“The Wicked More Numerous Than the Righteous”

Since there were no numbers or percentages given of the two great divisions (4 Nephi 1:35), it is assumed that they were near equal size. During the sixteen-year period covered in these two verses, the wicked, or the Lamanites, became more numerous. We also assume, because of the short period of time involved, that the growth was due to apostasy and proselyting by the churches that were being built up.

Monte S. Nyman -

Monte S. Nyman

Book of Mormon Commentary: Divine Ministry, the First Gospel