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made a covenant before the Lord, to walk after the Lord, and to keep his commandments and his testimonies, and his statutes with aīl their heart and all their soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book. And all the people stood to the covenant. And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the Lord all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for
and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. And
5 A good prince thus always takes he put down the idolatrous the lead in religion. Happy the priests, whom the kings of people who have such a sovereign ! Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven. And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the LORD, where the women wove hangings for the
grove. Josiah, in his zeal for true religion, And he brought all the removed the highest from their hopriests out of the cities of nours, if they were found to have
dishonoured their holy profession. Judah, and defiled the high places where the priests had burned incense, from Geba to Beer-sheba, and brake down the high places of the gates that were in the entering in of the gate of Joshua the governor of the city, which were on a man's left hand at the gate of the city. Never- 9 The less guilty of the priests, theless the priests of the high though excluded from their wonted places came not up to the public ministration, were maintained altar of the LORD in Jeru
with the rest of the priesthood. salem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren. And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom, that no man might make his son or his daughter to pass through the fire to Molech. And he took away the horses that the kings of Judah had given to the sun, at the entering in of the house of the LORD, by the chamber of Nathan-melech the chamberlain, which was in the suburbs, and burned the chariots of the sun with fire. And the altars that were on the top of the upper chamber of Ahaz, which the
kings of Judah had made, and the altars which Manasseh had made in the two courts of the house of the LORD, did the king beat down, and brake them down from thence, and cast the dust of them into the brook Kidron. And the high places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the king of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth the abomination of the Zidonians, and for Chemosh the abomination of the Moabites, and for Milcom the abomination of the children of Ammon, did the king defile. And he brake in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled their places with the bones of men. Moreover the altar that was at Beth-el, and the high place which Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin, had made, both that altar and the high place he brake down, and burned the high place, and stamped it small to powder, and burned the grove.
16 Thus fulfilling a prophecy deas Josiah turned himself, he livered 350 years before. spied the sepulchres that were there in the mount, and sent, and took the bones out of the sepulchres, and burned them upon the altar, and polluted it, according to the word of the LORD which the man of God proclaimed, who proclaimed these words. Then he said, what title is that that I see? And the men of the city told him, It is the sepulchre of the man of God, which came from Judah, and proclaimed these things that thou hast done against the altar of Beth-el. And he said, Let him alone ; let no man move his bones. So they let his bones alone, with the bones of the prophet that came out of Samaria. And all the
19 This purifying extended to Israel. houses also of the high places The ten tribes were in captivity, and that were in the cities of Sa- those of them who escaped were maria, which the kings of naturally united under Josiah, the Israel had made to provoke
successor of David. the LORD to anger, Josiah took away, and did to them according to all the acts that he had done in Beth-el. And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burned men's bones upon them, and returned to Jerusalem. And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover unto the LORD your God, as it is written in the book of this 22 That is never any passover, covenant. 22 Surely there under such trying circumstances. was not holden such a passover from the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel
, nor of the kings of Judah ; but in the eighteenth year of king Josiah, wherein this passover was holden to the Lord in
Jerusalem. Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah the priest found in the house of the
25 His excellences were rendered LORD. 25 And like unto him more conspicuous by the dreadful was there no king before wickedness against which he conhim, that turned to the Lord
tended so successfully and so well. with all his heart, and with all his soul, and with all his mignt, according to all the law of Moses ; neither after him arose there any like him.
26 Alas ! for a kingdom when, as in withstanding the Lord turned this case, reformation of manners not from the fierceness of his and conduct is but a pretence. Thult great wrath, wherewith his is to mock the heart-searching God. anger was kindled against Judah, because of all the provocations that Manasseh had provoked him withal. And the Lord said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there. Now the rest of the acts of Josiah, and all that he did, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Judah? In his days Pharaoh-nechoh king of Egypt went up against the king of Assyria to the river Euphrates : and king Josiah went against him ; and he slew him at Megiddo, when he had seen
30 And does death thus sweep away him. 30 And his servants kings and their subjects-putting carried him in a chariot dead down one and setting up another! from Megiddo, and brought Let me take heed to do always the
That shall him to Jerusalem, and buried thing which is right. him in his own sepulchre. bring a man peace at the last. And the people of the land took Jehoahaz the son of Josiah, and anointed him, and made him king in his father's stead. Jehoahaz was twenty and three years old when he began to reign; and he reigned three months in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Hamutal, the daughter of Jeremiah of Libnah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done. And Pharaohnechoh put him in bands at Riblah in the land of Hamath, that he might not reign in Jerusalem ; and put the land to a tribute of an hundred talents of silver, and a talent of gold. And Pharaoh-nechoh made Eliakim the son of Josiah king in the room of Josiah his father, and turned his name to Jehoiakim, and took Jehoahaz away: and he came to Egypt and died
there. And Jehoiakim gave the silver and the gold to Pharaoh; but he taxed the land to give the money according to the commandment of Pharaoh: he exacted the silver and the gold of the people of the land, of every one according to his taxation, to give it unto Pharaoh-nechoh. Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign ; and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Zebudah, the daughter of Pedaiah of Rumah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD, according to all that his fathers had done.
The fourteenth Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING. JEREMIAH v. Run ye to and fro through
1 What an awful proof of wickedthe streets of Jerusalem, and ness in a people ! in a people too see now, and know, and seek who professed that the Lord was in the broad places thereof, their Father and their God. if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth ? and I will pardon it. And though they say, The Lord liveth ; surely they swear falsely. 0 LORD, are not thine eyes upon the truth? thou hast stricken them, but they have not grieved; thou hast consumed them, but they have refused to receive correction : they have made their faces harder than a rock; they have refused to return. Therefore I said, Surely these are poor ; they are foolish : for they know not the way of the LORD, nor the judgment of their God. I will get me unto 5 If the poor and unlearned disrethe great men, and will speak gard God, surely the wise and great unto them; for they have might better know their duty. But, known the way of the LORD,
alas ! they had broken all moral and and the judgment of their religious restraints. How then can
we wonder that God's judgments fall God: but these have alto- heavily upon them--the responsibigether broken the yoke, and lity of every man being in proportion burst the bonds. Where
to his influence from wealth, station,
or learning ? fore a lion out of the forest
6 The Babylonian invading army. shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities : every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased. How shall I pardon thee for this? thy children have forsaken me, and sworn by them that are no gods : when I had fed them to the full, they then committed adultery, and assembled themselves by troops in the harlots'
houses. They were as fed horses in the morning : every one neighed after his neighbour's 9 They added ingratitude to their wife. 9 Shall I not visit for other sins. The more God blessed these things ? saith the Lord: them, the more flagrantly they
sinned. and shall not my soul be avenged on such a nation as this? Go ye up upon her walls, and destroy; but make not a full end : take away her battlements; for they are not the Lord's. For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have dealt very treacherously against me, saith the LORD. They have belied the Lord, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine: and the prophets shall become wind, and the word is not in them: thus shall it be done unto them. Wherefore thus saith the Lord God of hosts, Because ye speak this word, behold, I will make my words in thy mouth fire, and this people wood: and it shall devour them. 15 Lo, I will bring a nation 15 Ancient Babylon was built about upon you from far, 0 house 100 years after the flood. It had of Israel, saith the LORD: it stood therefore 1600 years. is a mighty nation, it is an ancient nation, a nation whose language thou knowest not, neither understandest what they say. Their quiver is as an open sepulchre, they are all mighty men. And they shall eat up thine harvest, and thy bread, which thy sons and thy daughters should eat: they shall eat up thy flocks and thine herds : they shall eat up thy vines and thy fig-trees : they shall impoverish thy fenced cities, wherein thou trustedst, with the sword. Nevertheless, in those days, saith the LORD, I will not make a full end with you. And it shall come to pass, when ye shall say, Wherefore doeth the Lord our God all these things unto us? then shalt thou answer them, Like as ye have forsaken me, and served strange gods in your land, so shall ye serve strangers in a land that is not your's. Declare this in the house of Jacob, and publish it in Judah, saying, Hear now this, o foolish people, and without understanding ; which have eyes, and see not; which have
22 How affecting an appeal! God ears, and hear not. 22 Fear reminds us of the hourly exercise of ye not me? saith the Lord: his omnipotence in his works of prowill ye not tremble at my kept within bounds, and the seasons
vidence for our good. The sea is presence, which have placed preserved in their course for us! the sand for the bound of the Dught not these things to move our sea by a perpetual decree, grateful obedience ? that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail ; though they roar, yet