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SERMON I.

SINNERS OPPOSED TO FAITHFUL WARNING

2 CHRONICLES XVIII. 7.

There is yet one man by whom we may enquire of the

Lord ; but I hate him, for he never prophesieth good unto me, but always evil.

THESE words were spoken by Ahab, king of Israel, to Jehoshaphat, king of Judah. The person respected was Micaiah, a prophet of the Lord, who, at the desire of Jehoshaphat, was called to be enquired of, as to the success of a proposed military expedition, with their united forces. The circumstances are thus given in the context :

“ Now Jehoshaphat had riches and honors, in abundance, and joined affinity with Ahab. And, after certain

years, he went down to Ahab, to Samaria and Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him, in abundance, and for the people that he had with him ; and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead. And Ahab, king of Israel, said unto Jehoshaphat, king of Judah : Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead ? And he answered, I am as thou art ; and my people as thy people ; and we will be with thee in the war. And Jehoshaphat said unto the king of Israel, Enquire, I pray thee, at the word of the Lord to day.

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