Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Alma 14:21 - 14:25

Alma 14:21 And many such things did they say unto them, gnashing their teeth upon them, and spitting upon them, and saying: How shall we look when we are damned?

The more the priests, lawyers and judges railed on the two, the madder they got. There was spitting and clinching of the teeth. They asked them repeatedly how they would look if they were sent to hell?

They would soon find out.

Alma 14:22 And many such things, yea, all manner of such things did they say unto them; and thus they did mock them for many days. And they did withhold food from them that they might hunger, and water that they might thirst; and they also did take from them their clothes that they were naked; and thus they were bound with strong cords, and confined in prison.

Along with the verbal and psychological abuse, there was physical abuse. They were denied food, water and were stripped naked and tied up in a prison.

Alma 14:23 And it came to pass after they had thus suffered for many days, (and it was on the twelfth day, in the tenth month, in the tenth year of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi) that the chief judge over the land of Ammonihah and many of their teachers and their lawyers went in unto the prison where Alma and Amulek were bound with cords.

On the 12 day of the tenth month on the Nephite calendar into the 10th year of the reign of the judges, the Ammonihah leadership of lawyers, teachers and the chief judge came to see the two tied up prisoners.

Alma 14:24 And the chief judge stood before them, and smote them again, and said unto them: If ye have the power of God deliver yourselves from these bands, and then we will believe that the Lord will destroy this people according to your words.

Again the chief judge began to strike them asking them where is the power that they supposedly had to escape the prison. If they would manifest such power, then the leadership of the city would believe that the Lord would, indeed, destroy the city.

Alma 14:25 And it came to pass that they all went forth and smote them, saying the same words, even until the last; and when the last had spoken unto them the power of God was upon Alma and Amulek, and they rose and stood upon their feet.

This scenario was repeated by each of the people that came with the chief judge to ridicule and mock Alma and Amulek until all had done so. When the last had finished, Alma and Amulek stood up.

One could only wonder just had bad they looked with the lack of food and water plus the beatings they had taken. But I bet, they rose with glory in their faces.

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