|9:1 I, Zeniff, having been taught in all the
language of the Nephites, and having had a knowledge of
the land of Nephi, or of the land of our fathers' first
inheritance, and having been sent as a spy among the
Lamanites that I might spy out their forces, that our
army might come upon them and destroy them--but when I
saw that which was good among them I was desirous that
they should not be destroyed.
|9:2 Therefore, I contended with my brethren in the
wilderness, for I would that our ruler should make a
treaty with them; but he being an austere and a
blood-thirsty man commanded that I should be slain; but I
was rescued by the shedding of much blood; for father
fought against father, and brother against brother, until
the greater number of our army was destroyed in the
wilderness; and we returned, those of us that were
spared, to the land of Zarahemla, to relate that tale to
their wives and their children.
|9:3 And yet, I being over-zealous to inherit the
land of our fathers, collected as many as were desirous
to go up to possess the land, and started again on our
journey into the wilderness to go up to the land; but we
were smitten with famine and sore afflictions; for we
were slow to remember the Lord our God.
|9:4 Nevertheless, after many days' wandering in the
wilderness we pitched our tents in the place where our
brethren were slain, which was near to the land of our
|9:5 And it came to pass that I went again with four
of my men into the city, in unto the king, that I might
know of the disposition of the king, and that I might
know if I might go in with my people and possess the land
|9:6 And I went in unto the king, and he covenanted
with me that I might possess the land of Lehi-Nephi, and
the land of Shilom.
|9:7 And he also commanded that his people should
depart out of the land, and I and my people went into the
land that we might possess it.
|9:8 And we began to build buildings, and to repair
the walls of the city, yea, even the walls of the city of
Lehi-Nephi, and the city of Shilom.
|9:9 And we began to till the ground, yea, even with
all manner of seeds, with seeds of corn, and of wheat,
and of barley, and with neas, and with sheum, and with
seeds of all manner of fruits; and we did begin to
multiply and prosper in the land.
|9:10 Now it was the cunning and the craftiness of
king Laman, to bring my people into bondage, that he
yielded up the land that we might possess it.
|9:11 Therefore it came to pass, that after we had
dwelt in the land for the space of twelve years that king
Laman began to grow uneasy, lest by any means my people
should wax strong in the land, and that they could not
overpower them and bring them into bondage.
|9:12 Now they were a lazy and an idolatrous people;
therefore they were desirous to bring us into bondage,
that they might glut themselves with the labors of our
hands; yea, that they might feast themselves upon the
flocks of our fields.
|9:13 Therefore it came to pass that king Laman began
to stir up his people that they should contend with my
people; therefore there began to be wars and contentions
in the land.
|9:14 For, in the thirteenth year of my reign in the
land of Nephi, away on the south of the land of Shilom,
when my people were watering and feeding their flocks,
and tilling their lands, a numerous host of Lamanites
came upon them and began to slay them, and to take off
their flocks, and the corn of their fields.
|9:15 Yea, and it came to pass that they fled, all
that were not overtaken, even into the city of Nephi, and
did call upon me for protection.
|9:16 And it came to pass that I did arm them with
bows, and with arrows, with swords, and with cimeters, and with
clubs, and with slings, and with all manner of weapons
which we could invent, and I and my people did go forth
against the Lamanites to battle.
|9:17 Yea, in the strength of the Lord did we go
forth to battle against the Lamanites; for I and my
people did cry mightily to the Lord that he would deliver
us out of the hands of our enemies, for we were awakened
to a remembrance of the deliverance of our fathers.
|9:18 And God did hear our cries and did answer our
prayers; and we did go forth in his might; yea, we did go
forth against the Lamanites, and in one day and a night
we did slay three thousand and forty-three; we did slay
them even until we had driven them out of our land.
|9:19 And I, myself, with mine own hands, did help to
bury their dead. And behold, to our great sorrow and
lamentation, two hundred and seventy-nine of our brethren