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prince over my people Israel, &c. because it would have been impossible for Baasha to have exalted himself, contrary to the Divine Will.

We have cause to admire the goodness and justice of God in every instance, for they were both displayed, even is his dispensations towards those bad kings, who resisted his authority and despised his power.

SECTION L.
THE REIGN OF ASA KING OF JUDAH.

From 1 Kings, Chap. xvi.--2 Chron. Chap. xiv, XY, Xvi.

Šo Abijam slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his stead. In his days the land was quiet ten years.

And Asa did that which was good and right in the eyes of the Lord his God.

For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high places, and brake down the images, and cut down the groves :

And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandments.

Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah the high places and the images: and the kingdom was quiet. before him.

And he built fenced cities in Judah: for the land had rest, and he had no war in those years ; because the Lord had given him rest.

Therefore he said unto Judah, Let us build these cities: and make about them walls and towers, gates and bars, while the land is yet before us ; because we have sought the Lord our God, we have sought him, and he hath given us rest on every side. So they built and prospered.

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And Asa had an army of men-that "bare" targets and spears, out of Judah three hundred thousand, and out of Benjamin, that bare shields and drew bows two hundred and fourscore thousand; all these were mighty men of valour. I

si **,!1:11"; se -. And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots; and he came unto Mareshah. .

Then Asa went out against him, and they set the battle in array in the valley of Zephathah' at Mareshah.

And Asa cried unto, the LORD his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or' with them that have no power; help us, O LORD our. Goi ; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude": O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against 'thee: ani'

So the 'Lordsmote - the Ethiopians before "Asa,' and before Judah, and the Ethiopians fled. N.

, And Asa and the people thật were with him pursued them unto Gerar; and the Ethiopians were overthrown, that they could not recover themselves : for they were destroyed before the Lorp and before his host; and they carried away very much spoil.".

And they smote all the cities round about Gerar, for the fear of the Lord came upon them and they spoiled all, the cities, for therë was exceeding much spoil in them.

They smote also the tents of cattle, and carried away sheep and camels in abundance, and returned to Jerusalem. i i :

And the Spirit of God came upon A záriah the son of Oded. - Jovan * And he went out 'to meet Asa; and said unto him, Hear ye me, "Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin ; The Lorn is with you, while ’ye be with him ; and if ye seek

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Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law. ,

But when they in their trouble did turn, unto the LORD, God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them. : . And in those times there was no peace to him that went out, nor, to him that came in, but great vexations were upon ali the inhabitants of the countries.

And nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city : for God did vex them with all adversity.

Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak : for your work shall be rewarded.

And when Asą heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of tire cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the Lord that was before the porch of the LORD. .

And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the strangers with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon ; for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.

So they gathered themselves together in Jerusalem in the third month, in the fifteerith year of the reignof Asa..

And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen, and seven thousand sheep.

And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers, with all their heart and with all their soul : that whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel, should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.

And And they sware unto the Lord with a loud voice, and with shouting, with trumpets, and with cornets. Ho!"

And all Judah rejoiced at the oath : for they had swora with all their heart, and sought him with their whole desire, and he was found of them ; and the LORD gave them rest round about. ' ;

" . And also concerning Maachah, the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from being queen, because she had made an idol in a grove : -and Asa cut down her idol and stamped it, and burned it at the brook Kidron.

But the high places were not taken away out of Israel : nevertheless, the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

And there was no more war unto the five and thirtieth year of the reign of Aså. .

In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha' king of Israel came up against Judah, and built Ramah, to the intent that he might let none go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.' . .

Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Lord, and of the king's house; and sent to Ben-hadad, king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father : .

Behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go break thy league with Baasha, king of Israel, - that he may depart from me.

And Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains. of his armies against the cities of Israel : and they smote Ijon and Dan, and Abel.maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali.

And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building of Ramah, and let his work cease.. Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried

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away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof, wherewith Baasha was building; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied on the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria escaped out of thine hard.

Were not the Ethiopians'and the Lubims a huge host, with very many chariots and horsemen? yet, because thou didst rely on the LORD, he delivered them into thine hand.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards hiin. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison-house : for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reigo was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

And A'sa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign..

And they buried him in his own sepulchree, which he had made for himself in the city of David, and laid him in the bed which was filled with sweet odours and divers kinds of spices prepared by the apothecaries' art : and they made a very grea: burning for him.

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