Thursday, June 18, 2015

Alma 10:26 - 10:32

Alma 10:26 For behold, have I testified against your law? Ye do not understand; ye say that I have spoken against your law; but I have not, but I have spoken in favor of your law, to your condemnation.

Amulek says that the complaint by the lawyers and judges against Alma and Amulek is that they have condemned the laws of the people. But the lawyers do not understand that Alma and Amulek have spoken in favor of the laws. What they have trying to point out is that the lawyers have not be abiding by them. To the contrary, they have been in violation of them which is why the Lord has them accused of wickedness.

So what laws have they been violating? Have they been misinterpreting them incorrectly on purpose? Have they been using their knowledge of the law to find loop holes to get their friends off if they are in violation of the laws? Have they been using their connections with each other to work together to overwhelm any who wanted to hold them in contempt?

Alma 10:27 And now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.

The result of these judicial misconducts by the lawyers and judges will be the destruction of the city of Ammonihah. Unless they administer the law as the law dictates fairly to all the citizens, they will be destroyed.

Alma 10:28 And now it came to pass that when Amulek had spoken these words the people cried out against him, saying: Now we know that this man is a child of the devil, for he hath lied unto us; for he hath spoken against our law. And now he says that he has not spoken against it.

This did not set well with the citizens of Ammonihah as they now accused Amulek of the same infraction that they had against Alma, namely that these two had spoken against their interpretation of their own laws.

Is this happening today in our society? Does money and smart lawyers get guilty people off, but the poor can not because they cannot afford the same advantage? Is this what is condemned by the Lord, in that the law is not administered fairly and equally among the people?

Alma 10:29 And again, he has reviled against our lawyers, and our judges.

In addition, they accused Amulek and Alma making false allegations against their lawyers and judges. They resented them saying that the lawyers and judges were misinterpretation of their own laws and accused their lawyers and judges of misconduct in administering them.

Again, the rich can get off, but the poor cannot. Here Alma and Amulek are accusing them of judicial misconduct.

Alma 10:30 And it came to pass that the lawyers put it into their hearts that they should remember these things against him.

The lawyers in the crowd want everyone to take careful not of what these two were accusing their leaders of.

Alma 10:31 And there was one among them whose name was Zeezrom. Now he was the foremost to accuse Amulek and Alma, he being one of the most expert among them, having much business to do among the people.

One of the members of the crowd and a prominent lawyer was a man named Zerzrom. He seemed to be the one who was leading the crowd against Alma and Amulek. He was a very busy lawyer because he was very knowledgeable of the laws and had many clients.

Alma 10:32 Now the object of these lawyers was to get gain; and they got gain according to their employ.

The main reason for the lawyers practicing law was to get well paid for their efforts. They wanted wealthy clients so they could make lots of money and that was the main reason they were in the profession, not for making sure that the law was administered fairly.

I have heard that so many times in the past by some who have wanted to go into law practice. They did so because lawyers usually made very good salaries, far more than most of us. Few have indicated that they wanted to do so to help people in their personal legal affairs.

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