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rulers of the king's work, oftered willingly And

David said to all the congregation. Now bless the Lord your God.
And all the con^reffation blessed the Lord God of their fathers, and
bowed down their heads, and worshipped the Lord, and the king.
And they sacrificed sacrifices unto the Lord, and ofiered burnt-
ofi'erings unto the Lord, on the morrow after that day, even (X
tljousanb bullocks, a tl)ousanb rams, anb a tljousanli lambs,
roiti) tl)cir brinli-offcrings, anh sacrifices in abunbancc for



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all SsrtTcl : and did eat and drink before the Lord on that day
with great gladness. And they made Solomon the son of David
king the second time, and anointed him unto the Lord to be the
chief governor, and Zadok to be priest.

Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high
place that was at Gibeon ; for there was the tabernacle of the con-
gregation of God, which Moses the servant of the Lord had made
in the wilderness.. But the ark of God had David brought up
from Kirjath-jearim to the place which David had prepared for it ;
for he had pitched a tent for it at Jerusalem. Moreover, the brazen
altar, that Bezaleel the son of Uri, tlie son of Hur, had made, he
put before the tabernacle of the Lord : and Solomon and the con-
gregation sought unto it. And Solomon went up thither to the
brazen altar before the Lord, which was at the tabernacle of the con-
gregation, anb offereb a tljousanb burnt-offerings u^on it.

Li that night did God appear unto Solomon, and said unto
him. Ask what I shall give thee.

All the work that Solomon made for the house of the Lord
was finished : and Solomon brouofht in all the things that David
his father had dedicated ; and the silver, and the gold, and all the
instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads
of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto
Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out
of the city of David, which is Zion. Wherefore all the men of
Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was
in the seventh month. And all the elders of Israel came ; and the
Levites took up the ark. And they brought up the ark, and the
tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels that were
in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up.
Also kinof Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were as-
sembled unto him before the ark, QUCriftccu sl)CCp anu OXCn,

rol)icl) coulb not be tolb nor numbered for multitude

Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came
down from heaven, and consumed the burnt-offering and the sacri-
fices ; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. And the priests
could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of
the Lord had filled the Lord's house. And when all the children of
Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon
the house, they bowed themselves vvitli their faces to the ground
upon -the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying,
For he is good ; for his mercy enduretli forever.

®l)cn tl)c lung anb all tl)c people offcrcbsamftccs before
tl)c Corb. ^nb king Golomon otf'ereb a sacrifice of twentii
anb tu)0 tl)oixsanb oxen, anb an Ijunbreb anb tcDcntn tIjonsanS

sl)eep. So the king and all the people dedicated the house uf
God.



•2 Chronicles, •
i. 3-7.



•2 Chronicles,
V. 1-0.



•2 Cliroiiicles,
rii. 1-5.



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1 Kings,



2 Chronicles,
XV. 8-12.



2 Chronicles,
xxix.



And tl)rcc times in a jicar bib Solomon offer burnt-offer-
ings anb peace-offerings upon tlje altar roljicl) l)c built unto

tl)e £orb, and he burnt incense upon the altar that was before the
Lord.

When Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the
prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out
of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities
which he had taken from mount Ephrairn, and renewed the altar
of the Lord, that was before the poi-ch of the Lord. And he
gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them
out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon ; for they fell
to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the Lord
his God was with him. So they gathered themselves together at
Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the reign of
Asa. And they ofiered unto the Lord the same time, of the spoil

which they had brought, seueu l)unbrcb o%cn anb seuen tl)ou-

sanb sl)eejJ. And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord
God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.

Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years
old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And
his mother's name was Abijah the daughter of Zechariah. And
he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord, according to
all that David his father had done.

He, in the first year of his reign, in the first month, opened
the doors of the house of the Lord, and repaired them. And he
brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered them together
into the east street, and said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites ;
Sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the Lord God
of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy
place. For our fatliers have trespassed, and done that which
was evil in the eyes of the Lord our God, and have forsaken him,
and have turned away their faces from the habitation of the Lord,
and turned their backs. Also they have shut up the doors of tlie
porch, and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor
offered burnt-offerings in the holy place unto the God of Israel.
Wherefore the wrath of the Lord was upon Judah and Jerusalem,
and he hath delivered them to trouble, to astonishment, and to
hissing, as ye see with your eyes. For lo, our fathers have fallen
by the sword, and our sons and our daughters and our wives
are in captivity for this. Now it is in mine heart to make a
covenant with the Lord God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may
turn away from us. My sons, be not now negligent : for the Lord
hath chosen you to stand before him, to serve him, and that ye
should minister unto him, and burn incense.

Then the Levites arose, And they gathered

tlieir liri'thrcn, and sanctified themselves, and came, according to the
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house of the Lord. And the priests went into the inner part of the
house of the Lord, to cleanse it, and brought out all the uncleanness
that they found in the temple of the Lord into the court of the house
of the Lord. And the Levites took it, to carry it out abroad into
the brook Kidron. Now they began on the first day of the first
month to sanctify, and on the eighth day of the month came they
to the porch of the Lord : so they sanctified the house of the Lord,
in eight days : and in the sixteenth day of the first month they
made an end. Then they went in to Hezekiah the king, and said,
We have cleansed all the house of the Lord, and the altar of burnt-
offering, with all the vessels thereof, and the shew-bread table, with
all the vessels thereof. Moreover all the vessels, which king Ahaz
in his reign did cast away in his transgression, have we prepared
and sanctified, and behold, they are before the altar of the Lord.

Then Hezekiah the king rose early, and gathered the rulers of
the city, and went up to the house of the Lord. And they brought

seven bullocks, axxb scncn rams, unb scucn Iambs, anb scncn
l)e-goats, for a sin-offering for tl)e kingbom, anb for tlje

sanctuarjlt anb for Jubal). And he commanded the priests the
sons of Aaron to offer them on the altar of the Lord. So they
killed the bullocks, and the priests received the blood, and sprinkled
it on the altar : likewise, when they had killed the rams, they
sprinkled the blood upon the altar : they killed also the lambs, and
they sprinkled the blood upon the altar. And they brought forth
the he-goats for the sin-offering before the king and the congrega-
tion ; and they laid their hands upon them : and the priests killed
them, and they made reconciliation with their blood upon the altar,
to make an atonement for all Israel : for the king commanded that
the burnt-offerino- and the sin-oft'erina: should be made for all Israel.
And he set the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals,
with psalteries, and with harps, according to the commandment of
David, and of Gad the king's seer, and Nathan the prophet : for so
was the commandment of the Lord by his prophets. And the
Levntes stood with the instruments of David, and the priests with
the trumpets. And Hezekiah commanded to offer the burnt-offer-
ing upon the altar, "^nb u)l)cn tl)c burnt-offcring began, tl)c
song of t\)c Corb began also tuitl) tl)e trumpets, anb roitl) tl)c
instruments orbaineb bn Dauib king of ilsrael. Qlnb all
tlje congregation raorsljippeb, anb tlje'singers sang, anb i[)c
trumpefers sounbeb : anb all tl)is continul'b until tl)e burnt-

offei'iug roas finisljeb. And when they had made an end of offer-
ing, tlu' king and all that were present with him bowed themselves,
worshipped. Moreover, Hezekiah the king and the princes com-
manded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of
David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with glad-
ness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

Then Hezekiah answered and said. Now ye have consecrated
yourselves unto the Lord, come near and bring sacrifices and thank-



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2 Chronicles,
XXX. 1,21-27.



2 Chronicles,
XXXV. I-IO,



offerings into the house of the Lord. And the congregation brought
in sacrifices and thank-offerings; and as many as were of a free

heart burnt-offerings. ^nJ) tl)c number of t!]c buritt-offcnugs,
toljicl) tl)c rongrcnation brougl)t, tons threescore anh ten bul-
locks, an Ijunbreo rams, anh tmo l)unbn-b lambs; all tl]esc
tDcre for a burnt-offering to tl)e Corb. And the consecrated

things were six Imndred oxen and three thousand sheep. But tl)e

priests tocre too feto, so tl)at tl)eD coulb not flap all tl)e burnt-
offerings : wherefore their brethren the Levites did help tliem till
the work was ended, and until the other priests had sanctified
themselves : for the Levites were more upright in heart to sanctify
themselves than the priests. And also the burnt-offerings were in
abundance, with the fat of the peace-offerings, and the drink-offer-
ings for every burnt-offering. So the service of the house of the
Lord was set in order. And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people,
that God had prepared the people : for the thing was done sud-
denly.

And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters
also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house
of the Lord at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the Lord God

of Israel And the children of Israel that were

present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days
with great gladness : and the Levites and the priests praised the
Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord.
And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all tlie Levites that taught
the good knowledge of the Lord : and they did eat throughout the
feast seven days, offering peace-offerings, and making confession to
the Lord God of their fathers. And the whole assembly took
counsel to keep other seven daj's : and they kept other seven days
with gladness, i^or i^c^ckirtl) king of Jubal) biii ginc to tl)c
congregation a tljousanb bullocks anb scucn tl]ousanb sl)eep;
anb tl)e :princes gaue to tl^e congregation a tijousanb bul-
locks anb ten tl)0U5anb sl]eej) : and a great number of priests
sanctified themselves. And all the congregation of Judah, with
the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out
of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel,
and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. So there was great joy in Jeru-
salem : for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of
Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem.

Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people : and
their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling-
place, even unto heaven.

Moreover, Josiah kept a passover unto the Lord in Jerusalem :
and they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the first
immth. And he set the priests in their charges, and encouraged
them to the service of the house of the Lord, and said unto the
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the holy ark in the house which Solomon the son of David king
of Israel did build : it shall not be a burden upon your shoulders :
serve now the Lord your God, and his people Israel, and prepare
yourselves by the houses of your fathei's after your courses, accord-
ing to the writing of David king of Israel, and according to the
writing of Solomon his son : and stand in the holy place according to
the divisions of the families of the fathers of your brethren the people,
and after the division of the families of the Levites. So kill the pass-
over, and sanctify yourselves, and prepare your brethren, that they
may do according to the word of the Lord by the hand of Closes.
And Josiah gave to the people, of the flock, himbs aub kibs, all for

tl)c passot)er-offcrings,foi'aU tijat mcvc present, to tl)c num-
ber of tijirtn tl)ousanb, a\ib tl)ree tijousanb bullocks : these

were of the king's substance. And his pritices gave willingly unto
the people, to the priests, and to the Levites: Hilkiah and Zechariah
and Jehiel, rulers of the house of God, gave unto the priests for the
passover-ofterings tvoo tljousaub diib SIX l)uniircb small cattle,

ttXib tl)rec l)Uttbreb. Ojceu. Conaniah also, and Sheniaiah, and
Nethaiieel, his brethren, and Hashabiah, and Jehiel, and Jozabad,
chief of the Levites, gave unto the Levites for passover-otferings ftue

tl)ousanb small cattle, anb fiue l}unbre5 oxen. So the service

was prepared, and the priests stood in their place, and the Levites
in their courses, according to the king's commandment.

Darius the Icing made a decree, and search was made in the
house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in Babylon.
And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the prov-
ince of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus written : In
the first year of Cj-rus the king, the same Cyrus the king made a
decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let the house be

builded, tl)e place roljere tl)cn otfereb sacrifices, and let the foun-
dations thereof be strongly laid ; the height thereof threescore cubits,

and the breadth thereof threescore cubits And

this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which
was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the
rest of the children of the cajitivity, kept the dedication of this
house of God with joy, unh offereb at tl)e bebication of tl)is
l)ouse of (Pob an l)nnbreb bullocks, tu)o l)unbreb rams, four
l)unbrcb lambs : anh for a sin-offering for all Jsrael, tuieluc
l)e-goatS, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.

Also the children of those that had been carried away, which
were come out of the oaptivit\\ f)ftere(l biirnt-oflerings luito the

God of Israel, tujeloe bullocks for all Jsrael, ninetn anb six
rams, seoentn anh seuen lambs, tiueluc l)c-goats for a sin-
offering : ail this was a burnt-oti'ering unto the Lord.

TJiere was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job ;
and that man was j^erfect and upright, and one that feared God,



Ezra,
vi. 1-3, 15-17.



Ezra, viii. 35.



Job, i. 1-5.



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Job, xlii. 7-9,



Ps. xl. 5-8.



Ps. ex. 1-4.



Pstilm
cxviii. 2*-a9.



and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and
three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep,
and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five
hundred she-asses, and a very great household ; so that this man was
the greatest of all the men of the east. And his sons went and
feasted in their houses, every one his day ; and sent and called for
their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone
about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the

morning, aitb offcreb burnt-offerings accorbing to tl)c number

of tl)ClU rtll : for Job said. It may be that my sons have sinned,
and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

The Lord said to Eliphaz the Temanite, My wrath is kindled
against thee, and against thy two friends : for ye have not spoken
of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job hath. (Jljcrcforc

tokc unto nou notn seucn bullocke anh scocn rums, onb go
to mn Qcruant Job, anb offer up for nourselucs a burnt-
offering ; iiiul my servant Job shall pray for you : for him will I
accept : lest I deal with you after your folly, in that ye have not
spoken of me the thing which is right, like my servant Job.

So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar
the Naamathite went, and did according as the Lord commanded
them : the Lord also accepted Job.

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast
done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward : they cannot be reck-
oned up in order unto thee : if I would declare and speak of them,
they are more than can be numbered. Sacrifice iinb offering
tIlOU bibst not besire ; mine ears hast tlii>u <)])pned : burut-

offcring anb sin-offering l)ast tljou not requireb. QL[]cn saib
J, iLo, 3 come : in the volume of the book it is written of me, I
delight to do thy will, O my God : yea, thy law is within my
heart.

The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until
I make thine enemies thy footstool. The Lord shall send the rod
of thy strength out of Zion : rule thou in the midst of thine ene-
mies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the
beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning : thou hast the
dew of thy youth.

QL))c £orb lint!) sroorn, anb toill not repent, illjou art a
priest forener after ttje orber of iUelcl)i)ebek.

Ql[)c stone raljici) tl)e builbers refuseb is become tl)e l)eab
stone of tl)e corner. This is the Lord's doing ; it is marvellous
in our eyes.

This is the day which the Lord hath made ; we will rejoice
and be glad of it. ' Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord : O Lord, I
bosfofli thfo, s.-nd now ])rosperity. Dlesseb be l)e tljat cometl)

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of the Lord, (gob is tl)c £orb, tDl)icl) l)atl) sljctocb us ligl)t :
binb tl)c sacrifice toitli coibs, cucn unto tl)c Ijorus of tl]c lUtar.

Thou art my God, and I will praise thee : thou art my God, I
will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord ; for he is good : for
his mercy endureth forever.

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted
and extolled, and be very high. As many were astonied at thee ;
his visage was so marred more than anv man, and his form more

than the sons of men : so sl)all l)c sprinkle tuiinn nations; the

kings shall shut their mouths at him : for that which had not been
told them shall they see ; and that which they had not heard shall
they consider.

Who hath believed our report ? and to whom is the arm of
the Lord revealed ? For he shall grow up before him as a tender
plant, and as a root out of a dry ground : he hath no form nor
comeliness ; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we
should desire him. He is despised and rejected of men ; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces
from him ; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows : yet
we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he
was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniqui-
ties ; the chastisement of our peace was upon him ; and with his
stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray ; we
have turned every one to his own way ; and the Lord hath laid on
him the iniquity of us all. Lie was oppressed, and he was afflicted,
yet he opened not his mouth: J)e is bvougl)t as a lamb to tl)e
slaughter, anii as a sliee^j before l)cr shearers is iiuinb, so l)e

0|jeneb not Ijis mouti). He was taken from ])risun and from judg-
ment : and who shall declare his generation ? for he was cut otf out
of the land of the living : for the transgression of my people was
he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with
the rich in his death ; because he had done no violence, neither was
any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him ; he hath put him to

giief : u)l)en tl)ou sl)alt make l)is soul an offering for sin, he
shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the
Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his
soul, and sliall be satistit^l : by his knowledge shall my righteous
servant justify many ; for he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore
will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the

spoil with the strong; because []c Ijatl) pourcii out l)is soul

unto beat!) : and he was numbered with the transgressors ; axib

l)e bare tl)e sin of mann, anii mahc intercession for tl)e trans-
gressors.

In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed
of the Medes, which wiis made king over the realm of the Chal-



Is. lii. 13-15,
and liii.



Daniol,
ix. 1-3, 20- 2a



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Zee. vi.&-13.



John,
1.20-31.



deans ; in the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books
the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to
Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in
the desolations of Jerusalem.

And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and
supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes

And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my
sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication
before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God ; yea,
whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had
seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly,
touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he in-
formed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come
forth to give thee skill and understanding. At the beginning of
thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come
to shew tliee ; for thou art greatly beloved : therefore understand
the matter, and consider the vision.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy
holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins,

anh to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in ever-
lasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and
to anoint the Most Holy. Know therefore and understand, that
from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build
Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and
threescore and two weeks : the street shall be built again, and the
wall, even in tioublous times. And after threescore and two weeks

sljall iUcssial) be cut off, but not for l)imsclf.

And the word of the Lord came unto me, savincf, Take of them
of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which
are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into
the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah ; then take silver and
gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the
son of Josedech, the high priest : and speak unto him, saying. Thus
speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying. Behold the man whose name is
THE BRANCH : and he shall grow up out of his place, and he
shall build the temple of the Lord ; even he shall build the temple
of the Lord ; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule

upi)n his throne : anh l)c sl)all bc a priest upon l)is tijrone :

and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.

John answered, saying, I baptize with water : but there stand-
eth one among you, Avhom ye know not : he it is, who coming
after me is preferred before me, whose shoe's latchet I am not
worthy to unloose.

These things were done in Bethabara beyond Jordan, where
John was baptizing.

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saitli,



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