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daughter of Zachariah. And he did ! TENTH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY. that which was right in the sight of

FIRST NOCTURN. the LORD, according to all that David

Of the 2nd Book of Kings. his father did. He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut

Lesson I. Chap xx. down the groves, and brake in pieces In those days was Hezekiah sick the brazen serpent that Moses had

And the prophet made; for unto those days the Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, children of Israel did burn incense and said unto him, Thus saith the to it: and he called it Nehushtan. LORD, Set thine house in order; for He trusted in the LORD God of thou shalt die, and not live. Then Israel.

he turned his face to the wall, and Ry. I have sinned. p. xxviii. prayed unto the LORD, saying, I

beseech thee, O LORD, remember now Lesson II.

how I have walked before thee in So that after him was none like him truth and with a perfect heart, and

among all the kings of Judah, nor have done that which is good in thy any that were before him. For he sight. And Hezekiah wept sore. clave to the LORD, and departed not Rą. Prepare. p. xxvi. from following him, but kept his

Lesson II. commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses. And the LORD was AN

ND it came to pass, afore Isaiah with him; and he prospered whither

was gone out into the middle soever he went forth : and he rebelled court, that the word of the LORD came against the king of Assyria, and served to him, saying, Turn again, and tell him not. He smote the Philistines,

Hezekiah the captain of my people, even unto Gaza, and the borders Thus saith the LORD, the God of thereof, from the tower of the watch- David thy father, I have heard thy men to the fenced city.

prayer, I have seen thy tears: behold,

I will heal thee: on the third day Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.

thou shalt go up unto the house of

the LORD. And I will add unto thy Lesson III.

days fifteen years; and I will deliver AN

ND it came to pass in the fourth thee and this city out of the hand of

year of king Hezekiah, which the king of Assyria ; and I will was the seventh year of Hoshea son of defend this city for mine own sake, Elah king of Israel, that Shalmaneser and for my servant David's sake. king of Assyria came up against And Isaiah said, Take a lump of figs. Samaria, and besieged it. And at the And they took and laid it on the boil, end of three years they took it: even and he recovered. in the sixth year of Hezekiah, that is

Rz. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. the ninth year of Hoshea king of Israel, Samaria was taken. And the

Lesson III. king of Assyria did carry away Israel unto Assyria, and put them in Hallah.AND. Hezekiah said unto Isaiah,

What shall be the sign that the and in Habor by the river of Gozan, LORD will heal me, and that I shall go and in the cities of the Medes: because up into the house of the LORD the they obeyed not the voice of the LORD third day? And Isaiah said, This their God, but transgressed his cove- sign shalt thou have of the LORD, that nant, and all that Moses the servant the LORD will do the thing that he of the LORD commanded, and would hath spoken: shall the shadow go not hear them, nor do them.

forward ten degrees, or go back ten Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.

degrees? And Hezekiah answered, It is a light thing for the shadow to go f the pure in heart, for they shall down ten degrees : nay, but let the see God. And how is it written in shadow return backward ten degrees. | another place: Who can say, I have And Isaiah the prophet cried unto the made my heart clean? The answer is LORD: and he brought the shadow in this wise, that a perfect heart in ten degrees backward, by which it Hezekiah's case is spoken of, because had gone down in the dial of Ahaz. he destroyed idols, opened the doors Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii. of the temple, broke in pieces the SECOND NOCTURN.

brazen serpent, and performed all

the other acts which Scripture reFrom the Exposition of S. Jerome the cords. Priest on Isaiah.

Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.
Lesson IV.
L. 11 on Isaiah, chap. 38.

Lesson VL. LEST the heart of Hezekiah should AND he wept sore, on account of the be lifted up, after such incredible

LORD's promise to David, which triumphs, and a victory out of the he saw would perish by his own death. midst of captivity, he is visited by For at that time, Hezekiah had no bodily sickness, and he hears that he sons : since, after his death, Manasseh is about to diein order that he began to reign in Judah, when he was might turn to the LORD, and bend but twelve years old. Whence it is to His decree. And the same thing evident that Manasseh was not born happened in the case of the prophet till the third year of the restored Jonah ; and in the threat pronounced life of Hezekiań. Wherefore all this against David, that which was foretold weeping is, because he lost all hope came not to pass. Not that God that CHRIST should be born of his changed His decree, but because He seed. Others allege, that even holy would call man to the knowledge of

are afraid of death, because Himself. For the LORD repenteth of their doubt as to the judgment, or Him of the evil. Hezekiah turned his their ignorance of what dwelling place face to the wall, because he could not they shall have by God's decree. go to the Temple; either towards the Rz. vi. I took thee. p. xxvii. wall of the Temple, close to whicb Ry. vi. I have sinned. Solomon had erected his palace, or Rz. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxvii. simply towards the wall, lest he should appear to exhibit his tears to

MONDAY. them that sat by.

Of the 2nd Book of Kings.
Ry. Saul bath slain. p. xxvii.

Lesson I. Chap. xxii.
Lesson V.

JOSIAH was eight years old when AND hearing that he was to die, be he began to reign, and he reigned

does not pray for life, and many thirty and one years in Jerusalem. years, but leaves it to God's judgment, and his mother's name was Jedidah, what He would be pleased to give him. the daughter of Adaiah of Boscath. For he knew that Solomon had And he did that which was right in pleased God, because he did not ask the sight of the LORD, and walked in for longer years of life. But when all the way of David his father, and about to depart to the LORD, he sets turned not aside to the right hand forth his conduct; bow he had walked or to the left. And it came to pass before Him in truth, and with a per- in the eighteenth

year of king Josiahla fect heart. Happy is that conscience, that the

king sent Shaphan the son of which, in the time of affliction, can Azaliah, the son of Meshullam, the call to mind good works. Blessed are scribe, to the house of the LORD,


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saying, Go up to Hilkiah the high

TUESDAY. priest, that he may sum the silver Of the 2nd Book of Kings. which is brought into the house of

Lesson I. Chap. xxiii. the LORD, which the keepers of the door have gathered of the people: and AND the king went up into the let them deliver it into the hand of

house of the LORD, and all the the doers of the work, that have the men of Judah and all the inhabitants oversight of the house of the LORD: of Jerusalem with him, and the and let them give it to the doers of priests, and the prophets, and all the the work which is in the house of the people, both small and great: and he LORD.

read in their ears all the words of the

book of the covenant which was found Ry. Remember. p. xxviii.

in the house of the LORD. And the Lesson II.

king stood by a pillar, and made a

covenant before the LORD, to walk unto Shaphan the scribe, I have mandments and his testimonies and

to found the book of the law in the his statutes with all their heart and house of the LORD. And Hilkiah all their soul, to perform the words gave the book to Shaphan, and he of this covenant that were written in read it. And Shaphan the scribe this book. And all the people stood came to the king, and brought the to the covenant. king word again, and said, Thy ser

R. LORD, if Thy people. p. xxxiv. vants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have

Lesson II. delivered it into the hand of them AND the

king commanded Hilkiah that do the work, that have the over- the high priest, and the priests of sight of the house of the LORD. And the second order, and the keepers of Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, the door, to bring forth out of the saying, Hilkiah the priest hath de- temple of the LORD all the vessels that livered me a book.

were made for Baal, and for the grove, Ry. Thou hast heard. p. xxviii.

and for all the host of heaven: and he

burned them without Jerusalem in the Lesson III. fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes

And he put AND Shaphan read it before the of them unto Beth-el.

king. And it came to pass, when down the idolatrous priests, whom the king had heard the words of the the kings of Judah had ordained to book of the law, that he rent his burn incense in the high places in the clothes. And the king commanded cities of Judah, and in the places Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the round about Jerusalem; them also son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son that burned incense unto Baal, to the of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, sun, and to the moon, and to the and Asahiah a servant of the king's, planets, and to all the host of saying, Go ye, enquire of the LORD

heaven. for me, and for the people, and for all

Ry. And it came to pass. p. xxxy. Judah, concerning the words of this

Lesson III. book that is found : for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindred AND he brought out the grove from

the house of the LORD, without against us, because our fathers have Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, not hearkened unto the words of this and burned it at the brook Kidron, and book, to do according unto all that stamped' it small to powder;, and cast which is written concerning us.. the powder thereof upon the graves of Ry. Hearken. p. xxix.

the children of the people. And he brake down the houses of the Sodom- / Megiddo, and brought him to Jeruites, that were by the house of the salem, and buried him in his own LORD, where the women wove hangings sepalchre. for the grove. And he brought all Rz. Thou hast heard. p. XXVÜï. the priests out of the cities of Judah, and defiled the high places where the

Lesson III. priests had burned ineense, from Geba AND the people of the land took to Beer-sheba.

Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and Rz. I took thee. p. xxvii.

anointed bim, and made him king in

his father's stead. Jehoahaz was WEDNESDAY.

twenty and three years old when he Of the 2nd Book of Kings. began to reign; and he reigned three Lesson I. Chap. xii.

months in Jerusalem. And his MOREOVER the workers with mother's name was Hamutal, the

familiar spirits, and the wizards, daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And and the images, and the idols, and all he did that which was evil in the the abominations that were spied in sight of the LORD, according to all the land of Jadah and in Jerusalem, that his fathers had done.

And did Josiah put away, that he might Pharaoh-nechoh put him in bands

at perform the words of the law which Riblah in the land of Hamath, that were written in the book that Hilkiah he might not reign in Jerusalem; and the priest found in the house of the put the land to a tribute of an hundred LORD. And like unto him was there talents of silver, and a talent of gold. no king before him, that turned to And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim the Lord with all his heart, and with the son of Josiah king in the room of all his soul, and with all his might, Josiah his father,

and turned his according to all the law of Moses; name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz neither after him arose there any like away; and he came to Egypt, and him.

died there. Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his

Ry. Hearken. p. xxix. great wrath, wherewith his anger was

THURSDAY. kindled against Judah, because of all

Of the 2nd Book of Kings. the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him witbal.

Eesson I. Chaps. xxüïand xxiv. Ry. I have sinned. p. xxvii. JEHOIAKIM was twenty and five

years old when he began to reig; Lesson II.

and he reigned eleven years in AND the Lord said, I will remove Jerusalem. And his mother's name

Judah also ont of my sight, as I was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah have removed Israel, and will cast off of Rumah. And he did that which this city Jerusalem which I have was evil in the sight of the LORD, chosen, and the house of which I said, according to all that his fathers had My name shall be there. Now the done. In his days Nebuchadnezzar rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that king of Babylon came up, and he did, are they not written in the Jehoiakim became his servant three book of the chronicles of the kings of years: then he turned and rebelled Judah ? In his days Pharaoh-nechoh against him. king of Egypt went up against the

Ry. Prepare. p. xvi. king of Assyria to the river Euphrates; and king Josiah went against him ;

Lesson II. and he slew him at Megiddo, when he AND the LORD sent against him had seen him. And his servants bands of the Chaldees, and bands carried him in a chariot dead from of the Syrians, and bands of the

Moabites, and bands of the children and his princes, and his officers; and of Ammon, and sent them against the king of Babylon took him in the Judah to destroy it, according to the eighth year of his reign. And he word of the LORD, which he spake by carried out thence all the treasures of his servants the prophets. Surely at the house of the LORD, and the the commandment of the LORD came treasures of the king's house, and cut this upon Judah, to remove them out in pieces all the vessels of gold which of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, Solomon king of Israel had made in according to all that he did ; and also the temple of the LORD, as the LORD for the innocent blood that he shed: had said. And he carried away all for be filled Jerusalem with innocent Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all blood; which the LORD would not the mighty men of valour, even ten pardon.

thousand captives, and all the craftsRy. God is the hearer. p. xxvi. men and smiths : none remained, save Lesson III.

the poorest sort of the people of the

land. Now the rest of the acts of

Ry. Ye mountains. p. xxvii.
Jehoiakim, and all that he did,

Lesson III.
are they not written in the book of
the chronicles of the

kings of Judah? AND he carried away Jehoiachin to So Jehoiakim slept with his fathers :

Babylon, and the king's mother, and Jehoiachin his son reigned in his and the king's wives, and his officers, stead. And the king of Egypt came and the mighty of the land, those not again any more out of his land : carried he into captivity from Jerufor the king of Babylon had taken salem to Babylon. And all the men from the river of Egypt unto the river of might, even ten thousand, and Euphrates all that pertained to the craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all king of Egypt.

that were strong and apt for war, Ry. The LORD that. p. xxvii.

even them the king of Babylon brought

captive to Babylon. And the king of FRIDAY.

Babylon made Mattaniah his father's Of the 2nd Book of Kings. brother king in his stead, and changed Lesson I. Chap. xxiv.

his name to Zedekiah.

Rz. I took thee. p. xxvii. JEHOIACHIN, was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and

SATURDAY. he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother's name was Nehushta,

Of the 2nd Book of Kings. the daughter of Elnathan of Jeru

Lesson I. Chaps. xxiv. and xxv. salem. And he did that which was ZEDEKTAH was twenty and one evil in the sight of the LORD, according years old when he began to reign, to all that his father had done. At and he reigned eleven years in that time the servants of Nebuchad- Jerusalem. And his mother's name nezzar king of Babylon came up was Hamutal, the daughter of Jereagainst Jerusalem, and the city was miah of Libnah. And he did that besieged. And Nebuchadnezzar king which was evil in the sight of the of Babylon came against the city, and LORD, according to all that Jehoiakim his servants did besiege it.

had done. For through the anger of Ry. Saul hath slain. p. xxvii. the LORD it came to pass in Jerusalem

and Judah, until he had cast them Lesson II.

out from his presence, that Zedekiah AN

ND Jehoiachin the king of Judah rebelled against the king of Babylon.

went out to the king of Babylon, And it came to pass in the ninth he, and his mother, and his servants, year of his reign, in the tenth month,

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