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Sect. LXX, The Temple at Jerusalem finished and dedi.

cated.

page 235

Sect. LXXI. King Ahasuerus makes a royal feast. Vashti

his queen divorced for disobeying his conimand. 241 Sect. LXXII. Esther, the niece of Mordecai the Jew, made queen in the room of Vashti.

245 Sect. LXXIII. Mordecai discovers a conspiracy, and certifies

it to the king by Esther. Haman advanced to great dig.
nity. He seeks to destroy all the Jews in Persia, and

obtains the king's decree for a general massacre. 247 Sect, LXXIV. Mordecai's distress. He applies to Esther to speak to the king in favour of the Jews.

252

Sect. LXXV. Esther goes into the presence of the king. He promises to grant her petition,

257

Sect. LXXVI. Haman erécts a gallows for Mordecai.

260 Sect. LXXVII. The king is providentially reminded Mor.

decai's services. He commands Haman to do him
honour publicly. Esther petitions the king for her na-
tion. Innan is hanged on his own gallows, and Mor-
decai proinoted.

262 Sect. LXXVIII. The king's letter to reverse the sentence against the Jews. Great rejoicings.

266 Sect. LXXIX. The Jews slay their enemies. Haman's sons hanged? Mordecai's further advancement,

269 Sect. LXXX. Artaxerxes sends Ezra to Jerusalem with a de

cree, and returns the sacred ressels which remained in
Persia.

279 Sect, LXXXI. Nehemiah afflicted concerning the state of

Jerusalem. Prays to God in behalf of his nation. He
obtains permission from the king to visit his people at
Jerusalem.

279 Sect, LXXXII, Nehemiah arrives at Jerusalem. He invites the People to rebuild the walls.

282

Seet. LXXXIII. The law read with great solemnity by Ezra.
The feast of tabernacles kept.

285 Sect.

SECTION I.

THE PROPHECY OF NAHUM AGAINST THE ENEMIES

OF THE LORD.

The burden of Nineveh: the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth': the LORD revengeth and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way

in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers : Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountăins quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation; and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger; his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down

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by him.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trou-" ble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

But with an over-running flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies.

What do ye imagine against the Lord! he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time. Fór while they be folden together as thorns, and VOL. IV.

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