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Then the Lord sent abroad his flashes of lightnings, with the flames whereof much combustible matter was consumed. · XXII. 15 He sent out arrows. He sent out his thunderbolts out of his clouds, as arrows from his bow.

XXII. 17 He drew me out of many waters, He delivered me from many troubles and persecutions, which, as some deep and violent waters, would have drowned me.

XXII. 24 I was also upright before him, and have kept myself from mine iniquity. I was sound and sincere in my intentions and carriages before him ; and have, by his grace, kept myself free from giving full scope to those sins, whereto I am inclined.

XXII. 25 The Lord'hath recompensed me according to my righteousness, Therefore the Lord, who hath graciously wrought this sincerity in me, will crown his own work; and will deal with me according to my righteousness.

XXII. 26 With the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, &c, O Lord, thou art such to men, as they do approve themselves to thee; with the merciful thou wilt shew thyself merciful, &c.

XXII. 27 And with the froward thou wilt shew thyself unsavory. With those that are wicked and walk perversely in their evil ways, thou wilt deal severely; and by thy heavy judgments wilt let them feel the weight of thy displeasure.

XXII. 30 For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. By thy power i have broken through the troops of my enemics, and have discomfited the Moabites, and Ammonites, and Philistines, and other my professed adversaries; and, when they have betaken themselves to their strong forts, by thy help I have scaled and won them.

XXII. 3+ He maketh my feet like hinds' feet: and setteth me upon my high places. Thou hast given me agility of body, and quickness of motion to surprise mine enemies unexpectedly, and hast by this means settled me in the possession of their strongest holds.

XXII. 46 Strangers shall fade away, and they shall be afraid out of their close places. Those strangers, which, for fear, have dissembled their submission to me, are ready, upon every occasion, to fall off from me; but when they have thus revolted, tlrey shall be stricken with fear of me, even in their most i'etired and defenced places.

XXIII. 3 The Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over mren must be just. He, that is the sure refuge and defence of Israel, hath said of me, to Samuel his prophet, that I, whom my God hath appointed to l'ule over Israel, should be upright and just in my government.

XXIII. 5 Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant. Although I have not in every point been answerable to that, which God hath required of me, and foretold concerning me, yet, in his great mercy, he hath inade an everlasting covenant with me.

XXIII. 17 Is not this the blood of the men that went in jeopardy of their lives? is not this water purchased with the extreme hazard of the blood and life of those men, wbich went to fetch it?

XXIV. 1 And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number 1srael and Judah. See 1 Chron. xxi, 1. After God was appeased for his former displeasure, and had taken away the famine from Israel, God was again moved to anger, by the sins of Israel; and thereupon he left David to himself; and gave power unto Satan, to suggest unto David thoughts of presumption, stirring him up to number the people of Israel and Judah; that he might raise unto his own heart a proud confidence in his own strength.

XXIV. 16 The Lord repented him of the evil, &c. The Lord did, as men do when they repent them of what they have done, inhibit any further proceedings of that plague.

XXIV. 23 All these did Araunah, as a king give. All these did Araunah, in a bountiful and royal manner, offer to give unto king David.

I. KINGS. I. 11. That Adonijah doth reign. That Adonijah ha:h plotted for the kingdom ; and hath, in a sort, possessed himself of it.

I. 50 And Adonijah arose, and went, 'and caught hold on the horns of the altar. And Adonijah, which had not the grace to consult with God in his challenge of the crown of Israel, now, through fear, had recourse to the altar of God; as thinking, under the protection thereof, to avoid that death, which by his usurpation he had de served.

II, 5 And shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. How, in a profession of peace, he did, after a hostile manner, shed the blood of two noble captains, Abner and Amasa ; and put up his sword, all bloody, into his sheath; and walked with his feet distained with innocent blood, in a bold and careless fashion, Thinking to bear out his hateful murder.

II. 9 Hold him not guiltless.

Take thou all advantages, to let him feel how heinously he hath offended; and proceed against him, upon any other just pretence.

II. 22 Ask for him the kingdom also ; for he is mine elder brother; even for him, and for Abiathar the priest, and for Joab the son of Zeruiah. Adoniah bath already the advantage of age, for he is my elder brother; and of the guard and strength of soldiery, for Joab is joined to him; and of the countenance of the priesthood, for Abiathar is for him ; and now, what wants he but a match with the king's own bed-fellow ? yield him this, and I, by that wisdom, wherewith God hath endued me, knoir well, that his next step will be into the throne.

II. 31 Do as he hath said, and fall upon him, &c. Since he will needs die there, there let him die ; for the Law of God doth not allow any protection for wilful murder, from bis own tabernacle or altar : rather he defiles the altar, than the altar can assure him.

III. 1 And took Pharaoh's daughter, &c. And Solomón made affinity with Pharaon, king of Egypt; and took Pharaoh's daughter to wife, upon her yielded conformity to that holv religion, which he professed.

III. 2 Only the people sacrificed in high places, because there was no house built unto the name of the LORD, until those days. In the mean time, till the house of God was finished, wise and holy Solomon would not allow the people to sacrifice any other where, than in those high places, which his father had consecrated; that is, in Gibeon, where was the Tabernacle, and in Je. rusalemn, where the ark was.

IV. 21 From the river unto the land of the Philistines, and unso the border of Egypt. From the famous river Euphrates, unto the land of the Philistines; and from thence, unto the borders of Egypt.

IV. 30 And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. Whereas, those of the East and of Egypt were famous above all the world, for the fame of their wisdom, and knowledge of all the secrets of nature, of the motions of the heavens, and of the virtues and operations of all plants, and of the qualities of all sensitive creatures; Solomon exceeded them all, in all these kinds.

IV. 32 He spake three thousand proverbs.. He spake three thousand wise sentences; out of which are collected those, which, in the book of his Proverbs, are reserved to the use of posterity, as the sacred monuments of a divine wisdom. · IV. 33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall. Out of that divine illumination, which was given to him from above, he discoursed of all plants, from the tallest cedar to the very hyssop, or moss, that grows upon the wall.

V. 4 There is neither adversary nor evil occurrent. There is neither any public enemy, nor any cross accident, that might binder this holy work of building a temple to the Lord.

VI. 1 In the fourth year of Solomon's reign over Israel, in the month sit, which is the second month, Bo great a work could not be suddenly done: there must be a just time for the gathering of all the materials; for felling, bewing, seasoning of the timber. In the fourth year therefore of his reign, did Solomon begin this magnificent structure of the Temple; and in the second month, which, by God's own computation, was the month of April...

VI. 4 And for the house he made windou's of narrow lights. And for the Temple he made windows, narrow without and large within, for the more clear transinitting of the light into all the parts of the house.

VI. 30 And the floor of the house he overlaid with gold, within and without. And the floor of the Temple he orerlaid with gold ;, not only in that part which was within the partition of the oracle or Holy of Holies, but in the outer part thereof also.

VI. 38 In the month Bul. In the month of October.


VII 21 And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple: and he set up the right pillar, and called the name thereof Juchin: anul he set up the left pillar, and called the name thereof Boaz. To figure out the firmness and stability of his Church for ever, he crected two brazen pillars in the porch of the Temple; and called the one, God shall establish, and the other, In it is strength, implying, both what invincible strength the Church of God should have, and whence it should be received.

VII. 23 And he made a molten sea, ten cubits from the one brim to the other. And he made a large and vast vessel of brass, for the use of their manifold washings, which seemned like to some spacious pond or sea, for the quantity of water which it contained: the wideness whereof was ten cubits, from the one side to the other.

VII. 26 It contained two thousand baths. It contained two thousand of thosc measures, whereof every one held six gallons of our account.

VIII. 9 There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone. Within the ark under the cover thereof, there was nothing but the two tables of the Law; but on the verge of the ark, were Aaron's blossomed rod and the pot of manna reserved.

VIII. 12 The LORD said that he would drell in the thick darkness. The Lord bath said, that the thick cloud in his most Holy Prac: should be the testimony of his presence there.

VIll. 31 If any mun trespass against his neighbour, and an

oath be laid upon hiin to cause him to swear, and the oath come before thine altar in this house. If in a case of some great trespass against a man's life, good name, estate, there cannot be other evidences brought forth, so as the matter must necessarily be determined by the oath of the party accused; and that oath shall be solemnly required of him before thy presence, at thy holy altar,

VIII. 64 The same day did the king hallow the middle of the court that was before the house of the LORD, &c. because the brazen altar was too little, &c. And Solomon, by command and instinct from God, required the priests to sanctify the pavement of the outer court, which was called the Court of the Priests, to the use of the sacrifices; for that the brazen altar, how great soever it was, could not be capable of these many offerings...

VIII. 65 A great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of Egypt. A great congregation of all the subjects of Solomon, from the castern borders of his dominions, to the western that reach unto that arm of Nilus, which runs towards Palestine.

IX. 13 IVhat cities are these which thou hast given me, my brother? And he called them the land of Cabul unto this day. How mean and base are these towns, which thou hast given me, in licu of those great things, wherewith I have furnished thee! And he called them, The displeasing land, to this day; being twenty cities in that upper Galilee, which was after called Galilee of the Gentiles.

X. 5 There was no more spirit in her. She was so astonished at the exceeding wisdom of Solomon, that she was even -transported from herself with admiration. .: X. 11 Great plenty of almug trees. Great plenty of the trees of Heben wood; which, for the solidness and shining brightness, were fit for the use and ornament of his building, and for instruments.

X. 29 And a chariot came up and went out of Egypt for sir hundred shekels of silver, and an horse for an hundred and fifty : and so for all the kings of the Hittites, and for the kings of Syria, did they bring them out by their means. And Solomon, through the favour of his father-in-law, the king of Egypt, had the benefit of all the trade of Egypt, for chariots and horses (wherewith that country had wont to furnish the neighbour regions) to pass through the hands of his merchants, to his behoof; so as, if the kings of the Hittites or of Syria would have either chariots or horses, they must obtain them by the means of Solomon's merchants, at a set rate; their chariots must cost them six hundred shekels, their horses a hundred and fifty.

XI. 1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, &c.

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