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then be sure that evil is determined Abimelech, And is there not here by him.

| under thine hand spear or sword ? for Ry. I took thee. p. xxvii.

I have neither brought my sword nor

my weapons with me, because the SATURDAY. king's business required haste.

And Of the 1st Book of Samuel the priest said, The sword of Goliath Lesson I. Chap. xxi.

the Philistine, whom thou slewest in THEN came David to Nob to the valley of Elah, behold, it is here

Ahimelech the priest: and Ahime- wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod: lech was afraid at the meeting of if thou wilt take that, take it : for David, and said unto him, Why art there is no other save that here. And thou alone, and no man with thee? David said, There is none like that; And David said unto Ahimelech the give it me. priest, The king hath commanded me Ry, Hearken. p. xxix. a business, and hath said unto me, Let no man know anything of the

FOURTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. business whereabout I send thee, and

FIRST NOCTURN. what I have commanded thee: and I

Here beginneth the 2nd Book of have appointed my servants to such

Samuel. and such a place. Now therefore

Lesson I. Chap. i. what is under thine hand ? Give me five loaves. of bread in mine hand, or NOW

OW it came to pass after the what there is present.

death of Saul, when David was

returned from the slaughter of the Ry. I have sinned. p. xxviii.

Amalekites, and David had abode Lesson II.

two days in Ziklag; it came even AND the priest answered David, to pass on the third day, that, behold, and said, There is no common

a man came out of the camp from bread under mine hand, but there is Saul with his clothes rent, and earth hallowed bread; if the young men upon his head: and so it was, when have kept themselves at least from he came to David, that he fell to

And David answered the the earth, and did obeisance. And priest, and said unto him, Of a truth David said unto him, From whence women have been kept from us about comest thou? And he said unto him, these three days, since I came out, Out of the camp of Israel am I and the vessels of the young men are escaped. And David said unto him, holy, and the bread is in a manner How went the matter? I pray thee, common, yea, though it were sanctifieď tell me. And he answered, That the this day in the vessel. So the priest people are fled from the battle, and gave him hallowed bread: for there many of the people also are fallen and was no bread there but the shew-bread, dead : and Saul and Jonathan his that was taken from before the LORD, son are dead also. to put hot bread in the day when it Ry. Prepare..p. xxvi. was taken away.

Lesson II.
Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.
Lesson III.

ND David said unto the young
AN

man that told him, How knowest a certain man of the servants thou that Saul and Jonathan 'his of Saul was there that day, son be dead? And the young man detained before the LORD; and his that told him said, As I happened name was Doeg, an Edomite, the by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, chiefest of the herdmen that belonged Saul leaned upon his spear; and, lo, to Saul. And David said unto the chariots and horsemen followed

women.

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my lord.

bard after him. And when he looked | Gilboa, let there be neither dew nor behind him, he saw me, and called rain upon you, nor fields of offerings, unto me. And I answered, Here am because there the shield of the I. And he said unto me, Who art mighty is vilely cast away, the shield thou? And I answered him, I am of Saul, as if he had not been an Amalekite. He said unto me anointed with oil? What is the reason again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, why Jeremiah, when he saw that his and slay me: for anguish is come preaching was hindered of its effect upon me, because my life is yet by the ill disposition of his hearers, whole in me. So I stood upon pronounced a curse, and said : Cursed him, and slew him, because I was be the man who brought tidings to my sure that he could not live after father, saying, A man child is born that he was fallen: and I took the unto thee ? crown that was upon his head, and

Rz. Saul bath slain. p. xxvii. the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto

Lesson V.

WHAT fault was there then in R. God is the hearer. p. xxvi.

the mountains of Gilboa when

Saul died, that neither dew nor rain Lesson III.

should fall upon them, and the THEN David took hold on his sentence pronounced on them should

clothes, and rent them; and like-make them barren for ever ? But since wise all the men that were with him: Gilboa, by interpretation, is a flowing and they mourned, and wept, and down: and by Saul who was anointed, fasted until even, for Saul, and for and who died, the death of our Jonathan his son, and for the people Mediator is set forth : not unmeetly of the LORD, and for the house of by the mountains the proud hearts of Israel; because they were fallen by the Jews are signified; which, while the sword. And David said unto the they flow downwards in the desires of young man that told him, Whence this world, mingle themselves in the art thou? And he answered, I am bringing to pass the death of CHRIST, the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. that is, the Anointed; and because He And David said unto him, How wast that was anointed King over them thou not afraid to stretch forth thine dieth in the body amongst them, they hand to destroy the LORD's anointed ? themselves are dried up from all dew Aud David called one of the young of grace. men, and said, Go near, and fall upon

Ry, Ye mountains. p. xxvii. him. And he smote him that he died.

Lesson VI. Rp. The LORD that. p. xxvii.

OF which, also,

it is well said, that

there could be no fields of first SECOND NOCTURN.

fruits upon them. For the proud From the Book of the Morals of S. minds of the Jews bring forth no Gregory the Pope.

fruits like the first ones, since, for the Lesson IV.

most part, remaining their unbelief

at the advent of the Redeemer, they Book 4. Chaps. 3 and 4. world not follow the first teaching of

, in who rewarded not evil to them beginning was made fruitful by the that dealt treacherously with him, multitude of the Gentiles, and will when Saul and Jonathan had fallen just barely at the end of the world in battle, cursed the mountains of receive the Jews whom she will find; Gilboa, saying: Ye mountains of and, collecting these last relics, place

was

them as the final remains of the Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and harvest.

over all Israel. Ish-bosbeth Saul's Ry. I took thee. p. xxvii.

son was forty years old when he began Rz. vii. I have sinned. p. xxviii. to reign over Israel, and reigned two Rz. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. years. But the house of Judah

followed David. And the time that MONDAY.

David was king in Hebron over the Of the 2nd Book of Samuel. house of Judah was seven years and Lesson I. Chap. ii.

six months. A

ND it came to pass after this, that Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.
David enquired of the LORD,

TUESDAY.
saying, Shall I go up into any of the
cities of Judah? And the LORD said

Of the 2nd Book of Samuel. unto him, Go up. And David said,

Lesson I. Chap. iii. Whither shall I go up 2. And

he said, AND it came to pass, while there . So David went up thither, and his two wives also, of Saul and the house of David, that Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Abner made himself strong for the Nabal's wife the Carmelite, And his house of Saul. And Saul had a conmen that were with him did David cubine, whose name was Rizpah, the bring up, every man with his house- daughter of Aiah; and Ish-bosheth hold: and they dwelt in the cities of said to Abner, Wherefore hast thou Hebron. And the men of Judah came gone in unto my father's concubine? and there they anointed David king Then was Abner very wroth for the over the house of Judah.

words of Ish-bosheth, and said, Ry. Remember. p. xxviii.

Am I a dog's head, which against

Judah do shew kindness this day unto Lesson II.

the house of Saul thy father, to his AND they told David, saying, That brethren, and to his friends, and have

they that buried Saul. And David David, that thou chargest me to-day sent messengers unto the men of with a fault concerning this woman? Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, So do God to Abner, and more also, Blessed beye of the LORD, that ye have except, as the LORD hath sworn to shewed this kindness unto your lord, David, even so do I to him; to even unto Saul, and have buried him. translate the kingdom from the house And now the LORD shew kindness and of Saul, and to set up the throne of truth unto you: and I also will requite David over Israel and over Judah, you this kindness, because yo have from Dan even to Beersheba. done this thing. Therefore now let

RY. LORD, if Thy people. p. xxxiv. your hands be strengthened, and be ye

Lesson II. valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have AN

ND Abner sent messengers to anointed me king over them.

David on his behalf, saying,

Whose is the land ? saying also, RÝ. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.

Make thy league with me, and, beLesson III.

hold, my hand shall be with thee, BUT Abner the son

of Ner, captain to bring about all Israel unto thee. of Saul's host, took Ish-bosheth And he said, Well; I will make a the son of Saul, and brought him league with thee: but one thing I over to Mahanaim; and made him require of thee, that is, Thou shalt king over Gilead, and over the not see my face, except thou first Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over bring Michal Saul's daughter when thou comest to see my face. And on his bed in his bedchamber, and David sent messengers to Ish-bosheth they smote him, and slew him, and Saul's son, saying, Deliver me my beheaded him, and took his head, wife Michal, which I espoused to me and gat them away through the plain for an hundred foreskins of the all night. And they brought the head Philistines. And Ish-bosheth sent, of Ish-bosheth unto David to Hebron, and took her from her husband, even and said to the king, Behold the head from Phaltiel the son of Laish. And of Ish-bosheth, the son of Saul thine her husband went with her along enemy, which sought thy life. weeping behind her to Bahurim. Ry. I have sinned, p. xxviii. Then said Abner unto him, Go, return. And he returned.

Lesson II. Ry. And it came to pass. p. XXXV. AND. David answered Rechab and

Baanah his brother, the sons of Lesson III.

Rimmon the Beerothite, and said unto AND Abner had communication them, As the LORD liveth, who hath

with the elders of Israel, saying, redeemed my soul out of all adversity, Ye sought for David in times past to when one told me saying, Behold, be king over you: now then do it: Saul is dead, thinking to have brought for the LORD hath spoken of David, good tidings, I took hold of him, and saying, By the hand of my servant slew him in Ziklag, who thought that David I will save my people Israel I would have given him a reward for out of the hand of the Philistines, his tidings : how much more, when and out of the hand of all their wicked men have slain & righteous enemies. And Abner also spake in person in his own house upon his the ears of Benjamin : and Abner bed? shall I not therefore now require went also to speak in the ears of his blood of your hand, and take you David in Hebron all that seemed away from the earth ? And David good to Israel, and that seemed good commanded his young men, and they to the whole house of Benjamin. slew them, and cut off their hands and So Abner came to David to Hebron, their feet, and hanged them up over and twenty men with him. And the pool in Hebron. But they took David made Abner and the men that the head of Ish-bosheth, and buried it were with him a feast. And Abner in the sepulchre of Abner in Hebron. said unto David, I will arise and go,

Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii. and will gather all Israel unto my lord the king.

Lesson III. Chap. v. RY. I took thee. p. xxvii.

THEN came all the tribes of Israel WEDNESDAY.

to David unto Hebron, and spake,

saying, Behold, we are thy bone and Of the 2nd Book of Samuel.

thy flesh. Also in time past, when Lesson I. Chap. iv.

Saul was king over us, thou wast he AN ND the sons of Rimmon the Bee- that leddest out and broughtest in

rothite, Rechab and Baanah, Israel: and the LORD said to thee, went, and came about the heat of Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and the day to the house of Ish-bosheth, thou shalt be a captain over Israel. who lay on a bed at noon. And they So all the elders of Israel came to the came thither into the midst of the king to Hebron; and king David made house, as though they would have a league with them in Hebron before fetched wheat; and they smote him the LORD: and they anointed David under the fifth rib: and Rechab and king over Israel. David was thirty Baanah his brother escaped. For years old when he began to reign, and when they came into the house, he lay he reigned forty years. In Hebron be

reigned thirty and three years over all A

reigned over Judah seven years and

Lesson III. six months : and in Jerusalem he

ND David was displeased, because

the LORD had made a breach Israel and Judah. And the king and upon Uzzah : and he called the name his men' went to Jerusalem unto the of the place Perez-uzzah to this day. Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: And David was afraid of the LORD which spake unto David, saying, that day, and said, How shall the ark Except thou take away the blind and of the LORD come to me? So David the same, thou shalt not come in would not remove the ark of the LORD hither: thinking, David cannot come in unto him into the city of David: but hither. Nevertheless David took the David carried it aside into the house strong hold of Zion; the same is the of Obed-edom the Gittite. And the city of David.

ark of the LORD continued in the Ry. Hearken, O LORD. p. xxix. house of Obed-edom the Gittite three

months : and the LORD blessed ObedTHURSDAY.

edom, and all his household. And it Of the 2nd Book of Samuel.

was told king David, saying, The LORD Lesson I. Chap. vi.

hath blessed the house of Obed-edom, AGAIN, David gathered together all and all that pertaineth unto him

the chosen men of Israel, thirty because of the ark of God. So David thousand. And David arose, and went and brought up the ark of God went with all the people that were from the house of Obed-edom into the with him from Baale of Judah, to city of David with gladness. bring up from thence the ark of GOD, Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii. whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth

FRIDAY. between the cherubims. And they Of the 2nd Book of Samuel. set the ark of God upon a new cart,

Lesson 1. Chap. vii. and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah : and AND it came to pass that night, Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab,

that the word of the LORD came drave the new cart.

unto Nathan, saying. Go and tell my

servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Ry. Prepare. p. xxvi.

Shalt thou build me an house for me Lesson II.

to dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt AND they brought it out of the in any house since the time that I

house of Abinadab which was at brought up the children of Israel out Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: of Egypt, even to this day, but have and Ahio went before the ark. And walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. David and all the house of Israel

Ry. Saul hath slain. p. xxvii. played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even

Lesson II. on harps, and on psalteries, and on IN all the places wherein I have walked timbrels, and on cornets, and on with all the children of Israel, spake cymbals. And when they came to I a word with any of the tribes of Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put Israel, whom I commanded to feed my forth his hand to the ark of God, and people Israel, saying, Why build ye took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. not me an house of cedar ? Now And the anger of the LORD was therefore so shalt thou say unto my kindled against Uzzah; and GOD servant David, Thus saith the LORD of smote him there for his error; and hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, there he died by the ark of GOD. from following the sheep, to be ruler

Ry. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. over my people, over Israel: and I

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