“Jared Was Murdered Upon His Throne”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

A subordinate place in the wicked government did not satisfy Akish. His ambition was to be king. Murder was to him a means to an end. So he hired assassins, belonging to his secret society. They slew Jared while he was seated upon his royal throne, and Akish was then anointed king. That was retribution. The arch-assassin now became the ruler.

It may be observed here that criminals never quite trust each other. A criminal does not trust, much less love, a partner in sin. He views him with contempt, knowing that he is as contemptible as he himself is. Respect, friendship, brotherly love, are gorgeous and fragrant flowers which thrive only in a soil of truth and righteousness; they need the sunshine of humble communion with God, and a good conscience.

Nemesis on the track of Akish. Akish, suspicious of his own son, imprisoned him and caused him to starve to death. A brother of the victim, Nimrah, gathered a small company of men and fled to Ablom, where Omer, the rightful King, lived in exile. In the meantime, other sons of Akish gained the confidence of the people. A civil war, which raged in murderous fury for years, broke out. At the end of the slaughter which took place, the kingdom was almost depopulated. Akish must have been slain in that conflict. The exiles in Ablom returned to their inheritances, and Omer again reigned as king.

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 6