“Because He Slew His Servants Who Had Had Their Flocks”

Brant Gardner

This verse corroborates the hypothesis that Lamoni’s executions were not universally approved, even though they had been obediently carried out. Even Lamoni had wondered if Ammon (as demi-god) had come to punish him for those deaths (Alma 18:2). It seems likely that Lamoni’s admittedly inadequate response to the power struggle being launched by his rivals had become an issue in the court.

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