Submitted by GST
I might not know how to properly make a joke, but I think that I do have a sense of humor, if only in the sense that I can sense humor when it’s present. Let me know if my humor sensor is properly calibrated: Alma 30:49-55.
49. Now Alma said unto [Korihor]: This will I give unto
thee for a sign, that thou shalt be struck dumb, according to my words;
and I say, that in the name of God, ye shall be struck dumb, that ye shall no more have utterance.
Just so we’re clear as to what "dumb" means: that he shall have no more utterance.
50. Now when Alma had said these words, Korihor was struck dumb, that he could not have utterance, according to the words of Alma.
So far, so good.
51. And now when the chief judge saw this, he put forth his hand and wrote
unto Korihor, saying: Art thou convinced of the power of God? In whom
did ye desire that Alma should show forth his sign? Would ye that he
should afflict others, to show unto thee a sign? Behold, he has showed
unto you a sign; and now will ye dispute more?
give me a non-comedic explanation as to why the chief judge thought he
had to write to the guy who had lost the power of speech.
And just to be clear, Alma didn’t fall into the same pitfall:
54. Now when he had said this, he besought that Alma should pray unto God, that the curse might be taken from him.
55. But Alma said unto him: If this curse should be taken from thee thou
wouldst again lead away the hearts of this people; therefore, it shall
be unto thee even as the Lord will.
Surely someone has offered a sober explanation for this passage before? What is it?