Alma 47:16 - 47:20
Alma 47: 16 And it came to pass that he delivered his men, contrary to the commands of the king. Now this was the thing that Amalickiah desired, that he might accomplish his designs in dethroning the king.
Amalickiah had accomplished part of his plan to eliminate the king by having the king’s loyal troops delivered into the hands of the decedent Lehonti. However, the king wanted Amalickiah to force the decedents to join his army under the command of Amalickiah, but Amalickiah did the opposite.
Alma 47: 17 Now it was the custom among the Lamanites, if their chief leader was killed, to appoint the second leader to be their chief leader.
Amalickiah was second in command of the Lamanite army. However, if something should happen to the commander of the army, the second in command would succeed him.
Alma 47: 18 And it came to pass that Amalickiah caused that one of his servants should administer poison by degrees to Lehonti, that he died.
Amalickiah had one of his loyal followers, give Lehonti poison a little at a time until he died.
Wonder if anyone thought it was ironic that Lehonti died so soon after being made command of the Lamanite army?
Alma 47: 19 Now, when Lehonti was dead, the Lamanites appointed Amalickiah to be their leader and their chief commander.
Now Amalickiah was the commander over the Lamanite army of the king.
Alma 47: 20 And it came to pass that Amalickiah marched with his armies (for he had gained his desires) to the land of Nephi, to the city of Nephi, which was the chief city.
He then marched the army back to the city of Nephi to where the king lived.