Ether 6:1 “AND now I, Moroni, proceed to give the record of Jared and his brother.”
Ether 6:2 “For it came to pass after the Lord had prepared the stones which the brother of Jared had carried up into the mount, the brother of Jared came down out of the mount, and he did put forth the stones into the vessels which were prepared, one in each end thereof; and behold, they did give light unto the vessels.”
Ether 6:3 “And thus the Lord caused stones to shine in darkness, to give light unto men, women, and children, that they might not cross the great waters in darkness.”
Ether 6:4 “And it came to pass that when they had prepared all manner of food, that thereby they might subsist upon the water, and also food for their flocks and herds, and whatsoever beast or animal or fowl that they should carry with them – and it came to pass that when they had done all these things they got aboard of their vessels or barges, and set forth into the sea, commending themselves unto the Lord their God.”
Ether 6:5 “And it came to pass that the Lord God caused that there should be a furious wind blow upon the face of the waters, towards the promised land; and they were tossed upon the waves of the sea before the wind.”
Ether 6:6-7 These 8 submarines were often buried in the depths of the sea, but they were tight like a dish, so they didn’t leak. But the travelers prayed to the Lord that He would bring them on top of the waters.
Ether 6:8 The winds never ceased blowing them towards the promised land. Miraculously the Lord was able to keep the 8 vessels together amidst the violent weather and waves.
Ether 6:9 “And they did sing praises unto the Lord; yea, the brother of Jared did sing praises unto the Lord, and he did thank and praise the Lord all the day long; and when the night came, they not cease to praise the Lord.” What else was there to do without the internet?
Ether 6:10 “And thus they were driven forth; and no monster of the sea could break them, neither whale that could mar them, and they did have light continually, whether it was above the water or under the water.” What kind of “monster” was Moroni referring to if it was not a whale? Were they superstitious about sea monsters? Or were there actual monsters of the seas in those days?
Ether 6:11 “And thus they were driven forth, three hundred and forty and four days upon the water.” That is nearly a full calendar year. How is it possible they could have traveled that long without replenishing their food, and cleaning out the animal waste?
Ether 6:12 “And they did land upon the shore of the of the promised land. And when they had set their feet upon the shores of the promised land they bowed themselves down upon the face of the land, and did humble themselves before the Lord, and did shed tears of joy before the Lord, because of the multitude of his tender mercies over them.”
Ether 6:13-20 There were about 22 people on board the 8 barges when they landed in the New World. But as soon as they got off the boats, they got busy procreating. Jared had four sons and eight daughters. The brother of Jared had twenty-two children. And the rest of the group from the barges had many children.
Ether 6:21 Since Jared and his brother were getting old, they decided to gather everyone together to find out who should be their leader.
Ether 6:22 “And it came to pass that the people desired of them that they should anoint one of their sons to be a king over them.”
Ether 6:23 “And now behold, this was grievous unto them. And the brother of Jared said unto them: Surely this thing leadeth into captivity.” In most cases, having a king tends to lead downhill. Back in Mosiah 29:10-23, King Mosiah II advises his people on the matter. The phrase “leadeth into captivity” is in Revelation 13:10.
Ether 6:24-27 Jared said to his brother, let them choose a king from among our sons. But out of all the sons of Jared and his brother only one accepted, and Orihah was anointed king over the people.
Ether 6:28 “And he began to reign, and the people began to prosper; and they became exceedingly rich.”
Ether 6:29 “And it came to pass that Jared died, and his brother also.”
Ether 6:30 “And it came to pass that Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for the their fathers.”
(no reference) In chapters 7 through 11, Moroni will move rather swiftly through many years of Jaredite history, occasionally stopping to give editorial comments.
Ether 7:1 “And it came to pass that Orihah did execute judgment upon the land in righteousness all his days, whose days were exceedingly many.”
Ether 7:2 Orihah had many children.
Ether 7:3 When Orihah died, his sone Kib reigned in his stead. And Kib had a son named Corihor. The name is spelled slightly different but sounds the same as the Nephite anti-Christ, Korihor.
Ether 7:4 “And when Corihor was thirty and two years old he rebelled against his father, and went over and dwelt in the land of Nehor; and he begat sons and daughters, and they became exceedingly fair; wherefore Corihor drew away many people after him.” I guess Corihor’s children were so good looking that people came from all over just to be around them.
Ether 7:5-8 Corihor gathered an army and captured his father, Kib. When Kib was exceedingly old, he had a son named Shule, while he and his people were in captivity.
Ether 7:5 The phrase “brought to pass the saying” is in 1 Corinthians 15:54.
Ether 7:9 When Shule became a man, “Wherefore, he came to the hill Ephraim, and he did molten out of the hill, and made swords out of steel for those whom he had drawn away with him; and after he had armed them with swords he returned to the city Nehor and gave battle unto his brother Corihor, by which means he obtained the kingdom and restored it unto his father Kib.” The words “away with him” are in Acts 21:36. There is no evidence at all of high-temperature smelting in ancient American cultures.
Ether 7:10-12 Kib bestowed the kingdom upon is son, Shule, who ruled in righteousness. And he had many kids.
Ether 7:13 “And Corihor repented of the many evils which he had done; wherefore Shule gave him power in his kingdom.”
Ether 7:14-17 One of Corihor’s sons, Noah, rebelled against his father, Corihor and his uncle, king Shule. He drew away many people and gave battle, defeating Shule. The king was then carried away to the land Moron.
Ether 7:18-19 The sons of Shule crept into Noah’s house by night and killed him. They busted Shule out of prison and had him placed back on the throne in his kingdom. Under King Shule, the people prospered exceedingly.
Ether 7:20-21 But Cohor, the son of Noah, became king in a rival kingdom. Cohor attacked the kingdom of Shule, but Shule beat them and killed Cohor.
Ether 7:22 “And now Cohor had a son who was called Nimrod; and Nimrod gave up the kingdom of Cohor unto Shule, and he did gain favor in the eyes of Shule; wherefore Shule did bestow great favors upon him, and he did do in the kingdom of Shule according to his desires.”
Ether 7:23 “And also in the reign of Shule there came prophets among the people, who were sent from the Lord, prophesying that the wickedness and idolatry of the people was bringing a curse upon the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent.”
Ether 7:24 “And it came to pass that the people did revile against the prophets, and did mock them. And it came to pass that king Shule did execute judgment against all those who did revile against the prophets.”
Ether 7:25 “And he did execute a law throughout all the land, which gave power unto the prophets that they should go withersoever they would; and by this cause the people were brought unto repentance.” The words “unto repentance” are in Matthew 3:11.
Ether 7:26-27 The people repented, and God decided not to kill everyone. They began to prosper. Shule continued to have more children in his old age and did nothing but righteous things for the rest of his life.
Ether 8 During our study of the Book of Mormon, we have come across passages that speak of “secret combinations” which are associated with the destruction of the Nephite society. Here in Ether Chapter 8, we will see the original formation of these “secret combinations.”
Ether 8:1-2 King Shule’s son, Omer, replaced his father as king. Omer’s son, Jared, rebelled and stole half of his father’s kingdom by flattering people with cunning words.
Ether 8:3-4 Jared put his father in prison. Apparently, Jared was allowed conjugal visits, because Jared kept having children – two sons Esrom and Coriantumr.
Ether 8:5-6 When Esrom and Coriantumr grew up, they were upset by what their brother Jared did to their father, Omer. So, they got an army together and attacked Jared, killing every soldier in his army. They were about to kill Jared, too, but Jared promised to give the kingdom back to their dad, if they spared his life.
Ether 8:7-8 Now Jared was very, sad after losing his kingdom. But his beautiful daughter devised a plan to get it back.
Ether 8:9 “Now the daughter of Jared was exceedingly fair. And it came to pass that she did talk with her father, and said unto him: Whereby hath my father so much sorrow? Hath he not read the record which our fathers brought across the great deep? Behold, is there not an account concerning them of old, that they by their secret plans did obtain kingdoms and great glory?” In other words, she had read about secret combinations and suggested they use such tactics to get her father’s kingdom back. The words “and great glory” are in Luke 21:27.
Ether 8:10 Here was her evil plan: “And now, therefore, let my father send for Akish, the son of Kimnor; and behold, I am fair, and I will dance before him, and I will please him, that he will desire me to wife; wherefore if he shall desire of thee that ye shall given unto him me to wife, then shall ye say: I will give her if ye will bring unto me the head of my father, the king.” This story sounds all too familiar and was obviously taken from the New Testament corresponding account of Herodias’s daughter dancing for the head of John the Baptist (see Matthew 14:6-11).
Ether 8:11-12 So Jared’s daughter danced in front of Akish. And Akish asked Jared if he could marry her. Jared said, I will allow it in exchange for the head of my father, the king. Did Akish deliver Omner’s head to Jared? We may never know, because now we are going to learn about those secret combinations.
Ether 8:13 “And it came to pass that Akish gathered in unto the house of Jared all his kinsfolk, and said unto them: Will ye swear unto me that ye will be faithful unto me in the thing which I shall desire of you?”
Interestingly, the word “kinsfolk” in this verse and in Mormon 8:5 has its beginning in the 15th Century from the Middle English term “kinnes-folk” meaning “family” or “kinsman.” So, for Ether to be writing this word on the plates in his day was totally anachronistic. The best explanation for why “kinsfolk” showed up in the Book of Mormon is that Joseph Smith unwittingly used a term that was commonly used in his day in New York.
Ether 8:14 “And it came to pass that they all sware unto him, by the God of heaven, and also by the heavens, and also by the earth, and by their heads, that whoso should vary from the assistance which Akish desired should lose his head; and whoso should divulge whatsoever thing Akish made known unto them, the same should lose his life.” They covenanted and made oaths in the name of God, conspiring to do evil.
Ether 8:15 “And it came to pass that thus they did agree with Akish. And Akish did administer unto them the oaths which were given by them of old who also sought power, which had been handed down even from Cain, who was a murderer from the beginning.” In LDS scripture, we read about Satan creating the first secret combination with Cain, for the purpose of gaining power and wealth (see Moses 5:29-31). The phrase “by them of old” is in Matthew 5:21 and “was a murderer from the beginning” is taken from John 8:44.
Ether 8:16 “And they were kept up by the power of the devil to administer these oaths unto the people, to keep them in darkness, to help such as sought power to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms.”
Ether 8:17 “And it was the daughter of Jared who put it into his heart to search up these things of old; and Jared put it into the heart of Akish; wherefore, Akish administered it unto his kindred and friends, leading them away by fair promises to do whatsoever thing he desired.” The words “into the heart of” are in 2 Corinthians 8:16.
Ether 8:18 Moroni is now going to tell us where secret combinations rank in comparison to other tools of the devil. “And it came to pass that they formed a secret combination, even as they of old; which combination is most abominable and wicked above all, in the sight of God;”
Ether 8:19 “For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.” If God has forbidden that man shed blood, then why did He command Nephi to murder Laban? Remember, it was not in self-defense. One has, to pause at this verse and wonder about the secret oaths and covenants made in LDS temples, which for decades involved blood oaths and covenanting to have one’s life taken. In that case, the Lord does work in secret ways.
Ether 8:20 “And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations, for it hath been made known unto me, that they are had among all people, and they are had among the Lamanites.”
Ether 8:21 “And they have caused the destruction of this people of whom I am now speaking, and also the destruction of the people of Nephi.” Meaning, both the Jaredites and the Nephites.
Ether 8:22 Next, Moroni gives a serious warning against supporting secret combinations. “And whatsoever nation shall uphold secret combinations, to get power and gain, until they shall spread over the nation, behold, they shall be destroyed; for the Lord will not suffer that the blood of the saints, which shall be shed by them, shall always cry unto him from the ground for vengeance upon them and yet he avenge them not.”
Ether 8:23 And that goes for the Gentiles, specifically.
Ether 8:24 Moroni teaches the people what to do, if they see such things entering, into their society. “Wherefore, the Lord commanded you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your awful situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you; or wo be unto it, because of the blood of them who have been slain; for they cry from the dust for vengeance upon it, and also upon those who built it up.”
Ether 8:25 “For it cometh to pass that whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries; and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, for it is built up by the devil, who is the father of all lies; even that same liar who beguiled our first parents, yea, even that same liar who hath caused man to commit murder from the beginning; who hath hardened the hearts of men that they have murdered the prophets, and stoned them, and cast them out from the beginning.”
Martin Harris had referenced the Book of Mormon as the “anti-Masonick bible.” It was believed by the Mormons, that the Nephite and Jaredite secret societies in the Book of Mormon were comparable to Freemasonry of the early 1800’s. Evidence in the Book of Mormon suggests that Joseph Smith and his associates sought their own kingdom and theocracy from the beginning. The ideal government is led by a prophet-king (see Mosiah 29:13). This was exemplified by Nephi, Benjamin, and Mosiah – all of whom ruled by divine right. Secret societies plagued the Nephites again and again over hundreds of years, but the golden age of the Book of Mormon was after the wicked are destroyed by Christ and a theocratic government is set up under the leadership of apostles. For two hundred years the people were governed by a centralized system of social equality. Alma predicted that in the last days the Lord would raise up his servant who, through the aid of a special “stone” would expose the political designs of the secret society then threatening the nation’s survival (Alma 37:21-31). Thus, it predicted that Joseph Smith Jr. with his seer stone would be the remedy for the ills of America. The man – Joseph Smith – would be the great prophet-king.
By the turn of the century, the anti-Masonic movement in America had devastated Freemasonry, but it was rebuilding itself in the early 1840s. Under Smith, the number of Mormon Masons exploded. Joseph Smith out-mason the Masons. By initiating hundreds of Mormon men into Masonry they offended the Masons. First, Smith incorporated large portions of the Masonic ritual into his newly “received” endowment ceremony and called it the true, “restored” Masonry, originally lost and restored through the endowment. Thus, he claimed to have restored the only true Christianity on the face of the earth AND the only truly restored Masonry. Another way the Mormons offended Masons was by appropriating many of the symbols long associated with Masonry, such as “the square, the compass, the sun, moon, and stars, the beehive, the all-seeing eye, ritualistic hand grips, and a six-pointed star.” Masonic symbols decorated the Nauvoo temple architecture. It appears that Joseph Smith had three main goals in joining the Masons – revenge, rivalry, and ever stronger bonds of secrecy among their men. They thought they could out-wit the Masons and gain political control of Illinois.
Ether 8:24 The phrase “when ye shall see these things come” is from Mark 13:29.
Ether 8:26 “Wherefore, I, Moroni, am commanded to write these things that evil may be done away, and that the time may come that Satan may have no power upon the hearts of the children of men, but that they may be persuaded to do good continually, that they may come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved.” The words “all righteousness” are in Matthew 3:15 and “and be saved” are in Luke 8:12.
Ether 9 The words “And it came to pass” is repeated 18 times in this chapter.
Ether 9:1-2 After Moroni finishes his treatise on secret combinations, he forgets to tell us what happened with the “bring me the head of my father” episode. We know that Omer kept his head but lost his kingdom because of those secret combinations.
Ether 9:2 In the 1830 edition page 555 it read “his sons and to his daughters, which were not, or which did not seek his destruction.” In later editions it reads “his sons and to his daughters, who did not seek his destruction.” Five words were deleted, and one word changed.
Ether 9:3 The Lord told Omer in a dream to leave the area. So, he traveled with his family to Ablom, by the seashore. The words “in a dream that” are in Matthew 2:12.
Ether 9:4 “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.”
Ether 9:5-6 Akish then decided to kill his father-in-law. So, with the help of his secret society friends, they beheaded king Jared as he sat upon his throne.
Ether 9:7 Then Akish became jealous of his son, so he starved him to death in prison.
Ether 9:8-9 One of Akish’s other sons – Nimrah – became angry at Akish for starving his brother. So he and his friends join up with Omer, who was his great grandfather.
Ether 9:10-12 Akish had other sons, who grew up to be bad boys – bribing the hearts of the people with money. They went to war with their father, a war that lasted many years and killed everyone in the land except for 30 people, who fled to Omer’s house.
Ether 9:13-15 Omer became king again. He grew old and anointed his son Emer to be king in his place. Then Omer died.
Ether 9:15 The phrase “the space of two years” is in Acts 19:10.
Ether 9:16 The Lord removed the curse off the land, and the Emer’s household became stinking rich. The words “insomuch that they” are in Matthew 13:54.
Ether 9:17 “Having all manner of fruit, and of grain, and silks, and of fine linen, and of gold, and of silver, and of precious things;” Silk comes from the Asian moth Bombyx mori, unknown to the pre-Columbian Americas.
Ether 9:18 “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.” Wait a minute! The brother of Jared, Ether, Moroni, and Joseph Smith must have forgotten that God forbade the Jews to eat swine or pig (see Leviticus 11:7; Deuteronomy 14:8; Isaiah 66:17).
Ether 9:19 “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.” Don’t know what invented words like cureloms and cumons are unless they mean camels. But it is obvious that none of these other animals existed in the New World at that time.
Smith managed to include the major animals that did NOT exist at all and exclude the ones that DID exist. The following are some of the animals that were in existence in various parts of the Americas during the Book of Mormon era: alpaca, bear, boar, bison, coyote, deer, duck, guinea-pig, jackrabbit, antelope, mountain sheep, jaguar, Llama, monkey, reindeer, sloth, tapir, turkey, and turtle. Smith does not mention one of these existing animals in the Book of Mormon. An overall list of impossible Book of Mormon animals includes the following: ass, bull, cattle, elephant, goat, horse, oxen, sheep, pigs, – not to mention – cureloms and cumoms. Elephants are only native to Asia and Africa. There is no evidence that cattle, oxen, ass or swine inhabited the New World prior to European contact. North American horses became extinct around the same time as the wooly mammoths, and were reintroduced in the Americas in the 1500’s by the Spanish.
Ether 9:20 “And thus the Lord did pour out his blessings upon this land, which was choice above all other lands; 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; for upon such, saith the Lord: I will pour out the fulness of my wrath.”
Ether 9:21-22 Emer was a righteous king, who chose his son Coriantum to replace him as king. And before Coriantum died, he saw “the Son of Righteousness” meaning he saw Jesus Christ.
Ether 9:22 In the 1830 edition page 557 it read “son of righteousness” with a lower case “s” in “son.” In later editions it was changed to an upper case “S”.
Ether 9:23-25 Coriantum lived to be 142 years old. His son, Com reigned in his place, who had a son named Heth.
Ether 9:26 “And the people had spread again over all the face of the land, 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.” Those secret combinations.
Ether 9:27 “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 stead.”
Ether 9:28 “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.”
Ether 9:29 “But the people believed not the words of the prophets, but they cast them out; and some of them they cast into pits and let them to perish. And it came to pass that they did all these things according to the commandment of the king, Heth.”
Ether 9:30 “And it came to pass that there began to be a great dearth, upon the land, and the inhabitants began to be destroyed exceedingly fast because of the dearth, for there was no rain upon the face of the earth.”
Ether 9:31 “And there came forth poisonous serpents also upon the face of the land, and did poison many people. 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 Zarahemla.”
Ether 9:32-33 As the people were dying quickly from the drought, God sent poisonous snakes to finish them off.
Ether 9:34 Just when the people realized they were going to perish, they began to repent of their iniquities and cried to the Lord. But was this true repentance, or just a desperate response to save their lives?
Ether 9:35 “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; and the people began to revive again, and there began to be fruit in the north countries, and in all the countries round about. And the Lord did show forth his power unto them in preserving them from famine.”
Ether 10:1 King Heth died in God’s famine and his only surviving son, Shez, became the next king.
Ether 10:2-4 Under Shez, many cities were built across the land. When Shez died of old age, his son Riplakish became king.
Ether 10:5 “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 was grievous to be borne; yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; and with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings.” Even back then, Polygamy was not right in the sight of the Lord. The phrase “grievous to be borne” is in Luke 11:46.
Ether 10:6 “And he did erect him an exceedingly beautiful throne; and he did build many prisons, and whoso would not be subject unto taxes he did cast into prison; and whoso was not able to pay taxes he did cast into prison; and he did cause that they should labor continually for their support; and whoso refused to labor he did cause to be put to death.”
Ether 10:7-8 The people finally rose, up in rebellion and Riplakish was killed in the resulting war.
Ether 10:9-12 Morianton, a descendant of Riplakish became king. Although the people liked him and he treated them well, he was cut off from the presence of the Lord because of his many whoredoms. During his reign, the people built many cities and became exceedingly rich.
Ether 10:13-16 When Morianton died, his son Kim became king. Kim’s brother rebelled against him and put Kim into captivity. When Kim died, his son Levi became king. Levi did right in the sight of the Lord and the people prospered. When Levi died, his son Corom became the next king.
Ether 10:17-18 Corom was a righteous king. When he died, Kish took his place. Then Lib replaced Kish as king.
Ether 10:19 Remember the curse of the poisonous snakes sent by the Lord to humble the wicked? “And it came to pass that Lib also did that which was good in the sight of the Lord. And in the days of Lib the poisonous serpents were destroyed. Where 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 himself became a great hunter.”
Ether 10:20-21 Lib and his people built a great city in a narrow neck of the land. They made the land south into a game preserve and covered the whole face of the land North with people.
Ether 10:22-23 They were industrious, and the economy thrived. They mined gold, silver, iron, and copper and brass.
Ether 10:24 “And they did have silks, and fine-twined lined; and they did work all manner of cloth, that they might clothe themselves from their nakedness.” The problem is that “brass,” “iron,” and “silks” did not exist in the Pre-Columbian New World.
Ether 10:25-27 They made all kinds of tools and weapons of curious workmanship.
Ether 10:28 “And never could be a people more blessed than were they, and more prospered by the hand of the Lord. And they were in a land that was choice above all lands, for the Lord had spoken it.”
Ether 10:29-31 Lib died and his son Hearthom became king. After 20 years, his kingdom was taken away and he spent the rest of his life in captivity. Hearthom begat Heth, who begat Aaron, who begat Amnigaddah, who begat Coriantum, who begat Com. All of these kings reigned in captivity – whatever that means.
Ether 10:32 “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; and he went to battle against the king, Amid, 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.”
Ether 10:33 “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 they kingdom.” They entered secret combinations again.
Ether 10:34 “Now Com did fight against them much; nevertheless, he did not prevail against them.”
Ether 11:1 “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.”
Ether 11:2 “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.”
Ether 11:3-4 God blessed Com, who begat Shiblom, who replaced him as king. But Shiblom’s brother rebelled against him, starting a war.
Ether 11:5 “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;”
Ether 11:6 “And there was great calamity in all the land, for they had testified that a great 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 their wickedness.”
Ether 11:7 “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; and all this came to pass in the days of Shiblom.”
Ether 11:8 “And the people began to repent of their iniquity; and inasmuch as they did the Lord did have mercy on them.”
Ether 11:9-11 Then Shiblom was killed, he was followed by Seth, who was followed by Ahah. Ahah was wicked. And so was Ethem his successor.
Ether 11:12 “And it came to pass that 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.”
Ether 11:13 But, the people ignored the prophets.
Ether 11:14 Ethem begat Moron, who was a wicked king.
Ether 11:15 “And 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; 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.” The words “there arose a mighty” are in Luke 15:14.
Ether 11:16-18 Then Moron overthrew the mighty man that overthrew him. But Moron was overthrown by another mighty man, a descendent of the brother of Jared. So Moron dwelt in captivity for the rest of his days, and begat Coriantor.
Ether 11:19 “And it came to pass that Coriantor dwelt in captivity all his days.”
Ether 11:20 “And 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;”
Ether 11:21 “And that the Lord God would send or bring forth another people to possess the land, by his power, after the manner by which he brought their fathers.”
Ether 11:22 “And they did reject all the words of the prophets, because of their secret society and wicked abominations.”
Ether 11:23 “And it came to pass that Coriantor begat Ether, and he died, having dwelt in captivity all his days.” Finally, we are introduced to Ether – the prophet and record keeper, who will witness and record the final scenes of destruction among the Jaredites.
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