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voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets. Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice ; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him. And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem. As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth. 14 What an awful thought! The 14 Therefore hath the LORD Almighty watching for the moment watched upon the evil, and when, wearied with our sins, he will brought it upon us : for the inflict the punishment he had preLORD our God is righteous pared against us. in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice. 15 And now, O Lord our God, 15 This unreserved confession authat hast brought thy people gurs a glorious sincerity. forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly. O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain : because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us. Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name : for we do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousness, but for thy great mercies. 19 Whose heart adopts not this 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, for- touching appeal to the honour of give ; O Lord, hearken and Jehovah ?-Forgive, for thine on do; defer not, for thine own sake. sake, O my God : for thy city and thy people are called by thy name. And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God; ? yea, whiles 21 Angels are God's ministers, ever I was speaking in prayer, ready to do us also service at his even the man Gabriel, whom bidding.
I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
The Restoration of the Royal Family.
2 Sam. xix. ver. 9, or Numb. xvi.
2 SAMUEL xix. ver. 9. And all the people were at strife throughout all the tribes of Israel, saying, The king saved us out of the hand of our enemies, and he delivered us out of the hand of the Philistines; and now he is fled out of the land for Absalom. And Absalom, whom we anointed over us, is dead in battle. Now therefore why speak ye not a word of bringing the king back ? And king David sent to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, saying, Speak unto the elders of Judah, saying, Why are ye the last to bring the king back to his house ? seeing the speech of all Israel is come to the king, even to his house. Ye are my brethren, ye are my bones and my flesh: wherefore then are ye the last to bring back the king ? " And 13 Amasa was David's nephew say ye to Amasa, Art thou not of my bone, and of my flesh? God do so to me, and more also, if thou be not captain of the host before me continually in the room of Joab. And he bowed the heart of all the men of Judah, even as the heart of one man; so that they sent this word unto the king, Return thou, and all thy servants. So the king returned, and came to Jordan. And Judah came to Gilgal, to go to meet the king, to conduct the king over Jordan. And Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite, which was of Bahurim, hasted and came down with the men of Judah to meet king David. And there were a thousand men of Benjamin with him, and Ziba the servant of the house of Saul, and his fifteen sons and his twenty servants with him; and they went over Jordan before the king. And there went over a ferry-boat to carry over the king's household, and to do what he thought good. And Shimei the son of Gera fell down before the king, as he was come over Jordan; and said unto the king, Let not my lord impute iniquity unto me, neither do thou remember that which thy servant did perversely the day that my lord the king went out of Jerusalem, that the king should take it to his heart. For thy servant doth know that I have sinned : therefore, behold, I am come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to go down to meet my lord the king. But Abishai the son
of Zeruiah answered and said, Shall not Shimei be put to death for this, because he ?? David, grateful for the divine cursed the LORD's anointed? forbearance towards himself,rejoiced 22 And David said, What have in exercising forbearance towards I to do with you, ye sons of others. Gratitude was followed by Zeruiah, that ve should this humility, and humility by clemency. day be adversaries unto me? shall there any man be put to death this day in Israel? for do not I know that I am this day king over Israel ? Therefore the king said unto Shimei, Thou shalt not die. And the king sware unto him. And Mephibosheth the son of Saul came down to meet the king, and had neither dressed his feet, nor trimmed his beard, nor washed his clothes, from the day the king departed until the day he came again in peace. And it came to pass, when he was come to Jerusalem to meet the king, that the king said unto him, Wherefore wentest not thou with me, Mephibosheth? And he answered, My lord, O king, my servant deceived me: for thy servant said, I will saddle me an ass, that I may ride thereon, and go to the king; because thy servant is lame. And he hath slandered thy servant unto my lord the king; but my lord the king is as an angel of God: do therefore what is good in thine eyes. For all of my father's house were but dead men before my lord the king: yet didst thou set thy servant among them that did eat at thine own table. What right therefore have I yet to cry any more unto the king? And the king said unto him, Why speakest thou any more of thy matters? I have said, Thou and Ziba divide the land. And Mephibosheth said unto the king, Yea, let him take all, forasmuch as my lord the king is come again in peace unto his own house. And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan. Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old : and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim: for he was a very great man. And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem. And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem ? 35 The example of Barzillai, loyal 35 I am this day fourscore and affectionate, aged and unworldly, years old : and can I discern is recorded for our instruction. between good and evil ? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink ? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women ? wherefore then should thy servant be
yet a burden unto my lord the king? Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward? Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee. And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee : and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee. And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him ; and he returned unto his own place. Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel. And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his houshold, and all David's men with him, over Jordan? And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us : wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king's cost ? or hath he given us any gift? 43 And 43 Where envy is admitted, whether the men of Israel answered in public or in private life, turbuthe men of Judah, and said, lence and misery naturally follow. We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.
NUMBERS xvi. Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men : and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: and
3 Suppose all the congregation of they gathered themselves to- Christ's Church to be equally holy, gether against Moses and all are not therefore equally fitted against Aaron, and said unto for the office of the ministry. That them, Ye take too much upon can be duly executed only by those
who have received authority thereyou, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of
them, and the LORD is among them : wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? And when Moses heard it, he fell upon 5 Moses and Aaron had received his face : * and he spake unto their office from Almighty God; it Koroh and unto all his com could not therefore be assumed by
others without sin,-offending the pany, saying, Even to mor
great Being who had invested his row, the LORD will shew who chosen servants with the office and are his, and who is holy; and had given the authority under which will cause him to come near it was to be executed. unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. This do ; take you censers, Korah, and all his company; and put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them ? and he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also ? for which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him? And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us? Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards : wilt thou put out the eyes of these men ? we will not come up. 15 And Moses was very wroth, 18 Who shall wonder at the indigand said unto the LORD, Re- nation of the divine legislator, when spect not thou their offering: that office of which he felt alike the I have not taken one ass authority and the responsibility, was from them. neither have I intruded into by the proud and un
authorised ? hurt one of them. And Mo- ^ ses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow, and take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers ; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer. And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense