Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Cain and Abel
 Isaac and Rebekah
 Esau and Jacob
 Joseph and his brethren
 Life of Moses
 Ruth and Naomi
 The history of Samuel
 The history of David
 Captives of Judah
 The life of our saviour
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

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Creator: Corner ( Julia ), 1798-1875 ( Editor )
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter 1
        Front Matter 2
        Front Matter 3
        Front Matter 4
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
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    Cain and Abel
        Page 5
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    Isaac and Rebekah
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    Esau and Jacob
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    Joseph and his brethren
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    Life of Moses
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    Ruth and Naomi
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    The history of Samuel
        Page F-5
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    The history of David
        Page G-5
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    Captives of Judah
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    The life of our saviour
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    Back Matter
        Back Matter 1
        Back Matter 2
    Back Cover
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WO little boys, named James
and Charles, resided with
their parents in the beauti-
ful county of Sussex. They
were, in general, good boys, though
they too often gave way to a kind of
jealousy of each other.
It happened, one morning, that their
kind mamma left her little boys in the
parlour with a short spelling lesson to
learn. Before her return, Charles, the
youngest of the two, had learned his;


but James, who was thinking more
about a new game of play, than his
lesson, did not know his at all.
Little Charles began to laugh at
him for being so idle; some unkind
words followed; and if their mamma
had not come in, they would probably
have began to quarrel. "My dear
boys," said their mamma, what is
this all about?" They were, .at first
ashamed to tell her; but when she
had heard the truth, she replied, very
gravely, I have often told you how
very wicked it is to use the least un-
kind words to each other, or to give
way to passion."
The boys were very sorry; they
said they never would do so again, it
their dear mamma would forgive them,

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James and Charles learning their lesssons
in the parlcur,

But, my children," she said, "you
have promised me the same before, so
that I do not know how to believe you
now; and I shall really be afraid of
trusting you alone, lest you should in
your passion do each other some mis-
chief; or even your dear little sister,
if she offends you; indeed there is no
knowing how far your anger or pas-
sion may lead you, for passionate chil-
dren always go on from bad to worse;
till at last, when you are older, you
may do each other an injury, or even
kill each other."
James and Charles were astonished
to hear their mamma say this, and
cried, Mamma, really we never will
do so again; and we never meant to
hurt each other."

Charles and James's kind mamma advising them
not to give way to passion.


I am sure, my dears," continued
their mamma, at present you do not
intend to do anything so wicked; but
people, when they are in a passion,
know not what they are about, nor
what they do. You have read the
story of Cain and Abel, in the Bible,
and were shocked to think how Cain
could kill his brother: perhaps you
do not recollect how much angry chil-
dren resemble Cain."
"You know Cain and Abel were
the sons of Adam and Eve: and al-
though they were obliged to work for
their living, they might have been
very happy together, and they ought
to have loved each other dearly. Cain
was the eldest, and he was a tiller of
the ground;' that is, he dug it, and

Adam, the father of Cain, instructing him how to till
the ground.


planted in it whatever was necessary
for food, or pleasing to look at; he
helped his father to do all that was re-
quired to the ground; for, after Adam
and Eve were driven from Paradise,
the earth did not bring forth fruits
and flowers without care and labour,
which, before that time, it had never
"' Abel was a keeper of sheep,' or
shepherd; he used to lead the sheep
and lambs to nice pastures, or fields,
for food, and took care of them, lest
they should be destroyed by wild
beasts ; and at night he put them up
in proper places, that they might not
be hurt or lost. This employment
was also caused by our first parents'
sin; before they hal offended God


Abel kindly leading his flock to the green -



every animal was gentle: and the lion
and tiger, and wolf, which are now so
fierce, were as quiet and gentle as a
lamb: but after God's just anger had
been deserved, they were also changed,
and it required the care of man to keep
the small and weak from being injured
by the large and strong.
Cain was, unfortunately, of a bad
temper, and felt jealous of his brother
Abel, who was mild and good, and
greatly beloved by his parents: Cain
was as much loved by them, excepting
when he did that which was wrong;
and they would not have done their
duty to him, if they had not endea-
voured to correct his faults.
God had ordered mankind to take
of the first fruits of their labour, and

burn it before Him, on an altar, when
they prayed to Him ; this was to show
that if they believed His promises, they
would prove their faith by offering of
the best of their possessions ; and it
was also intended to keep in remem-
brance His promise, that He would,
some time, send a -Saviour to man.
They did not then know who that
Saviour was to be: but they obeyed
God's command, for they remembered
their past disobedience; and the only
thing they could now do was to obey
His commands, without doubting, or
asking the use or reason of them.
Cain, therefore, brought of the first
fruits of his labours,-fruits, and flow-
ers, and herbs: and Abel brought of
his-a lamb from the flock, the best

t Cain's anger aroused on observing

h is brother Abel's sacrifice accepted bv the Lord.
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he could find: 'And the Lord had
respect unto Abel and unto his offer-
ing;' which means, that God was
pleased with Abel and his prayers,
because He knew him to be sincere;
'but unto Cain He had not respect;'
which means, God was not pleased with
Cain, knowing that in Ifis heart he was
careless and insincere.
You see each made an offering,
each said his prayers; but Abel prayed
with all his heart: he prayed to be en-
abled to do right: Cain did not pray,
with all his heart, to be good.
Cain now became more angry and
jealous of his brother than ever ; the
next time they met, he spoke unkindly
to him; and, at last, he fell into such
a violent passion, that he killed him.


Cain, in great anger, killing his

brother Abel.

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"Think, my children," said the kind
mother,"" how very dreadful this was!
Cain did not at first intend to kill his
brother, but his wicked passion led
him on to do it. Your passion is likely
to lead you into the same sin, if you
do not check it: from little to little
he was led on; and so will you, if you
are not careful. Try, then, while God
gives you time, to conquer this fault,
and love one another with all kind-
ness, as dear brothers ought always to
do. How very dreadful it would be,
if some day, when you were very an-
gry, you were to injure or kill each
other! and, without intending so
shocking a crime, one angry blow
might do it! What would you feel, if
such were to be the case? you could


never be happy again. Cain was not:
he became, by God's order, a vagabond
and a wanderer on the earth, God
did not kill him; he left him time to
repent; but he set his mark upon him,
so that every one who saw his unhap-
py and wretched countenance, might
know him.
I hope you will seriously reflect
upon this dreadful sin, my dear boys,
and never lose the command of your-
selves; remember, this is the mark of
a noble mind ; and of what conse-
quence is it how clever you are, if you
do not, by kindness and mildness to
each other, obtain the favour and love
of God? At first, you may not find
it easy to check your angry passions;
but if you go on trying to do so, God,

s- CCain, in remorse at having caused the death -

of his brother Abel, becomes a wanderer and an outca'.

who sees our hearts, as well as our
actions will assist you, and make the
task easy.
I entreat you to bear in mind what
I have related to you: and whenever
either of you are inclined to be the
least angry,think of the Two Brothers,
Cain and Abel."

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A brab am, trusting in the promises of God

Setting out on his journey to the land of Canaan.


8 -BRAHAM,thefatherof[saac,
was born in the country of
Mesopotamia, which was a
part of Syria, about three thousand
years before the birth of Christ. He
lived for a very long time in the land
of his birth, among his own kindred,
and was possessed of great wealth in
gold and silver, and flocks of sheep,
and herds of cattle ; but, what was bet-
ter still, he was a good man, and God
loved him, because he walked in his
Now when Abraham was somewhat


advanced in years, the Lord command-
ed him to leave his native place and
go to the land of Canaan, a fertile and
beautiful country, now called Pales-
tine, or the Holy Land. And God
promised to give all that country to
him and his posterity, that is, to his
children and their children after them,
for all generations; and God also told
him that he should be the father of
many nations, that would be great and
powerful in after times. But how was
this to come to pass? for Abraham had
neither son nor daughter; however,
he trusted in the word of God, and re-
moved with all his property and his
people, to the land of Canaan, where
he settled, and in time became lord of
the country.


The people of those early times did
not live in houses, but in tents, as the
wandering Arabs do at the present
(lay; and thus Abraham lived in the
midst of his people, and was their ruler,
their priest, and their judge; for there
was no king, therefore this was called
the patriarchal form of government,
meaning the kind of authority that a
father has over his children. Still
Abraham had no son to inherit his
lands, which caused him much grief;
for years passed away. and he and his
wife were both very old.
At length God appeared to him in
a dream, and said, that he was now
about to send him a son, who was to
be named Isaac, and through whom
the promise he had made to Abraham,

of his family's future greatness, was to
be fulfilled; and so it came to pass;
for Isaac was the father of Jacob, who
had twelve sons. and their families, in
course of time, formed the twelve tribes
of Israel, who divided the land of Ca-
naan amongst them, and constituted
the whole nation of the Hebrews, or
Jews. Abraham and Sarah his wife
rejoiced greatly when Isaac was born;
and they had reason to take pleasure
in him, for he was a child of an excel-
lent disposition, being brought up to
reverence and obey his parents, and to
fear the Lord. He lived to the age
of foity, without being married, when
his father was anxious that he should
have a wife from amono his own fa-
mily or kindred, and not a stranger,

S Abraham and his wife Sarah
instructing their son Isaac in the fear of the Lord.


so he resolved to send to his former
country, where many of his relatives
still resided, to seek a damsel for his
son's bride.
But Abraham's strong affection for
his only child, made him unwilling to
let Isaac go by himself; so he commis-
sioned his steward, who was an old and
faithful servant, to go to Haran, the
place of his birth, and select a wife for
his son among the maidens of his own
kindred ; and he sent many presents to
be given to the damsel and her friends.
Some of these were jewels and bridal
dresses, the latter being probably vests
of rich silk, as such garments were al-
ways among the wedding clothes of a
bride in those countries, if the family
were in opulent circumstances. She


also wore a veil that covered her all
over. It is still customary, in the east,
to send presents on such occasions,
and indeed, no one ever goes to pay a
visit without being provided with some
gift for the person to whom the visit
is paid. Even the poorest people fol-
low this custom, as far as their circum-
stances will allow; and when they go
to see each other, will carry with them
a flower, an orange, or some other tri-
fle, to present to their friend.
But to return to our story. The
steward set out on his errand, attended
by several of his master's servants,
with ten camels to carry provisions and
water for the journey. The camel is
the most useful of all animals in the
east, since, without it, there would be

The f.ii'hful steward on his journey _

to Haran, to select a wife for his master's son Isaic. i


no possibility of traversing the sandy
plains in those countries.
The steward at length arrived at the
city in which his master's kinsmen
dwelt, and finding a well near the
place, he stopped to give his camels
drink there. It was evening, and the
young women of the city were coming
out with their pitchers to get water;
for in those times the manners of the
people were so simple, that the daugh-
ters of the richest men fetched water
from the wells, for the use of the fa-
mily ; so we need not think it strange
that Abraham's servant should look
among these damsels for a suitable
bride for his young master. But he
was afraid of trusting to his own judg-
ment, so he prayed to God to send

him a sign by which he might know
how to make his choice. saying, 0
Lord, I pray thee, let it come to pass
that the damsel to whom 1 shall say,
-Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee,
that I may drink; and she shall an-
swer, Drink, and I will give thy ca-
mels drink also ;-let the same be her
that Thou hast appointed for Thy ser-
vant Isaac."
He had scarcely made an end of his
prayer, when he saw a beautiful young
girl coming towards the well, with her
pitcher thrown over her shoulder; so)
he ran to meet her, and said, Let me
I pray thee, drink a little water of thy
pitcher." She answered with ready
kindness, Drink, my lord; and let
down her pitcher upon her hand, and

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Rebckah kindly giving water
to Abraham's steward.


gave him to drink. And when she had
done giving him drink, she said, I will
draw water for thy camels also, until
they have done drinking."
That wise and trusty servant then
took from among the presents he had
brought, a pair of golden bracelets,
weighing ten shekels, which was equal
to five ounces ; and put them on the
arms of Rebekah; and he also gave
her a golden ornament, which, in the
Bible, is called an ear ring.
Then the man thanked God in his
heart for sending him the sign he had
prayed for; and said to himself, This
is surely the maiden whom the Lord
has appointed to be the wife of my
master's son." He then said Whose
daughter art thou? is there room in

The steward placing the bracelet

on Febekah's arm. as a token of respect.


thy father's house for us to lodge in ?"
And to his great joy he found she was
Rebekah, the daughter of Nahor, who
was Abraham's brother.
By all these circumstances, we may
see that the marriage of Isaac and Re-
bekah was by the especial will of God,
who put it into the heart of the steward
to pray for a sign by which he might
know on whom to fix his choice.
Rebekah ran to show the presents
to her brother Laban, who immediate-
ly went to invite the stranger to go
home with him, and offered him lodg-
ing and entertainment for himself, his
men, and his camels, as long as he
chose to remain there. The steward
went home with him, and a supper was
presently prepared; but, before he

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Rebekaht)d her mother

accepting the presentsbrought by the trusty steward.


would eat, he made known his errand
inthatcountry; told them how God had
directed him to choose Rebekah, in
preference to any other damsel; and
asked her mother and brother if they
were willing to let her return with him,
to marry her cousin Isaac? to which
they consented; for they saw that it
was the will of God that this marriage
should take place, and they doubted
not that Isaac, like his father Abra-
ham, was a good man.
The steward then presented the gifts
he had brought, after which he sat
down to supper, feeling sure, in his
mind, that he had done right, and that
his master, Abraham, would be pleased
with him.
On the following morning he re-


quested leave to depart; but the friends
of Rebekahl begged he would permit
her to stay with them afew days longer.
However, lie said it was his duty to
return as quickly as possible, therefore
thev agreed to let the damsel decide
for herself, whether she would go or
not; and she consented to go. '[hen
they objected no longer; and Rebe-
kah, taking an affectionate leave of her
mother and brother, set out with the
trusty steward, accompanied by her
nurse, and several other female attend-
One evening, as Isaac was watching
in the fields, he saw the camels re-
turning, and women riding on them.
He'hastened to meet them ; and, when
Rebekah saw him coming, she alighted

Isaac batening to meet Rebekah
and her female attendants, after her journey from H aran.


from her camel, and put her veil over
her, to conceal her face, according to
the custom of the maidens of that
country, in those times, and to this
day. The steward then related to
Isaac all that had happened, at which
he was much pleased, and taking Re-
bekah by the hand, led her to the tent
which had been the abode of his mo-
ther, Sarah, who was long since dead.
They were married according to the
Jewish custom, with the blessings of
their father Abraham, and lived very
happily together, for many years; and
their sons were Esau and Jacob, whose
history will be related in another

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Isaac and Rebekah, with their two sons,
Esau and Jacob.




two sons, who were twins,
both being born on the same
day ; but as one was born a
little time before the other, he was
called the elder, and was named Esau.
The name of the younger one was
The boys grew up very different
from each other, both in person and
manners; for Esau was covered with
hair from head to foot, was hardy and
bold, and a great hunter; while Jacob


was fair to look upon, of a mild tem-
per, and more fond of peaceful occu-
pations, such as tending the flocks and
herds, than the warlike pleasures of
the chase.
Esau was the favorite of his father;
but Rebekah loved Jacob most, and
was sorry he was not the first born;
for among the ancient patriachs, an
eldest son had great advantages over
the rest, as he was entitled to a double
portion of the inheritance; and, on the
death of his father, became the ruler
or chief of the family, and his brethren
were subject to his authority.
One day, when Esau had been out
hunting, he came back weary and faint
for want of food. It happened that
Jacob had just made a mess of pot-

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SEsau selling his birthright to Jacob, fQr a mess of pottag6. - -


tage, with a sort of peas called lentils,
stewed with oil and garlic, and which
soup, or pottage, is an esteemed dish
in the east.
Esau begged his brother to give him
the pottage ; to which Jacob answered
that he should have it, provided he
would part with his birthright; that
is, if he would give up his rights as
the first-born son; and Esau, being
exhausted with fatigue and hunger,
consented, and sold his birthright for
a mess of pottage.
Some time after this, Isaac became
blind, from age, so that he was not
able to perform his accustomed duties,
especially in making sacrifices to God,
which, as the head of a family, it was
his duty to do. He was, therefore,

anxious to give Esau his blessing be-
fore he died; not doubting that God
would, on such an occasion, put it into
his heart in what manner to bless his
He therefore called Esau to him,
and bade him take his weapons, his
bow and his arrows, and go out to get
venison, and prepare it for his
Rebekah heard this command, and
wished to obtain the blessing for her
favorite son; so she sent him to the
flock for two kids, and dressed them,
and told Jacob to carry the meat to
his father, and make him believe it
was Esau, with the venison, But Ja-
cob said, How shall I pass for Esau?
for, although my father cannot see, he


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Jacob carrying the venison to his father, Isaac.

will touch my hand, and, finding it is
not hairy, like my brother's hand, I
shall bring a curse upon me, and not
a blessing." Then his mother put
goat skins over his arms and hands,
that they might feel hairy; and Jacob
carried the meat to his father's tent;
for the people of those countries at
that time, did not live in houses, but
in tents, as many Arab tribes do, in
the same countries, to this day.
When Jacob took the meat to his
father, Isaac said, Who art thou?"
to which Jacob replied, I am Esau,
thy first born ; eat, I pray thee, of my
venison, that thy soul may bless me."
But Isaac thought the voice was not
like the voice of Esau, so he desired
him to come near, that he might feel


his hands ; and when he felt that they
were hairy, he believed it was Esau ;
so he ate of the meat, and drank of
the wine that Jacob brought to him;
and then he blessed him in these words:
" God give thee of the dew of Heaven,
and the fatness of the earth, and plen-
ty of corn and wine. Let people serve
thee, and nations bow down to thee;
be lord over thy brethren, and let thy
mother's son bow down to thee."
In the meantime, Esau had returned
with his venison, which he cooked and
carried to his father, not knowing what
Jacob had done. But when Esau
brought in the meat, and asked his
father to eat, Isaac found that Jacob
had obtained the blessing he had in-
tended for Esau.

Esau, in sorrow, imploring a blessing from his father.


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Then Isaac trembled exceedingly;
and Esau was sadly grieved, and said,
" Bless me, even me, also, 0 my fa-
ther." But Isaac answered and said,
unto him, "Behold now, I have made
him thy lord, and all his brethren have
I given to him for servants; and with
corn and wine have I sustained him;
and what shall I now do unto thee,
my son ?" And Esau sand, Hast thou
but one blessing, my father ? Bless
me, even me, also, 0 my father."
Then Isaac said, Behold thy dwell-
ing shall be of the fatness of the earth,
and of the dew of Heaven from above,
and by thy sword shalt thou live, and
shalt serve thy brother; and it shall
come to pass that, when thou shalt
have dominion, thou shalt break his
yoke from off thy neck." 14

But this blessing did not satisfy
Esau, and he became so angry with
Jacob, that his mother feared he would
kill him, or do him some great harm;
so she persuaded her husband to send
him away to her brother Laban, for a
time, hoping that Esau would forget
his anger, and that her beloved son
would soon return. But he did not
return for many years, and Rebekah
saw him no more, for she died during.
his absence.
Jacob departed alone, to travel to his
uncle Laban's country, where he was
to choose a wife from amongst his mo-
ther's relations. It so happened, that
when he came near to Mihere Laban
dwelt, he saw a young maiden tending
a flock of sheep, and was told that she

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Jacob's meeting with Rachel, his uncle Laban's daughter.



was Laban's daughter Rachel ; so he
made himself known to her, and she
took him to her father, who received
him with welcome.
He remained with them, and grew
so fond of Rachel, that he asked her
father to give him Rachel for a wife,
and Laban did not object to do so, but
required that Jacob should first serve
him for seven years ; and he made him
his chief shepherd, and he served him
faithfully for seven years, expecting
then to receive his reward. But Laban
had an elder daughter, named Leah,
and when the seven years were gone,
he told Jacob that he must not marry
the younger sister before the elder,
therefore lie must take Leah for his
wife, and serve seven years more for

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Jacob soliciting Laban to give him Rachel for a wife.

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Rachel; for you must understand, that
among the nations of the east, it was
and is still, usual for a man of property
to have more than one wife.
Jacob was much disappointed, but
he married Leah, and served her father
for seven more years, when he mar-
ried Rachel, also. Leah had several
sons, but Rachel had only one, and
that was Joseph, the same who was
afterwards sold by his brethren.
At last, when Jacob had lived with
his uncle twenty years, he felt a great
desire to return to his own country,
and to see his aged father once again;
so he took his wives and his children,
and his men servants, and his maid
servants, and his flocks and herds, and


Esau was, at this time, a great man.
He had became lord of the country of
Edom, or Idumea, then a fertile coun-
try in Arabia, but now a desert. Ja-
cob was afraid that Esau would avenge
himself for the injury he had formerly
done him ; so lie sent messengers on
before him, to Esau, with presents of
flocks, and presents of herds. But
God had ordained it otherwise; for
when Esau heard that Jacob was com-
ing, lie was greatly rejoiced, and went
forward with four hundred of his peo-
ple to meet him. 'When Jacob saw
him approaching with so many men,
he still feared ; and went towards him
in a humble manner, and bowed down
before him; but Esau ran to meet him
and fell on his neck, and kissed him,
and they wept. zo


The friendly meeting of Esau and Jacub.



When they had spent some time
together, they parted, and Esau went
back to his home, while Jacob pro-
ceeded on his journey. On the way,
Rachel had another son, who was
called Benjamin; and then she died.
At length Jacob arrived at Hebron,
his father's dwelling place, and Isaac
had the happiness of speaking to him
again, before he died ; for he did not
live long afterwards, being then very
old. After his death, Jacob settled at
Hebron, in the land of Canaan, and
became the richest and greatest man in
the country, for God gave him abund-
ance of all that constituted the wealth
of those ages.
The sons of Jacob became the found-
ers of the twelve tribes of Israel, and


among them and their descendants
was the land of Canaan divided. Thus
was the promise which God made to
Abraham fulfilled in after times, when
Moses had brought the Israelites out
of Egypt.
The descendants of Esau also be-
came a great people, under the name
of Edomites ; but they turned to idol-
atry, and were often at war with the
Israelites, until their nation was utter-
ly destroyed.




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HERE lived in the land of
I Canaan, which is that part
of Asia now called Syria, a
man named Jacob, who had twelve
sons. He was a good man, so God
loved him and made him prosper; and
lie had lands, and flocks of she(p, and
herds of cattle. Of all his sons, Jacob
loved Joseph, his wife Rachel's child,
the best, because he was more dutiful,
and wiser than the rest, although he


was the youngest, except one, whose
name was Benjamin ; and to show his
great love, tlie fond father gave him
a rich dress of many colours, such as
was worn by princes in those days,
which made his brothers jealous of him
and they hated him in their hearts.
Now it happened that Joseph dream-
ed this dream, and he told it to his
brothers: Behold, we were binding
sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf
arose, and also stood upright ; and be-
hold, your sheaves stood round about
and made obeisance to my sheaf.' Af-
ter this he dreamed another dream,-
that the sun and the moon and the
eleven stars made obeisance unto him.
His brethren thought this meant that
lie should one day be a great man, .and



Joseph's brethren lowering him into a deep pit.

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rule over all his family, which made
then more angry than before, and they
said to each other,-" Let us kill him,
and then lie can never rule over us."
So one day, being far from home, they
put Joseph into a deep empty pit,
meaning to leave him there to perish ;
but God did not suffer him to die so
cruel a death ; for while his brothers
were sitting down to eat bread, there
cane by a caravan of merchants, who
were going to Egypt with spices and
perfumes for sale. Now the great men
of that country were in the habit of
buying young men for slaves; and Ju-
dah, one of Joseph's brethren, said it
would be better to sell him, than to
leave him in the pit to die of hunger;
on which they spoke to the merchants

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Jo eph sold t the we:cli ats whi were on their way to Egypt.



whop gave them twenty pieces of silver
for Joseph, and took the youth into
Egypt, where he was sold to one of
the king's officers, and thus became a
bond-servant in a strange land.
His brothers, being afraid their fa-
ther might suspectwhat they had done,
killed a kid of the goats, and dipping
Joseph's rich coat in the blibod, took
it home to their father, saying, This
have we found, know now whether it
be thy son's coat or no." And Jacob
knew it, and said, It is my son's
coat." So Jacob thought Joseph had
been killed by some wild beast; and
long and deeply did he grieve for the
loss of his dear child.
Joseph met with many strange ad-
ventures in Egypt, and for some time


he was very happy : but being falsely
accused to his master of a crime which
he did not commit, was at length
thrown into prison.
While in this sad abode, he caused
much wonder among the prisoners by
telling some of them the meaning of
their dreams, which came to pass as he
had foretold ; for God, no doubt, gave
him this knowledge, as a means of
bringing about the great events I am
going to relate.
It happened that Pharaoh, the king,
had a dream, the meaning of which
none of the wise men of that country
could explain; but being told there
was a Hebrew slave in prison who had
interpreted dreams, he sent for him:
and Joseph was brought before Pha-
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Joseph explaining the meaning of Pharaoh's dream.


raoh, who told him what he had seen
in his sleep; on which Joseph spoke
to this effect 0 King, the meaning
of thy dream is this: There will be
seven years of plenty in the land of
Egypt, but they will be followed by
seven years of famine ; therefore, be
wise, and store up half the corn in the
time of plenty, that the people may
have food to eat, and (lie not, during
those years when the famine comes."
The king so greatly admired the
wisdom of Joseph, that he bestowed
great honours upon him, and made him
his chief minister, giving him power
almost equal to his own. Thus Joseph
became a great lord, and ruled over
the land of Egypt. His chief care,
however, was to provide against the

famine by buying of the farmers half
their corn, for seven years, which he
kept in large store-houses, some of
which, it is believed, are standing at
the present day. At length, the crops
failed for seven years, as Joseph had
foretold ; and then the people of all
countries were glad to buy corn at the
king's store-houses, instead of starv-
ing, as they must otherwise have done,
for want of bread.
Now the famine was in Canaan also,
where Jacob d welt; and Joseph's bro-
thers, hearing there was corn to be
sold in Egypt, made a journey thither.
They were brought into the presence
of Joseph, and knelt down before him,
little thinking that the great ruler of
Egypt was tlie brother they had sold

Joseph's brethren brought into his presence.


into slavery; but Joseph knew them,
and asked them many questions, by
which he learned that his father was
still alive, and his youngest brother,
Benjamin, also, whom he had left a
child. Jacob had not sent this lad,
for fear any harm should happen to
him ; but Joseph told his brothers that,
if they came again, they must bring
Benjamin with them; and then he
gave them corn, and sent them away,
without making himself known.
When 1his corn was eaten, they
went again into Egypt, having with
great/trouble.persuaded their father to
let Benjamin go with them. Joseph
feasted them all in his palace, but he
treated Benjamin better than the rest,
to try if his brothers were jealous of


Joseph causing his brethren's sacks to be filled with corn.

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him. When he had entertained them
for some days, he had their sacks filled
with corn, and sent them away; but
he had given private orders to his stew-
ard to hide a silver cup in Benjamin's
sack, and to follow his brothers, and
accuse them of the theft. This was
done; the cup was found, and they
were all taken back in disgrace.
Joseph pretend to be very angry,
saying he must keep Benjamin for a
slave, and punish him for the crime he
had committed. Then his brothers
fell down at his feet, praying he would
punish them instead; for they said it
would break their aged father's heart.
and bring down his grey hairs with
sorrow to the grave, if any harm should
happen to the boy. And Judah, Ja-

cob's eldest son, said, I pray thee, let
thy servant abide instead of the lad, a
bondman to my lord ; and let the lad
go up with his brethren." This proof
of duty to his father, and their love for
Benjamin, so pleased Joseph that he
told them who he was, saying, I am
Joseph, your brother, whom you sold
into Egypt"-" Doth my father yet
live?" And they trembled with fear;
but he forgave them for their former
conduct towards himself, and showed
them all manner of kindness. With
the king's consent, he bade them go
back to their own country, and bring
their father, and their wives and their
children, into Egypt, that they might
share his good fortune.
We may imagine the surprise and

The happy meeting of Joelph and his father Jacob.


joy of Jacob at the news and the hap-
py meeting that took place between
him and his long-lost son, when he
arrived in Egypt. Jacob was then one
hundred and thirty years old ; and Jo-
seph presented his father to Pharaoh,
the king, who received him with much
honour and respect, on account of his
great age.
Pharaoh permitted Joseph to pro-
vide for his father and all his brethren
and their families, by giving to them
lands on which to feed their flocks and
herds, for they had been used to lead
the life of shepherds, and desired not
to change. As long as the famine
lasted, Joseph supplied them with corn
from the king's granaries; and thus he
returned good for evil, as we are all
commanded to do. 21


Tihe death of Jacob, after living ?cve;.teen years iN Tgypt.

Jacob lived seventeen years in Egypt,
and Joseph was the comfort and de-
light of his old ai:e. After his father's
death he was as kind to his brothers
as before. lie still continued to rule
over the country, for his wisdom and
justice had gained him the love of his
people, as well as the esteem of his
royal master ; and, in short, there had
never been so good a governor in
So Joseph lived in peace and honour
to see his sons' great grandchildren ;
and at length he died, at the age of
one hundred and ten years, leaving
many to mourn for him.

Jacob and his sons, and 'is sons' wives and children, with their flocks and herd-,
'. into Egypt.


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W RIGHTLY the rays of the
morning sun fell on the great
river Nile, bathing in light the green
rushes that shaded its brink, and shin-
ing softly on the face of an infant,
who was sleeping in a cradle of bul-
rushes, at the water's edge.
Now, hear why that little child was
left in that water all alone, instead of
being trusted to its mother's care, as
most babies are.
No doubt you have read in the Bible,
that Joseph and his brethren settled
in Egypt, and that the number of


their descendants greatly multiplied ;
so much so, as at length to create a
fear in the minds of the Egyptians
that they might prove too powerful
for them. To prevent this, their king,
who was called Pharaoh, made slaves
of them, that is, he forced them to work
for the Egyptians in building cities,
and as labourers in the fields ; and set
hard-hearted task-masters over them.
Now the Israelites had been taught
to believe that a deliverer should arise,
who would rescue them from their
bondage. And this belief was told to
Pharaoh, who wickedly thought he
would prevent the accomplishment of
the prophecy; so he gave the cruel
order, that all their little boy children
should be thrown into the river Nile.

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