Ether Chapter 7
In Ether chapters 7-11 there will be little verse commentary, as it does not seem to be needed. Beginning with chapter 7 we are introduced to the cycle of wickedness and perversion into which the people find themselves repeatedly drawn. Rather than studying a lot of verse commentary, then, it is suggested that the reader look for the following general themes and lessons in these chapters:
1. The hazards of the reigns of wicked kings.
2. The fate of a people who uphold secret combinations (Ether 8:16; Ether 8:20-22).
3. Parts of the New World comprise a choice land above all other lands and will remain a promised land only to people who are righteous (Ether 9:20; Ether 13:2).
4. The power of faith and righteous living. Pay particular attention to two righteous kings, Emer and Coriantum (Ether 9:21-22).
5. The importance of prophets and the fate of those who reject their words (Ether 7:23-24; Ether 9:28-31; Ether 11:1-5; Ether 11:12-13; Ether 11:20-22).
6. The sending of natural disasters in order to humble a people (Ether 9:28-35; Ether 11:5-7).
7. The reality, power, and mercy of Jesus Christ.
1 And it came to pass that Orihah did execute judgment upon the land in righteousness all his days, whose days were exceedingly many.
2 And he begat sons and daughters; yea, he begat thirty and one, among whom were twenty and three sons.
verse 2 Again, evidence that polygamy was practiced.
3 And it came to pass that he also begat Kib in his old age. And it came to pass that Kib reigned in his stead; and Kib begat Corihor.
4 And when Corihor was thirty and two years old he rebelled against his father, and went over and dwelt in the land of Nehor; and he begat sons and daughters, and they became exceedingly fair; wherefore Corihor drew away many people after him.
verse 4 Little is known about the geographic features of the land of the Jaredites. It would seem that the land may be divided into two parts, a highland western portion and a low-land eastern area. The former contains the Jaredites earliest settlement, the "land of their first inheritance," the land of Moron. No city of Moron is ever mentioned. In the low-land eastern area, probably close to the eastern coast was a hilly area. One major hill is the hill Ramah-later to be called Cumorah by the Nephites. The hill Comnor and two valleys and probably the hill Shim were located in the same region. North of this hilly eastern coastal area is a "land of many waters, rivers, and fountains" (Mormon 6:4). The southern portion of the Jaredites' land, not far from the land of Moron is the land later to be called Desolation by the Nephites. It is in this land, near the hill Ramah/Cumorah where the great final battles of the Jaredites and Nephite/Lamanites were fought (please see the illustration Hypothetical Map of Book of Mormon Lands).
The location of the land and city of Nehor is unknown.
5 And when he had gathered together an army he came up unto the land of Moron where the king dwelt, and took him captive, which brought to pass the saying of the brother of Jared that they would be brought into captivity.
6 Now the land of Moron, where the king dwelt, was near the land which is called Desolation by the Nephites.
7 And it came to pass that Kib dwelt in captivity, and his people under Corihor his son, until he became exceedingly old; nevertheless Kib begat Shule in his old age, while he was yet in captivity.
8 And it came to pass that Shule was angry with his brother; and Shule waxed strong, and became mighty as to the strength of a man; and he was also mighty in judgment.
9 Wherefore, he came to the hill Ephraim, and he did molten out of the hill, and made swords out of steel for those whom he had drawn away with him; and after he had armed them with swords he returned to the city Nehor and gave battle unto his brother Corihor, by which means he obtained the kingdom and restored it unto his father Kib.
10 And now because of the thing which Shule had done, his father bestowed upon him the kingdom; therefore he began to reign in the stead of his father.
11 And it came to pass that he did execute judgment in righteousness; and he did spread his kingdom upon all the face of the land, for the people had become exceedingly numerous.
12 And it came to pass that Shule also begat many sons and daughters.
13 And Corihor repented of the many evils which he had done; wherefore Shule gave him power in his kingdom.
14 And it came to pass that Corihor had many sons and daughters. And among the sons of Corihor there was one whose name was Noah.
15 And it came to pass that Noah rebelled against Shule, the king, and also his father Corihor, and drew away Cohor his brother, and also all his brethren and many of the people.
16 And he gave battle unto Shule the king, in which he did obtain the land of their first inheritance; and he became a king over that part of the land.
17 And it came to pass that he gave battle again unto Shule, the king; and he took Shule, the king, and carried him away captive into Moron.
18 And it came to pass as he was about to put him to death, the sons of Shule crept into the house of Noah by night and slew him, and broke down the door of the prison and brought out their father, and placed him upon his throne in his own kingdom.
19 Wherefore, the son of Noah did build up his kingdom in his stead; nevertheless they did not gain power any more over Shule the king, and the people who were under the reign of Shule the king did prosper exceedingly and wax great.
20 And the country was divided; and there were two kingdoms, the kingdom of Shule, and the kingdom of Cohor, the son of Noah.
21 And Cohor, the son of Noah, caused that his people should give battle unto Shule, in which Shule did beat them and did slay Cohor.
22 And now Cohor had a son who was called Nimrod; and Nimrod gave up the kingdom of Cohor unto Shule, and he did gain favor in the eyes of Shule; wherefore Shule did bestow great favors upon him, and he did do in the kingdom of Shule according to his desires.
23 And also in the reign of Shule there came prophets among the people, who were sent from the Lord, prophesying that the wickedness and idolatry of the people was bringing a curse upon the land, and they should be destroyed if they did not repent.
verse 23 "there came prophets among the people" This is the first of six different times in the Jaredite record when the Lord will send prophets among the people to warn them (see also Ether 9:28; Ether 11:1-8; Ether 11:12; Ether 11:20; Ether 12:3). These prophets are unnamed The Lord's pattern is always the same. When the destruction of a people is imminent, the Lord sends prophets to warn the people that they will be destroyed lest they repent. This time the outcome is favorable.
"the wickedness and idolatry of the people was bringing a curse upon the land" See the discussion of idolatry in the commentary for Omni 1:20.
24 And it came to pass that the people did revile against the prophets, and did mock them. And it came to pass that king Shule did execute judgment against all those who did revile against the prophets.
25 And he did execute a law throughout all the land, which gave power unto the prophets that they should go whithersoever they would; and by this cause the people were brought unto repentance.
26 And because the people did repent of their iniquities and idolatries the Lord did spare them, and they began to prosper again in the land. And it came to pass that Shule begat sons and daughters in his old age.
27 And there were no more wars in the days of Shule; and he remembered the great things that the Lord had done for his fathers in bringing them across the great deep into the promised land; wherefore he did execute judgment in righteousness all his days.