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me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent, she covered him with a mantle. And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty. And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him. Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent, and it shall be, when any man doth come and enquire of thee, and say, Is there any man here ? that thou shalt say, No. Then Jael Heber's wife took a nail of the tent*, and took an hammer in her hand, and went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples, and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him, Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest. And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his 23 So, when our good fight is fought, temples. 23 So God subdued and our warfare accomplished-cour on that day Jabin the king age shall have its reward, and we of Canaan before the children may hope to enter triumphantly into of Israel. And the hand of the promised land of our rest. the children of Israel prospered, and prevailed against Jabin the king of Canaan, until they had destroyed Jabin king of Canaan.
EVENING. JUDGES v. Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. Hear, o ye kings; give ear, O ye princes ; I, even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel. * LORD, when thou wentest 4 In every trial, God will find for out of Seir, when thou march- us a way of escape ; perhaps then, edst out of the field of Edom, and as, we least expect it. Art thou the earth trembled, and the
in trouble ? Commit thou thy way
unto him ; he shall bring it to passt. heavens dropped, the clouds
5 How magnificent is this descripalso dropped water. - The
tion ! every expression picturing the mountains melted from before terror of the nations, to whom God the LORD, even that Sinai thus showed visible signs of his from before the LORD God of power in protecting the people whom Israel. In the days of
he loved. Shamgar the son of Anath,
6 The country was desolate.
1 * The tents of the Arabs were fastened to the ground with very large nails or pins.
+ The way of the Israelites towards Canaan, lay by Seir or Edom, the country of Esau's posterity. But as the people refused to allow their march through the land, God led them by another way. All ways are known to Him.
in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? My heart is toward the governors of Israel, that offered themselves willingly among the people, Bless ye the LORD. 10 This is addressed to the nobles of "Speak, ye that ride on the land. They are roused to the white asses, ye that sit in truth, that all their greatness, and all judgment, and walk by the their wisdom, is vain as their pride, way. They that are de- W
unless Jehovah bless at once their
councils and their armies. livered from the noise of 11 The shepherds take their flocks archers in the places of draw- to water, fearlessly. The laws are ing water, there shall they established, and all dread of the rehearse the righteous acts of robber-bands ceaseth. the LORD, eren the righteous acts toward the inhabitants of his villages in Israel : then shall the people of the LORD go down to the gates. "Awake, awake, 12 By subduing the conqueror, he Deborah : awake, awake, ut- will lead captive those who hitherto ter a song: arise, Barak, and led others captive. lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam. Then he made him that remaineth have dominion over the nobles among the people : the LORD made me have dominion over the mighty. "Out of Eph- 14 These were the Israelites, who raim was there a root of them bravely assisted in the war. against Amalek ; after thee, Benjamin, among thy people ; out of Machir came down governors, and out of Zebulun they that handle the pen of the writer. And the princes of Issachar were with Deborah ; even Issachar, and also Barak: he was sent on foot into the valley. For the divisions of Reuben there were great thoughts of heart. Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches. Zebulun and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field. The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo; they took no gain of money. 20 They fought from 20 Beautiful expressions denoting heaven; the stars in their the evident assistance of Heaven. courses fought against Sisera. 21 Thus St. Paul triumphed ; thus * The river of Kishon swept every Christian soldier triumphs,
them away, that ancient river, who with the apostle can adopt the
O my language
have fought a good fight." soul, thou hast trodden down nave strength. Then were the horsehoofs broken by the means of the pransings, the pransings of 23 The name alone of this city surtheir mighty ones. 23 Curse vives ; so awfully has the curse the ye Meroz, said the angel of bitter curse against it-been esethe LORD, curse ye bitterly cuted. the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the LORD, to the help of the LORD against the mighty. Blessed above women shall Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite be, blessed shall she be above women in the tent. He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish. She put her hand to the nail, and her right hand to the workmen's hammer; and with the hammer she smote Sisera, she smote off his head, when she had pierced and stricken through his temples. At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down : at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead. The mother of Sisera looked out at a window, and cried through the lattice, Why is his chariot so long in coming ? why tarry the wheels of his chariots? Her wise ladies answered her, yea, she returned answer to herself, Have they not sped ? have they not divided the prey; to every man a damsel or two; to Sisera a prey of divers colours, a prey of divers colours of needlework, of divers colours of needlework on both sides, meet for the necks of them that take spoil ? s1 So let all thine
31 Alas! for the heart-stricken mo
ou enemies perish, O Lord: butt
but ther! But the honour of God is let them that love him be as higher than all other considerations. the sun when he goeth forth His enemies must perish ; but his in his might. And the land faithful servants shall find their
course made clear and bright by a had rest forty years.
light, which no clouds shall darken; even by that light which came down from heaven : Jesus Christ, the righteous.
The third Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. I Samuel ii. 1 AND Hannah prayed, and This hymn refers to the salvation said, My heart rejoiceth in which the future Messiah should rethe LORD, mine horn is ex. veal-He being “ the rock" of ages. alted in the LORD; my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies ; because I rejoice in thy salvation. There is none holy as the LORD : for 'there is none beside thee : neither is there any rock like our God. Talk no more so exceeding proudly ; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth : for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength. The rich are ofttimes brought to - They that were full have poverty-the mighty to the dust. 0 hired out themselves for bread: let me prize the riches of God's
grace, and rejoice in his salvation : and they that were hungry they shall endure, though all else ceased : so that the barren perish. hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble. The LORD killeth, We hold life itself, from hour to and maketh alive : he bring- hour, by his power and will. eth down to the grave, and 7 Let the eye of pride learn humibringeth up. . The LORD lity. Let the rich not boast himself. maketh poor, and maketh Death mocketh alike the one and rich : he bringeth low, and the other. lifteth up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory : for the pillars of the earth are the LORD's, and he hath set the world upon them. • He will keep the feet of his If God keepeth my feet, I will saints, and the wicked shall not fear to descend to the grave. be silent in darkness; for by He will be with me still. Merciful strength shall no man pre
Father! O leave me not then! vail. ** The adversaries of
10 Thus ends the prayer of happy
and successful faith. May all learn the LORD shall be broken to
not to be carried away by success, pieces; out of heaven shall but to be more and more humble, he thunder upon them : the as God shall vouchsafe more and LORD shall judge the ends of more the riches of his blessing. the earth ; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed. And Elkanah went to Ramah to his house. And the child did minister unto the LORD before Eli the priest. Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; thev knew not the LORD. And the priest's custom with the people xas, that, when any man offered sacrifice, the priest's servant came, while the flesh was in seething, with a fleshhook of three teeth in his hand ; and be struck it into the pan, or kettle, or caldron, or pot; all that the fleshhook brought up the priest took for himself. So they did in Shiloh unto all the Israelites that came thither. Also before they burnt the fat, the priest's servant came, and said to the man that sacrificed, Give flesh to roast for the priest ; for he will not have sodden flesh of thee, but raw. And if any man said unto him, Let them not fail to burn the fat presently, and then take as much as thy soul desireth; then he would answer him, Nay; but thou shalt give it me now: and if not, I will take it by force. 17 Wherefore the sin of the 17 What a warning have we here young men was very great against the sin of irreverence in before the LORD: for men holy things. abhorred the offering of the LORD. But Samuel ministered before the LORD, being a child, girded with a linen ephod. 19 Moreover his mother made 19 This is an affecting picture of him a little coat, and brought maternal solicitude * it to him from year to year, when she came up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD. And they went unto their own home. And the LORD visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the LORD. Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And he said unto them, Why do ye such things ? for I hear of your evil dealings by all this people. Nay, my sons; for it is no good report that I hear: ye make the Lord's people to transgress. If one man sin against another, the judge shall judge him: but if a man sin against the Lord, who shall intreat for him ? Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto the voice of their father, because the Lord would slay them. And the child Samuel grew on, and was in favour both with the LORD, and also with men. And there came a man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Did I plainly appear unto the house of thy father, when they were in Egypt in Pharaoh's house? And did I choose him out of all the tribes of Israel to be my priest, to offer upon mine altar, to burn incense, to wear an ephod before me ? and did I give unto the house of thy father all the offerings made by fire of the children of Israel ? Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation ; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat with the chiefest of all the offerings of 204 Israel my people ? 30 Where
30 The greatest and noblest of the
sons of men, though they may be fore the LORD God of Israel flattered, are never truly honoured,
* So now, how often do anxious parents toil early and late, and deny themselves in many things, that their children may have food and cloth ing, and be trained up for that future course of life to which God may be pleased to call them. This self-denial surely claims gratitude.