This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 Excerpt: ... the crimes and idolatries of the Jewish nation in Vide 1 Kings xi. xii. and xiii.; and 2 Chron x. and xi. f Vide 1 Kings xi. % lb. ver. 1 ...Read MoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 Excerpt: ... the crimes and idolatries of the Jewish nation in Vide 1 Kings xi. xii. and xiii.; and 2 Chron x. and xi. f Vide 1 Kings xi. % lb. ver. 1 to 13. general, were not more incredible or unnatural, on the supposition of their general sincere acknowledgment of the divine origin of their Law, than the similar misconduct of this enlightened and favoured monarch. Certainly no instance can show more clearly the general futility of this objection. But let us pursue the history. Had this offence remained unpunished, so contagious an -xample would probably have infected the whole mass of the people, which would thus have irretrievably sunk into idolatry and vice: and does it not appear probable, that so long as the whole nation continued united under one sovereign, this danger might frequently recur? Does not therefore this division of the people under two monarchs appear, even to our short-sighted views, not only a just punishment for the crimes of Solomon, but the most probable method of preventing that universal apostasy, from similar misconduct in future, which might have entirely defeated the design of the Jewish dispensation? And the more accurately we consider the circumstances and effects of this revolution, the more clearly shall we perceive, that the prevention of such a total apostasy, was the chief cause why it was permitted, nay, even forwarded, by a divine interference. When the prophet Ahijah was commissioned to announce to Jeroboam his selection by God as sovereign of the ten tribes, he declares in the clearest terms that this was designed as a punishment for the idolatries of Solomon; that it was intended to reserve one tribe for the house of David, in reward of his unshaken adherence to the worship of his God; and that a similar adherence on the ...Read Less
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