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BY A. D. RAHN, A CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARTIST.
“And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died.”— 1. Kings, 16, 18.
NLY one sin is recorded against the good king
Asa. When his savage enemies of the kingdom
of Israel threatened him, he hired the Syrians from the north to attack them; and when a prophet reproved him for not trusting instead to God and to his own strength, Asa, grown irritable with age, cast the prophet into prison. Therefore God afflicted the king with disease, until he died.
Meanwhile the tumults of Israel presented a sad contrast to Judal's peace. Jeroboam died; his son was slain by treacherous plotters, and his entire family wiped out. The murderer usurped the throne. Against him the Syrians warred, urged on by King Asa; and thus Israel was laid desolate. The son of this usurper was also slain by conspirators, murdered during a drunken revel. His family and all his friends were exterminated; and various savage chieftains fought among themselves for sovereignty over their bleeding and despairing country.
During one week Zimri, the late king's actual murderer, held the royal palace against all comers. Then it was stormed by a rival general, Omri. Zimri, in fury and despair, himself set fire to the palace, and perished, fighting amid the flames.
1 The proclamation of Cyrus for the building of the temple. storeth the vessels of the temple to Sheshbazzar.
OW in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in writing, saying,
2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The LORD God of heaven hath given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.
3 Who is there among you of all his people? his God be with him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the LORD God of Israel, (he is: the God,) which is in Jerusalem.
4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth, let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the house of God that is in Jerusalem.
5 ( Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God had raised, to go up to build the house of the LORD which is in Jerusalem.
6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts, and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.
EZRA I-CYRUS RESTORES THE VESSELS
68 Their oblations.
7_s Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of the LORD, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;
8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.
9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,
10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.
11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto Jerusalem.
Chapter 2 1 The number that return of the people, 36 of the priests, 40 of the Lerites, 43 of the Nethinims, 55 of Solomon's servants, 62 of the
priests which could not shew their pedigree. 64 The whole number of them, with their substance. OW these are the children of the province that went up, out
of the captivity, of those which had been carried away, whom
Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away unto Babylon, and came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city;:
2 Which came with Zerubbabel: Jeshua, Nehemiah, Seraiah, Reelaiah, Mordecai, Bilshan, Mizpar, Bigvai, Rehum, Baanah. The number of the men of the people of Israel:
3 The children of Parosh, two thousand an hundred seventy and two.
4 The children of Shephatiah, three hundred seventy and two. 5 The children of Arah, seven hundred seventy and five.
6 The children of Pahath-moab, of the children of Jeshua and Joab, two thousand eight hundred and twelve. 7 The children of Elam, a thousand two hundred fifty and four. 8 The children of Zattu, nine hundred forty and five. 9 The children of Zaccai, seven hundred and threescore. 10 The children of Bani, six hundred forty and two. 11 The children of Bebai, six hundred twenty and three. 12 The children of Azgad, a thousand two hundred twenty and two. 13 The children of Adonikam, six hundred sixty and six. 14 The children of Bigvai, two thousand fifty and six. 15 The children of Adin, four hundred fifty and four. 16 The children of Ater of Hezekiah, ninety and eight. 17 The children of Bezai, three hundred twenty and three.
Shesh bazzar has been identified with Zerubbabel; more probably he was the latter's uncle Revised Version places a comma after “up," and continues, "when they of the captivity were" etc. that follows is the same as that given in Nehemiah 7.
3 The list