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9 And they made a Proclamation through Judah and Jerusalem, to bring into the LORD the COLLECTION that Moses the Servant of God laid upon Israel in the Wilderness.

10 And all the Princes, and all the People ReJOYCED, and brought in, and cast into the Chest, until they had made an end.

i Now it came to pass, that at what Time the Chest was brought into the King's Office by the Hand of the Levites; and when they saw that there was much Money: the King's Scribe, and the High Priest's Officer came and emptied the Chest, and took it, and carried it to his Place again. Thus they did Day by Day, and gathered Money in abundance.

12 And the King and Jehoiada gave it to such as did the Work of the Service of the House of the LORD, and hired Masons and Carpenters to repair the House of the LORD.

13 And they set the House of God in his State, and strengthened it.

14 And when they had finished it, they brought the rest of the Money before the King and Jehoiada, whereof were made Veliels for the House of the LORD: and they offered Burnt-offerings in the House of the LORD CONTINUALLY, all the Days of Jehoiada.

15 But Jehoiada was full of Days when he died, an hundred and thirty Years old was he when he died.

16 And they buried him in the City of David, AMONG the KINGS, because he had done Good in Israel, both towards God, and towards his House.

17 Now after the Death of Jehoiada, came the PRINCES of Judah, and made Obeisance to the King : then the King HEARKNED unto them.

18 And they left the House of the LORD God of their Fathers, and served Groves and IDOLS : and WRATH came upon Judah for this their TresPASS.

19 Yet he sent PROPHETS to them, to bring them again. unto the Lord, and they TESTIFIED against them: but they would not give Ear.

20 And the Spirit of God came upon ZECHARIAH the Son of Jehoiada the Pricit, which stood above the People, and said unto them, Thus faith God, Why TransGRESS ye the COMMANDMENTS of the LORD, that ye can

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not PROSPER? because ye have FORSAKEN the LORD, he hath also FORSAKEN you. :21 "And they CONSPIRED 'Matchxxiii. 29 Wo unto you

im against him, and STONED him

SCRIBES and PHARISEES, HYPOCRITES;

because ye build the Tombs of the with Stones at the Command- PROPHETS, and garnish the Sepulchres ment of the King in the Court of the RIGHTEOUS.

30 And say, If we had been in the of the House of the Lord.

Days of our Fathers, we would not 22 Thus Toash the King have been partakers with them in the remembred not the KIND- Blood of the PROPHETS. NESS which Jehoiada his Fa- vourselves, that ye are the Children

31 Wherefore ye be Witnesses unto ther had done to him, but of them which killed the Prophets. ŚLew his Son: and when he 32 Fill ye up then the Mealures of

your Fathers. died, he said, The LORD. 33 Ye Serpents, ye Generation of look upon it, and REQUIRE Vipers, how can ye escape the Damit.

nation of Hell?

34. Wherefore behold, I send unto 23 And it came to pass, you PROPHETS, and Wise Men, and . at the End of the Year, that SCRIBES ; and some of them ye shall the Host of Syria came up shall ye scourge in your Synagogues,

KILL and CRUCIFY, and some of them against him : and they came and PERSECUTE them from City to to Judah and Jerusalem, and City :

of 35 That upon you may come all

o the RIGHTEOUS Blood Thed upon the the People from among the Earth, from the Blood of righteous People, and fent all the Spoil Abel, unto the Blood of ZACHARIAS

Son of Barachias, whom ye slew beof them unto the King of tween the Temple and the Altar. Damascus.

36 Verily I lay unto you, all these Things Thall come upon this Gene

ration. 37 o Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that KILLEST the PROPHETS, and stoneST thein which are lent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy Children together, even as a Hen gathereth her Chickens under her Wings, and ye would not!

38 Behold, your House is left unto you DESOLATE.

39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not lee me henceforth, till ye shall say, BLESSED is he that cometh in the Name of the LORD.

24 " For the Army of the m Heb. x. 30 We know him that Syrians came with a 'SMALL hath Taid, VENGEANCE belongerh un

to me, I will RECOMPENSE, Taith the Company of Men, and the LORD. And again, the LORD thall LORD DELIVERED a very Judge his people CREA Hospinto their bland GREAT Hostinto their Hand, into the Hands of the LIVING GOD.

31 It is a fearful Thing to FALL because they had FORSAKEN the LORD God of their Fathers : So they EXECUTED JUDGMENT against Joash.

25 And when they were departed from him (for they left him in great Diseases) his own SERVANTS CONSPIRED 2gainst him, for the Blood of the Sons of Jehoiada the Priest,

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and flew him on his Bed : but they buried him not in the Sepulchres of the Kings.

27 Now concerning his. Sons, and the Greatness of the Burdens laid upon him, and the repairing of the House of God, behold, they are written in the Story of the Book of the Kings. And Amaziah his Son reigned in his stead.

IT is observed by the learned Dr. Lightfoot, That the Mur

I der of Zacharias the Prophet in the Court of the Temple, was the Beginning of the Ruin of Judah, whereby they plainly shew'd, that they despised and rejected the LORD, his TEMPLE, PRIESTHOOD, and PROPHECY; and from that Time did their State decay, of which they were forewarn'd by the Prophet Hosea,

Chap. iv. Ver, i Hear the Word of the LORD, ye Children of Israel : for the LORD hath a CONTROVERSY with the Inhabitants of the Land, because there is no TRUTH, nor Mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE of God in the Land.

2 By SwEARING, and LYING, and KILLING, and STEALING, and committing ADULTERY, they break out, and Blood toucheth Blood.

3 Therefore shall the Land MOURN, and every one that dwelleth therein shal) LANGUISH, with the Beasts of the Field, and with the Fowls of Heaven, yea, the Fishes of the Sea also shall be taken away.

4 Yet let no Man strive, nor reprove another : for thy People are as they that strive with the Priest.

5 Therefore shalt thou fall in the Day, and the Prophet also Mall fall with thee in the Night, and I will destroy thy Mother.

6 My People are DESTROYED for LACK OF KNOWLEDGE: because thou hast rejected Knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no Priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the Law of thy God, I will alio forget thy Children.

II. KINGS, II. KINGS, CHA P. XIII. Jehochaz his wicked Reign. 3 Jehoahaz oppressed by Hazael, is relieved by Prayer. 8 Joash succeedeth him : 10 His wicked Reign. 12 Jeroboam fucceedeth him. 14 Elisha dying, prophesieth to yoah three Victories over the Syrians. 20 The Moabites invading the Land, Elisa's Bones raise up a dead Man. 22 Hazael dying, Joash getteth three Vistories over Benhadad.

Ver. 1 TN the three and twentieth Year of Joash the Son

l of Ahaziah King of Judah, Jehoahaz began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned SEVENTEEN Years.

2 And he did that which was Evil in the fight of the LORD, and followed the Sins of Jeroboam, which made Ilrael to sin, he departed not therefrom.

3 And the ANGER of the LORD was kindled against Ilrael, and he DELIVERED them into the Hand of Hazael King of Syria, and into the Hand of Benhadad the Son of Hazael, all their Days.

4 And Jehoahaz BESOUGHT the LORD, and the LORD HEARKNED unto him : for he saw the OPPRESSION of Ilrael, because the King of Syria opprefled them.

5 (And the LORD gave Israel a Saviour, so that they went out from under the Hand of the Syrians : and the Children of Israel dwelt in their Tents, as besoretime.

6 Nevertheless they departed not from the Sins of the House of Jeroboam, but walked therein, and there remained the Grove also in Samaria.)

7 Neither did he leave of the People to Jehoahaz, but fifty Horsemen, and ten Chariots, and ten thousand Footmen; for the King of Syria had destroyed them, and had made them like the Dust by THRESHING.

9 And Jehoahaz lept with his Fathers, and they buried him in Samaria, and Joalh his Son reigned in his stead.

10 In the thirty and seventh Year of Joash King of Judah, began Jehoash the Son of Jehoahaz to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned fixteen Years.

11 And he did that which was evil in the fight of the LORD; he departed not from all the Sins of Jeroboam.

12 And the rest of the Acts of Joash, and all that he did, and his Might wherewith he fought against Amaziah King

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of Judah, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Israel?

13 And Joanh slept with his Fathers, and Jeroboam sat upon his Throne : and Joath was buried in Samaria with the Kings of Israel.

14 Now Elisha was fallen fick of his Sickness whereof he died, and Joath the King of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his Face, and said, O my Father, my Father, the Chariot of Israel, and the Horsemen thereof.

15 And Elisha said unto him, Take Bow and Arrows : and he took unto him Bow and Arrows.

16 And he said to the King of Israel, Put thine Hand upon the Bow : and he put his Hand upon it: and Elisha put his Hands upon the King's Hands.

17 And he said, Open the Window Eastward : and he opened it. Then Elitha said, Shoot : and he shot. And he said, The ARROW of the Lord's DELIVERANCE, and the Arrow of Deliverance from Syria : for thou shalt smile the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them.

18 And he said, Take the Arrows : and he took them. And he said unto the King of Israel, Smite upon the Ground : and he smote thrice, and stayed.

19. And the Man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldst have smitten five or six times, then hadít thou smitten Syria, till thou hadit consumed it: whereas now thou shalt imite Syria but thrice.

II. CHRON. CHAP. XXV. Amaziah beginneth to reign well: 3 He executeth Justice upon the Traitors : 5 Having hired an Army of Israelites against the Edomites, at the Word of a Prophet, he loeth the bundred Talents, and dismiffith them : 11 He overthroweth the Edomites. 13 The Ifraelites discontented with their Dilmission, spoil as they return home. 14 Amaziah proud of bis Vietories, ferveth the Gods of Edom, and despiseth the Almonitions of the Prophet : 17 He provoketh Foash to his

Overthrow : 25 His Reign : 27 He is pain by Conspiracy. Vir. i A MAZIAH was twenty and five Years old when

he began to reign, and he reigned twenty and nine Years in Jerusalem.

2 And he did that which was right in the fight of the Lord, but not with a PERFECT HEART.

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