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illustrated.1822 Excerpt: ... not put it in the power of Naaman to
say he had enriched the prophet of Jehovah; and by this act of
selfdenial, it is probable lie was desirous of recommending the
character and service of the true God to that illustrious stranger.
The presents made to the ancient prophets were not always of the
same kind and value; an inhabitant of Baalshalisha " brought the
man of God bread of the first fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and
full ears of corn in the husk." The king of Israel sent a present
by his wife to the prophet Abijah, of ten loaves and cracknels, and
a cruse of honey; which it appears from oilier statements, was not
deemed unworthy of an eastern king.f Some commentators are of
opinion, that it was a present fit only for a peasant to make, and
was designedly of so small value, to conceal the rank of the
messenger. But this idea by no means corresponds with the custom of
the east; for d'Arvieux informs us, that when he waited on an
Arabian emir, his mother and sister sent him a present of pastry,
honey, fresh butter, with a bason of sweetmeats, which differs very
little from the present of Jeroboam. It was certainly the wish of
the king, that his wife should not be recognized by the aged
prophet; but the present she carried, though not intended to
discover her, was in the estimation of the orientals, not
unbecoming her rank and condition. These introductory presents were
sometimes of great value. The king of Syria sent a gift by Naaman,
of ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten
changes of raiment. At the birth of the Saviour, the wise men who
came from the east to worship him, after the custom of their
country, opened their treasures, and presented unto him gifts;
gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.% To these costly gifts and
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