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NOWLEDGE is that which next to
virtue, truly and effentially raises one perpetual ? man above another. It finishes one half of
the human soul. It makes being pleasant to feries? us, fills the mind with entertaining views, and
administers to it a perpetual series of gratifi, folitude ?
cations. It gives ease to folitude, and grace
fulness to retirement. suitable. 2. It fills a public station with suitable abil
ities, and adds a lustre to those who are in the luftre. or ; possession of them. Learning, by which I luster. mean all useful knowledge, whether specwa,
tive or practical, is in popular and mixed govSource ? ernments the natural source of wealth and
honor. reigns ?
g. If we look into most of the reigns from
the conquest, we shall find that the favourites favourites, of each reign have been those who have raised
themselves. The greatest men are generally growih. the growth of that particular age in which they
flourish. extensive? 4. A fuperior capacity for business, and a cotempora- more extensive knowledge, are the steps by ries? which a new man often mounts to favour,
and outshines the rest of his cotemporaries. impossible. 5. But when men are actually born to titles,
it is almost impoflible that they should fail of fail. receiving an additional greatness, if they takç
cars to accomplish themselves for it. choice.
6. The story of Solomon's choice does not only instruct us in that point of history, but furnishes out a very fine moral to us, namely, that he who applies his heart to wisdom, does
at the same time take the most proper method Reputation. for gaining long life, riches, and reputation, which are very often not only the reward, but reward. the effects of wisdom.
7. As it is very suitable to my present sub- suitable ? ject, I shall quote this passage in the words of quote. facred writ, not questioning but it will be very questioning. pleasing to such of my readers, who have a taste for fine writing.
8. “ In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon Thewn. in a dream by night; and God said, ask what I shall give thee. And Solomon faid-Thou walked. halt thewn unto thy servant David, my father, great mercy, according as he walked before righteoufthee in truth and in righteousness, and in up- nefs. rightness of heart with thee,and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, and thou hast given uprightness. him a son to fit on his throne, as it is this day.
9. And now, O Lord my God, thou hast instead, made thy servant king instead of David my father : And I am but a little child; I know servant. hot how to go out or come in. Give, therefore, thy servant an understanding heart to discern? judge thy people, that I may difcern between good and bad, for who is able to judge this judge. thy so great people!
10. And the fpeech pleased the Lord, that speech. Solomon had asked this thing. And God said unto him, because thou hast asked this thing, neither. and hait not asked for thyself long life, neither hat asked riches for thyself, nor haft asked the life of thine enemies, but has asked for thyself enemies. understanding to discern judgment. Behold, I have done according to thy words.
judgment. 11. Lo, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart, lo that there was none like thee, before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both rich. es and honor, so that there thall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days.
12. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to
keep my statutes, and my commandments, as dream. thy father David did walk,then I will length
en thy days. And Solomon awoke, and behold it was a dream."
SECTION 1. Ahasuerus makes a royal feaft.
Vafbti's disobedience. Palace.
ND it came to pass in the days of
king Ahasuerus, when he sat on the Perha. throne of his kingdom, which was in Shulhan
the palace, that he made a feast unto all his prinnobles. ces and his servants; the power of Persia and
Media, the nobles and princes of the provinBewed. ces, being before him, when he thewed the
riches of his glorious kingdom, and the honor majefy. of his excellent maje ty many days, even an
hundred and four score days. expired ? 2. And when these days were expired, the
king made a feast unto all the people that court. were present in Shushan the palace, both un
to great and small, seven days, in the court
of the garden of the king's palace. well.
3. And they gave them drink in vessels of
gold, and royal wine in abundance, accord. feal. ing to the state of the king. Also, Vashti,
the queen, made a fease for the women in the royal house which belonged to king Ahasue
Ius. chamberlains. 4. And on the seventh day, when the heart
of the king was merry with wine, he comJeew. manded his feven chamberlains to bring Vash
ti before the king with the crown royal, to fair. shew the people and the princes her beauty ;
for she was fair to look upon. queen. 5. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king's commandment by his chamber.
lains; therefore was the king very wroth and Wroth. his anger burned in him.
6. And the king said to the wife men that know. knew the times, what shall we do unto queen Vashti according to law, because she hath not performed the commandment of the performed. king Ahasuerus by the chamberlains ?
7. And Memucan answered before the king wrong. and the princes, Vashti the queen hath not done
wrong to the king only, but also to all people. the princes
and to all the people that are in all the provinces of king Ahasuerus.
8. Therefore, if it please the king, let there written. go a royal commandment from him, and let it be written among the laws of the Persians Perfans. and the Medes, that Vashti come no more be- Medes. fore king Ahasuerus and let the king give her royal estate unto another, that is better than she.
9. And the faying pleased the king and wrath. the princes ; and the king did according to the word of Memucan. After these things, appeafed ? when the wrath of king Ahasuerus was appeased, he remembered Vashti, and what she decreed. had done, and what was decreed against her.
10. Then said the king's servants that min- virgins ? istered unto him, let there be fair virgins sought for the king, and let the king appoint officers in all the provinces of his kingdom, fought. that they may gather together all the fair young virgins unto Shushan the palace, to custody. the house of the women, wto the custody of Hagai, the king's chamberlain, keeper of maiden. The women, and let the maiden, that pleaseth the king be queen instead of Vashti. And instead. the thing pleased the king and he did fo.
SECTION 2. Esber made queen. 11. Now in Shushan the palace, there was a certain Jew,whose name was Mordecai,who
Nebuchad. had been carried away from Jerusalem with
the captivity which had been carried away
with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom Nebucarried. chadnezzar, the king of Babylon had carried.
12. And he brought up Ether, his uncle's neither. daugler, for she had neither father nor
mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful, daughter. whom Mordecai, when her father and moth
er were dead, took for his own daughter. maidens, 13. So it came to pass, when the king's
commandment and his decree were heard, and when many maidens were gathered together unto Shushan the palace, to the custo
dy of Hagai, that Esther was brought also brought, unto the kings house, to the custody of Ha
gai, keeper of the women. Speedily. 14. And the maiden pleased him and she
obtained kindness of him and he speedily gave preferred? her seven maidens, who were meet to be giv
en unto her, and he preferred her and her maids, maids unto the best place of the house of the
15. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house,to know how Esther did, and what should become of her. Now when the turn of Either was come to go in unto the king, the required nothing but what Hagui, the kings chamberlain, keeper cf the women, appointed.
16. And Esther obtained favour in the fight of all them that looked upon her. So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus, unto hus house royal, in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reiga.
17. And the king loved Esther above all the women,and she obtained grace and favour in his fight more than all the virgins ; so that he fat the royal crown upon her head, and : maje her guten inltead of Vaihti.