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the successive kings of Judah ; besides several generations subsequent to the overthrow of their kingdom in the times of Jeconiah and Zedekiah. This was a genealogy which the Jews preserved most carefully, and which we may well observe most attentively; considering that this is the family from which the voice of prophecy abundantly declared that the Saviour of mankind should spring. This therefore is a chapter of deep interest to those, who care to be assured by actual inspection of authentic registers, that Christ was, as it was foretold He would be, the Son of David. Or if we may not say properly that a genealogy is of interest, we may at least say it is of great value; like the written record of some fair inheritance, which though it need not often be perused, is most highly prized by its possessor.

It is indeed in God's word, as in his work the outward world, there are parts which seem at first sight barren and unprofitable. And they that navigate the seas, or wander over deserts, or climb the steep ascent of trackless mountains, whose rugged tops no verdure clothes, may be tempted to wonder, in their ignorance, why so much of the surface of this globe which we inhabit should be so ill adapted for the dwelling of mankind. But reflexion might convince them, how probable it is, that these regions have more uses than we can calculate. And observation and experience have proved, that they do actually render many important services to the habitable portions of the earth. So we may say truly of these lists of names, and lines of succeeding generations, which at first sight seem so barren of profitable use, that they are necessary parts of God's one coherent and consistent book, the Bible. Running along from the beginning of our race, they connect us all with each other, and every one with Christ. And whilst through Adam they connect us all with God as our Creator, through Christ they connect us all with God as our Redeemer. Thus beneath these bare mountains there are mines of inestimable treasure. And the clouds of heaven, which rest upon their sides, feed springs to fertilize the fields below. And as he who thoughtfully explores the most unpromising regions of the earth, finds ever some fresh evidence of the skill of the Creator, so he who devoutly ponders on the genealogies of Scripture, will find, that even to them he may justly apply these words of our blessed Lord, “ they are they which testify of me.” John 5. 39.

The sons of Judah, and of Simeon. i The sons of Judah ; Pharez, the father of Ir-nahash. These Hezron, and Carmi, and Hur, are the men of Rechah. and Shobal.

13 And the sons of Kenaz; 2 And Reaiah the son of Shobal Othniel, and Seraiah : and the begat Jahath; and Jahath begat sons of Othniel; Hathath. Ahumai, and Lahad. These are 14 And Meonothai begat Ophthe families of the Zorathites. rah : and Seraiah begat Joab,

3 And these were of the father the father of the valley of Charaof Etam ; Jezreel, and Ishma, shim; for they were craftsmen. and Idbash: and the name of 15 And the sons of Caleb the their sister was Hazelelponi : son of Jephunneh; Iru, Elah,

4 And Penuel the father of and Naam: and the sons of Gedor, and Ezer the father of Elah, even Kenaz. Hushah. These are the sons of 16 And the sons of Jehaleleel; Hur, the firstborn of Ephratah, Ziph, and Ziphah, Tiria, and the father of Beth-lehem. Asareel.

5 And Ashur the father of Te- 17 And the sons of Ezra were, koa had two wives, Helah and Jether, and Mered, and Epher, Naarah.

and Jalon : and she bare Miri6 And Naarah bare him Ahu- am, and Shammai, and Ishbah zam, and Hepher, and Temeni, the father of Eshtemoa. and Haahashtari. These were 18 And his wife Jehudijah bare the sons of Naarah.

Jered the father of Gedor, and 7 And the sons of Helah were, Heber the father of Socho, and Zereth, and Jezoar, and Ethnan. Jekuthiel the father of Zanoah. 8 And Coz begat Anub, and And these are the sons of BithZobebah, and the families of iah the daughter of Pharaob, Aharhel the son of Harum. which Mered took.

9 And Jabez was more honour- 19 And the sons of his wife able than his brethren: and his Hodiah the sister of Naham, the mother called his name Jabez, father of Keilah the Garmite, saying, Because I bare him with and Eshtemoa the Maachathite. sorrow.

20 And thesons of Shimon were, 10 And Jabez called on the Amnon, and Rinnah, Ben-haGod of Israel, saying, Oh that nan, and Tilon. And the sons of thou wouldest bless me indeed, Ishi were, Zoeth, and Ben-zoeth. and enlarge my coast, and that 21 The sons of Shelah the son of thine hand might be with me, Judah were, Er the father of Leand that thou wouldest keep me cah, and Laadah the father of Mafrom evil, that it may not grieve reshah, and the families of the me! And God granted him house of them that wrought fine that which he requested. linen, of the house of Ashbea,

11 And Chelub the brother of 22 And Jokim, and the men of Shuah begat Mehir, which was Chozeba, and Joash, and Sathe father of Eshton.

raph, who had the dominion in 12 And Eshton begat Beth-ra- Moab, and Jashubi-lehem. And pha, and Paseah, and Tehinnah, these are ancient things.

23 These were the potters, and the son of Asiel, those that dwelt among plants 36 And Elioenai, and Jaakoand hedges: there they dwelt bah, and Jeshohaiah, and Asaiwith the king for his work. ah, and Adiel, and Jesimiel, and

24 The sons of Simeon were, Benaiah, Nemuel, and Jamin, Jarib, Ze- 37 And Ziza the son of Shirah, and Shaul :

phi, the son of Allon, the son 25 Shallum his son, Mibsam of Jedaiah, the son of Shimri, his son, Mishma his son. the son of Shemaiah ;

26 And the sons of Mishma; 38 These mentioned by their Hamuel his son, Zacchur his names were princes in their fason, Shimei his son.

milies; and the bouse of their 27 And Shimei had sixteen fathers increased greatly. sons and six daughters; but his 39 And they went to the enbrethren had not many children, trance of Gedor, even unto the neither did all their family mul- east side of the valley, to seek tiply, like to the children of Ju- pasture for their flocks. dab.

40 And they found fat pasture 28 And they dwelt at Beer- and good, and the land was wide, sheba, and Moladah, and Ha- and quiet, and peaceable; for they zar-shual,

of Ham had dwelt there of old. 29 And at Bilhah, and at E- 41 And these written by name zem, and at Tolad,

came in the days of Hezekiah 30 And at Bethuel, and at king of Judah, and smote their Hormah, and at Ziklag, tents, and the habitations that

31 And at Beth-marcaboth, and were found there, and destroyed Hazar-susim, and at Beth-birei, them utterly unto this day, and andat Shaaraim. These were their dwelt in their rooms : because cities unto the reign of David. there was pasture there for their

32 And their villages were, E- Aocks. tam, and Ain, Rimmon, and 42 And some of them, even of Tochen, and Ashan, five cities: the sons of Simeon, five hun

33 And all their villages that dred men, went to mount Seir, were round about the same cities, having for their captains Pelaunto Baal. These were their tiah, and Neariah, and Rephahabitations, and their genealogy. iah, and Uzziel, the sons of Ishi. 34 And Meshobab, and Jamlech, 43 And they smote the rest of and Joshah the son of Amaziah. the Amalekites that were es

35 And Joel, and Jehu the son caped, and dwelt there unto this of Josibiah, the son of Seraiah, day.

LECTURE 641. That prayer is the way to obtain honour of God. The prayer of Jabez appears to have been the means of his being “more honourable than his brethren.” For “ God granted him that which he requested.” Prayer was the way of honour in those early times, and is so still

. For prayer betokens that man honours God. And this word of God has been fulfilled in all ages of the world, “ Them that honour me I will honour.” 1 Sam. 2. 30.

his son,

Baal his son,

Of Reuben, of Gad, and of half the tribe of Manasseh. i Now the sons of Reuben the land of Bashan unto Salcah: firstborn of Israel, (for he was 12 Joel the chief, and Shathe firstborn; but, forasmuch as pham the next, and Jaanai, and he defiled his father's bed, his Shaphat in Bashan. birthright was given unto the 13 And their brethren of the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: house of their fathers were, Miand the genealogy is not to be chael, and Meshullam, and Shereckoned after the birthright. ba, and Jorai, and Jachan, and

2 For Judah prevailed above Zia, and Heber, seven. his brethren, and of him came 14 These are the children of the chief ruler; but the birth- Abihail the son of Huri, the son right was Joseph's :)

of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the 3 The sons, I say, of Reuben son of Michael, the son of Jethe firstborn of Israel were, Ha- shishai, the son of Jahdo, the son noch, and Pallu, Hezron, and of Buz; Carmi.

15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, the 4 The sons of Joel; Shemai.. son of Guni, chief of the house ah his son, Gog his son, Shimei of their fathers.

16 And they dwelt in Gilead 5 Micah his son, Reaia his son, in Bashan, and in her towns, and

in all the suburbs of Sharon, 6 Beerah his son, whom Til- upon their borders. gath-pilneser king of Assyria 17 All these were reckoned by carried away captive : he was genealogies in the days of Joprince of the Reubenites. tham king of Judah, and in the

7 And his brethren by their days of Jeroboam king of Israel. families, when the genealogy of 18 The sons of Reuben, and their generations was reckoned, the Gadites, and half the tribe were the chief, Jeiel, and Zecha- of Manasseh, of valiant men, riah.

men able to bear buckler and 8 And Bela the son of Azaz, sword, and to shoot with bow, the son of Shema, the son of and skilful in war, were four and Joel, who dwelt in Aroer, even forty thousand seven hundred unto Nebo and Baal-meon : and threescore, that went out to

9 And eastward he inhabited the war. unto the entering in of the wil- 19 And they made war with derness from the river Euphra- the Hagarites, with Jetur, and tes: because their cattle were Nephish, and Nodab. multiplied in the land of Gilead. 20 And they were helped a

10 And in the days of Saul gainst them, and the Hagarites they made war with the Haga- were delivered into their hand, rites, who fell by their hand: and all that were with them : for and they dwelt in their tents they cried to God in the battle, throughout all the east land of and he was intreated of them; Gilead.

because they put their trust in 11 And the children of Gad him. dwelt over against them, in the 21 And they took away


cattle; of their camels fifty viah, and Jahdiel, mighty men thousand, and of sheep two hun- of valour, famous men, and heads dred and fifty thousand, and of of the house of their fathers. asses two thousand, and of men 25 And they transgressed aan hundred thousand.

gainst the God of their fathers, 22 For there fell down many and wenta whoring after the gods slain, because the war was of of the people of the land, whom God. And they dwelt in their God destroyed before them. steads until the captivity.

26 And the God of Israel stir23 And the children of the half red up the spirit of Pul king of tribe of Manasseh dwelt in the Assyria, and the spirit of Tilland; they increased from Ba- gath-pilneser king of Assyria, shan unto Baal-hermon and Se- and he carried them away, even nir, and unto mount Hermon. the Reubenites, and the Gadites,

24 And these were the heads of and the half tribe of Manasseh, the house of their fathers, even and brought them unto Halah, Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and and Habor, and Hara, and to Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hoda- the river Gozan, unto this day.

LECTURE 642. Of praying with faith and according to God's will. The children of Gad and Reuben and the half tribe of Manasseh were the first to whom their inheritance was allotted. But they were also the first who were carried away into captivity, For “they transgressed against the God of their fathers.” And instead of remaining faithful unto Him, they set their hearts on “ the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.” Therefore God is said to have “stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria;" by whose invading armies they were overthrown and taken captive. How different was their case in former times; when these two tribes and a half carried on a successful 6 with the Hagarites, with Jetur, and Nephish, and Nodab !" Then “they were helped against them, and the Hagarites were delivered into their hand, and all that were with them : for ey cried to God in the battle, and he was intreated of them; because they put their trust in him.". If prayer has been in all ages the way for man to obtain help of God, we learn bere, that in all

ages for

prayer to be effectual, has been to offer it in faith. We know that it is so now. We see that it was so at the time of this great victory. These Israelites put their trust in God; and therefore He granted their petition. And they also asked for that which was according to God's will; for “the war was of God.” Let us pray with faith; and let us ask not according to our own evil lusts, but according to God's most holy pleasure. Then we shall find that our cries are heard, and our requests are granted. Then we shall experience that it is now as true as it ever has been, that “the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous : and his ears open unto their prayers.” Ps. 34. 15.


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