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HISTORY OF RUTH.
55 RUTH BETURNS with Noemi.
56 Booz, The Rich FARMER.

• HISTORY OF SAMUEL.
* 57 ANNA's Prayer.
58 - SAMUEL BROUGHT TO HELI.

CALL OF SAMUEL.
60 THE ARK IS TAKEN.

THE ARK IN THE TEMPLE OY Dagon.
62 THE ARK RETURNED TO ISRAEL.
63 CLAMOUR FOR A KING.
64 SAUL ANOINTED KING.

67 DAVID IS ANOINTED KING.
68 DAVID AND GOLIATH.
69 DAVID PERSECUTED BY SAUL.
70 DAVID AND JONATHAN.
71 DAVID IN THE COURT OF Achis.
72 TRIAL OF David's Faith.
73 DAVID, ABIGAIL., AND NARAL.
74 SAUL AND THE Witch or ENDOR.
75 Saul's SUICIDE.
76 DAVID KING OF ISRAEL.
77 THE ARK BROUGHT to Mount Sion.
78 MESSIAS PROMISED TO DAVID,
79 DAVID FALLS INTO SIN.
80 ABSALOM's REBELLION.
81 ABSALOM's DEATH.
82 SOLOMON MADE KIng.
83 DYING WORDS or David.

Fifth Subdivision.
65 SAUL 18 CROWNED KING.
66 SAUL IS REJECTED.

List of the Ellustrations to the Second Part.
Large Historical Plates.

Rahab lets the Spies escape.
Moses sprinkles the People with the Blood of the

Twelve Stones of Remembrance.
Covenant.

Achan's Sacrilege punished.
View of the Tabernacle and its Sacrifices.

Gabaonites deceive Josue.
Saul is presented to the People as King.

Judgment upon Adonibezec.
David carries the Ark to Mount Sion.

Jahel slays Sisara.

Gedeon destroys Baal's Grove.
Typical Designs.

Judgment upon Abimelech.

Daughter of Jepthe.
Job in his affliction accused by his Friends.

Samson and Lion.
The Burning Bush.

Samson finds Honey in the Lion.
The Paschal Lamb.

Samson carries off the Gates of Gaza.
Passage of the Red Sea-Baptism.

Samson sets off the Foxes.
The Gathering of the Manna.

Samson's Death.
Moses' Prayer upon the Mount.

Ruth, Orpha, and Noemi.
Moses strikes the Rock.

Ruth gleaning.
The Leper Cleansed.

Booz's Kinsman foregoes his right.
The Brazen Serpent.

Anna brings the child Samuel to Heli.
Last Words of Moses.

The call of Samuel.
Gedeon's Type of the Blessed Virgin, the Fleece

Heli falls backward and breaks his Neck.
covered with Dew.

The old Philistines find Dagon fallen.
Anna's Prayer.

The Philistines send away the Ark.
David anointed by Samuel.

Saul in search of his Father's Asses.

Saul usurps the office of Priest.
Service of the Tabernacle.

David fights Goliath
Altar of Holocausts.

David cuts off the Head of Goliath.
Interior of Tabernacle.

Saul casts a Spear at David.
Holy of Holies.

Saul's Messengers are tricked by Michol.
High Priest, Priest, and Levite.

David hides himself in the Field.

David in the Court of Achis.
Historical Vignettes.

David finds Saul asleep.
Messenger's announcement to Job.

David meets Abigail.
The Prosperity of Job in his latter Days.

Saul's Suicide.
The Finding of Moses in the Cradle.

David hangs the Sons of Remmon.

Urias slain in Battle by David's command.
Oppression in Egypt.
Moses meets the Daughters of Jethro.

Nathan rebukes David.
Moses shows the signs of his Mission.

David is cursed by Simei.
Moses and Aaron appear before Pharao.

Absalom is slain by Joab.
Death of the First-born.

Solomon is made King.
Idolatry of the Golden Calf.

Maps.
Return of the Messengers.
Blasphemer stoned.

Map of Palestine, divided among the Twelve Tribes.
The Ass rebukes Balaam.

Vignette Map of Passage of Red Sea.

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JOB THE IDUMEAN.

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THE HISTORY OF JOB.

§ 36. The history of Job the Idumean. ALTHOUGH God had revealed Himself in an especial manner to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and had given to them the especial promise, that in their seed all the nations of the earth should be blessed, His holy name was still known and feared by many holy persons among the other nations of the world, who had not fallen away to the worship of idols and false gods.

Of this there is a remarkable proof in the life and history of Job the Idumean. Between the death of Joseph and the birth of Moses, there lived in Hus, in the land of Edom, a man named Job, who was simple and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil. He was exceeding rich in sheep, and camels, and oxen, and was looked upon as a prince among all the people of the East. He had sons and daughters, who feasted with each other, each in their turn; and Job their father, when the days of their feasting were over, would rise up early in the morning and offer holocausts for every one of them, for he said: “Lest perhaps my sons have sinned, and have cursed God in their hearts.”

But this prosperity was not to last; evil days were to come, and the holy Job was to be tried. On a certain day, when the sons of God came to stand before the Lord, Satan was among them, and the Lord said to

him: “Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a simple and upright man, fearing God and avoiding evil ?” Satan answering said: “Doth Job serve God in vain ? Hast thou not blessed the works of his hands, and increased his possessions upon the earth? But put forth thine hand and touch all that he hath, and see if he will not curse thee to thy face.” And the Lord said to Satan : “Behold, all that he hath is in thy hand, only touch not thou his life.” And Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.

Upon a certain day, when his sons and daughters were feasting in the house of their eldest brother, there came a messenger to Job, and said: “The oxen were ploughing and the asses feeding beside them, and the Sabæans rushed in and took all away, slaying the servants with the sword, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.” As he was speaking, another came and said: “ The fire of God is fallen upon the sheep, and hath consumed them, and I alone have escaped to tell thee.” A third messenger came and said that the Chaldeans had come and fallen upon the camels and the servants, and that he alone had escaped to bring word. As he was still speaking, a fourth came and said: “Thy sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in the house of their elder brother, and a violent wind came on a sudden from the side of the desert, and shook the four corners of the house, and it fell upon thy children, and they are dead."

Then Job rose up, and rent his garments, and having shaven his head, fell down upon the ground and worshipped, and said :-“Naked came I out of my

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Job's trials were not over : Satan was permitted to strike Job with a very grievous ulcer, from the sole of the feet even to the top of his head, so that he took a potsherd and scraped himself, sitting on a

dunghill. And his wife said to him: “Dost thou continue in thy simplicity ? Curse God, and die!” And Job said to her: “ Thou hast spoken like one of the foolish women; if we have received good things at the hands of God, why should we not receive evil ?”

Job had three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Baldad the Shuhite, and Sophar the Naamathite, who, hearing of the evil that had befallen him, made an appointment to come together to visit him and comfort him. And when they had lifted up their eyes afar off, they knew him not, and crying out they wept, and rending their garments they sprinkled dust upon their heads towards heaven. And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no man spoke to him a word: for they saw that his grief was very great.

Job at length gave utterance to his grief: “Let the day perish wherein I was born ; let it be turned into darkness : let not God regard it from above, and let not the light shine upon it. Why did I not die in the womb? Why was I nursed upon the knees ? And why was I suckled at the breast? for now I should have been asleep and still. Why is light given to him that is in misery, and life to them that are in bitterness of soul?".

Job's friends, instead of consoling him and helping him to bear his calamity, each in succession attempt to prove to him, that afflictions and sufferings are always the punishment of sins; and they insist in a most harsh and unfeeling manner, that he should confess himself to have been guilty, and to have brought all his suffer

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