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Devotional Hours with the Bible, Volume 4

By J.R. Miller

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   Introduction - Devotional Hours with the Bible J. R. Miller, 1910 Volume 4. From Solomon--to Malachi This eight volume set was published between 1908 and
   Chapter 1 - Solomon Anointed King - 1 Kings 1:28-39 The life of David was troubled to its close. The tragic death of Absalom ended his rebellion against the king--but David found litt
   Chapter 2 - Solomon's Wise Choice - 1 Kings 3 Solomon began well. He evidently desired to be a godly king, to perform faithfully the duties of his position, and to lift up his kingdom
   Chapter 3 - Building the Temple - 1 Kings 5 The temple was David's thought. He was not permitted to build it, however, because his work was conquest, the establishing of the kingdom
   Chapter 4 - The Temple Dedicated - 1 Kings 8:54-63 The temple was seven and a half years in being built. It rose silently. The stones were dressed in the quarries and all the timbers
   Chapter 5 - God's Blessing upon Solomon - 1 Kings 9 There is a measure of moral safety in work. While Solomon was busy with all his great plans, he was in less danger of being led away from
   Chapter 6 - The Fame of Solomon - 1 Kings 10 Solomon's fame spread widely. Everywhere flew the stories of the splendors of his kingdom, and his great wisdom. It was not the fame of
   Chapter 7 - Solomon's Sin - 1 Kings 11 The religion of Solomon has been much discussed. It has been generally supposed that he was not as good a man as David. Yet David was no
   Chapter 8 - The Kingdom Divided - 1 Kings 12 The golden age of Israel closed with the death of Solomon. His empire was great, extending over wide limits. His revenues were very larg
   Chapter 9 - Jeroboam's Idolatry - 1 Kings 12 Jeroboam had a fine opportunity. He had come up from the ranks of the people through his own industry and efficiency. He was among the w
   Chapter 10 - Omri and Ahab - 1 Kings 16:23-33 The story of Jeroboam's northern kingdom is terribly monotonous in its sin--and tragical in treasons, stratagems, and insurrection
   Chapter 11 - God's Care of Elijah - 1 Kings 17:1-16 "Now Elijah, who was from Tishbe in Gilead, told King Ahab,--As surely as the LORD, the God of Israel, lives--before whom I stand--
   Chapter 12 - Obadiah and Elijah - 1 Kings 18:5-16 There must have been a tender parting when the prophet ELIJAH went away from the widow's house. He had been there so long and his s
   Chapter 13 - Elijah on Mount Carmel - 1 Kings 18 Elijah challenged Ahab to a test of Baal's power. He demanded that the question should be settled, whether the Lord or Baal was the true
   Chapter 14 - Elijah Discouraged and Restored - 1 Kings 19:1-16 It is little wonder that Jezebel was furious, when she learned from Ahab--of the slaughter of her priests. She vowed vengeance upon
   Chapter 15 - Naboth's Vineyard - 1 Kings 21 The work of Elijah went on after the Lord had dealt so gently with him, restoring his courage. Elisha is found at the plow, and is calle
   Chapter 16 - Elijah Taken to Heaven - 2 Kings 2:1-11 Elijah's work was finished. The words of the record are very striking: "It came to pass, when Jehovah would take up Elijah by a whir
   Chapter 17 - Elisha Succeeds Elijah - 2 Kings 2:12-22 No good man's work is ended--when the man himself is taken from the earth. Every influence of his life stays among men. No one does
   Chapter 18 - The Widow's Oil Increased - 2 Kings 4:1-7 Elisha was greatly different from Elijah. We see him first plowing in the field. He was the son of a prosperous farmer. He must have
   Chapter 19 - The Shunammite's Son - 2 Kings 5:1-14 The story of the great woman of Shunem is a delightful one. She was good to the prophet, showing him most kindly hospitality as he w
   Chapter 20 - Naaman Healed of Leprosy - 2 Kings 5:1-14 The story of Naaman is interesting in several ways. It gives us a glimpse of the times. The country of Israel was subject to incursi
   Chapter 21 - Elisha at Dothan - 2 Kings 6:8-23 Two gentlemen--one a clergyman, the other a prominent business man--were conversing together about foreign missions. They were speak
   Chapter 22 - Saved from Famine - 2 Kings 7:1-16 The city of Samaria was besieged. The famine was great. The people were suffering. The king blamed it all on Elisha and sought to ki
   Chapter 23 - The Boy Joash Made King - 2 Kings 11:1-12 It is interesting to study and think of the influences that combine in the making of any man. When we begin to go over the story of
   Chapter 24 - Joash Repairs the Temple - 2 Kings 12:1-15 Joash was only seven years old when he was brought out from his place of concealment in the temple and crowned as king. It is evide
   Chapter 25 - The Death of Elisha - 2 Kings 13:14-25 The story of Elisha has a fine charm about it. It contrasts with the story of Elijah. The men widely differed in their personal ch
   Chapter 26 - Captivity of the Ten Northern Tribes - 2 Kings 17:6-18 The story of the ten tribes from the beginning, was a story of mistake and disloyalty. There was a divine promise to Jeroboam that
   Chapter 27 - The Assyrian Invasion of Judah - 2 Kings 19:20-22, 28-37 In the opening portion of this chapter there is an interesting incident of a letter received by Hezekiah from his enemy, th
   Chapter 28 - Returning from Captivity - Ezra 1:1-11 But little is known concerning the history of the people during the seventy years except what we gather from the allusions of the proph
   Chapter 29 - Rebuilding the Temple - Ezra 3:10 to 4:5 The story of the rebuilding of the temple is very interesting. There was much enthusiasm in the hearts of the people as they began
   Chapter 30 - Dedicating the Temple - Ezra 6:14-22 There was much delay in the building of the temple. There was bitter opposition from the inhabitants of Samaria. "The people of the la
   Chapter 31 - Ezra's Journey to Jerusalem - Ezra 8:21-32 EZRA is an interesting character. He was a priest and scribe who was commissioned to return from Persia to Jerusalem, and so took an a
   Chapter 32 - Nehemiah's Prayer - Nehemiah 1:1-11 Nehemiah was a captive. There is a tradition that he belonged to the royal family. Probably he had been educated in the land of cap
   Chapter 33 - Reading the Law - Nehemiah 8:1-18 The work of Nehemiah had been well done. In spite of opposition and all hindrance the walls had been rebuilt and the city had come
   Chapter 34 - Haman's Plot Against the Jews - Esther 3 and 4 The Book of Esther opens a window into Oriental life. It shows us also something of the sadness and debasement of woman's condition
   Chapter 35 - Esther Pleading for Her People - Esther 8 There was great sorrow everywhere among the Jews. Mordecai rent his clothes and sat in the king's gate, clothed with sackcloth. He sent wo
   Chapter 36 - Isaiah's Call to Service - Isaiah 6:1-13 Isaiah knew the very day and hour when he saw this wonderful vision. It was in the year that king Uzziah died. The vision had made su
   Chapter 37 - The Suffering Savior - Isaiah 53 One picked up an old book--and found it fragrant. The secret was that a sweet flower had been put in among the leaves by someone, and its
   Chapter 38 - The Gracious Invitation - Isaiah 55:1-13 The Bible seeks in every possible way--to make men know the divine love and mercy. A great novelist in one of his stories tells of a
   Chapter 39 - Daniel's Principles - Daniel 1 There is something very noble in the picture of Daniel which we have in the first chapter of the Book of Daniel. He was only a lad. He had
   Chapter 40 - Nebuchadnezzar's Dream - Daniel 2 Dreams have an important place in the Bible. There is no doubt that dreams were really means of divine communication, as in Jacob's ladder
   Chapter 41 - The Fiery Furnace - Daniel 3:13-25 "As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music--you must fall down and worship
   Chapter 42 - Daniel in the Den of Lions - Daniel 6:10-23 Daniel was a wise man, and his wisdom and faithfulness made him a very valuable man in the affairs of the empire. When the new king
   Chapter 43 - Sin, the Cause of Sorrow - Hosea 10:1-15 Hosea was one of the prophets of the Ten Tribes, near the end of the Northern Kingdom. Most of his prophecies refer to the condition
   Chapter 44 - Israel Often Reproved - Amos 4:4-13 Amos probably was a Judean. He was a small farmer and shepherd. He cultivated a few sycamore trees whose fruit was lightly esteemed. He
   Chapter 45 - Jonah Sent to Nineveh - Jonah 1:1-4; 3:1-10 It was not by any means an easy task that was given to Jonah--his mission to Nineveh. There was no Board of Missions behind him
   Chapter 46 - Joshua the High Priest - Zechariah 3:1-10 Zechariah was a contemporary of Haggai. His prophetic career seems to have been brief. His mission was that of an encourager. The
   Chapter 47 - Power Through the Spirit - Zechariah 4:1-14 The visions of Zechariah all have a meaning. This one is of a candlestick supplied by olive trees. "Then the angel who had been ta
   Chapter 48 - Lessons in Giving - Malachi 1:6-11; 3:8-12 The prophet reproves the people for their lack of loyalty and faithfulness to Jehovah. He had treated them as a father--but

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