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Isaiah encourage him to trust in the Lord ? (Ans. Yes.): What did Isaiah say should happen to Sennacherib? [Ans. That he should die by the sword in his own land.]. What did the angel of the Lord do that same night ? [Ans. He killed all the Assyrians.] How many were there ? Ans. An hundred and eighty-four thousand men.] Were not the king and his people greatly surprised to find all their enemies dead corpses ? [Ans. Yes.) What became of Seppacherib? [Ans. Two of his sons killed him? What was he doing when his 'sons.slew him? [Ans. Worshipping in the house of Nisroch.] What was Nisroch? [Ans. An idol.]

Instruction.- Manasseh, the son of Hezekiah, reigned in Judah after his father, but he did not follow Hezekiali's good example, for he brought back the idols Hezekiah had pot away, and set up a carved image as an idol in the house of the Lord, and worshipped it. And the Lord was angry, and gave Manasseh up to the king of Assyria, who bound him with fetters of brass, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, Manasseh humbled himself, and prayed the Lord to pardon him; and the Lord delivered him; and when he went back to bis kingdom, he put away the idol out of the temple, and commanded the people to serve the Lord only.

Questions.-Who was Manasseh ? [Ans. The son of Hezekiah.) Was he king of Judah ? [Ans. Yes.] Was he a good king ? [ Ans. No.) What did he set up in the house of the Lord ? [ Ans. A carved image.]. How was Manasseh punished? Ans. He was given up to the king of Assyria.] How did Manasseh behave when he was in aMiction? [ Ans. He humbled himself and prayed God to pardon him.) Did the Lord restore him to his kingdom [Ans. Yes.] Did Manasseh when he went back to Jerusalem put away the idol out of the house of ihe Lord ? (Ans. Yes.] What did he command the people of Judah to do ? (Ans. To serve the Lord only.]

Instruction.---After Manasseh, there were several kings of Judab ; one of them, named Josiah, was very good; he destroyed the idols which those before him, had set up; be followed the ways of David more than any of the kings of Judah ; but after him came other kings who brought the idols back; the last of these kings was Zedekiah. In his days, Nebuchadnezzar, king of Bibylon, came against Jerusalem ; and because the king and his people were wicked, and would not hearken to the proplets whom the Lord sent


to call them to their duty, the Lord delivered the city into the hands of Nebuchadnezzar, whose arniy burnt down Jerusalem and the temple, and killed great nnmbers of the people, and carried the rest, with Zedekiah, prisoners to Babylon. Thus the Lord put an end to the kingdom of Judah, because the king and people had forsaken bim, and giveni themselves up to idolatry ;- but the Lord promised, by his prophets, to restore it again at the end of seventy years, for his servant David's sake..

Questions. What was the name of a good king who reigned in Judah ? [Ans. Josiah.) What did he restore ? (Ans. The worship of the Lord.] Were there any more good kings of Judah after him ? [Ans. No.) Who was the last king of Judah? [Ans. Zedekiab.) Was he a good king? [ Ans. No.] Who came against Jerusalem in this days ? [Ans. Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon.] Did he take the city? (Ans. Yes.] What did he burn? [Ars. The temple of the Lord, and all the houses in Jerusalem.] What became of Zedekiah and the people of Judah who were not killed when Jerusalem was destroyed ? (Ans. They were carried captives into Babylon.] Why did the Lord suffer the kingdoni of Judah to be destroyed ? Ans Because the king and people forsook him and set up idols.] Was it never to be restored [Ans. Yes.] How long was the captivity to last? [ Ans. Seventy years.] *

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LECTURE XXII. Instruction.-- Among those who had been carried prisoners to Babylon, were Daniel the prophet, and bis three friends, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, set up a golden image on a great plain, and commanded every body to pray to it, and praise it, instead of God; and he said that those who would not do so, should be thrown into a burning fiery furnace. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, would not obey tbe king, but kept on praying to God; so Nebuchadnezzar commanded, and they were cast into the furvace, with their hands tied, and all their clothes on, but God kept the fire from burning them, and they walked about as if tbey were i in the open air. When

the king saw that, he cried out, Sl.adracb, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the The thirteenth Portion of Miscellaneous Questions to be asked here.

living God, come out of the fire;" and they came out un. hurt. Then Nebuchadnezzar caused the enemies of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to be cast into the furnace, and they were burnt to death in an instant; and the king commanded bis people to worship the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

Questions.--. What was the name of a young prophet who was carried away captive into Babylon, some time before Jerusalem was destroyed ? [Ans. Daniel.]

What were the names of his three friends ? [Ans. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ] How did these three young men offend Nebuchadnezzar ? [Ans. They refused to worship the golden image which he set up.1 What punishment did he inflict upon them for this ? [ Ans. He cast them into a burning fiery furnace.] How came they not to be burnt to death> [Ans. God preserved them.]

Instruction. --Nebuchadnezzar conquered a great many other kingdoms besides that of Judalı, and he was very proud of his power and greatness ; therefore God punished him by taking bis understanding away from him, so that he was no better than the beasts; and he was driven from his kingdom, and eat grass with oxen, till his hair was grown like eagles feathers, and his nails like birds claws. But after a time, God restored Nebuchadnezzar to his senses, and he recovered his kingdom, and confessed that the Lord is king of heaven; that all his works are truih, and his ways judgment, and that those who walk in pride be is able to abase.

Questions ---How was Nebuchadnezzar punished for his pride ? [ Ans. He lost his understanding, and was driven from his kingdom. Did God restore his understanding afterwards ? [ Ans. Yes.] What did he acknowledge then? [Ans. That the Lord God is the king of heaven and earth.)

Instruction.---Several kings reigned in Babylon after Nebuchadnezzar; at last there came a very wicked one, named Belshazzar, who at a feast, which he made for a thousand of bis nobles, provoked the Lord, for he sent for the holy vessels which Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple at Jerusalem, and drank wine out of them with his nobles, and praised his idols of gold and silver, brass and iron, wood and stone; and the same night Belshazzar was slain, and his kingdom given to Darius, the king of the Medes, who took the city of Babylon. And when Darius was king, he set Daniel over all ihe princes, and honoured him greatly; but some wicked people, who envied the good propbet, persuaded the king to give orders, that nobody should say their prayers for thirty days, under pain of being thrown into a den of lions; still Daniel kept on praying to God, as usual, and his enemies insisted on his being thrown into the den. Darius was very sorry, and lay awake all night thinking of Daniel : in the morning the king rose very early, and went to the den, where he found Daniel alive and well; for God had kept the lions from hurting him ; then the prophet was taken out, and those who had him put there, were thrown into the den, and the lions devoured them in an instant. After Darius was dead, Cyrus, prince of Persia, who had taken Babylon with Darius, reigned in his stead,

Questions.--.What was the name of the wicked king of Babylon, who, with his nobles, drank wine out of the golden vessels of the temple of God ? [Ans. Belshazzar.] Who did they praise when they drank out of these vessels ? [Ans. Their idols of gold and silver, brass and iron, wood and stone.] Was not this a great affront to God? (Ans. Yes.] What happened that same night ? [Ans. Belshazzar was slain.] Who had the kingdom? [Ans. Darius, 'the king of the Medes.] How did Darius behave to Daniel ? [Ans He preferred him to all the princes.] What was done to Daniel because he continued to pray to God, contrary to the king's command ? ( Ans. He was cast into a den of lions.] Did the lions devour him ? [Ans. No.] Who preserved bim? [Ans. God.]' Who did the lions eat up in a minute? [Ans. Daniel's enemies.]

Instruction. It was foretold by the prophet Isaiab, two hundred years before Cyrus, prince of Persia, was born, that a man, named Cyrus, should restore the people of Israel to tlieir own land; and Jeremiah the prophet foretold, that the people would-live in captivity in Babylon seventy years; but would then return and build Jerusalem. When the seventy years were nearly expired, Darias being dead, God gave Cyrus tbe kingdom of Babylon, and put into his heart to set the people of Israel free, and let them go back to their own country and build Jerusalen); and Cyrus returned to them the vessels of the house of the Lord, wbich Nebuchadnezzar had brought from Jerusalem. So a very great multitude of the people went from Babylon, and the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid, but they were hindered in their work by the Samaritans, and it was not finished for

twenty years; but at length the temple was completed, and dedicated with great rejoicings ; and the Lord again blessed his people in their own land. The remnant of the kingdom of Judah were called Jews in the land of their captivity, and they still are known by this name. And there was a good man, named Ezra, who was one of the scribes, or teachers of the law, and he assembled the whole congregation, both of men and women, and all who could hear with understanding; and Ezra stood up upon a pulpit of wood, high above all the people, and opened the book of the law of Moses ; and when he opened the book the people stood up, and the Levites, explained the law to the people. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered Amen, Amen, lifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. . After this the nobles and people entered into a covenant to walk in God's laws, which was given by Moses the servant of God, and to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord their God. And they never after worshipped idols.

Questions.—Whom did Isaiah prophecy of by name two hundred years before he was born ? [Ans. Cyrus.) What did the prophet foretel concerning him ? [Ans. That he should restore the people of Judah to their own land.] How long did the prophet Jeremiah foretel that the captivity should last ? [Ans. Seventy years.] To whom did God give the kingdom of Babylon at the end of seventy years ? [Ans. To Cyrus.] What did God put into his heart to do? [atns. To set the Jews free.] Did he let them go back to their own land ? [Ans. Yes.] What did he give them back? {Ans. The vessels of the temple.] Who carried the people of Judah into captivity ? [Ans. Nebuchadnezzar ) What ilid Isaiah foretel they should do when they went back to their own land ? [Ans. Build Jerusalem again.) Did they do so? [Ans. Yes.] Did they build the temple also ? [Ans. Yes.] Who read the law to the people when Jerusalem was rebuilt ? [Ans. Ezra, the scribe.] Were not the Jews very happy when they got back to their own land again? [Ans. Yes.] Why had God cast them out of it? [Ans. Because they forsook him and worshipped idols.] Did they ever bring back idolatry afterwards ? [Ans. No.]

Instruction.---Though the people kept from idolatry after their captivity, they corrupted the law of Moses, and did

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