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Sect. LXX, The Temple at Jerusalem finished and ded ,

cated. - • - • ! page 235

Sect. LXXI. King Ahasuerus makes a royal feast. Vashti

his queen divorced for disobeying his conimand. - 241

Sect. LXXII. Esther, the niece of Mordecai the Jew, made ..

queen in the room of Vashti. ... • 245

Sect. LXXIII. Mordecai discovers a conspiracy, and certifies

it to the king by Esther. Haman advanced to great dig-

nity. He seeks to destroy all the Jews in Persia, and

obtains the king's decree for a general massacre. 247

Sect. LXXIV. Mordecai's distress. He applies to Esther to

speak to the king in favour of the Jews. - 2.52

Sect. LXXV. Esther goes into the presence of the king. He

promises to grant her petition. - - - 257

Sect. LXXVI. Haman erécts a gallows for Mordecai... 260

Sect. LXXVII. The king is providentially reminded of Morm.

decai's services. He commands Haman to do him
honour publicly. Esther petitions the king for her na-
tion. In nan is hanged on his own gallows, and Mor-

decai proinoted.

- - 262

Sect. LXXVIII. The king's letter to reverse the sentence

against the Jews. Great rejoicings. - - 266

Sect. LXXIX. The Jews slay their enemies. Haman's sons

hanged. Mordecai's further advancement. .. 269

Sect. LXXX. Artaxerxes sends Ezra to Jerusalem with a de

cree, and returns the sacred vessels which remained in

Persia. - - - - - - 279

Sect, LXXXI. Nehemiah afflicted concerning the state of

Jerusalem. Prays to God in behalf of his nation. He

obtains permission from the king to visit his people at

Jerusalem. - - - - - - 279

Sect, LXXXII. Nehemiah arrives at Jerusalem. He invites

the People to rebuild the walls. , • . 282

Seet. LXXXIII. The law read with great solemnity by Ezra.

The feast of tabernacles kept. • - - 285

SECTION I. THE PROPHECY OF NAHUM AGAINST THE ENEMIES

OF THE LORD. ' ', sin

The burden of Nineveh: the book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth': the LORD revengeth and is furious ; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he réserveth wrath for his enemies. .

The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth.

The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein.

Who can stand before his indignation; and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger; his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him.

The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trou-> ble; and he knoweth them that trust in him. 'n

But with an over-running flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue his enemies. .

What do ye imagine against the Lond?'' he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the se- ' cond time. Fór while they be folden together as thorns, and Vol. IV.

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