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into the temple of Dagony. They are afflicted
witli plagues. They send back he ark....
Sect. LXVIII. Samuel exhorts the Israelites. They
repent and turn unto the Lord......
Sect. LXIX. The Israelites desires a king. God
commandeth Samuel to yield to their importu-
Sect. LXX. Samuel by the Lord's command anoints
Sect. LXXI. Samuel assembles the people. He
casts lots for a king, and Saul is chosen. The
Israelites approve him...
Sect. LXXII. The Ammonites encamp against Ja-
besh-Gilead. Saul delivers the people out of
their hands, and is confirmed in tlic kingdom.. 319
Sect: LXXIII. Samuel testifies his integrity, and
exliorts the king and people. Thunder and
rain in the time of harvest. Samuel prays for
Sect. LXXIV. Saul takes upon himself to offer a sa-
crifice. Samuel reproves irm, and forewarns him
that the kingdom wili be taken from him 327
Sec. LXXV. Jonathan the son of Saul, with his ar-
mour-bearer, obtain a victory over a host of
Philistines. Saul parsues the victory. His in-
terdiction. His severity to Jonathan
Sect. LXXVI. Samuel scnás Saul to destroy the
Amalcknes. He spares the king and the best of
Scct. LXXXIII. David finding Saul asleep, takes
cruse, but sparcs his life. Say!
THE ISRAELITES WORSHIP THE GOLDEN CAL!
From Exodus Chap. xxxii, and xxxiii. And when the people say that Moses delayed to come down out of the mount, the people gathered themselves together unto Aaron, and said unto him, Up, make us gods, which shall go before us ; for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what has become of him.
And Aaron said unto them, Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them unto me.
And all the people brake off the golden ear-rings which were in their ears, and brought them unto' Aaron.
And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, Israel, which brough thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And when Aaron saw it, he built an altar before it : and Aaron made proclamation, and said, To-morrow is a feast to the LORD.
And they rose up early on the morrow, and offered burnt-offerings, and brought peace-offerings; and the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down: for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves.
They have turned aside quickly out of the way which I commanded them : they have made them a molten calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereVOL. II.
unto, and said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and behold it is a stiff-necked people. Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath
may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.
And Moses besought the Lord his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand?
Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.
Remeniber Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swearest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of, will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.
And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.
And Moses turned and went down from the mount: and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand : the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.
And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.
And when Joshua heard the noise of the people, as they shouted, he said unto Moses, there is a noise of war in the camp.
And he said, It is not the voice of them that shout for mastery, neither is it the voice of them that cry for
being overcome: but the noise of them that sing, do I hear.
And it came to pass as soon as he came nigh unto the camp,
that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses'
anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.
And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strewed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it.
And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them? And Aaron said, Let not the anger
lord wax hot: thou knowest the people, that they are set on mischief,
For they said unto me, Make us gods, which shall go before us : for as for this Moses, the man that brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off; so they gave it me; then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf.
And when Moses saw that the people were naked (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame amongst their enemies).
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him,
And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbour.