Partial Account of King Benjamin
abridged ca. 363 ad1This partial account likely was on the final leaf of the pages kept by Joseph Smith, among the initial pages translated in 1828 and otherwise lost by Martin Harris. It was published under the Words of Mormon. The other side of that remnant page from among those lost by Harris was inserted in Third Nephi, as shown in the third volume, fn.8, p.66.
And it came to pass also that the armies of the Lamanites came down out of the land of Nephi, to battle against his people. But behold, King Benjamin gathered together his armies, and he did stand against them. And he did fight with the strength of his own arm, with the Sword of Laban. And in the strength of the Lord they did contend against their enemies, until they had slain many thousands of the Lamanites. And it came to pass that they did contend against the Lamanites until they had driven them out of all the lands of their inheritance. And it came to pass that after there had been false christs, and their mouths had been shut, and they punished according to their crimes. And after there had been false prophets, and false preachers and teachers among the people, and all these having been punished according to their crimes.
And after there having been much contention and many dissensions away unto the Lamanites, behold, it came to pass that King Benjamin, with the assistance of the holy prophets who were among his people — for behold, King Benjamin was a holy man, and he did reign over his people in righteousness, and there were many holy men in the land, and they did speak the word of God with power and with authority, and they did use much sharpness because of the stiffneckedness of the people — wherefore, with the help of these, King Benjamin, by laboring with all the might of his body and the faculty of his whole soul, and also the prophets, did once more establish peace in the land.
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