Jared²

Early Jaredite king

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Jared²

Omer, an early king of the Jaredites, belonged to the fourth generation after Jared. Omer’s rebellious son, also called Jared, had deposed and imprisoned his father out of greed and political ambition. When Jared’s brothers rose up in support of their father and defeated Jared’s forces, Jared promised to return the kingdom in exchange for his life. His brothers agreed—but Jared’s appetite for power and wealth was not diminished. “And now Jared became exceedingly sorrowful because of the loss of the kingdom, for he had set his heart upon the kingdom and upon the glory of the world”. It was then that Jared’s daughter reminded him of the account of the secret combinations of antiquity contained in “the record which our fathers brought across the great deep”. She devised a plan to seduce Akish, a friend of Omer, with her dancing so that he would want her as his wife. At that point she and her father would induce Akish to be part of a secret plot to slay Omer and regain the kingdom.

Akish concurred and succeeded in taking back the kingdom for his partner Jared. Having been forewarned by the Lord in a dream, Omer escaped with his life and fled to safety with his family. Akish then murdered Jared as he sat on his throne and was thereafter embroiled in a long power struggle involving his own rebellious sons—leading to a civil war that destroyed virtually the entire nation, except for thirty souls who joined with Omer as he recovered his throne once again.

(Source: Ed J. Pinegar, Richard J. Allen, Book of Mormon Who’s Who)

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