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SECOND CHRONICLES XXIV-JOASH AND JEHOIADA

16 | And Jehoiada made a covenant between him, and between all the people, and between the king, that they should be the Lord's people.

17 Then all the people went to the house of Baal, and brake it down, and brake his altars and his images in pieces and slew Mattan the priest of Baal before the altars.

18 Also Jehoiada appointed the offices of the house of the LORD by the hand of the priests the Levites, whom David had distributed in the house of the Lord, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, as it was ordained by David.

19 And he set the porters at the gates of the house of the LORD, that none which was unclean in any thing should enter in.

20 And he took the captains of hundreds, and the nobles, and the governors of the people, and all the people of the land, and brought lown the king from the house of the LORD: and they came through the high gate into the king's house, and set the king upon the throne of the kingdom.

21 And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after that they had slain Athaliah with the sword.

Chapter 24

1 Joash reigneth well all the days of Jehoiada. 4 He giveth order for the repair of the temple.

15 Jehoiada's death and honourable burial. 17 Joash, falling to idolatry, slayeth Zechariah the son of Jehoiada. 23 Joach is spoiled by the Syrians, and slain by Zabad and Jehozabad. 27 Amaziah succeedeth him.

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FOASH was seven years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name also

was Zibiah of Beer-sheba. 2 And Joash did that which was right in the sight of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest.

3 And Jehoiada took for him two wives; and he begat daughters.

4 | And it came to pass after this, that Joash was minded to repair the house of the LORD.

5 And he gathered together the priests and the Levites, and said to them, Go out unto the cities of Judah, and gather of all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that ye hasten the matter. Howbeit the Levites hastened it

not.

6 And the king called for Jehoiada the chief, and said unto him, Why hast thou not required of the Levites to bring in out of Judah and out of Jerusalem the collection, according to the commandment of Moses the servant of the LORD, and of the congregation of Israel, for the tabernacle of witness ?

7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken up

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The Queen of Sheba Welcomed

BY A CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN ARTIST.

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And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions.-1. Kings, 10, 1.

\HE wealth and splendor of Solomon's court drew

upon him the attention not only of his own peopie,

but of all the East. The legends of both Asia and Africa are rich with tales of him. According to these he was the chosen friend of God, the winds of the earth obeyed him, and vast evil spirits, called genii, were under his dominion. He had a ring engraved with the seal of omnipotence, which compelled all the forces of nature to submit to his will. The winds transported him and his court from place to place in an instant; the genii toiled at his huge buildings.

None of these fantastic extravagances is mentioned in the Bible; but a brief account is given of the visit of the Queen of Sheba, which has been seized upon and magnified with a thousand fanciful details. Who this queen really was, we do not know, except that she must have been a most important sovereign, since such significance is attached to her coming to Solomon, more even than to his wedding of Pharaoh's daughter. She came “with a very great company, and camels that bare spices and gold in abundance, and precious stones.” It has been thought that Sheba means the southern coast of Arabia; and the Arabs call the great queen, Balkis; but the Africans claim her as an Ethiopian named Nikaule or Nitokris, and the kings of Abyssinia to-day claim descent

from her and Solomon.

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