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fenced cities. And all the people returned to the camp to Joshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Israel. Then said Joshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring out those five kings unto me out of the care. And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, and the king of Eglon. And it came to pass, when they brought out those kings unto Joshua, that Joshua called for all the men of Israel, and said unto the captains of the men of war which went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. 25 And Joshua
25 In what a truly noble spirit does said unto them, Fear not, nor
their leader refer the victors to be dismayed, be strong and Jehovah ! how pointedly does he of good courage : for thus remind them, even in the mid flush shall the Lord do to all your done."
of conquest, “ This hath the Lord enemies against whom ye fight. And afterward Joshua smote them, and slew them, and hanged them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Joshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the cave wherein they had been hid, and laid great stones in the cave's mouth, which remain until this very day. And that day Joshua took Makkedah, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof he utterly destroyed, them, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain : and he did to the king of Makkedah as he did unto the king of Jericho. Then Joshua passed from Makkedah, and all Israel with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah : and the Lord delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Israel; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he let none remain in it; but did unto the king thereof, as he did unto the king of Jericho. And Joshua passed from Libnah, and all Israel with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it: and the LORD delivered Lachish into the hand of Israel, which took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah. Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish ; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining. And from Lachish Joshua passed unto Eglon, and all Israel with him ; and they encamped against it, and fought against it: and they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. And Joshua went up from Eglon, and all Israel with him, unto Hebron ; and they fought against it: and they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof, and all the souls at were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon ; but destroyed it utterly, and all the souls that were therein. And Joshua returned, and all Israel with him, to Debir; and fought against it ; and he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein ; he left none remaining : as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; as he had done also to Libnah, and to her king. So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God of Israel commanded. And Joshua smote them from Kadesh-barnea even unto Gaza, and all the country of Goshen, even unto Gibeon. And all these kings and
42 This acknowledgement“ that the their land did Joshua take at hand of the Lord did gain the vicone time, because the Lord tory” is repeated ; lest future ages God of Israel fought for should forget a truth with which the
immediate actors in the scene were Israel. 43 And Joshua re
so deeply and blessedly impressed. turned, and all Israel with
43 How glorious that day of triumph, him, unto the camp to Gilgal. when the Church on earth—her warfare being accomplished-shall be united with the Church in Heaven, and her sons receive each his crown, as a triumphant soldier of the cross
EVENING. Joshua xxij. And it came to pass a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age. And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age: and ye have
3 Faith in God as the Author of all seen all that the Lord your
our blessings, nationally and indiGod hath done unto all these vidually-victory in war, and prosnations because of you ; for perity in peace-was the prevailing the LORD your God is he spirit in the heart of Joshua, even to
the last. that hath fought for you.
Behold, I have divided unto you by lot these nations that remain, to be an inheritance for your tribes, from Jordan, with all the nations that I have cut off, even unto the great sea westward. "And the LORD s Faith in past mercies leads Joshua your God, he shall expel to a noble trust for future blessings. them from before you, and drive them from out of your sight; and ye shall possess their land, as the Lord your God hath promised unto you. 6 This counsel comes with added . Be ye therefore very cour- force from the lips of the veteran ageous to keep and to do all warrior, whose own courage never that is written in the book of quailed*. the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left ; that ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow your- 8 How blessed a privilege that we selves unto them: but cleave are permitted to cleave unto the unto the LORD your God, as
Lord, our God--not to let him go. ve have done unto this day. the angel, so the language of faith
As with Jacob, in his wrestling with For the Lord hath driven out ever is—“I will not let thee go ; from before you great nations except thou bless me.” (Gen. xxxii. and strong: but as for you,
26.) no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand : for the LORD your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the LORD your God. ? Else if
12 So surely cometh it to pass that ye do in any wise go back, “evil communication corrupts good and cleave unto the remnant manners.” (1 Cor. xv. 33.) of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you ; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides,
There is a high moral courage necessary for our Christian warfare, even though God is to be all in all. How vain those who would deny the necessity for exercising the Christian graces and virtues, and for diligence in fulfilling the active duties of life, because it is God's grace which alone is the efficient cause of success! God's grace it was which gave success to Israel ; but He required of the very soldiers to whom He was about to give victory, that they should themselves be very courageous to obey Him, who was the giver of victory. So St. Paul fought the tight, as if victory depended upon himself ; though so entirely did he trust in divine grace, that he humbly declares, that “ we are not sufficient of ourselves, to think any thing as of ourselves our sufficiency is of God.”
and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the LORD your
14 What an affecting and instructive hath given you.
1. And, be- scene! If truth prevail anywhere, hold, this day I am going the it is on a death-bed ; and its voice way of all the earth: and ye comes with added force from the know in all your hearts and lips of aged and experienced piety.
Heed then the dying Joshua. in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the LORD your God spake concerning you ; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof. Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come upon you, which the LORD your God promised you ; so shall the Lord bring upon you all evil things, until he have destroyed you from off this good land which the LORD your God 16 Let me be a true and faithful hath given you.
soldier of Christ, even to the end ! have transgressed the cove
so may I gain at last my promised nant of the Lord your God, Canaan, and dwell therein for ever. which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.
The second Sunday after Trinity.
MORNING JUDGEs iv. And the children of Israel
* None do wrong, but that the Lord again did evil in the sight of seeth them, and prepares punishthe LORD, when Ehud was
What a check to evil is this dead. And the LORD sold thought! The all-seeing God has a
thousand ways of punishment. them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor ; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. * And the children of Israel
3 If danger lead to repentance and cried unto the Lord: for he prayer, blessed be the fear of it-it had nine hundred chariots of is the beginning of wisdom ! iron ; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time. And she dwelt under the palm tree of Deborah, between Ramah and Beth-el in mount Ephraim: and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment. And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of
Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun ? And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude ; and I will deliver him into thine hand. And
8 Barak was wise as he was courBarak said unto her, If thou
ageous, in trusting to God. What wilt go with me, then I will is man's courage without God's blessgo: but if thou wilt not going? What man's wisdom without with me, then I will not go.
God's Spirito! And she said, I will surely go with thee : notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh ; and he went up with ten thousand men at his feet: and Deborah went up with him. Now Heber the Kenite, which was of the children of Hobab the father in law of Moses, had severed himself from the Kenites, and pitched his tent unto the plain of Zaanaim, which is by Kedesh. And they shewed Sisera that Barak the son of Abinoam was gone up to mount Tabor. And Sisera gathered together all his chariots, eren nine hundred chariots of iron, and all the people that were with him, from Harosheth of the Gentiles unto the river
14 So the “ Lord goeth out before" of Kishon." And Deborah every faithful soldier of Christ. The said unto Barak, Up; for God of Deborah is our God-the this is the day in which the leader of the army of Barak, is the Lord hath delivered Sisera great Captain of our salvation, leading into thine hand: is not the
us on to victory. LORD gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak ; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet. But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles : and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left. Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite : for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him, Turn in, my lord, turn in to
• The hearts of kings, and the courage of their armies, are in God's rule and governance. Hence Barak’s anxiety to have with him the prophetess God's minister. This fact well warns the proud, not to despise the ministers of the Gospel ; lest in despising the servant, they despise the Master.