And it came to pass that Moroni commanded that his army should go against those king-men, to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth, or they should take up arms and support the cause of liberty.Alma 51:17
What does “to pull down their pride and their nobility and level them with the earth” mean? Pull down their pride means to take off their pride; to stop them from being proud. They are proud because their parents are important people. They are proud because that means that they would be kings.
Now those who were in favor of kings were those of high birth, and they sought to be kings; and they were supported by those who sought power and authority over the people.Alma 51:8
Pull down their nobility means to remove their important status in the community. That would take off their pride simultaneously since they are proud because they’re important.
Level them with the earth has two meanings in my mind. The first is to level them with the rest of the people; to give them the same social status as everyone else; really, what the other two things are. The second is to knock them down to the earth; to make them fall down; to kill them.
And did Moroni succeed?
And it came to pass that the armies did march forth against them; and they did pull down their pride and their nobility, insomuch that as they did lift their weapons of war to fight against the men of Moroni they were hewn down and leveled to the earth.Alma 51:18
Yes! For now..