|4:1 Now it came to pass in the sixth year of the
reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, there were
no contentions nor wars in the land of Zarahemla;
|4:2 But the people were afflicted, yea, greatly
afflicted for the loss of their brethren, and also for
the loss of their flocks and herds, and also for the loss
of their fields of grain, which were trodden under foot
and destroyed by the Lamanites.
|4:3 And so great were their afflictions that every
soul had cause to mourn; and they believed that it was
the judgments of God sent upon them because of their
wickedness and their abominations; therefore they were
awakened to a remembrance of their duty.
|4:4 And they began to establish the church more fully; yea, and many were baptized in the waters of Sidon and were joined to the
church of God; yea, they were baptized by the hand of
Alma, who had been consecrated the high priest over the
people of the church, by the hand of his father Alma.
|4:5 And it came to pass in the seventh year of the
reign of the judges there were about three thousand five
hundred souls that united themselves to the church of God and were baptized. And thus
ended the seventh year of the reign of the judges over
the people of Nephi; and there was continual peace in all
|4:6 And it came to pass in the eighth year of the
reign of the judges, that the people of the church began to wax proud, because of their exceeding
riches, and their fine silks, and their fine-twined
linen, and because of their many flocks and herds, and
their gold and their silver, and all manner of precious
things, which they had obtained by their industry; and in
all these things were they lifted up in the pride of
their eyes, for they began to wear very costly apparel.
|4:7 Now this was the cause of much affliction to
Alma, yea, and to many of the people whom Alma had
consecrated to be teachers, and priests, and elders over
the church; yea, many of them were sorely grieved for the
wickedness which they saw had begun to be among their
|4:8 For they saw and beheld with great sorrow that
the people of the church began to be
lifted up in the pride of their eyes, and to set their
hearts upon riches and upon the vain things of the world,
that they began to be scornful, one towards another, and
they began to persecute those that did not believe
according to their own will and pleasure.
|4:9 And thus, in this eighth year of the reign of
the judges, there began to be great contentions among the
people of the church; yea, there
were envyings, and strife, and malice, and persecutions,
and pride, even to exceed the pride of those who did not
belong to the church of God.
|4:10 And thus ended the eighth year of the reign of
the judges; and the wickedness of the church was a great stumbling-block to those who did
not belong to the church; and thus the church began to
fail in its progress.
|4:11 And it came to pass in the commencement of the
ninth year, Alma saw the wickedness of the church, and he saw also that the example of the church
began to lead those who were unbelievers on from one
piece of iniquity to another, thus bringing on the
destruction of the people.
|4:12 Yea, he saw great inequality among the people,
some lifting themselves up with their pride, despising
others, turning their backs upon the needy and the 1naked
and those who were hungry, and those who were athirst,
and those who were sick and afflicted.
|| Matthew 25:35-36: For I was an hungred, and ye
gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me
drink...Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye
|4:13 Now this was a great cause for lamentations
among the people, while others were abasing themselves,
succoring those who stood in need of their succor, such
as imparting their substance to the poor and the needy,
feeding the hungry, and suffering all manner of
afflictions, for Christ's sake, who
should come according to the spirit of prophecy;
|4:14 Looking forward to that day, thus retaining a
remission of their sins; being filled with great joy
because of the resurrection of the dead, according to the
will and power and deliverance of Jesus Christ from the bands of death.
|4:15 And now it came to pass that Alma, having seen
the afflictions of the humble followers of God, and the
persecutions which were heaped upon them by the remainder
of his people, and seeing all their inequality, began to
be very sorrowful; nevertheless the Spirit of the Lord
did not fail him.
|4:16 And he selected a wise man who was among the
elders of the church, and gave him
power according to the voice of the people, that he might
have power to enact laws according to the laws which had
been given, and to put them in force according to the
wickedness and the crimes of the people.
|4:17 Now this man's name was Nephihah, and he was
appointed chief judge; and he sat in the judgment-seat to
judge and to govern the people.
|4:18 Now Alma did not grant unto him the office of
being high priest over the church, but he
retained the office of high priest unto himself; but he
delivered the judgment-seat unto Nephihah.
|4:19 And this he did that he himself might go forth
among his people, or among the people of Nephi, that he
might preach the word of God unto them, 1to stir
them up in remembrance of their duty, and that he might
pull down, by the word of God, all the pride and
craftiness and all the contentions which were among his
people, seeing no way that he might reclaim them save it
were in bearing down in pure testimony against them.
II Peter 1:13: ...to stir you up by putting you in
|4:20 And thus in the commencement of the ninth year
of the reign of the judges over the people of Nephi, Alma
delivered up the judgment-seat to Nephihah, and confined
himself wholly to the high priesthood of the holy order
of God, to the testimony of the word, according to the
spirit of revelation and prophecy.