Recolonization of the Land of Nephi

Abinadi’s Execution and Aftermath

Mosiah 17:6–8

Three days later, Noah charges him with blasphemy, and threatens to sentence him to death unless he takes back what he said.

And after three days, having counseled with his priests, he caused that he should again be brought before him. And he said unto him:

“Abinadi, we have found an accusation against thee, and thou art worthy of death. For thou hast said that God himself should come down among the children of men; and now, for this cause thou shalt be put to death unless thou wilt recall all the words which thou hast spoken evil concerning me and my people.”

Mosiah 17:9–10

Abinadi refuses to compromise, and again warns of the impending wrath of God.

Now Abinadi said unto him:

“I say unto you, I will not recall the words which I have spoken unto you concerning this people, for they are true; and that ye may know of their surety I have suffered myself that I have fallen into your hands. Yea, and I will suffer even until death, and I will not recall my words, and they shall stand as a testimony against you. And if ye slay me ye will shed innocent blood, and this shall also stand as a testimony against you at the last day.”

Mosiah 17:11–12

Noah, worried about what Abinadi is saying, considers releasing him, but the priests convince him otherwise.

And now king Noah was about to release him, for he feared his word; for he feared that the judgments of God would come upon him. But the priests lifted up their voices against him, and began to accuse him, saying:

“He has reviled the king.”

Therefore the king was stirred up in anger against him, and he delivered him up that he might be slain.

Mosiah 17:13–20

Abinadi is burned at the stake, and utters a final warning of vengeance.

And it came to pass that they took him and bound him, and scourged his skin with faggots, yea, even unto death. And now when the flames began to scorch him, he cried unto them, saying:

“Behold, even as ye have done unto me, so shall it come to pass that thy seed shall cause that many shall suffer the pains that I do suffer, even the pains of death by fire; and this because they believe in the salvation of the Lord their God.

“And it will come to pass that ye shall be afflicted with all manner of diseases because of your iniquities.

“Yea, and ye shall be smitten on every hand,
and shall be driven and scattered to and fro,
even as a wild flock is driven by wild and ferocious beasts.

“And in that day ye shall be hunted,
and ye shall be taken by the hand of your enemies,
and then ye shall suffer, as I suffer, the pains of death by fire.

“Thus God executeth vengeance
upon those that destroy his people.

“O God, receive my soul!”

And now, when Abinadi had said these words, he fell, having suffered death by fire; yea, having been put to death because he would not deny the commandments of God, having sealed the truth of his words by his death.

Mosiah 18:32

Noah authorizes a covert operation to gather intelligence on Alma and those that might have followed him.

But behold, it came to pass that the king, having discovered a movement among the people, sent his servants to watch them. Therefore on the day that they were assembling themselves together to hear the word of the Lord they were discovered unto the king.

Mosiah 18:33

Noah assumes Alma is planning an insurrection by the waters of Mormon, and orders his army to attack him.

And now the king said that Alma was stirring up the people to rebellion against him; therefore he sent his army to destroy them.

Mosiah 19:1

The army fails to find Alma’s group, who had apparently already deserted the waters of Mormon.

And it came to pass that the army of the king returned, having searched in vain for the people of the Lord.

Mosiah 19:2–3

In response to Noah’s actions, he loses the support of many of his subjects.

And now behold, the forces of the king were small, having been reduced, and there began to be a division among the remainder of the people. And the lesser part began to breathe out threatenings against the king, and there began to be a great contention among them.

Mosiah 19:4

One disaffected man, Gideon, plots to kill Noah.

And now there was a man among them whose name was Gideon, and he being a strong man and an enemy to the king, therefore he drew his sword, and swore in his wrath that he would slay the king.

Mosiah 19:5

Gideon engages Noah in battle.

And it came to pass that he fought with the king;

Mosiah 19:5–6

Noah, knowing he is no match for Gideon, runs up to a tower near the temple, with Gideon on his heels.

…and when the king saw that he was about to overpower him, he fled and ran and got upon the tower which was near the temple. And Gideon pursued after him and was about to get upon the tower to slay the king…