Orihah

First Jaredite king

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Orihah

Orihah was the son of Jared, the founder of the Jaredite nation. He accepted the invitation of the people—he was the last choice among the sons of Jared and the brother of Jared—to become their king. In doing so, he ignored the prophetic warning of the brother of Jared against a monarchy. “Surely this thing leadeth into captivity”. Following the death of Jared and his brother, “Orihah did walk humbly before the Lord, and did remember how great things the Lord had done for his father, and also taught his people how great things the Lord had done for their fathers”. The people prospered under the leadership of Orihah. “And it came to pass that Orihah did execute judgment upon the land in righteousness all his days, whose days were exceedingly many”. He was succeeded by his son, Kib. Corihor, son of Kib, rose up in rebellion against his father and, through his greedy ambitions, began fulfilling the warning against evil leaders sounded by the brother of Jared. That pattern of intertwining righteous and wicked leadership among their kings and usurpers continued to the end of Jaredite history.

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

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