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the trouble seem little before thee that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

Ps. xxv, 14. The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Ps. Cv, 8-10. He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations: Which Covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac; And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a

Lev. xxiv, 8. Every sabbath he shall set it in order before the LORD continually, being taken from the children of Israel by an everlasting covenant.

2 Sam. xxiii, 5. Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure.

Isa. xxiv, 5. The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant.

Isa. lv, 3. Incline your ear, and law, and to Israel for an everlast-soul shall live; and I will make come unto me: hear, and your ing covenant.

Isa. Ivi, 10. For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD, that hath mercy on thee.

Jer. xxxiii, 20, 21, 25. Thus saith the LORD, If ye can break my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, and that there should not be day and night in their season; Then may also my covenant be broken with David my servant, that he should not have a son to reign upon his throne; and with the Levites the priests, my ministers. Thus saith the LORD, If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of

heaven and earth.

Ezek. xvi, 60-62. Nevertheless, I will remember my covenant with thee in the days of thy youth, and I will establish unto thee an everlasting covenant. Then thou shalt remember thy ways, and be ashamed, when thou shalt receive thy sisters, thine elder and thy younger and I will give them unto thee for daughters, but not by thy covenant. And I will establish my covenant with thee; and thou shalt know that I am the Logo.

Ezek. xx, 37. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.

AND THEREFORE IT IS CALLED AN EVERLASTING COVENANT.

Gen. ix, 16. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.

Gen. xvii, 19. . . . . . And I will establish my covenant with him Isaac] for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after nim.

an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.

in transgressing his covenant. Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, eren that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

fore the words of this covenant, Deut. xxix, 9, 25. Keep thereand do them, that ye may prosper in all that ye do. Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt.

Josh. vii, 11, 15. Israel hath gressed my covenant which I sinned, and they have also transcommanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put it even among their own stuff. And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be Heb. xiii, 20. . . . . . That great burnt with fire, he and all that he Shepherd of the sheep, through hath; because he hath transgressthe blood of the everlasting cove-ed the covenant of the LORD, and nant. because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

will make a covenant of peace Ezek. xxxvii, 26. Moreover I with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them. . . .

THE OBLIGATION OF KEEPING GOD'S COVENANT, AND DANGER OF VIOLAT

ING IT.

Gen. xvii, 9, 10, 14. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you, and thy seed after thee; Every man-child among you shall be circumcised. And the uncircumcised man-child, whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut off from his people; he hath broken my covenant.

Exod. xix, 5. Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.

Lev. xxvi, 15. And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my Covenant.

transgressed the covenant of the Josh. xxiii, 16. When ye have LORD your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and yourselves to them; then shall the served other gods, and bowed anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.

Judges ii, 20. And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel; and he said, Because that this people hath transgressed my covenant which I commanded their fathers, and have not hearkened unto my voice.

1 Kings xix, 10. And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take

it away.

2 Kings xvill, 12. Because they obeyed not the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed his covenant, and all that Moses Deut. iv, 23. Take heed unto the servant of the LORD comyourselves, lest ye forget the cove-manded, and would not hear he made with you, and make you nant of the LORD your God, which them, nor do them. a graven image, or the likeness of any thing which the LORD thy God hath forbidden thee.

Deut. xvii, 2, 5. If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God,

Ps. XXV, 10. All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto

such as keep his covenant and

his testimonies.

Ps. xliv, 17. All this is come upon us yet have we not forgotten thee, neither have we dealt falsely in thy covenant.

Ps. lv, 20. He hath put forth his

hands against such as be at peace with him; he hath broken his

covenant.

P3. lxxviii, 10, 11, 37. They kept

not the covenant of God, and refused to walk in his law; And forgat his works, and his wonders that he had shewed them. For their heart was not right with him, neither were they stedfast in his covenant.

my covenant, which have not
performed the words of the cove-
nant which they had made before
me, when they cut the calf in
twain, and passed between the
parts thereof.

Ezek. xvil, 15, 16, 19. But he re-
belled against him in sending his
ambassadors into Egypt, that they
might give him horses and much
people: shall he prosper? shall he

Josh. xxiv, 25. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

2 Kings xl, 17. And Jehoiada made a covenant between the LORD and the king and the people, that they should be the LORD'S people; between the king also and the people.

2 Kings xxiii, 3. And the king

Ps. cíli, 18. To such as keep his escape that doeth such thingst or stood by a pillar, and made a

covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do

them.

Prov. ii, 17. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.

Isa. xxxiii, 8. The highways lie waste, the wayfaring man ceaseth; he hath broken the covenant, he hath despised the cities, he regardeth no man.

Isa. 1vi, 4-7. For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose

the

things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Even unto them will I give in mine house, and within my walls, a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it,

and taketh hold of my covenant;

Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt-offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar: for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

Jer. xi, 3. And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this

covenant.

Jer. xiv, 21. Do not abhor us, for thy name's sake; do not disgrace the throne of thy glory: remember, break not thy covenant with

us.

Jer. xxii, 9. Then they shall answer, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the LORD their God, and worshipped other gods, and served them.

Jer. xxxi, 32. Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers, in the day that I took them by the hand, to bring them out of the land of Egypt: (which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD.)

Jer. xxxiv, 18. And I will give the men that have transgressed

shall he break the covenant, and
be delivered? As I live, saith the
Lord GOD, surely in the place
where the king dwelleth that made

him king, whose oath he despised,
and whose covenant he brake,
even with him in the midst of
Babylon he shall die. Therefore
thus saith the Lord GOD, As I live.
surely mine oath that he hath
despised, and my covenant that
he hath broken, even it will I re-
compense upon his own head.

Dan. xi, 28, 30, 32. Then shall
he return into his land with great
riches: and his heart shall be
against the holy covenant; and he
shall do exploits, and return to
his own land. For the ships of
Chittim shall come against him;
therefore he shall be grieved, and
return, and

have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

Rom. i, 31. Without understanding. covenant-breakers, without natural affection, implacable, un

merciful.

MAN MAKING COVENANT

WITH GOD.

covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies and his statutes with all their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the cove

nant.

2 Chron. XV, 12. And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul.

2 Chron. xxiii, 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.

2 Chron. xxix, 10. Now it is in mine heart to make a covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.

2 Chron. xxxiv, 31, 32. And the king stood in his place, and made a covenant before the LORD, to walk after the LORD, and to keep his commandments, and his testimonies, and his statutes, with all his heart, and with all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant which are written in this book. And he caused all that were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand to it. And the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers.

Neh. ix, 38. And because of all this we make a sure covenant, and write it; and our princes, Levites, and priests, seal unto it.

THE NEW COVENANT. Isa. ix, 21. As for me, this is LORD; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for

Deut. xxix, 10-15. Ye stand this day all of you before the LORD your God; your captains of your tribes, your elders, and your officers, with all the men of Israel, Your little ones, your wives, and thy stranger that is in thy camp, from the hewer of thy wood unto the drawer of thy water; That thou shouldest enter into cove-my covenant with them, saith the nant with the LORD thy God, and into his oath, which the LORD thy God maketh with thee this day: That he may establish thee to-day for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto thee a God, as he hath said unto thee, and as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day.

ever.

Jer. xxxi, 31-33. Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah; Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took

them by the hand to bring them
out of the land of Egypt;
But this shall be the covenant that
I will make with the house of
Israel; After those days, saith the
LORD, I will put my law in their
inward parts, and write it in their
hearts; and will be their God,
and they shall be my people.

Jer. xxxii, 40. And I will make an everlasting Covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts,

that they shall not depart from

ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first corenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For, finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: Not according their fathers in the day when I to the covenant that I made with took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; Ezek. xvi, 8. Now, when I pass- covenant, and I regarded them because they continued not in my ed by thee, and looked upon thee, not, saith the Lord. For this is behold, thy time was the time of the covenant that I will make love, and I spread my skirt over with the house of Israel after thee, and covered thy nakedness: those days, saith the Lord; I will yea, I sware unto thee, and enter-put my laws into their mind, and ed into a covenant with thee, write them in their hearts; and I saith the Lord GOD, and thou be- will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. which decayeth and waxeth old is Now that ready to vanish away.

me.

camest mine.

Gal. iii, 17, 18. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

Gal. iv, 24, 25. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.

Heb. viii, 6-10, 13. But now hath be obtained a more excellent

Ghost also is a witness to us: for
Heb. x, 15, 16. Whereof the Holy
after that he had said before, This
is the covenant that I will make
with them after those days, saith
their hearts, and in their minds
the Lord; I will put my laws into
will I write them.

WONDERFUL COVENANTS.

Job v, 23. For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.

Hosea ii, 18. And in that day will I make a covenant for them 141

with the beasts of the field, and
with the fowls of heaven, and with
the creeping things
ground.
of the

RUINOUS COVENANTS. have said, We have made a coveIsa. xxviii, 15, 18, 19. Because ye nant with death, and with hell are flowing scourge shall pass through, we at agreement; when the overit shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and selves. And your covenant with under falsehood have we hid ourdeath shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand;

when the overflowing From the time that it goeth forth it Scourge shall pass through, then shall take you: for morning by ye shall be trodden down by it. morning shall it pass over, by day and by night; and it shall be a vexation only to understand the

report.

JEWS FORBIDDEN TO MAKE
COVENANTS WITH HEATH-
EN NATIONS.

Exod. xxiii, 32. Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods.

thy God shall deliver them before Deut. vii, 2. And when the LORD thee, thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them.

Hosea xii, 1. Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies a covenant with the Assyrians, and desolation; and they do make and oil is carried into Egypt.

HUNGER

Gen. xxv, 30. And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name

called Edom.

DIET AND DRESS.

days with the disciples which were at Damascus.

Acts, xxvii, 33, 34. And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, This day is the fourteenth 1 Sam. xiv, 30. How much more, day that ye have tarried, and conif haply the people had eaten tinued fasting, having taken freely to-day of the spoil of their nothing. Wherefore I pray you enemies which they found? for to take some meat; for this is for had there not been now a much your health: for there shall not an greater slaughter among the Phi-hair fall from the head of any of listines?

1 Sam. xxx, 11, 12. And they found an Egyptian in the field, and brought him to David, and gave him bread, and he did eat; and they made him drink water; And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

Matt. iv, 3, 4. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said. It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Mark vili, 1-4. In those days, the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat. Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat; And if I send them away fasting to their own houses, they will faint by the way: for divers of them came from far. And his disciples answered him, Fromwhence can a man satisfy these men with bread here in the wilderness?

Luke iv, 2-4. Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it

be made bread. And Jesus

answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word

of God.

Acts, ix, 19. And when he had received meat, he was strengthened. Then was Saul certain

you.

(See under Body, APPETITE.)

VOLUNTARY ABSTINENCE

FROM FOOD.

Gen. xxiv, 33. And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.

1 Sam. 1, 7. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her: therefore she wept, and did not eat.

1 Sam. ix, 13. As soon as ye be come into the city, ye shall straightway find him, before he go up to the high place to eat: for the people will not eat until he come, because he doth bless the sacrifice; and afterwards they eat that be bidden. Now therefore get you up; for about this time ye shall

find him.

1 Sam. xxviii, 20-23. Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel; and there was no strength in him; for he had eaten no bread all the day, nor all the night. And the woman came unto Saul, and saw that he was sore troubled, and said unto him, Behold, thine handmaid bath obeyed thy voice, and I have put my life in my hand, and have hearkened unto thy words which thou spakest unto me: Now therefore, I pray thee, hearken thou also unto the voice of thine handmaid, and let me set a morsel of bread before thee; and eat, that thou mayest have strength when thou goest on thy way. But he refused, and said, I will not eat. But his servants, together with the woman, compelled him; and he hearkened unto their voice: so he arose from the earth, and sat upon the bed.

2 Sam. xii, 17, 20. And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth; but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and, when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.

1 Kings xiii, 7-9, 15-17. And the king said unto the man of God, Come home with me, and refresh thyself, and I will give thee a reward. And the man of God said unto the king, If thou wilt give me half thine house, I will not go in with thee, neither will I eat bread nor drink water in this place: For so was it charged mo by the word of the LORD, saying, Eat no bread, nor drink water, nor turn again by the same way that thou camest. Then he said unto

him, Come home with me, and eat

bread. And he said, I may not return with thee, nor go in with thee; neither will I eat bread nor drink water with thee in this place. For it was said to me by the word of the LORD, Thou shalt eat no bread nor drink water there, nor turn again to go by the way that thou camest.

1 Kings xxi, 4. ... [And Ahab] laid him down upon his bed, and turned away his face, and would eat no bread.

FASTING IN CONNECTION

WITH RELIGION.
THE RIGHT SPIRIT TO
FAST IN.

Isa. Ivili, 3-8. Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours. Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high. Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him' wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? IS

not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily; and thy righeousness shall go before thee: the glory of the LORD shall be thy rere-ward.

Jer. xiv, 12. When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt-offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence.

Zech. vii, 5. Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, eren to me?

Zech. viii, 19. Thus saith the LORD of hosts, The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peaco.

Matt. vi, 16-18. Moreover, when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face, That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Mark ii, 18-20. And the disciples of John and of the Pharisees used to fast: and they come and say unto him, Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but thy disciples fast not? And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bride-chamber fast while the bridegroom is with them? as long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.

FASTS BY DIVINE AUTHORITY.

Joel 1, 14. Sanctify ye a fast, call a solemn assembly, gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the

land into the house of the LORD Jonah ill, 5-8. So the people of your God, and cry unto the LORD. Nineveh believed God, and proclaimed a fast,and put on sackcloth, Joel ii. 12. 15, 16. Therefore also from the greatest of them even to now, saith the LORD, Turn ye even the least of them. For word camo to me with all your heart, and unto the king of Nineveh; and ho with fasting, and with weeping, arose from his throne, and he laid and with mourning. Blow the his robe from him, and covered trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, him with sackcloth, and sat in call a solemn assembly: Gather ashes. And he caused it to be the people, sanctify the congrega-proclaimed and published through tion, assemble the elders, gather Nineveh by the decree of the the children, and those that suck king and his nobles, saying, Let the breasts: let the bridegroom go neither man nor beast, herd nor forth of his chamber, and the bride flock, taste any thing: let them not out of her closet. feed, nor drink water: But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God; yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands.

OTHER FASTS, PRIVATE

AND PUBLIC.

ed a fast, and set Naboth on high

1 Kings xxi, 12. They proclaim

among the people.

2 Chron. xx. 3. And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Ezra viii, 21,23. Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river of Ahava, that we might afflict ourselves before our God, to seek of him a

right way for us, and for our little ones, and for all our substance. So we fasted, and besought our God for this; and he

was entreated of us.

Ezra, x, 6. Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and

went into the chamber of Johanan

the son of Eliashib; and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the trangression of them that had been carried away.

bread, neither came flesh nor wino

Dan. x, 3. I ate no pleasant

in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

EXTRAORDINARY FASTS.

Deut. ix, 9,18. When I was gono up into the mount, to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD

made with you, then I abode in the mount forty days and forty nights; I neither did eat bread nor drink water. And I fell down before the LORD, as at the first, forty neither eat bread nor drink water, days and forty nights: I did because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the LORD, to provoke him

to anger.

of the LORD came again the second 1 Kings xix, 7, 8. And the angel time, and touched him, and said, Neh. 1, 4. And it came to pass, Arise and eat; because the jourwhen I heard these words, that Iney is too great for thee. And he sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven.

Esther iv, 15-17. Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer; Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish. So Mordecai went his way, and did according to all that Esther had commanded him.

arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto

Horeb the mount of God.

had fasted forty days and forty Matth. iv, 2. And when [Jesus] nights, he was afterward an hungered.

FOOD, THE GIFT OF GOD.

her daughters-in-law, that sho Ruth. i, 6. Then she arose with might return from the country of

Moab: for she had heard in tho country of Moab how that the LORD had visited his people, in giving them bread.

Jer. xxxvi, 9. And it came to Job. xxviii, 5. As for the earth pass in the fifth year of Jehoia-out of it cometh bread; and under kim the son of Josiah king of it is turned up as it were fire. Judah, in the ninth month, that they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people that came from the cities of Judah unto Jerusalem.

Ps. civ, 14, 15, 27. He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; And wine that

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