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Jures out of the house of the LORD. And, in the Reigns of some of the succeeding Kings, the Temple had been so much neglected, that it was miserably out of 2 Chron.

xxiv, repair when yoash came to the Crown; who, being a good and pious Prince, (all the Days of Jehoiada the Priest, whose Counsels he follow'd,) took care to put every thing again in Order.

But, no sooner was Jeboiada dead, than he was perverted by the Persuasions of the wicked Princes of Judah. And they left the house of the LORD God of their fathers, and served groves and idols. And moreover, he commanded Zachariah, the Son of his great Friend and Benefactor Jeboiada, to be ston'd to Death, for offering to remonstrate against his Proceedings. It came to pass therefore, at the end of the year, that the host of Syria came up against bim, and destroyed all the Princes of the people, and sent all the spoil of them unto the King of Damascus. And Joalh's own servants conspir'd against him, and flera him on his bed.

Those that succeeded him, cannot be accounted better, particularly Abaz,


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2 Chron. who gathered together the vessels of the boufe xxviji.

of God, and cut them in pieces, and fout up the doors of the house of the LORD, and made him altars in every corner of jerufalem: and in every several city of Judah, be made High-Places to burn incenfe unto other gods, and provoked to enger the LORD God of bis fathers. Hezekiab in. deed was the Reverse of his Father Abaz: He ordered the Priests to cleanse and prepare the Temple; and restor'd what Abaz had plunder'd it of.

But then Manaffeb, the Son and Successor of Hezekiab, inherited none of his Father's Virtues; but during a considerable Part of his Reign, equallid in Impiety the very worst of his Predeceffors; and set a carved image (the idol which be bad made) in the house of God. Yet, at laft, repenting of his Folly, he took it

away again, and repaired the altar of the LORD. And offer'd fome Atonement for the

great Disservice he had done to Religion, by giving the World so every way deserving

a Prince as his Son Johab; who made 2 Kings ample Reparation for all the Damages done

to the Cause of God, by his iniquitous Facher.




Lo The City and Temple destroy'd.

But the rest of the Kings, who came after him, continued to provoke the I LORD to such a degree, that he suffer" ed Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon to

come up and burn their City and Tem-
ple, and carry away King and People,
Captives into Babylon: where they conti-
nued seventy Years in a servile distress'd
Condition, justly punish'd for their incor-
rigible Iniquities : according to the Pro-
phecy of Hosea; which he had deliver'd
concerning them, at least an hundred and
fifty Years before their Captivity. The Hof

, iii. children of Israel Mall abide many days 4. without a king, and without a prince, and without a facrifice, and without an image, and without an Ephod, and without * Teraphim. Afterward Mall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God. In their Captivity they were to be

so little Masters of themselves as not to # have it in their power to worship either

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the true God, according as he had como manded them, or false ones according to their own depray'd Inclinations.



xlv. 4.

Both rebuilt, after the Return. But when Babylon was taken by Cyrus. King of Perha, of him the Jews obtain'd a Permission to return into their own Country, and to rebuild their City and their Temple: às Isaiah had prophe

fied above two hundred Years before. Ifa. xliv. The LORD, That saith of Cyrus, He is my

Shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure; even saying to Jerusalem, Thou malt built ; and to the Temple, thy foundation shall be laid. For Jacob my servant's sake, and for Israel mine elect, I have called thee by thy Name: I have surnam'd thée, though thou hast not known me.

How divine a Prophesy! and how compleatly fulfillid!

But of this, Jeremiah the Prophet, likewise, prophesies at large; whó, tho' he liv'd to the Time of the Captivity, yet delivers this Prophecy in the Reign of Jehoiakim, at least eleven Years before it:


9, &c.

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And, as he must have been about seventy Years old when they were carried away captive, he could, not withouc divine Inspiration, ascertain the Duration of their Captivity to juft seventy Years. But hear what he says. Behold I will send and Jer. XXV. take all the families of the north, faith the LORD, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my fervant; and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about; and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an biffing, and perpetual defolations: and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy Years. And it mall come to pass when seventy years are accomplished, that I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nativa on, saith the LORD, for their iniquity. And again; Thus faith the LORD, then ib. xxvi. will I make this house like Shiloh; and will make this city a curse to all the nations of the earth. And again; For thus faith the ib. xxix. LORD, that after seventy years

be accomplisb’d at Babylon, I will visit you and perform my good word towards

you, you to return to this place.





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