Boardman, Benjamin, 1731-1802. Sermons, 1769-1797. The Gallant Joab animating his Army in the Defence of the People and Cities of God. bMS 730/1 (2), Andover-Harvard Theological Library, Harvard Divinity School.

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Benjamin Boardman (1731-1802) was born at Glastonbury, Connecticut to Edward and Dorothy (Smith) Boardman. He graduated from Yale College in 1758 and was tutor there in 1760. In 1762 he was settled as pastor in Middle Haddam, Connecticut and remained there until 1783. He married Ann (Johnson), widow of Stephen Hosmer, Jr. Boardman served as a chaplain in the Revolutionary War. He was with Captain Comfort Sage’s Troop of Horse from Middletown at the Lexington alarm, and was present at the Boston siege, 1775. He was chaplain of Colonel Durkee’s Connecticut regiment in Washington’s army in 1776. He was installed as the pastor of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford, Connecticut in 1784. He remained pastor of this church until his death in 1802. (from The History of the Second Church of Christ in Hartford, by Edwin Pond Parker.)

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No 723:724 The Gallant Joab[?] animating his army in the Defence of the Peoples and Cities of God. Costboddam[?] March 1775 - Lecture Potapauge: SayBrook: March 16: 1775 Lect-- M Hoddam ----------March 19: 1775 Sobbath Glustenbury May 12--1775 Lect. Camp Roxbury Octr 22 1775 Idem April 29 1775 from -- 1. Chron: 19:10 ANDOVER-HARVARD THEOLOGICAL LIBRARY CAMBRIDGE, MASS. H49 639

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J 2.Saml [Samuel]{Be of good Courage, and let us play {the Men for our People, and for 10:12 {the Cities of our God: and the Lord _______ {do that which seemeth him good. [flourish] In this Chapt [Chapter] we have an account of a peculiar War David had with the Ammonites, & Assyrians; & the Conquest he obtained over them. - The [?] of this War was somewhat singular; Nahash, King of the Amonites being dead; his son Hanun reigned in his Stead. Soon upon Hanun's ariving to the Throne David remembering some former Kindness, that his Father Nahash had shewn him, resolves to return the kindness to his Son. Accordingly he sends a Number of honourable Servts [Servants] to Hanun to console his Fathers Death, & to comfort him. But very unhappy for Hanun, he had a number of evil Minded Persons as his Counsellers & Ministers of State, who falsely suggested to him that David was not cordial, nor friendly to him in this thing; and they suggested to his Majesty that King David had rather sent his Servts [Servants] to search the City, to spy it out, & to overthrow it. And having persuaded King Hanun of this; he takes Davids Ambassadors and treats them with the utmost Indignity & Reproach. He shaves off the one Half of their beards & cut off their Garments to their Buttocks & sent them away. - This Conduct of Hanun made the Amonites stink in the Sight of David; whence we may see how very unhappy it is for a King to have evil Counsellors, and how wretched it soon makes him & his people

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to [?] to their [?] [?]. This hurried on a war [?] speedily ; and the Amonites [hurried ?] Assyrians to join them carry on a war against David ; and [?] find them very busy in this Matter, while David & Israel were still & quiet. Amman went & [?] the Syrians of [Bethlehem ?] ; & the Syrians of Zoba, 20,000 [Rootman ?], & of King Maacah a 1.000 Men ; & of Ishtob 12,000 Men ; & prepared for war against Israel ; and all this was done by their Craft, Instigation & Subtility of [Honoured ?] Counsellers, and without any just Provocation from David or [?] People of Israel. But when David heard of it, finding himself under a necessity to make ready for a just Defence, He directly commissions the Gallant Joab to go forth with an [?] of Mighty Men in the De-fence of their Country's Cause against the Ammonites ; and Joab as a faithful Man undertakes, & con-ducts the whole affair, with Valour & Bravery. And what noble Motives, godlike sentiments fined his Breast, and pushed him forward for the Defence of Israel and the [?] of God ! And how did he animate his Brother Abishai, and the whole Army with these invincible sentiments ; directing their Minds to the [?], welfare & safety of the People ; in [which ?] the Glory of God was deeply Interested, and their Religion at stake. Be of good Courage, says he, [?] the Text, & let us play the Men, for what ? for Money ? for Honors ? for Preferment ? No, But for our People, & for these Cities of our God. [?] Henry [?] : That [?] is our Country was the word. Let us be Valiant from a Principle fo Love to

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