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hast thou done unto me? I called thee to curse mine enemies, and, behold, thou hast altogether blessed them these three times. I thought to promote thee unto great honour; but, lo, the Lord

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hath kept thee back from honour.” b And Balaam returned again to his place; and the Moabites were overcome by the Israelites, and every male amongst them slain.

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Op all the men whom Moses had led out of Egypt, Joshua and Caleb were the only two that were living when they came to the promised land. All the rest had died. At last the summons came to Moses : “Gird up thy loins," said the Lord to

Numb. xxiii. 8, 20; xxiv. 10, 11.

him, “and get thee up to Mount Nebo; there will I show thee the land of Canaan, which I have given to the children of Israel. shalt thou see it, but thou shalt not go into it.” Then Moses took leave of his people. He reminded them of all God's benefits, repeated to them all his commandments, set before them the blessing and the curse, and gave them this promise: “A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of

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your brethren like unto me; him shall ye hear.” He then went up into the mountain, and died there ; and the Lord buried him, and no man knew of his sepulchre. Moses was an hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eyes were not dim, nor was his bodily strength decreased. a

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31. As God had been with Moses, so was he afterwards with Joshua. As Moses had led the Israelites through the sea, so Joshua led them through the river Jordan. The waters divided, the upper portion ceased to flow, and stood like a wall until the people had passed over. But the Israelites had to conquer Jericho, which was a strong city. “ See," said the Lord, “ I have given into thine hand Jericho, and the king thereof.” At the command of the Lord, the priests went round the city, bearing the ark of the covenant, and with trumpets and rams' horns in their hands, and the armed men went before and behind them. This they did for six days. On the seventh day, the

a Deut. xxxii. 49-52; xxxiv. 4–10.

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priests blew the trumpets, and Joshua said to the people, "Shout; for the Lord hath given you the

And it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, and they went up into the city. The inhabitants were slain, and their houses burned.

And so God continued to help Joshua, until he nad overcome and had slain thirty-one small kings, who reigned in Canaan. During the slaughter in the valley of Ajalon, the sun and the moon stood still at Joshua's word, and God slew the Amorites with hailstones.

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After a few years, the conquest was so far completed, that Joshua could proceed to divide the land among the twelve tribes. The tribes of Reuben and of Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh, settled on the other side of Jordan, and the other nine tribes and a half between Jordan and the sea. The tribe of Levi received no distinct inheritance, but they had cities given to them in the midst of the other tribes. The sanctuary and tabernacle, together with the ark of the covenant, were placed in Shiloh.

a Joshua vi. 1-16.

When Joshua was an hundred and ten years old, and had finished all these things, he gathered all Israel together to Shechem, that he might take his leave of them. He reminded them of all God's mercies to them, and exhorted them to be faithful and obedient. “ Fear the Lord,” he said, “and serve him in sincerity and in truth. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose

you whom ye will serve : but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” Then answered all the people, 6 God forbid that we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods.” b

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AFTER Joshua's death, the Israelites did not adhere to what they had promised. They often went after other gods. Then the Lord gave them into the hands of their enemies ; and when they repented of their sins, the Lord delivered them by Captains and by Judges whom he raised

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for them. These reigned over one or several of the tribes; but there was no unity among them, and they wished to have a king in Israel.

Joshua xxiv. 14-16.

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At one time, the Midianites came with their cattle and with their tents from the wilderness into the land of Canaan, and destroyed all that was in the fields, and drove away all their cattle. For seven years successively they continued to make these attacks, and there was none to resist them. Then God raised up a young man of the tribe of Manasseh. The angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said, 66 The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” And Gideon said unto him,

Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of?. And the Lord looked upon him, and said, “ Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites : have not I sent thee?” Gideon replied, “Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel ? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.” And the Lord said unto him, “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

Gideon's first act was to cut down his father's idolatrous grove, in which Baal was worshipped. That was a bold act; for all who worshipped the idols would of course seek to kill him. But Gideon's father said, “Will ye plead for Baal ? If he be a god, let bim plead for himself.”

Yet Gideon asked for a sign from God, that he might be well assured that the vision by which he had been called was really from God. He said, “ Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand.” And when he

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