“He Word of God Is Fulfilled”

Brant Gardner

Mormon concludes this unit with the moral lesson of this particular story. Even though the Amlicites were in rebellion against Yahweh, they nevertheless fulfilled prophecy and brought the ancient curse on themselves.

An important lesson is that we bring condemnation upon ourselves. While there are punishments for disobeying Yahweh, most of them are better seen as consequences than active punishments. Surely a curse might be defined as an active punishment, but the Amlicites spontaneously volunteered for it. So it is with most of God’s punishments. God does not so much mete them out as we rush to embrace them while thinking we are after something else.

Second Witness: Analytical & Contextual Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4