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his life, opposed King Uzziah when he attempted to offer incense (2 Chron. xxvi. 17, 18).

1046. The wandering Arab tribes with which that part of Asia is still infested, causing great annoyance and danger to travellers. These robbers are so much dreaded that people seldom venture to travel except in large caravans, and even then are often obliged to pay a large sum of money to the robbers to prevent themselves being plundered.

1047. It is thought to have been upwards of half a million of money; and the great amount might well have made them anxious as to the temptation which such a booty might offer to the "liers in wait".

1048. Different opinions have been entertained respecting this, but it seems most probable that the words were written in Hebrew characters, which were entirely different from the Chaldee letters.

1049. Ezra was probably his grandson, as is frequently meant in other places where the word "son" is used.

1050. No; Nadab the son of Jeroboam was put to death by Baasha (1 Kings, xv. 27), and it is for this murder that Baasha is here reproved.

1051. Seven months (1 Sam. vi. 1).

1052. Four hundred and sixteen years.

1053. The prophecy of Hosea is of greater length than any of the other minor prophets that were written before the Babylonian captivity.

1054. In Dan. v. 2. and elsewhere Nebuchad. nezzar is called the father of Belshazzar, but it appears from profane history that he was his grandfather. This is another instance of the word “son” being used instead of "grandson."

1055. His father David (1 Chron. xxvii. 11. etc.).

1056. From the Spirit of the Lord (1 Chron. xxviii. 12).

1057. It was called Susa, and was the principal residence of the Persian kings, at least during the winter months; for during the summer they removed to Ecbatana (called Achmetha, Ezra, vi. 2), as the plain in which Susa was situated became exceedingly sultry during the summer. Ecbatana, on the contrary, being situated in a mountainous country, was less exposed to inconvenience during the summer heat.

1058. They no doubt refer to the ceremonies used for the purification of the leper (Lev. xiv).

1059. It is the highest summit of the southern part of Mount Lebanon in the north of Palestine, and is covered with perpetual snow. It may be seen from a great distance. It is more than 12,000 feet above the level of the sea.

1060. It is from nuo (moshe) “to draw"; and Moses was so named because he was drawn out of the water (Ex. ii. 10).

1061. Though the king of Assyria made war against Damascus, he did not assist Ahaz against the Edomites and the Philistines who were at war with him; but, on the other hand, distressed him by taking away the treasures of the house of the Lord and the king's house.

1062. They were to be offered before the Lord (Lev. ii. 12).

1063. “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head and honour the face of the old man” (Lev. xix. 32).

1064. Proper inquiry was to be made; and, if the guilt of the city was proved, it was to be solemnly devoted to destruction and utterly destroyed as an accursed thing (Deut xiii. 12–17).

1065. On their reliance upon God.

1066. The Lord sold Sisera into the hand of a woman (Judges, iv. 3—21); Gideon routed a whole army with only three hundred men (Judges, vii. and viii.); David with a small stone slew Goliath (1 Sam. xvii. 40-49); and Jehoshaphat, without striking a blow, conquered the Ammonites (2 Chron. xx. 20—30).

1067. By the instrumentality of prayer (2 Chr. xiv. 9—15).

1068. The eighty-first. This Psalm is still used by the Hebrews on this occasion.

1069. No; they were only taken, like the rest of the Israelites, to witness the execution.

1070. Forty years (2 Kings, xii. 1).

1071. It is supposed to have been so called, from the gardens and pleasure-house which the kings reigning in Jerusalem had there.

1072. Wheat, barley, vines, fig-trees, pomegranates, olive-trees and dates (Deut. viii. 8).

1073. Yes; it is characterised as “a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayst dig copper (Deut. viii. 9), not “brass," as in the English version; but at present, owing to the negligence of the inhabitants, its mineral resources are very little attended to. .

1074. In the East, where the heat is often very powerful, an abundant supply of water conduces more to the fertility of a country


other advantage it could

possess. 1075. No; the first verse means, “ Answer not a fool in any way, where by answering you would be like him," as in strife or quarrelling. The following verse means, “ Answer a fool according to his folly, to point out to him his error, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”

1076. The passover, which was appointed the day before the event occurred which it was intended to commemorate by it, namely the deliverance of the Israelites from their Egyptian bondage (Ex. xii).

1077. Oxen; which are thus commonly used in that part of Asia at the present day.

1078. They were set apart for the service of the Lord by being consecrated for their office. The ceremonies are described in Num. viii. This consecration, however, was not of so solemn and impressive a character as that of the priests: and the Levites do not appear to have been distinguished (as the priests were) by any particular dress different from the rest of the people.

1079. The Ephraimites (1 Chr. vii. 21, 22). 1080. The book of Ecclesiastes. 1081. The anointing with the holy oil.

1082. minn 6172p (Kibroth-Hattaavah) means “the graves of lust,” because there they buried the people who had lusted for flesh.

1083. No; there is no mention made of such a punishment in any of the laws of Moses.

1084. It is thought that those who were devoted as Nazarites from their birth were only bound to the performance of those particulars which had been mentioned at the time. Thus we read, that

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