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King's House of all the Gold and Silver Vefsels. 2 Kings xiv. 8–14.

44 Q. Was there any considerable Thing fell out in the Reign of Pekah ? A. This Pekah joined with the King of Syria to invade Judah, but he was repulsed. In his days Tiglath-Pileser, King of Asyria, took many Cities in Galilee, and carried

many of the People captive to Allyria. 2 Kings -xiv. 29. and xvi. 15, &c.

45 Q. Who was Hofhea, and what is recorded of him? A. He was the laft King of Israel; he flew Pekah, and made himself King. 2 Kings

XV. 30.

46 Q. How came the Kingdom to end in him? A. In his days Shalmaneser, King of Asyria, took the City Samaria; bound Hofhea the King in Prifon, carried Multitudes of Ifrael captive into Assyria, and distributed them into feveral distant Countries, from which they have never returned to this day. 2 Kings xyii. 1-6.

47 Q. What provoked Shalmaneser to do this? A. Hofhea had fubmitted to him, and afterwards plotted and rebelled against him. ver. 3, 4.

48 Q. What provoked God to punish Israel thus ? A. The People of Israel, with all their Kings after their Separation from the House of David, had been guilty of continual Idolatry, in oppofition to the many Precepts and Warnings of God, by the Writings of Mofes, and the Voice of all the Prophets. ver. 7--23:

49 Q. What became of Samaria, and the other Cities of Israel, when the People were driven out of them ? A. Several of the Heathen Nations were placed there, and each worshipped their own Gods and Idols : wherefore the Lord sent Lions

amongst

amongst them, and destroyed several of them. ver. 24-31.

50 Q. What was done upon this Occasion to ap, pease the Anger of God, and save the People from thé Lions? 8. The King of Asyria sent a Jewish Priest thither, to teach them the Worshipof the God of Israel. ver. 27.

51 Q. What was the Effect of this Conduct of tbe King of AfTyria ? A. Thele Nations feared the God of Israel, and yet they could not lay aside their own Idolatries, for they continued to serve their own graven Images also in many fol. lowing Generations. ver. 4!.

52 Q. But did they always continue in this mixed kind of Religion A. In Process of Time they forsook their Idols, worshipped the true God only, and submitted themselves to the Jewish Religion, fo as to receive the five Books of Moses : They had a Temple of their own built on Mount Gerizim, and in the New Testament are called Samaritans

CHA P. XII.

Of the Kings of JUDAH. il How many Kings or Rulers reigned over

Judah ? A. Twenty, (viz.) Rehoboam, Abijah, Aja, Jehosaphat, řehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah the Queen, Joah, Amahah, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manaseh, Ammon, Zofiah, Jehoahaz, Jehojakim, jehoiachin, and

Zedekiah.

2 Q. Were all these Rulers of Judah also great Sinners as well as the Kings of Israel ? A. A few of them were very religious, some very wicked, and others of an indifferent or mixed Character,

3 Q. What fell out in Rehoboam's Reign after the ten Tribes had made Jeroboam their King ? A. When Rehobam raised a great Army out of Judah and Benjamin to recover the Ten Tribes, God by his Prophet forbid them to proceed. 1 Kings xii. 22-25.

4 Q. Were there no Wars: then between Judah and Israel ? A. Yes, in the following Times there were bloody Wars between them. 1.5 Q. How did the People of Judah behave themJelves under the Government of Rehoboam ? A. They fell into Idolatry and shameful Sins, whereupon God was angry, and Shipack King of Egypt plundered the Temple, and the King's House of their Treasures, in the fifth Year of Rehoboam's Reign i Kings xiv. 25. So short-lived was the fun preme Grandeur and Glory of the Jewish Church and State.

6 Q. Did Abijah, the Son of Rehoboam, do any thing remarkable in his Reign? A. He made a Speech, and pleaded against Ifrael, when Jero. boam led them to war against him; he reproved them for their Departure from the true Worship of God, and from the House of David : and when they would not hearken, but fet upon him in Battle, he and his Army cryed unto the Lord, and shouted, and flew five hundred thousand Men. A Brave Example, and Divine Success! 2 Chron. xiii.

7 Q. What is recorded concerning Asa, the Son of Abijah, and King of Judah ? A. That he did what was right in the Eyes of the Lord, and de

stroyed

destroyed the Idols which had been set up in the Land 2 Chron. xiv. 1-5.

8 Q. What Token of Favour did God jhew him? A. When he called upon the Lord, and trusted in him, he defeated the Army of the Ethiopians who came against him, though they were a thousand thousand. ver. 9-15:

9 Q. Did Ala continue all his days to fear the Lord? A. In his old Age he fell into distrust of God, and he gave the Treasure that remained in the House of God, and in the King's House, to the King of Syria, -to guard and help him against Baasha the King of Israel; and he imprisoned the Prophet which reproved him for it. 2 Chron. xvi. I-10.

10 Q. What is remarkable in Ala's Death? A. That in the Disease of his Feet (which is supposed to be the Gout) he sought not the Lord, but only to the Physicians ; and he slept with his Fathers, ver. 11-13.

II Q. How did his Son Jehofhaphat behave himJelf in the Kingdom? A. He walked in the first and best ways of his father David, and God was with him. 2 Chron. xvii.

3. 12 Q. Wherein did Jehofhaphat more particularly discover his Piety and Goodness ? . A. He appointed Levites and Priests throughout all the Cities of Judah, to teach the Law of the Lord, and he set Judges in the Land, with a solemn Charge to do Justice without Bribery. 2 Chron. xvii, 7-9.

and xix. 5-II. 13'Q. Wherein did God manifeft his special Favour to Jehoshaphat? A. God gave him very great Treasures, and the Fear of the Lord fell upon all the Kingdoms round about Judah, so that

for

for many years they made no War upon him. 2 Chron. xvii. 10, &C.

14 Q. Wherein did he offend God? A. In joining in Alliance with Ahab the wicked King of Ifrael, whereby he was in great danger of being Dain in a Battle against the Syrians. 2 Chron. xviii. I, 31. and xix. 2.

15 Q. When Moab and Ammon joined their Forces against Jeholhaphat, how was he delivered from them? 1. He proclaimed a Fast through the Land, and in the midst of the People he prayed earnestly to the Lord, and when he went out to Battle, he appointed the Singers before the Army, to fing Praises to the Lord, 2 Chron. xx.

16 Q. What was the Effect of this pious Practice? A. When they began to fing and to pray, his Enemies fell upon one another till they were all slain. ver. 224-29.

17 Q. Did Jehoram, the Son of Jehofhaphat, imitate bis Father's Government in Piety? A. By no means; for he slew all his own Brethren, he walked in the ways of Ahab King of Israel, and took his Daughter Athaliah to Wife. 2 Chrori. xxi.

18 Q. How did God teftify his Displeasure de gainst Jehoram ? A. He fmote Jehöram with such an incurable Distemper, that his Bowels fell out, and he died of sore Diseases. ver. 15—19.

19 Q. Who succeeded Jehoram in the Kingdom? A. Ahaziah his youngest Son, for all his eldeft were flain in the Camp by the Arabians. 2 Chron. xxi. 1.

20 Q. What was the Behaviour and the Fate of Ahaziah King of Judab? A. He followed the evil Practices of the House of Ahab, by the persuafions of his Mother Athaliah, who was the Grand-daughter of Omri ; and when he went out with Jehoram the King of Israel against

Jehu,

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