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Gideon to take only three hundred men with him, and to let each man carry in his band a pitcher with a lamp in it; and they went as the Lord commanded, and their lights being hidden in the pitchers, this little troop came to the camp of the Midianites without their seeing them. Then all at once they broke their pitchers, and cried out, “ The sword of the Lord and of Gideon,” and the whole hosts of the Midianites fled; and the rest of the men of Israel gathered together and pursued them, and there fell of the Midianites in one day, an hundred and twenty thousand men, all wicked idolaters; and the people of Israel gained great riches, and were in quietness for forty years in the days of Gideon.
Questions.---Who did the Lord raise up to deliver Israel when the Midianites oppressed them ? [Ans. Gideon.] How many men did the Lord command Gideon to take with him against a very great army of the Midianites? [Ans. Three hundred.] What were they to carry in their hands ? (Ans. Broken pitchers and lamps.] What happened when they shouted and said, “ The sword of the Lord and of Gideon ?" [Ans. The great army fled away.) Were the people of Israel delivered from the Midianites? [Ans. Yes.)
Instruction.--. And the children of Israel again' did evil in the sight of the Lord, and he delivered them into the hands of the Philistines forty years. And the Lord raised up Samson to begin to deliver Israel, and Samson was the strongest of men, for the Lord gave him great strength, that he might pvercome the Philistineş; but the Lord had commanded that he should rever shave the hair of his head, and threatened that he should lose his strength if he did so.
And the Spirit of the Lord moved Samson at times to fight with the Philistines, and then he did wonders.
When the people of Judah delivered him up bound with strong cords into the hands of the Philistines, the cords became like flax that was burnt with fire, and the bands loosed from his hands, and he seized the jaw-bone of an ass, and slew a thousand men of the Philistines with it. When he was at Gaza and heard that the Philistines designed to kill him, he arose at midnight, and took the gates of the city with the posts and bars, and carried them away upon his shoulders to the top a hill.
Questions.--.Who did the Lord raise up when the Philistines oppressed the Israelites ? [Ans, Samson.] What was he remarkable for ? [Ans. His great strength.] What was
Samson's strength given him for? [Ans. That he might be. gin to deliver the Israelites from the Philistines.] What was Samson commanded not to do? ( Ans. Not to shave off his hair.} What was to happen if he did ? [Ans. He was to Jose his strength.] How did Samson shew his strength when the Philistines bound him with cords ? [Ans. He broke them in pieces.] With what did he slay a tbousand men ? [ans. The jaw-bone of an ass.} How did he shew his strength when they shut him up in the city of Gaza ? [Ans. He carried the gates away upon his shoulders.]
Instruction.--- After this Samson loved a woman of the Philistines, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines said to Delilah, "Entice Samson to tell us wherein his great strength lieth, and how we may prevail against him to afflict him, and we will give thee, every one of us, eleven hundred pieces of silver." So Delilah entreated Sanison to tell her what they desired; but he deceived her twice : at last, when she pressed him earnestly, Samson said, “ If I break the command of God and be shaven, I shall be as other men.” So when Samson slept, Delilah caused the seven locks of his head to be shaved, and the Lord took his strength from him.
Then the Philistines took Samson, and put out his eyes, and bound him with fetters of brass, and made him grind in the prison. But the Lord gave him bis strength again, and the Philistines knew it not: so when they made a great feast 10 Dagon, their idol, they fetcbed Samson to the temple to make sport for them; and they placed him between the two pillars, and Samson laid hold of the pillars, and prayed to the Lord to strengthen him that once. Then he bowed with all his might, and the house fel upon the lords, and all that were therein, and Samson died also; so those which he slew at his death, were more than they which he slew in his life. Then his father and brethren came down and buried him. i. Questions... What did Samson suffer a wicked woman to persuade him to tell her ? . [ Ans. How he would lose his strength.) What was the woman's name? [Ans. Delilah.] What did she contrive to do ? [Ans. To have his bair shaved off whilst he was asleep.] Did he lose his strength? [ Ans. Yes.] Wby did God take it away? [Ans. To punish him.) Whom did Delilah bring upon Samson? [dus. The Philistines.] Did they prevail against him ? (Ans. Yes.] What vid they do to him? [Ans. T'hey put out bis eyes, and bound.
him with fetters of brass, and made him grind in the prison.) Did his hair grow and his strength return again? (Ans. Yes.] Why did the Lord give him his strength again ? [Ans. That he might punish the Philistines.] What did the Philistines do for their sport? [Ans. They sent for Samson.) · Where did they take him to ? [Ans. The house of Dagon.] W bat was Dagon ? [Ans. An idol.) What did Samson do when he was there? [Ans. Pulled down the house.] Were not all the people in it killed ? [-4ns. Yes.] Was Samson killed also ? [Ans. Yes.]
Instruction. --After the death of Samson, Eli was both high priest and judge in Israel. And in his days a woman Damed Hannah, the wife of Elkanah, went up to Jerusalem with ber husband, and having no child, she prayed unto the Lord, and said, that if the Lord would give her a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord, to serve him all the days of his life.
And the Lord granted' Hannah's prayer, and she had a son, and named him Samuel; and when she had weaned bim, she brought him to Jerusalem to Eli, that he might be with him; and Eli employed Samuel in the tabernacle, and Samuel, though but a little child, worshipped the Lord, and his mother came every year to Jerusalem, and brought bim a coat. Eli himself was a good man, but his sons, Hopbni and Phinebas, were very wicked, and Eli, instead of punishing them for their crimes, and putting them out of the priest's office, only mildly reproved them. This offended the Lord, and he sent a prophet to Eli to tell him that the priesthood should be taken from his family, and that his two sons, Hophni and Phinebas, should both die in one day. And when Samuel was grown up the Lord made him a prophet, and all Israel bonoored him.
Questions.--Who was judge of Israel after Samson ? [Ans. Eli.) What was he besides judge? [Ans. High priest.) What woman went up to Jerusalem to worship in his days? [Ans. Hannah.] What did she vow to do if the Lord would grant her a son ? [Ans. To give him to the Lord all the days
of his life.] Did the Lord grant Hannah's prayer ? [Ans. Yes.] What name did she give this son ? [Ans. Samuel.! What did she do with little Samuel as soon as she had weaned him? [ Ans. She brought him to Eli to present him to the Lord.] Why did she take him to Eli? [Ans. Because Eli was the high priest.] Were Eli's sons good people ? (Ans. No; very wicked.] Did Eli punish them as they deserved ? [Ans. No.) Did he reprove them for their faults? [ Ans. Yes.] 'Should he not have punished them when they did not mind him! [Ans. Yes.] Did the child Samuel learn of Eli's sons to be wicked ? [Ans. No.) What did the Lord send a prophet to tell Eli ? [Ans. That the priesthood should be taken from his family, and that his two sons should
die in one day.] What did the Lord make Samuel ? [Ans. His prophet.]
Instruction --- In the days of Eli the Philistines made war against Israel, and the Lord suffered them to prevail, so that thirty thousand of the Israelites were slain. Then the people šent and fetched the ark of God into the camp, which should trever have been removed but by the command of the Lord, and Hophni and Phinehas went with it; and the Lord, for the punishment of the Israelites, and to shew the Philistines that he was the true God, suffered the Philistines to take it; and Hophni and Phinehas were both killed the same day. And when the news was carried to Eli, he fell down backwards and broke his neck and died.
Questions.---Who were the enemies of Israel in the days of Èli? '[Ans. The Philistines.] What did the elders of Israel' take into the field of battle? [Ans. The ark of the Lord.). Did the Lord command them to do so ? [Ans. No.] What priests were with it? [ Ans. Hophni and Phinehas.] Whose sons were they ? [Ans. Eli's.] What did the Lord permit the Philistines to take, às a judgment upon the Israelites ? [Ans. The ark.] How many of the Israelites were killed Ans. Thirty thousand.) What became of Hophoi and Phinehas? Ans. They were slain.] How was Eli affected when he heard that his two sons were dead, and the ark of God taken? [Ans. He fell backwards and broke his neck.} Was it not a dreadful misfortune for the Israelites to lose the ark of God? (Ans. Yes.]
Instruction --- The Philistines took the ark of the Lord into the house of Dagon, and in the morning Dagon had fallen down before it; and'they set him up in his place; but
the next morning they found him again falleo down and broken, so that only the stump of Dagon was left.
And the Lord punished the Philistines with plagues for taking the ark; so they sent it about from place to place, and wherever it went the people were plagued. At last they sent it back in a new cart, with presents, and the people of Israel received it gladly, and it was in the house of Abinadab twenty years.
Questions.--- Where did the Philistines put the ark of the Lord ? [ Ans. Into the temple of Dagon.) What was Dagon? (Ans. An image.] What happened to the image of Dagon when the ark of God was in the temple ? [Ans It fell with its face upon the earth before the ark.] What happened the next day after the Philistines bad put the image in its place ? [Ans. It fell down again and was broke all to pieces.] How did the Lord punish the Pliilistines for honouring an idol and dishonouring him? [Ans. Sent plagues upon them ] What did they resolve to do then ? [Ans. To send it back.) Were not the people of Israel very glad to receive it? [Ans. Yes.] Who took it into his house (Ans. Abinadab.] How long did it remain there ? [Ans. Twenty years.] *
Instruction.--When Samuel was a very old man, the elders of the children of Ísrael came to him and said, “ Make us a king to judge us like all the nations." And Samuel was dis. pleased, and he prayed unto the Lord. But the Lord consented that they should have a king, and commanded Samuel to make Saul, the son of Kish, king of Israel ; and Saul thinking of no such thing, came to Ramah, seeking his father's asses, which were lost; then Samuel invited him to his house, and took a vial of oil, and poured it on his head, and told him that the Lord had chosen him to be king, and Saul was taller than any of the people from his shoulders and upwards. A amuel said afterward to all the people, “ See ye him whom the Lord hath chosen, that there is none
• The eighth portion of Miscellaneous Questions to be asked here.