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Afterwards, when the children of Ifrael were greatly multiplied, according to God's Promise, and having left Egypt, took their March through the Deserts' of Arabia, they were under a Necessity of encountering fe veral Nations, before they pass'd over fordan into the Promis'd Land. Their first
Conflict was with the Amalekites and the Numb. Canaanites; before whom they were dif
comfited; because they presumed to make the Attack in a diforderly Manner; without Moses and the Ark of the Covenant; and in direct Contradi&tion to an express Com
mand of God. But, some time after, we ib. xxi. 2. find Israel vow'd a vow unto the LORD,
and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my band, then I will utterly destroy their cities. And the LORD bearken, ed to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and tbeir cities.
After this they fought successfully against Sihon King of the Amorites, and Og the King of Bafhan: as also against the Moabites and the Midianites: And having passed over the River Jordan, they befieg'd and took Jericho.
In a Word, the sacred Memoirs reckon de up one and thirty Kings which Joshua and Josh. xii.
the children of Israel (mote on this fide Jordan, and gave their Lands unto the Tribes of Ifrael for a poseffion, according to their divifions. In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south-country: the Hit, tites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites; the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, However, some of these
of these Nations were not totally destroy’d; but left to prove Israel Judg. iii. by; to know whether they would bearken to the commandments of the LORD. Add to these the Philistines, with whom they wag'd perpecual War during the Time of the Judges, and Saul; and who, having been defeated in four picch'd Battles, were at last utterly routed by David. Whose first Coming into the Army, from
the Sheepfolds, was auspiciously crown'd with the Success, of vanquishing, in single Combat, their formidable Champion Goliah. But this, as well as most of their other successful Engagements under the Conduct of the Judgles, being more owing to the providential Arm of God, the never-failing Affistant of Virtue and Piety, than to human Prowess
and Skill in the Science of War, I shall for
bear transcribing them, upon this Occafion. 2 Sam.iij.
Wc read that there was long war between the house of Saul, and the house of David;
Ifhbofheth the Son of the former, by the ib. ii. 10. Strength of a mighty Party, reigning over
Ifrael two years, in Opposition to the latter; who, all that while, had no other Adherents than the House of Judah. But God having given away the Kingdom from the House of Saul to that of David, as had long before been declar'd by the Prophet Samuel; and all Obstacles being by degrees remov'd
out of his Way; all the Tribes and Elders ib. v. 3. of Israel came to him to Hebron: And be
made a league with them in Hebron, before the LORD; and they anointed David King over Israel.
David was victorious in all his Battles ; and having subdued the Nations round about him, left the Kingdom in profound Peace to his Son Solomon; who was wife enough to maintain and preserve it, in che fame Condition, all his Days; to fay nothing of his adorning and improving it with the advantageous Benefits of Commerce, and chofe Arts and Sciences which fo conftantly attend a folid and well-establish'd
Peace, and are the almost infalliblei Test of ics being so.
:51) 10 After the Death of Solomon, the Kingdom's being divided in two, laid a Foundation for frequent Bickerings becween the Kings of Judah and Israel; in which they harrass'd and worried each other. But this. was not all; by their presumptuous Disobedience they provok'd the LORD, to raise them
up Enemies out of the mighty Nations of the Egyptians, Syrians, Assyrians, and Babylonians: Whereby Ifrael was finally carried away into Captivity, from which they never return'd; and Judab into one for seventy Years; as we have more fully declar'd already
And the latter, after their Return, were again oppress’d by the Syrians; infested by the Samaritans; and oblig'd to contend with the Idumaans, and other Nations that border'd
them. Of all whom, after a long Course of Troubles, they had no sooner
the better, than they began to fall out among themselves; and by that means, gave the Romans both a Handle and an opportunity to reduce them under their Subjection. In which State they continued till their factiqus, stubborn Spirits,
laid thofe Conquerors of the World under a Neceffity of destroying their City, Temple and Nation.
cas CONCLUSION cores) To conclude. : From this Review of
. the Bible, every serious impartial Mind will be ready to allow, that there is nothing contain’d in it deserving that Sneer and Contempt, with which raw and shallow Thinkers are apt to treat it. As the oldeft Hiftory of the most ancient People, it is venerable upon account of ics Antiquity. As it delineates the merciful Judgments of God, and abounds with all thofe Precepts of Morality which relate to the Duty of Man, it must appear to be a facred and a divine Book to every unprejudiced Reader. And, to chose who truly believe the. Contents of it, and know by. Faich how to apply them, it will ever be an inexhaustible Fountain of spiritual Confolation: * 4
Here, we see that God, of his infinite Goodness, created Man in a State of In
ocence and Purity, and gave him to under and that nothing but his own wilful Disobedience could ever occafion his Ruin. That, Man; notwithstanding chis fair Warn