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SHORT AND PLAIN

EXPOSITION

OF THE

OLD TESTAMENT,

WITH

DEVOTIONAL

AND

PRACTICAL REFLECTIONS,

FOR THE

USE OF FAMILIES.

BY THE LATE

REVEREND JOB ORTON, S.T.P.

PUBLISHED FROM THE AUTHOR'S MANUSCRIPTS,

BY ROBERT GENTLEMAN.

FIRST AMERICAN, FROM TÆE SECOND LONDON EDITION.

VOL. IIL

CHARLESTOWN:

PRINTIR AND SOLD BY SAMUEL ETHERIDGE.

1805.

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CONTENTS, I. SAMUEL. II. SAMUEL. I. KINGS. II. KINGS.

I. CHRONICLES. II. CHRONICLES.

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'HIS Book contains the history of the last two judgas, Eli and

Samuel ; and of Saul, the first king of Israel ; including a period of about eighty years. A considerable part of it was written by Samuel himself, particularly what concerned. Eli and his own times, and was continued by Nathan, or Gad, or some other inspired prophele

CHAP. I.

Contains an account of the family of Samuel, and his mother's grief

before he was born ; Hannah's prayer and vow for the removal of her grief i the answer to her prayer ; the birth of her son'; and the performance of her votu, by the dedication of Samuel to God,

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ow there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim,

of mount Ephraim, and his name (was) Elkanah,* the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of 2 Zuph, ap Ephrathite : And he had two wives, the name of the

one (was] Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah," and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. His first wife was barren, he therefore took another ; a custom which was

tolerated in those days ; by this wife he had many children, but in 3 other things she was a torment to him. And this man went up

out of the city yearly, according to the law,' to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh, where the ark and the tabernaele were. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phine. has, the priests of the LORD, [were) there ; Though they were wicked, he did not neglect his duty because he did not like the priest, but came to offer prayer and thanksgiving, and such sacri.

fices as were suitable to the occasion, which probably was the passA over. And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to

Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, por • Elkanah was a Levite of Ratnah, or Arimathea, of the most honourable house of the tribe of Levi.

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