In reading Alma chapter 47 I couldn't help but get the impression about the stupidity of Amalickiah's enemies. Then I realized that much of their "stupidity" was a result of the Amalickiah's flattery. With that flattery stripped from the account we can better understand his dangerous game. A good example are the events surrounding Lehonti's encounter with Amalickiah. In chapter 47 we read that
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