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our hearts unto him, to walk in all his ways, and to keep his commandments and statutes, which he commanded our fathers. That all the people of the earth may know that the Lord is God, and that there is none else."

Nevertheless Solomon, in his old age, did evil in the sight of the Lord; and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father; but burnt incense, and sacrificed unto strange gods.

And Solomon reigned forty years; and died and was buried in the city of David: and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.

42. Ten Tribes revolt. And Rehoboam despised the counsel of the old men,

who had been with his father Solomon; but took the advice of young men, who had been brought up with him.

Wherefore ten tribes of Israel rebelled against him, and chose Jeroboam for their king; and he became king of Israel ; but the tribes of Judah and Benjamin remained with Rehoboam; and he was called the king of Judah

And in the reign-of Ahab, king of Israel, who sinned against the Lord, and worshipped false gods, the Lord sent Elijah the prophet_to command him to repent. But he repented not; and he and his wife Jezibel were slain, and Jehu was king after him.

43, Elijah and Elisha, And Elijah was carried up to heaven; and his spirit

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rested on Elisha, who became the prophet of the Lord in his stead.

As Elisha went up to Bethel, there came forth little children out of the city, who mocked him, and said unto him, “Go

Go up thou bald head.' And there came forth bears out of the wood, and devoured them.

And two hundred and fifty years after the death of king Solomon. Hezekiah began to reign. And he trusted in the Lord God of Israel, and kept his commandments. And the Lord was with him, and preserved hiin from his enemies.

In his days the Lord sent his prophet Isaiah, who foretold the birth, and sufferings, and death of our LORD AND

SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, seven hundred years before he was born. 41. Isaiah foretells the Birth and

Power of Christ. Comfort ye, comfort ye, my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unio her, that her sin is pardoned.

The voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord; make strait in the desert a high way for our God.”

Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bare a son, and shall call his name Emanuel, GOD WITH US.

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name shall be called WON

DERFUL, --COUNSELLOR, ---THE
MIGHTY GOD, THE EVER-
LASTING
FATHER,

THE PRINCE OF PEACE.

Of the increase of his go-. vernment and power there shall be no end, upon the throne of David to establish it with justice for ever. 45. Isaiah foretells his divine Spirit

and Miracles. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him ; the spirit of wisdom, and of the fear of the Lord : and the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

The eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped: the lame man shall leap as a bart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing.

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