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xiv. 25.

45.

Afterwards, when the children of Ifrael were greatly mulciplied, according to God's Promise, and having left Egypt, took their March through the Deserts of Arabia, they were under a Necessity of encountering feveral Nations, before they pass'd over fordan into the Promis'd Land. Their first

Conflict was with the Amalekites and the
Numb. Canaanites; before whom they were dif-

comfited; because they presumed to make
the Attack in a diforderly Manner; without
Moses and the Ark of the Covenant; and
in direct Contradi&tion to an express Com-
mand of God. But, I

some time after, we ib. xxi. 2. find Israel vow'd a vow unto the LORD,

and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this
people into my band, then I will utterly de-
stroy their cities. And the LORD bearken,
ed to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the
Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them
and their cities.

After this they fought successfully againft
Sibon King of the Amorites, and Og the
King of Bashan: as also against the Moa-
bites and the Midianites: And having pas.
sed over the River Jordan, they befieg'd
and took Jericho.

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Inja Word, the facred Memoirs reckon
up one and thirty Kings which Joshua and Jolh. xii.
the children of Israel fmote on this side Jordan,
and gave their Lands unto the Tribes of If
rael for q poleffion, according to their divi-
fions. In the mountains, and in the valleys,
and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the
wilderness, and in the south-country: the Hit-
tites, the Amorices, and the Canaanites; the
Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusices.

However, some of these Nations were
not totally destroy'd ; but left to prove Ifrael Judg. iii.
by; to know whether they would bearken to the
commandments of the LORD. Add to these
the Philistines, with whom they wag'd per-
pecual War during the Time of the Judges,
and Saul; and who, having been defeated
in four pitch'd Battles, were at last utterly
routed by David. Whose first Coming into
che Army, from among the Sheepfolds,
was auspiciously crown'd with the Success,
of vanquishing, in single Combat, their for-
midable Champion Goliah. But this, as
well as most of their other successful En-
gagements under the Conduct of the Judg-
les, being more owing to the providential
Arm of God, the never-failing Assistant of
Virtue and Piety, than to human Prowess

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2 Sam.ii. 1.

and Skill in the Science of War, I fhall forbear transcribing them, upon chis Occafion.

Wc read that there was long war between the house of Saul, and the house of David;

Ijhbofheth the Son of the former, by the ib. ii. 10. Strength of a mighty Party, reigning over

Ifrael two years, in Oppofition to the latter; who, all that while, had no other Adherents than the House of Judah, But God having given away the Kingdom from the House of Saul to that of David, as had long before been declar'd by the Prophet Samuel; and all Obstacles being by degrees removid

out of his Way; all the Tribes and Elders ib. v. 3. of Israel came to him to Hebron: And be

made a league with them in Hebron, before the LORD; and they anointed David King over Israel.

David was victorious in all his Battles; and having subdued the Nations round about him, left the Kingdom in profound Peace to his Son Solomon; who was wife enough to maintain and preserve it, in the fame Condition, all his Days; to fay nothing of his adorning and improving it with the advantageous Benefits of Commerce, and chofe Arts and Sciences which fo conftantly attend a folid and well-establish'd

Peace,

| Peace, and are the almost infallible Test of içs being so.

HET IES After the Death of Solomon, the Kingdom's being divided in two, laid a Foundation for frequent Bickerings becween the Kings of Judah and Israel; in which they harrass'd and worried each other. But this. was not all; by their presumptuous Difobedience they provok'd the LORD, to raise them

up

Enemies out of the mighty Nations of the Egyptians, Syrians, Asyrians, and Babylonians : Whereby Israel was finally carried away into Captivity, from which they never return'd; and Judab into one for seventy Years; as we have more fully declar'd already.

And the latter, after their Return, were again oppress’d by the Syrians; infested by the Samaritans; and oblig'd to contend with the Idumaans, and other Nacions that border'd

upon

them. Of all whom, after a long Course of Troubles, they had no fooner

got

the better, than they began to fall out among themselves; and by chat means, gave the Romans both a Handle and an Opportunity to reduce them under their Subjection. In which State they continued till their factiqus, stubborn Spirits,

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laid thofe Conquerors of the World under a Neceffity of destroying their City, Temple and Nation.

Bracas CONCLUSION cores) - .

To conclude. : From this Review of the Bible, every serious impartial Mind will be ready to allow, that there is nothing contain’d in it deserving that Sneer and Contempt,

with which raw and shallow Thinkers are apt to treat it. As the oldeft Hiftory of the most ancient People, it is venerable upon account of ics Antiquity. As it delineates the merciful Judgments of God, and abounds with all those Precepts of Morality which relate to the Duty of Man, it must appear to be a facred and a divine Book to every unprejudiced Reader. And, to chose who truly believe the. Contents of it, and know by. Faich how to apply them, it will ever be an inexhauftible Fountain of spiritual Confolation: * .1

Here, we see that God, of his infinite Goodness, created Man in a State of Innocence and Purity, and gave him to under and that nothing but his own wilful Disobedience could ever occafion his Ruin. That, Man; notwithstanding chis fair Warn

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