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The remembrance of Iosias is like the composition of the perfume that is made by the arte of the Apothecarie: it is sweete as hony in all mouthes, and as musicke at a banquet of wine.
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He behaued himselfe vprightly in the conuersion of the people, and tooke away the abominations of iniquitie.
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He directed his heart vnto the Lord, and in the time of the vngodly he established the worship of God.
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All, except Dauid and Ezechias, and Iosias, were defectiue: for they forsooke the Law of the most High, (euen) the kings of Iudah failed:
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Therefore he gaue their power vnto others, & their glory to a strange nation.
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They burnt the chosen citie of the Sanctuarie, and made the streets desolate according to the prophecie of Ieremias:
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For they entreated him euil, who neuerthelesse was a prophet sanctified in his mothers wombe, that he might root out and afflict & destroy, and that he might build vp also and plant.
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It was Ezechiel who sawe the glorious vision, which was shewed him vpon the chariot of the Cherubims
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For he made mention of the enemies vnder the raine, and directed them that went right.
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And of the twelue prophets let the memorial be blessed, and let their bones flourish againe out of their place: for they comforted Iacob, and deliuered them by assured hope.
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How shall we magnifie Zorobabel?
euen he was as a signet on the right hand.
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So was Iesus the sonne of Iosedec: who in their time builded the house, and set vp an holy Temple to the Lord, which was prepared for euerlasting glory.
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And among the elect was Neemias whose renowme is great, who raised vp for vs, the walles that were fallen, and set vp the gates & the barres, and raised vp our ruines againe.
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But vpon the earth was no man created like Enoch, for he was taken from the earth.
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Neither was there a man borne like vnto Ioseph, a gouernour of his brethren, a stay of the people, whose bones were regarded of the Lord.
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Sem and Seth were in great honour among men, and so was Adam aboue euery liuing thing in the creation.