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Moroni continues Ether’s story of the people, noting that “because of the iniquity of the people” people could not even lay things down in their own house and it still be there by morning (verse 1). Because things were so bad, people had to literally hold on to what they owned just to keep it, and the people could not even borrow from or loan to each other (verse 2).
The battles continued (verses 3-4), even into the wilderness (verse 4). One of the armies lost a whole part of their army because they were drunk and couldn’t fight (verse 5).
One leader was Coriantumr, who gave strength to his army by living with them and leading them well in person (verse 7).
The opposing leader gave strength to his army by secret combinations, the gaining of wealth and power through murder and stealing and deceit (verse 8). The karmic pattern continued, with this evil king being murdered on this throne by those he had used to gain his own power (verse 9). The murderer was then the new king (verse 10).
Coriantumr battled against the murderer-king (verse 11), and he was wounded – but still he fought (verse 12)! Coriantumr gave great battle (verse 13), even until the murderer-king had to flee into the wilderness (verse 14). The murderer-king gained some ground, and pursued Coriantumr (verse 15), but Coriantumr battled until he won (verse 16).
The brother of the murderer-king then pursued Coriantumr, through many cities which he burned, and killing many women and children (verse 17). The people cried out against him for these evil deeds (verse 18), and began to form armies against him (verse 19). Others joined Coriantumr (verse 20) and “so great and lasting had been the war, and so long had been the scene of bloodshed and carnage, that the whole face of the land was covered with the bodies of the dead” (verse 21).
The war was so bad, and happened so fast, that there were not even people enough to bury the dead (verse 22), and so the survivors were troubled by the grief and the bodies left behind (verse 23).
But still, the battle wore on.
Ether, the prophet, received word from the Lord that Coriantumr would not die by the sword (verse 24), but that the people faced such destruction because they had refused the prophets’ warnings and had not turned to the Lord. It was the wickedness of the people, and the abominations that they had done, that chose these consequences, that “prepared a way for their everlasting destruction” (verse 25).
The battle continued, with such destructive power that all the people were frightened and began to flee (verses 26-27). The opposing sides camped in opposing valleys, and sounded their trumpets to battle (verse 28), and the battle was “exceedingly sore” (verse 29).
Coriantumr was struck, and “having lost blood, fainted, and was carried away as though he were dead” (verse 30). Because they thought they had killed the leader, and because the loss of women and children on both sides had been great, the rebels stopped fighting and returned to their camp (verse 31).
Even this piece is a type of Christ, who the adversary thought he had conquered.
But death was not the end, and death is no longer final.