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"When Ahab King of Israel was displeas'd with Micaiah for prophesying his Overthrow at Ramoth-Gilead, he sent him i to .Amon the governour os the city, with xv^iTz""

Orders to put him in prison, and seed him nvith 'bread and water os affliction.

Of the judiciary Authority of these Ru1 lers, we read further in the Cafe of Jeremiah. When (another) Micaiah had j heard his Prophetical Denunciations against Israel and Judah, he went down into the Jer. kings house, into the scribe's chamber, where **XV1* all the princes (these Rulers) were siting, and inform'd them of it. And after, when Jeremiah was going out of the City ib.xxxvii. into the Land of Benjamin, Irijah, who fuf- 1*" pected that he was going to desert to the Army of thcChaldeans, who were lately broken up from besieging the City, took Jeremiah i and brought him to the Princes. Wherefore the Princes were wroth with Jeremiah, i and smote him, and put him in prison.

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the city Jhould be given into tht band o) the King of Babylon, Therefore the ~?rtncei said unto the king, We beseech thee, let ibt's man be put to death. Then Zedekiah tk King said, Behold he is in your hand; for the King is not he that can do am thing against you. Which {hews that they bore a mighty Sway in the Great Council of the Nation; and that when they pray'd Judgment and Execution against any one, even the King thought it most iafe and prudent to comply with them.

The Number of these Rulers, in every City, was in Proportion to the Number of its Inhabitants; as many Thousands as it contain'd, so many Rulers of that Rank and Denomination, belong'd to it; from which Regulation, the Estimation and Consequence of each City was discernible at one View. And from this Consideration arises that fine Allusion of one of the Prophets concerning the Place where Christ mould be born; so understood and applied by the Chief Priests and Mat.ii.j. Scribes themselves, as the Evangelist inMicv.z. forms us. But thou, Bethlehem Ephra

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ih, though thou be little among the thouinds of Judah (in Comparison of those Cities that have Rulers of thousands beDnging to them) yet out of thee, he shall ome forth unto me, that is to be Ruler in Xrael; whose goings forth have been of old, *rom everlasting. So exactly was almost ;very minute Circumstance relating to the Saviour of Mankind, delineated and foretold by those divinely inspired Writers, who liv'd so many hundred Years before he came into the World.

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CHAP. IX.

SECT. I. Military Affairs.

TTAving hitherto treated of the religious and civil Affairs of those People who are the Historical Subject of the sacred Writings; it is reasonable, in'like manner, that we should trace out such Memoirs as are left us of their military Constitution. In relation to which, the Directions given them by God himself are these which follow.

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"enemies, and seejl horses and chariots, anh people more than thou, be not afraid of fbem\ for the Lord thy God is with thee, nkkib brought thee up out of the land of Egypt And it Jhall be, when ye are come nigh unt the battle^ that the Fries Jhall approach and Jpeak unto the people \ and shall fay uttf them; Hear, O Israel! You approach this day unto battle against your enemies-, let not your hearts be faint; fear not, and donot tremble; neither be ye terrified because of them: Fur the Lord your God is He that goetb with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

What noble Spirits, and what an invincible Ardor must such an Exhortation as this infuse into the Hearts of those who were thoroughly prepar'd to receive it, from the Observations they must have made of God's providential and protecting Mercies, so continually attending them! Such a rational, well-grounded Fortitude is indeed inseparable from every true Believer. Whereas those, who are 'not convinc'ti os the Truth of a present divine Revelation, and a future State of Rewards and Purtisti

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nentsj though they may, in Trials of .lie greatest Danger, appear as high-met:led as the Horse that rusheth into the Battle, cannot, at the same Time, be suppos'd to be animated by any more than a brutal Courage. But to proceed.

That we may fee what Tenderness was us'd in relation to those who were oblig'd to serve in the Wars; and that none were fore'd, or even decoy'd away from their Families or their domestick Concerns, in a tyrannical unreasonable Manner j it is further directed thus. And the officers Jhall Deut] speak unto the people, saying; What man is xx- 5* there that hath built a new house, and hath not dedicated it? let him go and return to his house, lejl he die in the battle, and another man dedicate it. And what man is he that hath planted a vineyard, and hath not yet eaten of it? let him also go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man eat of it. And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in battle, and another man take her.

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