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EZRA II-THE DOUP IFUL GENEALOGIES

48 The children of Rezin, the children of Nekoda, the children of Gazzam,

49 The children of Uzza, the children of Paseah, the children of Besai,

50 The children of Asnah, the children of Mehunim, the children of Nephusim,

51 The children of Bakbuk, the children of Hakupha, the children of Harhur,

52 The children of Bazluth, the children of Mehida, the children of Harsha,

53 The children of Barkos, the children of Sisera, the children of Thamah,

54 The children of Neziah, the children of Hatipha.

55 [The children of Solomon's servants: the children of Sotai, the children of Sophereth, the children of Peruda,

56 The children of Jaalah, the children of Darkon, the children of Giddel,

57 The children of Shephatiah, the children of Hattil, the children of Pochereth of Zebaim, the children of Ami.

58 All the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants, were three hundred ninety and two.

59 And these were they which went up from Tel-melah, Tel-harsa, Cherub, Addan, and Immer: but they could not shew their father's house, and their seed, whether they were of Israel:

60 The children of Delaiah, the children of Tobiah, the children of Nekoda, six hundred fifty and two.

61 | And of the children of the priests: the children of Habaiah, the children of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai the Gileadite, and was called after their name:

62 These sought their register among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found: therefore were they, as polluted, put from the priesthood.

63 And the Tirshatha' said unto them, that they should not eat of the most holy things, till there stood up a priest with Urim and with Thummim.

64 ( The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,

65 Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women.

66 Their horses were seven hundred thirty and six; their mules, two hundred forty and five;

67 Their camels, four hundred thirty and five; their asses, six thousand seven hundred and twenty.

Tirshatha was the title of the Persian Governar.

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Ahab Warned of God's Vengeance

BY FRANK DICKSEE, R. A., THE ENGLISH ARTIST,

BORN 1853.

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As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.-1. Kings, 17, 1.

"LIJAH'S appearance came at a great crisis in

Israel's history. The disaster and desolation of

the kingdom's earlier days had been temporarily stayed. Of the pretenders to the throne who fought one another in Zimri's day, one, the general Omri, had finally established himself firmly upon the throne, and restored Israel to peace and power. He reigned twelve years, built a splendid new capital, Samaria, and was succeeded by his son, King Ahab. The lives of this father and son furnish a striking parallel to those of David and Solomon. Omri won his kingdom from out a civil war, founded a great new capital, and defeated his enemies. Ahab ruled in peace and wealth, was a mighty builder, erected for himself a palace all of ivory, wedded a foreign wife and followed her in her idolatry.

This wife was Jezebel, a princess of Sidon, where Baal was worshipped. She was a resolute devotee of her own land's faith, and set herself deliberately to exterminate the worship of God in Israel. All His priests were slain. The unhappy people of Israel seemed only to have escaped the physical desolation of the earlier period, to meet moral and spiritual death. Then suddenly Elijah appeared before Ahab and Jezebel, crying to these two who were denying God, that, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth,”

there should be no rain from heaven until

Israel returned to worship Him.

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