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chieft'st of all the ofl:erings of Israel my people.

Whcrcforo the Lord God of Israel s;iith, 3 saib inbccb tijat

tl)ij Ijoiisc, a\\b i\)c l)onsc of tl)n fatl)cr, sljoulb ujalk before
me forcncr: but uoru tlje i.ov'b sail!), ije it far from me ; for



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tlicni tl]at Ijononr mc 3 raill Ijoiioin-, unb tl)cji tl)at bcspisc tnc

Sljall be liglltll] CStCCmcb. IJeliold, the days come, that I will
cut oft' thine arm, and the ai-m of thy father's house, tliat tliere shall
not be an old man in thine house. And thou shaltsee an enemy in
my habitation, in all the wealth which God shall give Israel : and
there shall not be an old man in thine house forever.



And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it fi'om
Eben-ezer unto Ashdod. When the Philistines took the ark of God,
they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

And when they of Aslidod arose early on the morrow, bcljolb,

Dagon roas fallen upon l)is face to tl)c earti) before tl)c ark

of tl)e llorb. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place
again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, bc-

bolb, Dagon urns fallen upon l)is face to tl)c grounb before

tl)e ark of tlje t!ori) : and the head of Dagon, and both the palms
of his hands were cut ofi" upon the thi-eshoId ; only the stump of
Daffon was left to him.

Therefoi-e neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come mto
Daofon's liouse, tread on the threshold of Dagjon in Ashdod unto
this day.

But the hand of the Lord was hea\^' upon them of Ashdod,
and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, even Ash-
dod, and the coasts thereof. And when the men of Ashdod saw
that it was so, they said. The ark of the God of Israel shall not
abide with us ; for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our
god. They sent therefore, and gathered all the lords of the Phil-
istines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the
God of Israel ? And they answered. Let the ark of the God of
Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of
the God of Israel about thither. And it was so, that after they had
carried it about, the hand of the Lord was against the city with
a very great destruction : and he smote the men of the city both
small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came
to pass as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried
out, saying. They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel
to us, to slay us and our people. So they sent and gathered to-
gether all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark
of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it
slay us not, and our people : for there was a deadly destruction
throughout all the city ; the hand of God was very heavy there.
And the men that died not, were smitten with the emerods : and
the cry of the city went up to heaven.

And the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines
seven months. And the Philistines called for the priests and the
diviners, saying. What shall we do to the ark of the Lord ? tell us
Avherewith we shall send it to his place



I Samuel, v.

and
vi. 1, 2, 10-12.



17



258



GOD'S EEGARD



1 Samuel,
vi. 19, 'JU.



2 Samuel,

\i. 1-1-',

1 Chronicles,

XV. 11-13,

and
2 Samuel,
vi. l-2 - >3.



And the men did so ; and took two milcli-kine, and tied them
to the cart, and shut up their calves at home : and they laid the
ark of the Lord upon the cart, and the coffer with the mice of gold
and the images of their emerods. And the kine took the straight
way to the way of Beth-shemesh, and went along the highway,
lowing as they went, and turned not aside to the right hand or to
the left ; and the lords of the Philistines went after them unto the
border of Beth-shemesh.

He smote the men of Beth-shemesh, because tl]cn \]ab lookcb
into tl)e arli of tlje £orb, even he smote of the people fifty thou-
sand and threescore and ten men : and the people lamented, because
the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaugliter.
And the men of Beth-shemesh said. Who is able to stand before
this holy Lord God ? and to whom shall he go up from us ?

David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty
thousand. And Da\dd arose, and went with all the people that
vrere with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the
ark of God, whose name is called by the name of The Lord of hosts
that dwelleth between the cherubims. And they set the ark of God
upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that
was in Gibeah : and Uzzali and Ahio the sons of Abinadab drave
the new cart. And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab,
which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God : and iVhio
went befoi-e the ark. And David ancl all the house of Isi-ael played
before the Lord on all manner of instruments made of firwood,
even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets,
and on cymbals.

And when they came to Nachon's threshing-floor, Uz/.ah put
forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it : for the oxen
shook it. ^nb tl)C anger of tl)e t!orb roas Uinblei) against
ll^^al], ani5 (!3ob smote l)im tljere for Ijis error; anbtljere

l)e bieb btl tl)e ark of (3ob. And David was displeased, because
the Lord had made a breach upon Uzzah : and he called the name
of the place Perez-uzzah to this day. And David was afraid of the
Lord that day, and said. How shall the ark of the Loi'd come to
me ? So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him
into the city of David : but David carried it aside into the house
of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the ark of the Lord continued in
the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months: and the Lord
blessed Obed-edom and all his household. And it was told king
David, saving. The Lord hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, and
all that portainf'th unto him, because of the ark of (rod.

And David called for Zadok and Abiathai' the ])i'iests, and for
the Lcvites, for Uriel, xVsaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and
Amminadab, and said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers
of the Levitos : sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that
ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place



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that I have prepared for it. foY because IJC tib it UOt at tl)e
first, tl)c I'orb our (P»oi!) mabe a bread) itpon us, for tl)at toe
eoui9l)t iiim not after tl]e line oriicr.

So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house
of Obed-edom into the city of David with g-ladness. And it was
so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord had gone six
paces, he sacrificed oxen and fathngs. And David danced before
the Lord with all his might ; and L)avid was girded with a linen
ephod. So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark
of the Lord with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
And as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal,
SauFs daughter, looked through a window, and saw king David
leaping and dancing before the Lord ; and she despised him in her
heart

Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the
daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious
was the king of Israel to-day, who uncovered himself to-day in
the eyes of the hand-maids of his servants, as one of the vain
fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! And David said unto
Michal, It was before the Lord, which chose me before thy father,
and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the
Lord, over Israel : therefore will I ]>lay before the Lord. And I
will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight :
and of the maid-servants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall
I be had in honour.

iEI)crefore iHicl)al tl]e baugl)tcr of Gaul l)ab no rl)ilb
unto tl)c bat] of l)er beotlj.

Go, tell Jeroboam, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Forasmuch
as I exalted thee from among the people, and made thee prince over
my people Israel, and rent the kingdom away from the house of
David, and gave it thee : and yet thou hast not been as my servant
David, who kept my commandments, and who followed me with
all his heart, to do that only which was right in mine eyes ; but
hast done enl above all that were before thee : for thou hast gone
and made thee other gods, and molten images, to provoke me to
anger, anb Ijast cast me bel)inb tlin back • therefore behold, I
will bring evil upon the house of Jeroboam.

And the Syrians fled ; and Israel pursued them : and Ben-
hadad the king of Syria escaped on an horse with the horsemen.
And the king of Israel went out, and smote the horses and chariots,
and slew the Syriatis with a great slaughter.

And the prophet came to the king of Israel, and said unto
him, Go, strengthen thyself, and mark, and see what thou doest :
for at the return of the year the king of Syria will come up against
thee. And the servants of the king of Syria said unto him, Their
gods are gods of the hills ; therefore they were sti'onger than we ;
but let us fight against them in the plain, and surely we shall be



1 Kiiifrs,
xiv. 7-10.



1 King?,
XX. 20-i>9.



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1 Kings,
xxi. 23-29.



2 Kii»ss,

Xix. 8-28,

32-35.



stronger than tliey. And do this thing, Take the kings away, every
man out of his place, and put captains in tlieir rooms : and num-
ber thee an army, Hke tlie army tliat thou hast lost, horse for horse,
and chariot for chariot : and we will fight against them in the plain,
and surely we shall be stronger than they. And he hearkened unto
their voice, and did so. And it came to pass at the return of the
year, that Ben-hadad numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek,
to fight against Israel. And the children of Israel were numbered,
and were all present, and went against them : and the children of
Israel pitched before them like two little flocks of kids; but the
Syrians filled the country.

And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king
of Israel, and said, Thus saith the Lord, SccaitSC tl)C SlirinilS

[}avc saib, ®l}e tlorb is C!3ob of tl)c Ijills, bin l)e is not (P»ob
of tl)c nallciis, tljcrcforc roill 3 bclincr all tijis great multitube
into tl)inc l)anb,anb nc sljall knoro tl)at 3 am tl)C £orb. And

they pitched one over against the other seven days. And so it was,
that in the seventh day the battle was joined : and the children of
Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day.

And of Jezebel also spake the Lord, saying, The dogs shall eat
Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel. Him that dieth of Ahab in the city
the doo-s shall eat : and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls
of the air eat.

But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to
work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife
stiried up. And he did very abominably in fallowing idols, accord-
ing to all things as did the Amorites, whom the Lord cast out be-
fore the children of Israel. And it came to pass, when Ahab heard
those words, that he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his flesh,
and fasted, and lay in sackcloth, and went softly.

And the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying,
Seest thou how Ahab hurableth himself before me? bccansc l)C
l)Umblctl) l)imsclf before me, I will not bring the evil in his days:
but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house.

So Rab-sliakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria war-
ring against Libnah : for he had heard that he was departed from
Lacliisli. And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia,
]3c'huld, he is come out to fisfht affiiinst thee : lie sent messengeis
again unto Hezekiah, saying. Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king
of Judah, saying. Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive
thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be delivered into the hand of the
king of Assyria. Behold, thou hast heard what tlie kings of As-
syria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly : and slialt
thou be delivered ? Uave the gods of the nations delivered them
which my fathers have destroyed; as Gozan, and llaran, and lle-
zeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar? W'li.^re
is tilt' king of ITamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of
the city of Sepharvaim, of llena, and Ivah ?



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261



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 llezekiah prayed before
the Lord and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dvvellest between
the cherubinis, thou art the God, even 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 bear
the words of Sennacherib, U)l)icl) IjiUl) SClU l)im tO rcproncl) tl]C
litliug (Sob. Of a truth. Lord, the kings of Assyria have destroyed
the nations and their lands, and have cast their gods into the fire :
for they were 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 art 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 him ; The virgin the
daughter of Zion hath despised thee, and laughed thee to scorn ;
the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee. tl31lOin
l)ast tliou rcproacl)cii aiib blaspljcmcb? axib aguinst iyl)om
1)1151 tl)ou cxaltcli ti)ij uoicc, anh liftcb up tl)iuc cms on l)igl) ?
cucn against tijc tjoFn (Dnc of Jsracl. l>y thy messengers thou

hast reproached the Loixl, and hast said, AVith the multitude of my
chariots 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 forest of his Carmel. I have digged and
drunk strange w^aters, and with the sole of my feet have I dried up
all the rivers of besieged places.

Hast thou not heard long ago liow I have done it, and of
ancient times that I have formed it ? now have I brought it to pass,
that thou shouldest be to lay waste fenced cities into ruinous heaps.
Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed
and confounded ; ihey 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, anb tl)!] ragc against mc. Dccausc till} ^(^B*^
against mc, anb tl)n tnmult is'comc np into mine carsT there-
fore I will put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips,
and I will turn thee back by tlie way by which thou camest. . .

. . . Therefore thus saith the Lord concernino' the kina;
of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot au arrow
there, nor come before it with shield, nor cast a bank against it.
By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not
come into this city, saith the Lord. For I will defend this city, to
save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David's sake.



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GOD'S EEGARD



1 Chronicles,
X. 13, 14.



2 Chronicles,

xxvi. 1,

15-21.



Ps. xii. 3, 4.



Psalm
xlvi. 8-10.



Psalm
Ixxviii.
56-<>4.



And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord
went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred four-
score and five thousand : and when they arose early in the morning,
behold, they were all dead corpses.

Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the
Lord, even against the word of the Loi-i.], which he kept not, anb

also for asking counsel of one tl)at bab a familiar spirit, to
inquire of it ; dnh inquireb not of tl)c ilorb : therefore he slew
him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

Then all the people of Judah took Uzziah, who was sixteen
years old, and made him king in the room of his father Amaziah.

And his name spread far abroad ; for he was

marvellously helped, till he was strong.

l)ut when he was strong, |)is l)cart toas lifted lip tO b,\5 be-
StrUCtion: f^i" he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went
into the temple of the Lord to bui'u incense upon the altar of in-
cense. And Azariah the priest went in after him, and with him
fourscore ])riests of the Lord, that were valiant men : and they
withstood Uzziah the king, and said unto him. It appertaineth not
unto thee, Uzziah, to burn incense unto the Lord, but to the priests,
the sons of Aaron, that are consecrated to burn incense : so out of
the sanctuaiy ; for thou hast trespassed ; neither shall it be for thine
honour from the Lord God. Then Uzziah was wroth, and had a
censer in his hand to burn incense: and while he was wroth with
the priests, tl}e Icprosn cvcn rose up in l)is forel]eab before tlie
priests in tl)e Ijouse of tl)e i! orb, from besibe tl)c incense
aitur. And Azariah the chief priest, and all the priests looked
n[ion him, and beliold, he Avas leprous in his forehead, and they
tiirust him out from thence; yea, himself hasted also to go out,
because the Lord had smitten him. QVub ll;>ial) tl)e king ttjas a
leper unto tlje ban of l)is beatll, and dwelt in a several house,
lieing a lejicr ; for he was cut oil' from the h<nise of the Lord: and
Jotliam liis son was over the king's house, judging the people of the
land.

The Lord shall cut off all flattering lips, anb tl)e tonguc tl)at
Spcaketl) proub things : \vho have said, With our tongue will we
prevail ; our lips are our own : who is lord over us?

Come, behold the works of the Lord, wliat desolations he hath
made in the earth. He maketh wars to cea.se unto the end of the
earth ; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder ; he
burnetii the chariot in the fire.

i3e still, anb knoui tljat 3 am (Pob : 3 toill be exalteb
among tlje l)eatl)en, J mill be ei-alteb in tlje earti).

'i'liey tempted and provoked the most high (rod, and kept not
his testimonies: but turned back, and dealt unfaithfully like their
fathers: they were turned aside like a deceitful bow. Por tl)en



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prouokcb l)im to anger luitl) tijcir l)igl) places, anb movcb l)int
to jcalousii raitli tiicir graiicu images.

When God heard this lie was wroth, and greatly abhorreil
Israel : so that he forsook the tabernacle of Shiloh, the tent which
he placed among men ; and delivered his strength into captivity,
and his glory into the enemy's hand. lie gave liis people over also
and was wroth with his inheritance. The fire
men ; and their maidens were not given to



vouno-



unto the sword

consumed their

marriage. Their priests fell by the sword ; and their widows made

no lamentation.

They have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling-place.
O remember not against us former iniquities : let thy tender mer-
cies speedily prevent us : for we are brought very low. Help us, O
God of oui- salvation, for tl]C glorti of tljn ItatltC : '"iiid deliver lis,
an<l purge away oui' sins, for thy name's sake. iX)l)crcforC sljoulb
tl)C l)Cat!)cn san, tllljcrc is tl)cir t!5ob ? let him be known among
the heathen in our sio'ht bv the reveno'inw of the blood of thy serv-
ants which is shed : let the sigliing of the prisoner come before
thee ; according to the greatness of thy power jDreserve thou those
that are appointed to die ; and render unto our neighbours seven-
fold into their bosom their reproacli, rDl)erCU)itl) tl)Cl] \)iWC VC-

proacljcb tl)cc, (D £orb.

Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt ; they remem-
bered not the multitude of thy mercies ; but provoked him at the
sea, oven at the Red sea. Nevertheless he saved them for l)is
name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be
known.

They made a calf in Horeb, and worshipped tlie molten image.
Thus they changed their glory into the similitude of an ox that
eateth grass. They foi-gat God their saviour, which had done great
things in Egypt ; wondrous works in the land of Ham, and terrible
things by tTie Red sea. ®l)crcfore l)e saib tl)at l)c roonlb be-

StrOT) tl)em, h<id not Moses his chosen stood before him in the
bleach, to turn away his wrath, lest he should destroy thein.

The Lord hath made all things for llimself : yea, even the
wicked for the day of evil. (Poern one tl)at is proub in \)cavt

is an abomination to tl)e tioriir though hand join in hand, he
sliall not be unpunished.

Enter into the rock, and hide thee in the dust, for fear of the
Lord, and for the glory of his majesty. The lofty looks of man
shall be huinbloil and the hauglitincss of men shall be bowed down,

anh tl)e Corb alon: sliall be e?:altcb in tijat ban. For the day

of the Loid of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and
lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up ; and he shall be brought
low ; and upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted
up, and upon all the oaks of Baslian, and upon all the high moun-



Psalm
Ixxix. 7-12.



Ps. cvi.



Psalm
cvi. iy-i:3.



Proverbs,
xvi. 4, 5.



Is. 11. 10-19.



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Isaiah, iii. 8.



Is. X. 13-in.



Is. xvii. 7, 8.



Is. xxiii. 6-9.



tains, and upon all the liills that are lifted up, and upon every high
tower, and upon every fenced wall, and upon all the ships of Tar-
shish, and upon all pleasant pictures. QVub tl]C loftiucss of miTU

sl)all be bovDcb boujn, anb tljc I)augl}tinc5s of men GlpiU be
ntabc loui: anh tl)e toxh alone sl)aU be milteb in tl)at bnti.
Qlnb tl)c ibols l)e sljall ntterln abolisl). And they shall go into
the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of
the Lord, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake
terribly the earth.

Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen : becrtltse tljeir

tongue anb tlieir boings are against tl)e 1! orb, to prouoke
tl)e f jies of l)is glorg,

It shall come to pass, that when the Lord hath performed his
whole work upon mount Zion and on Jerusalem, I will punish the
fruit of the stout heart of the king of Assyria, and the glory of

his high looks, i^or \]c saiti), Sii tl)e strengtl) of mn Ijanb 3
l)aue bone it, anb bn mn toisbom ; for I am prudeTit : and I

have removed the bounds of the people, and have robbed their
treasures, and I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man :
and my hand hath found as a nest the riches of the people : and
as one gathereth eggs that are left, have I gathered all the earth ;
and there was none that moved the wing, or opened the mouth, or
peeped.

Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith ?
or shall the saw maijnifv itself aofainst him that shaketh it ? as if
the rod should shake itself against them that lift it up, or as if
the staft" should lift up itself, as if it were no wood. ®l)Crefore
sl]aU tl)e Corb, tl)e Corb of I)osts, senb among 1)15 fat ones

leanness : ;^iid under his glory he shall kindle a burning, like the
burning of a fire. And the light of Israel shall be for a fire, and
his Holy One for a flame : and it shall burn and devour his thorns
and his briers in one day ; and shall consume the glory of his for-
est, and of his fruitful field, both soul and body : and they shall be
as when a standard-bearer fainteth. And the rest of the trees of
his forest shall be few, that a child may write them.

At that day shall a man look to his Maker, and l]is enes

sl)all l)aue respect to tl)c tjoln tDnc of Jsracl. And he shall

not look to the altars, the work of his liands, neither shall respect
that which his fingers have made, either the groves, or the images.

Pass ye over to Tarshish ; howl, ye inhabitants of the isle.
Is this your joyous city, whose antiquity is of ancient days ? her
own feet .shall carry her afar oft" to sojourn. Who hath taken this
counsel against Tyre, the crowning city, whose merchants are
princes, whose traffickers are the honourable of the earth ? The
Lord of hosts hrith purposed it, to staiu tl)c pribe of all glory,
anb to bring into contempt all tl)c Ijouourable of tl)e cartf).



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The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth : he hath
broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no
man. The earth mourneth and hinoruisheth : Lebanon is ashamed
and hewn down : Sharon is Hke a wilderness ; and Bashan and



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