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Eve--Revelation points out the true dignity of the female character: one woman given to the man: the fall: aggravated and complex nature of the sin of Eve: consequences, the loss of Eden: loss of the favour of God: loss of life: ruin of posterity: remarks to obviate some difficulties attaching to this subject in general.
Sarah--Abraham's departure from Chaldea: his faith: its failure: Sarah and Abraham agree to prevaricate: the admonition which Sarah attracted: Abraham's dismissal from the country of Egypt. Birth of Isaac: Ishmael's conduct, and its consequences: Sarah's death.
Hagar--Angelic manifestation: divine promises: a view of their accomplishment: Hagar's piety: her second banishment and distress: another interposition: Providence illustrated.
Lot's Wife--Delusions to which the young in particular are exposed: Lot's erroneous choice: love of the world, levity of mind, pride: doom of Lot's wife.
Rebekah--Progress of time: patriarchal mode of living: Abraham's solicitude respecting the settlement of his son: his meeting with Rebekah: affected simplicity: modesty: courtesy: humanity. birth of Jacob and Esau: Isaac's death-bed, and Rebekah's unwarrantable proceedings: her solicitude respecting her son's future conduct.
Miriam--Birth of Moses: conduct of Miriam: she engages with Aaron in a plot against Moses: God observes it and punishment of leprosy inflicted upon Miriam: her cure: dies at Kadesh: hope of escaping punishment fallacious: danger of opposing Christ: exhortation to imitate the temper of Moses.
Naomi, Orpah, and Ruth--History of domestic life most instructive: book of Ruth: sketch of the Family of Elimelech while residing in Moab: reflections arising out of a view of their circumstances:
Deborah--Deborah sitting as a judge and prophetess under a palm-tree: sends to Barak to confront Sisera: accompanies him preparations for battle: victorious result: death of Sisera: reflections. Capacity of Deborah as a poetess.
Manoah's Wife--State of Israel: appearance of an angel to the wife of Manoah.
Hannah--Religion a source of peace: five other children born to Hannah: view of her natural kindness and self-denying piety.
Abigail--Scripture account of Nabal and Abigail: Nabal's conduct to David: Abigail's interposition: death of her husband: she becomes David's wife.
The Queen of Sheba--Solomon's prayer and the answer of God. Christ's application of the subject.
The Shunammite--Characteristic difference between profane and sacred history.
Esther--The feasts of the king of Persia: Esther chosen queen: Morder detects a conspiracy declines paying homage to Haman; resentment of the latter, who obtains a decree against the Jews: Mordecai's grief, and repeated applications to Esther: she goes in to the king, is accepted: invites the king and Haman to a banquet: mortification of the latter at Mordecai's continued neglect: orders a gallows to be built for the disrespectful Jew: the honour conferred by the king upon Mordecai for his past zeal in his service: Haman's indignation: is fetched to a second banquet: Esther tells her feelings and accuses Haman: his confusion and useless entreaties: he is hung on his own gallows: Mordecai's advancement: escape of the Jews by the intercession of Esther: feast of Purim.
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Francis Augustus Cox (1783–1853) was a prominent English Baptist minister. He began preaching in his teens, before training, and was then a minister for over forty years in Hackney. Cox was an active supporter of the formation of the University of London. He published numerous articles including a book of biographies and a history of the Baptist Missionary Society. (Wikipedia)
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