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to him, and take the kingdom out of in his stead over Israel. But when the hands of Solomon's son; Solo- Israel, being in the camp, heard of mon died: Rehoboam his son reigned it, they made Omri, the captain of in his stead.-1 Kings xi. 11, 12. the host, king over Israel that day 29–31. 35-37. 43.

in the camp. Zimri was burnt. Then All Israel came to Shechem to make half of the people followed Tibni to Rehoboam king; the people propos- make him king; and half followed ing ease, and Rehoboam refusing to Omri. Tibni died, and Omri pregrant it (the cause being from the vailed and reigned: he died, and Lord, that he might perform what he Ahab his son reigned in bis stead. had said), ten tribes fell off from him. 1 Kings xvi. 1-3. 6. 9, 10. 16. 18. And when all Israel heard that Je- 21, 22. 28. roboam was come again, they sent God appointed Elijah to anoint and called him unto the congregation, Jehu the son of Nimshi to be king and made him king over all Israel. over Israel (Ahab being alive). When Rehoboam intended by force 1 Kings xix. 16. to reduce them, God forbade it, and Ahab the king of Israel was slain said, This thing is from me. Only in the battle, and Ahaziah his son Judah remained subject to Reho- reigned in his stead over Israel. boam.- 1 Kings xii. 1-4. 13-17. Jehoshaphat king of Judah died, and 20—24.

Jeboram his son reigned in his stead Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the over Judah.-1 Kings xxii. 34, 35. Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch as I 40. 50. exalted thee from among the people, Ahaziah the king of Israel died, and made thee prince over my people and Jehoram reigned in his stead Israel, and rent the kingdom away over Israel, because he had no son.from the house of David, and gave it 2 Kings i. 17. to thee, &c. Jeroboam slept with Joram, otherwise Jehoram, the his fathers, and Nadab his son reigned king of Judah, slept with his fathers, in his stead over Israel. Rehoboam and Ahaziah his son reigned in his slept with his fathers, and Abijam stead over Judah.-2 Kings viii. 24,25. his son reigned in his stead over Elisha sent one of the children of Judah.-1 Kings xiv. 7, 8. 20. 31. the prophets to Jehu, the captain of

Abijam died, and Asa his son reigned the host of Israel, to anoint him king in his stead over Judah. Asa died, over Israel, Jehoram the king being and Jehoshaphat his son reigned in yet living in Jezreel, and wounded. his stead over Judah. Baasha con- When the young man anointed him, spired against Nadab king of Israel, he said, Thus saith the Lord God of and smote him and reigned in his Israel, I have anointed thee king stead over Israel.—1 Kings xv. 8. over the people of the Lord, even 24. 27, 28.

over Israel: and thou shalt smite the The word of the Lord came to Jehu house of Ahab thy master, that the son of Hananiah against Baasha, may avenge the blood, &c. Then saying, Forasmuch as I exalted thee the army proclaimed him king : and out of the dust, and made thee prince Jehu killed Jehoram king of Israel, over my people Israel, and thou hast &c. and also Ahaziah the king of walked in the way of Jeroboam: be. Judah was slain by Jehu.—2 Kings hold, I will take away the posterity ix. 1-7. 13, 14. 24. 27. of Baasha, &c. Baasha slept with And the Lord said unto Jehu, Behis fathers. Elah his son reigned in cause thou hast done well in executhis stead. Zimri, one of Elah's ser- ing that which was right in mine vants, conspired against him, and eyes: and hast done unto the house smote him, and killed him, and reigned of Ahab according to all that was in

my heart, thy children of the fourth his son reigned in his stead over generation shall sit on the throne of Judah.—2 Kings xvi. 20. Israel. Jehu slept with his fathers, And Hezekiah slept with his faand Jehoahaz his son reigned in his thers, and Manasseh his son reigned in stead over Israel.--2 Kings X. his stead over Judah.-2 Kings xx.21. 33. 35.

Manasseh the king of Judah died, Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah and Amon his son reigned in his saw her son was dead, she arose and stead. The servants of Amon king destroyed all the blood royal (except of Judah conspired against him, and Joash, who was bid), and reigned slew the king in his own house. The over Judah. Jehoiada caused Jeho- people of the land slew all the conash (or Joash) to be made king, and spirators, and made Josiah the son sit on the throne, and Athaliab to be of Amon king in his father's stead: slain.-2 Kings xi. 1. 3. 19, 20. he reigned over Judah.—2 Kings xxi.

Jehoash was slain by two of his 18. 23, 24. 26. servants, who conspired against him; Josiah is slain by Pharaoh-nechoh and Amaziah his son reigned in his king of Egypt. The people of the stead over Judah.-2 Kings xii. 20,21. land took Jeboahaz the son of Josiah

Jehoahaz slept with his fathers, and anointed him, and made him king and Joash his son reigned in his in his father's stead. Pharaoh put stead over Israel. Joash slept with Jehoahaz out, and set up Eliakim in his fathers, and Jeroboam sat upon the room of Jehoahaz, and called him his throne over Israel.--2 Kings xiii. Jehoiakim.—2 Kings xxiii. 29, 30. 9. 13. xiv. 16.

33, 34. They made a conspiracy against Jehoiakim died, and Jehoiachin his Amaziah, and slew him. And all the son reigned in his stead over Judah. people of Judah took Azariah his Jehoiachin is carried away captive to son, and made him king over Judah. Babylon; and the king of Babylon Jeroboam king of Israel died, and made Mattaniah, &c. king in his stead, Zechariah his son reigned over Israel. and changed his name to Zedekiah. 2 Kings xiv. 19-21. 29.

2 Kings xxiv. 6. 15. 17. Azariab king of Judah died, and Zedekiah the king, the rest of the Jotham his son reigned in his stead. people, and the fugitives, carried Shallum conspired against Zecha- captives.-2 Kings xxv. riah king of Israel, and smote him before the people, and reigned in his

CHAP. XLIII. stead.—2 Kings xv. 7-10.

ve OF SACRIFICES AND ALTARS, AND Menahem smote Shallum king of o

CALLING UPON THE NAME OF THE Israel, and slew him, and reigned in

LORD, BEFORE THE GIVING OF his stead. Menahem slept with his

THE LAW. fathers, and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead over Israel. Pekah, one Cain brought of the fruit of the of his captains, conspired against ground an offering unto the Lord: him, smote him, killed him, and and Abel also brought of the firstothers, and reigned in his room over lings of his flock, and of the fat Israel. Hoshea made a conspiracy thereof; and the Lord had respect against Pekah king of Israel, and unto Abel, and to his offering ; but smote him, and slew him, and reigned unto Cain and to his offering he had in his stead. Jotham the king of not respect, &c. Then began men Judah died, and Ahaz his son reigned to call upon the name of the Lord. in his stead.--2 Kings xy. 14. 22. Gen. iv. 3--5. 26. 25. 30. 38.

Noah builded an altar unto the Ahaz king of Judah died, Hezekiah Lord; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered and make there an altar unto God, burnt-offerings on the altar: and the who appeared unto thee when thou Lord smelled a sweet savour (or a fleddest from the face of Esau thy savour of rest).-Gen. viii. 20, 21. brother. Then Jacob said unto his

And the Lord appeared untoAbram, household, and unto all that were and said, Unto thy seed will I give with him, &c. Let us arise, and go this land: and there builded be an unto Bethel, and I will make there altar unto the Lord, who appeared an altar unto God, who answered me unto him; and he removed from in the day of my distress, &c. And thence unto a mountain on the east he built there an altar, and called the of Bethel, and pitched his tent, &c. place El-Bethel, &c. (the God of and there he builded an altar unto Bethel).Gen. xxxv. 1-3. 7. the Lord, and called upon the name And Israel took his journey with of the Lord.-Gen. xii. 7, 8. all that he had, and came to Beer

Afterwards, Abram came again to sheba, and offered sacrifices unto the the place on the east of Bethel, unto God of his father Isaac.-Gen.xlvi. I. the place of the altar which he had Moses directed of God to say unto made there at the first: and there Pharaoh, Let us go, we beseech thee, Abram called on the name of the three days' journey into the wilderLord, &c. Then Abram removed his ness, that we may sacrifice to the tent, and came and dwelt in the plain Lord our God.Exod. ii. 18. of Mamre, which is in Hebron, and And Moses built an altar, and built there an altar unto the Lord.- called the name of it Jehovah-nissi Gen. xii. 3, 4. 10.

(that is, the Lord my Banner): for · Abraham planted a grove (or a he said, Because the Lord hath sworn, tree) in Beersheba, and called there that the Lord will have war with on the name of the Lord, the ever- Amalek, &c.—Exod. xvii. 15, 16. lasting God.-Gen, xxi, 33.

And Jethro

And Jethro, Moses's father-inIsaac said, Behold the fire and law, took a burnt-offering and sacriwood, but where is the lamb for a fices for God.—Exod. xvii. 12. burnt-offering ? &c. Abraham built God, when he had given the law an altar there, and laid the wood in upon Mount Sinai, commanded the order: and bound Isaac his son, and building of an altar, and the offering laid him on the altar upon the wood, of sacrifices.-Exod. xx. 24-26. &c. Then Abraham took the ram and offered him up for a burnt-offer.

CHAP. XLIV. ing in the stead of his son. — Gen. THE IMPORTANCE OF CHRISTIANxxii. 7-9. 13.

ITY, AND THE DIFFICULTY OF The Lord appeared unto Isaac at

BEING A CHRISTIAN INDEED. Beersheba; and he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of If thy right eye offend thee, pluck the Lord, and pitched his tent there. it out, &c. if thy right hand offend -Gen. xxvi. 23—25.

theé, cut it off, &c.-Matt. v. 29, 30. Jacob offered sacrifice upon the Then said Jesus to his disciples, mount, when Laban came to him.- If any man will come after me, let Gen. xxxi. 54.

. him deny himself, and take up his And Jacob came to Shalem, and cross and follow me: for whosoever pitched his tent before the city: and will save his life shall lose it; and he erected there an altar, and called whosoever will lose his life for my it El-elobe-Israel (that is, God, the sake, shall find it.- Matt. xvi. 24, 25. God of Israel).Gen. xxxiii. 18-20. Luke ix. 23. xiv. 26, 27. 33.

And God said unto Jacob, Arise, Strait is the gate, and narrow is go up to Bethel, and dwell there, the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.—Matt. vii. See that ye walk circumspectly, 14. Luke xjii. 24.

not as fools, but as wise : redeeming If thou wilt be perfect, go and the time, &c.—Eph. v. 15, 16. sell that thou hast, and give to the Put on the whole armour of God, poor, &c. He went away sorrowful, that ye may be able to stand against for he had great possessions : then the wiles of the devil. For we said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily wrestle not against flesh and blood; I say unto you, that a rich man shall but against principalities, against hardly enter, &c.-Matt. xix. 21,&c. powers, against the rulers of the xii. 45, 46.

darkness of this world, against spiWatch and pray, that ye enter not ritual wickedness in high places (or into temptation, &c.—Matt. xxvi. 41. against wicked spirits). Therefore

The last shall be first, and the first take unto you the whole armour of last; for many be called, but few God, that ye may be able to withchosen.-Matt. xx. 16. xxii. 14. stand in the evil day; and having

Labour not for the meat which done (or overcome) all, to stand. perisheth, but for that meat which Eph. vi. 11-13. endureth unto everlasting life.-John Work out your own salvation with vi. 27.

fear and trembling.–Phil. ii. 12. There is a law in my members I reach forth, &c. I press toward warring against the law of my mind, the mark.-Phil. iii. 13, 14. &c.-Rom. vii. 23. Gal. v, 17. We pray always for you, that our

Not slothful in business, fervent God would count you worthy of this in spirit, serving the Lord.-Rom. calling, and fulfil all the good pleaxii. 11.

sure of his goodness, and the work Be ye stedfast, immoveable, always of faith with power.—2 Thess. i. 11, abounding in the work of the Lord; Fight the good fight of faith : lay forasmuch as ye know that your la. hold of eternal life.-1 Tim. vi. 12. bour is not in vain in the Lord.— 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. I Cor. xv. 58.

Thou therefore endure hardness, Wherefore we labour, that whether as a good soldier of Jesus Christ : present or absent we may be accepted no man that warreth entangleth himof him.-2 Cor. v. 9.

self with the affairs of this life, &c.The weapons of our warfare are 2 Tim. ii. 3, 4. not carnal, but mighty through God, Let us labour therefore to enter to the pulling down of strong holds, into that rest, lest any man fall after casting down imaginations, and every the same example of unbelief.-Heb. high thing that exalteth itself against iv. 11. the knowledge of God; and bringing That ye be not slothful, but folinto captivity every thought, to the lowers of them who through faith and obedience of Christ.—2 Cor. x. 4, 5. patience inherit the promises.-Heb.

The flesh lusteth against the spirit, vi. 12. &c. So that ye cannot do the things Let us run with patience the race that ye would.—Gal. v. 17. Rom. that is set before us, &c. Consider vii, 21. 23.

him that endured such contradiction That ye may know, &c. what is of sinners against himself, lest ye be the exceeding greatness of his power wearied and faint in your minds. Ye to us-ward who believe; according to have not yet resisted unto blood, the working of his mighty power, striving against sin, &c.--Heb. xii. which he wrought in Christ when he 1.3, 4. raised him from the dead, and set him Resist the devil, and he will flee at his own right hand in the heavenly from you.-James iv. 7. places.-Eph. i. 18-20.

An inheritance, &c. reserved in heaven for you (or us) who are kept and a time to every purpose under by the power of God through faith heaven; a time to be born, and a time unto salvation.—1 Pet. i. 4, 5. to die, &ę. He hath made every

If the righteous scarcely be saved, thing beautiful in its time.-Eccles. where shall the ungodly and the sin- iii. 1, &c. ner appear?-- 1 Pet. iv. 18.

A wise man's heart discerneth both Be sober, be vigilant; because time and judgment; because to every your adversary the devil, as a roaring purpose there is time and judgment. lion, walketh about, seeking whom -Eccles. viii. 5, 6. he may devour: whom resist, sted Whatsoever thine hand findeth to fast in the faith, &c.—1 Pet. v. 8, 9. do, do it with thy might; for there is

Giving all diligence, add to your no work, nor device, nor knowledge, faith virtue, &c. Give diligence to nor wisdom in the grave whither thou make your calling and election sure. goest.--Eccles. x. 10. John ix. 4. -2 Pet. i. 5, 10.

Remember now thy Creator in the Wherefore, beloved, seeing that days of thy youth, while the evil days ye look for such things, be diligent, come not, &c.-Eçcles, xii. 1. that ye may be found of him in peace, Seek ye the Lord while he may be without spot, and blameless.-2 Pet. found; call ye upon him while he is iii. 14.

near.-Isa, ly. 6. Blessed are the dead, &c. they Break up the fallow ground: for it rest from their labours, and their is time to seek the Lord, till he come, works do follow them.-Rev. xiv, 13. &c.-Hosea x. 12,

Agree with thine adversary quickly, CHAP. XLV.

whiles thou art in the way with him;

lest at any time the adversary deliver TIME OR OPPORTUNITY FOR SPIRI: he

• thee to the judge, and the judge deTUAL IMPROVEMENT NOT TO BE liver thee to the officer, and thou be NEGLECTED, BUT DILIGENTLY

TLY cast into prison. MADE USE OF: THE REASONS thee. Thou shalt by no means come

Verily I say unto THEREOF.

out thence till thou hast paid the utAND the Lord said, My Spirit shall termost farthing.–Matt. v. 25, 26, not always strive with man, for that he Luke xii. 57, 58. also is flesh: yet his days shall be an The foolish virgins neglected gethundred and twenty years.-Gen. vi. 3. ting oil, till the door was shut against

For this shall every one that is them: and he that had received one godly pray unto thee in a time when talent did not use it. Matt. xxv. thou mayest be found (or in a time of 5--29. finding).-Ps. xxxii. 6.

He cometh and findeth them sleepI will run the way of thy command, ing, and saith unto Peter, Simon, ments when thou shalt enlarge my sleepest thou? couldst not thou watch heart, &c. quicker thou me in thy one hour ? watch ye, and pray, lest way, &c. I made haste, and delayed ye enter into temptation.-Mark xiv. not to keep thy commandments.-Ps. 37, 38. cxix, 32, 37. 60.

The days will come when ye shall When God speaks, and men will desire to see one of the days of the not hearken, then though they cry to Son of man, and ye shall not see it. him, he will not hear. --Prov. i. 22, --Luke xvii. 22. &c. Zech. vii. 13.

He beheld the city and wept over Boast not thyself of to-morrow, for it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou knowest not what a day may thou, at least in this thy day, the bring forth.—Prov. xxvij. 1.

things which belong unto thy peace; To every thing there is a season, but now they are hid from thine eyes:

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