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Q. What did Jonah say when the sun beat upon his head ? A. It is better for me to die than to live. Jonah

iv, 8. Q. What question did the Lord ask him? Å. Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd ?

Jonah iv, 9. Q. How did Jonah answer? A. I do well to be angry, even unto death. Q. What did God then say? A. hou hast pity on the gourd, for which thou

hast not labored ; and should not I spare

Nineveh that great city ? Jonah iv, 10, 11. Q. How many did the Lord say were there who could not

discern between their right and left hands? Å. More than one hundred and twenty thou

sand. Jonah iv, 11. Q. When did Micah prophesy? A. About the same time as Isaiah, Joel, Hosea,

and Amos. Q. What does he distinctly foretell? Ă. That Bethlehem should be the birth-place

of Christ. Micah v, 2. Q. When did Nahum probably prophesy? A. Between the captivity of the Israelites in

Assyria and the destruction of Jerusalem.
Q. What does he foretell?
A. The destruction of Nineveh.
Q. At what time did Habakkuk prophesy? .
4. About the same period as Jeremiah.
R What other prophet lived at this period ?
A. Zephaniah.
7. Of what does he speak ?

Of the destruction of Nineveh. Zeph. ii,

Q. When did Haggai fill the office of prophet?
A. After the Jews had returned from cap-

tivity.
Q. What was his principal object?
A. To encourage the Jews to rebuild the tem-

ple.
Q. Under what name does he predict the coming of Christ?
Ă. The “ Desire of all nations.” Haggai ii, 7.
Q. Who also prophesied with Haggai?
A. Zechariah.
Q. Under what figure does he speak of Christ?
4. As the “ Branch.” Zech. vi, 12.
Q. Who is the inspired author of the last book in the

Old Testament?
A. Malachi.
Q. Whose coming does he distinctly foretell?
A. John the Baptist. Mal. iii, 1.
Q. What should be his office ?
A. To
prepare

of the Lord.
Q. When did he prophesy?
Ă. After the return from captivity, later than

any other prophet.
Q. How many years were there between his prophecy and

the coming of Christ?
A. About four hundred.

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LESSON XLI.
The Return from Captivity.

Question. How long did the Jews remain captive in As

syria ? Answer. Seventy years. 2 Chron. xxxvi, 21. Q. Who gave them permission to return to Jerusalem? A. Cyrus, king of Persia. Q. What induced him to do this? A. The Lord stirred up his spirit. 2 Chron.

xxxvi, 22. Q. What did he say the Lord had charged him? A. To build him a house in Jerusalem. 2 Chron.

xxxvi, 23. Q. Who had predicted this concerning Cyrus ? A. Isaiah. Chapter xliv, 28. Q. How long before the birth of Cyrus ? A. ·Nearly two hundred years. Q. What did Cyrus bestow upon the Jews that re

turned ? A. The vessels of the house of the Lord which

Nebuchadnezzar had carried away. Ezra

i, 7.
Q. Who led up the first company as governor?
A. Zerubbabel. Ezra ii, 2.
? What did they immediately commence ?

The rebuilding of the temple.
hen the foundation was laid, what did the people do?
hey shouted with a great shout. "Ezra

Q. How were the old men affected who had seen the former

temple? A. They wept with a loud voice. Ezra iii, 12. Q. What did the adversaries of Judah request when they heard that they builded the temple ? A. That they might build with them. Ezra

iv, 2. Q. What was the answer of the

people ? A. Ye have nothing to do with us to build a

house unto our God. Ezra iv, 3. Q. What did their enemies then do? A. They induced Artaxerxes, who had become

king of Persia, to command them to stop

building. Ezra iv, 23, 24. Q. How long were they hindered ? Ă. Until the second year of the reign of Dą

rius. Q. What noted scribe came up to Jerusalem from Babylon

at this time?
A. Ezra. Ezra vii, 1.
Q. What did he become?
A. Governor of Judea.
Q. In what year of Darius was the temple finished ?
A. The sixth. Ezra vi, 15.
Q. How long was it in building ?
X. About twenty years.

Who succeeded Ezra as governor of Judea ?
A. Nehemiah.
Q. What was his office in the court of Persia ?
A. He was the king's cup-bearer. Nehemiah
ü, 1.

Q. What report had he heard from Jerusalem ?
A. That the walls were broken down, and the

gates burned with fire. Neh. i, 3.
Q. How was he affected by this report?
A. He mourned, wept, and fasted. Neh. i, 4.
Q. What did the king notice when Nehemiah offered him

wine? A. That his countenance was sad. Neh. ii, 2. Q. What did Nehemiah answer when the king asked the

cause of it? A. The place of my fathers' sepulchres lieth

waste. Neh. ii, 3. Q. What did the king then say? A. For what dost thou make request ? Neh.

ii, 4. Q. What did Nehemiah then do? A. He prayed silently to the God of heaven. Q. What request did he make of the king ? A. Permission to visit and rebuild Jerusalem.

Neh. ii, 5. Q. What did the king do? A. Granted him his request, and aided him in

the work. Neh. ii, 6, 8. Q. Who attempted

to hinder Nehemiah and the Jews ? A. Sanballat, Tobiah, and Geshem. Neh. ii, 19. Q. How were they obliged to build the wall ? A. They worked with one hand, and held their

weapons in the other. Neh. iv, 17. Q. Why? A. Lest they should be suddenly attacked by

their enemies.

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