During these chapters when you read narration in the third person it is the words of Mormon condensing and adding context while abridging the plates.
1 Now it was in the law of Mosiah that every man who was a judge of the law, or those who were appointed to be judges, should receive wages according to the time which they labored to judge those who were brought before them to be judged. [paid by the hour]
2 Now if a man owed another, and he would not pay that which he did owe, he was complained of to the judge; and the judge executed authority, and sent forth officers that the man should be brought before him; and he judged the man according to the law and the evidences which were brought against him, and thus the man was compelled to pay that which he owed, or be stripped [removal of his possessions], or be cast out from among the people as a thief and a robber.
3 And the judge received for his wages according to his time—a senine of gold for a day, or a senum of silver, which is equal to a senine of gold; and this is according to the law which was given. [In today’s currency we float “treasury notes” that have little or no value. There have been times in America’s past where a portion or all was attached to gold or silver redemption, but it was so constricting to the US that the laws were changed in 1933 and became progressively less gold standard. The Nephite currency was very straight forward and consistent with ancient currency standards.]
4 Now these are the names of the different pieces of their gold, and of their silver, according to their value. And the names are given by the Nephites, for they did not reckon after the manner of the Jews who were at Jerusalem; neither did they measure after the manner of the Jews; but they altered their reckoning and their measure, according to the minds and the circumstances of the people, in every generation, until the reign of the judges, they having been established by king Mosiah. [Over five hundred years of currency evolution since the days of Nephi.]
5 Now the reckoning is thus—a senine of gold, a seon of gold, a shum of gold, and a limnah of gold. [from least to greatest in value]
6 A senum of silver, an amnor of silver, an ezrom of silver, and an onti of silver. [from least to greatest]
7 A senum of silver was equal to a senine of gold, and either for a measure of barley, and also for a measure of every kind of grain.
8 Now the amount of a seon of gold was twice the value of a senine.
9 And a shum of gold was twice the value of a seon.
10 And a limnah of gold was the value of them all.
11 And an amnor of silver was as great as two senums.
12 And an ezrom of silver was as great as four senums.
13 And an onti was as great as them all.
14 Now this is the value of the lesser numbers of their reckoning—
15 A shiblon is half of a senum; therefore, a shiblon for half a measure of barley.
16 And a shiblum is a half of a shiblon.
17 And a leah is the half of a shiblum.
18 Now this is their number, according to their reckoning.
19 Now an antion of gold is equal to three shiblons.
20 Now, it was for the sole purpose to get gain, because they received their wages according to their employ, therefore, they did stir up the people to riotings, and all manner of disturbances and wickedness, that they might have more employ, that they might get money according to the suits which were brought before them; therefore they did stir up the people against Alma and Amulek. [The Nephite lawyers were literally the wolves amongst the people, creating contention where possible within the contsraints of their laws.]
21 And this Zeezrom began to question Amulek, saying: Will ye answer me a few questions which I shall ask you? Now Zeezrom was a man who was expert in the devices of the devil, that he might destroy that which was good; therefore, he said unto Amulek: Will ye answer the questions which I shall put unto you? [A device of the devil is a strategy to deceive and change others to transgress the laws of God. Today such devices are rampant in our media and education as people are taught and compelled to rethink their beliefs of God and His commandments.]
22 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, if it be according to the Spirit of the Lord, which is in me; for I shall say nothing which is contrary to the Spirit of the Lord. And Zeezrom said unto him: Behold, here are six onties of silver, and all these will I give thee if thou wilt deny the existence of a Supreme Being. [An incredible sum of money, enough to tempt most people.]
23 Now Amulek said: O thou child of hell, why tempt ye me? Knowest thou that the righteous yieldeth to no such temptations?
24 Believest thou that there is no God? I say unto you, Nay, thou knowest that there is a God, but thou lovest that lucre more than him. [gift of discernment]
25 And now thou hast lied before God unto me. Thou saidst unto me—Behold these six onties, which are of great worth, I will give unto thee—when thou hadst it in thy heart to retain them from me; and it was only thy desire that I should deny the true and living God, that thou mightest have cause to destroy me. And now behold, for this great evil thou shalt have thy reward.
26 And Zeezrom said unto him: Thou sayest there is a true and living God?
27 And Amulek said: Yea, there is a true and living God.
28 Now Zeezrom said: Is there more than one God?
29 And he answered, No.
It is unclear how much Amulek knew of the mysteries of God. To our purposes in this 2nd estate, there is only one God to whom we must know to be saved.
30 Now Zeezrom said unto him again: How knowest thou these things?
31 And he said: An angel hath made them known unto me. [Amulek had been not only alerted to Alma’s coming, but taught pure doctrine from an angel of the Lord.]
32 And Zeezrom said again: Who is he that shall come? Is it the Son of God?
33 And he said unto him, Yea.
34 And Zeezrom said again: Shall he save his people in their sins? And Amulek answered and said unto him: I say unto you he shall not, for it is impossible for him to deny his word. [This would be like asking: “Shall the Son of God save people without removing their sin?”]
35 Now Zeezrom said unto the people: See that ye remember these things; for he said there is but one God; yet he saith that the Son of God shall come, but he shall not save his people—as though he had authority to command God. [A clear twisting of Amulek’s words.]
36 Now Amulek saith again unto him: Behold thou hast lied, for thou sayest that I spake as though I had authority to command God because I said he shall not save his people in their sins.
37 And I say unto you again that he cannot save them in their sins; for I cannot deny his word, and he hath said that no unclean thing can inherit the kingdom of heaven; therefore, how can ye be saved, except ye inherit the kingdom of heaven? Therefore, ye cannot be saved in your sins. [Must receive the baptism of fire, made possible because of Jesus Christ.]
38 Now Zeezrom saith again unto him: Is the Son of God the very Eternal Father?
39 And Amulek said unto him: Yea, he is the very Eternal Father of heaven and of earth, and all things which in them are; he is the beginning and the end, the first and the last;
There are some that use these scriptures to teach that Jesus is the Father and that there is no hierarchy of heavenly beings in the Elohim. The “Eternal Father of heaven and earth” is a true description of Jesus Christ, as he is both the creator of this earth and all things around it, as directed by the Father. He is one with God, and is the beginning and end of our salvation.
40 And he shall come into the world to redeem his people [those of the covenant]; and he shall take upon him the transgressions of those who believe on his name; and these are they that shall have eternal life [The gift of the Holy Ghost and the resurrection of light which manifests itself in the world to come.], and [this] salvation cometh to none else.
41 Therefore the wicked remain [telestial] as though there had been no redemption made, except it be the loosing of the bands of death; for behold, the day cometh that all shall rise from the dead and stand before God, and be judged according to their works.
42 Now, there is a death which is called a temporal death; and the death of Christ shall loose the bands of this temporal death, that all shall be raised from this temporal death. [Lose the bands that bind us to this world.]
43 The spirit and the body shall be reunited again in its perfect form; both limb and joint shall be restored to its proper frame, even as we now are at this time; and we shall be brought to stand before God, knowing even as we know now, and have a bright recollection of all our guilt. [The resurrection of the just is where our spirit and bodily form are united permanently in perfection, which means in its state of light or glory.]
44 Now, this restoration shall come to all, both old and young, both bond and free, both male and female, both the wicked and the righteous; and even there shall not so much as a hair of their heads be lost; but every thing shall be restored to its perfect frame, as it is now, or in the body [its visage and form without corruption], and shall be brought and be arraigned before the bar of Christ the Son, and God the Father, and the Holy Spirit, which is one Eternal God, to be judged according to their works, whether they be good or whether they be evil. [Every soul in one manner or another, depending upon the glory in which they abide, shall be judged of the Lord and sent to their place of glory. ]
45 Now, behold, I have spoken unto you concerning the death of the mortal body, and also concerning the resurrection of the mortal body. [What kind of life is a resurrection in relation to the mortal body?] I say unto you that this mortal body is raised to an immortal body, that is from death, even from the first death unto life, that they can die no more; their spirits uniting with their bodies, never to be divided; thus the whole becoming spiritual and immortal [without death], that they can no more see corruption [decay].
The key words to consider, “the whole becoming spiritual.” The resurrection is a spiritual manifestation of the glory in which we reside, where our bodies and spirit are combined to a perfection of light and substance that cannot be taken away.
46 Now, when Amulek had finished these words the people began again to be astonished, and also Zeezrom began to tremble. And thus ended the words of Amulek, or this is all that I have written.
The power of the Spirit of God had overwhelmed Zeezrom that he was overcome with fear and began to tremble. It was clear to Zeezrom that he was out of his league as he stood before a prophet of God.