Ether 8:8 the daughter of Jared … thought to devise a design whereby she could redeem the kingdom unto her beget

While the brother of Jared goes polish in Book of Mormon history as a prophet of alone religion, the daughter of Jared ( though a different Jared ) must be constantly remembered for her wicked and devious plan. This history is one of the best examples of how mystery combinations work. But Moroni is careful not to tell besides much. And now I, Moroni, do not write the manner of their oaths and combinations ( Ether 8:20 ) because he does not want us to use the Book of Mormon for malefic purposes as the daughter of Jared had done with the read which [ her ] fathers brought across the bang-up deep .

Ether 8:9 an account concerning them of old, that they by their secret plans did obtain kingdoms and great glory

As the Nephites carried with them the boldness plates of Laban, so the Jaredites carried an ancient record, but Moroni ‘s condensation does not tell us much about this record. We know that it must have contained the history of Creation, the Garden, and the Fall ( Ether 1:3-4 ). apparently, it besides contained an history of secret plans and combinations. probably, this record was a draw more across-the-board than the few chapters we have in Genesis. It credibly included a more comprehensive examination report of the narrative of Cain as it appears in Moses 5:25-32 :

‘ ( the word of the Lord to Cain ) And it shall be said in time to come-That these abominations were had from Cain ; for he rejected the greater rede which was had from God ; and this is a cursing which I will put upon thee, except thousand repent .
And Cain was wroth, and listened not any more to the voice of the Lord …
And Satan said unto Cain : Swear unto me by thy throat, and if thou tell it thousand shalt die ; and swear thy brethren by their heads, and by the living God, that they tell it not ; for if they tell it, they shall surely die ; and this that thy father may not know it ; and this sidereal day I will deliver thy buddy Abel into thine hands .
And Satan sware unto Cain that he would do according to his commands. And all these things were done in clandestine .
And Cain said : sincerely I am Mahan, the master of this great secret, that I may murder and get gain. Wherefore Cain was called Master Mahan, and he gloried in his nefariousness .
And Cain went into the field, and Cain talked with Abel, his brother. And it came to pass that while they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel, his buddy, and slew him .
here is a record of how the unavowed combinations, certified by an oath, were established on the earth. But it does not explain how these were used to obtain kingdoms and great glory as the daughter of Jared suggests. obviously, their read was a batch more comprehensive examination than what we have today .
Orson Pratt
“ Did they come upon this great western hemisphere without a cognition of God ? No. Without any written commemorate ? No … .the Jaredites did not come here without a record of the things from the days of Adam, down ; they had it with them. They kept it with them, and multiplied copies in the midst of their nation. ” ( Journal of Discourses, 16:52 )

Ether 8:10-11 let my father send for Akish … and I will dance before him

One can not help but see some similarities between the narrative of Akish and the narrative of Salome. Salome, whose name is not mentioned in the bible but is recorded by Josephus ( see Bible Dictionary ), was the daughter of Herodias who had illegally married Herod. She and her mother devised a plan to get John the Baptist killed. Like the design of the daughter of Jared, it involved a dance designed to please Herod and ship’s company ( see Matt 14:3-12 ). Hereby, we learn how sinful women wield power over unaccented men. “ The daughter of Jared used her beauty and capture to evil purpose … Jared ‘s daughter is described as ‘exceedingly expert ‘ ( Ether 8:8 ) ; her plan involved no armies, but was quite effective in bringing destruction to many … Her success in enticing Akish led to the downfall not alone of her grandfather and father, but to the destruction of her people. In preparing Jared ‘s daughter ‘s dowry-the severed head of her grandfather the king-Akish restored the practice of secret combinations and blood oaths. here, smasher and nice handling of others brought death and evil. “ ( Camille S. Williams & Donna Lee Brown, Ensign, Jan. 1992, “ ordinary People in the Book of Mormon ” )
today, the exercise continues but finds its construction in the huge industries of comic strip dance, pornography, and prostitution .
Hugh Nibley
“ There is one narrative of intrigue in the book of Ether that presents very ancient and widespread ( though but recently discovered ) parallels. That is the narrative of Jared ‘s daughter … historically, the wholly item of this fib is that it is highly unoriginal. It is supposed to be. The damsel asks her father if he has read ‘the record ‘ and refers him to a detail report therein describing how ‘they of previous. .. did obtain kingdoms ( vanadium. 9 ). ‘ In accord with this she then outlines a course of action which makes it gain barely what the ‘account ‘ was about. It dealt with a convention of military action ( for ‘kingdoms ‘ is in the plural ) in which a princess dances before a amatory stranger, wins his heart, and induces him to behead the rule king, marry her, and mount the throne. The black daughter of Jared works the plan for all it is deserving …
” This is indeed a strange and frightful tradition of throne succession, so far there is no better attested custom in the early worldly concern than the ritual of the dance princess ( represented by the salme priestess of the Babylonians, hence the list Salome ) who wins the heart of a stranger and induces him to marry her, behead the honest-to-god king, and mount the throne. I once collected a huge dossier on this atrocious woman … You find out all about the seamy triangle of the old king, the rival, and the dancing beauty from Frazer, Jane Harrison, Altheim, B. Schweitzer, Farnell, and any number of folklorists. The thing to note particularly is that there actually seems to have been a succession ritual of capital antiquity that followed this traffic pattern … the episode of the dance princess is at all times basically a ritual, and the name of Salome ( in citation to Herodias ‘ daughter ) is possibly no accident, for her floor is anything but alone. surely the book of Ether is on the soundest possible ground in attributing the behavior of the daughter of Jared to the divine guidance of ritual texts-secret directories on the art of deposing an aging king. The Jaredite interpretation, incidentally, is quite different from the Salome story of the Bible, but is identical with many earlier accounts that have come down to us in the oldest records of civilization. ” ( Lehi In The Desert & The World Of The Jaredites, p. 212-13 )

Ether 8:14 they all sware unto him, by the God of eden, and besides by the heavens, and besides by the earth and by their heads

Satan ‘s wicked oaths are broad of ambidextrous sarcasm. Of run, he does not have them swear “ by the hellion and besides by his despicable hell and besides by his loathesome disembodied helpers. ” Who would want to swear by such a miserable lot ? No, it sounds much better if you swear by fantastic things like God and heaven. Yet, those who enter these secret combinations will never be with God nor will they always experience heaven. Of his own people, Mormon commented on this irony by saying, they had sworn by all that had been forbidden them ( Mormon 3:14 ). See besides commentary for 3 Ne 12:34 .

Ether 8:14 whoso should divulge whatsoever thing Akish made known unto them, the lapp should lose his life

“ All associations with rituals and signs of recognition not made public are not condemnable, nor condemnable. only those which, behind a veil of privacy commit crimes and formulate plans against their fellows, the legally established state, or any legitimately existing mental hospital. such societies are the enemies of world. ” ( Reynolds and Sjodahl, Commentary on the Book of Mormon, vol. 6, p. 131 )
If we are to correctly identify privy combinations, we must know what constitutes a secret combination. Ether 8 instructs us that :

  1. They are based on ancient and secret plans (v. 9).
  2. Their members must join with an oath (v. 14)
  3. Their loyalty and secrecy are maintained with threats of violence (v. 14)
  4. Their author is the devil (v. 16)
  5. Their goal is to obtain kingdoms and great glory (v. 9), to gain power, and to murder, and to plunder, and to lie, and to commit all manner of wickedness and whoredoms (v. 16).

For a more comprehensive tilt, see comment for Helaman 6:18 .

Ether 8:19 the Lord[doth not] will that man should shed blood

Boyd K. Packer
“ Every time physical conditions are met, invention will take rate, whether in marriage or out. Once a liveliness is conceived, to destroy that biography, even before birth, is a major transgression, save concept results from rape, the mother ‘s life hangs in the balance, or the life of the unborn is certified to be hopeless. We do not know all about when a spirit enters the torso, but we do know that life, in any form, is very valued. While we are given the baron to generate life and commanded to do so, we have no license to destroy it. ‘For the Lord … in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man ‘ ( Ether 8:19 ). And the teaching given at Sinai was renewed in this dispensation : ‘Thou shalt not kill ‘ ( Exodus 20:13 ; see besides 2 Nephi 9:35 ) ‘nor do anything like unto it ‘ ( D & C 59:6 ). ” ( The Things of the Soul, p. 108 )

Ether 8:19-21 secret combinations … have caused the end of this people

Ezra Taft Benson
“ But the greatest handbook for freedom in this fight against evil is the Book of Mormon … This most correct koran on land states that the fall of two capital american english civilizations came as a solution of secret conspiracies whose desire was to overthrow the freedom of the people. ‘And they have caused the end of this people of whom I am now speaking, ‘ says Moroni, ‘and besides the destruction of the people of Nephi. ‘ ( Ether 8:21. )
“ now undoubtedly Moroni could have pointed out many factors that led to the end of the people, but notice how he singled out the mystery combinations, good as the Church nowadays could point out many threats to peace, prosperity, and the spread of God ‘s study, but it has singled out the greatest threat as the godless conspiracy. There is no conspiracy hypothesis in the Book of Mormon -it is a conspiracy fact .
“ then Moroni speaks to us in this day and says, ‘Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your nasty situation, because of this secret combination which shall be among you ‘ ( Ether 8:14. )
“ The Book of Mormon further warns that ‘whatsoever nation shall uphold such privy combinations, to get office and profit, until they shall spread over the state, behold they shall be destroyed. … ‘ ( Ether 8:22. )
“ This scripture should alert us to what is ahead unless we repent, because there is no interrogate but that as people of the spare world, we are increasingly uphold many of the evils of the adversary nowadays. By court decree godless conspirators can run for politics agency, teach in our schools, hold position in department of labor unions, work in our defense plants, serve in our merchant marines, etc. As a nation, we are helping to underwrite many evil revolutionaries in our country. ” ( Ensign, July 1972, “ civic Standards for the congregation Saints ” )

Ether 8:22 any state shall uphold such mystery combinations … shall be destroyed

Ezra Taft Benson
“ In the contemporary world, secret combinations take diverse forms and operate at unlike levels of company. They are expressed in organized crime and in religious, economic, and political conspiracies. The Lord has warned that clandestine combinations will be deliver in modern club ( D & C 38:29 ; Ether 8:20-25 ). They threaten exemption everywhere. however, latter-day Saints believe that secret combinations and their practices can be overcome, but only through righteous know and wide support of good politics .
“ … The Prophet Moroni described how the secret combination would take over a area and then fight the make of God, persecute the righteous, and murder those who resisted. Moroni consequently proceeded to describe the workings of the ancient ‘secret combinations ‘ so that advanced man could recognize this great political conspiracy in the last days : ( quotes Ether 8:23-25 )
“ The Prophet Moroni seemed greatly exercised lest in our sidereal day we might not be able to recognize the startle fact that the lapp secret societies which destroyed the Jaredites and decimated numerous kingdoms of both Nephites and Lamanites would be precisely the same mannequin of criminal conspiracy which would rise up among the gentile nations in this day. ” ( Conference Report, Oct. 1961, p. 71-2 )
Neal A. Maxwell
“ There will be combinations built up by the devil to overthrow freedom. ( Ether 8:25. ) He is still acting out against the principle of freedom. ” ( Things As They Really Are, p. 41 )
Bruce R. McConkie
“ At Armageddon that great political exponent which ‘seeketh to overthrow the freedom of all lands, nations, and countries, ‘ and which ‘bringeth to pass the destruction of all people, ‘ and which is itself ‘built up by the monster ‘ ( Ether 8:25 ) — that very political kingdom, in all its parts, shall be burned with fuel. It is the great and atrocious church. ” ( The Millenial Messiah, p. 494 )

Ether 8:22 the lineage of his saints … shall always cry unto him from the land for vengeance

Remember in the narrative of Cain, Satan lied to him and told him that the murder of Abel would be constantly secret, that if he would murder his brother Abel it should not be known unto the world ( Hel 6:27, see Moses 5:29 ). nothing could be further from the truth, for the Lord made this evil act celebrated among all people declaring, it shall be said in time to come-That these abominations were had from Cain ( Moses 5:25 ). But who was the whistle electric fan ? How could anyone testify of what was done in confidential ? The answer is that the ground itself revealed the great secret. The Lord declared, The voice of thy brother ‘s rake cries unto me from the ground ( Moses 5:35 ) .
Hugh Nibley
“ What is the rationale of this saying we have again and again in the Pearl of Great Price especially-‘his rake shall cry from the anchor ‘ or ‘from the earth. ‘ There ‘s a rationale for this very ancient recipe. The ground is the mother of life and is the uterus of the resurrection besides. From the earth we are resurrected and out from the land we are born. She is Mother Earth. She is the mother of life and the uterus of the resurrection. The destruction of life in any form is the reversal and perversion of universe itself, as we learn in Ether 8:19 in the Book of Mormon. ‘For the Lord worketh not in clandestine combinations, neither doth he will that world should shed blood, but in all things hath forbid it, from the begin of man. ‘ It ‘s an ineffably awful calamity measuredly to reverse the process for which the earth was created. If the ground accepts their blood, it will cry from the land and necessitate vengeance, as it does in the book of Moses. ” ( Teachings From the Book of Mormon, Lecture 52, p. 393 )

Ether 8:23 the sword of the justice of the Eternal God shall fall upon you … if ye shall suffer these things to be

Hugh Nibley
“ ( speak of mystery combinations ) What makes the thing sol frighten is not the parasite itself but the fact that a company is uncoerced to offer it entry and encouragement ( to ‘uphold ‘ it ), without which it is not dangerous at all. Its presence therefore should be viewed more as a symptom than a lawsuit : ‘Wherefore, the Lord commandeth you, when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your terribly situation ‘ ( Ether 8:24 ). immediate repentance, not police military action, is urgently prescribed : ‘O ye Gentiles. .. repent of your sins, and suffer not that these homicidal combinations shall get above you, which are built up to get baron and gain ‘ ( Ether 8:23 ). ” ( Since Cumorah, p. 396 )
Hugh Nibley
“ The winder word is ‘suffer ‘ ; we may not stand idly by under such conditions. Nor can we live sheltered lives and silent do the work for which we were sent into the populace : ‘As sheep among wolves ‘ ( Matt 10:16 ) -is that sheltered ? ” ( Brother Brigham Challenges the Saints, p. 130 )
Ezra Taft Benson
“ ‘Do n’t worry, ‘ says the devil ; ‘the Lord will protect you, and besides, the world is indeed corrupt and heading toward destruction at such a pace that you ca n’t stop it, so why try ? ‘ well, to begin with, the Lord will not protect us unless we do our part. This devilish tactic of persuading people not to get concerned because the Lord will protect them no matter what they do is exposed by the Book of Mormon. Referring to the devil, it says : ‘And others will he pacify, and lull them away into animal security, that they will say : All is well in Zion ; yea, Zion prospereth, all is well-and therefore the satan cheateth their souls, and leadeth them away carefully down to hell ‘ ( 2 Nephi 28:21 ) .
“ I like that word cautiously. In early words, do n’t shake them-you might wake them. The Book of Mormon warns us that when we see these homicidal conspiracies in our midst, we should awaken to our terribly situation ( see ether 8:24 ). nowadays, why should we awaken if the Lord is going to take care of us anyhow ? Let us suppose that it is besides late to save exemption. It is however accounted unto us for righteousness ‘ sake to stand up and fight. Some Book of Mormon prophets knew of the final lay waste to end of their nations, but they distillery fought on, and they saved some souls, including their own, by so doing. For, after all, the function of life is to prove ourselves, and the concluding victory will be for exemption ( Abraham 3:24-25 ). ” ( The Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p. 660 )

Ether 8:24 when ye shall see these things come among you that ye shall awake to a sense of your frightful situation

Hugh Nibley
“ Q. But what can anyone do about combinations as confidential and vitamin a knock-down as those mentioned ? Who can oppose them ?
“ A. First of wholly, we are told, we can cease to build them up, for ‘whoso buildeth it up seeketh to overthrow the exemption of all lands ,. .. and it bringeth to pass the destruction of all people ‘ ( Ether 8:25 ) .
“ Q. How can you build up a combination if you do n’t know where it is or even what it is ?
“ A. You can do that by playing the game its direction. once you have been warned, as we have been here, that things are being run by such elements, then you know very well that if you aspire to power and addition, determine, condition, and prestige ; in other words, if you aspire to success by contemporary standards, you can lone achieve it by doing everything their way. One ceases to uphold those elements only by rejecting a unharmed means of life, regardless of the risk or troublesomeness involved .
“ Q. So you do n’t uphold them ; but they are calm there. How can you get at them ?
“ A. As Alma and Ammon did in their day. They went forth ‘bearing down in saturated testimony ‘ to whoever would hear them, suffering the worst the opposition had to offer, ‘not with the purpose to destroy our brethren [ who were very wicked and depraved, you will recall ], but with the purpose that possibly we might save some few of their souls ‘ ( Alma 26:26 ). true it was a hazardous and dangerous business, but it was all they could do. We are not called upon to seize and occupy enemy territory, for the evil we are combatting is everywhere ( D & C 1 ), and the lone set we can confront it and overcome it is in our own hearts. I can not make a bad person good by pulling a gun trigger, yet conversion of sinners to saints is precisely what the Lord requires : to persuade the children of men to do good continually, so that Satan may have no more power over their hearts ( Ether 8:26 ). If men are to overcome Satan in this earth, they must be animated to do it-shooting them solves nothing .
“ Q. But we must overcome the hosts of evil .
“ A. Where are they ? ‘This is my doctrine ,. .. that the Father commandeth all men, everywhere, to repent ‘ ( 3 Nephi 11:32 ). Will you ask God which people you are to love and which you are to hate ? Which to deal reasonably with and which to cheat ? Which to speak the truth to and which to lie to ? Which to be kind to and which to be cruel to ? The parole of God answers all such questions with the greatest clarity ; we have entirely one game-plan, and that is the call to faith, repentance, and charity with which Moroni sums up the Book of Mormon. ” ( The Prophetic Book of Mormon, p. 368-9 )

Ether 8:26 Come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved

Bruce R. McConkie
“ Isaiah 12 tells of a millennial day when men shall ‘draw urine out of the wells of salvation ‘ ; and Zechariah, public speaking of that lapp day of peace and righteousness, tells how ‘living waters shall go out from Jerusalem ‘ ( Zech. 14:8. )
“ From all this it is perfectly clear that men must drink exist water to be saved. As Moroni expressed it : ‘Come unto the fountain of all righteousness and be saved. ‘ ( Ether 8:26. ) And the same truths run from the lapp spring yesterday, nowadays, and forever. ” ( The Promised Messiah, p. 206 )

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