Title: A Pisgah-sight of Palestine and the confines thereof with the history of the Old and New Testament acted thereon / by Thomas Fuller ...
Author: Fuller, Thomas, 1608-1661.
Collection: Early English Books Online
3 Dispersedness. Their Countrey was but a jagged Remnant ori∣ginally belonging to, and still surrounded withIosh. 19. 1. 9.Iudah on all sides, save on the sea, amongst whom their townes were scat∣tered.§ 2. Yet in process of time, as the dispersion of the Levites was tur∣ned totally, so the scattering of the Simeonites was changed partially into a blessing. Their locall mixture with Iudah begate a politicall confede∣racy with them,Iudg. 1. 3.Come up with me into my lot, and likewise I will goe with thee into thy lot. Whence a double benefit accrued to the Simeonites.1 Spirituall: they were hedged in by their habitation, in the right way of Gods worship: so that, when the ten Tribes made their idolatrous defection under Ieroboam, many of the Simeonites persevered in Gods true service: and they fell to King Asa in2 Chr. 15. 9.abun∣dance.2 Temporall. When the rest of their brethren were finally car∣ried away captive under Hoshed in the sixth year of the reign of King Hezekiah,2 King. 17. 6. probable it is that a considerable number of the Simeonites remained, as hath been proved before, by their habita∣tion within the lot of Iudah.§ 3. The Lot of Simeon was transcendently fruitfull▪ having a most temperate aire, insomuch that Saint Hierome, in his time it was termed Regio salutaris, the healthy Countrey. No marvell then if the Patri∣archs Abraham and Isaac having their choice of the whole Countrey, pre∣ferred to live so long in these parts. And the latter of them sowing grain near Gerar reapedGen. 26. 12.an hundred fold, which was the greatest increase which that Corn returned, which fell into good ground, in theMark. 13. 8. Gospell.§ 4. In the north-east corner of this Tribe we find that mountain before Hebron, to theIudg. 16. 3. top whereof, full twenty miles from the City, Samson carried the gates of Azzah. There he laid them down, not in a plain but steep place, partly in the gallantry of his strength, that not faintness, but his free pleasure made him lay them down, and partly, that in so conspicuous a place the Gazites might easier finde their gates there, then fetch them thence. A little more westward, not far from the banks of the river Sorek, stood the City Ziglag, which1 Sam. 27. 6.Ahish King of Gath, bestowed on David during his abode there. If any demand why David, when King of Israel, did not restore Ziglag to Achish again; let such know, that (besides that Cities once passed into a potent hand, are too precious things to be parted with) David being crowned King of Israel had an undoubted right derived unto him by Gods grant, not onely to this City, but to the whole Kingdome of Gath, and land of the Philistines, which God had given to Iudah, though hitherto they were not able to re∣cover it.§ 5. Afterwards, whilest David was marching (at least wise in pre∣sence) with Achish against Saul, the Amalekites in his absence burnt Ziglag,