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Ether4:45 - Ether4:55

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Passage: Ether 4:45 - Ether 4:55

45 And his eldest son whose name was Shez rebelled against him, Nevertheless, Shez was smitten by the hand of a robber because of his exceeding riches, which brought peace again unto his father.
46 And it came to pass that his father did build up many cities upon the face of the land, And the people began again to spread over all the face of the land;
47 And Shez did live to an exceeding old age, And he begat Riplakish; And he died and Riplakish reigned in his stead.
48 And it came to pass that Riplakish did not do that which was right in the sight of the Lord, For he did have many wives and concubines, And did lay that upon men's shoulders which was grievous to be borne-yea, he did tax them with heavy taxes; And with the taxes he did build many spacious buildings,
49 And he did erect him an exceeding beautiful throne. And he did build many prisons; And whoso would not be subject unto taxes, he did cast into prison, And whoso was not able to pay taxes, he did cast into prison;
50 And he did cause that they should labor continually for their support, And whoso refused to labor, he did cause to be put to death; Wherefore, he did obtain all his fine work, Yea, even his fine gold he did cause to be refined in prison, And all manner of fine workmanship he did cause to be wrought in prison.
51 And it came to pass that he did afflict the people with his whoredoms and abominations; And when he had reigned for the space of forty and two years, the people raised up in rebellion against him, And there began to be war again in the land, insomuch that Riplakish was killed and his descendants were driven out of the land.
52 And it came to pass that after the space of many years, Morianton-he being a descendant of Riplakish- gathered together an army of outcasts and went forth and gave battle unto the people; And he gained power over many cities;
53 And the war became exceeding sore and did last for the space of many years, And he did gain power over all the land and did establish himself king over all the land;
54 And after that he had established himself king, he did ease the burden of the people, in the which he did gain favor in the eyes of the people and they did anoint him to be their king;
55 And he did do justice unto the people, but not unto himself because of his many whoredoms; Wherefore, he was cut off from the presence of the Lord.

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