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THIS second part of the Readings carries on the narrative from the settlement of the Israelites in the Promised Land to the culmination of their prosperity under Solomon.
I have attempted to make the arrangement as chronological as possible, but this cannot be done with any certainty, as no date can be considered as absolutely fixed before the beginning of the kingdom and the establishment of the schools of the prophets, where history as well as sacred song was written.
With this endeavour, striving to follow the best supported and most reverent conjectures, I have been obliged to transpose the narratives in the Book of Judges a good deal ; bringing in the history of Ruth and the earlier chapters of Samuel where their dates seem to fix them. This may, I hope, assist teachers as well as pupils in understanding the bearing of events one upon the other. I have also introduced a few of the Psalms, and indicated others, in the hope that reading them in connection with the life of David may give a more vivid historical interest, and, what is more important, a stronger appreciation of their devotional and typical import. For it seems to me that nothing is a stronger protection against the “ hindering and slandering of God's Holy Word” than that deep sense of its Unity and Divinity which is produced by