Saturday, December 5, 2015

Alma 35:6 - 35:10

Alma 35: 6 And it came to pass that after they had found out the minds of all the people, those who were in favor of the words which had been spoken by Alma and his brethren were cast out of the land; and they were many; and they came over also into the land of Jershon.

Those folks who believe on the words of Alma and Amulek were thrown out of the land of the Zoramites. It was not a small number. They were then allow to settle in the land of Jershon alone side the Ammonites.

Alma 35: 7 And it came to pass that Alma and his brethren did minister unto them.

Alma and others help get these Zoramites refugees settled into their new homes.

Alma 35: 8 Now the people of the Zoramites were angry with the people of Ammon who were in Jershon, and the chief ruler of the Zoramites, being a very wicked man, sent over unto the people of Ammon desiring them that they should cast out of their land all those who came over from them into their land.

This settling of the Zoramite refugees in the land of Jershon did not settle well with the Zoramites themselves. In fact they demanded that these decenters from their land be thrown out of Jershon and sent somewhere else.

One might wonder if the Zoramite leadership thought these decenters could come back someday the make war on them so they could recover the homes they had been taken from them. The land of Jershon and the land of the Zoramites must have been very close to each other if not bordering on each other.

Alma 35: 9 And he breathed out many threatenings against them. And now the people of Ammon did not fear their words; therefore they did not cast them out, but they did receive all the poor of the Zoramites that came over unto them; and they did nourish them, and did clothe them, and did give unto them lands for their inheritance; and they did administer unto them according to their wants.

The leader of the Zoramites, who was a very wicked man, sent threating communications to the Ammonites demanding that the Zoramite refugees not be allowed to settle in their lands. The Ammonites gave his threats no mind and did all they could to welcome and get settled in all the Zoramite refugees. They were fed, clothed and given land to help them to support themselves.

Alma 35: 10 Now this did stir up the Zoramites to anger against the people of Ammon, and they began to mix with the Lamanites and to stir them up also to anger against them.

The Zoramites now were trying to enlist the help of the Lamanites to help them to get rid of this threat that they thought existed between themselves and those in the land of Jershon.

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