By this chapter, the Jaredites had become so wicked that the Lord sent prophets among them three times to raise the voice of warning. Each time prophets were sent the message became more severe, ranging from great destruction of the people to utter destruction with permanent loss of their land to another people. The messages of the prophets did help somewhat each time they were sent. The people would begin to repent, “and inasmuch as they did the Lord did have mercy on them” (v. 8). Even so, wickedness always resurfaced. And in this time of great wickedness and general rejection of prophets among the people, the prophet Ether was born.