Mosiah 23:6 - 23:10
Mosiah 23:6 And the people were desirous that Alma should be their king, for he was beloved by his people.
The people now wanted Alma to be their king because of his leadership and righteousness.
Mosiah 23:7 But he said unto them: Behold, it is not expedient that we should have a king; for thus saith the Lord: Ye shall not esteem one flesh above another, or one man shall not think himself above another; therefore I say unto you it is not expedient that ye should have a king.
Alma advises the people that having a king is not a good idea. The person, who is the king, is naturally thought of as being better than his subjects. No man is better than another regardless of his station in life.
Mosiah 23:8 Nevertheless, if it were possible that ye could always have just men to be your kings it would be well for you to have a king.
If a people could always had a good man as a king, then kings would be a good thing.
Mosiah 23:9 But remember the iniquity of king Noah and his priests; and I myself was caught in a snare, and did many things which were abominable in the sight of the Lord, which caused me sore repentance;
But remember the evil done by king Noah and the effects among his people. Even Alma was caught up in Noah’s evil administration and went along with his programs. The evils Alma committed because of king Noah’s influence cause him to have to go through very grievous repentance process.
Mosiah 23:10 Nevertheless, after much tribulation, the Lord did hear my cries, and did answer my prayers, and has made me an instrument in his hands in bringing so many of you to a knowledge of his truth.
After this very difficult repentance, the Lord forgave him for his antiquities and allow him to be an agent of His to bring others to their senses and free them from the bondage of sin.