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0 IXB ALAAM the Prophet, on an ass,a visit went to payTo Balak: but an Angel stood to meethim on the way.
SAIN, the first son of Adam, full ofjealousy and pride,Fiercely kill'd his brother Abel, and waswretched till he died.
"AN I EL, faithful, brave, and pious,D was shut in the lions' den,By the heathen King Darius, but camesafely out again;For God, who made the lions, watchesover righteous men.
LIJAH, when he hid himself, hadnothing left to eat,But the Lord's ravens daily brought theProphet bread and meat.
SINDING the infant Moses; who,left at the river's side,Was lying in a little ark, with freshbulrushes tied;Great Pharaoh's daughter pitied as thechild looked up and cried.
,OLIATH, of the Philistines theleader and the pride,Came forth and laugh'd, while all thehost of Israel he defied;But David, with a sling and stone, sosmote him that he died.
"-JAGAR AND ISHMAEL, her son,f out to the desert fled,With water in a bottle, and a little loafof bread:But, when they both had called to God,in safety they were led.
OB suffer'd many sorrows, but waspatient to the end;Knowing, in all his troubles, that theLord was still his friend.:ocr leele i
KING DAVID, once a shepherd boy,to Israel's throne was raised,nd,singing to his harp, in sweetestPsalms he pray'd and praised.
L OT, with his wife and daughters,left the Cities of the Plain,Which, for their wickedness, God smotewith storms of fiery rain;But Lot's wife was destroy'd, becauseshe would look back again.
rIRIAM, the Prophetess, was"Aaron's sister: sheLed forth the Jewish women, whoescaped from the Red Sea,And danced and sang for joy that all hernation was set free.
N " OAH alone, of all the people,hated evil and loved good,And when the earth was drown'd, by rainfrom heaven, in a flood,God taught him how to build a ship, orark, of gopher-wood.
V/J( BADIAH sought, from wicked~yJ men, Elijah's life to save;It was he who fed, and hid, a hundredprophets in a cave..4I
P HARAOH, the King of Egptwould not let God's people go,But made them slaves; till Moseswrought strange miracles, to showThat even Kings who disobey will sufferpain and woe.
UEEN OF SHEBA. You have heardhow she from her own country came,And brought rich gifts to Solomon,whosewisdom, skill, and fame,Caused Kings and Princes to bow downin homage to his name.
R UTH was the youthful widow, ofthe tender, loving heart,Who refused, in spite of poverty, fromNaomi to part.
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Y OUNG JOASH, when a little child,was hidden from the sightOf those who sought to slay him, andwas kept, both day and night,Till priests and captains claimed for himhis own true kingly right.
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THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.A FTER the death of Rachael, themother of Joseph and Benjamin,Jacob went to live in the land of Canaan,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.where he had fields and flocks of sheep,and his sons were shepherds and hus-bandmen, living together in one family.At this time Joseph was a lad ofseventeen years old, and much youngerthan any of his eleven brethren exceptBenjamin. Jacob loved Joseph morethan all the rest of his children; andthe brothers of Joseph were jealous, sothat when Jacob one day gave Joseph anew coat of many colours, and betterthan the coats which they were wearing,they were quite angry that he should betheir father's favourite.But they.were still more angry be-cause.Joseph dreamed that he shouldbe a greater man than they; AND HECAME AND TOLD HIS DREAMS TO HISFATHER, and his father and his brethrenwere angry.Some time after this, the other sonsof Jacob went with their flocks to aplace called Dothan, and, as their fatherwished to know if they were well and safe,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.he sent Joseph to seek them. They sawhim coming, and some of them said thatthis would be the time to get rid of thidreamer, who was to be a great man,and that they could easily kill him andtell their father that he had been eatenby some wild beasts; but the eldestbrother, REUBEN, WOULD NOT HEAR OFIT, AND PERSUADED THEM NOT TO KILLJOSEPH, but, to put him down in somedeep cavern or pit in the wilderness,and there leave him. Reuben said thisbecause he meant to go back and takehim out when the rest -had left theplace. So they cast Joseph into a pit,and then sat down to eat their food,all except this elder brother Reuben,who pitied poor Joseph, and wouldhave saved him if he could from thecruelty of the rest. They cared verylittle whether Joseph died of hunger, orwhat became of him, for they hatedhim; and, while he was crying in thepit, they got out their bread and their-4
water and sat down there upon theground to refresh themselves, beforethey went away and left him.While they were eating, there camein sight a company of Ishmaelites, withtheir camels, who were taking spices and
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.perfumes to Egypt, and Judah said tothe other brothers," Let us sell Josephto these Ishmaelites, for he is our brotherafter all." They did not wish to killJoseph if they could.get rid of him anyother way, and they thought that byselling him to these Ishmaelites theycould get some money; so they drewJoseph up out of the pit and SOLD HIMFOR THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER to thesepeople, who took him off with them toEgypt as a slave. There were manyslaves in Egypt, some of them labouringin the fields, others making bricks in thebrickfields, and many who were servantsto the Egyptians, and doing the workof the house, hewing wood and drawingwater.These slaves were taken from othercountries by people like the Ishmael-ites, who were a tribe of men living intents, and travelling from one place toanother to sell their goods. Wheneverthey could buy a man or a child, or if
they conquered some other people inbattle and took prisoners, they carriedthem and sold them to be the servantsof the rich, or to work in the fields ofthe King of Egypt, who set them todig and to sow, to reap and to plough.
or to make bricks and hew stones, andbuild for him in his cities.REUBEN COULD NOT FIND JOSEPH INTHE PIT when he returned, and, aftercalling and seeking for him, he grewvery sorry for his younger brother, andF
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.went back to the others and asked whatshould be done, now that Joseph wasnowhere to be found, for Reuben lovedJoseph more than some of the othersdid, and he was afraid when poor oldJacob heard of his young son's death,he would also die of grief.Then the brethren of Joseph, whohad sold him to the Ishmaelites, hadto consider what they should say to theirfather, for a wicked act always ends in awicked lie, by which people try to denyor excuse their sin. They had shownno. mercy to their brother, and so theycould not meet their father till they hadmade up some story to tell him. Thecoat of many colours, which had beenone of the causes of their jealousy, andwith which poor Joseph had been sopleased, had been taken from him beforehe was cast into the pit, and now hiscruel brothers thought that they couldmake it help to deceive their father; sothey killed a young goat and sprinkled
the coat with its blood, and thenTOOK THE COAT TO JACOB and said"We have found this coat; you willknow, perhaps, whether it is Joseph'scoat or not." This did not look lilke alie, but it was a lie all the same, because
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.it was intended to deceive poor Jocob,who, when he looked at the coat that hehad made for his beloved son and sawthe blood upon it, said, "It is Joseph'scoat, and doubtless some evil beast hasdevoured him." This was just what thebrothers had expected, for they hadsprinkled the coat with blood on pur-pose that their father might think Josephhad been killed by a wild beast; andthey dared not confess that they hadsold him for a slave. Then Jacobmourned for many days, and his sonsand daughters could not comfort him,because he thought Joseph was dead.Poor old Jacob! his wicked sons hadmade him very sad; but they could notalter his love for Joseph. He sat andgrieved at the thoughts of his havingbeen killed, and wished, that he hadnever sent him out that day to look afterhis brothers at Dothan.But Joseph was not dead; he hadbeen. taken to Egypt, where the MIDI
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.ANITES 'SOLD HIM TO POTIPHAR, who wasan officer and a Captain of the Guardto Pharaoh the King; and he became aservant in the house of this great man.The slaves who were sold to masterslike Potiphar were better off than someof those who worked in the fields, or atbrickmaking and building: Sometimesthey saved enough money to pay theirmasters to set them free; and veryoften, if they were faithful, good ser-vants, they were very kindly treated.It is a very dreadful thing to be aslave, even with the kindest treatment,and to be able to do nothing, and to saynothing, except what some one else tellsyou to do or say: but even a slave cantell all his griefs to God, and Joseph inall his trouble, and even when he wassold into slavery, did not forget that hecould pray to God, and that God wouldhelp him at the proper time. It wasjust when he seemed to be worst offthat the help came, for all that he did
\'M. -Athe Lord made his work so prosperousthat the Egyptian soon found out whata valuable servant he had bought, andtrusted. everything to him, till Josephwas no longer a poor slave, but the ruler
of his master's house; and POTIPHARGAVE HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL THATHE HAD, and he was the chief of all theservants while his master was away.He had to rule over the house, andto buy provisions, and to keep the ac-
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.counts, so that he scarcely felt like aslave at all. He. was a faithful servant,and his master trusted him. Perhapshe began to think that he would be thereall his life, in an easy place; or that hewould be able soon to save money, andbuy his freedom, and have a house andservants of his own; but something hap-pened to alter all his master's kindness,and to bring sorrow to Joseph.The wife of Potiphar was a bad anddeceitful woman; and, whenever her hus-band was away from home, she wishedfor Joseph's company,; but J oseph wouldnever stay in the part of the house thatshe lived in, and he knew that it washis duty not to visit her, so he refused.She was angry at this; and one day,when Joseph was passing her door, shecaught him by the coat, and tried to stophim; but he went on his way, and hisloose coat or mantle came off in herhand. When her husband, Potiphar,came home, SHE SHOWED HIM THE
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.COAT, and said that Joseph had insistedon visiting her.Potiphar was very angry at this, andshut up Joseph in prison; but even inprison his conduct was so good that thegaoler left him to take care of the otherprisoners. Amongst these prisoners werethe chief baker and the chief butler ofPharaoh the King. They had offended.their royal master, and had been sent togaol. J oseph became very friendly withthese men, and one morning when hewent to visit them, and saw that theyboth looked very sad, he asked themwhat was the matter, and they told himthat, they had each dreamed a strangedream, and were troubled because they-did not know what the dreams meant.It. seems that, in those early days,God sometimes made known in dreamswhat would happen; and Joseph, whohad been called "a dreamer of dreams"by his brethren, was taught by God tounderstand' what such dreams were in-
tended to show. When he had listenedto the complaints of his fellow-prisoners,he knew that there was some such in-tention towards them, so that HE EX-PLAINED THE MEANING OF THEIR DREAMSTO THE CHIEF BAKER AND THE CHIEFBUTLER OF PHARAOH.
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.The Butler dreamed that he saw avine; and there were three branches onthe vine that budded and blossomed,and the blossoms grew to grapes. Hethought that, when he saw this, he hadPharaoh's winecup in his hand, andthat he squeezed the grapes into thewinecup and gave it the King to drinkfrom.The Baker had dreamed that he car-ried three white baskets on his head,and the top basket held bakemeats forPharaoh; and he thought that the birdscame and ate the bakemeats out of thebasket..The meaning of these dreams was thatthe Butler should be taken into theKing's service and favour again, but thatthe Baker should be hanged upon atree; and it happened just as Joseph toldthem, for in three days the Baker wasdead, while the Butler was handing thewinecups to Pharaoh at a great feast.Two years after this, while Joseph was4
still in prison, Pharaoh himself dreamedtwo dreams, which made him very un-easy, for he felt that they had somehidden meaning, and could not find outwhat it was. He sat and thought aboutthese dreams, and the more he thought
PA r-TIpthe more he was puzzled. He sent forall the wise men and soothsayers inEgypt, and told them his dreams; butthey could not understand them, althoughthey spent a long time in trying to makeup some meaning to satisfy the King.G
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.Then the Butler, who had forgottenpoor Joseph all this time, rememberedhow he had interpreted his dream inprison, and he told -Pharaoh all about it,and the :KING IMMEDIATELY SENT TO THEPRISON, AND HAD JOSEPH BROUGHT BE-FORE HIM. Pharaoh told Joseph howhe dreamed first that he had seen sevenfat kine in the fields, and that, while helooked at them, there came seven leankine;. and he saw the seven lean kineeat up the seveni fat kine; and afterwardsthat he saw seven thin ears of corngrowing, and seven full ears, and thatthe seven thin ears had eaten up theseven full ears. When Joseph heardthis, he told Pharaoh that there wouldbe seven years of great plenty in Egypt,when the meadows should be full ofcattle and the granaries full of corn; butthat afterwards there should be sevenyears of famine, when there would befew cattle and little corn. And Josephadvised the King to choose some wise
and honest man among his officers, tolay up a great store of food in the yearsof plenty, that there might be enoughfor the people in the years of famine.Now King Pharaoh was wise himself,and seeing that Joseph also was wise,A
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.and that God was with him to teach himwhat to say and to do, he set Josephover his household, and placed a ring onhis -hand and a chain on "'is neck, andclothed .him in fine linen, and MADE HIMRIDE IN HIS SECOND CHARIOT. AndJoseph became the Ruler of Egypt."He lost no time in gathering the foodinto the storehouses ready for the days of-fami-ne; and when there was no cornanywhere. else in the countries roundabout, there was plenty in Egypt; sothat people went there to buy ofPharaoh, and Pharaoh sent them toJoseph.All this time Jacob had heard nothingof Joseph, whom he believed to be dead;but- there was little corn in the i placewhere Jacob lived,for the famine hadreached it, so that they were likely to bein want; and when he heard that therewas corn in Egypt he sent his sons thereto buy food. Ten of Joseph's brethrenwent down to Egypt; but" Benjamin,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH. ;:who was the youngest of all-andyounger than Joseph-stayed. behind"with his father.When the ten brothers came fromCanaan to Egypt, they were sent toJoseph, who knew at once who theywere though they did not know him,ANP THEY BOWED DOWN BEFORE HIM,They little thought that he was theyounger brother who had been put downinto the pit, and taken up again to besold as a slave so many years beforeWhen Joseph dreamed that he shouldbe a greater man than they, how angry"they were, and yet there he was, theRuler of Egypt; and they had come tobow down before him, and ask him tolet them have food to take back to theirfather. They might have found out whohe was- if he had talked much- to them,or inquired about Jacob and all thepeople they had left behind in the oldhome so far away, but he spoke roughlyto them, and pretended to think thatto thn hat-v.
they were spies; and when they declaredthat they were not, and told him whothey were, he would not let them go un-less they sent for their younger brother,Benjamin ; but at last he consented thatsome of the brothers should take back
their sacks full of corn; and that ONEOF THEM SHOULD REMAIN AS A PRISONERuntil the rest should bring backo Ben"jamin with them. The. brother whostayed behind had been one of the firstto put poor Joseph into the pit, and now
THE HISTORY-OF JOSEPH.there he was, a prisoner, and in thepower of the man he had been so readyto kill or to sell as a slave. If he hadknown who it was that had ordered himto stay, he might have been afraid thathis brother would punish him for all thathe had done to him; but none of themcould guess why this governor of Egyptwanted to see their younger brother.Then they were all uneasy, and saidone to another that this had come uponthem because, of their cruelty to Joseph;but they did not know that Joseph wasstanding there before them, and couldunderstand all that they talked about.Before they went away, Joseph hadtold one of his servants to take themoney which the brothers had paid fortheir corn, and to tie up the price of eachsack of corn in the mouth of the sack,, at tlieop of the corn itself. WVhen theyhad gone some distance on their jour-ney,.one of the- brothers had to openhis sack of corn to give some food to
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.the ass which carried it, and there, tiedin the mouth of the sack, he foundk allthe money which he had paid for tiecorn. When the others saw this, theywere afraid, and opened their sacks, andeach -of them FOUND MONEY IN THEMo N OF HIS SACK tied up exactlyin te' same way.. When Jacob heard of it, and theyt him. what had been done by theTianiwho was the Ruler of Egypt, aidho e h&had sent them back for Benja-t rt, he was very much afraid, sayingthat he should losei :Bnjamin as he hadlost Joseph; and that for all he knew,he had lost Simeon, who had been leftbehind in prison. At last, however, theywanted more corn, and Jacob agreedthat Benjamin should go. So they allset out once more, taking with them themoney for the corn that they wanted, aswell as the money which had been foundin the sacks.And when Joseph saw them coming,4x
and Benjamin with them, he had a feastprepared for them ; and when they toldhim of the money they had found, hesaid that it was a gift. Then he askedthem about their father, and they toldhim, and brought Benjamin to him; and
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.when Joseph saw Benjamin--his ownyounger brother, and the child of thesame moth-er-HE: WENT INTO AN INNERCHAMBER AND WEPT.They were treated very kindly, d afeast.was made ready for themn, bistilltheir brother did not tell them w o he"was, though his heart was full q lovefor them, and especially for Ben min,who had never used :him ill, and .r hisfather, whom he longed so miRh tosee.When the time came for the brethrenof Joseph to go home, he called to hissteward, and told him to o quietly,without their knowing it, and put themoney in their sacks again, as he haddone on their first visit; and to put hissilver cup in Benjamin's sack along withthe money. This was done; and whenthey had started 'on their journey andwere some distance off, he sent a mes-senger-after them who accused them ofhaving taken the silver cup with them.40N
They were ashamed that they should bethought guilty of stealing the cup, and,not knowing that Joseph had had itplaced in the top of Benjamin's sack,said that if it could be found in any ofthe sacks, that one who owned the sack
should die, and they would become thebondsmen or slaves of the Ruler ofEgypt. Then the messenger said thatwhoever among them had the cup shouldbe his master's bondsman; and they allemptied their sacks, and THE CUP WASH
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.FOUND IN BENJAMIN'S SACK where Josephhad had it placed, on purpose that hemight keep his younger brother near him.When the brethren saw the cup inBenjamin's sack, they rent their clothesand wept; and went back to the city andentreated Joseph to believe their inn-o-cepce',and told him all about their father,an1d how he had feared to let Benjamingo; because he had lost one of his"son years before, and had never leftoff grieving for him. They told himthat the name of this beloved son wasJoseph, and that their father was anold man who would' die if another sonwere taken from him; but they did notsay that it was themselves who had soldJoseph to the Ishmaelites, and thenhad gone back to their father and pre-tended that he had been killed by awild beast.JUDAH ASKED HIM TO LET HIM REMAINAS A SLAVE IN THE PLACE OF BENJAMINlest their father should die of grief
when he saw them go back without hisyoungest son. It was this very brother,Judah, who had advised the others totake Joseph out of the pit and sell himto the Midianites, so many years before;and he remembered the grief and pain
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.of poor Jacob, when he saw this dearson's coat all stained with blood. Heknew, too, that Jacob still grieved forthe death of Joseph, and that the loss ofBenjamin would kill him, and-so hebegged very hard that he might remaininstead of Benjamin, even though hemight never return to see his fatheragain.Judah did not suspect that he waspleading with his own brother to spareanother brother. Perhaps he had livedto repent of his former cruelty to Joseph,and had grown more tender-heartedsince that day when he had listened toReuben, who pleaded for Joseph thathe might not be cast into the pit. Itmust have been strange to Joseph tohear Judah begging to be made a pri-soner in the place of poor little Ben-jamin.There stood Joseph listening to them,and making them tell him of their fatheragain, and asking them questions; but
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.he was ready to cry all the time, andcould scarcely keep from telling themwho he was, for he loved them, thoughthey had been so cruel to him, and heknew that they were his brothers, andthat his father was alive. "At last Joseph could refrain no longer,but told his servants to leave the room,and THEN HE MADE HIMSELF KNOWN TOpis BRETHREN, and they wept togetheror joy; and Joseph gave his brotheschanges of clothes, and waggons, andmoney, and other things, and sent themaway, that they might bring his fatherback to him into Egypt; and his brethrencould not answer him, for they wept too,and were ashamed of all that they haddone to him so long ago.And Joseph said to them, Come nearto me,- I pray you: and they came near.And he said, " I am Joseph, yourbrother, whom you sold into Egypt; butdo not be grieved and'angry with your-selves that you did so, for God sent me
here before you to preserve the lives ofthe people here. There has been fa-mine here for two years, and there willbe no corn grow for five years more.God sent me here to save your lives,and to do you good; so go and tell our
father to make haste and come to me,and I will take care of you, and youshall be near me, you and your children,and your flocks and herds, and all thatbelongs to you."Jacob, when he heard that the Ruler
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.of Egypt was his own dear son, rose upand prepared for the journey; and whenall was ready, he and all his household,.and his sonis, and their wives and theirchildren about seventy people -set outwith all their flocks and herds, and pro-visions. Joseph, when he heard thatthey were coming, made ready his chariotAND WENT OUT TO MEET HIS FATHER;rid, when he saw his father coming, ah-frgot all the long years that he hadbeen away from him, and cared verylittle for all the honour and riches thathad been his in the land of Egypt,and he leaped down from the chariotin which he sat, and ran to meet hisfather, and to take him in his arms;and Jacob, who had now become anold man, rejoiced that he had seen hisson again.He had never ceased to mourn forhim, since that day when he thought hehad been killed in the Wilderness : and,very.likely, he had kept that little coat\ 0
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.of many colours all the time; to remindhim of his dear son.When Joseph prepared to return, hewould not hear of his father or hisbrethren leaving him, for he was able toprovide for them, and to-give them landand a place to dwell in, and room forall their flocks and herds. S6 HE TOOKHIS FATHER TO PHARAOH, THE KING,and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaohasked Jacob how old he was, and Jacob.told him that he was a hundred andthirty years old.Then Joseph took care of his brethrenand of their children ; and, all the timethat the famine lasted, he bought andsold food for the people of Egypt, andkept them from want and hunger: andthe King was kind to Joseph's kindred,and gave them possessions in the landof Egypt, and they prospered in allthat they did, and Pharaoh made themthe rulers over his cattle.The brethren of Joseph lived in a
. .. .r 6. i-fpart of Egypt called Goshen, and theygrew very wealthy, and their familiesincreased greatly in numbers. Jacoblived seventeen years after he went tosee Joseph, so that he was a hundredand forty-seven years old.
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.,Then Jacob felt that he should soondie; and he sent for, Joseph, and askedhim to promise that he should not be'buried.in Egypt, but that he should becarried to the ,tomb of his fathers, andburied in. their grave; for Abraham andIsaac wer' buried in a cave that wasin a field fnear Mamre, in the land ofCanaan.After this, a message came to tellJoseph that his father was sick; andJoseph took his two sons, Ephraim andManasseh, and, went to see Jacob toask him-to bless the two boys before hedied. Now Jacob's eyes were dim, sothat ,he could not see; but when Josephbrought Manasseh to his right hand,and Ephraim to his left hand, Jacobcrossed his hands, so that HE MIGHTLAY HIS RIGHT HAND ON THE HEADOF EPHRAIM, for he knew that Ephraimwould be the greatest.Soon after this, Jacob called all hissons to his bedside; and spoke to them,
S 2and told them of some things that shouldhappen to them and to their children.Many of the words that he spoke tothem were words of sorrow and of re-proof, for he knew what sort of menthey were, and he could tell what would
Kcome to pass after his death: and whenhe had prayed for them, he died, andhis sons buried him in the sepulchrewhich had been dug in the cave, nearMamre, in the land of Canaan, so thatIsrael lay with his fathers in the graveA
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.which had been made for them, in thecountry that the Lord afterwards gaveto His people, and to their children'schildren.,And whei Joseph's brethren returnedfrom burying their father f:tey thoughtthat Joseph would hate thei, for what"they had done to him years before; butJoseph sent for them, and when THEYKNELT BEFORE HIM, he raised them upand Prgave them, and spoke kindly tothem and while he lived, he took carenot only of them but of their children,and they dwelt with him in Egypt." /
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* *I. was nramed Israel, his son Joseph,then a goverdor, in the land of Egypt,where he was a friend of King Pharaoh,sent for the other sons of Israel and theirchildren. There were eleven of, thesebrothers of Joseph, and they had fifty-nine children; but -Joseph loved themall, and was the friend not only of theirchildren, but of their children's children.TH
After Joseph's death these peoplegrew in numbers and prosperity, so thatthey filled a great part of the country ofEgypt; and when another King Pharaoh,who knew nothing about Joseph, cameto the throne, he was afraid that the
FRIIO1Y-children of Israel would grow too power-ful, and so he made slaves of them, andset them to work in brickfields, and tobuild his cities, and put taskmasters overthem, who used them very cruelly: butthe worse they were treated the greater
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.became their numbers, so that this KingPharaoh told his servants, the Egyptians,to kill every male child that was bornamong them.Now, there was a woman of the familyof Levi, who, when she heard of thiscruel order, hid her little baby son tillhe was three months old ; and then, find-ing that she could hide him no longer,she made a little ARK OR CRADLE OFBULRUSHES, and smeared it outside withclay and pitch, so that it would keep"dry; and then placed the boy in it, andleft him on the bank of the river amongstthe tall cool grass and rushes, telling. hissister to wait a little way off and watch(|It happened on that very day that: edaughter of King Pharaoh came downto the river to bathe, and as she and, hermaidens walked along the bank she sawthis little cradle among the flags andgrass, and sent one of the maidens tofebh it. She went quite gently down tothe edge of the water and peeped at
THE HISTORY OF MUSES.the baby, then she gently lifted Itand carried it. to her mistress. Whenthe ARK WAS BROUGHT TO PHARAOH'SDAUGHTER, she opened it, and the babebegan to cry, and she pitied the poorlittle fellow, though she knewthat it wasone of the Hebrew children; and whileshe was speaking, the girl who had beenleft to watch it came up, and, withoutsaying that she was the child's sisterasked if she should fetch one of theHebrew women to nurse it. Pharaoh'sdaughter said, "Go and fetchone. ; andslh en.t rid'ught her ther, Sothe -boy wa gtf to- his o imoter tnurse till hgrew stronger, and was bleto walk and to fearn.And Pharaoh's daughter called thelittle boy her son, and, when he hadgrown bigger, she took him to live at thepalace and called him Moses: and hewas taught many things, and learn'ed .oquickly that he soon knew as muchas his teachers, and became like the4
Egyptians, who were a very great people,with priests, and princes, and rulers, andmuch learning. But when Moses was ayoung man, he knew that he was oneof the Children of Israel, and he pitiedhis people who were so oppressed; and,
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.one day, when he saw an Egyptianbeating one of. these poor ill-treatedlabourers, who were his brethren, HESTRUCK THE EGYPTIAN AND KILLED HIM.Then he was afraid, and hid the bodyin the sand, and went home. The nextday he went out and saw two Hebrewsfighting together, and he thought it wassad'to see brethren fighting each otherwhile they were in such great distress,but when he tried to part them one ofthem asked him who made him a judgeover them, and said: " Do you want tokill inee as you killed the Egyptian ?"And Moses was still more afraid nowthat.this was known, for Pharaoh hadheard of it, and he was so angry withMoses that he sent for him, and wouldhave killed him, but Moses fled fromPharaoh into the land of Midian, wherehe sat down by a well to rest. Now, thePriest of Midian had seven daughters,who took care of his sheep and drovethem out to drink, and they came down-4-----_________________
to this well to draw water; but somerude shepherds, who came at the sametime, would not let them come near, but-. .. -.. -;- -drove them away when they tried to getwater for their sheep, so that they wereverymuch distressed, and the oor sheevery. much distressed, and the poor shep
were panting for drink. Moses, whowas still resting near the well, saw allthis; and, as he was strong and brave,he jumped up and forced his way to thewell, and helped THE DAUGHTERS OFK
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.THE PRIEST, AND DREW WATER FOR THEM,and filled the troughs for their sheep."Though the father of these youngwomen was a priest, his daughters wentout to keep thei-sheep, and worked inthe house for; in those early times8eachhad to l'elpin the work of the family,!ons and daughters, and servants, alldoing their duties-some in the fields,others in the bakehouse, and others .withthe flocks and herds, or spinning. andweaving clothes.When these young women went hometo their father, he said, "How is it youhave returned so soon to-day?" Thenthey said : "An Egyptian helped us, anddelivered us out of the hands of the shep-herds, and drew water enough for us,and watered our flocks." Then theirfather said: "Where is he, and whyhave you not asked him to come home,that he may eat and drink; go at once,and call him."And the young women went and in-
vited Moses to the house, and gave himfood and drink; and Moses stayed thereuntil he married one of the daughters,who was named Zipporah, and she hadtwo sons.Then Moses became a shepherd, and
" THE HISTORY OF MOSES.kept the flocks of his ather-in-law; and,one day, when he had led the flock tothe farther side of the great plain, hecame to Mount AHoreb, and while hewas,there he saw a bush near him breakout in flames; but though the FIRE WASIN THE MIDST OF THE BUSH YET THEBUSH WA.:, OT BURNED. While he waslooking a this wonderful sight, the voiceof THE LORD came out of- thebush, calling him by his name, "Moses,Moses." :And -he said, " Here am ."-And when Moses knew that it was theLord who called to him, he hid his faceand was afraid; but the Lord told himthat the wrongs of the people of Israelshould cease, and that he must go atone to Pharaoh; and tell him that theLord God of their fathers would deliverthem.But Moses was afraid, and said thathe was unfit to be the Lord's mes-senger, because he was slow of speech.SAnd -the Lord said that Aaron thesa o h
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.Levite, the brother of Moses, shouldmeet him, and should be a mouth tohim, and speak to the people, and thatthey should be taught what to say toPharaoh-and to the Children of Israel,and what miracles Moses should per-form to convince them of his wonderfulpower.Then Moses went back to Jethro, hisfather-in-law, and prepared to departfrom Midian into Egypt, that he mightobey the word of the Lord, which hadtold him that his life should be safe; and-HE TOOK HIS WIFE AND HIS SONS, AND"PLACED THEM ON AN Ass, AND SET OUTUPON HIS JOURNEY. He was afraid tostay any longer after the Lord had toldhim to go and give His message toPharaoh; and he hoped that. he shouldmeet Aaron, who would speak for himboth to Pharaoh and to the people.When he reached the open countrycalled the Wilderness, between Midianand Egypt, Moses saw Aaron coming.
!1, 'P kAARON. had lbeen instruicted ]I\7 God howvhe should go with oses to Prthe K ing, and ask him to let the peopleof Israel go out of Egypt, and howhe should 'tell the people that the Lordwould deliver them if they would follow
MosEs and obey him. THEN AARONMADE -HASTE AND MET HIS BROTHERMOSES, AND KISSED HIM: and they wenttogether to the people of Israel, who,after they had heard their words, believedthat the Lord would deliver them from
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.their afflictions, and lead them out ofthe land of Egypt.But when Moses and Aaron went toPharaoh, he would not believe, and re-fused to let the people go, even -thoughthey entreated him for three days' leisureto go and sacrifice to God in the desert;and instead of listening to the brothershe rebuked them, and put the Childrenof Israel to harder work, and, undermore cruel taskmasters than before.Then the people reproached Mosesand Aaron, because they had broughtfresh sorrow upon them; and Mosescried to God for help, and the Lord saidthat he would deliver them and sendgreat judgments upon Pharaoh, andwould make the Children of Israel Hisown people.And Moses and Aaron were told bythe Lord to go again to Pharaoh, andthat when Aaron cast down his rod itshould become a serpent; and they went,and when the king asked for a miracle
"T HE- HISTORY OF MOSES: .that he might know that they spaketruly, the rod was cast down and at on,turned into a serpent. Still Phara61would not believe, and he called hisjwise men and sorcerers, or conjurerstogether, and they, when they had hearswhat Aaron had done, contrived to showthat they could do the same, for they,brought rods and cast them down, and;they appeared to turn into serpents; butAARON'S SERPENT SWALLOWED UP THEIRSERPENTS.Still Pharaoh grew. more cruel andunbelieving, and would not. yield;. andMoses prayed him, time after time, :tlet the people go; but he would ui dthough every time he refused a fr eshjudgment came upon the land. He hadrefused to believe in a simple sign, andso he was made to feel the power andanger of the Lord. The waters of Egyptwere tu'rned into blood, and there wasno water fit to drink for seven days, ex-cept that which was dug for from theA A'?- ^
-'Iearth; and when this was ended andlPharaoh still refused, great inumbers offrogs came over all the land, and filledeven the kneading-troughs andl the ovenswhere the bread was made; ande adfterthese came a plague of lice; and then
THE HISTORY OF MOSES>the very conjurers and sorcerers, whohad till that time opposed Moses.andAaron, implored the king to let thepeople go, for they could no more imi-tate such miracles, which were wroughtnfit by nan but by God: but Pharaohhad grown obstinate, and would not let"tPe m MM t last the Lord spoke again toloses, and sent word to the'Children4f Israel ,that they should prepare to de,pat, for the last of the judgments shouldmine upon Egypt, after which Pharaohiould let the people go. And the peo-ple ate cakes of unleavened bread, andwere ready to go out ofEgypt; and, onthe seventh day, each family killed. alamb and roasted it for food, and theytook the blood and sprinkled it upontheir door-posts, as Moses told them;and, that same night, ALL THE FIRST-BOkN CHILDREN OF THE PEOPLE OF EGYPTDIED, and every house which was sprin-kled with blood as a sign that it be-*4
longed to the people of Israel was passedover, so that none died there: and thissolemn season was called the Feast ofthe Passover.Then the ISRAELITES BEGGED OF THEEGYPTIANS JEWELS, AND GOLD AND SILVER
ORNAMENTS,and clothing, and other thingsthat they required; and the Egyptianslent to them, glad that they were sufferedat last to go: and they went out, a greathost following Moses and Aaron, untilthey came to the Red Sea, where theyL
THE HISTORY OF MOSES.rested; for the Lord had shown themthe way by causing a cloud to go beforethem by day, and a bright light by night.But Pharaoh was angry when he heardthat the people had gone; and with' ariots and horses, and a great part ofEis-arrmy, he pursued the Israelites, andSertook them on the very border of the1i Then the Children of Israel againreproached Moses; but he cried to theLord, and- the Lord told him to stretch"att his hand over the sea, and he didlo; and THE LORD CAUSED THE WATERSOF THE SEA TO DIVIDE, SO THAT THE&-'HILDREN OF ISRAEL PASSED OVER ONDRY LAND, with a wall of water on eachide. The Egyptians, with their chariotsand horses, pursued them, and went intothe very midst of the sea, trying to followthe same way that had been opened forthe people: of Israel; but their wholehost -was in confusion, and, when themorhing came and they were yet in themidst of the sea, the waters returned*
F -and overtook them, and their CHARIOTSAND HORSEMEN WERE OVERTHROWN IN THEWAVES, where they were all destroyed.Yes, all the chariots, and the horsemen,and the soldiers of the army of Pharaohwere drowned in the waters of the Red
"THE HISTORY OF MOSES.Sea; for, before they could turn to goback again, the waves returned, and they.tried to struggle against them, but theycould not, and the chariot-wheels stuck"in the earth at the bottom of the sea, sothat the:horses could not draw' them;and when the people of Israel hadcross-ed the sea, and turned to look fortheir enemies, they saw that the watershad rushed down upon them, and hadaalready begun.to cast up the dead bodiesupon the shore. It was in this wonder-ful way that God delivered his people ashe had promised to Moses, and now,they had no more fear of Pharaoh andof their cruel taskmasters, for they wereno longer slaves but free men. Theyhad left Egypt and its brickfields be-hind, and were going on to a countrywhich would be their own and theirchildren's land.Then the people of Israel rejoiced attheir deliverance, and sang a song ofpraise to the Lord; and MIRIAM THE
THE HISTORY OF MOSES!PROPHETESS, AARON'S SISTER, TOOK ATIMI3REL IN HER HAND, AND, FOLLOWEDBY THE WOMEN, SANG AND. DAICED FORJOY.After they left the shores of the RedSea, the people were led by Moses to aplace called Marah, but they could findno water there except bitter water, whichtasted something like brine and was notfit to drink; and they were very thirsty.so that they began to be angry withMoses, and to ask him what they shoulddo. Then Moses cried to the Lord toask what he should do to find drink for.the people, and the. Lord -showed him atree, and told-him to throw it into thelwater; and, when he had done so, thebitter water became sweet, and the people'drank of it and slaked their thirst, so thatthey could go on their way to Elim,where they found twelve wells of waterand seventy beautiful palm trees, underwhich they lay down to rest: and theLord told them that, if they would be-4