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away the Gates and Gate-posts of the City with him, when he made his Way out, and escaped, Judges xiv. 5, 6. and chap. xv. 13, 14, and xvi. 3; II, 13.

63 Q. What befel bim afterward?

Å He fell in love with Delilah, another of the Philistine Women, who cut off his Hair, and then the betrayed him to the Phiļistines, who put out his Eyes, and made him grind in a Mill, Fudges xvi. 4–21.

64 Q. What was Samson's End ?.

A. Thousands of the Philistines were gathered together to make Sport with Samson; and, in order to revenge himself of the Philistines, and to destroy the Enemies of Israel, he pulled the House down upon their Heads and his own, Judges xvi. 30.

65 Q. Who judged Israel after Samson?

A. Eli the High Priest is said to judge Israel forty. Years; but he is not supposed to be one of the extraordinary Judges who delivered them, but rather that he was made an ordinary Magiftrate, perhaps, over some part of the Land, 1 Sam. iv. 18.

66 Q. Who was the last of these extraordinary Judges ?

Å. Samuel the Prophet, the Son of Hannah, a: pious Woman, who had no Child before, and requested of God to give her one, 1 Sam. i. 20.

67 Q. What is written in Honour of Hannah?

Å. When Mae was greatly provoked and grieved: in Spirit, she prayed to God in the Tabernacle,. and she went away chearful, 1 Sam. i. 15–18.

68 Q. Where was Samuel brought up?

A. As he was requested of the Lord, so he was given to the Lord, and was brought up at the Tabernacle in Shiloh under the Care of Eli the High Priest, 1 Sam. i. 22, 28.

69 Q. What

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69 Q. What was Samuel's Office ?

Å. He waited on the Service of the Tabernacle as a Levite, being the First-born, and being given to God, 1 Sam. ii. 18.

70 Q. Was he not also a Prophet?

A. Yes, God called him three Times in one Night when he was a Child, and made a Prophet of him, and told him what Calamities fhould be: fal the House of Eli the High Priest, 1 Sam. iii. 4--14

71 Q. What was the great Crime of Eli ?

A. Though he loved and honoured God himself, yet he did not restrain his Sons from Wickedness, 1 Sam, iii. 15.

72 Q. In what Manner did God shew his Difpleasure against the House of Eli?

A. His two Sons were slain by the Philistines in Battle, and the High Priesthood went into another Branch of Aaron's Family, i Sam, ii. 27-36. i Kings ii, 27.

73Q. What became of Eli himself?

À: When he heard that the Ark of God was taken by the Philistines, he fainted for Grief, and falling down backward, he brake his Neck, 1 Sam. iv. 17, 18.

74 Q: What did the Philistines do with the Ark of God?

A. They brought it into the House of their Idol, Dagon, and the Idol fell down and broke off his Head and his Hands upon the Threshold, 1 Sam. v. 2-5.

75 Q. What Punishment did the Philistines suffer for keeping the Ark ?

A. In several Cities where they placed it, God destroyed many of the Inhabitants, and smote the reft with fore Diseases, 1 Sam. v. 6—12.

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76 Q. What 76 Q. What became of the Ark then?

A. The Philistines put it into a new Cart drawn by two Milch-Kine, whose Calves were shut up at home, and yet they carried it directly into the Land of Israel to Bechshemesh, I Sam, vi. 12.

77 Q. What did the Men of Beth Chemefh do?

A. They looked into the Ark, which was ut, terly forbidden, and God smote many of them with a great Slaughter, and they sent the Ark away to Kirjath-jearim, i Sam vi. 19-21.

78 Q: How did Samuel deliver Israel from the Pailistines when they made a new War upon

them? A. He offered a Burnt-offering, and prayed to the Lord, and God fought against the Philiftines with Thunder from Heaven, and scattered and destroyed them, i Sam. vii. 9, 10, 13.

79Q. How did Samuel govern the People?

1. He travelled through the Land every Year, he judged Israel with great Honour and Justice for many Years; but in his old Age he made his Sons Judges, and they oppreffed and abused the People, i Sam. vi. 15–17.andch. viii. 1-4. and xii. 1-5

80 Q. What was the Request of the People on this Occasion ?

A. That they might have a King, like the rest of the Nations, i Sam. viii. 5,

81 Q. What did Samuel do in this Cafe?

A. He would have advised them against it, becaufe God was their King, but they still persisted in defiring a Man for a King, 1 Sam. viii.6, 7, 19, 20.

82 Q. Did Samuel gratify them in this Defire ?

4. Being admonished of God, he complied with their Desire, and appointed a King over them, I Sam. viii, 22.



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HO was the first King of Israel?

A. Saul, a very tall young Man, the Son of Kish, a Benjamite, i Sam. ix. 1, 2.

2 Q. How did Samuel first meet with him?

A. Saul was sent by his father to seek some Asses that he had loft, and asking Samuel about them Samuel took him aside privately, and anointed him King of Israel, 1 Sam. ix. 15.-27. and ch.x. I--8.

3 Q. But how was he made King publicly?

A. God chose and determined Saul to be King by casting Lots among the Tribes and Families of Israel, 1 Sam. X. 19-25.

4Q. How did Saul behave himself in his Kingdom?

A. He governed well at first for a little Time; but afterward he disobeyed the Word of God in several Instances, and God rejected him, 1 Sam. xiii. 13. and chap. xv. 23.

5 Q. Whom did God choose in his Room ?

A. David, of the Tribe of Judah, who is called the Man after God's own Heart, Sam. xvi. 1. and chap. xiii. 14. Aets xiii. 22.

6 Q. Who were the Forefathers of David ?

A. He was the youngest Son of Jesse, who was the Son of Obed, who was the Son of Boaz by Ruth his Wife, Ruth iv. 17-22.

7 Q. Who was this Ruth?

1. She was a Woman of Moab, and the married Mahlon a Jew, the Son of Naomi, when they came to sojourn in Moab, because of a Famine in Israel,

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8 Q. Did Ruth leave the Country of Moab?

A. Yes, after her Husband died in the Land of Moab, the followed her Moiher-in-law, Naomi, into the Land of Israel, and took the God of Israel for her God, Ruth i. 16, 17.

9 Q. What kind Providence attended her in the Land of Israel?

A. Boaz, a rich Man, who was near of Kin to her former Husband, married her, and so she became the Greatgrandmother of David, Ruth iv. 16, 17.

10 Q. What was David's Employment ?

A. Being the youngeft Son of a large Family, he was bred up to keep his Father's Sheep, 1 Sam. xvi. II.

11 Q. What considerable Axions did he do while he was a Shepherd ?

A. He killed a Lion and a Bear who came to rob his Father's Flock, 1 Sam. xvii. 34.

12 Q. How did God anoint him to be King?

4. He sent Samuel secretly to anoint him with Oil at Bethlehem, in the midst of his Brethren, Sam. xvi. 13.

13 Q. How did David make his first Appearance at Court?

A. David understood Music, and when the evil Spirit of Melancholy came upon Saul, hearing of David's Skill in Music, he sent for him to play on the Harp to refreth him, Sam. xvi. 16-23

14 Q. What remarkable Action made him more publicly known?

A. When Goliath the Giant challenged the Men of Israel, David undertook the Combat, and flew him with a Sling and a Stone, 1 Sam. xvii. 19-54. 15 Q. How did Saul employ him afterwards ?

A. He

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