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ness with a great voice : and he added no more. And he wrote them in two tables of stone, and delivered them unto me. And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that, ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; And he said, Be. hold, the Lord our God hath shewed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man and he liveth."-Deut. v. 1-24.
“ Zedekiab was one and twenty years old when he began to reign, and reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord his God, and humbled not himself before Jeremiah the prophet, speaking from the mouth of the Lord. And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who made hin swear by God, but he stiffened his neck, and hardened his heart, from turning unto the Lord God of Israel.
“ Moreover all the chief of the priests and the people transgressed very much, after all the abominations of the heathen, and polluted the house of the Lord, which he had hallowed in Jerusalem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers ; rising ap betimes and sending, because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place. But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his people till there was no remedy. Therefore he brought upon them the king. of the Chaldces, who slew their young men with the sword, in the house of their sanctuary and had no compassion upon young man, or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age : he gave them all into his hand. And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the king and of his prin. ces; all these he brought to Babylon. And they burned the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burned all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof with fire. And them
that bad escaped from the sword, carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons, un. til the reign of the kingdom of Persia.”—2 Chron. xxxvi. 11--20.:
“ Now in the first year of Cyrus, king of Persia, that the word of the Lord, by the mouth of Jeremiah might be ful. filled, 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, 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; 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." - Esra i. 1-3.
" And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, T'he God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, what is his name? what shall I say unto them?
"And God said unto Moses, I am that I am ; And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.” -Ex. jji. 13, 14. ::"And Moses answered and said, Bút behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice ; for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, what is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground; and he cast it on
the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from - before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine
hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand. That they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. .
.66 And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom ; and he put his hand into his bosom : and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put tbine hand into thy bo. som again : and he put his hand into his bosom again, and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turged again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sigo.
56 And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land : and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land."-Ex. ir. 1-9.
« In the seventh month, in the one and twentieth day of the month, came the word of the Lord by the prophet Hag. gai, saying, Speak now to Zerubbabel, the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua, the son of Josedech, the high priest, and to the residue of the people, saying, Who is left among you that saw this house in her first glory ? and how do you see it now? Is it not in your eyes in comparison of it as nothing ? yet now be strong o Zerubbabel, saith the Lord, and be strong, O Joshua, son of Josedech the high priest, and be strong all ye people of the land, saith the Lord, and work ; for I am with you, saith the Lord of Hosts, according to the word that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my Spirit remaineth among you : fear ye bot. For thus saith the Lord of Hosts, Yet cace, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and
the earth, and the sea, and the dry land : and I will shake • all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come, and I
will fill this house with glory saith the Lord of Hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of Hosts. The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of Hosts, and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of Hosts.
"In that day saith the Lord of Hosts, will I take thee, o Zerubbabel, my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the Lord, and will make thee as a signet; for I have chosen thee, saith the Lord of Hosts."'-Haggai ii. 1-9 and 23. ,
"This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain ? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain, and he shall bring forth the head stone thereof, with shouting, crying, Grace, grace, unto it. Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, his hands shall also finish it, and thou shalt know that the Lord of Hosts hath sent me unto you. For who hath despised the day of small things ? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hands of Zerubbabel with those seven, they are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the who!e earth."-Zechariah iv. 6--10.
"In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.??-John i. 1-5.
« And Bezaleel made the ark of shittim wood : two cu. bits and a half was the length of it, and a cubit and a half the breadth of it, and a cubit and a half the height of it: and he overlaid it with pure gold within and without, and made a crown of gold to it round about. And he cast for it four rings of gold to be set by the four corners of it : even two ringy upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it. And he made staves of shittim wood, and overlaid them with gold. And he put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, to bear the ark.” Er. xxxvii, 1--5.
5 And the Lord said unto Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again, before the testimony, to be kept for a token.”-Num. xvii. 10.
« For there was a tabernacle made ; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew-bread, which is called the sanctuary. And after the second vail, the tabernacle, which is called the holiest of all; which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant ; and over it the cherubim of glory, shadowing the mercy seat; of which we cannot now speak partic. ularly.”—Heb.ix: 2, 5.
"In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is lallen, and close up the breaches thereof, and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old."Amos ix, 11.
b And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the Lord : And I appeared unto Abraham, unto isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them.” The following particulars, relative to king Solomon's Temple, may with propriely be here introduced, and cannot be unin. Teresting to a Royal Arch Mason.
This famous fabric was situated on Mount Moriah, near the place where Abrahain was about to offer up his son Isaac, and where David met and appeased the destroying angel. It was begun in the fourth year of the reign of Solomon ; the third after the death of David ; four hundred and eighty years after the passage of the Red Sea, and on the second day of the month Zif, being the second month of the sacred year, which answers to the 21st of April, in the year of the world 2992; and was carried on with such prodigious speed, that it was finished in all its parts, in little more than seven years.
By the masonic art, and the wise regulations of Solomon, every part of the building, whether of stone, brick,