A – King who will bring judgement when He comes.
B – Teaching the commandments of God is equated to Fulfilling the commandments of God, see Pleroo the Law.
C – Judging and punishing someone for breaking God’s commandments is righteous judgement and will cause peace to be in the land.
D – Expounding the troubles that come from a wicked king and stating we should have judges instead.
E – Do you business by the voice of the people and every man should do his part.
A1 11 Therefore I will be your KING the remainder of my days;
A-2 nevertheless, let us appoint judges, to JUDGE this people ACCORDING to our LAW;
A–3 and we will newly arrange the affairs of this people, for we will appoint WISE men to be JUDGES, that will JUDGE this people according to the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.
A—4a 12 Now it is BETTER that a man should be JUDGED OF GOD than of man,
A—4-b for the JUDGEMENTS OF GOD ARE ALWAYS JUST,
A—4a but the JUDGEMENTS OF MAN are NOT ALWAYS JUST.
A–3 13 Therefore, if it were possible that you could have JUST men to be your KINGS, who would ESTABLISH the LAWS of God,
A-2 and JUDGE this people ACCORDING to his COMMANDMENTS,
A1a yea, if ye could have men for your KINGS who would do even as my father Benjamin did for this people—
A1a I say unto you, if this could always be the case then it would be expedient that ye should always have KINGS to rule over you.
-B 14 And even I myself have labored with all the power and faculties which I have possessed, to TEACH you the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD, and to establish PEACE THROUGHOUT THE LAND, that there should be no wars nor contentions, no stealing, nor plundering, nor murdering, nor any manner of iniquity;
–C 15 And whosoever has committed INIQUITY, him have I PUNISHED according to the CRIME which he has COMMITTED, according to the LAW which has been GIVEN to us by our FATHERS.
—D1 16 Now I say unto you, that BECAUSE ALL MEN ARE NOT JUST it is NOT EXPEDIENT that ye should have a KING OR KINGS to rule over you.
—D-2a 17 For behold, how much INIQUITY doth one wicked king cause to be committed, yea, and what great destruction!
—D-2a 18 Yea, remember KING Noah, his WICKEDNESS and his ABOMINATIONS, and also the WICKEDNESS and ABOMINATIONS of his people. Behold what great DESTRUCTION did come upon them; and also because of their INIQUITIES they were brought into bondage.
—D–3a 19 And were it not for the INTERPOSITION of their all-wise CREATOR, and this because of their SINCERE REPENTANCE, they must unavoidably remain in BONDAGE until now.
—D–3b 20 But behold, HE [GOD] did DELIVER them because they did HUMBLE themselves before him;
—D–3a and because they CRIED mightily unto him he did deliver them out of BONDAGE;
—D–3b and thus doth the Lord work with his POWER in all cases among the children of men, extending the arm of MERCY towards them that put their TRUST in HIM.
—D-2a 21 And behold, now I say unto you, ye cannot dethrone an INIQUITOUS KING save it be through much contention, and the SHEDDING of much BLOOD.
—D-2-b1 22 For behold, he has his friends in INIQUITY, and he keepeth his GUARDS about him;
—D-2-b-2a and he TEARETH up the LAWS of those who have reigned in RIGHTEOUSNESS before him;
—D-2-b-2a and he TRAMPLETH under his feet the COMMANDMENTS of GOD;
—D-2-b-2b 23 And he enacteth LAWS, and sendeth them forth among his people,
—D-2-b-2b yea, LAWS after the manner of his own WICKEDNESS;
—D-2-b1 and whosoever doth not obey his laws he causeth to be DESTROYED;
—D-2-b1 and whosoever doth rebel against him he will SEND his ARMIES AGAINST them to WAR, and if he can he will DESTROY them;
—D-2a and thus an unrighteous king doth PERVERT the ways of all righteousness.
—D1 24 And now behold I say unto you, it is not expedient that such ABOMINATIONS should come upon you.
—-E1 25 Therefore, CHOOSE you by the VOICE OF THIS PEOPLE, JUDGES, that ye may be JUDGED ACCORDING to the LAWS which have been GIVEN you by our FATHERS, which are CORRECT, and which were GIVEN them BY THE HAND of the LORD.
—-E-2 26 Now it is not common that the voice of the people desireth anything CONTRARY to that which is RIGHT;
—-E–3 but it is common for the LESSER PART of the people TO DESIRE that which is NOT RIGHT;
—-E—4 therefore this shall ye observe and make it your LAW—TO DO YOUR BUSINESS BY THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.
—-E–3 27 And if the time comes that the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE doth CHOOSE INQUITY, then is the time that the JUDGEMENTS OF GOD WILL COME upon you;
—-E–3 yea, then is the TIME he will visit you with great DESTRUCTION even as he has hitherto visited this land.
—-E-2 28 And now if ye have judges, and they DO NOT JUDGE you according to the LAW which has been given, ye can cause that they may be judged of a higher judge.
—-E1 29 If your higher judges DO NOT JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENTS, ye shall cause that a small number of your lower judges should be gathered together, and they shall JUDGE your higher judges, ACCORDING to the VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.
—-E1a 30 And I command you to do these things in the fear of the Lord; and I command you to do these things, and THAT YE HAVE NO KING;
—-E1b that if these people commit SINS and INIQUITIES they shall be ANSWERED upon their OWN HEADS.
—-E-2a 31 For behold I say unto you, the sins of many people have been caused by the INIQUITIES of their kings; therefore their INIQUITIES are answered upon the heads of their kings.
—-E-2b 32 And now I DESIRE that this inequality should be NO MORE IN THE LAND, especially among this my people; but I DESIRE that this land be a land of liberty, and every man may enjoy his rights and privileges alike, so long as the Lord sees fit that we may live and inherit the land, yea, even as long as any of our posterity remains upon the face of the land.
—-E–3 33 And many more things did king Mosiah write unto them, UNFOLDING unto them all the trials and troubles of a righteous KING, yea, all the travails of soul for their people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their KING; and he explained it all unto them.
—-E—4 34 And he told them that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should come upon all the people, that EVERY MAN MIGHT BEAR HIS PART.
—-E–3 35 And he also UNFOLDED unto them all the disadvantages they labored under, by having an unrighteous KING to rule over them;
—-E-2a 36 Yea, all his INIQUITIES and ABOMINATIONS, and all the wars, and contentions, and bloodshed, and the stealing, and the plundering, and the committing of whoredoms, and all manner of iniquities which cannot be enumerated—
—-E-2b telling them that these things OUGHT NOT TO BE, that they were expressly repugnant to the commandments of God. 37 And now it came to pass, after king Mosiah had sent these things forth among the people they were CONVINCED of the truth of his words.
—-E1a 38 Therefore they RELINQUISHED THEIR DESIRES FOR A KING, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance throughout all the land;
—-E1b yea, and every man expressed a willingness to ANSWER for his OWN SINS.
—D1a 39 Therefore, it came to pass that they assembled themselves together in bodies THROUGHOUT the LAND,
—D1-b to cast in their VOICES concerning who should be their JUDGES,
—D1-b to JUDGE them ACCORDING to the LAW which had been given them;
—D1a and they were exceedingly rejoiced because of the LIBERTY which had been granted unto them.
—D2a 40 And they did wax strong in LOVE towards Mosiah; yea, they did ESTEEM him MORE than any other man;
—D2-b for they did not look upon him as a TYRANT who was seeking for GAIN, yea, for that lucre which doth CORRUPT the soul; for he had not exacted riches of them, neither had he delighted in the SHEDDING of BLOOD;
—D2-b but he had established PEACE in the land, and he had granted unto his people that they should be DELIEVERED from all manner of BONDAGE;
—D2a therefore they did ESTEEM him, yea, exceedingly, BEYOND MEASURE.
—D1 41 And it came to pass that they did APPOINT JUDGES to rule over them, or to JUDGE them ACCORDING to the LAW; and this they did THROUGHOUT all the LAND.
–C1 42 And it came to pass that Alma was appointed to be the first CHIEF JUDGE, he being also the HIGH PRIEST, his father having conferred the office upon him, and having given him the charge concerning all the affairs of the church.
–C-2 43 And now it came to pass that Alma did walk in the ways of the Lord, and he did keep his commandments, and he did JUDGE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENTS; and there was continual PEACE THROUGH THE LAND.
–C1 44 And thus commenced the reign of the JUDGES throughout all the land of Zarahemla, among all the people who were called the Nephites; and Alma was the first and CHIEF JUDGE.
-B 45 And now it came to pass that his father died, being eighty and two years old, having lived to FULFIL the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.
A1 46 And it came to pass that [KING] Mosiah died also, in the THIRTY AND THIRD YEAR of his reign, being sixty and three years old [began at THIRTY];
A-2 making in the whole, five hundred and nine years from the time Lehi left Jerusalem [pointing forward to the coming of the KING after the end of the sixth century/millennium].
A1 47 And thus ended the reign of the KINGS over the people of Nephi; and thus ended the days of Alma, who was the founder of their church.