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entreats for her people.
sentenced to death. Harbonah, one of the king's chamberlains, referred to the gallows fifty cubits high which the infatuated miscreant had prepared for the object of his own hatred and vengeance.
The king at once caught the allusion, and uttered the awful senand hung. tence “Hang him thereon.” Thus did the providence of God
frustrate the crafty designs of the great enemy of his oppressed people, and furnish a perpetual memorial to the world of his power and wisdom in bringing about his own purposes by unexpected and
wonderful means. Mordecai's Esther became now possessed of the house of her enemy, which promotion.
was bestowed upon Mordecai. The Jews, however, were not yet
exempted from the decree which had been issued for their exterEsther mination. Esther, therefore, again ventures in to the king, and
falling before him, urges with tears that he would “put away the mischief of Haman the Agagite, and his device that he had devised against the Jews.” She was received as before, and proceeded to entreat that letters should be despatched to counter-order the former commands. The king was now in the humour to concede every thing; but as the Persian laws were irreversible, he could not directly rescind an edict already sent into the provinces; but he adopted the plan of putting his ring into the hands of Mordecai and Esther, to seal whatever decree they thought proper to frame in this emergency. Accordingly they gave the Jews authority to defend themselves to the utmost, calculating, in all probability, that few would attempt to massacre that people under such circumstances. It appears, however, that there was a considerable conflict, and no fewer than five hundred of their assailants were slain in the royal city. The ten sons of Haman were also slain, and, at
the request of the queen, hung on the gallows. Rejoicing of In consequence of the danger which threatened the Jews being
now averted, the following two days, namely, the fourteenth and fifteenth of the month Adar, were filled with great rejoicings; and these, with the preceding day, were set apart by the orders of Mordecai and Esther, for the annual commemoration of these extraordinary circumstances; the thirteenth as a fast, on account of the
intended destruction of the Jewish people, and the other two as a The fast or feast, because of their deliverance from it. The fast they call the
nfast of Esther; the feast, the feast of Purim, a word derived from
the Persian language, signifying lots, because it was by the casting
feast of com memoration,
Aaron, his appointment, 114.
| Abraham, his son, Isaac, born, 55.
Dismisses Hagar and Ishmael, 55.
Offering of Isaac, 56.
Buries Sarah in the cave of Mach-
Sends for a wife for Isaac, 57.
Favours "Adonijah’s conspiracy, His revenge, 222.
Flight and return, 222.
His rebellion, 222.
Achan, his sin and punishment, 161.
Musters his forces against Saul, 210.
In the Divine image, 18.
Enters into covenant with him, 59. Is given a "help-meet,” 19.
His food, 19.
His fall and expulsion from Eden,
His children, 25.
Age and death, 28.
cut off, 172.
| Adoram slain by the revolters from
Agag slain by Samuel, 193.
Age, the golden age of Plato, 22.
| Ahab (king) succeeds Omri, and mar.
His idolatry influenced by Jeze-
Is reproached by Elijah, 243.
Sends for Baal's prophets, 244.
Puts the Syrians to flight, 246.
Spares Benhadad and is reproved,
Ahab covet's Naboth's vineyard, 246. Antediluvians, giants among them, 28.
Chronology of their period, 40.
Arabia, how peopled, 76.
Tradition of, 32.
Falls into the Philistines' hands,
Brought up from Kirjath-jearim,
Confided to Obed-edom, 215.
Overcomes the Ethiopians, 241.
Is reproved by Hanani, 241.
| Asahel slain by Abner, 212.
Assyrian Monarchy united with the
Is put to death, 253.
Azariah, (see Uzziah.)
Baal, his priests slain at Carmel, 244.
Sustains idolatry, 241.
| Babylonish Monarchy, its origin, 289.
Balaam blesses Israel, 128.
Baruch writes Jeremiah's predictions,
Reads them publicly, 336.
Is carried into Egypt, 343.
His murderers put to death, 260. Bathsheba defiled 219.
Mother of Solomon, 221.
Tells David of Adonijah's con-
Beasts, created on the sixth day, 18.
Belshazzar besieged by Cyrus, 314.
His profanity, 314.
His doom foretold, 315.
Death, and transfer of his king-
dom to Darius, 316.
Resemble as a man and saint, 323.
Benaiah, one of David's captains, 207, Daniel, held in high esteem at court, 311.
Interpret's Nebuchadnezzar's first
His advancement, 312.
Interprets a second dream, 313.
Interprets the hand-writing on the
Receives honour from Belshazzar,
Is promoted by Darius, 316.
A conspiracy formed against him,
Is cast into a den of lions, 318.
His deliverance, 318.
Prays for the restoration of his
Dies in Babylon, 320.
His astrological education, 521.
Character as a man and saint. 323.
Resemblance to Joseph, 324.
His rank as a prophet, 326.
Darius includes Babylon as part of his
Promotes Daniel, 316.
Consigns Daniel to the lions' den,
Dathan, a leader in Korah's rebellion,
David, birth and family, 195.
Anointed by Samuel, 193, 196.
Summoned to court, 197.
Returns home, 198.
Jonathan's friendship and Saul's
Escapes from Saul, 201.
Marries Michal, 202.
Again escapes, 203.
Interview with Jonathan, 204,
Receives refreshment at Nob, 206.
Departs to Gath, 206.
Retreats to Adullam, 207.
Becomes the captain over 400 men,
Relieves Keilah, 208.
Last interview with Jonathan, 208.
Spares Saul, 208.
Is wroth with Nabal, 209.
Appeased by Abigail, 209.
Again spares Saul, 210.
David resides at Ziklag, 210.
Doeg slays the priests at Nob, 207.
| Ebed-melech shows kindness to Jere-
Conjectures as to its situation, 20.
Heathen testimonies to its exis-
Several places of same name, 20.
Egypt, Abraham goes thither, 49.
Joseph sold into Egypt, 63.
Jacob removes to, 66.
Bondage of Israel in, 109.
Ehud subdues the Moabites, 177.
Eldad prophecies in the camp, 130.
| office, 127.
His submission of spirit, 190.
tes &c. 218. 199.
Eliezer, Abraham's steward, 51.
Fetches a wife for Isaac, 57.
Elijah announces a famine, 242.
Is fed by ravens, 242.
Resides at Zarephath, 243.
Raises the widow's child, 243.
Is sent to Ahab, 243.
Challenges Baal's prophets, 244.
Commands their destruction, 244.
Flees from Jezebel, 244.
Appoints Elisha his successor, 245.
Denounces Ahab, 246.
Foretells Ahaziah's death, 247.
Visits the schools of the prophets,
Is translated, 248.
Elisha called to the prophetic office, 245.
Heals the waters of Jericho, 248.
Multiplies the widow's oil, 249.
Hospitably treated at Shunem, 249.
Raises the Shunamite's son, 249.
Neutralizes poison, 249.
Heals Naaman, 250.