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4 that ye go to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron? Now therefore thus

saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone

up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed. 5

And when the messengers turned back unto him, he said unto them, Why are 6 ye now turned back ? And they said unto him, There came a man? up to meet

us, and said unto us, Go, turn again unto the king that sent you, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that

thou sendest to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron ? therefore thou shalt not 7 come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And

he said unto them, What manner of man was he which came up to meet you, and 8 told you these words ? And they answered him, He was San hairy 3 man, and also Zech. 18 4;

girt with a girdle of leather about his loins. . And he said, It is Elijah the

Tish bite. 9 Then the king sent unto him a captain of fifty with his fifty. And he went

up to him: and, behold, he sat on the top of an hill. And he spake unto him, 10 Thou man of God, the king hath said, Come down. And Elijah answered and

said to the captain of fifty, 5 If I be a man of God, then " let fire come downfrom

heaven, and consume thee and thy fifty. And there came down fire from heaven, 11 and consumed him and his fifty.5 Again also he sent unto him another captain of

fifty with his fifty. And he answered and said unto him, O man of God, thus 12 hath the king said, Come down quickly. And Elijah answered and said unto

them, If I be a man of God, let fire come down from heaven, and consume thee

and thy fifty. And the fire of God came down from heaven, and consumed him 13 and his fifty. And he sent again a captain of the third fifty with his fifty. And

the third captain of fifty went up, and came and fell on his knees before Elijah,

and hesought him, and said unto him, O man of God, I pray thee, let my life, and 14 the life of these fifty thy servants, ' be precious in thy sight. Behold, there came

fire down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains of the former fifties with 15 their fifties: therefore let my life now he precious in thy sight. And the angel

of the LORD said unto Elijah, Go down with him: be not afraid of him. And he 10 arose, and went down with him unto the king. And he said unto him, Thus

saith the Lord, Forasmuch as thou hast sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub the god of Ekron, is it not because there is no God in Israel to inquire of his word ? therefore thou shalt not come down off that bed on which thou art gone

up, but shalt surely die. 17

So he died according to the word of the Lord which Elijah had spoken. And

Jehoram reigned in his stead in the second year of Jehoram the son of Jehoshaphat 18 king of Judah; because he had no son. Now the rest of the acts of Ahaziah

which he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?

Translation of Elijah to heaven. 2 AND it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a 2 whirlwind, that Elijah went with 'Elisha from Gilgal. And Elijah said unto ' 1 Ki. 19. 16–91.

Elisha, m Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Beth-el. And see Ru. 1. 15, 16

Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and "as thy soul liveth, I will not 3 leave thee. So they went down to Beth-el. And the sons of the prophets that

were at Beth-el came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the

Lord will take away thy master from thy head to-day? And he said, Yea, I 4 know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray

for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said,' As the LORD liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho. 5 And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Èlisha, and said unto

him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to6 day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace. And Elijah said

unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And

he said, Ás the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And 7 they two went on. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to 8 view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and

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1 To inquire of a false god was a practical rejection of Je- 4 Or, as in the Septuagint, 'fire shall come down.' hovah, and violation of his express commands (Exod. xx.3). 5 This was a severe but well-merited rebuke of the

2 Though they did not know Elijah, his authoritative king and people for their impious rejection of Jehorah; message and manner caused them to return without and a solenın admonition of His absolute control over life. further inquiry.

6 This repeated request would test Elisha's determina3 This possibly refers to his dress-a garment of coarse tion to fulfil all the duties of his present subordinate camel's hair, like that worn by John the Baptist. See station, and consequently those of the higher office to Matt. iii. 4; Mark i. 6.

which he was about to be promoted.

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wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and IP ver. !!; Ex. 1491;

thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha,

Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha 10 said, I pray thee, let a doublei portion of thy spirit be upon me. And he said,

Thou hast asked a hard thing : 2 nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.

And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared'a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.4

Ministry and miracles of Elisha. 12 AND Elisha " saw it, and he cried, - My father, my father, the chariot of Israel,

and the horsemen thereof.5 And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his 13 own clothes, and y rent them in two pieces. He took up also the 2 mantle of non ref. Num. 14. 6. 14 Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan; and

he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah ? and when he also had smitten the waters,

they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over. 15 And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they

said, “The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and 16 bowed themselves to the ground before him. And they said unto him, Behold

there be with thy servants fifty strong men; let them go, we pray thee, and seek thy master : " lest peradventure the Spirit of the Lord hath taken him up,

and cast him upon some mountain, or into some valley. And he said, Ye shall 17 not send. And when they urged him, till he was ashamed, he said, Send. They 18 sent therefore fifty men; and they sought three days, but é found him not. And

when they came again to him, (for he tarried at Jericho,) he said unto them, Did I not say unto you, Go not?

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as' my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground T. 12. 11; 20 barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. 21 brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and 8 cast

the salt in' there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters ; 22 'there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land. So the waters

were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake. 23 And he went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the

way, there came forth little children 8 out of the city, and * mocked him, and said 24 unto him, Go up, 9 thou bald head! go up, thou bald head! And he turned

back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And

there came forth two 'she-bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children 13 Sam. 17. 8; Hos. 25 of them. And he went from thence to mmount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

Ministry of Elisha; miraculous relief of the allied armies of Israel, Judah, and Edom. 3. NOW Jehoram the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the 2 eighteenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned twelve years. And

he wrought evil in the sight of the LORD; but not like his father, and r like

his mother; for he put away the image of Baal ' that his father had made. i Ki. 16 31, 22. 3 Nevertheless he cleaved unto "the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, which made

Israel to sin; he departed not therefrom. 4 And Mesha king of Moab was a sheepmaster, and rendered unto the king of 1 This prayer of Elisha indicates an humble sense of prayers, and Divine gifts of his predecessor as a better his own insufficiency for his new duties.

defence to Israel than any military force. 2 Hard,' not because of any limitation of the power 6 This is an expression not of doubt or unbelief, but of and grace of God, but because of the spiritual attainments firm conviction, Elijah's God is also my God.' By this it required in the recipient. See Matt. xvii. 21.

miracle Elisha's commission as Elijah's successor was 3 This sign was well adapted to keep Elisha's atten- | made known. tion awake to all the words and actions of his departing 7 In this, as in other cases, the action was only symmaster.

bolical; the power being wholly in the word of the Lord.' 4 This triumphant departure (so different from what 8 The Hebrew word rendered .child' is used with an the prophet had once passionately desired, 1 Kings xix. 4) extended meaning; being applied to the reapers of Boaz was probably effected by the ministry of angels appearing (Ruth ii. 15), to Absalom (2 Sam. xviii. 5), to Solomon in some glorious forms. It testified God's approval of (1 Kings iii. 7), and being also often translated servant’ Elijah's singular and devoted piety; and, like that of (Neh. iv. 23, etc.) Enoch, must have very much helped to revive and con- 9 The youths of this idolatrous city joined indignity to firm a faith in the resurrection and future glory of the the person of one prophet with derision of the ascension saints. See note on Gen. v. 24.

of another. Such insolence and impiety imperatively 5 Elisha rightly regarded the courage, watchfulness, | required a public punishment.

& see eh. 4. 41 : 6 6;

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Israel an hundred thousand • lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the Bre? Sam. & :: In 5 wool." But it came to pass, when : Ahab was dead, that the king of Moab re

belled against the king of Israel. 6 And king Jehoram went out of Samaria the same time, and numbered all 7 Israel. And he went and sent to Jehoshaphat the king of Judah, saying, The

king of Moab hath rebelled against me: wilt thou go with me against Moab to

battle? And he said, I will go up: "I am as thou art, my people as thy people, " I KL 22 8 and my horses as thy horses. And he said, which way shall we go up? And 9 he answered, The way through the wilderness of Edom. So the king of Israel

went, and the king of Judah, and the king of Edom: and they fetched a compass of seven days' journey: and there was no water for the host, and for the cattle

that followed them. 10 And the king of Israel said, Alas! that the LORD hath called these three kings 11 together, to deliver them into the hand of Moab! But * Jehoshaphat said, Is " 1 Kl. 22 7.

there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may inquire of the Lord by him?

And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elishas the 12 son of Shaphat, ' which poured * water on the hands of Elijah. And Jehoshaphat » Ki. 19. EL

said, The word of the Lord is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat 13 and the king of Edom ? went down to him.5 And Elisha said unto the king of ch. 2. 25

Israel, a What have I to do with thee? get thee to the prophets of thy father, and to the prophets of thy mother. And the king of Israel said unto him, “ Nay:

for the Lord hath called these three kings together, to deliver them into the 14 hand of Moab. And Elisha said, As the LORD of hosts liveth, before whom I

stand, surely, were it not that I regard the presence of Jehoshaphat the king of 15 Judah, I would not look toward thee, nor see thee. But now bring me las vee 1 Sam 10 a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that s the hand of the IL 15.1

. 16 Lord came upon him. And he said, Thus saith the Lord, “ Make this valley eh. 13 17 full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall

ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, i that ye may drink, both Ez. 17. & 18 ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight 19 of the Lord: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand. And ye shall

smite every fenced city, and every choice city, and shall fell every good tree, and stop all wells of water, and mar every good piece of land with stones.

And it came to pass in the morning, when the meat offering was offered, that, * Ex. 29.29, behold, there came water by the way of Edom, and the country was filled with 21 water. 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, 22 and stood in the border. And they rose up early in the morning, and the sun

shone upon the water, and the Moabites saw the water on the other side as red 8 23 as blood : and they said, This is blood : the kings are surely slain, and they have 24 smitten one another: now therefore, Moab, to the spoil. And when they came

to the camp of Israel, the Israelites rose up and smote the Moabites, so that they

fled before them: but they went forward smiting the Moabites, even in their 25 country. And they beat down the cities, and on every good piece of land cast

every man his stone, and filled it; and they 'stopped aïl the wells of water, and Ge. X. Is mfelled all the good trees: only in " Kir-harasetho left they the stones thereof;

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how beit the slingers went about it, and smote it. 1 In Eastern countries it is still customary for tribute found reverencing his authority and soliciting his help. to be paid in kind.

While his predecessor was an apt representative of our 2 If they had attacked Moab from the north, they Lord's forerunner (see Mal. iv. 5), it was Elisha's diswould have been exposed to the Syrians in the rear, and tinguished honour, in his life, and especially in his mira, tlfe Ammonites on the flank. By advancing from the cles, to present a remarkable similarity--attended indeed south, through the desert that lay between mount Seir by an equally remarkable inferiority to our Lord himand the Dead Sea, they would avoid these dangers, and self. Comp. ch. iv. 42–44, with Matt. xiv. 15--21. make a junction with the king of Edom.

6 The use of music is mentioned, on other occasions, 3 He seems to have accompanied the army, probably in in connection with Divine impulse. See 1 Sam. 1. 5, consequence of a Divine intimation.

6, 10, 11. 4 That is, 'who waited on Elijah.' The Orientals do 7 While the supply of water was miraculous, the kings not dip their hands in water when washing, but have it were directed to make trenches for its reception. In poured on them by a servant.

leaving to men that to which human agency is com5 This passage indicates a difference between Elijah and petent, God tests their faith in his promise that he will Elisha as to their character and position. Elijah, like put forth his own Divine power. other reformers raised up in times of the deepest de- 8 This may have been an optical illusion, arising from pravity, was fitted by his bold and stern bearing to make natural causes, both aiding and aided by their excitement the proudest quail before him; and appears, for the most and alarm. part, as a messenger of justice. See 1 Kings xvii. 1; xviii. 9 The same as · Kir of Moab,' Isa. xv. 1; Kir-haresh," 40; xxi. 17--24; 2 Kings i. 6, 10, 12. Elisha carries on, Isa. xvi. 11; and “Kir-heres,' Jer. xlviii. 31, since called by milder means, the work that had been begun. His Kerek, a strong mountain fortress celebrated in the wars wonders are chiefly miracles of mercy. Kings are here of the crusaders.

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26 And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too sore for him, he took

with him seven hundred men that drew swords, to break through even unto the 27 king of Edom: but they could not. Then he took his eldest son that should

have reigned in his stead, and Poffered a him for a burnt offering upon the wall. - Deu. 12. 31. And there was great indignation against Israel :3 , and they departed from him, "ch. 8 20. and returned to their own land. Ministry of Elisha; the oil multiplied; the dead child raised; the poison corrected;

the multitude fed. 4 NOW there cried a certain woman of the wives of' the sons of the prophets

unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that

thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my 2 two sons to be bondmen.5 And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee?

tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not 3 any thing in the house, save a pot of oil. Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels 4 abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; ' borrow not a few. And when I see ch. 2. 16

thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and

shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full. 5 So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who 6 brought the vessels to her; and she poured out. And it came to pass, when the

vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he 7 said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed. Then she came

and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, (or,

creditor,) and live thou and thy children of the rest. 8 And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to " Shunem, where was ? a great

woman ; 6 and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he 9 passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread. And she said unto her husband,

Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us 10 continually: let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us

set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, 8 and a candlestick :9 and it 11 shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither. And it fell on a 12 day, that he came thither, and he turned into the chamber, and lay there. And

he said to Gehazi his servant, Call this Shunammite. And when he had called 13 her, she stood before him. And he said unto him, Say now unto her, Behold,

thou hast been careful for us with all this care; what is to be done for thee?

wouldest thou be spoken for to the king, or to the captain of the host ? 10 And 14 she answered, 'I dwell 11 among mine own people. And he said, What then is to v 1 Tim. 6. 6. 8.

be done for her! And Gehazi answered, Verily she hath no child, and her 15 husband is old. And he said, Call her. And when he had called her, she stood 16 in the door. And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thouge. 18. 10, 14

shalt embrace a son. And she said, « Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not 17 lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that

season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life. 18 And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father 19 to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said 20 to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought 21 him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. And she went

up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and 22 went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee,

one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, 23 and come again. And he said, Wherefore wilt thou go to him to-day? it is

Jos. 19. 18 52 Sam. 19. 32.

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i The king of Moab had probably at this time retreated, a counterpoise to the prevalent idolatry, which was far and shut himself up in his capital, whence he made this more deeply rooted and widely spread in Israel than in usuccessful sally

Judah. 2. Josephus says that this human sacrifice was offered 5 Or, servants.' See Lev. xxv. 39, 40. within sight of the allied kings; and that they were so 6 That is, as in the old translations, a rich woman.' shocked at the spectacle, and moved with pity, as to raise 7 Rather, “prepare;' or 'fit up.? the siege immediately, and retire from the country (Antiq. 8 This should be chair,' or 'seat. The Orientals ix. 3).

generally sit on the floor, on a mat or carpet;

raised 3 Or, ‘among the Israelites.'

seats being marks of distinction or respect. The Hebrew 4 An important difference may be observed in the con- word here used is of frequent occurrence, and is almost dition of the prophets, in the kingdoms of Judah and always rendered 'throne. Israel. In Judah they are mostly scattered and isolated ; 9 Rather, lamp;' or ' lamp-stand.' but in Israel they have a more compact organization, in 10 The king and his general were under great obligawhich the most distinguished prophets stand forth as tions to Elisha (see ch. ii. 17-25); and this would spiritual teachers and rulers, having numerous pupils enable him with propriety to ask a favour. under their inspection and control. This prophetic body, 11 The meaning is, I have nothing to look for from like the body of priests in the southern kingdom, acted as persons of such high rank : I belong to the people.

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24 neither new moon, nor sabbath. And she said, It shall be well. Then she

saddled an ass, and said to her servant, Drive, and go forward; slack not thy 25 riding for me, except I bid thee. So she went and came unto the man of God "to mount Carmel. 4

And it came to pass, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to 26 Gehazi his servant, Behold, yonder is that Shunammite: run now, I

to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband ? 27 is it well with the child ? And she answered, " It is well. And when she came

to the man of God to the hill, she caught him by the feet: but Gehazi came near to thrust her away. And the man of God said, Let her alone; for her soul

is vexed within her: and the Lord hath hid it from me, and hath not told me. 28 Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord ? S did I not say, Do not deceive me? ' rer. 16. 29 Then he said to Gehazi, & Gird up thy loins, and take my staff in thine hand, and she the refu

go thy way: if thou meet any man, "salute him not;5 and if any salute thee, LE 10 30 answer him not again: and lay my staff upon the face of the child. And the most? Ez

mother of the child said, " As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not 31 leave thee. And he arose, and followed her. And Gehazi passed on before

them, and laid the staff upon the face of the child; but there was neither voice,

nor hearing. Wherefore he went again to meet him, and told him, saying, The 32 child is not awaked. And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the old i Dar. 12 33 child was dead, and laid upon his bed. Hem went in therefore, and shut the 34 door upon them twain, " and prayed unto the Lord. · And he went up, and lay * 1 Ki. 17. 20. upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon

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eyes, and his hands upon his hands : and he stretched himself upon the child; and Ki. 17. 21 ; Ac M 35 the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house

to and fro; and went up, Pand stretched himself upon him: and I the child 6, 17, 21, 22 36 sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and

said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto 37 him, he said, Take up thy son. Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed

herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out. 38 And Elisha came again to 'Gilgal: and there was a 'dearth in the land; and his

the sons of the prophets were sitting before him: and he said unto his servant, 39 Set on the great pot, and seethe pottage for the sons of the prophets. And one

went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, 6 and gathered

thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: 40 for they knew them not. So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came

to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou 41 man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof. But * Ex. 10 17.

he said, Then bring meal. And y he cast it into the pot; and he said, Pour out the 2.0

for the people, that they may eat. And there was no harm in the pot. 42 And there came a man from · Baal-shalisha, “ and brought the man of God

bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley, and full ears of corn in the husk

thereof (or, in his scrip, or, garment]. And he said, Give unto the people, that 43 they may eat. And his servitor said, 'What, should I set this before an hundred - Lk. 9. 13; Jobo 6

men? He said again, Give the people, that they may eat: for thus saith the 44 Lord, · They shall eat, and shall leave thereof. So he set it before them, and

they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the Lord.

Ministry of Elisha; Naaman the leper cured; Gehazi's punishment; the iron made to swim. 5 NOW Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was/ a great man with 13

his master, and honourable, because 8 by him the Lord had given deliverance's Pro. 21. 11.

(or, victory) unto Syria : he was also a mighty man in valour, but he was a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captives out 3 of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman's wife. And she

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an acrid plant which abounds in Syria. 2 The Hebrew is simply · Peace.' It seems to mean, 7 Carrying out the spirit of the law in Deut xvii. 4, 5; Do not thwart me; grant my request.

Numb. xviii. 13; and presenting to the prophets what, 3 Rather, 'Slack not the riding, i. e. my riding;' for if circumstances had allowed, would have been brought the mistress alone rode. In the East, women usually ride to the priests. on asses, and are attended by a man on foot, who drives. 8 This is a suggestive illustration of the social miseries 4 A journey of about six hours.

which idolatry had brought upon the Israelites. The 5 Oriental 'salutations are proverbially tedious, and subsequent narrative beautifully shows how God can incompatible with the prompt execution of important honour an humble sufferer, by making her, through her business. See Luke x. 4.

very calamity, an instrument for displaying his supre6 Literally, 'vine of the field;' so called from its mode 1 macy and goodness.

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