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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
comfited; because they presumed to make
some time after, we ib. xxi. 2. find Israel vow'd a vow unto the LORD,
and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this
After this they fought successfully againft
, I, &c.
Inja Word, the facred Memoirs reckon
However, some of these Nations were
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, 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
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
them. Of all whom, after a long Course of Troubles, they had no fooner
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,
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