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But Solomon, after he had holily and happily reigned five or sis and twenty years, at last gave himself over to his inordinate lusts; and added to the daughter of Pharaoh bis lawful wife, a number of women that were strangers, both in nation and religion.

XI. 5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidomians, &c. For Solomon gave way and countenance to the idolatry of his wives, whom he willingly admitted to build houses and altars to Ashtoretb.

XI. 7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem. Then did Solomon consent to the building of a high place for Chemosh, the abominable Idol of the Moabites; and that, in the very face of the Temple, on a hill over against Jerusalem.

XI. 36 That David my servant may have a light alway before, me, &c. That David my servant may have one of his seed, eminent in ho, nour and authority, always &c.

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XII, 10 My little finger shall be thicker than my father's loins, The easiest impositions, that I shall lay upon you, shall be more grievous than the heaviest that you complain of, from my father.

XII. 24 For this thing is from me. I have ordered and contrived this business, for the just punishment of thy father's defection from me.

XII. 28 Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. Behold, O Israel, the remembrances and representations of that God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: in and by these, mayest thou recal and worship that deity,

XII. 31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people. Instead of God's Temple at Jerusalem, he set up houses of pretended devotion, wherein he appointed God to be worshipped in his own idolatrous fashion ; and ordained priests accordingly, men that were of other tribes, besides the sacred tribe of Levi, and men of base condition, fit for the idols he had set up.

XII. 33 He offered, Sc. on the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised, &c. And he appointed, of his own head, the Feast of Tabernacles, to be kept, not in the seventh month, as God had appointed, but in the eighth, which was October ; that so the place, and time, and priests, and gods, might be all of his own devising.

XIII. 1 And Jeroboam stood by the altar to burn incense, Not only did Jeroboam ordain base priests ont, of undue tribes, to offer unto God, but himself also would be taking presumptuously upon him the execution of this sacred function; he stood therefore by the altar to burn incense.

XIV. 10 That pisseth against the wall. See 1 Sam. xxv. 22.

XIV. Ibid. And him that is shut up and left in Israel. As well him, who, for his more sure defence, hath shut up himself within the strong walls of your cities; as he, that is left at liberty in the fields and villages, .

XV. 4 Give him a lamp in Jerusalem. See chapter xi. verse 36.

XV. 5 He turned not aside from any thing, &c. save only in the matter of Uriah the Hittite. He was 'not miscarried into any heinous and enormous crime, whereby his profession was notoriously blemished, all the days of his lifc, save only into that his murder of Uriah the Hittite, and the sins that were appendant unto it.

XV. 14 But the high places were not removed. Those high places, wherein altars were built unto God in an ungrounded devotion, contrary to the charge of God who had appropriated his worship to the place which he should choose to put his name there, remained still entire and undemolished, and were put to that unwarrantable use.

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XVII. 1 There shall not be der nor rain these years, but ac. cording to my word. There shall not be dew nor rain, for the space of these three years, and more, that this drought may bring a just dearth upon Israel ; neither shall it then fall, but upon my prayer to that God, who hath thus decreed to punish Israel, and to confirm his mission of me.

XVIII. 10 There is no nation or kingdom, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee : and when they said, He is not here; he took an oath of the kingdom &c. There is no nation or kingdom round about bordering upon Israel, whither my lord hath not sent to seek thee; and of all those neighbouring kingdoms, whether tributary to him or allied, he bath by oath inquired of thy presence. 1 XVill. 17 Art thou he that troubleth Israel ? Art thou the man, that hast brought this grievous judgment of dearth and drought upon Israel?

XVIII. 29 They prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice. They ran up and down, in a furious raving and distracted fashion, until the time, that the evening sacrifice was, by God's appointment, wont to be offered.

XVIII. 41 Here is a sound of abundance of rain. I have a sure intimation from God, that there is very great store of rairà coming. .

XIX. 18 Yea I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the

knees which have not bowed unto Bual, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. Whereas thou complainest that thou art left alone; know, that I have reserved to mi self many thousands, that are not at ail infected with the idolatry of Baal; having, neither in heart nor in outward gestures, yielded themselves to the adoration of those false gods.

XIX. 20 Let me; I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother. Let me go and take leave of my father and mother, ere I betake myself to follow thee.

XX. 4 I am thine, and all that I have. I do acknowledge inyself a tributary unto thee, and yield myself over as ths liege-man.

: XX. 9 All that thou didst send for to thy servant at the first I will do: but this thing I may not do. Thr-first message, which challenged a power and interest in my silver, and gold, and houses, and land, I was willing to yield unto; but this, that thou shouldst utterly take them away out of my possession, I may by no means assent unto.

XXI. 3 The LORD forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee. Were it a thing free and lawful for me to do, I should not stick at the motion; but thou knowest, that God hath expressly forbidden a final alienation of the land of our inheritance. I dare not sin to pleasure thee. See Levit. xxv. 23.

XXI. 7 Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? Is it for thee, that art the king of Israel, to take a denial of so mean a suit, or to be thus affected with the repulse? Hast not thou power enough to give thyself satisfactions Other spirits would become sovereignty : away with this poor dejectedness.

XXI. 9 Proclaim a fast, &c. Proclaim a fast ; as those, i at have cause of a public humiliation, for this beinous sin of Naboth's blasphemy.

XXI. 29 Because Ahub humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days. That the world may see how well I accept of a penitent and serious humiliation, I will so far'regard this dejectedness of Ahab, though I know it is not out of sound contrition for bis sin or any true grounds of grace, as that I will defer these my threatened evils, during his days, and reserve them for his posterity.

XXII. 15 And he said, Go, and prosper. What needest thou ask me this question? Thy prophets have sufficiently assured thee already : go up, as they have bidden ther: no doubt thou shalt prosper; thou hast their word for security.

XXII. 17 And he said, I saw all Israel scattered upon the hills, as sheep that have not a shepherd.

Then I must needs tell thee, that God hath revealed to me, that Israel shall in this war be put to flight, and stray like sheep, that have lost their shepherd: even so shall they be distressed in their wandering, having lost thee their king and master.

XXII. 19, 20, 21 I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven, &c. And the LORD said, who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And there came forth a spirit, and said, I will persuade him. It is certainly revealed to me, by an infallible vision from God, that he, in his just judgment, bath decreed to give power to an evil spirit to delude these thy four hundred prophets with lies, and to give thèe over to be misled by their delusions, to thine own destruction: and this I do as surely know, as if I had seen the Lord sitting on his throne, and consulting upon the way and means of plaguing thee with these present seducements, and giving leave and commission to the evil spirit to work this mischief onto thee.

XXII. 34 And a certain mun drew a bow at a venture, and smoto the king of Israel, between the joints of the harness. A certain man drew a bow, without any alin or intention of any special mark, but only roving, in common, at the army of Israel ; and behold, the arrow was, by a Divine Providence, directed to strike the king of Israel, between the joints of his harness.

II. KINGS.

I. 8 And they answered him, He was an hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. · He was a man roughly clad, as one, that professed to be a messenger of penitence and humiliation to the world.

I. 9 Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. Thou, which pretendest thyself to be a man of God, the king hath peremptorily sent me to fetch thee down, by strong hand, into his presence; coine down therefore, or I will force thy descent.

II. 9 Let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. As thou hast chosen me unto 'a nearer relation unto thee, and herein hast preferred me to all the rest of the sons of the prophets ; so give me this prerogative, that, according to the right of primogeniture, I may have a double portion to theirs, of that spirit and those miraculous powers, which are in thee; which I know thou, by thy last prayers, art able to effect.

II. 11 There appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder', &c. The angels of God, in the form of a fiery chariot and horses, not so much in a terrible as a glorious fashion, appeared, and, parting them, took up Elijah.

II. 12 O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. O my father, whose spirit I hope to inherit"; all the safety, and strength, of Israel was in thy holiness and prevalency with God. This glorious chariot, that hath fetched thee up from us, puts mé in mind of what thou wert unto us, the sure and glorious guard of thy Israel.

II. 14 He smote the waters, and said, Where is the LORD God of Elijah? If, according to the engagement and promise of my master, it hath pleased God to give me a double portion, to my brethren, of his spirit, let it now be shewed in this trial : as to him, so to me, let the waters of Jordan be divided.

II. 17 And they urged him till he was ashamed; and he said, Send. Since your importunity will take no denial, please yourselves ; try the event ; send your messengers.

III. 13 Nay: for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the hands of Moab. Nay, but howsoever I have deserved to be unregarded in this suit, yet, have thou pity upon these other princes, that are joined with me; and especially on that Jehoshaphat, whóm thou knowest to be a godly and gracious prince: let us not, for mere want of water, be delivered into the hands of Moab.

III. 15 But now bring me u minstrel. Bring me hither a minstrel, that, by his music, both my spirits, which have been too much moved with indignation at thine unworthiness, may be composed, and that, by some divine ditty, your hearts may be lifted up to an expectation of this great mercy from God.

III. 25 Howbeit the slingers went about, and smote it. The engineers, and such as were employed for battery, went about it; and, taking advantage of the fittest place of entry, smote it.

III. 27 Then he took his eldest son that should have reigned in his stead, and offered him for a burnt offering upon the wall. And there was great indignation against Israel : and they departed from him, and returned to their own land. He took the eldest son of the king of Edom prisoner, and offered to sacrifice him upon the wall, if the kings would not break up their siege ; which when the king of Israel refused to do, he, the said king of Moab, offered that son of Edom, for a burnt-offering upon the wall: and hereupon there was great indignation of Edom against Israel ; and they, in much discontentment, departed to their own country.

IV. 16 About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son.

VOL. III.

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