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fickness he steers the government of Ilrael with no unsteady hand. Instantly he gives full directions for the regal inauguration of Solomon. Zadok the priest, and Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah, a warriour of unshaken fidelity, are commanded to take with them the royal guard, to place Solomon upon his father's mule, to carry him down in Itate to Gihon, to anoint him with the holy oil of the tabernacle, to found the trumpets, and proclaim him in the streets, to bring him back with triumph and magnificence to the court, and to set him on the royal throne with all the due ceremonies of coronation.

How pleasing was this command to them, who in Solomon's glory saw their own security! Benaiah applauds itand, not fearing a father's envy, in David's presence wishes that the throne of Solomon may be exalted above that of David. The people are ravished with

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joy at this hopeful succession, and rend the earth, and fill the heaven, with the noise of their music and shouting.“ God “ save the king-Long live the king-"Let the king live for ever!”

The feast of Adonijah, which begair in presumption, terminates in horrour. The ears of the guests are suddenly. pierced with the found of those trumpets, which at once proclaim the triumph of Solomon, and their own confusion. Aftonishment, and fearful expectation of

vengeance fills their souls: and when the son of Abiathar brings more certain intelligence of their disappointment, every heart is cold-every face pale terrour gives wings to their feet. How suddenly is this daring troop dispersed ! Adonijah, their aspiring prince, flies to the horns of the altar--as distrusting all hopes of life, fave those which he rested on the sanctity of the place, and the mercy

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Now David beholds a worthy object of his love in peaceful poffeffion of the throne of Israel-now does he charge him to keep the commandments of God, to take heed to the statutes, and walk in the ways of the Almighty. The dying prophet exhorts the youthful monarch to exemplary holiness-he admonishes him to pay due allegiance to the King of kings he gives him the weighty charge of building the house of God-he lays before the eyes of his son the model and pattern of that sacred work, the merit of which belongs to David, no less than to Solomon. David bestows the gold and filver for this holy use--an hundred thousand talents of gold-ten times as much silver-brass and iron beyond all weight. David excites the princes of Israel to give their assistance-takes notice of their bountiful offerings-numbers the Levites, and sets them their respective tasks. Even the singers and musicians

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are appointed to their office by the sweet pfalmift of Israel. And when all things are in their desired order, and due ftate of preparation, he blesses Solomon and his people, and Neeps with his fathers. O happy foul, how quiet poffeffion haft thou taken, after so many tumults, of a better crown! Thou, who didft prepare all things for the house of thy God, how art thou welcomed to that more glorious tabernacle, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens !

AGAIN is Solomon crowned the sovereign of Israel—now in his own right, as formerly in his father's, he fits upon the seat of David. He loves the LORD, and is loved by Him in return. The wicked are taken away from before the king, and his throne is established in righteousness.

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both by the people, and the king. Before he builds the temple at Jerusalem, Solomon goes up to Gibeon. There was the allowed altar of JEHOVAH— there was the tabernacle, though the ark was in the city of David. The young monarch, desiring to begin his reign with God, offers on that altar no less than a thousand facrifices.

How sweet is the repose of innocence and piety! The night cannot but be happy, if the day hath been holy. Solomon lays him down to sleep; and lo, he fees Him who is invisible, and hears the voice of a merciful God, “ Ask me « what I shall give thee." We cannot be fo liberal to ourselves as by our oblations to the Author of all good. Though the cattle on a thousand hills are his own, he graciously accepts the freewill-offering of his servant. And art thou less bounteous, O GOD, to thy poorest worshipper under the gospel,

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