Thursday, March 17, 2016

Alma 47:21 - 47:25

Alma 47: 21 And the king came out to meet him with his guards, for he supposed that Amalickiah had fulfilled his commands, and that Amalickiah had gathered together so great an army to go against the Nephites to battle.

The king saw the approach of his army and thinking that Amalickiah had accomplished his desire to get the decedents to join his army to attack the Nephites, came out to meet his forces.

Alma 47: 22 But behold, as the king came out to meet him Amalickiah caused that his servants should go forth to meet the king. And they went and bowed themselves before the king, as if to reverence him because of his greatness.

As the king approached his army, Amalickiah sent a few of his followers to go out to meet the king and bowed before him.

Alma 47: 23 And it came to pass that the king put forth his hand to raise them, as was the custom with the Lamanites, as a token of peace, which custom they had taken from the Nephites.

The king told them that they should rise by extending his hand. This token of extending the hand was a practice the Lamanites had adopted from the Nephites.

An interesting bit of giving some detail as to customs. Wonder why Mormon included this in text?

Alma 47: 24 And it came to pass that when he had raised the first from the ground, behold he stabbed the king to the heart; and he fell to the earth.

However, when the first man raised himself up, he stabbed the king to death.

Alma 47: 25 Now the servants of the king fled; and the servants of Amalickiah raised a cry, saying:

The servants of the king, probably thinking they might be next, ran away. Then the servants of Amalickiah yelled that………………

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