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2 Kings And presently after it is said, Also Judah "**9° kept not the commandments of the L o R T> their God, but -walked in the statutes of Israel which they made. No sooner had Rehoboam the Son of Solomon, after the Revolt

2_ Chrort. clle. (en Tribes from him, establish'd the kingdom, and strengthened himself but we are told, heforjbok the law of the Lokd, and all Israel with him. And we read in

i Kings another Place, that, in his Reign, Judah IV' did evil in thefight of the Lord, and they provotfd him to jealousy with their fins which they had committed, above all that their fathers had done. For they also built them High-Places and images and groves,on every high hill, and under every green tree.

However, in the Reign of Afaj Grandson of Rehoboam, things took another turn;

i Chron. He did that which was good and right in the

xv i6 eyes °f Lord his God. For he took away the altars of the strange gods, and the high-places, and brake down[ the' imagesf and cut down the groves. And commanded Judah to seek the L o R D God of their fathersi and to do the law and the commandment. Also he took away out of all the cities of Judah, the High-Places and the images : and

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the kingdom was quiet before him. Moreover, he removd Maaeha his mother from being queen, because Jhe had made an idol in a grove and cut down her idol, and Jlamped it, and burnt it at the brook Kidron. But the High-Places were not taken away out of Israel: (that not being in his Power to effect) nevertheless the heart of Asa was perfect all his days.

His Son Jehojhaphat trod in his steps; and took away the High-Places and groves out 2 Chron. of Judah. And when afterwards God was xvu" 6' displeas'd with him for having made an Alliance with Abab King of Israel, yet it is said good things were found in him, in 2 Chron. that he had taken away the groves out of the XIX*z* landt and prepared his heart to seek God. Which, after all, we must understand of his having, only given Orders, to have them taken away; or seen it done only in Part. For afterwards, when his Character comes to be sum'd up, and he is allow'd to have walked in the way of Asa his father, there is this Reservation made; possibly more thro' the Fault of his Subjects than himself; Howbeit the High-Places 2 Chron. •were not taken away; for, as yet, the people xx*32'

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bad not prepard their hearts unto the Goc

of their fathers.

His Son and Successor Jehoram,who had

married Athaliah, Daughter of * Omri,

an Idolatrous King of Israels himself re

laps'd likewise into the same Abomina2 Chron. tions: He made High-Places in the mounxxi. ii. taim 0j- judah, and caused the inhabitants

of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and

compel/'d Judah thereto. 2 Chron. n,S son Ahaziah (whose Mother Atha

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Hah outliv'd and succeeded him in the Government) still kept up the High-Places and all. the vile Pomp of Idolatry. And Joajh, another of his Sons, tho' he set out well, yet toward the latter End of his Life was perverted by some of his idola2 Chron. trous Courtiers; who left the house of the

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'lord God of their fathers, and served groves and idols.

The Reign of Amaziah the Son of Joajh was no better than that of his Fa2 Kings ther fie High-Places were not taken away; as yet the people did sacrifice, and burnt incense on the High-Places.

* She is caird a Daughter of Ahab. (i Kings xxi. 6.) because Jhe follow''d his ways.

His Son AzariabjcdYA also Uzziabjho' 2 King* said to have done that which was right in the fight of the Loud, however has this Exception standing out against him; save that the High-Places were not removd; the people sacrificd and burnt incense still on the High-Places. And it was probably, about this time, that the Lord by the Mouth of the Prophet Hofea, charges them with sacrificing upon the tops of the mountains, and Hof. m burning incense upon the hills, under oaks and poplars, and elms, because the shadow thereof was good.

yotham, his Son, follow'd the example his Father had set him, both in his good and bad Deeds, the people yet did corruptly; 2 ChTMft> that is, they still follow'd their idolatrous XXV"' practices in the High-'Places.

Ahaz the Son of fotham was utterly given to Idolatry and all the Abominations of the Heathen; he sacrificed also, and t Chron. burnt incense in the High-Places, and on the xxvuli bills, and under every green tree.

His Son and Successor Hezekiah was extraordinary for his Piety and Goodness; For 'he removd the High-Places, and brake z Kings the images, and cut down the groves, &c. xvliL 4<

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2 Kings But his Son Manaffeh, who did that which xxi' 2" was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, built 'up again the High-Places which Hezekiah his Father had destroy d.

But, his Grandson Josiah, a Prince exceeding zealous for the true Religion of God, utterly clear'd the Land of all its former Idolatries and erroneous kinds of Worship. In the twelfth, Year of his Reign, 2 Chron. when he was but twenty Years old, he xxxiv.3. iegan to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the High-Places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images. He 2 Kings made clear Work; even with the Highxxih. 13. places that were before Jerusalem, which were on the right hand of the mount of corruption, which Solomon the King of Israel had builded, &c. and had escap'd in the Reign of Hezekiah, and the rest of the reforming Kings. In a Word, like unto him was there no king before him, that turrid to the Lo RD with all his heart, and with 2 Kings all his foul, and with all his might, accordxxiii. 25. -ing t0 an the law of Moses j neither after him arose there any likt him.

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