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Sect. LXIX. God's blessing restored to his people,

by the mouth of Zechariah the prophet ........ 232

Sect. LXX. The temple at Jerusalem finished and

dedicated .......

.........

Sect. LXXI. King Ahasuerns makes a royal feast.

Vashti his queen divorced for disobeying his

command ...........

.......... 241

Sect. LXXII. Esther, the niece of Mordecai the Jew,

made queen in the room of Vashti............ 245

Sect. LXXIII. Mordecai discovers a conspiracy, and

certifies it to the king by Esther. Haman ad-

vanced to great dignity. He seeks to destroy all

the Jews in Persia, and obtains the king's de- .

cree for a general massacre .................. 247

Sect. LXXIV. Mordecai's distress. He applies to

Esther to speak to the king in favour of the

Jews..........

............. 252

Sect. LXXV. Esther goes into the presence of the

king. He promises to grant her petition ...... 257

Sect. LXXVI. Haman erects a gallows for Mordecai 260

Sect. LXXVII. The king is providentially reminded

of Mordecai's services. He commands Haman

to do him honour publicly. Esther petitions the

king for her nation. Haman is hanged on his

own gallows, and Mordecai promoted ........ 262

Sect. LXXVIII. The king's letter to reverse the sen-

tence against the Jews. Great rejoicings...... 266

Sect. LXXIX. The Jews slay their enemies. Ha-

mau's sons hanged. Mordecai's farther ad-

vancement ....

.............. 269

Sect. LXXX. Artaxerxes sends Ezra to Jerusalem

with a decree, and returns the sacred vessels

which remained in Persia..................... 273

Sect. LXXXI. Nehemiah afflicted concerning the

state of Jerusalem. Prays to God in behalf of

his nation. He obtains permission from the king ??

to visit his people at Jerusalem .............. 279

Sect. LXXXII. Nehemiah arrives at Jerusalem. He

- jovites the people to rebuild the walls ......... 282

Sect.

SECTION I.

THE PROPHECY OF NAHUM AGAINST THE ENEMIES

OF THE LORD.

The burden of Nineveh : the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite. . God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth: the LORD revengeth and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers : Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation; and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger; his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an over-running flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What do ye imagine against the LORD!, he wili' make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. For while they be folden together as thorns, and VOL. IV. - B

while

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