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 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 The picture gallery and the...
 Isaac and Ishmael
 Moses
 Samuel
 Abijah
 The widow's son
 The little captive maid
 The child raised to life at...
 Joash
 Josiah
 Little children brought to...
 The ruler's daughter
 Timothy
 "The child Jesus"
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Frontispiece
        Frontispiece
    Title Page
        Title Page
    Table of Contents
        Table of Contents
    The picture gallery and the lighthouse
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Isaac and Ishmael
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Moses
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
    Samuel
        Page 18
        Page 18a
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Abijah
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 26a
        Page 27
        Page 28
    The widow's son
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
    The little captive maid
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
    The child raised to life at Shunem
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
    Joash
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 44a
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
    Josiah
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
    Little children brought to Jesus
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
    The ruler's daughter
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
    Timothy
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
    "The child Jesus"
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
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    Back Cover
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THE PICTURE GALLERY AND THE LIGHTHOUSE 1

ISAAC AND ISHMAEL . . .. 3

MOSES .................. .10

SAMUEL . . . 18

ABIJAH . .. . 25

THE WIDOW'S SON . . 29

THE LITTLE CAPTIVE MAID .. .. 85

THE CHILD THAT WAS RAISED TO LIFE AGAIN AT SHUNEM 89

JOASH . . 48

JOSIAH . . . 49

LITTLE CHILDREN BROUGHT TO JESUS . 54

THE RULER'S DAUGHTER . . .. 58

TIMOTHY . . . 68

"THE CHILD JESUS" .. .... 70


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N the houses of kings and nobles, there
is commonly a large room called the
picture gallery. Among the paint-
ings hung on the walls, are portraits of kings,
queens, and other persons who were once famous
in the world. When we look at these, we should
think what they once were, and whether their
lives were pious and useful, or wicked and hurtful.
If they were among those who feared God, these
pictures may remind us of what we should copy
in their conduct. But if they did not live holy
lives, then we may learn from them what to shun.
Now, the Bible may be compared to the picture
gallery of a king, into which we are invited to
look. Here are to be seen pictures of the wise, the
good, and the great, of the young and the old.
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As we look at them, we shall be sure to see some-
thing we may admire and imitate, or which we
should hate and avoid. We wish now to take our
youthful readers into the Bible picture gallery, to
show them some sketches of those of their own
age, who are there presented to our notice.
Along the sea-coast of most lands are seen
very useful buildings, placed on rocks, or on lofty
hills near the shore. Some of these are called
lighthouses, and others beacons. The first are
chiefly intended to guide ships into harbour, or
to point out the course they should steer; the
latter are to warn of rocks and sands, on which
vessels may be lost. Such buildings may have
been seen by few of our young readers; but there
are some kinds of lighthouses and beacons with
which they may become more familiar, and they
are such as are found in the Bible. They are not
built of brick and stone, but of the actions and
conduct of people who lived many years ago.
And they have been put there that we may be
guided safely over the voyage of life, and escape
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faith and a good conscience," 1 Tim. i. 19. To
some of these we will now attend. Let our young
readers pray that the Holy Spirit would bless his
own word, and lead us to watch and pray, that
we may be saved from dangers more fatal than
pointed rocks and hidden sands.


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GENESIS XXi. 9-21.

FAR away from England is a country formerly
called Canaan, and near to it is another, still
known as Arabia. At the part where these two
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lands join is a long and wide desert. Only a few
trees and shrubs grow in this barren spot. There
are no flowing rivers or broad streams of water.
In some places a little rivulet slowly moves along
in winter, but which dries up in summer. The
heat of the sun burns up nearly all the grass; yet
there are a few places where water and pasturage
are found. To these spots the shepherds of Arabia
bring large flocks of sheep and goats, which quietly
feed around the dark-looking tents.
Nearly four thousand years ago, a good man,
named Abram, lived in this part of the world.
He was rich, though his riches did not consist
in houses and lands, or in gold and jewels, but in
sheep and cattle. His house was a tent. This
was the best kind of dwelling for him, as he often
made long journeys with his flocks from place
to place. He could soon take down his tent,
and put it up again, as he went about the
country.
Abram, or Abraham, as he was afterwards
called, was not born in Canaan; God brought
him from his own land to live there. It was
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promised to him, that from his family or race the
Saviour was to come. This was the great promise
of God, and through it the greatest of all blessings
was to be given to sinful man. It is said in the
New Testament, that Abraham saw, or foresaw,
the day of Jesus, and was glad. He was glad
there was a Saviour for his own soul, and who
would be a Saviour for all those who should
believe in him, in every age.
Abraham had two sons; one named Ishmael,
and the other Isaac. Though these brothers had
the same father, they had not the same mother;
Ishmael was the son of Hagar, and Isaac the son
of Sarah. As Ishmael was several years older
than his little brother, he ought to have been kind
to him, and set a good example. But he did not
love him, and was full of envy. Ishmael was so
full of spite that he used to mock his brother
Isaac. Perhaps he called him ill names, because
he knew it had been promised to his father that
he should be the father of a great nation.
Abraham was much grieved at the bad conduct
of his eldest son, and he sent the wicked boy and
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his mother away from the tent. We do not
know that he would have so done, had not God
told him that he would take care of them, and
make also this child the forefather of numerous
tribes of people.
It was early in the morning when Ishmael and
his mother were sent from the tent of Abraham.
A leather bottle of water and some bread were
given to them. They must have felt very sorry
when they left such a good home as they had
long enjoyed. The grief of Ishmael must have
been the greater, as he knew it was his bad con-
duct which had led to their being put away.
The outcast mother and her boy went toward
the desert. As she was a native of Egypt, she
may have thought she could reach that country,
and live among her own people. She had not
travelled many miles before she came to a wild
part of the country. What could she now do ?
She had lost her way, and went up and down the
desert, and could find no one to guide her. In
that part of the world there were no roads or
paths, and the way was rough and painful, and
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the heat great. At last they had drunk all the
water from the bottle, and they could see no
well nor river from which they could again fill
it. Ishmael was now weary with walking, and
faint from thirst and the heat of the sun. He
could not go on any further. How sad was the
state of the poor mother and her boy! In her
distress she cried, Let me not see the death of
the child." So she laid him under a tree or bush,
and sat down over against him a good way off."
She could not help him, but would not leave him
to perish alone. Ishmael must now have known
how foolish and wicked his conduct had been.
He knew that he had brought himself and his
mother into all this affliction, and he must have
wished that they were once again in Abraham's
tent. Sin will always bring us into trouble.
As the lad lay weeping and moaning, a voice
was heard. Where could it come from? Could
she be mistaken in the sound? No; in the
stillness of the solitude an angel spoke to her.
He had been sent by God to comfort her in her
distress. "Fear not," said he, "for God hath
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heard the voice of the lad where he is." And
"God opened her eyes," so that she saw a well
not far off from where she sat. With new
strength she rose from the ground, and with joy
ran with her bottle to the well. Do not we think
we see her, as soon as it is filled, hastening to her
son, and before she tastes a drop herself, pressing
it to his lips? See how she bathes his forehead
with some of the cooling water, and, as she finds
him revive, how gently she raises him in her
arms and kisses him.
When they were revived, they again filled their
bottle for their journey, and went on their way.
From that time God was with the lad; and he
grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became
an archer."
There is no further account of the early days of
Isaac and Ishmael in the Bible. We may hope
that Isaac, under such pious parents as Abraham
and Sarah, grew up in the love and fear of God;
and that Ishmael did not forget the holy example
and prayers which he had seen and heard when
living in the tent of his father. There are two
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lessons to be learned from this account of the two
brothers.
1. God can see us in every place. His eye is
as much upon us in a desert as when we are
sitting by our own fireside. When we are
brought into trouble by our own folly and sin,
we may still pray unto God. Wherever we are,
his ear will listen to our prayers, and his hand be
ready to afford his gracious help.
2. God is displeased with those children who
vex and mock their brothers and sisters. If there
be an ill-behaved child in a family, he makes
others unhappy besides himself. We should all
try to live together in love and peace; and elder
children should set a good example to the
younger. The way for a family to be happy, is
to love God and to be kind one to another.

The God of heaven is pleased to see
A little family agree;
And will not slight the praise they bring,
When loving children join to sing.
For love and kindness please him more
Than if we gave him all our store;
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And children here who dwell in love,
Are like his happy ones above.
The gentle child who tries to please,
That hates to quarrel, fret, and tease,
And would not say an angry word,
That child is pleasing to the Lord.
O God, forgive whenever we
Forget thy will and disagree;
And grant that each of us may find
The sweet delight of being kind.


ExoDus ii. 1-10.


EGYPT is a country often named in the Bible.
It is a very long valley, through which runs a
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famous river called the Nile. During a part of
the year the country is dry, like a desert; but in
the month of July the waters in the river rise and
spread over the land, which then looks like a red,
muddy sea. When the waters again withdraw,
the ground is very fruitful, and large fields of
wheat are soon seen growing on every side. The
people of this land are of a dark brown colour,
and they were formerly known for their wisdom
and skill. The kings of this land were called
Pharaoh. In the days when the people of Israel
lived in this land, there was a king of this name
who was severe and cruel in his conduct towards
them, who treated them as slaves, and set them to
make bricks. He hoped in this way to, destroy
the people; but, the more he oppressed them, the
more they grew in number.
The king, finding that this plan did not suc-
ceed, ordered the nurses who took care of the
infants to kill all the little boys as soon as they
were born. At this time there lived a pious
man and wife; they had a young daughter, named
Miriam, or Mary; and also a son, Aaron, about
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three years old. When another child was given
to them by God, it was a very lovely boy. As
they looked upon him, their hearts felt all the joy
of parents. But can it be that their dear child
shall be taken from them, and killed as the king
had ordered ? For some time they tried to con-
ceal him in their house; but when a few months
passed away they could not but fear that his cries
or cheerful voice would be heard. And how
could they bear the thought to see him torn from
their arms, and killed as other infants had been ?
What could they do in their distress? Was
there any help for them? Yes; there was help
for them in God. He could take care of their
child; and to him they resolved to commit their
dear babe. Their plan was soon formed, and
they prepared to carry it out. On the banks of
the river Nile there grew a plant called the
papyrus, from which a kind of paper was made.
The parents got some of this plant, and made of
it a little ark, or boat, just large enough to hold
their child. May we not suppose that as they
plaited this cradle-boat, they often lifted up their
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hearts in prayer ? And how many tears must have
fallen from their eyes as they looked upon their
baby-boy, and thought that the time was come
when they must leave him, and perhaps see him
no more! But we are told in the Bible that they
had faith; they believed that God, who had put
it into their hearts to make the ark, would use it
to save their child. They did not know in what
way he would be saved, but they were sure God
would do it in some way.
The ark was at last made, and covered with a
kind of pitch, so as to keep out the water. When
the babe was laid in his strange cradle, how the
whole family must have stood around; and, before
the ark was taken away, what sweet loving kisses
must Miriam and Aaron have given to their little
brother! And no doubt the parents wept, and
cried to God that he would keep their dear babe
alive. The mother took it to the great river, and,
with her kiss, her blessing, and her prayers, she
laid the child among the flags, or tall reeds, "by
the river's brink." In this river are many reptiles
called crocodiles, large, strong, and fierce. Their
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bodies are covered with a hard and scaly coat-
ing, and their mouths are filled with sharp teeth;
and the people of the land were much alarmed at
these creatures. But the babe slept in his little
ark, and knew nothing of danger. There, safely
under the eye of God, he rested; no fierce crea-
ture of the land or of the water could come nigh
to hurt it.
When the mother had gone away, the sister
Miriam stood near the spot, and watched to see
what would happen. She may have been placed
there by her mother, or her own love may have
led her to follow, that she might know what be-
came of her infant brother, whom she had so
often nursed. Perhaps the mother, also, was not
far off, at a place they had fixed on.
After a short time, a princess and her maids
were seen coming to the spot. The hand of God
brought them there, though they did not know it.
This lady was the daughter of the king of the
country. As she passed down the river's side, she
saw the ark among the flags. One of the maids
was told to draw it from the water, and bring it to
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her; and when the cover was taken off, there lay
the lovely babe. They looked at it, and "the
babe wept." He saw that they were strange faces,
and not those of his own dear mother and sister.
God touched the heart of the princess with tender
feelings, and the helpless state and tears of the
babe excited her pity. She knew it was one of
the infants of the Hebrews, or Jews, who had
been placed there to avoid its being killed by her
father's order.
How Miriam's heart must have beat with hope
and fear, as the princess looked upon her little
brother! She slowly came from her hiding-place,
to learn what would be done with him. As the
princess spoke so kindly about the child, Miriam
drew closer to the spot, and meekly said, Shall I
go and call thee a nurse of the Hebrew women,
that she may nurse the child for thee? Go,"
said the daughter of the king, not knowing that
she was speaking to the sister of the babe. The
mother was soon brought to the place, when it
was said to her, Take this child away, and nurse
it for me, and I will give thee thy wages." Again
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the mother held her dear infant in her arms. She
hastened to her home, and told her family how
God had heard their prayers, and saved their
child.
As the princess had now taken the infant under
her care, the king would spare it for her sake.
The child was not now looked upon as the son of
a Hebrew slave, but as a young prince who might
come to sit on a throne. To mark the striking
event, the princess called the child Moses, "Be-
cause," she said, "I drew him out of the water."
The name is taken from a Hebrew word, which
means to draw out."
From that time Moses was as one of the royal
family. He was taught in all the learning of the
people among whom he dwelt, and was mighty
in words and deeds." Did he then quite forget
the God of his fathers ? No ; when he was "come
to years," he gave up all the riches and pleasures
of the court of Egypt, that he might share the
sorrows of the children of Israel.
Moses lived to be one hundred and twenty
years old. His life was useful and honourable.
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His history, as given in the Bible, contains much
to instruct all who read it. The apostle says, that
he esteemed "the reproach of Christ greater riches
than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect
unto the recompence of the reward," Heb. xi. 26.
From the account of his childhood we learn this
lesson: God can raise up friends for little chil-
dren in times of danger and distress. He is the
great and gracious Father of all. If he takes
care of all things that have life, will he not take
more care of those whom he has made to live for
ever ? "Ye are of more value than many spar-
rows," Luke xii. 7. The young can know, trust.
and love God. They can praise him as the angels
do in heaven. Believing in Christ, they may be
like him, and, through his merits, they may dwell
with him for ever. Will not God, then, watch
over the young who love him? And if he is
so good to them, should they not, with Moses,
choose his service, and live to his glory?
Come, serve the Lord betimes, and choose
The paths of peace and truth;
This earth affords no lovelier sight
Than a religious youth
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1 SAMUEL i., ii., iii

IN the early times, when the people of Israel
dwelt in their own land, judges, prophets, and
high priests ruled instead of kings and princes.
One of these high priests was Eli, a man who
loved the Lord, though he did not watch over his
wicked sons as he should have done.
Eli lived near the tabernacle, or, as it was
then called, the temple. This temple was a large
place, perhaps made of boards, with beautiful
curtains inside, where the worship of God was
carried on. In it were the holy place and the
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ark, the altar of brass, and the golden lamp, and
many other sacred things.
One day there came to the temple a good
woman named Hannah, with Samuel, her little
child. She had often been to this place before.
Once when she came there she had prayed to the
Lord to give her a son. And now she had
brought this son with her, to offer him to the
Lord, that he might be his servant in the temple.
She had given to him the name of Samuel, which
word means asked of the Lord." Hannah had
made a vow, or promise, that if she had a son
he should be given to the service of the temple.
The child was young, perhaps only three
years old, when he first stood before Eli. '" For
this child I prayed," she said; and the Lord hath
given me my petition which I asked of him; there-
fore also I have lent," or returned, "him to the
Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the
Lord." Then little Samuel began to "worship
the Lord there:" this may mean that he said a
little prayer suited to his age. We may suppose
that the mother fondly kissed her dear child
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before she left him in the temple, and then went
to her happy home.
Samuel now wore a linen ephod. The ephod
was a part of the dress of a priest. It was a robe
which hung down in front, and over the back. It
was fastened, by buckles set with jewels, on the
shoulders, and round the body by a girdle or
sash. These buckles were often made of gold, and
were set with sparkling jewels.
Every year Hannah made a little coat, and
when she went up to the house of God, she took
it to Samuel.
Jewish mothers used to employ some of their
time at home in weaving wool and flax into
cloth. We have this custom noticed in the
thirty-first chapter of Proverbs, ver. 13. They
sat at the doors of their houses, and as they
turned the distaff, or little machine for spinning,
they sang some of the songs of Zion. We may
suppose that Hannah spent many happy hours
weaving the coat for her little boy, and longed
for the time when she might take it to him,
and again give him a mother's kiss. It may have
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been of fine linen: if so, it was made of flax; or
of the purest white wool, which kind was much
worn by the Jews; or it may have been of many
colours, like that given to Joseph by his father
Jacob. But whichever it was, it no doubt was a
source of joy to both mother and child. We
think we see the delight of little Samuel when-
ever he saw his mother, and received from her
hand his new coat. Some children would have
become proud or vain if they had been dressed
as Samuel was; but we do not think he was vain
of his robe, or of his early service in the temple.
He was an obedient and pious child, for it is said
of him, he was "in favour both with the Lord
and with man."
One night, when Samuel was about twelve
years old, he had lain down to sleep in his little
room or tent, near to where Eli slept. Just at the
dawn of the day, before the light which burned
all night in the golden lamp was put out, Samuel
heard a voice calling his name. He thought
that Eli wanted him, and, like a good child, he
ran to the aged priest and said. "Here am I, for
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thou calledst me." Eli said, I called not; lie down
again." It was not long before he again heard the
voice, saying, Samuel, Samuel." He was now
sure it was Eli, and he quickly went to his bedside,
and said that he had indeed heard him call. I
called not, my son," was the reply; "lie down again."
It was the voice of God that spoke, though as
yet Samuel did not know it. A third time the
voice called as before, and the boy again hasted
to his master. Eli now saw that it was the Lord
who had spoken. "Go," said he, lie down; and
it shall be, if he shall call thee, that thou shalt
say, Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth." So
Samuel went, and lay down in his place.
For the fourth time the voice cried, Samuel,
Samuel." The lad now spoke as he had been
taught. Then the voice gave him this message
to the aged Eli, that the Lord would punish the
people of Israel for their sins, and that his two sons
should both die in one day, because they were very
wicked. He was also to declare that the Lord was
angry with Eli for not doing all he should have
done to keep his sons from their evil conduct.
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When the morning came, Samuel began to
attend to his duties in the temple. He was
afraid to tell Eli the sad things that would come
upon his family and people. While he was there,
Eli called him, and asked what the Lord had
said, and desired that he would not conceal any
word from him. When Eli heard what would
come to pass, he piously said: "It is the Lord:
let him do what seemeth good." Soon after this
time the sons were killed in battle; and when
their aged father was told they were dead, and
that the ark of God was taken, he fell down from
his seat, and died also.
Samuel from this time grew up to be the pro-
phet and ruler of his people; and, after a useful
and holy life, he died at a very old age.

1. No voice is now heard such as came to
Samuel in the temple; yet God speaks to the
young by the voice of pious parents, by teachers
and ministers, by his word, and his Holy Spirit
in their hearts. Young reader, he has spoken
many times to you.
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"Oh, then, whene'er his call is heard,
Do you, like Samuel, say,
'Speak, Lord; thy servant hears thy word,
And gladly will obey."'
2. Ask for grace that you may devote yourself
to the Lord Jesus Christ. He invites the young
to give their hearts to him. Why do they not
attend to him? Because they do not know how
much he loves them. They do not feel how much
they need him as a Saviour. They do not think
how greatly he can bless them, and do them good.
3. If the young would be useful when they
grow up, they should try to be useful when they
are young. They are not called to do the work
which Samuel did in the temple; but there are
many ways in which they can serve God and do
good in the world.

"What bless'd examples do I find,
Writ in the word of truth,
Of children who began to mind
Religion in their youth.
"Samuel the child was wean'd and brought
To wait upon the Lord;
Young Timothy betimes was taught
To know his holy word
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ABIJAH.


"Then why should I so long delay
What others learned so soon ?
May I not pass another day
Without this work begun"


1 KINGS xiv. 1-5, 12, 18.


ABlJAH was the eldest son of Jeroboam, king
of Israel. When a child, he fell very ill. The
queen, his mother, went to a prophet of the Lord,
that she might inquire if he would get well. She
did not wish to go as a queen, for she feared the
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prophet would not give her the answer she wanted
if he knew who she was, for the king her husband
had led the people into the worship of idols. So
she changed her clothes, and went as if she were
only a common person. Did she not know that
the prophet would be guided by the Spirit of the
Lord in what he should say to her?
As was usual in those times, when going on a
visit, she took with her a present of cakes, bread,
and honey. It was a mark of respect to offer a
gift. When Saul went to inquire of Samuel about
his father's asses, he took a small piece of money
as a present. The queen of Sheba, on her
journey to Jerusalem, took with her camels that
bare spices, and very much gold, and precious
stones," as her gift to king Solomon. When the
wise men came from the east to see the infant
Jesus, they brought with them an offering of
incense, gold, and sweet myrrh. This custom is
still observed in eastern lands. Even poor people,
when on a visit, take with them a flower, or a
bunch of grapes, or a pot of honey, or some other
small article. As the mother of Abijah wished to
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appear as a poor woman, she took to the prophet
a poor person's gift.
The prophet to whom she went was aged and
blind; but as soon as the queen went into his
house, he told her that she could not deceive him,
and that she was the wife of the king of the land.
Then he made known to her the sad news that
her son would die, and that her family would
come to an end, because of the sins of her hus-
band. But it was also declared, that the child
should die in peace; for there was found in his
heart "some good thing toward the Lord God
of Israel." The queen went to her home very sad
in spirit, and as she entered into the gate of the
palace, her son died.
This is a short account, but it may teach this
lesson: that piety in the heart of a child is the
best thing that can be there. Early religion is
always pleasing to God. He looks upon it with
delight, whether it be in the heart of a young
prince, or of a poor cottage child. He still says,
"I love them that love me, and those that seek
me early shall find me."
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Though no pious parents' care
Young Abijah e'er had known,
God had heard his early prayer,
And had mark'd him for his own.

Happy child, by God approved,
Early taken to his rest;
From the abode of sin remov'd,
To the mansions of the blest.

Is there in this heart of mine
One such hopeful sign of grace ?
Does my soul to God incline?
Do I daily seek his face?






THE WIDOW'S SON.












1 KING xvii.
AHAB was a wicked king of Israel. He for-
sook the service of the true God, and built a
temple to his idol in the city of Samaria, and set
up another image in a grove of trees. There is a
fearful character given of him in the Bible. It is
said, He did more to provoke the Lord God of
Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that
were before him."
One day an aged man stood before king Ahab;
his dress was a coarse garment, called sackcloth,
perhaps made of the hair of camels. The look of
the old man was grave and sorrowful. He had
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to deliver a message from God to the king, and
to declare that the whole people of Israel were
soon to be punished for their sin. When the
king and his nobles looked on him, they knew
that it was the prophet Elijah.
The prophet did not fear the angry looks of
Ahab, but spoke boldly thus: "As the Lord God
of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall
not be dew nor rain these years, but according
to my word." No rain for years! Then in that
hot country, the fields, and trees, and every green
thing would wither, and there would be no food
for man, and the cattle would die of thirst.
God then spake to Elijah, and directed him to
go to a solitary place where a brook of water ran,
and where he would cause the ravens to feed him.
The prophet went as he was told, and in this lonely
spot he spent about a year, drinking of the brook,
and supplied with food by birds of the air. Though
no human being was near him, he was happy, for
God was with him, and he knew he was safe under
his care.
Months passed away, and no rain nor dew had
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fallen on the earth. The brook became more and
more narrow. The grass and rushes which grew
on its banks had quite withered. The pebbles
and roots which had been washed by the stream
were left dry; and the branches of the trees were
scorched and bare. The brook now ceased to
flow: there may have been a little water in the
hollows, but at last all was dried up. The Lord
could have given water to Elijah by miracle, but
he was pleased to tell him to depart, saying,
"Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth
to Zidon, and dwell there: behold I have com-
manded a widow woman there to sustain thee."
God did not send him to any of the widows of
Israel, but to a poor woman in a heathen part
of the land. He at once obeyed, for he knew
there are wise and good reasons for all God does.
It was a long journey through the whole of the
land to Zarephath. The prophet must have been
tired when he came near to the place, and needed
rest and food. As he drew towards the gate of
the city he saw a poor widow gathering sticks.
God in some way let him know that she was to
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give him food during the remainder of the days
of famine. He then asked her for some water;
and as she turned away to obtain it, he directed
her also to give him a morsel of bread. This
seemed out of her power. She replied, "As the
Lord thy God liveth, I have not. a cake, but an
handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a
cruse; and behold I am gathering two sticks,
that I may go in and dress it for me and my son,
that we may eat it, and die." Elijah must have
looked upon her with pity; but he told her to
fear not, and to go and prepare first a cake for
him, and then make for herself and her son. But
how could she take the last morsel from her
hungry child, and give it to a stranger ? It was
because the woman saw that he was a holy man
and a prophet, and she had faith that the God of
Israel would provide for her. The bread was soon
made in thin cakes, and given to Elijah; and from
that day a blessing came upon her, and she, her
son, and the prophet, were supplied by miracle.
One day the little son of the widow was taken
ill, and died. Has the young reader seen a dear
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child lie cold and pale, and in a coffin ? Was it
your infant brother or sister ? Did you not grieve
and weep at the loss of one you loved? If so,
you can understand how the widow felt when she
saw the lifeless body of her only child. Her hus-
band was dead, and now her child. Her last
comfort and companion must be laid by his side
in the grave.
As the widow was weeping, she looked up and
saw Elijah. In her agony, she at first thought
that the prophet might have prayed to God to
send this loss, to punish her for sin. Give me
thy son," said the- pious Elijah. And he took
the body, carried it to his own chamber, and laid
it upon the bed. After he had prayed to' God,
he stretched himself three times upon the body,
and the soul of the child returned to it. What
a sight that must have been, when the prophet
took the boy in his arms, and carried him to his
weeping mother! He now breathed again, his
eyes were full of life, and with joy the widow
again embraced her child.
We must all die, as the widow's son did. But
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there will be no prophet Elijah to bring us back
to this life. We must be laid in the grave, and
the home that once knew us will know us no more
for ever, and the friends that weep over our bodies
must see them carried from their sight. Where
will our souls then be ? They do not die; they
are not placed in the grave with the body. They
must depart to heaven or to hell; for so the word
of God teaches. Do you not wish to go to
heaven? Surely you do. Then you must be
sorry for your sins; your hearts must be given to
Christ, and your lives be spent in the fear and
love of God. If such is your happy case, at the
great day when the dead shall be raised, a glo-
rious and lovely body shall be given you. You
shall then die no more, but be for ever happy
with the Lord.


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'Iv Wt If aptibe Rhl.

2 KINGS v. 1-14.

THERE lived in Syria a captain named Naaman.
He was in great favour with his king, because he
had fought many battles, and saved his country.
But, in the midst of all his honours, God smote
him with a disease called the leprosy. This was
a very sad affliction: the hair fell from the head,
the nails from the hands; sores covered the body,
and all strength and ease were taken away. No
one could give Naaman relief; all his own money,
and all the power of the king, could not cure him.
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It was a sad grief to him to think that he never
should be well again.
Among his servants was a little girl, who, during
the wars of Israel, had been carried away from her
home. She was now a poor slave, far from her
parents and those she loved. As the little captive
looked on her master, she wished that he might
again enjoy his health, and be free from all that
he suffered. One day when waiting on her mis-
tress, she said how much she wished her master
would go to the prophet in Israel, who could cure
him of his leprosy. This prophet was Elisha; and
we may suppose that she had known of the great
cures he had wrought, and she thought he was so
kind, that if her master went to him, he would be
sure to return home quite well.
When the master was told of the words of the
young slave girl, he believed them, and went to
Elisha, and returned to his house quite well.
In the conduct of the little captive maid, we
notice these good maiks:-
1. She was a modest little girl. This is seen in
the manner she gave advice: it was in the form
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of a wish. She did not boldly go up to her
master, and tell him what he should do. "She
said unto her mistress;" and this was quite right
to speak first to her. The young should be modest
and gentle in their ways. If they boldly offer
their advice, it is not likely to receive attention.
Jesus says, Learn of me; for I am meek and
lowly of heart."
2. She was a benevolent child. Stolen from her
dear parents, she was now a poor slave. Yet, in-
stead of anger against her master, she felt only
love and kindness. If, like some children, she
had been sullen and unforgiving, Naaman would
not have been cured of his disease. Let us learn
to return good for evil.
3. She was a truth-telling little maid, or her
master would not have left his home, and taken
with him gold, silver, and garments, and have
gone a journey of one hundred miles, merely
upon her word. If he had known that she told
lies, he would not have gone to this trouble, and
expense. He would probably have said, "Why
should I attend to what that slave girl says, whom
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I have so often found speaking falsely? No, I
cannot believe her words." But he did credit
what she said; and thus showed he knew that at
all times she loved to speak the truth. What a
lesson is here for young and old!
4. She was a useful girl. When all the phy-
sicians in Syria could not restore her master, she
told him how he might be healed. She was of
more value to him than all his bags of gold and
silver, and all the favour of the king. A very
young Christian may tell the most important of
all truths to a sinner,-that Jesus is the only
Saviour, and that all who believe in him will be
saved.
5. It may be hoped that she was a pious child.
She had not forgotten the prophet who had power
to heal. If we were carried away into a land of
idols, how would it be with us ? Should we be
able and willing to direct any one of the heathen
to a greater Prophet than Elisha, and tell of His
precious blood, which alone can take away the
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THE CHILD RAISED TO LIFE AT SHUNEM.


lle Q(jilb that toas raisc to lifX again at Suamnt.
2 KINGS iv. 8-37.
IN the days of Elisha, there lived in the city of
Shunem a kind and pious woman. When the
prophet went from place to place to teach the
people, he used to stop at her house, and was
always received with great kindness. A room
was made in her house for him to sleep in, and
she placed in it "a bed, and a table, and a stool,
and a candlestick." This kind woman had no child,
but Elisha told her, from God, that she should
be the mother of a little boy. And so it was,-she
was blessed with a child she dearly loved.
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One bright and beautiful day in the summer,
when the child was able to run about, the father
and his men were reaping the corn in the fields.
It was a happy season in that land: the people
sang aloud for joy. The little child was full of
health and gladness. He thought he would go
into the fields, and see his father and the men at
work. So he ran to them; but when he got to
the fields he cried, "My head! my head!" Per-
haps he ran too fast, as some children will do;
or the burning rays of the sun may have struck
his head, which is sometimes the case in a hot
country, and which is called a sun-stroke."
The father saw that his little boy was ill, and
he said to a lad, Carry him home to his mother."
And when he was brought to his mother, he lay
on her lap till noon, and then died.
The heart of the mother was full of grief, yet
she had some hope. She thought of Elisha, and
she had faith that he could help her in the time
of her trouble. So she laid the dead body on
the bed of the prophet, shut the door of the
room, and then went out. How quickly did she
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hasten along the road,-now thinking of her poor
dead child, and then hoping that she might find
the prophet at home! At length she came to his
house, and stood before the man of God. She
told him of her loss and distress. He did not
delay to give her hope. He first sent his servant,
and then went himself to the house of the afflicted
mother. When he got there, he laid his body
on the dead child. He knew, though he could
do nothing, that God could do everything He
pleased, and that he would hear the prayer of his
servant. The prophet now cried unto the Lord,
and the soul of the child came back to the body.
Then he bade his servant call the mother, who
was standing without; and when she saw that her
son was alive again, she fell at Elisha's feet, and
"bowed herself to the ground." With what
delight did she take her little boy in her arms,
and kiss him, and carry him to his father! There
was great joy in all the house on that day. Once
more the child could see the flowers and the
fields, and hear the song of the birds, and listen
to the pious teachings of the good prophet. We
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may hope that the life which was thus restored,
was spent in the fear and service of God.
This story will show:-
1. That children may die. We often see the
young cut down by death, as the grass of the
field is cut down by the mower in the summer
time.
2. That children may die suddenly. Just as
the little boy who ran to see the reapers, they
may be quite well in the morning, and before
night they may sicken and die.
3. That children should be prepared to die.
They will not die any the sooner for being ready.
To be prepared is to love God, to believe in Jesus,
and to seek to do his will. Then, life will be a
blessing while it lasts, and at death they will go
to heaven.
Heavenly Father, grant that I
May the name of Jesus love;
That, whenever I shall die,
I may dwell with him above.





JOASII.


2 KINGs xi. 1-16.

AHAZIAH died when he had been king of Israel
only for one year, and when he was a young
man. He left behind him several little children.
His mother, Athaliah, was a cruel woman, and
wished to be queen. Instead of loving the young
orphans, she hired some men to kill them all.
When the men went to commit this murder, their
aunt, who was wife to the high priest, took up an
infant, named Joash, and ran with him into her
bed-room. After a little time, she hid him in
one of the chambers of the temple, and there he
lived for six years, under the kind care of this
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good aunt. She brought him up in the fear of
the Lord, and loved him as her own son. No
one was allowed to go into the part of the temple
where the infant was hidden, except the priests,
so that he was easily concealed there.
The wicked grandmother now thought that all
the young princes were dead, and that she might
rule as queen without any fear. She set up some
idols, and made the people worship before them.
Still there were some left who feared God, and
who hoped for the time when his holy service
would again be carried on in the temple. Among
these was the high priest, the uncle of young
Joash.
God sometimes allows people to follow out their
own sinful plans, but then brings some good even
out of them. His eyes are upon the wicked as
well as upon the righteous. He was watching
over the queen, who now thought she was safe
upon the throne; and he was mindful of the young
orphan, who was piously taught in the temple by
his uncle, that he might be the better king when
he grew up.
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When Joash was seven years old, the good high
priest thought he would try to raise him to his
rightful throne. One sabbath-day, when a greater
number of priests were in the temple than usual,
he armed them with the swords and spears which
had been put there by king David. He then
brought out the little prince, and placed a crown
on his head, when the priests and people cried
aloud, God save the king."
The queen, as she sat in her palace, heard the
shouts of joy, and hastened to the temple to learn
the cause, .when the high priest ordered her to be
seized, carried out of the temple, and slain.
Joash now became a youthful king. He was
guided by his pious uncle in the way in 'which
he should go As he grew older, he was sorry to
see how broken and injured the temple was, and
he directed that it should be repaired. He did
not forget that he had been there nursed, and
taught, and kept from the hands of his cruel
grandmother. By his order, a chest, or large
box, was placed at the doors of the temple, in
which people might place their money; and as
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they began to feel the pleasure of serving God,
they gave cheerfully. When the box was full, the
repairs were begun, and in a short time the house
of God was restored to its former beauty. We may
suppose that here young Joash often sang some
of the holy songs which king David wrote about
it. With him he might say, "How amiable" or
lovely "are thy tabernacles, 0 Lord of hosts! A
day in thy courts is better than a thousand."
Thus Joash reigned as a good king for some
years; but did he ever forget the lessons and
good example of his pious uncle and aunt ? Yes,
indeed he did. When his uncle died, the youth-
ful king was drawn into idolatry. He then wrought
many wicked deeds, and, among others, he killed
his own cousin Zechariah, the son of the high
priest. This holy man warned him of his. sins
and the anger of God; but instead of listening to
him, he called on the people to throw him down a
flight of steps, and cast stones at him till he died.
When anger is in the heart, love and gratitude to
our friends, and the fear of God, are all forgotten.
As Zechariah was dying, he declared that God
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would punish them for their evil deeds. The
king must have soon thought of his words; for
before that year was over, an army of the Syrians
came and wasted his country. Then Joash was
alarmed, and took all the money he had, and all
he could find in the temple, and the gold and
silver vessels used in the service of God, and gave
them to the king of Syria that he might go away.
He went, but soon came again, and there was great
misery in all the land. Joash was now taken ill;
and as he lay in his chamber, he must have felt
very unhappy. He knew that he had forsaken
the God of his youth, and now God had forsaken
him. His own servants did not love him; and
at last they killed him as he lay in his bed.' They
did not bury him as they usually buried the kings
of the land; but he was put into a common grave,
and his memory was held in dishonour.
As we read the history of Joash, we may
plainly see-
1. That sin is the worst thing in the world.
It brings sorrow into kingdoms, into families, and
into every heart. It robs men of peace of mind
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and health of body, and, if not repented of, it
will keep the soul out of heaven. The Bible
teaches us to flee from it as from the face of a
serpent.
2. That the young who have been piously
trained, should take care not to forsake the good
way. When the uncle and aunt of Joash no
longer watched over him, then he showed he did
not truly love God. Youthful reader, your pious
friends will be taken away from you; what will
then be your conduct? Will you forget all they
said to you, or will you think of their kind advice,
and seek to follow it ? Ask the Lord so to put his
fear in your heart, that you may not depart from
his ways. Remember what a bright and happy
beginning there was to the reign of the young
Joash, and what a dark and disgraceful close.
Oh, let me serve thee all my days,
May love and zeal with years increase;
For pleasant, Lord, are all thy ways,
And all religion's paths are peace.





JOSIAH.


Ko osxi i.
2 KINGS XXii, xxiii.; 2 CHIRON. xxxiv


JOSIAH became king of Judah when he was
only eight years old. His grandfather Manasseh,
and his father Amon, had forsaken the worship
of the true God. Nearly all the priests had be-
come evil, and served at the altars of idols; and
the people also were wicked and corrupt.
We may picture to ourselves the young king
Josiah. His dress was of a fine linen, of a purple
colour; for silk was not in use among the Jews in
those days. On his head was a broad stout band,
called a diadem. This was a kind of crown,
shining with gold and costly pearls. There were
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also pearls and gems around his neck and arms.
In this splendid dress he sat on a high throne, per-
haps the one made by Solomon, which was wholly
of gold and ivory. In his right hand he held a
sceptre, or staff, overlaid with gold, as a sign
of his kingly power. His house was a beautiful
palace, which had lovely gardens, and groves,
and fountains of water. Every day the choicest
food was spread upon his table. When he rode
abroad it was in a fine chariot, drawn by horses,
which were then scarce, and only used by royal
persons. If he went a long journey, servants ran
before him to tell the people that he was coming.
The greatest persons in the land came out to meet
him, and bowed to the ground when they came
nigh to him. Guards and other servants waited.
on him at all times, ready to attend to his will.
Now, though all this is not told us in the Bible
about Josiah, we know that thus kings were
honoured in the east, and we may well suppose
that the youthful prince thus began his reign.
There was no greater person in the kingdom
than Josiah. He could do what he pleased, and
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there was no one to call him to an account. How
was it, then, that he did not live a wicked life like
his father ? It was because "his heart was tender,
and he humbled himself before God." He also
had a pious friend in Hilkiah, the high priest,
who led him in the ways of the Lord.
In the twelfth year of his reign, he sent men
through the land to break down the altars and
images of the false gods. And as the temple of
the true God had fallen into decay, he had it
repaired, and gave much money for this purpose.
He made a great feast when the temple was again
built up, and offered a present of forty thousand
lambs and kids for sacrifice, besides oxen and
calves. While they were cleansing the temple, a
copy of the law of God was found, which he
caused to be read to all the people. In these
ways he showed his deep concern for the honour
and worship of God; and he was made a great
blessing in his own day, and a bright example fdr
every following age. Josiah was slain in battle,
though he died in peace with God.
Although our young readers are not kings or
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queens, there is much in the conduct of Josiah
which deserves their notice. Though they have
not his royal state, they should have his pious
spirit. To enable them to know what that spirit
was, they may observe these four things:-
1. In Josiah is seen the piety of a youth:
" While he was yet young, he began to seek after
the God of David his father." The Lord claims
the first and best of all we have and all we are;
and he has a right to all.

The firstling of the flock was given
By Israel to the God of heaven;
So may we yield to him the prime
Of our first love and youthful tilne.
2. In Josiah we see the piety of an orphan.
God has said that all fatherless and motherless
children may have him for a Father. If you are
an orphan, will you not then say, "My Father,
thou art the guide of my youth"?
" 3. Josiah showed his love to the word of God.
What should we be if the Bible were lost, and not
a copy to be had? Should we show the same
love and zeal for the holy book as the young king
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did, if, after it had been lost for some years, it
were put again into our hands? You should
praise God that you have the Bible, and pray that
his Holy Spirit may impress your hearts with the
truths it contains, so that you may become "wise
unto salvation."
4. Seek to have a humble and tender heart,
like Josiah. The heart of every child, without
the grace of God, is like a stone-it is hard, cold,
heavy, and barren; but when it is converted or
renewed, it is called "a heart of flesh"-it is
gentle, tender, full of love, faith, and holy desires.
If you ask God to give you this "new heart," he
will grant your desire.
Grant me, O Lord, in early youth
To love the sacred word of truth;
That greatest, best of gifts impart,
A mind renew'd, a gracious heart.
Thus living in thy constant fear,
Oh, let me prove a blessing here;
Serve thee with faith, till called to die,
Then praise thee in the realms on high.



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5ttle hte brougOp to |esus.
MARK X. 13-16

WHEN our Lord Jesus Christ was on the earth,
he was once displeased. It was not because they
called him evil names ; it was not that they
charged him with having an evil spirit; it was
not when they took up stones to kill him, and
when they cast him out of the city; nor was it
when they mocked and scourged him, nor when
they nailed him to the cross, and derided him in
his pain. He bore all this with meekness, like a
lamb. But when he saw that some of his dis-
ciples would have kept little children from coming
to him, he was much displeased." Why did the
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disciples wish to keep them back? Why did
they stand in the way, and forbid them from
going to their Master? (See our picture.) Had
they not often seen how kind and loving he was
even to the weakest and the poorest ? Surely they
must before this have seen his tender regard to
the young. But while the disciples would have
kept the children away, Jesus looked upon their
young faces; he told the mothers and friends to
bring the children to him, and, as he looked upon
them, he showed how much he loved them. He
took them up and blessed them, saying, "Suffer
the little children to come unto me, and forbid
them not: for of such is the kingdom of God."
Have you not read those pleasing lines which
begin-

"I think when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus dwelt here among men,
And called little children like lambs to his fold,
I should like to have been with them then.
I wish that his hands had been put on my head,
And that I had been placed on his knee,
And that I might have seen his kind look when he said,
'Let the little ones come unto me.'"
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You think if Jesus were now on earth it would
be easy to go to him. You would ask your parents
to take you to him. But you can approach him
now he is in heaven, more easily than you could
do if he were on earth. How could children who
live in England get to Jesus at Jerusalem? How
could the little Hindoos or Africans reach him ?
or the young in China, or the South Seas ? Thou-
sands of miles by land and by water would have
to be passed, before you or they cbuld get to him.
And then how could the poor obtain the money,
or find the time, that would be needful? Yes, it is
better that Jesus is in heaven; and we can all draw
nigh to him, from all parts of the world, at one
time; and we are sure that the same love which led
him to receive little children many years ago, will
lead him to bless them now. Jesus still says to
the young, Come unto me." You may address
him now in prayer. When you kneel, morning
or evening, if your lips utter the sincere desires of
your heart, you will be attending to his invita-
tion. His holy word is like a letter to you:
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when it is explained by his ministers; this also is
coming to Christ.
There is everything in Jesus to win your heart.
He is meek, lowly, and full of love. He can
do you all the good you need, and save you from
all the evil you fear. If you are a poor child, he
can make you rich with the best riches, for he can
give you his grace. If you are an ignorant child,
he can give you his Holy Spirit to teach you. If
you are an orphan child, he can be better to you
than father or mother, and all earthly friends. If
you are an afflicted child, he can comfort and bless
you. But one thing is certain, you are a sinful
child, and if you wish to be saved, you must go to
Jesus. He will save you from the love and power
of sin, and from its guilt and punishment. He
obeyed his Father's law, and died on the cross,
that he might save all who believe on him. He
is a kind friend, a rich friend, a powerful friend,
an ever-living friend. He is so kind, he will give
you everything you need. He is so rich, that he
can give it you. He is so strong, that he can
protect you from all your foes. He never dies,
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and his friendship can never end. Go then to
Jesus; he will make you happy while you live,
happy when you die, and happy for ever.


c|re `uler's gaunt.
LUKE viii. 41-56.

JESUS is the good physician: he cured all
kinds of diseases without delay, without money,
and without pain. The blind were made to see,
the lame to walk, the deaf to hear, the dumb
to speak, and the dead were raised to life
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again. Among those who died, and had their
lives restored, was a little girl about twelve years
old.
Jesus was sitting in the house of Levi, or
Matthew, when there came to him a person
named Jairus. He was one of the chief people
in the town where he lived; he was also a ruler,
whose duty it was to take care of the synagogue,
or house in which the Jews met to read the Scrip-
tures and pray to God. His little daughter lay at
the point of death. As he had heard of the
wonders done by Jesus, he thought he might also
obtain help for his child, now she was likely to
die in the days of her youth.
We may suppose we see him, asking his way to
the house where Jesus was, and as he goes along,
perhaps saying to himself, "I have heard of the
great and strange things he has done; I will try
what he can do for me. Surely he will not slight
the case of my dear child; for they say he is
ready to relieve all who apply to him."
When Jairus came to the house, he saw Jesus
teaching the people, for Jesus was always "doing
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good." He quickly went towards him, threw
himself at his feet, and told him of the case
of his youthful daughter. Jesus listened to his
sad tale, and his heart felt a tender pity for the
parent and the child. He was at once moved to
help them; for, when did he ever refuse to relieve
the afflicted and distressed? He could have
spoken a word, and she would have been made
well, though he did not go to her; but he arose
up and went out; for another miracle was to be
worked as he passed along. This was upon a poor
woman who had been afflicted for twelve years.
How Jairus must have rejoiced when he saw the
cure on the woman! Now, he would think I am
sure he can heal my child, for I have seen a proof
of his great power.
But persons were seen hurrying from the ruler's
house, who brought the tidings that it was of no
further use to "trouble the Master," for the child
was dead. Oh! how the father's heart sank in
grief! But Jesus turned to him, and kindly said,
"Be not afraid; only believe, and she shall be
made whole." As though he had said, Do not
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weep; all shall be made well. I have power over
the dead, as well as over the living."
They now all went forward, and as they came
near to the ruler's house, they heard the friends
weeping within, and the minstrels playing in
front of the door. It was the custom in that
land to hire women to mourn for the dead, who
also played doleful tunes on the tambourine and
pipes. Jesus at once went into the house along
with three of his disciples, and the parents of
the child. He first spoke a word of comfort to
the parents: "The maid is not dead, but sleepeth"
-meaning, that her death was only like a short
sleep. He then took her hand, and bade her
arise. The word was no sooner spoken, than
the spirit of the child came back to the cold
body. The colour of health again glowed on
lier cheeks, and she arose, as if she had just
awoke from a pleasant sleep. The parents em-
brace their child with joy, and then, as we sup-
pose, fall at the feet of Jesus to thank and adore
him for this act of might and mercy; but it was
enough that he had made them happy, and he
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soon goes forth to make others happy too by
his miracles of love.
In the beautiful account which is given us in
the New Testament, we may see,-
1. The power of Jesus. He can do more than
we can ask or think. The ruler asked him to cure
his sick child, and he raised his dead child. Jesus
can raise our souls from a state of sin; and he will
at the last great day bring our bodies from the
grave.
2. The love of Jesus. "He went about doing
good." He did good every day. It was his
delight to do good. Sometimes he taught the
people; sometimes he worked miracles. He
showed his love to the poor and to the rich;
to the young and to the old. His love is still
the same; it can never alter.

Oh may his tender, gentle love,
Now draw my heart to things above I
That I among his saints may know,
The joys of heaven begun below.





TIMOTHY.


9imotJ)g.

2 Tim. i. 5; iii. 14-17.

TIMOTHY was a disciple and friend of the
apostle Paul. A disciple means a learner, a
scholar. When Timothy was a young man, he
heard the apostle preach, and the Holy Spirit
blessed what was then said to the good of his
soul. From that time he loved to be with so
wise and kind a teacher. Sometimes they went
long journeys together, to make known the way
in which sinners can be saved, through faith in
our Lord Jesus Christ. There are two epistles,
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or letters, in the New Testament, which were
written by the apostle to Timothy. If you read
these letters, you will see what good advice he
gave to him, and how much he loved him.
After Timothy had been a preacher of the
gospel for some years, he went to a city called
Ephesus, at a time when the people made a great
feast in honour of their idol. When he saw how
wicked they were, and how they fell down before
the image, he told them that their worship was
vain and wicked, and that the true God was angry
with them on account of it. As soon as they
heard him speak against their god, they shouted
and made a noise. Then they laid hold on
Timothy, and dragged him along the streets,
and at last beat him to death with clubs and
stones. We are not told about the death of
Timothy in the Bible, or we should be sure it
was quite true; but it is so stated by those who
wrote the books which contain the early history of
the church of Christ.
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thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are
able to make thee wise unto salvation through
faith which is in Christ Jesus," 2 Tim. iii. 15.
He had a grandmother named Lois, and a pious
mother named Eunice. When very young, they
taught him from the word of God. Happy
Timothy, to stand by the side of a dear mother,
and hear from her lips the great things God had
done for his people in every age.
The Jewish children were taught by their
parents at home, and were by them often taken
to the temple to see the sacrifices offered. No
doubt young Timothy had'been told by his pious
mother how God saved Noah in the ark, and
Daniel in the den of lions: how David slew the
giant Goliath with a sling and a stone, and how
Elijah was fed by ravens in a desert. These, and
a hundred other beautiful stories, she told him
from the sacred book. Then, too, she taught
him that the passover was kept because the angel
of God passed over the Hebrews, and slew the
Egyptians; and that the lamb was offered every
day in the temple as an atonement for sin.
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She must also have told him of the great things
God had done for their nation, and that he had
promised to send them a Saviour. All this in-
struction must have been very useful to Timothy
when he grew up, and when he became a preacher
of the gospel. He must often have praised God
for giving him such pious friends to care for him
and teach him.
Timothy had not a complete Bible as we have,
nor was his book like what we use. It was most
probably made of long sheets of parchment, and
was rolled upon a short stick. It was not printed,
for printing was not then invented, but written
with a kind of steel pen. It was too large to put
into a pocket, and must have cost a large sum of
money. A poor child in those days did not have
a copy of the Scriptures which he could call his
own. He could not say, "This is my own Bible."
But now an English child may have the whole
Bible for tenpence, nicely printed and bound,
and which may be carried in a little girl's school-
bag, or in a boy's pocket. And there are many
teachers and kind friends who are ready to explain
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it, and show its use and value. Observe these
things about the Bible,--
1. It should be read. The word Bible means
"book," and Scriptures means "writings." It is
the best of all books and all writings; for it con-
tains the word and will of God. It speaks only
truth, and is full of the greatest truths. It has
done more good in the world than all other books.
Every one has to do with what the Bible makes
known. It teaches about God, and man, and this
world, and the world to come. Good men, in all
ages, have loved it. Many kings, princes, the wise,
the rich, the poor, have found it to their souls
sweeter than honey, and more precious to them
than the finest gold.
2. The Bible should be read by children. It
is not for aged persons alone. We have seen that
there is much in this holy book about the young,
and for the young; it was put there on purpose
to teach them. It is true there are some things
in the Bible hard to be understood. Many years
ago a pious man said, It is like a river, so deep
in the middle that an elephant may swim in it,
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but along the shore a lamb may wade, and not
be drowned." You should be like the lamb.
There are truths in the Scripture which the
wisest cannot fully understand; but if we have
sincere and prayerful hearts, we may learn all
that we need to know. If a child seeks to learn
from the Bible, and asks God for his blessing, he
will become wise, good, and happy. How sad is
it to think that there are people who try to
prevent the young from reading the book of
God!
3. The Bible can make children, through faith
in Christ Jesus, wise unto salvation." It teaches
us many things; but its great end is to lead to
the salvation of the soul. It tells us of the love
of a Saviour, of what he is, what he has done, and
what he has promised to do for those who believe
in him. Jesus says, that we should "search the
Scriptures," for they testify of Him. You should
search with as much zeal as men seek for jewels
in a mine. It contains the pearl of great price."
If you would be made wise unto salvation, you
must love the truth. You must love it more
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than money, or sleep, or pleasure, or anything
else. You should read the Bible often, and read
it daily. A wise man once said, "Get a little
at a time, and as often as you can, and you will
soon know a great deal." It is like a gold mine,
where a man may dig every day of his life, and
find much gold, and yet there will be plenty left
for others. You must also pray to God to teach
you. David was a great and pious man, and he
prayed thus: Open thou mine eyes, that I may
behold wondrous things out of thy law." If
David so prayed, surely you should ask of God
to help you. You can say, 0 Lord, give me
thy Holy Spirit, that I may love the Bible, and
do what it requires. May I believe with my
whole heart what thou hast spoken. And may
I so believe, that my soul may be saved, for the
sake of Jesus Christ my Lord."
Happy will you be, if you should be like a little
boy who learned a verse every day, and when he
grew up to be a man, that which he had learned
in youth was blessed in leading him to love and
serve the Saviour.
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Q QClje e|)b gesus."
LUKE ii. 27.
THE first earthly home of Jesus was the stable
of an inn, and his humble cradle was a manger,
where the oxen fed. We may suppose there was
no one in Bethlehem who offered to give a shelter
to the poor mother and her Babe. Though angels
in the skies spoke of his coming, and sang his
praise, only a few persons on earth knew anything
about Lim, or showed him any respect. Some of
these were learned men, led onward by a star from
a heathen land, and some were shepherds, who had
been watching their flocks in the fields. He had
no servants to wait upon him, and no rich clothes
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to wear. There were but few of those comforts
for him which other infants enjoy.
As Jesus was lowly in his birth, so he was also
as he grew up in life. He lived in a poor home,
and was known only as "the carpenter's son."
As the Son of God, we might have thought a
palace would be his dwelling, a queen his mother,
and his dress of the most costly clothes. But he
saw fit not to come to the earth in such a lofty
condition; he chose the most lowly; and thus,
from experience, can feel tenderly for children
who live in humble homes. He knows how the
poorest child feels, and what it suffers, for he was
once poor himself.
The New Testament does not tell us much
about Jesus between the time when he was
an infant, and that in which he was about twelve
years old; though we are quite sure that he was
contented, meek, loving, obedient, and holy, Ecth
toward God and man.
It was the custom of the Jews, in the spring of
the year, to keep the feast of Passover in the
great city of Jerusalem. At such a time, they
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met in small parties, and ate together a roasted
lamb and bitter herbs. The blood of the slain
lamb was sprinkled on the doors of all the houses
in the city. These things were done, that the
Jews might not forget how God had kept their
fathers safe on the night when an angel slew the
first-born child in all the families of Egypt. See
Exodus xii.
When Jesus was about twelve years old, he was
taken by his mother, and Joseph her husband, to
this feast. It was a long journey, of about seventy
miles, for them to travel, from Nazareth, their
dwelling-place, to Jerusalem. In those days, there
were not the smooth roads we have now in our
land; and, as the family were poor, they no doubt
walked all the way, and had not many comforts
on the road.
As Jesus was born of the Jewish nation, he
kept all the laws which God had told that people
to obey. He knew the full design and meaning
of the Passover, and all the other services of the
Jews, though they did not. He knew that the
blood of the lamb was a type, figure, or sign of
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his precious blood, which should be offered in
sacrifice-not on an altar, but on the cross. He
was, and still is, "the Lamb of God, which taketh
away the sin of the world."
Joseph and Mary stayed a week in Jerusalem,
and then prepared to return to their homes. After
they had gone a short distance on the way, they
missed Jesus. At first, they thought he was with
some of their friends behind, or that he was in
the company of some of those who had gone on
before. But as the evening came on, when tra-
vellers put up their tents to rest themselves for
the night, they became more concerned that they
could not find him. Fearing he had been left in
the great city, Mary and Joseph hastened back to
the place, and sought for him three days in vain.
How sad must have been her heart, when she
thought she had lost her dear son, and when he
was so far away from home! At last she found
him, but where? It was in the temple. He was
there, not gazing on the beautiful building, or
the costly things within it;-he was found sitting
among the doctors, or learned men of the Jews,
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"both hearing them, and asking them questions."
He was not now there as a teacher; he was yet a
child, and was humble and willing to learn. It
was the will of God his Father that in our nature
he should learn to obey.
We are not told what Jesus asked, or what he
answered, though we do know he spoke so wisely
and modestly, that they were astonished at what
they heard. They had never listened to such a
child before. It is said to be a custom among the
Jews at the present time, on the last days of the
feast of the Passover, for children to have the
liberty to ask their rabbis, or learned men, any
questions they choose. This may also have been
the custom when Jesus was on earth.
When Mary had found her blessed Son, she
said to him, Why hast thou thus dealt with us ?
behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrow-
ing." Then Jesus replied, "How is it that ye
sought me? wist ye not (or, Do you not know)
that I must be about my Father's business ? "
Whilst he was always obedient to his mother
and to Joseph, who was supposed to be his earthly
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father, yet he wished them to remember that he
had come to do the will of his heavenly Father.
We may be sure that Jesus spoke to his mother
in a loving and proper manner. He did not
refuse to return to his home. He soon left the
temple, and went with her to Nazareth, where,
as a child, he was still "subject to her;" that is,
he loved and obeyed her as a dutiful son. He
lived in her lowly home, shared her humble fare,
and was the companion and kind friend of those
who lived in the little town.
After this, all that is told us of the childhood
of Jesus is, that "he increased in wisdom and
stature, and in favour with God and man."
Is it not wonderful that Jesus, who, as the
Scriptures say, is God over all, blessed for ever,"
should come into the world himself had made;
that he should come in our nature; that he
should be the "Babe of Bethlehem," the "Man
of sorrows," and at last die a painful and shame-
ful death, and by his death atone for our sins?
Surely, it was all in love and mercy to our race.
But let us not forget, also, that he is a pattern to
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all ages, and in all the duties of life. The Child
Jesus" is the brightest and most perfect example
for the young to copy. We may try to imitate
the early piety of Moses and Samuel, or the zeal
of young Josiah, or the meekness and charity of
the little captive maid; but in Jesus there is
everything that is lovely, wise, and good. He is
the safest and best pattern. They were all sinners
by nature and practice; but his nature was quite
pure, and his whole life was without the least
stain. As he loved the house and worship of his
heavenly Father, as he was dutiful and obedient
to his earthly parent, and as he was humble,'
gentle, and kind to all, so we should seek to be
like him.
Oh! who would not wish to be like Jesus ?
That you may be so, seek the grace of his Holy
Spirit every day. Pray that you may be able to
follow him all the days of your life, and believe
in him as your Redeemer and Saviour with all
your heart; and then, as one of his children,
you shall for ever dwell with him in glory.


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