Alma 27:4 Textual Variants

Royal Skousen
therefore when Ammon and his brethren saw this great work of destruction they were moved with compassion and [they 01ABCEFGHIJKLMNOPQRST| D] said unto the king …

The 1841 British edition omitted the subject pronoun they in the conjoined clause “and they said unto the king”. The 1849 LDS edition restored the they to the LDS text. Either reading is, of course, possible; as explained under Mosiah 11:27, the subject pronoun can be repeated in constructions involving say, as in “they received him with joy and they said unto him …” (Alma 55:9). The critical text will, of course, maintain the they here in Alma 27:4.

Summary: Retain in Alma 27:4 the repeated subject pronoun they in the conjoined clause “and they said unto the king” (the reading of the original text).

Analysis of Textual Variants of the Book of Mormon, Part. 4