And now I, Moroni, proceed with my record.
2 Therefore behold, it
came to pass that because of the secret combinations of Akish and his
friends, behold, they did overthrow the kingdom of Omer.
3 Nevertheless, the Lord was merciful unto Omer, and also to his sons
and to his daughters who did not seek his destruction.
4 And the Lord
warned Omer in a dream that he should depart out of the land.
5 Wherefore, Omer departed out of the land with his family and traveled
many days and came over and passed by the hill of Shim and came over
by the place where the Nephites were destroyed, and from thence
eastward and came to a place which was called Ablom, by the seashore.
6 And there he pitched his tent, and also his sons and his daughters
and all his household, save it were Jared and his family.
7 And it came to pass that Jared was anointed king over the people by the
hand of wickedness, and he gave unto Akish his daughter to wife.
it came to pass that Akish sought the life of his father-in-law, and
he applied unto those whom he had sworn by the oath of the ancients.
9 And they obtained the head of his father-in-law as he sat upon his
throne giving audience to his people.
10 For so great had been the
spreading of this wicked and secret society that it had corrupted the
hearts of all the people.
11 Therefore Jared was murdered upon his
throne, and Akish reigned in his stead.
12 And it came to pass that Akish began to be jealous of his son.
he shut him up in prison and kept him upon little or no food until he
had suffered death.
14 And now the brother of him that suffered death,
and his name was Nimrah, was angry with his father because of that
which his father had done unto his brother.
15 And it came to pass that
Nimrah gathered together a small number of men, and fled out of the
land, and came over and dwelt with Omer.
16 And it came to pass that
Akish begat other sons; and they won the hearts of the people,
notwithstanding they had sworn unto him to do all manner of iniquity
according to that which he desired.
17 Now the people of Akish were
desirous for gain, even as Akish was desirous for power.
the sons of Akish, did offer them money, by which means they drew
away the more part of the people after them.
19 And there began to be a
war between the sons of Akish and Akish, which lasted for the space
of many years, yea, unto the destruction of nearly all the people of
the kingdom, yea, even all save it were thirty souls and they who
fled with the house of Omer.
20 Wherefore, Omer was restored again to
the land of his inheritance.
21 And it came to pass that Omer began to be old.
22 Nevertheless, in his old
age, he begat Emer; and he anointed Emer to be king to reign in his
23 And after that he had anointed Emer to be king, he saw peace
in the land for the space of two years, and he died, having seen
exceeding many days which were full of sorrow.
24 And it came to pass
that Emer did reign in his stead and did fill the steps of his
25 And the Lord began again to take the curse from off the land.
26 And the house of Emer did prosper exceedingly under the reign of
27 And in the space of sixty and two years they had become
exceeding strong, insomuch that they became exceeding rich, having
all manner of fruit and of grain and of silks and of fine linen and
of gold and of silver and of precious things and also all manner of
cattle, of oxen and cows, and of sheep and of swine and of goats, and
also many other kinds of animals which were useful for the food of
man; and they also had horses and asses and there were elephants and
cureloms and cumoms, all of which were useful unto man, and more
especially the elephants and cureloms and cumoms.
28 And thus the Lord
did pour out his blessings upon this land which was choice above all
29 And he commanded that whoso should possess the land
should possess it unto the Lord, or they should be destroyed when
they were ripened in iniquity.
30 For upon such, saith the Lord, I will
pour out the fulness of my wrath.
31 And Emer did execute judgment in righteousness all his days, and he begat
many sons and daughters, and he begat Coriantum, and he anointed
Coriantum to reign in his stead.
32 And after he had anointed Coriantum
to reign in his stead, he lived four years, and he saw peace in the
33 Yea, and he even saw the Son of Righteousness and did rejoice
and glory in his day, and he died in peace.
34 And it came to pass that Coriantum did walk in the steps of his father
and did build many mighty cities and did administer that which was
good unto his people in all his days.
35 And it came to pass that he had
no children even until he was exceeding old.
36 And it came to pass that
his wife died, being a hundred and two years old.
37 And it came to pass
that Coriantum took to wife in his old age a young maid and begat
sons and daughters; wherefore, he lived until he was a hundred and
forty and two years old.
38 And it came to pass that he begat Com, and
Com reigned in his stead.
39 And he reigned forty and nine years, and he
begat Heth, and he also begat other sons and daughters.
40 And the
people had spread again over all the face of the land.
41 And there
began again to be an exceedingly great wickedness upon the face of
the land, and Heth began to embrace the secret plans again of old, to
destroy his father.
42 And it came to pass that he did dethrone his
father, for he slew him with his own sword; and he did reign in his
43 And there came prophets in the land again, crying repentance unto them,
that they must prepare the way of the Lord or there should come a
curse upon the face of the land; yea, even there should be a great
famine, in which they should be destroyed if they did not repent.
the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them
45 And some of them they cast into pits and left them to perish.
46 And it came to pass that they did all these things according to the
commandment of king Heth.
47 And it came to pass that there began to be
a great dearth upon the land.
48 And the inhabitants began to be
destroyed exceeding fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain
upon the face of the earth.
49 And there came forth poisonous serpents
also upon the face of the land and did poison many people.
50 And it
came to pass that their flocks began to flee before the poisonous
serpents towards the land southward, which was called by the Nephites
51 And it came to pass that there were many of them which did
perish by the way; nevertheless there were some which fled into the
52 And it came to pass that the Lord did cause the
serpents that they should pursue them no more, but that they should
hedge up the way, that the people could not pass, that whoso should
attempt to pass, might fall by the poisonous serpents.
53 And it came to
pass that the people did follow the course of the beasts and did
devour the carcasses of them which fell by the way until they had
devoured them all.
54 Now when the people saw that they must perish, they began to repent of
their iniquities and cry unto the Lord.
55 And it came to pass that when
they had humbled themselves sufficiently before the Lord, he did send
rain upon the face of the earth.
56 And the people began to revive
again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries and in all
the countries round about.
57 And the Lord did shew forth his power unto
them in preserving them from famine.
58 And it came to pass that Shez, who was a descendant of Heth -for
Heth had perished by the famine and all his household, save it was
Shez- wherefore Shez began to build up again a broken people.
59 And it came to pass that Shez did remember the destruction of his
fathers, and he did build up a righteous kingdom; for he remembered
what the Lord had done in bringing Jared and his brother across the
60 And he did walk in the ways of the Lord, and he begat sons and
61 And his eldest son, whose name was Shez, did rebel against
62 Nevertheless, Shez was smitten by the hand of a robber because
of his exceeding riches, which brought peace again unto his father.
63 And it came to pass that his father did build up many cities upon the
face of the land.
64 And the people began again to spread over all the
face of the land.
65 And Shez did live to an exceeding old age, and he
begat Riplakish, and he died.
66 And Riplakish reigned in his stead.
67 And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the
sight of the Lord, for he did have many wives and concubines and did
lay that upon men's shoulders which were grievous to be borne.
he did tax them with heavy taxes, and with the taxes, he did build
many spacious buildings.
69 And he did erect him an exceedingly
70 And he did build many prisons.
71 And whoso would not
be subject unto taxes he did cast into prison.
72 And whoso was not able
to pay taxes he did cast into prison.
73 And he did cause that they
should labor continually for their support.
74 And whoso refused to
labor he did cause to be put to death.
75 Wherefore, he did obtain all
his fine work; yea, even his fine gold he did cause to be refined in
prison, and all manner of fine workmanship he did cause to be wrought
76 And it came to pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and
77 And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two
years, the people did rise up in rebellion against him.
78 And there
began to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was
killed, and his descendants were driven out of the land.
79 And it came
to pass after the space of many years, Morianton, he being a
descendant of Riplakish, gathered together an army of outcasts and
went forth and gave battle unto the people; and he gained power over
many cities, and the war became exceeding sore and did last for the
space of many years, and he did gain power over all the land and did
establish himself king over all the land.
80 And after that he had
established himself king, he did ease the burden of the people, by
which he did gain favor in the eyes of the people, and they did
anoint him to be their king.
81 And he did do justice unto the people,
but not unto himself because of his many whoredoms; wherefore, he was
cut off from the presence of the Lord.
82 And it came to pass that Morianton built up many cities.
83 And the people
became exceedingly rich under his reign, both in buildings and in
gold and in silver and in raising grain and in flocks and herds and
such things which had been restored unto them.
84 And Morianton did live
to an exceeding great age, and then he begat Kim.
85 And Kim did reign
in the stead of his father, and he did reign eight years, and his
86 And it came to pass that Kim did not reign in
righteousness; wherefore, he was not favored of the Lord.
87 And his
brother did raise up in rebellion against him by which he did bring
him into captivity.
88 And he did remain in captivity all his days, and
he begat sons and daughters in captivity.
89 And in his old age he begat
Levi, and he died.
90 And it came to pass that Levi did serve in captivity, after the death of
his father, for the space of forty and two years.
91 And he did make war
against the king of the land, by which he did obtain unto himself the
92 And after he had obtained unto himself the kingdom, he did
that which was right in the sight of the Lord.
93 And the people did
prosper in the land.
94 And he did live to a good old age and begat sons
and daughters; and he also begat Corom, whom he anointed king in his
95 And it came to pass that Corom did that which was good in the sight of
the Lord all his days, and he begat many sons and daughters.
after he had seen many days, he did pass away, even like unto the
rest of the earth, and Kish reigned in his stead.
97 And it came to pass
that Kish passed away also, and Lib reigned in his stead.
98 And it came
to pass that Lib also did that which was good in the sight of the
99 And in the days of Lib, the poisonous serpents were destroyed.
100 Wherefore, they did go into the land southward to hunt food for the
people of the land, for the land was covered with animals of the
forest; and Lib also himself became a great hunter.
101 And they built a
great city by the narrow neck of land, by the place where the sea
divides the land.
102 And they did preserve the land southward for
wilderness to get game.
103 And the whole face of the land northward was
covered with inhabitants.
104 And they were exceeding industrious, and
they did buy and sell and traffic one with another that they might
105 And they did work in all manner of ore, and they did make
gold and silver and iron and brass, and all manner of metals; and
they did dig it out of the earth.
106 Wherefore, they did cast up mighty
heaps of earth to get ore, of gold and of silver and of iron and of
107 And they did work all manner of fine work.
108 And they did have
silks and fine-twined linen, and they did work all manner of cloth
that they might clothe themselves from their nakedness.
109 And they did
make all manner of tools to till the earth, both to plow and to sow,
to reap and to hoe, and also to thrash.
110 And they did make all manner
of tools, with which they did work their beasts.
111 And they did make
all manner of weapons of war.
112 And they did work all manner of work of
exceeding curious workmanship.
113 And never could be a people more
blessed than were they and more prospered by the hand of the Lord.
114 And they were in a land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord
had spoken it.
115 And it came to pass that Lib did live many years and begat sons and
daughters, and he also begat Hearthom.
116 And it came to pass that
Hearthom reigned in the stead of his father.
117 And when Hearthom had
reigned twenty and four years, behold the kingdom was taken away from
118 And he served many years in captivity, yea, even all the
remainder of his days.
119 And he begat Heth.
120 And Heth lived in captivity
all his days, and Heth begat Aaron.
121 And Aaron dwelt in captivity all
his days, and he begat Amnigaddah.
122 And Amnigaddah also dwelt in
captivity all his days, and he begat Coriantum.
123 And Coriantum dwelt
in captivity all his days, and he begat Com.
124 And it came to pass that Com drew away the half of the kingdom and he
reigned over the half of the kingdom forty and two years.
125 And he went
to battle against the king Amgid, and they fought for the space of
many years, during which time Com gained power over Amgid and
obtained power over the remainder of the kingdom.
126 And in the days of
Com there began to be robbers in the land, and they adopted the old
plans and administered oaths after the manner of the ancients and
sought again to destroy the kingdom.
127 Now Com did fight against them
much; nevertheless he did not prevail against them.
128 And there came also in the days of Com many prophets and prophesied of
the destruction of that great people except they should repent and
turn unto the Lord and forsake their murders and wickedness.
129 And it
came to pass that the prophets were rejected by the people, and they
fled unto Com for protection, for the people sought to destroy them.
130 And they prophesied unto Com many things, and he was blessed in all
the remainder of his days.
131 And he lived to a good old age and begat
132 And Shiblom reigned in his stead.
133 And the brother of Shiblom rebelled against him, and there began to be an
exceeding great war in all the land.
134 And it came to pass that the
brother of Shiblom caused that all the prophets who prophesied of the
destruction of the people should be put to death.
135 And there was great
calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a greater curse
should come upon the land, and also upon the people, and that there
should be a great destruction among them, such an one as never had
been upon the face of the earth; and their bones should become as
heaps of earth upon the face of the land except they should repent of
136 And they hearkened not unto the voice of the Lord
because of their wicked combinations; wherefore, there began to be
wars and contentions in all the land, and also many famines and
pestilences, insomuch that there was a great destruction, such an one
as never had been known upon the face of the earth.
137 And all this came
to pass in the days of Shiblom.
138 And the people began to repent of
their iniquity; and inasmuch as they did, the Lord did have mercy on
139 And it came to pass that Shiblom was slain, and Seth was brought into
captivity and did dwell in captivity all his days.
140 And it came to
pass that Ahah his son did obtain the kingdom, and he did reign over
the people all his days.
141 And he did do all manner of iniquity in his
days, by which he did cause the shedding of much blood; and few were
142 And Ethem being a descendant of Ahah did obtain the
kingdom, and he also did do that which was wicked in his days.
143 And it
came to pass in the days of Ethem there came many prophets and
prophesied again unto the people; yea, they did prophesy that the
Lord would utterly destroy them from off the face of the earth except
they repented of their iniquities.
144 And it came to pass that the
people hardened their hearts and would not hearken unto their words.
145 And the prophets mourned and withdrew from among the people.
146 And it came to pass that Ethem did execute judgment in wickedness all his
days, and he begat Moron.
147 And it came to pass that Moron did reign in
his stead, and Moron did that which was wicked before the Lord.
it came to pass that there arose a rebellion among the people because
of that secret combination which was built up to get power and gain.
149 And there arose a mighty man among them in iniquity and gave battle
unto Moron, in which he did overthrow the half of the kingdom; and he
did maintain the half of the kingdom for many years.
150 And it came to
pass that Moron did overthrow him and did obtain the kingdom again.
151 And it came to pass that there arose another mighty man, and he was a
descendant of the brother of Jared.
152 And it came to pass that he did
overthrow Moron and obtain the kingdom; wherefore, Moron dwelt in
captivity all the remainder of his days, and he begat Coriantor.
153 And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.
in the days of Coriantor there also came many prophets and prophesied
of great and marvelous things and cried repentance unto the people,
and except they should repent, the Lord God would execute judgment
against them to their utter destruction, and that the Lord God would
send or bring forth another people to possess the land by his power,
after the manner which he brought their fathers.
155 And they did reject
all the words of the prophets because of their secret society and
156 And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether,
and he died having dwelt in captivity all his days.