At any rate, he destroyed thirty-one kings, and divided up their realms among his Israelites
. He divided up this valley stretched out here before us, and so it was once Jewish territory.
This is the place, if the report of the inhabitants deserves any credit, where the Israelites
miraculously passed through the Red Sea on dry land; and there is some reason for imagining the tradition not ill grounded, for the sea is here only three leagues in breadth.
"This fanciful writer pretends that its name was given to it after the passage of the Israelites
, when Pharaoh perished in the waves which closed at the voice of Moses."
That grace which the ancient Israelites
had forfeited was offered anew to their children.
“It was a very pretty fight, Betty, that the Israelites
had on that day with the Amalekites, It seams that they fout on a plain, for Moses is mentioned as having gone on the heights to overlook the battle, and wrestle in prayer; and if I should judge, with my little larning, the Israelites
depended mainly on their horse, for it was written ‘that Joshua cut up the enemy with the edge of the sword; from which I infer, not only that they were horse, but well diseiplyned troops.
Meantime, they hauled more and more upon their lines, till close flanking him on both sides, Stubb answered Flask with lance for lance; and thus round and round the Pequod the battle went, while the multitudes of sharks that had before swum round the Sperm Whale's body, rushed to the fresh blood that was spilled, thirstily drinking at every new gash, as the eager Israelites
did at the new bursting fountains that poured from the smitten rock.
I was the more flattered because I am not a vain man, and am not, like some, accustomed to take hearts as the Israelites
took Jericho with the blast of one's own trumpet.
"You don't know what it is to want spiritual tobacco--bad emendations of old texts, or small items about a variety of Aphis Brassicae, with the well-known signature of Philomicron, for the `Twaddler's Magazine;' or a learned treatise on the entomology of the Pentateuch, including all the insects not mentioned, but probably met with by the Israelites
in their passage through the desert; with a monograph on the Ant, as treated by Solomon, showing the harmony of the Book of Proverbs with the results of modern research.
They hailed it as the poor Israelites
hailed the first glimpse of the promised land, for they flattered themselves that this might be the great plain of the Columbia, and that their painful pilgrimage might be drawing to a close,
That teaching is best for children, and the Israelites
seem to have been, mentally, utter children.
The poor Israelite
seemed so staggered by the address of the military monk, that the Templar had passed on to the extremity of the hall ere he raised his head from the humble posture which he had assumed, so far as to be sensible of his departure.
"I may work, it will do no good," I growled; but nevertheless I drew out a packet of letters and commenced my task--task thankless and bitter as that of the Israelite
crawling over the sun-baked fields of Egypt in search of straw and stubble wherewith to accomplish his tale of bricks.