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18 And it came to pass, when Zimri saw that the city A.C. 929. was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him with fire, and died,
19 For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the Lord, in walking in the way of Jeroboam, and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin.
20 Now the rest of the acts of Zimri, and his treason that he wrought, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel?
21 Then were the people of Israel divided into two parts: half of the people followed Tibni the son of Ginath, to make him king; and half followed Omri.
22 But the people that followed Omri prevailed against the people that followed Tibni the son of Ginath : so Tibni died, and Omri reigned.
Reign of Omri.
1 KINGS XVI. VER. 23-29.
years reigned be in Tirzah.
24 And he bought the hill Samaria of Shemer for two
, and in his sin wherewith he made Israel to sin, to
27 Now the rest of the acts of Omri which he did, and his might that he shewed, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel ?
28 So Omri slept with his fathers, and was buried in Samaria : and Ahab his son reigned in his stead.
* Heb. Skomeron.
In the thirty and first year of Asa, (1 Kings xvi. 23.) Omri began to reign; and he reigned twelve years : but in the thirty-eighth year of Asa we read that Omri died, and Ahab reigned. The difficulty is solved by observing that the reign of Omri is computed from the death of Zimri. Through the first six years of his reign there was civil war between Omri and Tibni; who were both made kings by the soldiers and people. The party of Omri prevailed, and he was sole king of Israel six years, beginning in the thirty-first year of Asa.
* Heb. was it
Commencement of the Reign of Ahab.
1 KINGS XVI. VER. 29, TO THE END. 29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel : and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.
30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord above all that were before him. 31 And it came to pass,
as if it had been a light thing a light thing, for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat,
that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.
32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria,
33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.
34 I In his days did Hiel the Beth-elite build Jericho:
he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his first-born, and & Josh. vi. 26. set up the gates thereof in his youngest son Segub, 5 accord
ing to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun .
1 KINGS xx11. 41-45, AND 46 AND 47.
41 | And « Jehoshaphat the son of Asa began to reign a 2 Chron. xx. over Jüdah in the fourth year of Ahab king of Israel.
& The idolatry and corruption of the kingdom of apostate Israel had now increased to its greatest height. At this time, in open defiance of the curse pronounced by Joshua against the rebuilder of Jericho, Hiel the Beth-elite, again laid the foundation of that city, and verified the prediction of the prophet, who declared that his eldest son would be slain in laying the foundation; and his youngest in setting up the gates, Joshua vi. 26. For an account of those prophecies which referred to events which were soon to have their accomplishment, vide Allix's Reflections on the Old Testament, chapter 3.
42 Jehoshaphat was thirty and five years old when he A. (1.914.
43 And he walked in all the ways of Asa his father; he
44 And Jehoshaphat made peace with the king of Israel. 46 And the remnant of the sodomites, which remained in the days of his father Asa, he took out of the land.
47 There was then no king in Edom: a deputy was
2 CHRONICLES XVII. Ver. 2, TO THE END.
3 And the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he
4 But sought to the LORD God of his father, and
5 Therefore the Lord stablished the kingdom in his
6 And his heart + was lifted up in the ways of the LORD : + That is, was
? Also in the third year of his reign he sent to his
, even to Ben-hail, and to Obadiah, and to Zecha-
8 And with them he sent Levites, even Shemaiah, and Ne-
10 g And the fear of the LORD # fell upon all the king- + Heb. was.
11 Also some of the Philistincs brought Jehoshaphat
A.C. 014. Aocks, seven thousand and seven hundred rams, and seven
thousand and seven hundred he goats.
12 And Jehoshaphat waxed great exceedingly; and he * Or, palaces. built in Judah * castles, and cities of store.
13 And he had much business in the cities of Judah : and the men of war, mighty men of valour, were in Jerusalem.
14 And these are the numbers of them according to the house of their fathers: Of Judah, the captains of thousands : Adnah the chief, and with him mighty men of valour three
hundred thousand. | Heb. at his 15 And + next to him was Jehohanan the captain, and hand.
with him two hundred and fourscore thousand.
16 And next him was Amasiah the son of Zichri, who willingly offered himself unto the LORD; and with him two hundred thousand mighty men of valour.
17 And of Benjamin; Eliada a mighty man of valour, and with him armed men with bow and shield two hundred thousand.
18 And next him was Jehozabad, and with him an hundred and fourscore thousand ready prepared for the war.
19 These waited on the king, beside those whom the king put in the fenced cities throughout all Judah.
897. 6 1 Kings
2 CHRONICLES xvui. Ver. 1, 2.
2 And I after certain years he went down to Ahab to I Hebat the Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abunend of years. dance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead.
2 CHRONICLES XIX. ver. 1-8.
2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet
wrath upon thee from before the LORD.
that thou hast taken away the groves out of the land, and
4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem : and he went
Heb. he re. turned and went out.
* Heb. in the
the nds three
d Deut. x. 17.
Rom. ii. 11.
Alicted and needy.
Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of A.C. 897.
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the
6 And said to the judges, Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who
with you * in matter of
74 Wherefore now let the fear of the Lord be upon you ;
8 prayeth God to judge.
2 How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the per- e Deut. i. 17.
5 They know not, neither will they understand ; they walk
6 I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children & John X. 34.
shall die like men, and fall like one of the
, O God, judge the earth : for thou shalt inherit
2 Chronicles xix. VER. 8, TO THE END.
, and of the chief of the fathers of
, for the judgment of the Lord, and for controversies,
9 And he charged them, saying, Thus shall ye do in the
in their cities, between blood and blood, * Psalin lxxxií. Dr. Wells is of opinion that Psalm lxxxii. was most probably composed in the reign of Hezekiah, to admonish the judges, or magistrates in the highest courts. It seems, however, from its internal evidence, to be more suited to this reign, and I have, therefore, inserted it here.