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be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria ? And he
said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-
gilead ? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou

art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses

. . So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah
went up to Ramoth-gilead. And the king of Israel said unto
Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and enter into the battle ; but
put thou on thy robes. And the king of Israel disguised himself,
and went into the battle. But the king of Syria commanded his
thirty and two captains that had rule over his chariots, saying,
Fight neither with small nor great, save only with the king of Israel.
And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehosh-
aphat, that they said. Surely it is the king of Israel. And they
turned aside to tight against him : and Jehoshaphat cried out. And
it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots perceived that it
was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing

him. And a certain man breu) a boru at a oenturc, anb smote

tl)e king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore
he said unto the driver of his chariot. Turn thine hand, and carry
me out of the host; for I am wounded. And the battle increased
that day : and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the
Syrians, and died at even : and the blood ran out of the wound into
the midst of the chariot. And there went a proclamation through-
out the host about the going down of the sun, saying. Every man
to his city, and every man to his own country.

So the king died, anb mas brougl]! to Samaria; and they
buried the king in Samaria. 3.nb One coasljeb tt)c cljariot in tl}C
|30ol of Samaria: anb tl)e bogs iickeb up l)is blooii; anb

tl)C1l tDasl)eb l)is armour; according unto the word of the Lord
which he spake.

Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was
a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him tl)e
Corb Ijab giocn belitierancc unto Syria.



1 Kinsfs,
xxi. 17-19.

and

xxii.' 1-4,

a9-38.



2 Kings, V. ].



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2 Kings,
vi. 8-17.



2 Kings,
viii. 1.



2 Kings,
xvii. 24, 25.



2 Kinga,
xix. 5-28.



Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel
with his servants, sapng, In such and such a place shall be my
camp. And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying.
Beware that thou pass not such a place ; for thither the Syrians
are come down. And the king of Israel sent to the place which
the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself
there, not once nor twice. Therefore the heart of the king of
Syria was sore troubled for this thing ; and he called his servants,
and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king
of Israel ? And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king :
but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the
w^ords that thou speakest in thy bed-chamber.

And he said. Go, and spy where he is, that I may send and
fetch him. And it was told him, sapng. Behold, he is in Dothan.
Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host :
and they came by night, and compassed the city about. And when
the servant of the man of God was risen earlj-, and gone forth,
behold, an host compassed the city both mth horses and chariots.
And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master I how shall we do ?
And he answered, Fear not : for tl)C2 tl)at bc loitl) ItS iirc morc
tl)an tl)CS tl)at bc UjitI) tl)Cm. And'Elisha prayed, and said, Lord,
I pray thee, open his eyes, that he 'may see. And the Lord opened
the eyes of the young man ; and he saw : and bcl)0l5, tl]C moun-
tain rons full of l)orsc6 axib cliariote of fire vomib about
CEUsl)a.

Then spake Elisha unto the woman, whose son he had restored
to iife, saying. Arise, and go thou and thine hou-;eholil, and sojourn
wheresoever thou canst sojourn : for tl)C jCorb Ijati) callcb for a
famine ; and it shall also come upon the land seven years.

And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from
Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Ilamatli, and from Sepharvaini,
and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children
of Israel : and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities
thereof. And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there,
that they feared not the Lord: therefore tl)C Corb SCUt UonQ
omong tl]Cm, which slew some of them.

So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah. And Isaiah
said unto them, Thus .shall ye say to your master. Thus saith the
Lonl, Be not afraid of the words which thou hast hoard, Avith
whicli the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.
Behold, 3 U3ill scnb a blast upon Ijim, and he shall hear a ru-
niHur, and sliall r<'turn to his own land; and I will cause him to
fall by tlie sword in his own land.

So Kab-shakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria war-
nng against Libnah : for he had heard that he was departed from
Lacliisli. AikI whon []c l)carl) san of irirl)akal) king of QTtijio-
pia, Ucl)olb, l)c is come out to figljt against tl)cc : h.- sent



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messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying, Thus shall ye speak to
Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not tliy God in whom thou
trustest deceiv^e thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into
the hand of the king of Assyiia. Behold, thou hast heard what
the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them ut-
terly : and shalt thou be delivered ? Have the gods of the nations
delivered them which my fathers have destroyed ; as Gozan, and
Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thela-
sar ? Where is the king of Ilamath, and the king of Arpad, and
the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivah ?

And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messen-
gers, and read it : and Hezekiah went up into the house of the
Lord, and spread it before the Lord, And Hezekiah prayed before
the Lord and said, O Lord God of Israel, Avhich dwellest between
the cherubims, thou art the God, ev^i thou alone, of all the king-
doms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. Lord, bow
down thine ear, and hear : open. Lord, thine eyes, and see : and
hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach
the li\ing God. Of a truth. Lord, the kings of Assyria have de-
stroyed the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into
the fire : for they v;-ere no gods, but the work of men's hands, wood
and stone : therefore they have destroyed them. Now therefore, O
Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all
the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou ai-t the Lord God,
even thou only.

Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying. Thus
saith the Lord God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me
against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. This is the word
that the Lord hath spoken concerning liim ; The virgin the daughter
of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn ; the daughter
of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. Whom hast thou re-
proaclied and blasphemed ? and against whom hast thou exalted
thy voice, and lifted up thine eyes on high ? even against the Holy
One of Israel. By thy messengers thou hast reproached the Lord,
and hast said. With the multitude of my chaiiots I am come up to
the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon, and will cut
down the tall cedar-trees thereof, and the choice fir-trees thereof:
and I will enter into the lodgings of his borders, and into the for-
est of his Carmcl. I have digged and drunk strange waters, and
with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of besieged
Ijlaces. ^rtst tl)oit not \)cavh long ago !)oid 3 Ijanc bone it,
anb of nncicnt times tl)at 3 l)tuie fo*"rmcb it ? nouj \)avc J

bronql)t it to pass, that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced
cities'into ruinous heaps. (Zll)crcforc their inhabitants were of
small i)ower, they were dismayed and confounded ; they were as the
grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the house-
tops, and as corn blasted before it be grown up. But I know thy
abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy rage against



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2 Kinsrs,
XX. 8-11.



2 Kings,
xxiv. 20.



1 Chronicles,
iv. 10.



1 Chronicles,
V. 25, 2C.



1 Chronicles,
xxix. 10-1'J.



me. Because thy rage against me and thy tumult is come up into
mine ears, tlierefoie J tnill put niQ l}00k ill tlljl UOSC, tiub mil

brible in tl}n lips, aub 3 toill titrii tljcc back liji tl)C miw bn
roljid) tljou earnest.

And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the sign that
the Lord will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of
the Lord the third day ? And Isaiah said, This sign shalt thou
have of the Lord, that the Lord will do the thing that he hatli
spoken : shall the shadow go forward ten degree.s, or go back ten
(degrees ? And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the
shadow to go down ten degrees: nay, but let the .'shadow return
backward ten degrees. And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the
Lord: and l)c broitgljt tl)C sljabou) ten begrecs backroarb, by
which it had gone down in the dial of Aliaz.

For tl]rongh t\)e anger of tl)c £orb it came to pass in Je-
rusalem, and Judah, until he had cast them out from his presence,
that Zedekiah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, that thou
wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that thine
hand might be with me, and that thou wouldest keep me from
evil, that it may not grieve me ! ^\\b CSob grauteb l)im tl)at
tDl)icl] l)e requesteb.

And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and
went a whoring after the gods of the people of the land, whom God
destroyed before them. And the God of Israel stirreb up tl}e

spirit of ])n[ king of 'Assnria, anb tl)e spirit of <ZLilgatb-

pilneser king of CXssgria, and he carried them away, even the
lieubt'uites, aii"d the (iadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and
brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river
Gozan unto this day.

Wherefore David blessed the Lord before all tlie congregation :
and David said, lilessed be thou. Lord God of Israel our father,
forever and ever. Thine, Lord, is the greatness, and the power,
and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty : for all that is in
tlie heaven and in the earth is thine ; thine is the kingdom, O
Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all. i3otl) ricl)es Clll^
l)Onouv come of tljee, and thou reigncst over all; and in tliine

hand is power and might ; aub iu tl)ine liaub itis to uuike great,
anb to gine strengtl) unto all. Now therefore, our ( mmI. w.- thank
thee, and praise thy glorious name. But who am I, and what is

mv pt'oplf, that we sliould be able to offer so willingly after this

sort ? for all tl)ings come of tl)ec, anb of tl)ine own l)aue uic
giyen tlice. Kor we are strangei-s before thee, and sojourners, sus
were all our fatJuTs : our days on the earth are as a shadow, and
there is nont; abiding. O Lord our God, all this store tliat we have
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ti)inc Ijcrnb, avib is all tl)ine oiun. I know also, my God, that

thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for
ine, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all
these things : and now have I seen with joy thy people, which
are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. Lord God of
Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, our fathers, kccp tl)is fofCOCr ill

t\)c imagination of tl)c tl)ongl)ts of tl)c l)cart of tl)n people,
anb prepare tijeir Ijeart unto tijee : anb giuc unto Solomon

mg son a perfect Ijeart, to keep thy commandments, thy testi-
monies, and thy statutes, and to do all these things, and to build
the palace, for the which I have made provision.

And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the
first ways of his father David, and sought not unto Baalim ; but
sought to the LORD God of his father, and walked in his com-
mandments, and not after the doings of Israel. Therefore t\)t £orb

stablisl)cb ll^c kingdom in l]is ijanb.

So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat the king of Judah went
up to Ramoth-gilead. And the king of Israel said unto Jehosha-
phat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle ; but put thou
on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself ; and they
went to the battle. Now the king of Syria had commanded the
captains of the chariots that were with him, saying Fight ye not
with small or great, save only with the king of Israel. And it came
to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that
they said. It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about
him to fight : but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him ;
and (J3ob moucb tl)Cm to bcpart from \]m. For it came to pass,
that when the captains of the chariots perceived that it was not the
king of Israel, they turned back again from pursuing him.

And after this did Jehoshaphat king of Judah join himself
with Ahaziah king of Israel, who did very wickedly : And he joined
himself with him to make ships to go to Tarshish : and they made
the ships in Ezion-geber. Then Eliezer the son of Dodavah of Ma-
reshah prophesied against Jehoshaphat, saying. Because thou hast
joined thyself with Ahaziah, the Lord hath broken thy works.
^nb tl)e sl)ips mere broken, that they were not able to go to
Tarshish.

And Azariah the son of Jehoram king of Judah went down
to see Jehoram the son of Ahab at Jezreel, because he was sick.
And the destruction of Ahaziah ujas of ©ob bo coming tO So-
ram : for when he was come he went out with Jehoram against
Jehu the son of Nimshi, whom the Lord had anointed to cut oft'
the house of Ahab. And it came to pass, that when Jehu was ex-
ecuting judgment upon the house of Ahab, and found the princes
of Judah, and the sons of the brethren of Ahaziah, that ministered
to Ahaziah, he slew them. And he sought Ahaziah : and they
caught him, (for he was hid in Samaria,) and brought him to Jehu :



•2 Chronicles,
xvii. 3-5.



■2 Chronicles,
xviii. 28-32.



i Chronicles,
XX. 35-37.



i Clironicles,
xxii. 6-9.



11



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2 Chronicles,
XXV. 5-9.



2 Chronicles,
XXX. 10-12.



2 Chronicles,
xxxiii. 10-13.



Ezm, V. 3-5.



and when they had slain him, they buried him : Because, said they,
he is the son of Jehoshaphat, who sought the Lord with all his
heart. So the house of Ahaziah had no power to keep still the
kingdom.

Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them
captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to
the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin :
and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found
them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war,
that could handle spear and shield. He hired also an hundred
thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents
of silver. But there came a man of God to him, saying, king,
let not the army of Israel go with thee ; for the Lord is not with
Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. But if thou wilt go,
do it, be strong for the battle : (JJob sljoil make ti]CC foil bdoxc
l[]C CUCtltg : for God hath power to help, and to cast down. And
Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the
hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel ? x\nd
the man of God answered, ®|)e Corb is able to jgioe tl)ee tnucl)
more tijan tl)i3.

So the posts passed from city to city through the countiy of
Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun : but they laughed them
to scorn, and mocked them. Nevertheless, divers of Asher and
Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jeru-
salem. Also in Judah tl)c Ijaub of (J5ob toas to gine tl)em one
[)eart to bo tl)e commanbmcnt of tljc kiuig anb of tljc princes,
by the word of the Lord.

And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people : but they
would not hearken. Wherefore tlje £orb brongljt upou tl)cm the

captains of tl)e Ijost of tl)e king of QVssnria, which took Ma-
nasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and cai'iied
him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the
Lord his God, and humbled liimself greatly before the God of his
fathers, and prayed unto liim : and he was entreated of him, and

heard his supplication, atib brongijt l)im again to Sernsalcm

into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was
God.

Then rose up Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son
of Jozadak, and began to build the house of God which is at Jerusa-
lem : and with them were the prophets of God helping them. At the
same lime came to them T;itnai, governor on tliis side the river, and
SliPtliar-hoznai,an(l their companions, and said thus unto them, Who
hath commanded you to build this house, and to make up this wall?
Then said we unto thpin after this manner. What are the names of
the men that make this building? I'.ut tl)c CY\C of tl)Cir (S!>oh

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tl)cm to cease, till tl)e matter ramc to Darius : and then they

returned answer by letter concerning this matter.

This Ezra went up from Babylon ; and he was a read}^ scribe
in the law of Moses, which the Lord God of Israel had given : and
the king granted him all his request, accorbiug tO tl)C Ijaub of
tl)C £orb l)is ©ob upon Ijim- And there went up some of the
children of Israel, and of the })riests, and the Levites, and the sing-
ers, and the porters, and the Nethinims, unto Jerusalem, in the sev-
enth year of Artaxerxes the king. And he came to Jerusalem in
the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. For
upon the first day of the fii'st month began he to go up from Babylon,
and on the first day of the fifth month came he to Jerusalem, ac-^

corbing to tl)e goob Ijanb of l)is (5ob upon l)iin.

Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, roljicl) l}atl) pitt SUCl)

a tl)ing as tl)is in tl)c king's l)eart, to beautify the house of the

Lord which is in Jerusalem : and hath extended mercy unto me
before the king, and his counselloi's, and before all the king's mighty
princes. And I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God
was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to
go up with me.

Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we
might afilict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a right way
for us, and for our little ones, and for a^J our substance. For I was
ashamed to require of the king a band of soldiers and horsemen to
help us against the enemy in the way : because we had spoken unto
the king, saying. The hand of our God is upon all them for good
that seek him ; but his power and his wrath is against all them that
forsake him. So we fasted and besought our God for this : and he
was entreated of us

Then we departed from the river of Aliava on the twelfth day
of the first month, to go unto Jerusalem: and tI)C Ijaub of Otir

(gob roas upon us, anb [)c beliucreb us from tl)e Ijanb of tlje
enemj), anb of sucl) as lag in wait bn tl)c ma^.

Then the Levites, Jeshua, and Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabniah,
Sherebiah, Hodijah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah, said, Stand up and
bless the Lord your God for ever and ever : and blessed be thy glo-
]-ious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou,
even thou, art Lord alone ; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of
heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein,
the seas, and all things that is therein, and tl]OU prescruest tl)em
all ; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou ? Then Satan
answered the Lord, and said. From going to and fro in the earth,
and from walking up and down in it. And the Lord said unto



Ezra,
vii. G-9.



Ezra,
vii. ii7, 28,



Ezra,

viii. •:H - 23,

31.



Xeh. ix. 5, 6.



Job, i. &-12.



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Job, i. 20, 21.



Job, ii. 1-10,



Job, V. 6-26.



Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like
him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth
God, and escheweth evil '] Then Satan answered the Lord and
said. Doth Job fear God for nought? Ilast not thou ittabc nil
l)cbgc about ijim, anb obout l)is Ijousc, anb about all tijat \)C

l)atl) on f UCrjl Sibc ? thou hast blessed the work of his hands,
and his substance is increased in the land. But put forth thine
hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy
face. And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in
thy power; only upon himself ^jut tlOt forti) tl)inc l)anb.

Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and
fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said. Naked came
I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: ®|)c

Corb ganc, anh tl)e Corb Ijatl) taken aroan; bicsscb be tl)c
name of tl)c Corb.

Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present
themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to
present himself before the Lord, And the Lord said unto Satan,
From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and
said. From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and
down in it. And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered
my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect
and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil ? and
still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against
him, to destroy him without cause. And Satan answered the Lord,
and said. Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his
life. But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his
flesh, and he will curse thee to thv face. And the Lord said unto

Satan, Behold, \)c is in tl)ine l)anb ; but saue l)is life.

So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote
Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown. And
he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down
among the ashes. Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still
retain thine integrity ? curse God, and die. But he said unto her.
Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What! shall
we receive good at tl)C l)anb of (!3ob, and shall we not receive
evil?

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth
trouble s])riiig out of the ground; yet man is born unto trouble, as
the sparks tly upward. I would seek unto God, and untO (!3ob
tDOulb 3 commit mn cause : which doeth great things and un-
searchable ; marvellous things without number : who giveth rain
upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields : to set up on
liigli those that be low ; that those which mourn may be exalted to
safety. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their
hands cannot perform their enterprise. He taketh the wise in their
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They meet with darkness in the day-time, and grope in the noon-
day as in the night. But he saveth the poor from the sword, from
their mouth, and from the hand of the mighty. So the poor hath
hope, 'and iniquity stoppeth her mouth.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth : therefore
despise not thou the chastening of the Ahnighty : for he maketh
sore, and bindeth up : he woundeth, and his hands make whole.
He shall deliver thee in six troubles : yea, in seven there shall no
evil touch thee. In famine he shall redeem thee from death : and
in war from the power of the sword. Thou shalt be hid from the
scourge of the tongue : neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction
when it cometh. At destruction and famine thou shalt laugh :
neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth. For thou
shalt be in league with the stones of the Held : and the beasts of
the field shall be at peace with thee. And thou shalt know that
thy tabernacle shall be in peace; and thou shalt visit thy habitation,
and shalt not sin. Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be
great, and thine offspring as the grass of the earth. Thou shalt
come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in
in his season.

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