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orer an hundred and seven and name, and seal it with the king's Act3 xil, 20. And Herod was twenty provinces.) That in those ring: for the writing which is writ- highly displeased with them of days, when the king Ahasuerusten in the king's name, and sealed Tyre and Sidon: but they came sat on the throne of his kingdom, with the king's ring, may no man with one accord to him, and having which was in Shushan the palace. reverse.

made Blastus the king's chamberEsther iii, 1, 10, 11. After these Eccles. il, 9. So I was great, and lain their friend, desired peace;

because their country was nourthings did king Ahasuerus pro- increased more than all that were mote Haman the son of Hamme before me in Jerusalem: also my ished by the king's country. datha the Agagite, and advanced wisdom remained with me. him, and set his seat above all the Jer. xxxviii, 4. 5. Therefore the

Ps. xxxili, 15, 16. He fashiobeth princes that were with him. And princes said unto the king, We

their hearts alike; he considereth the king took his ring from his beseech thee, let this man be put all their works. There is no king hand, and gave it unto Haman the to death....Then Zedekialı, the saved by the inultitude of an bosi: son of Hammedatha the Agagite, king said, Behold, he is in your a mighty man is not delivered by the Jews' enemy. And the king hand: for the king is not he that

much strength. said unto llamar., The silver is can do any thing against you. given to thee, the people also, to

Ps. cxlvi, 3. Put not your trust do with them as it seemeth good made Daniel a great man, and in whom there is no help.

Dan. ii. 48, 49. Then the king in princes, nor in the son of man, to thee. Esther vi, 4-6. And the king made him ruler over the whole gave him many great gifts, and

Ps. Ixxil, 8, 9. He shall have said, who is in the court! (Now province of Babylon, and chief of dominion also from sea to sea, and Laman was come into the out the governors over all the wise from the river unto the ends of ward court of the king's house, to men of Babylon. Then Daniel re

the earth. They that dwell in speak unto the king to hang quested of the king, and he set the wilderness shall bow before Mordecal on the gallows that he Shadrach, Meshach,' and Abed-Lim; and his enemies shall lick had prepared for Jum.) And the nego, over the affairs of the pro

the dust. king's servants said unto him, vince of Babylon: but Daniel sat P3. lxxv, 6. For promotion Behold, Haman standeth in the

in the gate of the king. court. And the king said, Let

cometh neither from the east, Dur bim come in. So Haman came in.

Dan. V, 18, 19. O thou king. the from the west, nor from the south. And the king said unto him, most ligha God gave NebuchadWhat shall be done unto the man nezzar thy father a kingdom, and

Ps. ci, 8. I will early destroy all

the wicked of the land, that I may whom the king delighteth to majesty, and glory, and honour:

cut off all wicked doers from the honour? (Now Haman thought and, for the majesty that he gave in his heart, To whom would the him, all peopio, nations, and city of the LORD. king delight to do honour more languages, trembled and feared Ps. cv, 20-22. The king sent and than to myself?)

before bim: whom he would he loosed him; eren the ruler of the

slew, and wliom he would be kept people, and let him go free. HO Esther viii, 1-3, 5-8. On that day alive, and whom he would he set made him lord of his house, and did the king Ahasuerus give the up, and whom he would he put ruler of all his substance; Το house of Haman, the Jews' enemy, down.

bind his princes at his pleasure, unto Esther the queen; and Mordecai came before the king; for

Daniel vi, 1-3, 15. It pleased and teachhis senators wisdom.

Darius to set over the kingdoin an Esther had told what he was unto

Ps. cxviii, 8, 9. It is better to her. And the king took off his ring, should be over the whole king-idence in man: It is better to

hundred and twenty princes, which trust in the LORD than to put conwhich he had taken from Haman,

dom; And over theso and

three trust in the LORD than to put congave

it unto Mordecai, And Esther set Mordecai over presidents, of whom Daniel was fidence in princes. the house of Haman. Aud Esther first; that the princes might give spake yet again before the king, accounts unto them, and the king

Prov. xiv, 35. The king's favour Then

is toward a wise servant: but his and fell down at his feet, and be should have no damage. sought him with tears to put away this Danielwas preferred above the

wrath is against him tbat causetta the mischief of Haman the Agag- presidents and princes, because shume. ite, and his device that he had an excellent spirit wus in lim; and

Prov. xvi, 14. 15. The wrath of a devised against the Jews.

the king thought to set him over king is as 'messengers of death: And

the whole realm, Then these men said, If it please the king, and if I

but a wise man will pacify it. In have found favour in his sight, unto the king, Know, u king, that is life; and his favour is as a cloud

asseinbled unto the king, and said the light of the king's countenance and the thing seem right before the king, and I be pleasing in his the law of the Medes and Persians of the latter rain. eyes, let it be written to reverse is, that no decree nor statute the letters devised by Haman the which the king establishetli may the favour of the prince; aud every

Prov. xix, 6. Many will entreat son of Harmedatha the Agagite, be changed.

man is a friend to him that giveth which he wrote to destroy the Dan. xi, 3, 5, 16. And a mighty

gifts. Jews which are in all the king's king shall stand up, that shall rulo provinces: For how can I endure with great doininiou, and do

Prov. XXV, 2. It is the glory of to see the evil that shall come according to his will.' And the God to conceal a thing: but the unto my people? or how can I king of the south shall be strong, honour of kings is to search out a

matter. endure to see the destruction of and one of his princes; and he my kindred? Then the king shall be strong above him, and Eccles. viii, 4. Where the word Ahasuerus said unto Esther the have dominion; his dominion shall of a king is, there is power; and queen, and to Mordecai the Jew, I be a great doininion. But he that who may say unto him, What Behold, I have given Esther the cometh against him shall do ac

doest thou? house of Ilaman, and him theycording to his own will, and none Eccles. x, 5-7. There is an evil have hanged upon the gallows, shall stand before him: and he which I have seen under the sun, hecause he laid his hand upon the shall stand in the glorious land, as error which proceedeth Jews. Write ye also for the Jews, which by his hand shall be con- from the ruler; Folly is set in great as it liketh you, in the king's sumed.

dignity, and the rich sît in low 361

an

place. I have seen servants upon, father, he turned not aside from

ABIJAM. horses, and princes walking as it, doing that which was right in servants upon the earth. the eyes of the LORD: nevertheless in all the sins of his father, which

1 Kings xv, 3. And he walked Luke xix, 27. But those mine the high places were not taken he had done before him; and his enemies, which would not that I away; for the people offered and

heart was not perfect with the should 'reign over them, bring burnt incense yet in the high Lord his God, as the heart of hither, and slay them before me. places.

David his father.

AMAZIAH.
IV.-CHARACTERS.
2 Kings xiv, 3. And he did that

NADAB.
which was right in the sight of the
GOOD KINGS.

1 Kings xv, 26. And he did LORD, yet not like David bis evil in the sight of the LORD, 1 Kings v, 7. And it came to father: he did according to all and walked in the way of his pass, when Hiram heard the things as Joash his father did.

father, and in his sin wherewith words of Solomou, that he re

he made Israel to sin. joiced greatly, and said, Blessed

AZARIAH. be the LORD this day, which hath

BAASHA. given unto David a wise son over

2 Kings xv, 3. And he did that this great people. which was right in the sight of the

1 Kings xv, 34. And he did evil Lord, according to all that bis in the sight of the Lord, and Job xxxvi, 7. He withdraweth father Amoziah had done. not his eyes from the righteous:

walked in the way of Jeroboam,

and in his sin wherewith he made but with kings are they on the

JOTHAM.

Israel to sin. throne; yea, be doth establish them for ever, and they are

2 Kings xv, 34. And he did that exalted.

OMRI. which was right in the sight of

the LORD: he did according to all Prov. xvi, 12, 13. It is an abom- that his father Uzziah had done.

1 Kings xvi, 25, 26. But Omri

wrought evil in the eyes of the ination to kings to commit wick

LORD, and did worse than all that edness: for the throne is establish.

HEZEKIAH.

were before him. For he walked ed by righteousness. Righteous

2 Kings xviii, 3,5,6. And he did in all the way of Jeroboam the lips are the delight of kings; that which wce' right in the sight con of Nebat, and in his sin whereand they love him that speaketh of the Lord, according to all that with he made Israel to sin, to proright.

David his father did. He trusted voke the LORD God of Israel to Prov. xx, 8. 26-28. A king that in the LORD God of Israel; so that anger with their vanities, sitteth in the throne of judgment after him was done like him scattereth away all evil with his among all the kings of Judah, nor

AHAB. eyes. A wise king scattereth the any that were before him. For wicked, and bringeth the wheel he clave to the Lord, and de- son of Omri did evil in the sight

1 Kings xvi, 30. And Abab the over them. The spirit of man is parted not from following him, of the LORD above ali that were the candle of the LORD, rearching but kept his commandments, before him. all the inward parts of the belly. which the LORD commanded Mercy and truth preserve the Moses.

ARAZIAE. king, and his throne is upholden

JOSIAH. by mercy.

1 Kings xxii, 52. And he did Prov. XXV, 5. Take away the

2 Kings xxii, 2. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and

that which was right in the sight walked in the way of his father, wickel from before the king, and

of the LORD, and walked in all and in the way of his mother, and his throne shall be establisbed in

the ways of David his father, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of righteousness.

turned not asido to the right Nebat, who made Israel to sin. Prov. xxvIII, 12. When righteous band or to the left.

2 Kings viii, 27. And he walked men do rejoice, there is great

in the way of the house of Ahab, glory: but when the wicked rise,

REHOBOAM.

and did evil in the sight of the a man is hidden,

(FOR A TIME.) Lord, as did the house of Ahab; Prov. xxix, 2, 14. When the 2 Chron. xi, 17. So they strength- for he was the son-in-law of the righteous are in authority, the ened the kingdom of Judah, house of Abab. people rejoice: but when the and made Relioboam the son of wicked beareth rule, the people Solomon strong, three years: for

JEHU. mourn. The king that faithfully three years they walked in the 2 Kings x, 31. But Jeha took no judgeth the poor, his throne shall way of David and Solomon.

heed to walk in the law of the be established for ever.

2 Chron. xii, 14. Aud he did LORD God of Israel with all his EXAMPLES.

evil, because he prepared not his heart; for he departed not from heart to seek the LORD.

the sins of Jeroboam which made DAVID.

Israel to sin. 2 Sam. viii, 15. And David

UZZIAH. reigned over all Israel; and David

JEHOAHAZ. executed judgment and justice that which was right in the sight which was evil in the sight of the

2 Çrron. xxvi, 4. And he did

1 Kings xiii, 2. And he did that unto all his people.

of the LORD, according to all that
his father Amaziah did.

LORD, and followed the sins of
Asa.

Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which 1 Kings xv, 11. And Asa did

BAD KINGS.

made Israel to sin; he departed that which was right in the eyes

not therefrom. of the LORD, as did David his

SOLOMON, father.

(IN SOME THINGS.)

JEHOASH.
1 Kings xi, 6. And Solomon did
JEHOSH APHAT

2 Kings xiii, 11. And he did that evil in the sight of the LORD, and which was evil in the sight of tiu 1 Kings xxii, 43. And he walk- went not fully after the Lord, as Lord; he departed not from all the ed in all the ways of Asa his did David his father,

sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel sin: but he walk

JEHOIAKIM.

kingdom, he, and his children in ed therein.

2 Kings xxill, 37. And he did the midst of Israel.

that which was evil in the sight of 2 Chron. xxxiii. 23. And hum. ZECHARIAI.

the Lord, according to all that his bled not himself before the Loko, 2 Kings xv, 9. And he did that fathers had done.

as Manasseh his father had humwhich was evil in the sight of the

bled himself; but Amon trespassed LOKD, as his fathers had done: he

MANASSEN.

more and more. departed not from the sins of

2 Kings xxi, 2. And he did that 2 Chron. xxxvi, 12. And he did Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who

which was evil in the sight of the that which was evil in the sight of made Israel to sin.

LORD, after the abominations of the LORD his God, and humbled

the heathen, whom the Lord cast not bimself before Jeremiah the ΑΠΑΖ.

out before the children of Israel. prophet, spealing from the mouth 2 Kings xvi, 2. Twenty years

of the LORD. old wu8 Ahaz when he began to

JEROBOAM.

Isa. x, 8. For he saith, are not reign, and reigned sixteen years

2 Kings xiv, 24. And he did that my princes altogether kings? in Jerusalem, and did not that

which was evil in the sight of the which was right in the sight of the Lord: he departed not from all the the word of the Lord, ye scornful

Isa. xxviii, 14. Wherefore hear LORD his God, like David Lis sins of Jeroboam the sou of Nebat, men, that rule this people which father. who made Israel to sin.

is in Jerusalem. JENORAM.

PEKAHIAH.

FLATTERY AND FALSEHOOD. 2 Chron. XXI, 6. And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, which was evil in the sight of the becometh not a tool; much less do

2 Kings xv, 24. And he did that Prov. xvii, 7. Excellent speech like as did the house of Ahab; for

Lord: he departod not from the lying lips a prince. he had the daughter of Ahab to

sing of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, wife: and he wrought that which

Prov. xxix, 12. If a ruler hearkwho made Israel to sin. WLS OY in the eyes of the LORD.

en to lies, all his servants are

wicked.

ΡΕΚΑΗ.
JEROJACUN,

Dan. viii, 25. And through his 2 Kings xv, 28. And he did that policy also he shall cause craft to 2 Kings xxiv, 9. And he did that

which was evil in the sight of the which was evil in the sight on the Lord: he departed not from the magnify himself in his heart, and

prosper in his hand; and he shall LORD, according to all that his

sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, by peace shall destroy many: te father bad done. who made Israel to sin.

shall also stand up against the ZEDEKIAI.

KINGLY VICES.

Prince of princes; but he shall be Jer. xxxvii, 1, 2. And king

broken without hand.

LUXURY. Zedekiah the son of Josialı reigned

Dan. xi, 21, 27. And in his estate instead of Coniah the son of

Prov. xxxi, 4, 5. It is not for shall stand up a vile person, to Jehoiakim, whom Nebuchadrezzar kings, 0 Lemuel, it is not for kings whom they shall not give the king of Babylou made king in the

to driuk wine, nor for princes honour of the kingdom: but lie land of Judah. But neither he strong drink; Lest they drink, shall come in peaceably, and ob nor his servants, nor the people of and forget the law, and pervert tain the kingdom by batteries. the land, did hearken uuto the

the judgment of any of the af- And both these kings' hearts shall words of the LORD, which he spake flicted,

ve to do mischief, and they shall by the prophet Jeremiah,

Hosea vil, 5. In the day of our peak lies at one table; but it shall

king the princes have made him not prosper: for yet the end shall MENAHEX.

sick with bottles of wine: he be at the time appointed, 2 Kings xv, 18. And he did that stretched out his hand with scoru- Hos. vii, 3. They make the king

ers. which was evil in the sight of the

glad with their wickedness, aud Lord; he departed not all his days Zeph. 1, 8. And it shall come to the princes with their lies. from the sins of Jeroboam the son pass in the day of the Lord's of Nebat, who mude Israel to sin. sacrifice, that I will punish the

AVARICE. princes, and the king's children, Isa. i, 23. Thy princes are JEHORAM.

and all such as are clothed with rebellious, and companions of 2 Kings iii, 2, 3. And he wrought strange apparel.

thieves : every one loveth gifts, evil in the sight of the LORD, but

Luke vii, 25. But what went yo

and followeth after rewards. not like his father, and like his out for to see? A man clothed in Hos. iv, 18. Their drink is sour, mother; for he put away the image soft raiment? Behold, they which they have committed whoredom of Baal that his father had made. are gorgeously apparelled, and continually: her rulers with shame Nevertheless he cleaved unto the live delicately, are in king's do love. Give ye. eins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, courts.

Amos iii, 9, 10. Publish in the which made Israel to sin; he de- Rev. xviii, 9. And the kings of palaces at Ashdod, and in the parted not therefrom.

the earth, who have committed palaces in the laud of Egypt, and 2 Kings vill, 18. And he walked fornication, and lived deliciously say, Assemble yourselves upon in the way of the kings of Israel, with her, shall bewail her, and the mountains of Samaria, and as did the house of Ahab; for the lament for her, when they shall bebold the great tumults in the daughter of Ahab was his wife: see the smoke of ber burning. midst thereof, and the oppressed and he did evil iu the sight of the

in the midst thereof. For they LORD.

PRIDE.

know not to do right, saith the HOSHEA.

Deut. xvil, 20. That his heart be Lord, who store up violence and

not listed up above his brethren, robbery in their palaces. 2 Kings xvII, 2. And he did that and that he turn not aside from Micah vii, 3. That they may do which was evil in the sight of the the commandment, to the right evil with both hands earnestly, LORD, but not as the hings of hand or to the left; to the end that the prince asketh, and the judge Isruel that were before bim. He may prolong his days in his 'asketh for a reward; and the great

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man, he uttereth his mischievous them; and they break their bones, Isa. ix, 16. For the leaders of desire: So they wrap it up. and chop them in pieces, as for this people cause them to err; and

the pot, and as flush within the they that are led of them are deTYRANNY. caldron.

stroyed. 1 Kings xii, 12-14. So Jeroboam Zeph. ill, 3. Her princes within Isa. xix, 11, 13. Surely the and all the people came to Reho- her are roaring lions; her judges princes of Zoan are fools, the boam the third day, as the king

are evening wolves; they gnaw counsel of the wise counsellors of had appointed, saying, Come to

not the bones till the morrow. Pharaoh is become brutish: how me again the third day. And the

say ye unto Pharaoh, I am the king answered the people roughly,

IDOLATRY.

son of the wise, the son of ancient and forsook the old men's counsel

1 Kings xxii, 53. For he [Ahaz- / kings? The princes of Zvau are that they gave him; And spake to inh] served Baal, and worshipped become fools, the princes of Noph them after the counsel of the him, and provoked to anger the duced Egypt, even they that are

are deceived; they have also seyoung men, saying, My father Lord God of Israel, according to made your yoke heavy, and I all that his father had done.

the stay of the tribes thereof. will add to your yoke; iny father

2 Kings XXI, 20-22. And he also chastised you with whips, but

Dan. xl, 36. And the king shall I will chastiso you with scor-Amon) did that which was evil in do according to his will; and he pions.

the sight of the LORD, as his father shall exalt himself, and magnify

Manasseh did. And be walked in himself above every god, and 2 Kings vili,12,13. And Hazael all the ways that his father walked shall speak marvellous things said, Why weepeth my lord? And in, and served the iduls that his against the God of gods, and shall he answered, Because I know the father served, and worshipped prosper till the indignation bo evil that thou wilt do unto the

them: And he forsook the Lord accomplished: for that that is deholds wilt thou set on fire, and not in the way of the Lord. children of Israel: their strong God of his fathers, and walked termined shall be done. their young men wilt thou slay

SEVERE THREATENING with the sword, and wilt dash

2 Chron. xxviii, 2. For he [Ahaz] their children, and rip up their walked in the ways of the kings

AGAINST KINGS. of Israel, and made also molten 1 Sam. xii, 25. But if ye shall women with child. The

still do wickedly, ye shall be conLORD hath showed me that thou images for Baalim. shalt be king over Syria.

2 Chron. xxxiii, 2. 22. But [Man-sumed, both ye and your king. 2 Kings xxi, 16. Moreover,

asseh) did that which was evil in 2 Kings iil, 14. And Elisha said, Manasseh shed innocent blood the sight of the Lord, like unto As the LORD of hosts livetli, before very much, till he had filled Jeru- the abominations of the heathen, whom I stand, surely, were it not salem from one end to another; whom the Lord had cast out be that I regard the presence of Jebeside his ein wherewith he

fore the children of Israel. But hoshaphat the king of Judah, I made Judah to sin, in doing that he [Amon) did that which was evil would not look toward thee, nor which was evil in the sight of the

in the sight of the LORD, as did see thee.

Manasseh his father: for Amon LORD.

Ps. Ixxvi, 12. He shall cut off sacrificed unto all the carved the spirit of princes: he is terrible 2 Chron. xxi, 4. Now, when Je- images which Manasseh his father to the kings of the earth. horam was risen up to the king; had made, and served them. dom of his father, he strengthened

P8.cxlix,6-9. Let the high praises himself, and slew all his brethren kened not; and Manasseh seduced two-edged sword in their hand,

2 Kings xxi, 9. But they hear- of God be in their mouth, and a with the sword, and divers also

them to do more evil than did the To execute vengeance upon the of the princes of Israel. Neh. v, 4. There were also that before the children of Israel.

nations whom the LORD destroyed heathen, and punishments upon said, We have borrowed money

the people; To bind their kings for the king's tribute, and that made Judah and the inhabitants fetters of iron; To execute upon

2 Chron. xxxiii, 9. So Manasseh with chains, and their nobles with upon our lands and vineyards.

of Jerusalem to err, and to do them the judgment written: This Dan. vii, 23. Thus he said, The worse than the heathen, whom

honour have all his saints. Praiso fourth beast shall be the fourth the Lord had destroyed before ye the LORD. kingdom upon earth, which shall the children of Israel,

Isa. X, 1-4. Woe unto them that be diverse from all kingdoms, and

decree unrighteous decrees, and shall devour the whole earth, and

that write grievousness which they shall tread it down, and break it

Ps. xil, 8. The wicked walk on have prescribed; To turn aside the in pieces.

every side, when the vilest men needy from judgment, and to take Hos. V, 10, 11. The princes of are exalted.

away the right from the poor of my Judah were like them that re- Prov. xxviii, 15, 16, 28. 18 a people, that widows may be their move the bound: therefore I will roaring lion, and a ranging bear; prey, and that they may rob the pour out my wrath upon them so is a wicked ruler over the poor fatherless! And what will ye do like water. Ephraim is oppressed people. The prince that wanteth in the day of visitation, and in tho and broken in judgment because understanding is also a great op- desolation which shall come from he willingly walked after the pressor: but he that hateth covet- far? to whom will ye flee for lielp? commandment.

ousness shall prolong his days. and where will ye leave your Micah ili, 1-3. And I said, Hear, When the wicked rise, men hide glory? Without me they shall I pray you, o heads of Jacob, and themselves: but when they perish, bow down under the prisoners, ye princes of the house of Israel; the righteous increase.

and they shall fall under the slain. Is it not for you to know judg- Eccles. iv, 13, 14.

Better is a For all this his anger is not turued ment? Who hate the good and poor and a wise child then an old away, but his hand is stretched love the evil, who pluck off and foolish king, who will no

out still. their skin from off them, and more be admonished. For out of Isa. xxiv, 21, 22. And it shall their flesh from off their bones; prison he cometh to reign; where come to pass in that day, that the Who also eat the flesh of my peo- as also he that is boru in his king- LORD shall punish the host of the ple, and flay their skin from offl dom becometh poor.

high ones that are on bigh, and

the kings of the earth upon the , and will slay all the princes

V. earth. And they shall be gathered thereof with him, saith the LOR)

DUTIES. together as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in

THEIR PUNISHMENTS.

DUTIES OF RULERS. the prison, and after many days 2 Kings ix, 14-16. 27. So Jehu

2 Sam. xxiii, 3. The God of

Israel said, the Rock of Israel shall they be visited.

the son of Jehoshaphat, the son Isa. xxx, 33. For Tophet is or- of Nimshi, conspired

spake to me, He that ruleth over

against dained of old; yea, for the king it Joram: (now Joram had kept men must be just, ruling in the is prepared: he hath made it deep Ramoth-gilead, he and all Israel, fear of God. and large; the pile thereof is fire because of Hazael king of Syria: 1 Kings xil, 7. And they spake and much wood; the breath of the But king Joram was returned to unto bim, saying, if thou wilt be Lord, like a stream of brimstone, be healed in Jezreel of the wounds a servant unto this people this doth kindle it.

which the Syrians had given him. day, and wilt serve them, and Jer. xxií, 6, 18, 24-27. For thus when he fought with Hazael king answer them, and speak good saith the Lord unto the king's of Syria:) and Jebu said, If it be words to thein, then they wiù be house of Judah, Thou art Gilead your minds, then let none go forth thy servants for ever, unto me, and the head of Le

nor escape out of the city to go to Ps. 11, 10. Be wise now therefore, banon: yet surely I will make tell it in Jezreel. So Jehu rodeo yo kings; be instructed, ye

in a chariot, and went to Jezreel; judges of the earth. theo a wilderness, and cities which are not inhabited. There (for Joram lay there.) And Aha

P3. lxxii, 4, 12-14. foro thus saith the Lord concern- ziah, king of Judahi was como judge the poor of the people, he ing Jehojakim the son of Josiah down to see Joram. But when

shall save the children of the king of Judah, They shall not he fled by the way of the garden. the oppressor. For he shall de

Abaziah the king of Judah saw this, needy, and shall break in pieces lament for him, saying, Ah my house: and Jehu followed after liver the needy when he crieth; brother! or, Ah sister! they shall not lament' for him, sayino, Anim, and said, smite him also in the poor also, and him that halli

the chariot. And they did so at lord! or, Ah his glory! As I live, the going up to Gur, which is by poor and needy, and shall save

no helper. He shall spare the saith the LORD, though Coniah the son of Jehoiakim king

of Judah Ibleam: and he fled to Megiddo, the souls of the needy. He shali

and there. were the signet upon my right

redeem their soul from deceit and hand, yet would I pluck thee 2 Chron. xx1,7-9. And the de- violence; and precious shall their thence; And I will give thee into struction of Alaziah was of God blood be in his sight. the band of them that seek thy by coming to Joram: for, when

Jer. xxi, 11, 12. And topching life, and into the hand of them he was come, he went out with

the house of the king of Judah, whose face thou fearest, even Jehoram against Jebu the son of into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar | Nimshi, whom the LORD had say, Hear ye the word of the king of Babylon, and into the anointed to cut off the house of LORD; O house of David, thus hand of the Chaldeans.

saith the LORD, Execute judgment And I

Ahab. And it came to pass, that, in the morning, and deliver hiin will cast thee out, and thy mother

when Jehu was executing judg, that is spoiled out of the hand of that bare thee, into another cour ment upon the house of Ahab, and try, where ye were not born; and found the princes of Judah, and the oppressor, lest my fury go out there shall ye die. But to the the sons of the brethren of Aha- | like fire, and burn that none can land whereunto they desire to ziah, that ministered to Ahaziab, quench it, because of the evil of return, thither

shall they not he slew them. And he sought your doings. return.

Ahaziah; and they caught him, Jer. xxii, 1-5. Thus saith the Jer. xlix, 38. And I will set my brought bim to Jehu; and when the king of Judah, and speak there

(for lie was hid in Samaria,) and LORD, Go down to the house of throne in Elam, and will destroy they had slain him, they buried this word, And say, Hear the from thence the king and the him: Because, said they, he is the word of the LORD, O king of princes, saith the LORD.

son of Jehoshaphat, who sought Judah, that sitt 'st upon the Ezek. vii, 27. The king shall the Lord with all his heart. So throne of David, thou, and thy mourn, and the prince shall be

the house of Ahaziah had no servants, and thy people that clothed with desolation, and the power to keep still the kingdom.

enter in by these gates; Thus hands of the people of the land

saith the LORD, Execute ye judg. shall be troubled: I will do unto

ment and righteousness, and dethem after their way, and accord

Job xii, 19-22. He leadeth liver the spoiled out of the hand to their deserts wiu I judge them; princes away spoiled, and over of the oppressor: and do no wrong, and they shall know that I am throweth the mighty. He removeth do no violence to the stranger, the LORD. away the speech of the trusty, and

the fatherless, nor the widow, Ezek. xxvii. 35. All the Inhabi-taketh away the understanding neither shed innocent blood in tants of the isles shall be astonish-(of the aged. He poureth contempt this place. For if ye do this thing ed at thee, and their kings shall upon princes, and weakeneth the indeed, then shall there enter in be sore afraid, they shall be

strength of the mighty. He dis- by the gates of this house žings troubled in their countenance.

covereth deep things out of dark sitting upon the throne of David,

ness, and bringeth out to light the riding in chariots and on horses, Daniel vii, 26. But the judg-shadow of death.

he, and his servants, and his peu ment shall sit, and they shall take

Ps. cvii, 40. He poureth con- plé. But if ye will not hear these away his dominion, to consume tempt upon princes, and causeth words, I swear by myself, saith and to destroy it unto the end,

them to wander in the wilderness, the LORD, that this house shall Hosea x, 15. So shall Beth-el do where there is no way.

become a desolation. unto you because of your great Lam. v, 12. Princes are hanged wickedness: in a morning shall up by their hand: the faces of GOD'S CARE OVER KINGS. the king of Israel utterly be cut elders were not honoured,

1 Sam. x, 26. And Saul also ofl.

Hosea x, 7. As for Samaria, her went home to Gibeah; and there Amos ii, 3. And I will cut off king is cut off as the foam upon went with him a band of men, the judge from the midst thereof, I the water.

whose hearts God had touched.

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