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51 Q. What was the Character and the Government of his Son Manasseh ? A. He forsook the good ways of his Father Hezekiah, he brought in Idolatry of many Kinds; he worshipped the Sun, Moon, and Stars; he made his Son pass through the Fire; he used Enchantments, and shed much innocent Blood, 2 Kings xxi. 2. 2 Chron. xxxiii.

52 Q. How were his Transgressions punised? A. The Captain of the Host of Asyria came up a. gainst Manaseh, took him among the Thorns, bound him with Fetters, and carried him to Ba. bylon, 2 Chron. xxxiii. 11.

53 Q. How did Manaffeh behave in his Affliction? 7. He humbled himself greatly before God in Prayer, whereupon God restored him to his Kingdom, where he wrought a great Reformation, ver. 12—16.

54 Q. What is written concerning Amon the Son of Manasseh ? A. Amon restored the Idolatry which Manasseh had once set up, but he never re. pented, or returned to God, as his Father had done, and he was Nain by his own Servants, 2 Chron. xxxii. 20-25..

55 Q. What is worthy of Notice in the Reign of Foliah the Son of Amon? A. At eight Years old he began his Reign, at fixteen he sought after God, and at twenty he destroyed the Altar and Idols which his Father Amon, the Son of Manasseh, fet up, 2 Kings xxiii. 3-14. 2 Chron, xxxiv. 1-7.

56 Q. How did he carry on this work of Refore mation? A. He repaired the Temple, and restored the Worship of God; and finding a Book of the Law of the Lord by Moses, he'rent his Cloaths, and mourned to think how little this Law had been observed, ver. 18, 19. .

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57 Q. What further Use did he make of this Book? A. He read the Words of it in the Ears of all the Elders of Judah, and the People, the Priests, and the Prophets, and made a Covenant with the · People of Judah, to perform what was written in this Book, 2 Kings xxüi. 2, 3.

58 Q. Did he make also any Reformation in Ir. rael? A. The Kingdom of Israel being now de. ftroyed by the King of Allyria, Josiah spread his Influence over those who remained in the Land, and many of Israel, as well as of Judah, came to keep the Passover, 2 Chron. xxxv. 17.

59 Q. Were not many of Israel present also as Hezekiah's Passover ? Wherein then did this Pallover of Josiah exceed that in the Days of Hezekiah? A. In the exact Conformity of it to all the Rules appointed by Moses, so that no such Passover had been kept since the Days of Samuel the Prophet, 2 Chron. xxxv. 18.

60 . Did Jofiah destroy all the Remainder of the Idolatry of Israel, which Jeroboam set up at Dan and Bethel'? A. Yes; and he flew the Priests of the High Places, and burnt the Bones of the Priests that had been buried there, upon the Altar, according to the Word which the old Prophet spake to Jeroboam, 2 Kings xxiii. 15–20. 1 Kings xiii, 2.

61 Q. How came Jofiah by his Death? A. He went out to fight with the King of Egypt without the Direction of God, and he was slain, and great Lamentation was made for him, 2 Chron. XXXV. 20–25.

62 Q. Who succeeded Josiah in the Kingdom ? A. His Son Jehoahaz, who when he had reigned three Months, was put in Bonds by the King of Egypt, was carried thither, and there he died, 2 Kings xxiii. 31–34.

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63 Q. Whom did the King of Egypt make King in his room? A. Eliakim his Brother, and gave him the Name of Jehoiakim, 2 Kings xxiii. 34.

64 Q: What fort of Governor was Jehoiakim, and what was his End? A. He did evil in the Sight of the Lord, several neighbour Nations beset him round about, and Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, fent up his Forces against him, took some Captives, bound the King in Fetters, and he died in Shame, his dead Body being cast without the Gates of Jerusalem, and without a Burial; and his young Son Jehoiachin reigned in his stead, 2 Chron. xxxvi. 58. Dan. i. 1, 2, 3. Jer. xxii. 18, 19.

65 Q. What became of this Jehoiachin, who is also called Jechoniah and Coniah? A. When he had reigned three Months, Nebuchadnezzar took the City of Jerusalem, and carried him to Babylon, together with ten thousand Captives, and rich Treasures of Silver and Gold that remained in the Temple, and in the King's House, 2 Kings xxiv, 8-17. Jerem. xxii, 24–30.

66'Q. Was there any King in Judah after Je. • hoiachin? A. Yes, the last King was Zedekiah,

his Father's Brother, whom Nebuchadnezzar made King in Jerusalem, ver. 17, 18.

67 Q. What fell out in the Days of Zedekiah ? A. He rebelled against Nebuchadnezzar, to whom he had sworn Subjection by the Name of the true God, whereupon Nebuchadnezzar came up and took the City of Jerusalem again, after a Siege of two Years, 2 Kings xxv. 1-4 s 68 Q: How did he punis Zedekiah for this Rebellion ? A. When Zedekiah Aled from the City, he was seized by the Babylonians ; Nebuchadnezzar ordered his Sons to be sain before his Face, then his Eyes were put out, he was bound with Fetters

of Brass, and carried to Babylon, and there was no more King in Judah, ver. 6,7.2 Chron. xxxvi. 13.

69 Q. What became of the City and the Temple at this Time? A. The King of Babylon burnt the Temple of the Lord, the Palace of the King, and all the Houses of Jerusalem; he brake down the Walls of the City, and carried away the rest of the People captive ; together with all the Vessels of Gold, Silver, and Brass, great and small, that belonged to the Temple, 2 Kings xxv. 8–17.

70 Q. But were the People punished thus for the Sins of their Kings? A. The Princes, and the Priests, and the People, had a large Share in the common Idolatry and Wickedness, together with the Kings, and that in Opposition to all the Warnings of their Prophets, whereby God was provoked to punila them all, 2 Chron. xxxvi. 14-21.

71 Q. Was there any Ruler of the scattered People that remained in the Land of Israel ? A. Gedaliah was made Governor by the King of Babylon, but he was slain in a little time by a Faction under Ijomael, one of the Seed-Royal; and there was nothing but Confusion and Disorder in the Land, 2 Kings xxv. 22, &C..

72 Q. What became of the People afterward ? A.' 7ohanan, the Son of Kareah, one of the Cap. tains under Gedaliah, routed Ishmael, and drove him out of the Land; yet being afraid of the 'Anger of the King of Babylon, and his Refentment of the Murder of Gedaliah his Governor, he was tempted to fly into Egypt, and to carry most of the People thither with him, where they were dispersed into several Cities, Jer. xli. 13-18. and 'xli. and xliii.

73Q. Was this done by any divine Order ? A. No; but directly against the Word of the Lord,

by the Mouth of Jeremiah the Prophet, who was left among them in the Land ; and they carried him also into Egypt with them, Jer. xliii. i--9.

74 Q. Did the Jews behave themselves better in Egypt after all their Affiliations and Distresses ? A. They practised Idolatry in Egypt with Insolence, in Opposition to the Reproofs of Jeremiah the Prophet, Jer. xliv. .75 l. Did they perish there or return? A. Jeremiah was ordered by the Lord to foretel the Destruction of Egypt by the King of Babylon, and to denounce utmost Calamities and Death, by Sword, and Famine, upon the Jews that sojourned there and that but a very small Number of them should ever return to the Land of Judah, though he foretold the Return of their Brethren from their Capti. vity in Babylon, Jer. xliii. 9. and xliv. 11, 28, &c.

CHA P. XIII.
Of the Return of the Jews from Captivity

in Babylon, and the Rebuilding the City of
Jerusalem, and the Temple.
Q. H ow long did the Nation of the Jews

It continue in their Captivity, and their Land lie defolate? A. Though the Land lay hot utterly desolate till the final Destruction of Jerusalem, in the Days of Zedekiah, which was between fifty and fixty Years before their first Release ; yet, from their first Captivity by Nebuchadnezzar in former Reigns, their Land was in some measure

defolate

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