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Solomon's solemn sacrifices :
11. CHRONICLES.

God appeareth to him. carry them away captives unto a land far off or s glad and merry in heart, for the goodness that the Before near;

Lord had shewed unto David, and to Solomon, and 37 Yet if they + bethink themselves in the land to Israel his people. Lring agar whither they are carried captive, and turn and pray 11 Thus Solomon finished the house of the LORD, 1

unto thee in the land of their captivity, saying, We and the king's house: and all that came into Solo- Ps. 127, 1. Luke'15, 17. have sinned, we have done amiss, and have dealt mon's heart to make in the house of the LORD, and wickedly;

in his own house, he' prosperously effected. 38 If they return to thee ? with all their heart, and 12 And the Lord'appeared to Solomon' by night, Kings 3, Joel 2, 11. with all their soul, in the land of their captivity, and said unto him, I have heard thy prayer, and have

whither they have carried them captives, and pray to-{"chosen this place to myself for a house of sacrifice. 5.
ward their land, which thou gavest unto their fathers, 13 If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or u Deut. 12,
and toward the city which thou hast chosen, and to- if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I 5.
ward the house which I have built for thy name; send pestilence among my people;

39 Then hear thou from the heavens, even from thy 14 If my people, which are called by my name, y Amos 9,
dwelling-place, their prayer and their supplications, shall a humble themselves, and pray, and seek my
and maintain their cause, and forgive thy people which face, and eturn from their wicked ways; then will I
have simned against 'thee.

hear froin heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will , Ezek. S4, 40 Now, my God, let, I beseech thee, ' thine eyes} heal their land. Dan. 9, 18 be open, and let thine ears be attent unto the prayer 15 Now 4 mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears 1 Pg. 132, c. thai is made in this place.

attent unto the prayer that is made in this place : 41 Now therefore tarisc, O Lord God, into thy 16 For now have I chosen and sanctified this clam. 3,44 Cap. 28, 2 "resting-place, thou, and the ark of thy strength : house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine d eh. 6, 40

let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with sal- eyes and my heart shall be there perpetually.
vation, and let thy ? saints rejoice in goodness.

17 And as for thee, if thou wilt' walk before me, ch. 6, 6. 42 0 LORD God, a turn not away the face of thine as David thy father walked, and do according to all anointed; remember the mercies of David thy servant. that have commander thee, and shalt observe my ? Kings".0 CHAPTER VII.

statutes and my judgments; God giveth to Solomon promises upon condition.

18 Then will I stablish the throne of thy kingdom, COW

ing, the fire came down from heaven, and con-saying, There shall not fail thee a man to be ruler in Dan. 9, 20. sumed the burnt-offering and the sacrifices; and the Israel. blev.9,21. glory of the LORD filled the house.

19 But if ye' turn away, and forsake my statutes Deut. 28, 18 2 And the priests could not enter into the house and my commandments, which I have set before you, ch. 15, 2

of the LORD, because the glory of the Lord had filled and shall go and serve other gods and worship them; Ezek. 10, the Lord's house.

20 Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of Rom. 2,4 3 And when all the children of Israel saw how themy land which I have given them : and this house, ki Kings 9 fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the which I have sanctified for my name, will I cast out 2.5, 5

house, they e bowed themselves with their faces to the of my sight, and will make it to be a proverb and a fches:13: ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and by-word among all nations.

praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his 21 And this house, which is high, shall be an aston- ! Deut. 28, mercy endureth for ever.

ishment to every one that passeth by it; so that he Jer. 22,8,9 4 Then the king and all the people offered sacri- shall say, 'Why hath the LORD done thus unto this fices before the LORD.

land, and unto this house?
5 And king Solonion offered'a sacrifice of twenty 22 And it shall be answered, Because they forsook & 38, 15.
and iwo thousand oxen, and a hundred and twenty the LORD God of their fathers, which brought them 12x5, 39.
thousand sheep. So the king and all the people ded-forth out of the land of Egypt, and laid hold on other picasso
icated the house of God.

gods, and worshipped them, and served them: "there-
6 And the priests 6 waited on their offices; the Le-fore hath he brought all this evil upon them.
vites also with instruments of music of the LORD,

CHAPTER VIII.
which David the king had made to praise the LORD, 1 Solomon's buildings....17 He fetcheth gold from Ophir,

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LORD, and his own house, 7 Moreover, Solomon " hallowed the middle of the 2 That the cities which Huram had restored to d 1 Kings 9, court that was before the house of the LORD: for there Solomon, Solomon built them, and caused the chil

he offered burnt-offerings, and the fat of the peace-dren of Israel to dwell there. 41 Kings 2, offerings, because the brazen altar which Solomon 3 And Solomon went to 'Hamath-zobah, and pre

had made was not able to receive the burnt-offerings, { vailed against it. 12 Gen. 13, and the meat-offerings, and the fat.

4 And he built “Tadmor in the wilderness, and all 67. Kings & 8 Also, at the same time, Solomon kept' the feast the store-cities which he built in 'Hamath. seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great con- 5 Also he built 5 Beth-horon the upper, and Beth- 3 18.

gregation, from the entering in of "Ilamath unto the horon the nether, fenced cities, with walls, gates, and 11 Kings 9 prohibiting river of Egypt.

bars : 9 And in the eighth day they made at solemn as- 6 And “Baalath, and all the store-cities that Solo- tHeb ruhet 9. Num.7, .sembly: for they kept the o dedicaticn of the altar mon had, and all the chariot-cities, and the cities of John 19, 22. seven days, and the feast seven days.

the horsemen, and t all that Solomon desired to build try

1 7,2 10 And on the P three and twentieth day of the in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and throughout all the Eccl 2 15 seventh month he sent the people away into their tents, } land of his dominion.

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Solomon's darly and festival sacrifices : CHAPTER IX.

His riches, and throne of ivory.
7 As for all the people that were left of the “ Hit-} which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and Before
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in the land, whom the children of Israel consumed of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for
19, , not, them did Soloinon make to pay tribute until this thou f exceedest the fame that I heard.
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78 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy famı, 9 But of the children of Israel did Solomon make servants, which stand continually before thee, and John S, no servants for his work ; but they were men of war, hear thy wisdom.

; and chief of his captains, and captains of his chariots 3 Blessed be the LORD thy God, which delighted & Ps. 34, 4. and horsemen.

in thee to set thee on his "throne, to be king for the by Chr.29 10 And these were the chief of king Solomon's offi- } LORD thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to estab-isn. 9, 6.

cers, even "two hundred and fifty, that bare rule over { lish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over ni kinys, the people.

them, to do judgment and justice. 11 And Solomon "brought up the daughter of Pha- 9 And she gave the king'a hundred and twenty raoh out of the city of David unto the house that he talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and had built for her: for he said, My wife shall not dwell į precious stones: neither was there any such spice 10, 10

in the horse of David king of Israel, because the as the queen of Sheba gave king Solomon. holinases. places are f holy whereunto the ark of the Lord hath 10 And the servants also of Huram, and the ser

vants of Solomon, which brought gold from Ophir, 1, 1. 12 1 Then Solomon offered burnt-offerings unto} brought algum-trees and precious stones.

the LORD on the altar of the LORD, which he had 11 And the king made of the algum-trees "terraces m 1 King Of Kings 2, built ° before the porch,

to the house of the LORD, and to the king's palace, 10, 12 13 Even after Pa certain rate every day, offering and harps and psalteries for singers : and there were of Kings , according to the commandment of Moses, on the sab- none such seen before in the land of Judah.

baths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn 12 And king Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba 21. 23, 14. feasts, three times in the year, cven in the feast of all her desire, whatsoever she asked, " besides that 'o, Kings

unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in which she had brought unto the king: so she turned,
the feast of tabernacles.

and went away to her own land, she and her servants. 14 And he appointed, according to the order of 13 Now the weight of gold that came to Solomon u Chr. 24, David his father, the courses of the priests to their in one year was six hundred and threescore and six

service, and the Levites to their charges, to praise and talents of gold; * ! Kings ê, minister before the priests, as the $ duty of every day 14 Besides that which chapmen and merchants : Ps

. 68, 2 required; the porters also by their courses at t every brought. And °all the kings of Arabia and govern- 12.00, 7,

60 gate: for so had David the man of God commanded. }ors of the country brought gold and silver to Solomon.

15 And they departed not from the commandment 15 And king Solomon made two hundred targets Serene and of the king unto the priests and Levites, concerning of beaten gold : Psix hundred shekels of beaten gold 22 (6.2 any matter, or concerning the treasures.

went to one target.
16 Now all the work of Solomon was prepared 16 And three hundred shields made he of beaten

unto the day of the foundation of the house of the gold; three hundred shekels of gold went to one shield:
Acts 13. 22. Lord, and until it was finished : sc the house of the and the king put them in the house of the forest of 21 Kings
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Lebanon.
171 Then went Solomon to? Ezion-geber, and to 17 Moreover, the king made a great thrcne of ivory,
Eloth, at the sea side in the land of Edom. and overlaid it with 'pure gold.

18 And Huram sent him, by the hands of his ser- 18 And there were six steps to the throne, with a
a prut.2, a vants, ships, and servants that had knowledge of the footstool of gold, which were fastened to the throne,
kings 22, sea ; and they went with the servants of Solomon to and stays on † each side of the sitting-place, and two are treatment

Ophir, and took thence <four hundred and fifty tal-lions standing by the stays:
ents of gold, and brought them to king Solomon. 19 And twelve lions stood there on the one side and
CHAPTER IX.

on the other upon the six steps. There was not the
The queen of Sheba admireth the wisdom of Solomon. like made in any kingdom.
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o fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of

the he 11, 31. with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great forest of Lebanon were of pure gold: none were of Jal. 14,1. company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in silver; it was not any thing accounted of in the days

abundance, and precious stones: and when she was {of Solomon.
come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that 21 For the king's ships went to Tarshish with the is
was in her heart.

servants of Huram : every three years || once came nificih also
2 And Solomon told herall her questions: and there the ships of Tarshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory,
was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not. § and apes, and peacocks.

3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the 'wis- 22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the in 1,36 . dom of Solomon, and the house that he had built, earth in riches and wisdom.

4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his 23 And all the kirgs of the earth sought the pres- Num. 2t, servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and ence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom that God had is. 69, 27. 21. their apparel; his cup-bearers also, and their apparel;put in his heart. and his ascent by which he went up into the house of A And they brought every man his present, vessels 2"

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Solomon's reign and death.
II. CHRONICLES.

Ten tribes rerolt. 25 And Solomon had four thousand stalls for horses young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, cir. 4:32." and "chariots, and twelve thousand horsemen, whom but I will add thereto: my father chastised you with

he bestowed in the chariot-cities and with the king whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.
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15 So the king hearkened not unto the people; for
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y river even unto the land of the Philistines, and to the his word, which he spake by the hand of Ahijah the soutenir Rev. 19, 12 border of Egypt.

Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat. 27 And the king made silver in Jerusalem as stones, 16 And when all Israel saw that the king would 421 and cedar-trees made he as the sycamore-trees that not hearken unto them, the pecple answered the king, 22, 3. 57, are in the low plains in abundance.

saying, What portion have we in David ? and we have 431, 12 28 And they ? brought unto Solomon horses out none inheritance in the son of Jesse: every man to 2 of Egypt, and out of all lands. your tents, O Israel: and now, David, see to thine who 17,15

. 29 Now the rest of the acts of Solomon, first and own house. So all Israel went to their tents. last, are they not written in the book of Nathan the 17 But as for the children of Israel that dwelt in prophet, and in the prophecy of Ahijah the Shilonite, the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them.

, and in the visions of lådo the seer against Jeroboam 18 Then king Rehoboam sentadoram, that was * 1 Kingo the son of Nebat?

over the 'tribute; and the children of Israel stoned 30 And Solomon reigned in Jerusalem over all Is-him with stones that he died: but king Rehoboam 6. & 5, 13 that is I'he rael forty years.

made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to 31 And Solomon slept with his fathers, and he was Jerusalem. Ch. 10,16.& buried in the city of David his father: and+Rehoboam 19 And Israel rebelled against the house of Da- Ecclesias 12:8. & 13 his son reigned in his stead.

vid unto this day.
. CHAPTER X.

CHAPTER XI.
The Israelites assemble at Shechem to crown Rehoboam. Rehoboam, preparing to subdue Israel, is forbidden by She-

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And it came to pass, when Jeroboam the skin. AND when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he
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gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin 1 Kings
Nebat, (who was in Egypt, whither he had fled from a hundredand fourscore thousand chosen men, which
the presence of Solomon the king,) heard it, that Jero- were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might 12 km

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bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam. 3 And they sent and called him. So Jeroboam and 2 But the word of the Lord came to Shemaiah 7.7.& all Israel came, and spake to Rehoboam, saying, the man of God, saying,

4 Thy father made our yoke@grievous; now, there- 3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king a 1 Kings fore, ease thou somewhat the grievous servitude of thy of Judah, and to all Israel " in Judah and Benjamin, 12 2.

father, and his heavy yoke that he put upon us, and saying, ! 1 Kings we will serve thee.

4 Thus saith the Lord, ye shall not go up nor Deut. 2. 5 And he said unto them, 'Come again unto me fight against your brethren: return every man to his 24 after three days. And the people departed. house; for this thing is done of me.

And they 6 And king Rehoboam took counsel with the old obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from Gen. so,

50 men that had stood before Solomon his father while going against Jeroboam. he yet lived, saying, What counsel give ye me, to re- 5 And Rehoboam dwelt in Jerusalem, and built iurn answer to this people ?

cities for defence in Judah. 7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou be 6 He built even Bethlehem, and 'Etam, and Josh. 13 Mch. 5, 12. † kind to this people, and please them, and speak good" Tekoa, 1's. 20, 17. words to them, they will be thy servants for ever. 7 And Beth-zur, and Shoco, and Adullam,

8 But he forsook the counsel which the old men 8 And Gath, and "Mareshah, and · Ziph, gave him, and took counsel with the young men that 9 And Adoraim, and · Lachish, and P Azekah, were brought up with him, that stood before him. 10 And · Zorah, and ' Ajalon, and Hebron, which i3 Kings

9 And he said unto them, What advice give ye, are in Judah and in Benjamin, fenced cities. that we may return answer to this people, which have 11 And he fortified the strong holds, and put cap- 10. spoken to me, saying, Ease somewhat the yoke that tains in them, and store of victual, and of oil and wine. n Josh. 15, thy father did put upon us?

12 And in every several city he put shields and 21. 10 And the young men that were brought up with spears, ad made them exceeding strong, having Ju- 3 Khes him spake unto him, saying, Thus shalt thou answer dah and Benjamin on his side. the people that spake unto thee, saying, Thy father 13 And the priests and the Levites that were in all pJer. 34, 7 made our yoke heavy, but make thou it somewhat Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. lighter for us; thus shalt thou say unto them, - My 14 (For the Levites left their suburbs, and their little finger shall be thicker than any father's loins. possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem : for #2 11 For whereas my father put a heavy yoke upon Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from "exe- sGen. 23, 2

“ you, I will put more to your yoke : my father chas-cuting the priest's office unto the Lord: tised you with whips, but I will chastise you with 15 And he ordained hiin "priests for the high pla- tch 13, 9. scorpions.

ces, and for the devils, and for the calves which he u Rev. 13, 12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Reho-had made.) boam on the third day, as the king bade, saying, Come 16 And after them, out of all the tribes of Israel, Amos? again to me on the third day.

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13 And the king answered them roughly: and king Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice unto the LORD
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CHAPTER XII....XIII.

His reign and death.
Before made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong, three {. 12 And when he humbled himself, the wrath of the

years: for a three years they walked in the way of Lord turned from him, that he would not destroy him
David and < Solomon.

altogether: fand also in Judah things went well.
18 And Rehoboam took him Mahalath the daugh- 13 So king Rehoboam strengthened himself in good things
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the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse ;

forty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned os. 11.12 19 Which bare him children ; Jeush, and Shama- seventeen years in Jerusalem, the city which the LORD riah, and Zaham.

had chosen out of all the tribes of Israel to put his
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14 And he did evil, because he prepared not his Psal. 10, 17. 21 And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of heart to " seek the Lord. 2 cen. 22 Absalom above all his wives and his e concubines : 15 Now the acts of Rehoboam, first and last, are į Kings !!, (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concu- they not written in the book of 'Shemaiah the proph- uch 11,16

bines; and begat twenty and eight sons and three-et, and of Iddo y the seer, concerning genealogies ?
score daughters.)

And there were wars between Rehoboam and Jero- 12,22. 22 And Rehoboam made Abijah the son of Maa- boam continually. af byen. 2". chah the chief, to be ruler among his brethren: for 16 And Rehoboam 'slept with his fathers, and was y ch. 9, 22. he thought to make him king.

buried in the city of David : and Abijah his son 21 Kings 2 23 And he dealt † wisely, and dispersed of all his reigned in his stead. diperus children throughout all the countries of Judah and

CHAPTER XIII.
& Gen. 25, Benjamin, unto every fenced city; and he gave them A bijah succeeding, maketh war against Jeroboam.

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3 And Abijah | sct the battle in array, with an bruined on 2 And it came to pass, that, in the fifth year of Re-army of valiant men of war, even 'four hundred thou- sling. 21im. 1, 10. hoboam, Shishak king of Egypt came up against sand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in a ch. 11, 9

Jerusalein, because they had transgressed against array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen < 17, 14. the LORD,

men, being mighty men of valour. 3 With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore * And Åbijah e stood up upon mount' Zemaraim, ¢ Ps. 120,7

thousand horsemen : and the people were without which is in mount Ephraim, and said, Hear me, thou Rom.12, in 1Judę. 2 number that came with him out of Egypt; the 'Lu- {Jzroboam, and all Israel; bims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

5 Ought you not to know, that the LORD God of 4 And he took the 8 fenced cities which pertained Israel s gave the kingdom

over Israel to David for ever, 123, Nabum 3, to Judah, and came to Jerusalem.

even to him and to his sons by ha covenant of salt? 5 Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, 6 Yet Jeroboam the son of Nebat, the servant of 19. Jer. 5, 10. and to the princes of Judah that were gathered to-Solomon, the son of David, is risen up, and hath

gether to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said untos rebelled against his lord.

them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have " forsaken me, 7 And there are gathered unto him" vain men, the kJudg. 9, 4. beb 15, 2 and therefore have I also left you in the hand of children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves Shishak.

against Rehoboam the son of Solomon, when Reho- 13. 6 Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king boam was young and " tender-hearted, and could mch.12, 13 1.Ps. 78 , 86. " humbled themselves, and they said, The Lord is not withstand them.

8 And now ye think to withstand the kingdom of .Cor. 144 7 And when the LORD saw that they humbled the Lord in the hand of the sons of David; and

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saying, They have humbled themselves, therefore I calves, which Jeroboam P made you for gods. m Deut. 2a, will not destroy them, but I will grant them some 9 Have ye noto cast out the priests of the LORD, deliverance; and my wrath " shall not he poured out the sons of Aaron, and the Levites, and have made 12, 25.

be 13!er.52,12 upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak.

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may be a priest of them that are no gods. 9 So P Shishak kirg of Egypt came op against 10 But as for us, the Lord is "our God, and we Alicah 6,2 Jerusalem, and took away the treasures of the house have not forsaken him; and the priests which minof the Lord, and the treasures of the king's house ; ister unto the Lord, are the sons of Aaron, and the Rom.8, 31

he took all: he carried away also the shields of gold Levites wait upon their business; h. 9, 15. which Solomou had 9 made.

11 And they * burn unto the LORD, every morning 10 Instead of which king Rehoboam made shields of and every evening, burnt-sacrifices and sweet incense: brass, and committed them to the hands of the chief the shew-bread also set they in order upon the pure of the guard, that kept the entrance of the king's house. {table; and the candlestick of gold with the lamps

11 And when the king entered into the house of the thereof, to burn every evening : for we keep the LORD, the guard came and fetched them, and brought charge of the Lord our God; but ye have forsaken them again into the guard chamber.

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II. CHRONICLES.

Asa overcometh Zeruh.
12 And, behold, God himself is with us for our ? Ethiopian, with a host of a thousand thousand, and
Y captain, and his? priests with sounding trumpets to three hundred chariots, and came unto * Mareshah.
cry alarm against you. O children of Israel, fight ye 10 Then Asa went out against him, and they set
not against the Lord God of your fathers; for you the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah at ... 18
shall not prosper.

Mareshah. 13 But Jeroboam caused an ambushment to come 11 And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and Josh. 16 a Joch. 9.4 about hehind them: so they were before Judalı, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether the ambushment was behind them.

with many, or with them that have no power : help 14 And when Judah!ooked back, behold, the battleus, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy 13. was before and behind: and they cried unto the name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou Chr. 13, 14.

Lordch LORD, and the priests sounded with the trumpets. art our God; let not man prevail P against thee.

15 Then the men of Judah gave a shout: and as 12 So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa, ks. 62, 11. c ch.14 12 the men of Judah shouted, it came to pass, that God and before Judah ; and the Ethiopians fled. smote Jeroboam and all Israel before Abijah and 13 And Asa, and the people that were with him, PS

. 22, 4. Judah.

pursued them unto' Gerar; and the Ethiopians were Prov. 18,10 16 And the children of Israel fled before Judah ; overthrown, that they could not recover themselves; pZech. 2,4 and God delivered them into their hand.

for they were destroyed before the LORD, and before 17 And Abijah and his people slew them with a his host: and they carried away very much spoil.

great slaughter: so there fell down slain of Israel ® five 14 And they smote all the cities round about Gerar: "Gen. 20, 1. e Ps. 33, 16. hundred thousand chosen men.

for the s fear of the Lord came upon them: and they stien. 35,3 18 Thus the children of Israel were brought under spoiled all the cities; for there was exceeding much

at that time, and the children of Judah prevailed, be- spoil in them. Ps.100,42 cause they'relied upon the LORD God of their fathers. 15 They smote also the ' tents of cattle, and car- 11 Chr. 4,

19 And Abijah pursued after Jeroboam, and took į ried away sheep and camels in abundance, and re-
cities from himn; Beth-el with the towns thereof, and turned to Jerusalem.
Jeshanah with the towns thereof, and Ephraim with

CHAPTER XV. ikings 12, the towns thereof.

Asa ard Judah make a covenant with God.

recover strength in 11

son of Oded

2 And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto Bizek.24, 16.

21 But Abijah' waxed mighty, and married four- him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: 1. Deut. 21, teen wives, and begat twenty and two sons, and The LORD is with you while ye be with him: and if sixteen daughters.

ye" seek him, he will be found of you ; but if ye My father

22 And the rest of the acts of || Abijah, and his forsake' him, he will forsake 6 you, is lord, ways, and his sayings, are written in the story of the 3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without rch. 12, 3 prophet Iddo.

the true God, and without a teaching priest, and Ps. 71,9 CHAPTER XIV.

without law :
Asa destroyeth idolatry, and overcometh Zerah. 4 But when they : their trouble did turn unto the
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O Abijah a slept with his fathers, and they buried Lord God of Israel, and sought him, he was found

him in the city of David; and Asa his son reigned of them. h! Kings in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten 5 And in 'those times there was no peace to hin ich. 18, 17. years.

:hat went out, nor to him that came in, but great vexa- k 1 Kings 2 And Asa did that which was good and right in tions were upon all the inhabitants of the countries. 11, 10, 11, 11; 33. & 15, the eyes of the Lord his God:

6 And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of 16, , is 3 For he took away the altars of the strange gods, {city : for God did vex them with all adversity,

and the high places, and brake down the images, and 7 Be ye "strong, therefore, and let not your hands d Deut. 7,3. cut down the groves ;

be weak : " for your work shall be rewarded. And commanded Judah 'to seek the LORD God 8 1 And when Asa heard these words, and the m Ezra 10, Kings 15, of their fathers, and to do the law and the command-prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and cor. 16, ment.

put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Is. 5 Also he took away, out of all the cities of Judah, Judah and Benjamin, and out of the ° cities which he

the high places and the images: and the kingdom was had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the 113h.22, s. quiet before hivi.

Paltar of the Lord that was before the porch of the 6 And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the LORD. 9.50sh. 7,99. land bad rest, and he had no war in those years ; 9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and this h P.127,2 because the Lord had given him rest.

the 'strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manas- 3 7 Therefore he said unto Judalı, Let us build these seh, and out of Simeon: (for they fell to him out of is. cities, and make about them walls and towers, gates Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD u cir. 13, 19. and bars, while the land is yet before us; because we his God was with him :) have sought the Lord our God, we have sought him, 10 So they gathered themselves together at Jeruand he hath given us rest on every side. So they built, salem in the third month, in the fifteenth year of the qu Kings in and prospered.

reign of Asa. 8 And Asa had an army of men that bare targets 11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, is 54, and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand, and of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred

out of Benjamin, that bare shields and † drew bows, oxen, and seven thousand sheep. Cbr.3, 18. two hundred and fourscore thousand : all these were 12 And they entered into a covenant to seek the (Gen. 16 mighty men of valour.

LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with 9 And there came out against them Zerah the all their soul;

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