“The King Began to Rejoice Because of His Life”

Brant Gardner

No doubt the king was happy to retain his life, for that was typically forfeit in a Mesoamerican encounter, even when there was no death in combat. Captive kings were kept as prizes and were eventually sacrificed. Lamoni was escaping with more than his life, he was escaping with his political power intact. That such a turn of events should follow his defeat in battle was a complete reversal of his expectations.

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon