The Imperial Bible-Dictionary; Historical, Biographical, Geographical and Doctrinal - Volume I

The Imperial Bible-Dictionary; Historical, Biographical, Geographical and Doctrinal - Volume I

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 edition. Excerpt: ...those which concerned the king and people of Israel. If one admits the miraculous element in the acts referred to, as called for by the adverse circumstances of the time, needed to revive the languishing faith of the people, and if possible arrest the work of judgment, none of them will occasion any peculiar difficulty, and, as a whole, they afford a remarkable exhibition of the forbearance and merciful consideration of God. The first of the instances recorded has respect to a poor woman, a widow of one of the sons of the prophets, who came crying to Elisha for help, because she had fallen into debt, and the creditor was ready to take her two sons for bondmen in payment. The law authorized this, limiting however the period of service to the year of jubilee, Lo. xxv. 39; but in her circumstances the enforcement of the law even for a limited period could not but be felt as a grievous calamity. To Elisha also it appeared a case warranting the divine interposition; and in the mode of administering relief he took what she actually had as the ground and occasion of providing what besides she required to obtain. Finding she still had a pot of oil, he told her to go and borrow vessels from her neighbours and pour out as much as would flow. She did so, and found that the oil continued to stream forth till every vessel was filled. Herself astonished at the result, she went and told the prophet; and was directed by him to sell what was needed to discharge the debt and apply the remainder to her own use. The more direct object of the next wonder wrought by Elisha was also a woman, but one in affluent, not in depressed circumstances. She belonged to the pious remnant that still survived in different parts of the land of Israel, dwelling at Shunem in...show more

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  • Paperback | 1084 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 54mm | 1,891g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236649834
  • 9781236649836