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THE MUSTER.

UNDER MOSES.

Num, xxxi, 1-5. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianives: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people. And Moses spake unto the people, Baying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD of Midian. tribe a thousand, throughout all Of every the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.

UNDER EHUD.

Judges iii, 27. And it came to pass, when he was come, that he Hew a trumpet in the mountain of Ephraim, and the children of brael went down with him from the mount, and he before them.

UNDER GIDEON.

Judges vi, 35. And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; who also was gathered after him: and he sent messengers Asher, and unto Zebulun, and ununto to Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

Judges vii, 1-4, 6-8. Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and pitched beside the well of Harod: so that the host of the Midianites were on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianles into their hands, lest Israel Vaut themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me. Now therefore go to, proclaim in the ears of the people, Lying. Whosoever is fearful and afraid, let him return and depart rly from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand. And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. And the

ARMY-ARMS.

Inumber of them that lapped,, putting their hand to their mouth, the rest of the people bowed down were three hundred men: but all upon their knees to drink water. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the other people go every man unto his place. So the people took victuals in their sent all the rest of Israel every hand, and their trumpets: and he man unto his tent, and retained those three hundred men: and the host of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

BY COMMAND OF THE

STATES' GENERAL.
Judges xx, 1, 2, 8-11, 15. 17. Then
all the children of Israel went out,
and the congregation was gather
ed together as one man, from Dan
even to Beer-sheba, with the land
of Gilead, unto the LORD in Miz-
peh. And the chief of all the
people, even of all the tribes of
Israel, presented themselves in
the assembly of the people of God,
four hundred thousand footmen
people arose as one man, saying,
that drew sword. And all the
We will not any of us go to his
tent, neither will we any of us
turn into his house. But now this
shall be the thing which we will
do to Gibeah; we will go up by lot
against it; And we will take ten
men of an hundred throughout all
the tribes of Israel, and an hun-
dred of a thousand, and a thou-
sand out of ten thousand, to fetch
victuals for the people, that they
may do, when they come to
Gibeah of Benjamin, according to
all the folly that they have
wrought in Israel. So all the
men of Israel were gathered
against the city, knit together as
one man. And the children of
Benjamin were numbered at that
time out of the cities twenty and
six thousand men that drew sword,
beside the inhabitants of Gibeah,
which were numbered seven hun-
dred chosen men. And the men

of Israel, beside Benjamin, were
numbered four hundred thousand
men that drew sword: all these
were men of war.

And they

Judges xxi, 8-10.
said, What one is there of the
tribes of Israel that came not up
to Mizpeh to the LORD? And, be-
hold, there came none to the
camp from Jabesh-gilead to the

assembly. For the people were numbered, and, behold, there were gilead there. And the congreganone of the inhabitants of Jabeshtion sent thither twelve thousand men of the valiantest, and commanded them, saying, Go and sinite the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the children.

messengers to Gibeah of Saul, and 1 Sam. xi, 4-8. Then came the told the tidings in the ears of the people: and all the people lifted up their voices, and wept. And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. And the spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. And he took a yoke of oxen, and them throughout all the coasts of hewed them in pieces, and sent Israel by the hands of messengers saying, Whosoever cometh not forth after Saul and after Samuel,

UNDER THE KINGS.

so shall it be done unto his oxen. with one consent. And when he And the fear of the LORD fell on the people, and they came out numbered them in Bezek, the children of Israel were three hundred thousand, and the men of Judah thirty thousand.

are the numbers of the bands thuit 1 Chron. xii, 23-39. And these were ready armed to the war, and came to David to Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, acThe children of Judah that bare cording to the word of the LORD. shield and spear were six thousand and eight hundred, ready armed to the war. Of the children of Simeon, mighty men of valour for the war, seven thousand and one hundred. Of the children of Levi four thousand and six hundred. And Jehoiada was the leader of the Aaronites, and with him were three thousand and seven hundred; And Zadok, a young man, house twenty and two captains. mighty of valour, and of his father's And of the children of Benjamin, the kindred of Saul, three thousand: for hitherto the greatest the house of Saul. part of them had kept the ward of children of Ephraim twenty thouAnd of the sand and eight hundred, mighty men of valour, famous throughout the house of their fathers. And

the tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skilful in war, were four and forty thousand seven hundred and threescore, that went out to the

war.

of the half tribe of Manasseh | Reuben, and the Gadites, and half | Ismaiah the Gibeonite, a mighty cighteen thousand, which were expressed by name, to come and mike David king. And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren OTHER INSTANCES. arere at their commandment. Of Gen. xiv, 14. And when Abram Zebulun, such as went forth to heard that his brother was taken battle, expert in war, with all in-captive, he armed his trained struments of war, fifty thousand, servants, born in his own house, which could keep rank: they were three hundred and eighteen, and not of double heart. And of pursued them unto Dan. Naphtali a thousand captains, and with them with shield and spear thirty and seven thousand. And of the Danites expert in war twenty and eight thousand and six hundred. And of Asher, such

as went forth to battle, expert in war, forty thousand. And on the

other side of Jordan, of the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and of the half tribe of Manasseh, with all manner of instruments of war for the battle, an hundred and twenty thousand. All these men of war, that could keep rank, came with a perfect heart to Hebron, to make David king over all Israel: and all the rest also of Israel were of one heart to make David king. And there they were with David three days, eating and drinking: for their brethren had prepared for them.

1 Sam. xv, 4, 5. And Saul gathered the people together, and numbered them in Telaim, two hundred thousand footmen, and ten thousand men of Judah. And Saul came to a city of Amalek, and laid wait in the valley.

1 Kin. xii, 21. And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he assembled all the house of Judah, with the tribe of Benjamin, an hundred and fourscore thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against the house of Israel, to bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam the son of Solomon.

1 Kin. xx, 13-15. And, behold, there came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou scen all this great multitude? behold, I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the

LORD. And Ahab said, By whom? And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Even by the young men of the princes of the provinces. Then he said, Who shall order the battle? And he answered, Thou. Then he numbered the young men of the princes of the provinces, and they were two hundred and thirty two: and after them he numbered all the people, even all the children of Israel, being seven

dren of Reuben, and the children
Josh. iv, 12, 13. And the chil-
of Gad, and half the tribe of Ma-
nasseh, passed over armed before
the children of Israel, as Moses
About forty
spake unto them:
thousand prepared for war passed
over before the LORD unto battle,
to the plains of Jericho.

Judges ix, 4. And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Baalberith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons,

which followed him.

Judges xviii, 11. And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war.

1 Sam. xvii, 13, 14. And the three eldest sons of Jesse went

and followed Saul to the battle: and the names of his three sons that went to the battle were Eliab the firstborn, and next unto him Abinadab, and the third Shammah. And David was the youngest: and the three eldest followed Saul.

1 Sam. xxll, 2. And every one that was in distress and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.

2 Sam. xv. 11. And with Absalom went two hundred men out of Jerusalem, that were called; and they went in their simplicity, and they know not any thing.

1 Chron. xii, 1-22. Now these Ziklag, while he yet kept himself are they that came to David to close because of Saul the son of Kish: and they were among the They were armed with bows, and mighty men, helpers of the war. the left in hurling stones and could use both the right hand and shooting arrows out of a bow, even The chief cas Ahiezer, then Joash, of Saul's brethren of Benjamin. ite; and Jezicl, and Pelet, the the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathsons of Azmaveth; and Berachah, 1 Chron. v, 18. The sons of and Jehu the Antothite, And

thousand.

could handle shield and buckler,

Ezer

man among the thirty, and over the thirty; and Jeremiah, and Jahaziel, and Johanan, and Josabad the Gederathite, Eluzai, and Jerimoth, and Beallah, and She. mariah, and Shephatiah the Har uphite. Elkanah, and Jesiah, and Azarɛel, and Joezer, and Jashobeam, the Korhites, And Joelah, and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor. And of the Gadites there separated themselves unto David into the hold to the wilderness men of might, and men whose faces were like the faces of of war fit for the battle, that lions, and were as swift as the roes upon the mountains; the first, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh. Jo hanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, Jeremiah the tenth, Machbanai the eleventh. These were of the sons of Gad, captains of the host: one of the least us over a hundred, and the greatest over a thousand. These are they that went over Jordan in the first month, when it had overflown all his banks; and they put to flight all them of the valleys, both toward the cast, and toward the west. And there came of the children of Benjamin and Judah And David went out to meet them, to the hold unto David. and answered and said unto them, If ye be come peaceably shall be knit unto you: but if ge unto me to help me, mine heart be come to betray me to mine enemies, seeing there is no wrong in mine hands, the God of our fathers look thereon, and rebuke it.

Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are re, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band. And there fell some of Manasseh to David, when he came with the Philistines against Saul to battle: but they helped them not; for the lords of the Philistines upon adHe will fall to his master Saul to visement sent him away, saying, the jeopardy of our heads. As be went to Ziklag, there fell to him and Jediael, and Michael, and of Manasseh, Adnah, and Jozabad, captains of the thousands that Jozabad, and Elihu, and Zilthai, were of Manasseh. of the rovers: for they were all helped David against the band captains in the host. mighty men of valour, and were For at that time day by day there came to David to help him, until

And they

#s a great host, like the host

of God.

2 Chron. xiii, 3. And Abijah set the battle in array with an army of valiant men of war, eren four Lundred thousand chosen men: Jeroboam also set the battle in array against him with eight hundred thousand chosen men, being mighty men of valour.

STANDING ARMY.
BEGUN BY SAUL.

1 Sam. xiii. 1, 2. Saul reigned one year, and when he had reigned two years over Israel, Saul chose him three thousand men of Israel; whereof two thousand were with Sanl in Michmash and in mount Beth-el, and a thousand were with Jonathan in Gibeah of Benjamin: and the rest of the people he sent every man to his tent.

1 Sam. xiv, 52. And there was sore war against the Philistines all the days of Saul: and when Sanl saw any strong man, or any valiant man, he took him unto him.

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2 Sam. xx, 23. Now Joab was over all the host of Israel: and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was Over the Cherethites and over the Pelethites.

2 Sam. xxiv, 1-9. And again the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. For the king said to Joab the captain of the host, which was with him, Go now through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan even to Beersheba, and number ye the people, that I may know the number of the people. And Joab said unto the king, Now the LORD thy God add unto the people, how many soever they be, an hundred-fold, and that the eyes of my lord the king may see it: but why doth my lord the king delight in this thing? Notwithstanding the king's word revailed against Joab, and against the captains of the host. And Joab and the captains of the host Went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel. And they passed over Jordan, and pitched in Aroer, on the right side of the city that lieth in the midst of the river of Gad, and toward Jazer: Then they came to Gilead, and to the land of Tahtimhodshi; and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon, And came to the strong hold of Tyre,

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and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beer-sheba. So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. And Joab gave up the sum of the number of the people unto the king: and there were in Israel eight hundred thousand valiant men that drew the sword; and the men of Judah were five hundred thousand men.

1 Chron. xviii, 17. And Benalah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about the king.

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2 Chron. xvii, 13-19. And he [Jehoshaphat] had much business in the cities of Judah: and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem. And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thonsands; Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three hundred thousand. And next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and with him two hundred and fourscore thousand. And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour. And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand. And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.

war. These

2 Chron. xxv, 5, 6. Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield. He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

2 Chron. xxvi, 11-13. Moreover

Uzziah had an host of fighting men, that went out to war by bands, according to the number of their account by the hand of Jeiel the scribe and Maaseiah the ruler, under the hand of Hananiah, one of the king's captains. The whole number of the chief of the fathers of the mighty men of valour were two thousand and six hundred. And under their hand was an army, three hundred thousand and seven thousand and five hundred, that made war with mighty power, to help the king against the enemy.

FOREIGN ARMIES.

Exod. xiv, 8, 9. And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and

the children of Israel went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth, before Baal-zephon.

Judges vii, 12. And the Midianites, and the Amalekites, and all the children of the east, lay along in the valley like grasshoppers for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand by the sea-side for multitude.

1 Sam. xiii, 5. And the Philistines gathered themselves together to fight with Israel, thirty thousand chariots, and six thousand horsemen, and people as the sand which is on the sea shore in multitude: and they came up, and pitched in Michmash, eastward from Beth-aven.

1 Sam. xvii, 21. For Israel and the Philistines had put the battle in array, army against army.

1 Kings xx, 1. 27. And Benhadad the king of Syria gathered all his host together: and there were thirty and two kings with him, and horses, and chariots: and he went up and besieged Samaria, and warred against it. And the children of Israel were numbered, and were all present, and went against them: but the

Syrians filled the country.

2 Kings iii, 21. And when all the Moabites heard that the kings were come up to fight against them, they gathered all that were able to put on armour, and upward and stood in the border.

2 Kings xxiii, 29. In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates: and king Josiah went against him; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen him.

2 Kings xxiv, 2. And the LORD sent against him bands of the

Chaldees, and bands of the after certain years with a great
Syrians, and bands of the Moab-army and with much riches. And
ites, and bands of the children of he shall stir up his power and his
Ammon, and sent them against courage against the king of the
Judah to destroy it, according to south with a great army, and the
the word of the LORD, which he king of the south shall be stirred
spake by his servants the pro- up to battle with a very great
phets.
and mighty army; but he shall
devices against him.
not stand: for they shall forecast

2 Chron. xil, 2, 3. And it came to pass, that in the fifth year of king Rehoboam Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem, because they had transgressed against the LORD. With twelve hundred chariots, and threescore thousand horsemen: and the people were without number that came with him out of Egypt: the Lubims, the Sukkiims, and the Ethiopians.

2 Chron. xiv, 9. And there came out against them Zerah the Ethiopian with an host of a thousand thousand, and three hundred charlots; and came unto Mare

shah.

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Jer. 1, 41. Behold, a people shall come from the north, and a great nation, and many kings shall be raised up from the coasts of the earth.

Acts xxiii, 23. And he called unto him two centurions, saying, Make ready two hundred soldiers to go to Cæsarea, and horsemen threescore and ten, and spearmen two hundred, at the third hour of the night.

Ezek. xxxviii, 9. Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee.

Joel i, 6. For a nation is come up upon my land, strong, and without number.

Rev. ix, 16. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.

ALLIED ARMIES.

Joshua x, 1, 3-5. Now it came to pass, when Adoni-zedec king of Jerusalem had heard how Joshua had taken Ai, and had utterly destroyed it; as he had done to Jericho and her king, so he had done to Ai and her king, and how the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Israel and were among them: Wherefore Adonizedec king of Jerusalem sent unto Hoham king of Hebron, and unto Piram king of Jarmuth, and unto Japhia king of Lachish, and unto Debir king of Eglon, saying, Come up unto me, and help me, that we may smite Gibeon: for it hath made peace with Joshua and with the children of Israel. Therefore the five kings of the Amorites, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon, gathered themselves together, and went up, they and all their hosts, and encamped before Gibeon, and made war against it.

Joshua xi, 1-5. And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph, And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west, And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh. And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

Dan. xi, 10-13, 25. But his sons shall be stirred up, and shall assemble a multitude of great forces: and one shall certainly come, and overflow, and pass through: then shall he return, and be stirred up, even to his fortress. And the king of the south shall be moved with choler, and shall come forth and fight with him, even with the king of the north: and he shall set forth a great multitude; but the multitude shall be given into his hand. And when he hath taken away the multitude, his heart shall be lifted up; and he shall cast down many ten thonsands: but he shall not be strength-at ened by it. For the king of the north shall return, and shall set forth a multitude greater than the former, and shall certainly come

Judges i, 3. And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we

may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.

2 Sam. x, 6, 15, 16, 19. And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank before David, the childred of Ammon sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zoba, twenty thousand footmen, and of king Maacah a thousand men, and of Ish-tob twelve thousand men. And when the Syrians saw that they were smitten before Israel, they gather ed themselves together. And Hadarezer sent, and brought out the Syrians that were beyond the river: and they came to Helam; host of Hadarezer went before and Shobach the captain of the them. And when all the kings that were servants to Hadarezer saw that they were smitten before Israel, and served them. So the Israel, they made peace with Syrians feared to help the children of Ammon any more.

1 Kings xv, 20. So Ben-hadad hearkened unto king Asa, and sent the captains of the hosts which he had against the cities of Israel, and smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-beth-maachah, and all Cinneroth, with all the land of Naphtali.

1 Kings xxii, 1-4. And they continned three years without war between Syria and Israel. And it came to pass in the third year, that Jehoshaphat the king of Judah came down to the king of Israel. And the king of Israel said unto his servants, Know ye that Ramoth in Gilead is our's, and we be still, and take it not out of the hand of the king of Syria? And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilead? Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my peo ple as thy people, my horses as thy horses.

And

2 Kings xvi, 9. And the king of Assyria hearkened unto him: for the king of Assyria went up against Damascus, and took it, and carried the people of it captive to Kir, and slew Rezin.

2 Kings xviii, 19-21. And Rabshakeh said unto them, Speak ye now to Hezekiah. Thus saith the great king, the king of Assyria, What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? Thou sayest, (but they are but vain words.) I have counsel and strength for the war. Now on whom dost thou trust, that thou rebellest against me? Now, behold, thou trustest upon the staff of this bruised reed, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh king of Egypt unto all that trust on him.

1 Chron. xix, 6, 7. And when the children of Ammon saw that they had made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of

Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia, and out of Syria-maachah, and out of Zobah. So they hired thirty and two thousand chariots,

mon, and with them other beside
the Ammonites, came against Je-
hoshaphat to battle.

2 Chron. xxii, 5. He walked also
after their counsel, and went with
Jehoram the son of Ahab king of
Israel to war against Hazael King
of Syria at Ramoth-gilead: and the
Syrians smote Joram.

2 Chron. xxviii, 16. 20. At that

the upper pool in the highway of
the fuller's field; And say unto
him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear
not, neither be faint-hearted for
the two tails of these smoking
firebrands, for the fierce anger of
Rezin with Syria, and of the son
of Remaliah.
Because Syria,
Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah,
have taken evil counsel against

and the king of Maachah and his time did king Ahaz send unto the thee, saying, Let us go up against

people; who came and pitched before Medeba. And the children

of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and

came to battle.

2 Chron. xvi, 2-9. Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of the Loan and of the king's house, and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria, that dwelt at Damascus, saying, There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold, I have sent thee silver and gold; go, break thy league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me. And Ben-hadad hearkened

kings of Assyria to help him. And
Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria
came unto him, and distressed
him, but strengthened him not.

thou silence, O God: hold not thy Ps. lxxxiii, 1-12, 15-18. Keep not peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a have lifted up the head. They tumult, and they that hate thee have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. For they have conunto king Asa, and sent the cap- they sulted together with one consent: tains of his armies against the thee: The tabernacles of Edom, aro confederate against cities of Israel; and they smote and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and ljon, and Dan, and Abelmaim, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Amall the store cities of Naphtali. mon, and Amalek; the Philistines And it came to pass, when Baasha heard it, that he left off building Assur also is joined with them: with the inhabitants of Tyre; of Ramah, and let his work cease. they have holpen the children of Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones Lot. Selah. Do unto them as of Ramah, and the timber thereof, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison: unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, wherewith Baasha was building Which perished at En-dor: they and he built therewith Geba and became as dung for the earth. Mizpah. And at that time Han- Make their nobles like Oreb, and ani the seer came to Asa king of like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Judah, and said unto him, Be-Zebah, and as Zalmunna: Who cause thou hast relied on the said, Let us take to ourselves the king of Syria, and not relied on houses of God in possession. So the LORD thy God, therefore is the host of the king of Syria and make them afraid with thy persecute them with thy tempest, escaped out of thine hand. Were not the Ethiopians and the Lu-shame; that they may seek thy storm. Fill their faces with bims a huge host, with very many name, O LORD. Let them be conchariots and horsemen? yet, be-founded and troubled for ever; cause thou didst rely on LORD, he delivered them into thine hand. For the eyes of the LOED run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly; therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

the

yea, let them be put to shame,
that thou, whose name alone is
and perish: That men may know
JEHOVAH, art the most high

over all the earth.

Isa. vii, 1-9. And it came to pass in the days of Ahaz the son of Jotham, the son of Uzziah, king of Judah, that Rezin the

2 Chron. xviii, 1, 3. Now Jeho-king of Syria, and Pekah the son shaphat had riches and honour in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab. And Ahab king of Israel aid unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will

of Remaliah, king of Israel, went up toward Jerusalem to war against it, but could not prevail against it. And it was told the confederate with Ephraim. And house of David, saying, Syria is his heart was moved, and the heart of his people, as the trees of the wood are moved with the wind. Then said the LORD unto 2 Chron. xx, 1. It came to pass Isaiah, Go forth now to meet after this also, that the children Ahaz, thou, and Shear-jashub thy of Moab, and the children of Am-son, at the end of the conduit of

be with thee in the war.

Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and

set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, the head of Syria is Damascus, neither shall it come to pass. For and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and broken, that it be not a people. five years shall Ephraim be And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah's son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established.

selves, O ye people, and ye shall Isa. viii, 9-12. Associate yourbe broken in pieces; and give ear selves, and ye shall be broken in all ye of far countries: gird yourpieces; gird yourselves, and ye shall be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, and it shall and it shall not stand: for God is come to nought; speak the word, with us.

For the LORD spake thus to me with a strong hand, not walk in the way of this peoand instructed me that I should ple, saying, Say ye not, A confederacy, to all them to whom this people shall say, A confederacy; neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid.

surely gather together, but not by Isa. liv, 15. Behold, they shall gether against thee shall fall for me: whosoever shall gather tothy sake.

THE LEAGUE WITH THE CUNNING GIBEONITES. pass, when all the kings which Josh. ix, 1-27. And it came to were on this side Jordan, in the hills, and in the valleys, and in all the coasts of the great sea over against Lebanon, the Hittite, and the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite, heard thereof; That they gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord. And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what to Ai, They did work wilily, and Joshua had done unto Jericho and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up; And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and the bread of

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