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Seantum murdered his brother Seezoram to get his position as chief judge. Nephi, son of Nephi, told the people gathered in his garden to go and find their chief judge who would be lying murdered in his own blood. Five men ran from the crowd to find the chief judge. They did not believe that Nephi was a prophet of God. When they saw Seezoram, the chief judge, lying in his blood, they fell to the ground in fear. Now they knew that Nephi was a prophet. Seezoram’s servants had already found the chief judge and had run to tell the people. They returned and found the five men lying there. 
Five Men Arrested
The people thought the five men had murdered Seezoram. They threw the five men into prison and then sent word throughout the city that the chief judge had been killed and that the murderers were in prison. The next day the people went to where the chief judge would be buried. The judges who had been at Nephi's garden asked where the five men were. The judges asked to see the accused murderers. The accused murderers were the five men who had run from Nephi's garden to the chief judge. The five men said they had found the chief judge lying in blood, just as Nephi had said.
Then the judges accused Nephi of sending someone to murder Seezoram. Knowing that Nephi was a prophet, the five men argued with the judges, but they would not listen. They had Nephi tied up. The judges offered Nephi money and his life if he would say he had plotted to kill the chief judge. Nephi told the judges to repent of their wickedness. Then he told them to go to Seantum, Seezoram’s brother. Nephi told them to ask Seantum if he and Nephi had plotted to murder Seezoram. Nephi said Seantum would say “no.” Then the judges were to ask Seantum if he had killed his brother. Seantum would again say “no,” but the judges would find blood on his cloak. Nephi said Seantum would then shake and turn pale and finally confess to killing his brother.
The judges went to Seantum’s house, and everything happened as Nephi said it would. Nephi and the five men were set free. As the people walked away from Nephi, some said he was a prophet; others said he was a god. Nephi went home, still sad about their wickedness.
- Index of Seantum with references
- Discussion of the negative question in Helaman 9:32
- Book of Mormon Stories
- ↑ See Helaman 8:27
- ↑ See Helaman 9:1-2
- ↑ See Helaman 9:3-5
- ↑ See Helaman 9:6-7
- ↑ See Helaman 9:8
- ↑ See Helaman 9:9
- ↑ See Helaman 9:10-12
- ↑ See Helaman 9:13
- ↑ See Helaman 9:15-16
- ↑ See Helaman 9:18-19
- ↑ See Helaman 9:20-21
- ↑ See Helaman 9:22,26
- ↑ See Helaman 9:27-28
- ↑ See Helaman 9:29-31
- ↑ See Helaman 9:33-35
- ↑ See Helaman 9:37-38
- ↑ See Helaman 9:40-41; Helaman 10:2–3