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49 Q. How did God teftify, his Displeasure against David for his Sin?

A. He struck the Child that was born with Sickness and Death, and threatened David ibat the Sword should never depart from his House, and that his own Wives should be publicly abused, 2 Sam. xii. 9-14. Note, David testified his deepRepentance for this Sin

in the fifty-first Pfalm, and perhaps also in some others; yet God saw it proper to punish him severely, because he had given the Enemies of God. occafron to blaspheme, 2 Sam. xii. 14.

50 Q. What were some of the chief Troubles that actually came on David's Family on this Account?

A. The Troubles that he met with from three ofhis Sons, namely, Amnon, Absalom,and Adonijab.

51 Q. What was the Trouble be met with from Amnon?

A. Amnon defiled his Sifter Tamar by Force, upon which Absalom flew him, and then Aled out of the Land for fear of Justice, 2 Sam. xiii. 149

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52 Q. Did Abfalom never return again?

A. Yes, Absalom returned after two Years, when David was pacified, and by his fubtil Carriage he raised a Rebellion against the King his Father, and made himself King, 2 Sam. chap. xiv, and xv,

53 Q. What followed upon this wicked Practice of Absalom?

A. David being forced to flee from Jerusalem, Abfalom entered the City, and defiled his Father's Concubines publicly, 2 Sam. xv. 14. and xvi. 21.

54 Q. Who was Absalom's chief Counsellor in this Rebellion ? 4. Achitophel, who when he saw that his laft 2


Counsel was not followed, went home and hanged himself, 2 Sam. xvii. 23.

55 Q. What became of Absalom at laft?

A. As he was riding under an Oak in the Day of Battle, he was caught by the Hair of the Head, and hung between Heaven and Earth, where Joab, David's General, found him, and ftabbed him to the Heart, 2 Sam. xviii. 9, 14. and thus put an End to his Rebellion and his Life.

56 Q. What was the other remarkable Crime of David besides his Abuse and Murder of Uriah?

A. The Pride of his Heart in numbering all the People of the Tribes of Israel, that he might know how great a King he was, 2 Sam. xxiv. 2.

57 Q. How was he punished for this Sin?
A. God


him Leave to choose one of these three Punishments, either seven Years Famine, or three Months of War, or three Days Pestilence, 2 Sam. xxiv. 13.

58 Q. Which did David choose ?

A. The Famine or the Pestilence, rather than War ; for he chose, rather to fall into the Hands of God than of Man, 2 Sam. xxiv. 14.

59 Q. Which of these two Judgments did God send upon the Land ?

A. A Pestilence, that destroyed seventy thousand Men in three Days time, ver. 15.

60 Q. How was this Pestilence stopped ?

A. When David saw the Angel of the Lord stand between Heaven and Earth, having a drawn Sword in his Hand stretched out over Jerusalem, he and the Elders of Israel fell upon their Faces, clothed in Sackcloth; and David confeffed his Crime, and prayed that the Anger of God might fall on himself, rather than on the People, i Chron. xxi, 15, 16.

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61 Q How did God manifeft his Acceptance of him? · A. He bid the Prophet Gad order David to build an Altar, and offer Sacrifices on that very Spot of Ground on the Threshing-Floor of Ornan; and when David prayed, Fire came from Heaven and consumed the Sacrifices, i Chron. xxi. 21–26.

62 Q. What was the Trouble that David met with from his Son Adonijah ?

A. When David was old, Adonijah set himself up for King, 1 Kingsi. 1, 5.

63 Q. How came Adonijab to be so insolent?

Ā. His Father humoured him too much all his Life, and never displeased bim, ver. 6. 64 Q. What did David do under this Trouble ?

A. He proclaimed Sclomon, the Son of Bathsheba, King, in his own Life-time; and Zadok the Priest, and Nathan the Prophet, anointed him King of Israel, ver. 34, 38, 39.

65 Q Why was Solomon preferred, when he was a younger

Brother? A. Because God chose him to the Kingdom, and gave David fume Notice of it, i Chron. xxii. 81o. and xxviii. 5-7. 66 Q. What became of Adonijah ?

A He fubmitted to Solomon, who spared him for that Time, though for a new Fault he put him to Death afterwards, ver. 50, 53. and ii. 2, 24.

67 Q. How long did David reign in all?

Å. Forty Years, and then he died in his Bed in Peace, i Kings ii. 10, II.

68 Q. What were David's remarkable Characters, besides that of a Musician, a Warrior and a King?

A. He was a great Poet and a Prophet, 2 Sam. xxiii. 1, 2.

69 Q: Wherein did his Skill in Poesy appear?


A. Notonly in his admirable Elegy on Saul and Jonathan; but on several Occasions ; he wrote the moft Part of the Book of Psalms, which are the finest Pieces of ancient Poely, and he was called, The sweet Psalmist of Israel, 2 Sam. xxiji. I.

70 Q. Wherein doch it appear that he had the Gift of Prophecy?

A. Because there Pralms were written by divine Inspiration, for in some of them there are many Things evidently foretold concerning Chrift, Luke xxiv.


A&is ii. 29, 30: 71 Q. What further Evidences are there of his being a Prophet?

Å. He had a particular Revelation made to him by the Spirit of God, of the Pattern of the Temple, which Solomon his Son was to build, and of the On ders of the Priests and Levites, and of several Things relating to the Worship of God, which he gave to bis Son Solomon, i Chron. xxviii. 11-13, 19.

72 ( What did David do towards the Building of ihis Temple before his Death?

A. He made a vaft Préparation of Gold and Silver, and Jewels, and other Materials, and gave the Pattern of every Thing to his Son Solomon, as he received it of God, i Chron. xxii. 5, 14. and chap. xxviii, 11, 19. and xxix. 2.

H A P. X. Of the Reign of SOLOMON and ReHOBOAM

over all Israel, and the Division of the

Nation into two Kingdoms. IlWHAT was the general Character of Solomon ? F 3

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A. That he was the wisest of Men, 1 Kings iii. 12. and chap. iv. 31.

2 Q. Wherein did his Wisdom towards God appear?

A. In that he asked not long Life, nor Riches, nor Honours, but Understanding and Knowledge to govern so great a People, 1 Kings iji. 7, &c.

3Q. What was the first Instance of his Wife dom in the Government?

A. His deciding the Quarrel between two WOmen who contended about a Child, and in giving the Child to the true Mother, 1 Kings iii. 16-28.

4 Q. How did he find out the true Mother?

A. He commanded the Child to be divided in two, that each Woman might have half: Then the Tenderness and Love of the true Mother appeared, in yielding up her Pretenfions to it, rather than see it divided, 1 Kings iii. 25.

5 Q. What special Care did Solomon take for the Worship of God?

A. He built that Temple for which David had made fo large a Preparation. It was a moft glorious Palace, built of Cedar and Fir, and OliveWood, and hewn Stone, with most amazing Expence of Gold and Silver, and Brass, and precious Stones, both for the adorning of the House itfelf, and for the boly Vessels thereof, 1 Kings, chap vi. and vii. He built also two diftinct Courts about it, one for the People of Israel, and one for the Priests, all which were called The Temple, 2 Kings xxiii. 12. and 2 Chron. iv. 9. Note, In this Temple of Solomon there does not seem

any Court of the Gentiles, but only the Court of the Priests, in which the House of God or Sanctuary stood, and the Court of the People, to which all Ifrael resorted, nor can I find the Gentiles forbidden by any express Word of God. See 2 Chron. vi. 32.

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