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give a summary Accountof the Wars of these People; in order to which we must go up as high as the Time of Abraham: when we read that four Kings, Chedorlaomer the King Gen. xiv. of Elam, and ltdal King of Nations, and Slmraphel King of Shinar, and Arioch King of Ella/ar, joining their Forces together by a Quadruple Alliance, invaded the Dominions of five other Kings, near whose Territories the Land lay, which was poflefs'd by Abraham.

Victory declaring her self on the Side of the four Kings, they carried off much spoil; and among the Captives, took Lot, Abraham's Brother's Son {who dwelt in Sodom) and his Goods. Abraham no sooner heard this, but he armed his trainedservants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them. And he divided himself against them, he and his servants, by night, and smote them, and brought back all the goods and his brother Lot. I have been the more particular in describing this Action, in order to give an Idea of the Confederacies, Armies, and Engagements of those Days j and to (hew how they were suited and proportions to that Infant State of the World.



Afterwards, when the childrea of Israel were greatly multiplied, according to^06d's Promise, and having left Egypt, took the/r March through the Deserts of jirdbia, they were under a Necessity of encountering several Nations, before they pase'd over Jordan into the Promis'd Land. Their first Conflict was with the Ajnalekites and the Numb. Canaanites-, before whom they were dis

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45. 'corns ted; because they presumed to make the Attack in a disorderly Manner; without Moses and the Ark of the Covenant; and in direct Contradiction to an express Command of God. But, some time after, we

ib.xxi.2. find Israel vowd a vow unto the Lord, and said, If thou wilt indeed deliver this people into my band, then I will utterly de-, Jlroy their cities. And the Lord hearken-; ed to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed, them and their cities.

After this they fought successfully against Sihon King of the Amorites, and Og the King of Bajhan: as also against the Moabites and the Midianites: And having pas* fed over the River Jordan, they befieg'd and took Jericho.


Il5k\at Word, the sacred Memoirs reckon up age and thirty Kings which Jo/hua and josh, xiL tjje children o/lsraelsmote on this fide Jordan* and gave their Lands unto the Tribes ofl£? rael Jir,,a pojsejion, according to their diviJions. In the mountains, and in the valleys, and in the plains, and in the springs, and in the wilderness, and in the south-country: theffittites, the Amorites, and the Canaanitesj the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites.

: However, some of these Nations were not totally destroy'd ^but left to prove Israel |ud|c"'' by, to know whether they would hearken to the' commandments of thd.jL^^o, {. Add to these the Philistines, with whom they wag'd perpetual War during the Time of the Judges and Saul; and who, having been defeated in four pitch'd Battles, were at last utterly routed by David. Whose first C oming into the Army, from among the Sheepfolds, was auspiciously crown'd with the Success, of vanquishing, in single Combat, their formidable Champion Goliah. But this, as well as most of their other successful Engagements under the Conduct of the Judges, being more owing to the providential Arm of God, the never-failing Assistant of Virtue and Piety, than to human Prowess J and

and Skill in the Science of War, \ {hall forbear transcribing them, upon this Occa/ion.

z Sam.Ui. We read that there was long wdr befasee/z the house of Saul j and the house of David % JJhboJheth the Son of the former, by the

ib. ii. 10. Strength of a mighty Party, reigning over Israel two y:ars, in Opposition to the latter; who, all that while, had no other Adherents than the House of Judah. But God having given away the Kingdom from the House of Saul to that of David, as had long before been declar'd by the Prophet Samue/; and all Obstacles being by degrees remov'd out of his Way; all the Tribes and Elders

ib. v. 3. of Israel came to him to Hebron: And bt made a league with them in Hebron, before the Lord; and they anointedDavid King over Israel.

David was victorious in all his Fatties; and having subdued the Nations round about him, left the Kingdom in profound Peace to his Son Solomon; who was wife enough to maintain and preserve ir, in the same Condition, all his Days; to fay nothing of his adorning and improving it with the advantageous Benefits of Commerce, and those Arts and Sciences which so constantly attend a solid and well-establifh'd


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r After the Death of Solomon, the Kingdom's being divided in two, laid a Foundation for frequent Bickerings between the Kings of Judah and Israel; in which they harrass'd and worried each other. But this . was not all; by their presumptuous Disobedience they provok'd the Lord, to raise them up Enemies out of the mighty Nations of the Egyptians^ Syrians, AJsyriansi and Babylonians: Whereby Israel was finally carried away into Captivity, from which they never return'd; and 'Judah into one for seventy Years j as we have more fully declar'd already.

And the latter, after their Return, were again oppress'd by the Syrians; infested by the Samaritans; and oblig'd to contend with the Idumœans, and other Nations that border'd upon them. Of all whom, after a long Course of Troubles, they had no sooner got the better, than they began to fall out among themselves; and by that means, gave the Romans both a Handle and an Opportunity to reduce them under their Subjection. In which State they continued till their factious, stubborn Spirits,

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