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3434. [2 Chron. iii. 8. Gold - six hundred talents] That is, four millions three hundred and twenty thousand pounds sterling. Unider. Hist. vol. ix.
3438. [2 Chron. viii. 4.] SCHULTENs observes (in Vit. 507. P.
Salad. ad docem Tadmora) that, though in the text it is written Tamor, in the margin it is Tadmor. The first, the
more usual and softer name of the place, he refers to Tamar 3435. [- 10 — 14.] The cherubim made by Hiram the palın, with which this place abounded. In Arabic also, were of two sorts; the carvedl image-work, each of which he supposes it was not originally spelled Tadmor, but Tarspread one wing over the ark, and touched the wall with the mor : and thus be accordingly finds it in his Arabic geograother; and those made in bass-relief, to adorn the sides of phical Lexicon; the D being changed into a T euphone
From the antient Egyptians perhaps, the Israelites adopted the practice, not of burning bodies, but of, burning many spices at their funerals, 2 Chron. xxi. 19. Jer. xxxiv. 5.
BURDER's Oriental Customs, vol. ii.
3440. (2 Chron. ix. 14.] Arabia, on its largest scale, comprises that extensive Peninsula, which the Red Sea divides from Africa, the great Assyrian river from Irân, and of which the Erythrean Sea washes the base :-- Its western side would be completely maritime, if no isthmus intervened between the Mediterranean, and the Sea of Kolzom. As the Hindoos and the people of Yemen were both commercial nations in a very early age, they were probably the first instruments of couveying to the western world, the gold, ivory, and perfumes of India.
Works of Sir W. Jones, vol. i. p. 36.
3447. (2 Chron. xvii. 19.) In all 1,100,000! These were not kept like our standing armies, in constant pay and duty. They were only enrolled by naine, as persons fit to be called out when their services might be needed against an enemy. The garrisons probably were relieved at stated times ; so that every one might attend duly to his private affairs during the intervals froin duty.
Unider. Hist. vol. iv. p. 27.
3441. [- 29.] In Ethiopia there are certain Christians who have all the canonical books of our Scriptures, and several more. They reckon the prophet Iddo one of the greater prophets, and put him in the class with Isaiah, Ezekiel, Elisha, Elijah, and Daniel ; affirming that he wrote 14,000 prophecies (or prophetic lines) many of which they pretend, are still extant among them.
Captain Alex. HAMILTON. Pinkerton's
Coll. part xxxii. p. 272.
3448. [2 Chron. xxi. 10:] The Phenicians were both younger merchants and navigators than tlie Syrians, and reaped considerable advantages by the access of these fugitive Edomites. — Their principal commodities were the purple of Tyre, the glass of Sidon, their own exceedingly fine linen and elegant pieces of art in metals and wood.
Ibid. vol. ii. pp. 322, 323.
3442. [2 Chron. xiii. 9. Whosoever shall fill his hands with a young bullock and seven rams] Had these been
3449. (2 Chron. xxi. 11.) The beginning of fornication is the devising of idols. Wisdom xiv. 12.
in the neighbourhood of Egypt; its inhabitants are classed with the Arabians of Gur-baal, who dwelt in another canton of the same province. These wars of Uzziah are omitted in 2 Kings xiv. 21, &c., where his history seems strangely curtailed.
Ibid. vol. iv. p. 67.
3454. [2 Chron. xxvi. 14, 15.] Both the catapultæ and balistã were of Syrian or Phenician invention ; and from those nations the Jews had them, as may be learnt from Pliny, in conjunction with Scripture.
Ibid. col. xvi. p. 606, note (H).
3450. [2 Chron. xxii. 2. Forty and two] In 2 Kings viii, 26, we read two and twenty : the latler is evidently right; otherwise Ahaziah must have been two years older than his father Jehoram, who, at the conclusion of the last Chapter, is said to have died in the 40th year of his age.
Univer. Hist. dol. iii. p. 440. Forty-two years indeed, had elapsed from Omri's coming to the crown to the reign of Ahaziah.
See TREMELLIus in loco. The error seems to have been introduced by some Transcriber, who might easily, from a similarity in the Hebrew letters, write mem beth 42, instead of caph beth 22.
See Essay for a New Translation,
part ii. p. 136.
3456.[ 16.] Among the Antients, it was an opinion almost universally received, that there was a very near affinity between the offices of king and priest. Thus Jeroboam, as priest, was standing by the altar at Beth-el, when the prophet came to denounce its ruin. Even the Romans, when they had expulsed the Tarquins, preserved among their sacred officers the title of Rex. The Athenians also, though they equally hated monarchy, stiled their second archon, who presided in their public sacrifices, Basileus.
Unider. Hist. vol. vi. p. 92.
3451. [2 Chron. xxiv. 17. The princes of Judah] These could not be of the blood royal, as those had been all destroyed by Athaliah : they were consequently, the chiefs or heads of families in Judah ; such being often, if uot always, denominated, after the Patriarchal system, princes. See Num. vii. 2. — *xv. 14. (See Univer. Hist. vol. iv. p.56.) These princes again, were called a king's sons born to him by adoption, as soon as they had attached themselves to his person and fortunes.
See, in particular, 2 Sam. iii. 2-5.
3457.-19.] At this time a great earthquake shook the ground, and a rent was made in the Temple, through which the bright rays of the sun shone and fell on the king's face, insomuch that the leprosy seized on him immediately. And before the city, at a place called Eroge, half the mounlain broke off from the rest on the west, and rolled itself four furlongs, and stood still at the east mouutain, till the roads, as well as the king's gardens, were spoiled by the obstruction.
Joseph. Antiq. b. ix. ch. x. $ 4.
See Amos i. 1. Zech. xiv. 4, 5. This earthquake, which must have happened 25 years posterior to that mentioned in Amos i. I, is recorded in Zech. xiv. 4, 5, as a known fact, to which that prophet emphatically appeals.
3452. [2 Chron. xxvi. 6. Jabneh.] It is supposed to be the same with Jamnia situate on the Mediterranean, between Joppa and Azotus or Ashdod, about two hundred and forty furlongs distant from Jerusalem. 2 Maccab. xii. 9.
7. The Menuhims] Who these nations were is uncertain. The Vulgate translates with 'the Ammonites. The Septuagint, some of the Minæans. The Chaldee parhrasi, with the Edomites. The English version, which is prelerred, interprets the word, and others besides the Ammonites.
See Univer. Hist. pol. ii. p. 94 As Mahon lay in Arabia Petrea, near Gerar' and Pharon
3458. [2 Chron. xxviii. 3.] An astonishing instance of the superstition of the antient Indians in respect to their vene
3459. [2 Chron, xxviii. 3.] Jewish writers in general hold, that in this place children were merely carried or led between two fires, by way of (baptizmal) purification. The priests or servants of fire (says Moses MAIMONIDES, More Nevoch, lib. 3. c. 38) persuaded men that their children would die if they did not pass them through the fire: wherefore, parents being anxious for the lives of their children, and perceiving there was neither danger nor difficulty in performing the ceremony, no one neglected it, considering that the children were not to be consumed by fire, but only to pass through it. Thus, in bringing Christians under the influence of the Divine Wisdom and Love, Jesus Christ baptizes with the Holy Spirit and with Fire. Matt. iii. II.
3464. [2 Chron. xxxi. 5. Honey] Devesch, Dates. The Arabs at this day call dates dubous ; and the honey of dates, dibs or dibis, which is not much inferior to bee-honey. Whence the most learned interpreters agree that the Hebrew in this place, speaks only of dates, or at most of the honey of dates.
See Essay for a New Translation,
part ii. p. 172.
3460. [— 19.] The Septuagint and Vulgate read Ahaz king of Judah; which appears to be the true reading
3465. [~ 6 - 12.] Dates are reckoned one of the most delicious fruits in Persia, they are no where else so good; the pulp which encloses the stone is a clammy substarce, as sweet as honey : when they are ripe, they are luid on heaps, where melting, they candy or preserve themselves without sugar. - The fruit grows in clusters of thirty or forty pounds weight : the tree, which is slender, but very tall, and like other palıns, has no branches but on the top, does not bear till it is fifteen years old, but (in this sense, the tree of life) continues bearing abode a hundred years. (Pinkerton's Coll. vol. ix. p. 179. — See Rev. vii. 9. Matt. xxi. 8; Mark xi. 8; and John xii. 13.)
The word åremoth signifies heaps of raisins, figs, pomegranates; as well as of corn threshed out.
HARMER's Observations, vol. iii. p. 285.
-23.] Thus, it seems, subordinate deities were worshipped, not with a view to obtain from them the happiness of a future life, but merely temporal benefits and blessings.
3466. [-10.] How absurd to imagine that animals were thus offered, instead of their skins filled with first-fruits and tithes.
Pax alait vites, et succos condidit uvæ,
TIBUL. El. 10. Lib. 1.
3462. [ 27.] In Egypt, as soon as dead, he was ought to his trial. The public accuser was heard. If he proved that the deceased had led a bad life, his memory was condemned, and he was deprived of the honors of sepulture. Even the sovereign himself was not exempted from this public inquest on his death. In like manner the Israelites, it seems, would not suffer the bodies of their flagitious princes to be carried into the sepulchres appropriated for their virtuous sovereigns. . The effect must have been powerful and influential. The most haughty despot saw, by this solemo investigation of human conduct, that if he trampled on laws human and divine in his life, he also at death would be doomed without reserve to infamy and utter disgrace.
See FRANKLIN's Hist. of antient and
modern Egypt, p. 374. See No. 940, 943.
3468. (16.) Such Levites, under twenty, as came to do aity office, with their fathers, about the temple, were entitled to a daily portion independent of that given to their fathers. They are reckoned from three : because that, among the Jews, was the period of weaning.
Dr. Geddes. See No. 941, 942.
there à carved image, an idol worshipped in the vilest manner. Compare ch. xxxiii. 1—9.
See Univer. Hist. vol. iv. p. 88.
3469. (2 Chron. xxxii. 23.] This being a jubilee year, a vast concourse of people would necessarily flock to Jerusalem, as was usual on such occasions ; to pour their rich presents into the temple, especially after such a signal deliverance as they had just experienced.
Univer. Hist. vol. iv. p. 87. —
See Usher's Annals, 3295.
3474. [2 Chron. xxxv. 20.] Josiah, wbatever were his motives, rushed into this expedition against Necho, without consulting the LORD as he might, through Jeremiah the prophet, aud lost his life in consequence.
3470. [2 Chron. xxxiji. 11 – 19.) The remarkable circumstances recorded here, are not mentioned in the book of Kings ; Manasseh's captivity, reformation and deliverance, though important particulars, being equally unnoticed there. JOSEPHUS ( Antiq. b. X. c. 4) says only, that the king of Babylon gave him his liberty after some time. The Talmudists affirm, that his imprisonment and repentance took place in the 34th year of his age. However this were, it is the general opinion, that he was imprisoned and liberated in one and the same year.
See Univer. Hist. vol. iv. pp. 89, 90.
3471. 18.] The prayer in the Apocryphal books, ascribed to Manasseh, expresses the greatness of his guilt, misery and repentance in the strongest terms ; and represents him, in his bondage, as so loaded with iron bands, that he could not list up bis head.
Manasseh was taken into captivity by Asar-haddin in the 21st year of his reign : after his return he reigned 34 years king of Judah.
Ibid. pp. 90, 206.
3472. [2 Chron. xxxiv. 4. They brake down the images] The Chaminim, or images of Cham, the son of Noah, who was probably the first creature that ever was worshipped: he was the Zeus of Greece, and the Jupiter of Latium.
Bib. Research. vol. ii. p. 187.
To give you an idea of the largest boundaries of Persia, or Irån, the noblest peninsula on this habitable globe ; let us begin with the source of the great Assyrian stream, Euphrates (as the Greeks, according to their custom, were pleased to miscall the Forat) and thence descend to its mouth in the Green Sea, or Persian Gulf, ivcluding in our line some considerable districts and towns on both sides the river ; thence coasting Persia, properly so named, and other Iranian provinces, we come to the delta of the Sindhu or Indus; whence ascending to the mountains of Cashghar, we discover its fountains and those of the Jaihun, down which we are conducted to the Caspian, which formerly perhaps it entered, though it lose itself now in the sands and lakes of Khwarezm : we next are led from the sea of Khozar, by the banks of the Cur, or Cyrus, and along the Caucasean ridges, to the shore of the Euxine, and thence, by the several Grecian seas, to the point, whence we took our departure, at no considerable distance from the Mediterranean. Here let us observe the central position of Iran, which is bounded by Arabia, by Tartary, and by India; whilst Arabia lies contiguous to Iran only, but is remote from Tartary, and divided even from the skirts of India by a considerable gulf; no country therefore, but Persia seems likely to have sent forth its colouies to all the kingdoms of Asia. - Hence we may
3473. (2 Chron. xxxv. 3.] It is hence concluded that the ark, thus restored to its place by Josiah, had been in the custody of the priests since its timely removal out of the sanctuary, when the impious Manasseh basely introduced