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The Fourth Age.

Æneas, the sixth king of the Latins, reigned 39 years.[A.M. 3029. B.C. 975.] The queen of Sheba came to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

A.M. 2987 [4323].

Rehoboam, son of Solomon, reigned 17 years. Jeroboam, of the tribe of Ephraim, separated ten tribes from the house of David and from the Lord; a type of heretics, who separate their followers from Christ and the Church. In the fifth year of his reign, Sesac, king of Egypt, came to Jerusalem and spoiled the temple, Ægyptus Silvius, seventh king of the Latins, son of Alba, the former king, reigned 24 years. Samos founded. Samos was founded, and Smyrna enlarged to the size of a city.

A.M. 2990 [4326].

Abijah, son of Rehoboam, reigned 3 years. He overcame Jeroboam, who fought against him, and slew 500,000 of his army, because he put his trust in the Lord.

A.M. 3031 [4367].

Asa, son of Abijah, reigned 41 years. Benhadad, king of Syria, whose chief city was Damascus, being persuaded by Asa to war against Israel, smote all the land of Naphtalim. Capys Silvius, eighth king of the Latins, son of Ægyptus, the former king, reigns 28 years. Asa destroys the idols, cleanses the temple, overthrows, with all his army, Zerah the Æthiopian, who came out against him. Ambri [Omri], king of Israel, buys the mountains of SamariaSamaria of Somer for two talents of silver, and builds Samaria. Ahiel of Bethel rebuilds Jericho.

A.M. 3056 [4392].

Jehoshaphat, son of Asa, reigned 25 years. Elijah the Tishbite restrained the rain for three years and a half on account of the sins of Ahab and of the people of Israel, and among his other acts anointed Elisha, the son of