the last tribute of wine to the Lamanites, and they will
be drunken; and we will pass through the secret pass on
the left of their camp when they are drunken and asleep.
|22:8 Thus we will depart with our women and our
children, our flocks, and our herds into the wilderness;
and we will travel around the land of Shilom.
|22:9 And it came to pass that the king hearkened
unto the words of Gideon.
|22:10 And king Limhi caused that his people should
gather their flocks together; and he sent the tribute of
wine to the Lamanites; and he also sent more wine, as a
present unto them; and they did drink freely of the wine
which king Limhi did send unto them.
|22:11 And it came to pass that the people of king
Limhi did depart by night into the wilderness with their
flocks and their herds, and they went round about the
land of Shilom in the wilderness, and bent their course
towards the land of Zarahemla, being led by Ammon and his
|22:12 And they had taken all their gold, and silver,
and their precious things, which they could carry, and
also their provisions with them, into the wilderness; and
they pursued their journey.
|22:13 And after being many days in the wilderness
they arrived in the land of Zarahemla, and joined
Mosiah's people, and became his subjects.
|22:14 And it came to pass that Mosiah received them
with joy; and he also received their records, and also
the records which had been found by the people of Limhi.
|22:15 And now it came to pass when the Lamanites had
found that the people of Limhi had departed out of the
land by night, that they sent an army into the wilderness
to pursue them;
|22:16 And after they had pursued them two days, they
could no longer follow their tracks; therefore they were
lost in the wilderness.