Judges, Ruth, & Kings


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Judges, Ruth, & Kings
Series Title:
Child's illustrated scripture history series
Physical Description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
André, R ( Richard ), 1834-1907 ( Illustrator )
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain) ( Publisher )
E. & J.B. Young & Co ( Publisher )
Emrik & Binger ( Printer )
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
E. & J.B. Young & Co.
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New York
Emrik & Binger
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Bible stories, English -- O.T -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1880
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England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
Netherlands -- Holland


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the pictures by R. André.
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Date of publication from inscription.
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Illustrations chromolith. in Holland by Emrik & Binger.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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T HE Land of Ca-na-an to which the Is-ra-el-ites wish-ed to go, and
from which their sins a-gainst God were keep-ing them, was a
very pleas-ant land, and much nic-er than the de-sert through which
they had been wan-der-ing for so man-y years. But, strange as it may
seem, the peo-ple of Is-ra-el would not be-lieve this: they could not
trust to the prom-ises of God, but must needs send twelve spies to
see if all that had been said of the land was true.
When the spies came back, they brought a great bunch of grapes
with them, so large that it had to be car-ried slung on a stick be-tween
two men, as you see in the pic-ture. (See p. 2.) They also said that the
land was full of all things that are of use to man, but that the men
who dwelt in it were great-ly to be fear-ed, for that some of them
were gi-ants, who made other men seem like grass-hop-pers.
The rest of the peo-ple were a-fraid when they heard these things,
and would not go up in-to the land. You see they did not put their
trust in God; if they had done so, they would have fear-ed no-thing
while He was with them.


God was ve-ry ang-ry with the spies for say-ing such things about
the men of the land, and he put ten of them to death. The o-ther
two had on-ly prais-ed the fruits of the land, and had said no-thing
a-bout the men who dwelt in it, and so God let them live; and one of
them, who was nam-ed Josh-u-a, did man-y great deeds, and was of
more use than an-y one else in lead-ing the chil-dren of Is-ra-el in-to
the land of Ca-na-an, as you will see.


BUT if the chil-dren of Is-ra-el were a-fraid of the men who dwelt
in the land of Ca-na-an, these men them-selves were no less
a-fraid of the Is-ra-el-ites.
And Ba-lak, King of Mo-ab, was so much a-fraid, that he sent to
a pro-phet nam-ed Ba-laam, who liv-ed at a place call-ed Pe-thor,
and told him that he would give him a rich pre-sent if he would come
and curse the Is-ra-el-ites for him. But God told Ba-laam that he
must not curse the peo-ple, for that they were bless-ed.
So Ba-laam said he could not go. But Ba-lak sent a se-cond
time and begg-ed him to come, and of-fer-ed a rich-er gift than be-fore.
Then Ba-laam ask-ed God again if he might go, and God said that
he might, but that he was to say no-thing but what He told him to
say. And while Ba-laam was on the way, the An-gel of the Lord
ap-pear-ed be-fore him in the way, but Ba-laam did not see him.
But the ass on which he rode saw the An-gel, and she stop-ped and
would not go on. And when Ba-laam beat the ass, she spoke to
him, and his eyes were o-pen-ed, and he saw the An-gel of the Lord.

(See p. 5.) And the An.gel told him a-gain that he must not say
an-y thing else but what God should tell him.
And Ba-lak brought Ba-laam to the top of a high hill, from
which he could see the Is-ra-el-ites, that he might curse them; but
he could not, for God would not let him. Then Ba-lak brought him
to the top of an-o-ther high hill, but still he could not curse the
Is-ra-el-ites, but could only bless them. And Ba-laam rose up, and
re-turn-ed to his place; and Ba-lak also went his way.

WHEN Mo-ses was dead, the Lord spake unto Josh-u-a, the son
of Nun, and said, Mo-ses my serv-ant is dead: now, there-
fore, go o-ver this Jor-dan, thou and all this peo-ple, un-to the land
which I do give to them, e-ven to the chil-dren of Is-ra-el.
And God pro-mis-ed that He would give all the land of Ca-na-an
to the peo-ple of Is-ra-el; and he bade Josh-u-a be of good cour-age
and not to fear an-y thing that might come to pass, for that He, the
Lord, was with him.
So first of all, Josh-u-a sent out two spies to spy out the land,
and see what kind of land it was, and what sort of men they were,
who liv-ed in it. And when the spies came to Je-ri-cho, they lodg-ed
in the house of a wo-man nam-ed Ra-hab. And when the King of
Je-ri-cho heard that spies had come in-to the city, he sent men to
catch them. But Ra-hab hid the spies un-der some flax that she had
up-on the flat roof of her house; and when the e-ven-ing was
come she let them down o-ver the wall of the city by means of a cord.
And the men told her to bind a scar-let cord round her win-dow,


that it might be for a sign, if they came a-gain, that she might be
spar-ed. Then the men went back to Josh-u-a, and told him all that
they had done and seen.
Josh-u-a now told the peo-ple that they must cross the Jor-dan,
and march against Je-ri-cho. But how were they to cross the Jor-dan?
There was no bridge, and the wa-ter was too deep for them to wade.
Josh-u-a knew well what he was to do, for God had told him. He
made the priests take the ark on their shoul-ders and go first.
And when the feet of the priests had touch-ed the wa-ter of
Jor-dan, the wa-ters rose like'a wall on ei-ther side, and the peo-ple of
Is-ra-el pass-ed o-ver as if they had been walk-ing on dry ground.
And when all had pass-ed over, Josh-u-a made the peo-ple set up
twelve stones in a heap, to mark the spot where this strange thing
had come to pass, and that it might never be for-got-ten. (See p. 6.)

THEN the peo-ple went up a-gainst the town of Je-ri-cho.
They did not fight the men of Je-ri-cho with sword and spear,
as you might have thought they would. God told them that the
priests must take the ark and walk round the walls of Je-ri-cho once
a day for six days, sev-en of the priests hav-ing in their hands a ram's
horn. (See p. I.) And on the sev-enth day they were to walk round
the walls, and then the sev-en priests were to blow a loud blast on
the rams' horns, and all the peo-ple were to shout with a loud shout
And all this they did, and when they had done it the walls of the
strong town fell down flat! On-ly the wo-man who had been so kind
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read-y to go a-gainst the Mi-di-an-ites. But God told him to get rid
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that they tried to run a-way, and in their fear they turn-ed their
swords a-gainst one an-o-ther, and ver-y man-y of them were slain.
Af-ter this vic-tor-y, Gid-e-on rul-ed the land for man-y years.


HERE I shall pass by what we are told of some of the wars of
the Is-ra-el-ites, and how God let them take kings and slay
great men; and next I will tell you of the birth of a great strong
man whose name was Sam-son. Be-fore Sam-son was born, God
sent an an-gel to his mo-ther to tell her that He would give her a
son, but that he must be kept for God's work, and that she must not
cut or shave the hair of this son's head. This was said be-cause in
those lands where men make vows that they will do such and such
things, they us-ed to show their vow by this sign, that they did not
cut or shave their hair.

And when Sam-son grew up, he was a very strong man, and the
hand of the Lord was with him. And he smote the foes of the
Is-ra-el-ites, and led them out to war. Now, the men who were
fight-ing a-gainst the Is-ra-el-ites felt that as long as Sam-son
liv-ed, they would be sure to get the worst of it; so they laid man-y
plots to kill him. Once they got him in one of their ci-ties and
shut the gates upon him, meaning to slay him before morn-ing. But
he got up in the night and took the gates off their hing-es, and
car-ried them a-way with him. (See p. 12.)
At last they found out that the se-cret of his strength lay in his
hair, and if that was cut off he would be like an-y o-ther man. So one
night, when he was a-sleep, they cut off his hair, and bound him, and
put out his eyes, and led him a-way cap-tive. (See p.I7.) And Sam-son
liv-ed for man-y years as a slave in their land. But at last, one day,
when his mas-ters had a great feast in one of their tem-ples, Sam-son
was stand-ing be-tween two pil-lars of the tem-ple, and he pray-ed to
God his old strength might come back to him; and God gave it back
to him. Then Sam-son seiz-ed the pil-lars, and pull-ed with all his
might, so that the tem-ple fell. Thus, at his death, he kill-ed more of
his foes than he had kill-ed in all his life.


NOW I will tell you a tale of what came to pass in the time
when the Jud-ges rul-ed the land.
One of the men of Is-ra-el, and his two sons, had gone to the
land of Mo-ab, and there the two sons took to them two wives of the
daugh-ters of Mo-ab. And it came to pass that the man and his two


sons died, and the man's wife thought to go back to her own land
once more; but she bade the sons' wives go to their own homes.
And one of them went home, but the o-ther, whose name was Ruth,
would not leave her, but went back with her to her own land.
Now Na-o-mi (for that was the name of the mo-ther) had a
kins-man nam-ed Bo-az, who was ver-y rich. And as she her-self was
ve-ry poor, one day she sent out Ruth in-to the field where this rich
man was, that she should glean some of his corn, for it was now cut.
When Bo-az saw Ruth he ask-ed who she was (see p. 18), and
he was told that she had come back from the land of Mo-ab with
Na-o-mi. And when Bo-az heard this, he was ve-ry good to Ruth, and
told the young men to let her drink of the wa-ter which they had
drawn, for in those hot lands wa-ter is ver-y scarce. Also, he told them
to drop corn in Ruth's way, that she might go home with full hands.
And he ask-ed Ruth not to go to an-y o-ther field but his.
Then she fell on her face and said, "Why have I found this
grace in thy sight ?"
Then Bo-az told her that he had heard how good she had been
to her mo-ther, and how she had left her own land, and had come
with her; and he said, The Lord bless thy work."
And he bade her at meal time come and eat of his bread, and
he fed her with dry corn, such as they eat in those lands.
And so, day by day, Ruth went to glean in Bo-az's fields, and
he was kind to her, and felt sad she was so lone.
Then he ask-ed the wise men of the town if it would be well he
should take her to be his wife; and they said it would be well. So
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Now it was the wish of all the men of Is-ra-el to have sons; and
you will see why it was so, when I tell you that the hope of the
birth of the Lord Christ was in all their hearts.

I told you that when the curse came on Ad-am and Eve, God
gave them at the same time this glad hope; and that hope was in
all the hearts of the men of Is-ra-el from that time.
Each one had the fond wish that He might be one of his sons'
sons. And He did come from the sons of Ruth and Bo-az.


THERE was once a man nam-ed El-ka-nah, who had two wives.
One of them, Han-nah, had no son, and she felt it much, and
all the more that the wife who had sons made mock of her, and
made her fret; and, though El-ka-nah was most kind to her, she
could not cease to grieve.
And once, when she went up to the House of the Lord to
pray, she wept sore, and made a vow to God, if He would give
her a son, she would give him to the Lord all the days of
his life.
And while she knelt to pray, a priest of God, whose name
was E-li, saw her, and thought, from her way, that she had
drunk too much wine; so he spoke to her and chid her.
But she told him she had not drunk an-y wine, but was sad
and full of grief. Then he bade God bless her, and give her
her heart's wish.


So she went home glad, and in trust that God would hear
her cry.
Then, by-and-by, God did bless her with a son, to whom
she gave the name of Sam-u-el.
And when this child had grown to an age when he could
part from his mo-ther, she kept the vow she had made to God,
and took him to God's House.
And she went to E-li, and told him that she it was whom
he had seen a few years back pray to the Lord for a child, and
here was the child the Lord gave her, and that now she had
brought her child to lend to the Lord.
And she left him with E-li; but ere she went she sang a
song of praise to the Lord.
Then E-li took the young boy, and taught him how to wait
on the Lord in His House, and gave him work to do there.
What a glad boy he must have been, to be in the Lord's
House with His priests, and free to do work in the House of
the Lord.
Year by year his mo-ther went to see him, and when she
went she took him each time a coat that she made for him
her-self. Can you not think how glad she must have felt to see
her boy grow more and more in the ways of God, and do-ing
the Lord's work in His House?
And Sam-u-el grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let
none of his words fall to the ground, for God meant to use him
as a guide to His peo-ple.

Now, though E-li was a good man and a priest of the Lord,
he had two sons who were bad men, and with whom God was
wroth; and he was wroth, too, with E-li, in that he saw the bad
ways of his sons and did not chide them.
So one night, when Sam-u-el was in bed, God call-ed to him,
and he thought it was E-li who had call-ed him, and went to see
why he had call-ed, but E-li said he had not call-ed. Now this took
place three times, and at last E-li saw that it was God who
had call-ed Sam-u-el, and he then told him that if he was call-ed
a fourth time, he was to say Speak, Lord When God spoke
a-gain Sam-u-el did as E-li had told him. (See p. 26.) Then God
bade him go to E-li and tell him that He, the Lord, had seen the
sins of E-li's sons, and would bring grief and shame on E-li and on
his house for ev-er.
Sam-u-el was very sad at hav-ing to tell these things to E-li,
but still he did as God had told him; and, as he grew, God gave
him his words to speak more and more.


AT this time some strong men came to fight the Is-ra-el-ites,
and they smote them, and did them much harm in the
wars that a-rose.
Then the men of Is-ra-el went and brought the Ark of the
Lord, in which were kept the two Stones of the Law, and the Pot of
Man-na, and the Rod which Mos-es had had with him in E-gypt.
And they brought this Ark out to the camp, for they thought


if they had it with them, God would be with them to bless
their arms.
The two sons of E-li, who were priests, came with the Ark.
When the men of Is-ra-el saw the Ark come to their camp,
they set up a loud shout, so that the whole camp rang with the
And when their foes heard the shout, they said, Woe to
us, God is come up to the camp: who shall save us from the hand
of this great God !"
But it was not God's will to save the Is-ra-el-ites; they were
wrong to take the Ark from God's house, and you will see what
came of it.
Their foes still smote them, and those who were not slain,
fled; and the Ark of the Lord fell in-to the hands of the foes, and
the two sons of E-li were slain.
Then there ran a man to bear this sad news to the town
whence the Ark had come; and when he told that it was in the
hands of their foes, all the men of the town wept, and when E-li,
who sat on a seat by the road-side, heard the cry, he said, "What
means this noise ? and the man came near and told him.
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And so soon as poor E-li heard of the Ark, he fell off his
seat by the way-side, dead!
You see, his grief was more for the Ark, which was the
Lord's, than for his sons.


BUT God did not wish the Ark to stay in the hands ol
the men who had tak-en it, and he smote them with plagues
in each ci-ty to which the Ark was brought, so that they grew a-fraid
of it, and no one wish-ed to have an-y thing to do with it. At
last they put it in-to the tem-ple of their false god, Da-gon, be-cause
they thought that it could do no harm to him, at an-y rate. But
lo! the next morn-ing when they came to look, Da-gon had fall-en
down on his face be-fore the Ark, and was bro-ken in pieces.
(See p. 20.) Then those men said, "Let us send back the Ark in all
haste, lest we die"; and they put it on a cart, drawn by two milch
cows, and sent it straight back to the Is-ra-el-ites. (See p. 25.)


S AM-U-EL was Judge in Is-ra-el all the days of his life;
and when he grew old he set his sons to rule for him, but
his sons did not walk in his ways or judge well.
This, as you may think, brought fresh grief; and the men
of Is-ra-el said they would have a king to rule them.

And so soon as poor E-li heard of the Ark, he fell off his
seat by the way-side, dead!
You see, his grief was more for the Ark, which was the
Lord's, than for his sons.


BUT God did not wish the Ark to stay in the hands ol
the men who had tak-en it, and he smote them with plagues
in each ci-ty to which the Ark was brought, so that they grew a-fraid
of it, and no one wish-ed to have an-y thing to do with it. At
last they put it in-to the tem-ple of their false god, Da-gon, be-cause
they thought that it could do no harm to him, at an-y rate. But
lo! the next morn-ing when they came to look, Da-gon had fall-en
down on his face be-fore the Ark, and was bro-ken in pieces.
(See p. 20.) Then those men said, "Let us send back the Ark in all
haste, lest we die"; and they put it on a cart, drawn by two milch
cows, and sent it straight back to the Is-ra-el-ites. (See p. 25.)


S AM-U-EL was Judge in Is-ra-el all the days of his life;
and when he grew old he set his sons to rule for him, but
his sons did not walk in his ways or judge well.
This, as you may think, brought fresh grief; and the men
of Is-ra-el said they would have a king to rule them.


Then Sam-u-el sought the Lord, to know if it was His will
that they should have a king.
And the Lord said that they should have one, but that
Sam-u-el should warn them that he would rule them with a
heav-y hand.
So, though Sam-u-el told them what it would be, they did
not care. They had set their minds on a king, and a king
they would have.
Then the Lord bade Sam-u-el do what they said, and give
them a king.
Now there was a man whose name was Saul: a choice young
man, a fine, tall man; and he it was whom God gave them as
their king. Sam-u-el met him one day as he was go-ing in search
of his fa-ther's ass-es, and he took a vi-al of oil and pour-ed it on
his head, and told him that he was to be king. (See p. 31.) And
most of them were glad and said, "God save the king !"
But some of them did not like it, and there was much
strife in the land.
And Sam-u-el had a hard task to make the men let the
king, Saul, rule them, though it was their own wish to have a
Saul did not walk as God would have him, and so, in time,
we read that God bade Sam-u-el choose for Him a fresh king.
Sam-u-el, though no doubt he saw the need there was for
this, was fond of Saul, and seems to have felt great grief that

he had to be put from off the throne of Is-ra-el. But God bade
him not mourn, but go and lay his hands on one who should be
king. And who was this? No great and grand man, but a
young lad, the son of one Jes-se, who had eight sons, and this
one, Da-vid, was the young-est of them.
This lad-for when first we hear of him he was no more than
a lad-could play well on the harp. And once, when King Saul
was ill, and what we should call mad, those who were round him
thought if he could have some one to play to him it might soothe
him. So they sent for this young lad, of whom they had heard,
and who was with his fa-ther's sheep. And Saul soon learn-ed to
love him, and the notes of his harp did soothe him, as they had
thought they would.


W ELL, by-and-by we read how Saul and the men of
Is-ra-el had to fight once more those strong men, the
And while the war went on, there came one of the Phi-lis-
tines, a great, great, big man, tall and strong; and he had on his
head a brass cap, and he had a coat of mail, and brass on
his legs. Then he bore in his hand a large, long spear, and a
man went with him to bear his shield.
And this big man came out in front of the men who were
drawn up to fight, and said, "Choose out a man for you, and if


he can fight me and kill me, we will be your slaves; but if I kill
him you shall serve us."
And when Saul and his men heard this, they felt great fear,
for they saw how big and strong he was.
Who do you think came to their help?
None but this same young lad Da-vid.
It seems that three of the sons of Jes-se were with Saul's
men of war, and Jes-se bade Da-vid go and see how they were,
and take them some loaves, and a gift of cheese for their chief.
And when Da-vid was in the camp, he saw this big man (whose
name was Go-li-ath), and heard what he said; and, strange as it
may seem to you, he felt that he dare go and fight him. And
he said so; and his words were told to Saul, who sent for him to
speak to him.
And when Saul saw him, he bade him not try and fight Go-
li-ath, as he was too young and small.
But Da-vid told him how he had once slain a lion and a
bear who had come to prey on his fa-ther's sheep.
So Saul let him go, and wish-ed to lend him his sword and
armour, but David would not take them, for he thought that they
would only be in his way.
Then Go-li-ath came to meet Da-vid with taunts and jeers;
but the fight did not last long, and it turn-ed out far o-ther-wise
than Go-li-ath had thought.


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For Da-vid smote him in the fore-head with a stone from a
sling, and he fell dead upon the earth.
In this way did Da-vid make men's hearts read-y to re-ceive
him as their king.


WHEN Saul was dead, Da-vid was made king, at first, of on-ly
half the land, and then of the whole. And for the most part
he rul-ed wise-ly and well, and he wrote many songs in praise of the
God who had rais-ed him from a poor shep-herd boy to be the king
of a great peo-ple. (See p. 32.)
Still Da-vid was not quite free from sin, and once or twice
he vex-ed God very much by his acts. And once God sent a
great pla-gue through the land, and an-o-ther time He struck the
king's child with sick-ness so that it died. But the worst pun-
ish-ment that came to Da-vid was the way in which he was
treat-ed by his son Ab-sa-lom.
Ab-sa-lom wish-ed to be king, and he drove his fa-ther out of
his own land, un-til at last Da-vid fled to one of the few ci-ties
which were still true to him, and thence he sent out an ar-my
a-gainst Ab-sa-lom; but he told the lead-er of it at all costs to
spare the life of his son.
Then the poor old king stay-ed in the city to hear what
might come to pass: and one by one the mes-sen-gers (see p. 35)
came in to tell of how Ab-sa-lom's men were beat-en, un-til at

last one came to say how he had seen Ab-sa-lom hang-ing dead
to a tree by his long hair.
Da-vid mourn-ed for Ab-sa-lom for a long time, in-deed, un-to
the day of his death.


W HEN Da-vid was dead, his son So-lo-mon was made king
in all the land. God told him he might ask for just what
he would like best to have, and that he should have it.
What do you think you would ask for in such a case?
Wealth, long life, and joy ?
Yes, I dare say you would; but King So-lo-mon said, "Make
me wise, that I may know how to be a good king."
So God made him more wise than the men or kings round
him, and he made him more rich as well-so rich that all men
said, with cause, how wise, how great, and how rich a king he was.
Then So-lo-mon lost no time, but set to work at once to
use the gold and rich stones which King Da-vid had left for the
house of God. He sent ships to get sweet wood, and he sent
for wise men from far off to come and work; and he made all
as grand and good as it could be; and it took him sev-en years
to build it; and then, when it was done, he sent some of the
priests to fetch the Ark and put it in the new house of God;
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When So-lo-mon had done this work, and saw that all was
as good as it could be in God's house, then, and not till then, he set
to work to build a large house for him-self; and all this was as it
should be; but Sol-o-mon did not keep all his heart for God,
but let his thoughts turn where they should not; and God said
to him that when he was dead his son should not be as great a
king as he had been, but that harm would come of his faults.
King So-lo-mon wrote three of the Books of the Bi-ble. It
seems to me so sad that I can-not but tell you some bad news
of all the men I write of; though the men I write of may be
good in great part, and God may have bless-ed them much, of
each one I must tell you sad things; but so I fear it must be
till all sin has pass-ed a-way.
For .So-lo-mon in his old age did man-y things which he
ought not to have done, and God was so ang-ry with him that at
his death he part-ed his king-dom in-to two parts, and gave one
tribe to Re-ho-bo-am, the son of So-lo-mon, and ten tribes to a
man nam-ed Je-ro-bo-am, and He sent His pro-phet A-hi-jah to
Je-ro-bo-am to tell him this would come to pass.


NOW comes a time hard to tell you of, for, as God fore-told,
grief a-rose in the land. The sons of Solomon fought
and the land was split in-to two parts, with a king to each part.
Some of the kings were bad, and left the true God to turn to


false ones. By-and-by the land was in a sad plight for want
of rain, which did not fall for a long time. The corn and wheat
did not grow, and there was sore lack of food. God had sent
a man, whose name was E-li-jah, to A-hab, one of the kings, to
warn him that no rain was to fall.

Now when he went to warn A-hab of God's wrath, and to
tell him that for three years no rain would fall on the land,
the queen sought to slay him. God made much use of this man
E-li-jah, who let his lips be free for the word of God to pass
through to them, and did not fear to speak the truth to the king
and his men, though they sought to kill him. So E-li-jah went
to live in a waste place when the time came in which there was
to be no rain; and when he was hun-gry, God sent ra-vens to
him to feed him with bread and flesh, while men were dying from
want of food in the towns. (See p. 38.)
After a time, God told him to leave this place, for, as the
queen was still search-ing for him, it was not safe, and to go to
a place called Za-re-phath, where he would meet a wo-man ga-ther-
ing sticks, who would give him food. E-li-jah went, and found
the wo-man as God had told him, but she had only a hand-ful
of meal and a cruse of oil in her house (see p. 41) ; still, she made
a little cake for E-li-jah, and gave it him to eat. Then God, to
re-ward her for her kind-ness, made the meal and the oil last as
long as the rain did not fall upon the earth.
And now let me tell you what God did for him. One day
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wait on him and be his friend. And E-li-jah told E-li-sha-
that was the name of his friend,-" I know the Lord will take me
hence; ask of me what thou wilt."
And E-li-sha said, "Let the same wise gifts which God has
let you have, be with me."
Then there came a whirl-wind, and E-li-sha saw a car of fire
come from heav-en and take E-li-jah up from earth; and as he
went up his cloak fell, and E-li-sha took it up, and knew by this
sign that God would let His grace and His gifts which had been
with E-li-jah rest on him.
Can you try and think how grand must have been that sight
when the man of God who had done his work so well here, who
spoke such bold words to the king and the queen, and let God
use him as He would, had this proof of God's love, that no sad
death came to him, and God took him up to Him in His grand
car of fire ? This makes us think of the good man E-noch who
'was not, for God took Him."


NOW you will like to hear more of E-li-sha, the man on
whom fell the cloak of E-li-jah.
God made much use of him, as he had done of E-li-jah.
First we read that he was sent by God to set a new king in
the place of the bad king A-hab. This new king did much to

put sin and the false gods from the land, where, by this time,
God was not much thought of, but he did not do all he should
have done, and the tribes of the land still for the most part put
their trust in false gods, and but few went to pray to God at
Je-ru-sa-lem, as he had told them to do year by year. E-li-sha
said much to warn them, and when he was dead, God sent wise
men, one by one, with his words in their mouths, to warn them,
and to bid them turn from their sins, and be true to Him, and
to show them the grief and sad times that would be sure to come
on them if they went on still in their sins.

E-li-sha did man-y won-der-ful things in his life, for as he was
sent to make peo-ple know God, he had to show that he was
sent by God.

Once he made e-nough oil flow out of one jar to fill many
more jars of the same size, so as to pay the debt of a poor
wi-dow. Once, too, he brought back to life the son of a Shu-
nam-ite wo-man, with whom he some-times lodg-ed.

Now it came to pass that a Jew-ish girl be-came a slave in
the house of a great As-sy-ri-an nam-ed Na-a-man.

This Na-a-man had been struck by a sore dis-ease call-ed
lep-ro-sy, and could not get cur-ed. One day the Jew-ish girl,
when she saw Na-a-man's wife in tears be-cause of the dis-ease
which had struck her hus-band, said to her, "Would my lord were
with the pro-phet that is in Sa-ma-ri-a, he would soon heal him
of his lep-ro-sy."

When Na-a-man heard this, he at once set out for Sa-ma-ri-a,
tak-ing with him man-y rich and fine gifts; and when he came
to E-li-sha, he ask-ed him what he must do to be heal-ed. Then
E-li-sha told him to go and wash sev-en times in the wa-ters of

At this Na-a-man was ver-y ang-ry. He had thought that
E-li-sha would have come down and touch-ed him, and he would
have at once be-come whole, or else that he would have told him
to do some ver-y hard thing as a price for his cure. But to go
and wash sev-en times in the Jor-dan seem-ed such a sim-ple thing
to do, that at first he had a great mind to go straight home just
as he was, and have no more to do with the Jew-ish pro-phet.

At last he thought it would do no harm to try if what he
had been told to do would cure him or not. So he went and bath-ed
sev-en times in the Jor-dan. And his flesh be-came as white and
soft as that of a lit-tle child, and the lep-ro-sy left him.

Then Na-a-man went back to E-li-sha in hot haste, and want-ed
him to take all the rich and fine gifts which he had brought with
him. But E-li-sha would have none of them. Then Na-a-man
swore that from that time forth he would serve no God but the
God of E-li-sha, and he pray-ed that God might not count it as a sin
in him if he bow-ed down in the house of Rim-mon when he went
there with his mas-ter, the king of As-sy-ri-a. And E-li-sha said
to him, "Go in peace"; and he de-part-ed a lit-tle way.



B UT Ge-ha-zi, the serv-ant of E-li-sha, the man of God, said,
Lo my mas-ter has spar-ed this Na-a-man in that he took
not at his hands that which he had brought: but as the Lord
liv-eth I will go after him and take some-thing from him."
So Ge-ha-zi fol-low-ed Na-a-man; and when Na-a-man saw
him run-ning he got down from his cha-ri-ot and went to meet him,
and said, Is all well ?" And Ge-ha-zi said, "All is well. My
mas-ter hath sent me, say-ing,, 'So even now there be come to me
two young men of the sons of the pro-phets. Give them now, I
pray thee, a ta-lent of sil-ver and two changes of gar-ment.'"
And Na-a-man said, "Take two ta-lents"; and he bound the
two ta-lents in two bags, and laid them on two of his slaves, and
they bare them be-fore him.
And when he came to the house, he took them from their hands,
and hid them, and let the men go.
But he went in and stood be-fore his mas-ter. And E-li-sha
said, "Whence com-est thou, Ge-ha-zi ?" And he said, "Thy
serv-ant went no where."
Then E-li-sha said to him, Went not my heart with thee when
the man turn-ed a-gain from his cha-ri-ot to meet thee ? Is this a
time to take gifts and pre-sents ? The lep-ro-sy of Na-a-man shall
cleave to thee and to thy seed for ev-er."
And Ge-ha-zi went from him a lep-er as white as snow.


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Af-ter this, all the peo-ple round a-bout were ver-y much a-fraid
of the Is-ra-el-ites, for they saw that they were help-ed by God, and
that no one was a-ble to with-stand them. And af-ter this, too, God
show-ed in man-y ways that he had not for-sak-en the peo-ple of
Is-ra-el. For once, when Josh-u-a and his men were fight-ing with
the kings of the land, God sent great hail-stones, which kill-ed more
of them than all those who were slain by the sword; and when
Josh-u-a ask-ed Him, He made the sun to stand still for a whole
day, that the Is-ra-el-ites might ut-ter-ly de-stroy their en-e-mies.
(See p. 6.)


AND so, by the help of God, Josh-u-a won a great part of the
land of Ca-na-an for the Is-ra-el-ites. And when he died,
o-thers rose up in his place, and led the peo-ple, and help-ed them to
o-ver-come their en-e-mies. I can-not tell you of all of these now, but
of on-ly a few of them.
Gid-e-on was one of the best of these judg-es, as they were call-ed.
In his time, the Mid-i-an-ites had won back much of the land which
Josh-u-a had gain-ed, and had made slaves of the Is-ra-el-ites. But
one day an an-gel came to Gid-e-on and told him that God wish-ed
him to lead His peo-ple a-gainst the Mi-di-an-ites. At first Gid-e-on
would not be-lieve this, and he wish-ed to try whe-ther it was true,
so he put out a fleece one night, and in the morning he found the
fleece quite wet, though the ground about it was dry. And when he
put out the fleece the next night, lo the fleece was quite dry, though
on all the ground near there had fall-en a hea-vy dew.