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dust, and made thee prince over my people Israel, and tl]OU hast
walked in the way of Jeroboam, and hast made my people Israel
to sin, to provoke me to anger with their sins; bcl]olb, 3 toiU
take amar) tl)c postcriti} of !3aasl)0, anb tl]C :postcritij of l)is
l)ousc; anb mill make tt]!} l)onsc like tl)c Ijonsc of Jeroboam
tl}c son of r^ebat. t)im tljat bictl) of Baasl)a in tl)e citn sljall
tl)e bogs eat; an\i l)im tl)at bietl) of l)is in tl)e tielbs slfall tl}c
fowls of tl)c air eat

And there came a man of God, and spake unto the king of
Israel, and said. Thus saitli the Lord, Because the Syi'ians have said,
The Lord is God of the hills, but he is not God of the valleys,
therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand,
and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 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. But the
rest fled to Aphek, into the city ; and there a wall fell upon twenty
and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Ben-hadad
fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.

And his servants said unto him, Behold now, we have heard
that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings : let us, I
pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads,
and go out to the king of Israel : peradventure he will save thy
life. So they girded sackcloth on their loins, and put ropes on
their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said. Thy servant
Ben-hadad saith, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet
alive? he is my brother. Now the men did diligently observe
whether anything would come from him, and did hastily catch it :
and they said. Thy brother Ben-hadad. Then he said. Go ye, bring
him. Then Ben-hadad came forth to him ; and he caused him to
come up into the chariot. And Ben-hadad said unto him, The
cities, which my father took from thy father, I will restore ; and
thou shalt make streets for thee in Damascus, as ray father made in
Samaria. Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this cove-
nant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away. .
. . . And he [one of the prophets] said unto him, Thus saith
the Lord, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I



appointed to utter destruction, therefore tliy life shall go for his life,
onb tl)3 people for Ijis people. And the king of Israel went
to his house heavy and displeased, and carae to Samaria.

And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found rue, O mine
enemy ? And he answered, I have found thee : because thou hast
sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the Lord. Behold, I will
bring evil upon thee, aixb mill take avoa^ 11)2 p06terit2, Jmd will
cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against tlie wall, and him that
is shut up and left in Israel, anh voiU make tljiitc Ijoiise like tl)e
l)onse of Jferoboatn tl)c son of Xebat, and like the house of

Baaslia the son of Aliijah, for the provocation wherewith tljOtt hast

provoked me to anger, and made Israel to sin Him

that dieth of Ahab in the city the dogs shall eat: and him that

dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat And it

came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he rent his
clothes, and put sackcloth upon 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 humbleth him-
self before me ? because he humbleth himself before me, I will
not bring the evil in his days : but lit l)is SOlt's bogS «)ill M bring

tl)e eoil upon Ijis l)ouse.

[When Naaman had been cured of his leprosy at the word of
Elisha.] But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said,
Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiv-
ing at his hands that which he brought : but as the Lord liveth, I
will run after him, and take somewhat of him. So Gehazi followed
after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he
lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said. Is all well ?
And he said. All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold,
even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young
men of the sons of the prophets : give them, I pray thee, a talent
of silver, and two changes of garments. And Naaman said. Be
content, take two talents. And he urged him, and bound two tal-
ents of silver in two bags, with two changes of garments, and laid
them upon two of his servants ; and they bare them before him.
And when he came to the tower, he took them from their hand,
and bestowed them in the house : and he let the men go, and they

But he went in, and stood before his master : and Elisha said
unto him, Whence comest thou, Gehazi ? And he said. Thy servant
went no whither. And he said unto him, Went not mine heart
with thee, when the man turned again from his chariot to meet
thee ? Is it a time to receive money, and to receive garments, and
oliveyards, and vineyards, and sheep, and oxen, and men-servants,
and maid-servants ? The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave
unto thee anb UUtO tl)n Seeb forecer. And he went out from his
presence a leper as white as snow.

1 Kings,
xxi. 20 - 22,
24, 27-29.

2 Kings,
V. 20-27.

2 Kins,'*,
ix. 1-7,
X. 1-11.

And Elisha the prophet called one of the children of the
prophets, and said unto him, Gird up thy loins, and take this box
of oil in thine hand, and go to Ramoth-gilead : and when thou
comest thither, look out there Jehu the son of Jehoshaphat, the
son of Nimshi, and go in, and make him arise up from among his
brethren, and carry him to an inner chamber ; then take the box
of oil, and pour it on his head, and say, Thus saith the Lord, I have
anointed thee king over Israel. Then open the door, and flee, and
tarry not.

So the young man, even the young man the prophet, went to
Ramoth-gilead. And when he came, behold, the captains of the
hosts were sitting ; and he said, I have an errand to thee, O captain.
And Jehu said, unto which of all us ? and he said, To thee, cap-
tain. And he arose, and went into the house ; and he poured the
oil on his head, and said unto him. Thus saith the Lord God of Is-
rael, I have anointed thee king over the people of the Lord, even
over Israel, ^nb tl)ou sljult stttite tl)e Ijousc of '^l)ab tljn
master, tl)at M maj) aucngc tl)c bioob of mj] scrDnnts tlje
;)ropl]cls, arib ll}e bloob of all tl)c scruants of tl)c £orb, at

t\)C l)anb of Jezebel And Joram king of Israel,

[the son of Ahab] and Ahazia king of Judah went out, each in his
chariot, and they went out against Jehu, and met him in the por-
tion of Naboth the Jezreelite. And it came to pass, when Joram
saw Jehu, that he said. Is it peace, Jehu ? And he answered, AVhat
peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her
witchcrafts are so many ? And Joram turned his hands, and fled,
and said to Ahaziah, There is treachery, O Ahaziah. And Jehu
drew a bow with his full strength, and smote Jehoram between his
arms, and the arrow went out at his heart, and he sunk down
in his chariot. Then said Jehu to Bidkar his captain, Take
up, and cast him in the portion of the field of Naboth the
Jezreelite : for remember how that, when I and thou rode to-
gether after ^[^ab l)is fatl)Cr, the Lord laid this burden upon
him ; surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and
the blood of his sons, saith the Lord; aitb iJ toill rcquitc tl)CC
in tl)is plat, saith the Lord. Xou) tl)crcforc take anb east
\)m into tl)e plat of groitnb, accorbinig to tl)e toorb of tl)e

And Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. And Jehu wrote let-
ters, and sent to Samaria, unto the rulers of Jezreel, to the elders,
and to them that brought up Ahab's children, saying, Now as soon
as this letter cometh to you, seeing your master's sons are with you,
and there are with you chariots and horses, a fenced city also, and
armour ; look even out the best and meetest of your master's sons,
and set him on his father's throne, and fight for your master's house.
But they were exceedingly afraid, and said. Behold, two kings stood
not before him : how then shall we stand ? And he that was over
the house, and he that was over the city, the elders also, and the



brino-ers up of tlie cliildren, sent to Jehu, saying, We are thy ser-
vants, and will do all that thou shalt bid us ; we will not make any
king: do thou that which is good in thine eyes. Then he wrote a
letter the second time to them, saying. If ye be mine, and if ye will
hearken unto my voice, take ye the heads of the men your master's
sons, and come to me to Jezreel by to-morrow this time. Now the
king's sons being seventy persons, were with the great men of the
city, which brought them up. And it came to pass, when the
letter came to them, that tl)Cn tOOli tl)C king's SOUS, mib slctD
SCDCnttI persons, and put their heads in baskets, and sent him
them to Jezreel.

And there came a messenger and told him, saying. They have
brought the heads of the king's sons. And he said, Lay ye them in
two heaps at the entering in of the gate until the morning. And
it came to pass in the morning, that he went out, and stood, and
said to all the people, Ye be righteous : behold, I conspired against
my master, and slew him : but U)l)0 sIcU) all t\)CGC ? liuoiD UOtt)

tl)at tljcrc sl)all fall nnto tlje eartl) notl)ing of tl)c wovh of tl)c
Corb, tDl)icl) tl)c Corb spake concerning tl)e l)onse of ^t)ab :
for tl)c Corb l)atl) bone tl)at rol)icl) l)e*6pake bn l)is scroant

So Jehu slew all that remained of the house of Ahab in Jez-
reel, and all l)is great men, anb Ijis kinsfolks, a\\b l)is priests,
until l)e left l)im none remaining.

And it came to pass, as soon as the kingdom was confirmed
in his hand, [of Amaziali] that he slew liis servants which had slain
the king his father. But the children of the murderers he slew

not: accorbing nnto tl)at roljid) is coritten in tlje book of tl)c

[aV3 of illoses, wherein the Lord commanded, saying, The fathers
shall not be put to death for the children, nor the cliildren be put
to death for the fathers; but cmVQ man sljall bc put to beatl)

for l)is oran sin.

And the Lord spake by his servants the prophets, saying, Bc-

causc lllanasseli king of Subali liatt) bone these abomina-
tions, anb l)atl) bone mickebln abouc all tliat tl)e ^morites

bib, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with
his idols: therefore thus saith the Lord (ind of Israel, JBel)Olb, J

am bringing sncl) euil upon Jerusalem anb Jubal), tliat who-
soever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. And I will stretch
over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house
of Ahab : and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish,
wiping it, and turning it upside down. And I will forsake the rem-
nant of mine inheritance, and deliver them into the hand of their
enemies; and they shall become a prey and a spoil to all their en-
emies; because they have done that which was evil in ray sight,
and have provoked me to anger, since the day their fathers came
forth out of Egypt, even unto this day.

2 Kings,
xiv. 5, 6.

2 Kin?s,
xxi. 10^15.



2 Kins;?,

xxi. 18, -'3.

Cfi, xxii. 1, '2,

xxiii. 25-i!7,


xxiv. 1-4.

2 Chronicles,
xxl. 12-14.

Manasseh slept with his fathers, and was buried in the garden
of his own house, in the garden of Uzza : and Amon his son reigned
in his stead

And the servants of Amon conspired against him, and slew

the king in his own house And he was buried

in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzzar : and Josiah his son reigned
in his stead

Josiah was eight 3^ears old when he began to reign, and he
reigned thirty and one years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name
was Jedidah, the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. And he did that
which was rio-ht in the siofht of the Lord, and walked in all the
way of David his father, and turned not aside to the right hand or

to the left And like unto him was there no king

before him, that turned to the Lord with all his heart, and with all
his soul, and with all his might, according to all the law of Moses ;
neither after liim arose there any like him.

NotrDitl)stanbing,tl)c €orb turncb not ft-om tlic fierceness
of l)is great roratl), niljereiDitl] l}is nngcr mas kinMeb against
Jubal)~ because of all tl)c prouocations tl)at ittanassci) []ais
prouokeb l)im tDitl)al.

And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight,
as I have removed Israel, and will cast otf this city Jerusalem which
I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be

Jehoiakim [son of Josiah] was twenty and five years old when
he began to reign ; he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his
mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah.
And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, according
to all that his fathers had done In his days Nebuchad-
nezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant
three years : then he turned and rebelled against him. And the
Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the
Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children
of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to
the word of the Lord, which he spake by his sei'vants tho prophets.

Surcln at tl)e commanbment of tl)e iloih came tl)is upon
Jubal)", to remoue tljem out of Ijis sigljt, for tl)e sins of i\\a~
nassel), accorbing to all tljat l)e bib: anb also for tlje inno-
cent bloob tl)at l)e sl)cb, (ti>r he tilled Jerusalem with innocent

blood,) m\]u\) tl)c iorb u)oulb not parbon.

And there came a writing to him [Jehorain] from Elijah the
projihet, saying, Thus saith tlie Lord God of I)avid thy father,

JI3ccau5c tl)ou l]ast not toalkeb in tl)e ujaijs of Jel)osl)apl)at

tl)V] fatljer, nor in the ways of Asa king of Jud;ih, l)Ul hast walked
in til.' way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the
inhal.itants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms
of the house of Ahab, and also hast slain thy brethren of thy fath-



er's house, which were bettor than thyself: bcljolb, Voitl) CI gi'CiU

plague roill tl)c ilovh omitc tl)n people, anh tl)D djilbren, anb
tl)ii*u)ities, anb all tljn goobs.

(Jl)c £orb brougl}! Jubal) low because of ^{)a] kiug of
Ssrael : for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against
the Lord.

He [Hezeldah], in the first year of his reign, in the first montli,
opened the doors of the liouse of the Lord, and repaired tlieiii.
And he brought in the priests and the Levites, and gathered theui
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 Ijaue trespaseeb, 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 the porch,
and put out the lamps, and have not burned incense nor oftered
burnt-ofierings in the holy place unto the God of Israel. Where-
foi'e 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. Foi- lo, our fathers have tallen l)y the

sword, anb our sons anb our baugljters anb our mivcs arc
in captkntn for tl}is.

Hezekiah was sick to the death, and prayed unto the Lord :
and he spake unto him, and he gave him a sign. But Hezekiah
rendered not again according to the benefit done unto him ; for his
lieart was lifted up: therefore there was wrath upon him, anb
upon Subal) anb Scrusalcm. Notwithstanding, Hezekiah hum-
bled himself for the pride of his heart, both he and the inhabitants

of Jerusalem, so tl)at tlje ujratl) of tljc Corb came not upon
tl)em in tlje bans of i^e^eluali.

And it came to pass when the king [Josiah] had heard the
words of the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king com-
manded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and xVbdon the
son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiali a servant of the
king's, saying. Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for them that
are left in Lsrael, and in Judah, concerning the words of the book
that is found : for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out

upon us, because our fatl)crs liaue not kept tlje roorb of tl)C

Corb, to do after all that is written in this book.

The twenty and fourth day of this month the children of
Israel were assembled with fasting, and with saekclothes, and earth
upon them. And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all
strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, a\\b tl)e iniquities of

tljeir fatl)crs.

2 Chronicles,

2 Chronicles,
xxix. 3-9.

■2 Chronicles,
xxxii. 24-26.

2 Chronicles,
xxxiv. 19-21.

Neh. ix. 1, 2.



xiii. 1, 2.

xiii. 15-18.

xxi. 17-19,

xxrii. 13-15.

Ps. rri. 8-10.

xxxvii. i28.

Ixxix. 1-8.

On tliat day they read in the book of Moses in the audience
of the people ; and therein was found written, that the Ammonite

and the Moabite sljoulb uot comc ittto t\)c congregation of (Bob
forcucr; bccnusc tl)cn met not tlic cliilbren of Jisrael toitli
brcab anii roitl) toater, but liireb Balaam against tl)em, that

he sliould curse them : howbeit, our God turned the curse into a

In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine-presses on
the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses ; as also
wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they
brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day : and I testified against
them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of
Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and
sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.
Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them.
What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day ?

Oib not nour fatljers tl)us, anb bib not our (Sob bring all

tl)is enil upon us, anb upon tl)is citn ? yet ye bring more wrath
upon Israel by profaning the sabbath.

How ofl is the candle of the wicked put out ? and how ofl
Cometh their destruction upon them ? God distributeth sorrows in
his anger. They are as stubble before the wind, and as chaff that
the storm carrieth away, (gob lanetl) Up l)is iuiquitl} for l)is
cl)ilbrcn : he rewardeth him, and he shall know it.

This is the portion of a wicked man with God, and the herit-
age of oppressors, which they shall receive of the Almighty, jjf
l)i5 cl)ilbren be multiplieb, it is for tijc sraorb : anb Ijis off-
spring sljall not be satisfieb miti) breab. (ZlI)05C tl)at remain
of l)im sljall be burieb in beatl) : anb l)is toiboros sljall not

Thine hand shall find out all thine enemies : thy right hand
shall find out those that hate thee. Thou shalt make them as a
fiery oven in the time of thine anger : the Lord shall swallow them
up in his wrath, and the fire shall devour them. iEljeir fruit

sl)alt tliou bestron from tl)c cartl), avib tl)eir sccb from among
tl)c cl)ilbren of men.

Tlie Lord loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints ; they
are preserved forever: but tl)C secb of tl)C mickeb sl)all be cut off.

O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance ; thy
holy temple have they defiled ; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto
the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of
the earth. Their blood have they shed like water round about
.ferusalem ; and there was none to bury them. We are become
a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that
are round about us.



How long, Lord ? wilt tliou be angry forever ? shall thy
jealousy burn like fire ? Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen
that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not
called upon thy name. For they have devoured Jacob, and laid

waste his dwelling-place. 05 remember iiot against u© for-
mer iniquities : let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us : for
we are brought very low.

Return, we beseech thee, God of hosts : look down from
heaven, and behold, and visit this vine ; and the vineyard which
thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest
strong for thyself. It is burnt with fire, it is cut down : they per-
ish at the rebuke of thy countenance. £.ct tl)n [)Cl\\b bc U^ion

tl)e man of tl)ij rigl)t \)anb, upon tl)e son of nian u)l)om ti)ou
mabest strong for tijnsclf. So will not we go back from thee :
quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

Hold not thy peace, God of my praise ; for the mouth of
the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me :
they have spoken against me with a lying tongue

Let his days be few ; and let another take his ofiice. Cet

l)is cl)ilbren be fatljerless, anh Ijis mife a tnibotD. £et Ijis
cl)ilbrcn be continualln uagabonbs, anh beg : let tljem seek
tlieir brcab also out of tijcir besolate places. Let the extor-
tioner catch all that he hath ; and let the strangers spoil his la-
bour. Let there be none to extend mercy unto him : neitljer Ict
tl)ere be ann to fauour l)is fatherless cl)ilbrcn. £et bis pos-
teritn be cul off: aiib in tl)c generation following let tbeir
name be blottcli out. Cet tbe iniquitn of l)is fatl)evs be re-
membcrcb mitl) tl)e £orii ; a\ib let not tl)e sin of l)is mother

be blotted out. Let them be before the Lord continually, that
he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.

Because that |)e remembered not to shew mercy, but perse-
cuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken
in heart.

Kemember, © £or5, tlje ciiilbren of (Sbom in tl)c bag

of Jerusalem : who said. Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed ; happy shall
he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he

be tl)at takcti) mib basl)etl) tljn little ones against tl)e stones.

All the kings of the nations, even all of them, lie in glory,

every one in his own house Thou shalt not be

joined with them in burial, because thou hast destroyed thy land,

and slain thy people: tl)e seeb of cuil-boers sl)all neoer be re-

Prepare slaugljter for l)is cl)ilbrcn for tl)e iniquitji of

tl)eir fatl}ers ; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill

Ixxx. 14-18.

cix. 1, 2,


cxxxvli. 7-9.

xiv. 18,



xUU. 26-28.

Isaiah, liii.

I3. Ixv. C, 7.

the face of the world with cities. Foi- I will i-ise up against them,

saith the Lord of hosts, auii ciU off from Babjiloii tljc ttamc,
arib remnant, anb son, cinb nepljcro, saith the Lord.

Put me in remembrance : let us plead together : declare thou,
that thou mayest be justified. ^\)Vt first filtljcr l)atl) sinucb,

arib tljji teaclicrs Ijaoe transgressed against me. Tlierefore

I have profaned tlie princes of the sanctuary, anb Ijauc gioen 3(1-

rob to tlje curse, anb 3srael to re}jroacl)es.

Who hath believed our report ? and to whom is the arm of
the Lord revealed ? For he shall grow up before him as a ten-
der 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 |)e l)atl) bornc our griefs, anb carrieb our sor-

roUJS : yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and af-
flicted. Sut lie mas toounbcb for our transgressions, i)e
toas bruiscb for our iniquities ; tl)e djastiscment of our peace
roas upon Ijim ; anb uiitl) l)is stripes roe are Ijealcb. All

we like sheep have gone astray ; we have turned every one to his

own way; aiib t\]c Corb Ijatl] laib on Ijim tl)e iniquitn of us

alL He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not
his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a
sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.
He was taken from prison and from judgment : and who shall de-
clare his generation ? for he was cut off out of the land of the liv-
ing : for tl)c transgression of mn people was l)e stricken.

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