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return thou, and take back thy

SATURDAY. brethren : mercy and truth be with Of the 2nd Book of Samuel. thee.

Lesson I. Chap. xviii. Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii.

So the people went out into the FRIDAY.

field against Israel: and the

battle was in the wood of Ephraim ; Of the 2nd Book of Samuel.

where the people of Israel were slain Lesson I. Chap. xvi. before the servants of David, and A ND when king David came to there was there a great slaughter that

Bahurim, behold, thence came day of twenty thousand men. For the out a man of the family of the house battle was there scattered over the face of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the of all the country : and the wood son of Gera : he came forth, and devoured more people that day than cursed still as he came. And he cast the sword devoured. stones at David, and at all the servants Ry. I have sinned. p. xxviii. of king David: and all the people and

Lesson II. all the mighty men were

on his right hand and on his left. And thus AND Absalom met the

servants of said Shimei when he cursed, Come

David. And Absalom rode upon out, come out, thou bloody man, and a mule, and the mule went under the thou man of Belial: the LORD hath thick boughs of a great oak, and his returned upon thee all the blood of head caught hold of the oak, and he the house of Saul in whose stead thou was taken up between the heaven and hast reigned.

the earth ; and the mule that was Ry. Saul hath slain. p. xxvii.

under him went away. And a certain

man saw it, and told Joab, and said, Lesson II.

Behold, I saw Absalom hanged in an

oak. And Joab said unto the man THEN said Abishai the son of

Zeruiah unto the king, Why that told him, And, behold, thou should this dead dog curse my lord sawest him, and why didst thou not the king? let me go over, I pray thee, smite him to the ground ? and I would and take off his head. And the king have given thee ten shekels of silver, said, What have I to do with you, Joab, Though I should receive a

and a girdle. And the man said unto ye sons of Zeruiah ? curse, because the LORD hath said thousand shekels of silver in mine unto him, Curse David. Who shall hand, yet would I not put forth mine then say, Wherefore hast thou done hand against the king's son: for in

our hearing the king charged thee and Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.

Abishai and Ittai, saying, Beware

that none touch the young man Lesson III.

Absalom. AND David said to Abishai, and to

Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii. all his servants, Behold, my son,

Lesson III. which came forth of my bowels, seeketh my life: how much more now may

THEN said Joab, I may not tarry

thus with thee. And he took this Benjamite do it? let him alone, three darts in his hand, and thrust and let him curse ; for the LORD hath them through the heart of Absalom, bidden him. It may be that the LORD while he was yet alive in the midst of will look on mine affliction, and that the oak. And ten young men that the LORD will requite me good for his bare Joab's armour compassed about cursing this day.

and smote Absalom, and slew him. Ry. I took thee. p. xxvii.

And Joab blew the trumpet, and the

so ?



people returned from pursuing after

Lesson III. Israel: for Joab held back the

people. W HEREFORE Nathan spake unto Ard they took Absalom, and cast him Bath-sheba the mother of into a great pit in the wood, and laid Solomon, saying, Hast thou not a very great heap of stones upon heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith him.

doth reign, and David our lord knoweth Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.

it not? Now therefore come, let me,

I pray thee, give thee counsel, that SIXTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY.

thou mayest save thine own life, and FIRST NOCTURN.

the life of thy son Solomon. Go and Here beginneth the 1st Book of get thee in unto king David, and say Kings.

unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O Lesson I. Chap. i.

king, swear unto thine handmaid,

saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son Noking Davido was and then shall reign after me, and he shall sit covered him with clothes, but he gat upon my throne ? why then doth

Adonijah reign ? Behold, while thou no heat. Wherefore his servants said unto him, Let there be sought for will come in after thee, and confirm

yet talkest there with the king, I also my lord the king a young virgin : and

And Bath-sheba went in her stand before the king, and let unto the king into the chamber.

thy words. her cherish him, and let her lie in thy bosom, that my lord the king may get

Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii. heat. So they sought for a fair

SECOND NOCTURN. damsel throughout all the coasts of Israel, and found Abishag

From the Epistle of S. Jerome the

Priest to Nepotian. Shunammite, and brought her to the king. And the damsel was very fair,

Lesson IV. and cherished the king, and minis

2nd Epistle. tered to him : but the king knew her DAVID, once a man of war, when not.

seventy years old, could get no Rz. Prepare. p. xxvi.

heat in his chilly age. Therefore the

damsel Abishag the Shunammite was Lesson II.

sought out from all the coasts of Israel THEN Adonijah the son of Haggith to sleep with the king, and to cherish

exalted himself, saying, I will be his aged body. Who is that Shunking: and he prepared him chariots ammite, wife and virgin, so warm, as and horsemen, and fifty men to run to cherish one that is cold; so holy as before him. And his father had not not to entice him to desire ? Let displeased him at any time in saying, Solomon, the wisest of men, tell us Why hast thou done so ? and he also what those pleasures of his father was a very goodly man; and his mean, and let the peaceful one speak mother bare him after Absalom. And of the warrior's embraces. Get wishe conferred with Joab the son of dom, get understanding: forget it not; Zeruiah, and with Abiathar the priest: neither decline from the words of my and they following Adonijah helped mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall him. But Zadok the priest, and preserve thee: love her, and she shall Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and keep thee. Wisdom is the principal Nathan the prophet, and Shimei, and thing; therefore get wisdom; and Rei, and the mighty men which with all thy getting get understanding. belonged to David, were not with Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: Adonijah.

she shall bring thee to honour, when Rz. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. thou dost embrace her. She shall

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give to thine head an ornament of, she came into the king's presence, grace: a crown of glory shall she and stood before the king.

And deliver to thee.

the king sware, and said, As the Ry. Saul bath slain. p. xxvii. LORD liveth, that hath redeemed my Lesson V.

soul out of all distress, even as 1 sware

unto thee by the LORD God of Israel, NEARLY all the bodily powers saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son

undergo change in old men, and shall reign after me, and he shall sit whilst wisdom alone increases, other

upon my throne in my stead; even so things diminish; fasts, vigils, repose will I certainly do this day. Then on the ground, hasty journeys hither Bath-sheba bowed with her face to the and thither, the reception of strangers, earth, and did reverence to the king, the defence of the poor, earnestness and said, Let my lord king David·liye and perseverance in prayer, visitation

for ever. of the sick, manual labour to provide alms. And, not to prolong my dis

Ry. Remember. p. xxviii. course, everything which is carried on

Lesson II. by means of the body becomes less when the body is broken down. A

ND king David said, Call me Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.

Zadok the priest, and Nathan the Lesson VI.

prophet, and Benaiah the son of

Jehoiada. And they came before the NOR do I mean to say that wisdom: king. The king also said unto them,

which fades away in the age of Take with you the servants of your most old men, is necessarily cold in the young, who are still of a vigorous lord, and cause Solomon my son to time of life : at any rate in such of them him down to Gibon: and let Zadok the

ride upon mine own mule, and bring as obtain knowledge with toil and ardent study, with holiness of life also, and him there king over Israel : and blow

priest and Nathan the prophet anoint with constant prayer to the LORD Jesus; but that youth has to undergo ye with the trumpet, and say, God many wars of the body, and that save king Solomon. Then ye shall amidst the temptations of vice, and and sit upon my throne; for he shall

come up after him, that he may come the allurements of the flesh, wisdom is choked, like fire in green wood, so

be king in my stead. that it cannot display its brightness.

Rz. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii. But on the other hand, the old age of

Lesson III, such as have spent their youth in honourable pursuits, and have medi. So Zadok the priest, and Nathan the tated day and night in the love of the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Lord, becomes more instructed with Jehoiada, and the Cherethites, and age, more polished by experience, wiser the Pelethites, went down, and caused by the progress of time, and reaps the Solomon to ride upon king David's sweetest of harvests from its former mule, and brought him to Gihon. studies.

And Zadok the priest took an horn of Ry. I took thee. p.xxvii.

oil out of the tabernacle, and anointed Rz. vii. I have sinned.


xxviii. Solomon. And they blew the trumpet; Ry. viii. Two Seraphim. xxviii.

and all the people said, God save king

Solomon. And all the people came MONDAY.

up after him, and the people piped Of the 1st Book of Kings. with pipes, and rejoiced with great joy, Lesson I. Chap. i.

so that the earth rent with the sound TH HEN king David answered and of them. said, Call me Bath-sheba. And Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.


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him by the LORD, saying, I will not Of the 1st Book of Kings.

put thee to death with the sword. Lesson I. Chap. ii.

Now therefore hold him not guilt,

ow the days of David drew nigh

that he should die; and he Rz. I took thee. p. xxvii.
charged Solomon, his son, saying, I

go the way of all the earth : be thou
strong therefore, and shew thyself a

Of the 1st Book of Kings.
man; and keep the charge of the

Lesson I. Chap. iii. LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his command- THE LORD appeared to Solomon in

a dream by night: and God said,
ments, and his judgments, and his Ask what I shall give thee. And
testimonies, as it is written in the law Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto
of Moses, that thou mayest prosper thy servant David my father great
in all that thou doest, and whitherso- mercy, according as he walked before
ever thou turnest thyself: that the thee in truth, and in righteousness,
LORD may continue his word which and in uprightness of heart with theo ;
he spake concerning me, saying, If and thou hast kept for him this great
thy children take heed to their way, kindness, that thou hast given him
to walk before me in truth with all a son to sit on his throne, as it
their heart and with all their soul, is this day.
there shall not fail thee (said he) a
man on the throne of Israel.

Ry. I have sinned. p. xxviii.
RI. LORD, if Thy people. p. xxxiv.

Lesson II.
Lesson II.


ND now, O LORD my God, thou

hast made thy servant kinginstead MOREOVER thou knowest also

what Joab the son of Zeruiah of David my father: and I am but & did to me, and what he did to the two little child: I know not how to go out captains of the hosts of Israel, unto or come in. And thy servant is in the Abner the son of Ner, and unto midst of thy people which thou hast Amasa the son of Jether, whom he chosen, a great people that cannot be slew,' and shed the blood of war in numbered nor counted for multitude. peace, and put the blood of war upon

Give therefore thy servant an underhis girdle that was about his loing, standing heart to judge thy people, and in his shoes that were on his feet. bad: for who is able to judge this thy

that I may discern between good and Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to so great & people? the grave in peace.

Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.
R. And it came to pass. P. XXXV.

Lesson III.
Lesson III,

AND the speech pleased the LORD,
UT shew kindness unto the sons that Solomon had asked this thing.

of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let And GOD said unto him, Because thou
them be of those that eat at thy table: hast asked this thing, and hast not
for so they came to me when I fled asked for thyself long life; neither
because of Absalom thy brother. And, hast asked riches for thyself,
behold, thou hast with thee Shimei asked the life of thine enemies; but
the son of Gera, a Benjamite of hast asked for thyself understanding
Bahurim, which cursed me with a to discern judgment; behold, I have
grievous curse in the day when I went done according to thy words: lo, I
to Mahanaim; but he came down have given thee a wise and an under-
to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to standing heart; so that there was

nor hast

none like thee before thee, neither

Lesson III. after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee AND Solomon's wisdom excelled

the wisdom of all the children of that which thou hast not asked, both the east country, and all the wisdom riches, and honour : 80 that there of Egypt. For he was wiser than all shall not be any among the kings like men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and unto thee all thy days.

Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the Rz. Hearken. p. xxix.

sons of Mahol: and his fame was in

all nations round about. And he THURSDAY.

spake three thousand proverbs : and Of the 1st Book of Kings. his songs were a thousand and five. Lesson I. Chap. iv.

And he spake of trees, from the cedar

tree that is in Lebanon even unto the AND Solomon reigned over all king,

doms from the river unto the land hyssop that springeth out of the wall: of the Philistines, and unto the border he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, of Egypt: they brought presents, and and of creeping things, and of fishes. served Solomon all the days of his And there came of all people to hear life.

the wisdom of Solomon, from all And Solomon's provision for one day was thirty measures of fine kings of the earth, which had heard of

his wisdom. flour, and threescore measures of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen

Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii. out of the pastures, and an hundred

FRIDAY. sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and

Of the 1st Book of Kings. fallow deer, and fatted fowl. For he had dominion over all the region on

Lesson I.. Chap. v. this side the river, from Tiphsah even A ND Hiram king of Tyre sent his to Azzah, over all the kings on this

servants unto Solomon; for he side the river: and he had peace on had heard that they had anointed him all sides round about him.

king in the room of his father: for

Hiram was ever a lover of David. And Ry. Prepare. p. xxvi.

Solomon sent to Hiram, saying, Thou Lesson II.

knowest how that David my father AND Judah and Israel dwelt safely, could not, build an house unto the

every man under his vine and name of the LORD his God for the under his fig tree, from Dan to Beer- wars which were about him on every sheba, all the days of Solomon. And side, until the LORD put them under Solomon had forty thousand stalls of the soles of his feet. But now the horses for his chariots, and twelve LORD my God hath given me rest on thousand horsemen. And those every side, so that there is neither adofficers provided victual for king Solo- versary nor evil occurrent. mon, and for all that came unto king

Ry. Saul hath slain.


Xxvii. Solomon's table, every man in his

Lesson II. month : they lacked nothing. Barley also and straw for the horses and AND, behold, I purpose to build an

house unto the name of the LORD dromedaries brought they unto the my God, as the LORD spake unto place where the officers were, every man David my father, saying, Thy son, according to his charge. And God whom I will set upon thy throne in thy gave Solomon wisdom and understand. room, he shall build an house unto ing exceeding much, and largeness of my name. Now therefore command heart, even as the sand that is on the thou that they hew me cedar trees out sea shore.

of Lebanon; and my servants shall be Ry. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. with thy servants : and unto thee will

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