Those Who Had Gathered There Began to Murmur Among Themselves

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

We, ourselves, may imagine what was said and done by these simple, unsophisticated, and superstitious people whose ideas of the Great Spirit were not only unguided by rational thinking, but whose decisions upon the natural or the supernatural were based upon ignorance and unreasoning fear.

Each one who gathered at the king's house had his own explanation of what had occurred there. Some said one thing, some another. Some argued for good, some for evil. To some, Ammon was a god; others said that a great calamity had visited the king because he permitted a Nephite to remain in the land when the stranger should have been expelled, or put to death.

Those who argued that point were sharply reproved by others who reasoned that the king had slain many of his servants, who through no fault of their own, had had his flocks scattered at the Waters of Sebus. Therefore, the king himself, they said, "hath brought this evil upon his house."

Among them that thronged the king's chambers were some of the men who had scattered the king's flocks. They were angry with Ammon because he had slain so many of their robber-brethren while protecting the royal livestock. One man, who had a brother slain at the Waters of Sebus, drew his sword and attempted to slay Ammon as he lay on the ground, but he was struck dead by an unseen power before he could carry his rash intent into action.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 3