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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.

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MATTHEW OF WESTMINSTER
The flowers of history, especially such as relate to the affairs of Britain. Vol. I. B.C. 4004 to A.D. 1066.
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eurnt years. He was succeeded by Joacham, his son, who reigned seventeen years. In his reign, Elisha the prophet died, a man of a very illustrious life, and very glorious for his miracles ; and he was buried in Samaria. Ëlisha, the disciple of Elijah, was a native of the town of Am elmoth, and of the tribe of Reuben. At hie birth, a golden calf, which was in Gilgal, lowed ; and its voice sounded in Jerusalem. Then a prophet, being inspired, said, " This day is born in Jerusalem a man who shall destroy all idolatry." He being glorified with a double portion of Elijah's spirit, was distinguished by many important actions, and displays of virtue. He divided Jordan, in order to pass through it, and having checked the waters, he then turned them back to their course. He threw a pitcher into the barren waters of Jericho, and so embued them with fertility. By a single word, he gave up some boys who mocked him to wild beasts. He made waters run with blood, so as to cause the slaughter of his enemies. By a word, he made a woman fruitful who before was barren ; and when her son died, he raised him from the dead. And he softened the bitterness of some men's food. He fed the people with ten loaves; and collected fragments that were left afterwards. He cleansed Naaman of the stain of leprosy, by washing in Jordan ; and he inflicted the leprosy upon hie disciple, whom he cursed. He made the iron of an axe which fell into the Jordan to float, by throwing a piece of wood into the water. He smote the host of Syria with blindness ; he predicted death to one who did not believe him. He put the enemy to flight by the sound of chariots ; he dispersed a besieging force ; he warded off a famine. After his death, he restored life to a dead corpse, and his sepulchre is shown to this day in the city of Sebastia, deserving, indeed, of all honour, and held in great veneration. Joachim, the king of Israel, was succeeded by his son Joash, who reigned sixteen years. After Joash, his son Jeroboam reigned for forty-one years. In his time, the prophets Hosea, Amos, Joel, and Jonas prophesied. Jeroboam, the king, was succeeded by his son Zechariah ; he reigned six months, and was slain by his servant Shallum. After Shallum, who reigned only one month, Menahem succeeded him, and reigned ten years. This Menahem gave a thousand talents to Pul, the king o f the Assyrians, in order to let him depart from his kingdom ;


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