Thursday, February 25, 2016

Alma 44:11 - 44:15

Alma 44: 11 Now I cannot recall the words which I have spoken, therefore as the Lord liveth, ye shall not depart except ye depart with an oath that ye will not return again against us to war. Now as ye are in our hands we will spill your blood upon the ground, or ye shall submit to the conditions which I have proposed.

Moroni will not recant the agreement that he offered to Zerahemnah. They will either give the oath or the fight will continue and the outcome is certain. The Lamanites will suffer heavy losses.

Alma 44: 12 And now when Moroni had said these words, Zerahemnah retained his sword, and he was angry with Moroni, and he rushed forward that he might slay Moroni; but as he raised his sword, behold, one of Moroni’s soldiers smote it even to the earth, and it broke by the hilt; and he also smote Zerahemnah that he took off his scalp and it fell to the earth. And Zerahemnah withdrew from before them into the midst of his soldiers.

Zerahemnah keeps his weapons but becomes enraged with Moroni. He rushes Moroni and as he lifts his sword to kill him, one of Moroni’s soldiers swings his sword and brakes Zerahemnah sword at the hilt. The soldier then swings his sword again and slices off a part of Zerahemnah scalp which falls to the ground. Zerahemnah then still alive withdraws back into his troops.

Alma 44: 13 And it came to pass that the soldier who stood by, who smote off the scalp of Zerahemnah, took up the scalp from off the ground by the hair, and laid it upon the point of his sword, and stretched it forth unto them, saying unto them with a loud voice:

The soldier then picked up the scalp on the edge of his sword and waved it in the air and yelled to the Lamanites in a loud voice.

Alma 44: 14 Even as this scalp has fallen to the earth, which is the scalp of your chief, so shall ye fall to the earth except ye will deliver up your weapons of war and depart with a covenant of peace.

If you Lamanites do not want to end up like Zerahemnah scalp, then you better take Moroni’s offer and make a covenant of peace and go home alive.

Alma 44: 15 Now there were many, when they heard these words and saw the scalp which was upon the sword, that were struck with fear; and many came forth and threw down their weapons of war at the feet of Moroni, and entered into a covenant of peace. And as many as entered into a covenant they suffered to depart into the wilderness.

Many of the Lamanite soldiers fearing that they would in fact die if they continued to fight, came forward and placed their weapons at the feet of Moroni and covenanted with him to not come again against the Nephites and returned to their own lands.

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