Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 God made the world
 Moses to Samson
 David to Daniel
 Back Cover

Group Title: Book of Sunday pictures for little children
Title: The Book of Sunday pictures for little children
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Title: The Book of Sunday pictures for little children Old Testament
Physical Description: 96 p., 6 leaves of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 19 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Religious Tract Society (Great Britain) ( Publisher )
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William Clowes and Sons ( Printer )
Publisher: Religious Tract Society
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1854
Copyright Date: 1854
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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
    Title Page
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    God made the world
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How may we best engage the attention of little children on
Sunday? How may they be so interested and amused, that the
hours shall be spent profitably to themselves and to those who have
the charge of them? These questions are often asked by mothers
and nurses. It is, without doubt, of great importance that children
should be taught, from the earliest possible period, to distinguish
between Sunday and other days. Nor is it of less moment that
the feelings they associate with the day should be those of a pleasant
kind. Every thing that tends to cast a gloom over its hours, or
that makes them pass wearily, should be avoided. Children of
tender age should be made to know that it is the Lord's day, and
therefore, it is to be welcomed as a happy day. They should be
led to look forward to it, n'ot as a season of dulness, but as the best
day of the week.
In a well-ordered family, children are properly forbidden the use
of their toys on the sabbath. They are not allowed to play at noisy
games, nor to run wildly about the hbuse or garden. They are not
permitted to look at their every-day picture books, nor to hear the
tales which are told or read to them at other times. How, then, are
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they to be amused and kept in order ? It is not to be expected
that they can sit still all day, and be without some object to en-
gage their attention. And if they could, it would not be desirable
or proper to place them under such restraint. Neither mind nor
body would be the better for such a course.
What is needed, especially for Sunday afternoon, is a book, which,
while it engages the young mind in a pleasant and useful manner,
is in harmony with the sacredness of the day; and, at the same
time, is suggestive of pious and useful conversation.
"The BooK OF SUNDAY PICTURES" is issued in the hope of
aiding in this desirable purpose. The pictures, while they attract
the notice of little children, will prepare them for the short narrative
of the facts represented. Our space admits only of brief hints.
These will, however, suggest points for further remarks, which most
Christian mothers and nurses can readily supply.
The book should be carefully put away during the other days
of the week, and be brought out only on Sundays; and the use of
it may be allowed as a reward for good and loving conduct.

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GoD only could make the world in which we live.
No angel or man 'could make a tree, or flower, or
leaf, or bit of sand.
At first there was no light. There was no round,
yellow sun to shine. There was no blue sky, nor
were there any bright clouds. Then God said,
" Let there be light, and there was light."
After this, God formed all the waters, and called
them the sea. The dry land had the name of earth
given to it. Then God put a green dress on the
dry land. He said, Let grass grow. Let herbs
spring up. Let there be trees, to bear nice fruit.

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Let sweet flowers come from the earth. Soon they
all came up fresh -and lovely. On the next day
God made the sun and moon and stars. They
shine on the earth now just as they did at first.
No one but God who
made them could keep
them shining for so long
_-_ v a time. How lovely it
must have been when the
___- first golden rays of the
sun came upon the tops of
the high hills, and shone down in the deep vales
below! Then, when the sun was gone, the moon
showed its bright face, and the bright stars came
I, /n i,, out "like diamonds in
Sthe sky." Have you seen
them shine at night, high
M ,,. over your head ?
_-. Then God made the fish
of the sea: the great
whale and the little sprat.
He made the birds of the air: the swift eagle
and the tiny robin. He made the beasts: the
strong lion, and the feeble mouse.
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Last of all God made man. His name was

Adam. He was formed out of the dust of the

earth. God did not make Adam till he had first

made a nice home for him to live in.

When God had created every thing in six days,

he fixed on the seventh day for a time of rest. It

is to be a holy day. We should all love it. It is

a time in which we are to seek and serve God.

God placed Adam over all that was on the earth

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to him, that he might give them their names.
Horses and cows, sheep and goats, lions and tigers,
birds and snakes, all went to Adam to have their
names from him.
How great and good is God who made all things!
We should fear and love him. We should pray to
him and praise him. The little birds praise him in
their way. We must praise him with ourI lips and
Young as you are, yet you may raise
Your feeble voices in his praise:
Weak as you are, the Lord above
Will not despise an infant's love.

GENESIS ii., iii.
God gave to Adam and Eve a garden to live in.
It was the most lovely place in all the world. Its
name was Eden, which means "delight." The
grass was green; the flowers were bright; the trees
full of fruit, and the waters clear. The birds sang
very sweetly, and all that lived in that garden were
happy. Why was every thing happy in this place

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of delight ? It was because there was no sin there.
Where there is no sin, there are no tears, nor grief,
nor pain.

All that was in this garden was given to Adam
and his wife Eve--all but one tree. This tree they
were not to touch, nor to eat of its fruit. If they
did not obey, God said they should surely die.
But Satan, a wicked spirit, came into this lovely
garden. He came as a serpent. He had been
once a happy spirit, but he did not obey God, and


was cast out of heaven. He now wished to make
Adam and Eve as wicked and unhappy as himself.
Eve saw that the tree was good for food and
pleasant to the eyes." Why did she look at it?
Satan tempted her to eat of its fruit. Eve was
so foolish and wicked as to listen to what he
said. Did she think that God did not jee her ?
She soon grew bold, took the fruit, and gave some
also to Adam to eat. But
S what good came of it?
(',, None at all; for they
'$I were now very unhappy.
K .... We are sure to be un-
happy if we do wrong.
S' They were now full of
fear. When they heard
the voice of God, they hid behind the trees of
the garden.
So it is with naughty children now. When they
take what they are told not to touch, they run
away and hide. Do you not know that you cannot
hide from the eye of God?
And now we see them cast out of the pretty
garden. How full of shame and sorrow they are!


How they weep, now they find what they have lost
by sin! What a sad look they take of their happy
Eden! They must enter it no more. They are
driven forth to find a home in the wide world.
But did God give them up for ever? No; he
gave them a promise that there should be born a
Saviour. The Saviour is our Lord Jesus Christ.
He came to destroy the works of that old serpent,
the devil, and to save us from sin. If we believe
in Jesus and love him, he will save us, and take us
to a more lovely place than Eden was, for he
will take us to heaven.

GENESIS iv. 1-16.
After Adam and Eve were sent out of Eden,
God gave them two little sons. The name of one
was Cain: the other was called Abel.
They were the first two little boys that lived in
the world. There were no children for them to
play with. They ran over the green grass and
among the flowers alone. When they were tired,
they could lie on the same bed, and sleep with their


little arms under each other's neck. When their
parents saw them so loving, they did not think
that one would grow up to kill the other. But sin
was now in the world, and we shall soon see what
it did in the first family that lived on the earth.
When Abel was a young man, he took some of
the best lambs of his flock, to offer to God. Their
blood was spilt to show that Abel felt that he was

a sinner, and that he had-faith in the Saviour who
should come, and whose blood would take away the
guilt of sin.

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Cain did not feel in this way. He brought only
some fruit. It was not wrong for him to bring
fruit; but he should also have brought a lamb.
He should have come to God to ask for mercy.
Was he too proud to own that he was a sinner ?
God in some way showed that what Abel offered
was pleasing to him; but what Cain gave was not
so. When Cain saw this, he was angry with God,
and with his brother too. And, what was sad
indeed, he let anger burn in his heart.


It was not long after this, when the brothers were
in the fields, that Cain rose against his brother and
killed him. There lay the pious young man, his
eyes closed in death, and his blood on the ground.
Cain tried to hide his horrid deed from God, and
told a lie to cover it. But it was soon made
known, and he was driven away, to wander full of
fear and misery.
Little children, learn from this sad story, how
wrong it is to give way to envy and anger. Such
tempers should never be in your heart. One sin
leads to another sin. You may begin with anger
and end with murder. Pray to God to keep you
from all evil passions, for Christ's sake.
If e'er you feel the pride of Cain,
May you that pride control;
And still, like Abel, seek to gaiu,
Through Christ, the Lamb for sinners slain,
A pardon for your soul.

SGENESIS vi., vii., viii., ix.
The people of the world grew very wicked. God
saw their sins, and said that he would send a great



flood of water, which should cover the earth. Yet
there was one family that feared God. It was the
family of Noah.
God said that he would save Noah from the
flood. He told him to make an ark, in which he
and his family should live while the water came on
the earth. This ark was like a very large house,
which could float as a ship.
When the people saw Noah making the ark they
mocked him. It may be that some said the world
could not be drowned. Others may have thought
that God would not do it. But Noah went on
with his work. He had faith. He believed that
God would do as he had said.
At last, the ark was made. The people thought
Noah was a foolish old man. So they sinned till
the day that the flood came upon them. But
when they saw the black clouds and the heavy rain
for forty days and nights, they began to be afraid.
Nor was this all; for they saw a strange sight
indeed. From the forests, the woods, the fields,
the air, some of all manner of beasts apd birds
came to the ark, and went in at the door. The
wicked people may have said, What can all this


mean ? If Noah, after all, should be right, what
will become of us ?"

Then Noah and his family go in, and the great
door of the ark is shut quite tight, so that no water
can enter. They are quite safe now, for the Lord
has shut them in.
The rain soon pours down in a way that had
never been seen before. The sea rises and
covers t4 land. Some of the people run to the
door of the ark to get in. But it is too late now.
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water reaches them, and they sink into the flood.
At last the rain stops; the sinful people are all
dead. and nothing is heard but the sound of waves as they dash against each other.
And now see the ark as it rises safely above the
flood. When Noah looks from the window he can
only see water. All the valleys are full; not even
the tops of the high hills can oe seen. How
thankful he is to God, who has saved him i',nno
After many days Noah sent out of the window a
raven, which did not go
back to the ark. He
then let loose a dove, ;_ -
but as this pretty bird
could find no tree on .. --
which to rest, it cane
again to Noah. At the
end of a week, the -C A
dove was once more sent
out, and it canw back with an olive-lef in its beak.
'Fhen Noah knew that the waters were ii away,
and that the tops of the trees were puttiiig forth
\ieir new green leaves.


Noah was in the ark one year and ten days.
What do you think he did as soon as he came out
of it? He offered to God a lamb as a sacrifice, to
show how thankful he was that he had been saved.

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Have you not seen a rainbow ? How widely it
stretches across the sky! How bright and lovely
are its colours! The great God was so kind as to
tell Noah that when he saw a bow in the clouds he
might know that he would not again drown the
world. It was to be a sign of his mercy to man.

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Noah would have been glad if the people had
been sorry for their sins, and had gone into the ark.
So your friends would have you go to the ark, and
be safe. But what ark ? Our Lord Jesus Christ
is our ark of safety. If we enter, that is, if we
believe in Christ, we shall not perish in that day
when God shall judge the world by him.

GENESIS xii. 1-9., xxii. 1-19.
Men soon forgot God, and grew very wicked
after the flood. But there was a man of the name
of Abram. He lived in a land where the people
bowed before the sun and moon, as their gods.
God spoke to Abram, and said, I will make of
thee a great nation, and make thy name great;
and thou shalt be a blessing: and in thee shall all
the families of the earth be blessed." This was a
great promise. In what way did God fulfil it? In
this way. Abram became the father of the nation
of the Jews. From the Jews our Lord Jesus Christ
came. Through him the best of all blessings are
given to men--pardon of sin and the favour of God,
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But the faith of Abram (whose name was changed
to Abraham) was to be very much tried. He had
one son, Isaac, whom he dearly loved. God had
said that this son should be a father, and that other
children should be born in the family from age
to age. In this way the great promise was to come
te pass. But now Abraham was told to go a long
way, and offer his son as a sacrifice ; that is, kill
him as he would a lamb or goat.
Now see the pious man and his son on the way
to the mount to which God had told them to go.
There is Isaac with the wood, and there is the
father walking by his side. They at last come to
the .spot, and the wood is laid on the ground.
Then Isaac spoke, "My father, behold the fire and
the wood; but where is the lamb ?" What could
the father say to this? "My son, God will pro-
vide himself a lamb."
How could a good father lift his hand against
his only son, the child God had given him by
promise ? Abraham believed that God could give
him his son back again to life.
Isaac soon found that he was to be the lamb.
But he does not resist. He lets his father biind


him, and lay him on the wood. All is now ready5
and Abraham lifts his hand to kill his son. But a

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voice is heard from heaven: Lay not thine hand
upon the lad, neither do thou anything unto him; for
now I know thft thou fearest God, seeing thou
hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from
me." In this way Abraham showed that lie had
faith in God.


How great was the love of God which he has
shown to us! We know that he gave his only
Son for us. Jesus Christ lived for us on earth, and
for us he died on the cross. May we love him for
all his love to us!
Isaac was the father of Jacob, who was a shep-
herd, and kept the flocks of Laban. You may now
look at a picture of Jacob drawing water fiom a
well, and giving it to the sheep to drink.

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GENESIS Xxxvii., xxxix., xl., xli., xlii., xliii., xliv., xlv., xlvi. 29,
Have you not heard about Joseph and his eleven
brothers? Some little boys and girls have heard it,
and read about it, many times. But as it teaches
us so much that is good, and is such a pretty and
true story, you cannot hear it too often.
One of the younger of the twelve sons of Jacob
was named Joseph. This family had a great many
sheep, which they
kept and fed. As
Jacob loved Joseph S
he gave him a coat --
or robe of many
colours. It may be,
the young man was
proud of his fine
coat, which made his
brothers angry and
full of envy. They
would not speak
kindly to him. It
is very sad when
children envy and spite one another.

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One day, Joseph told his brothers about two of
his dreams. When they heard them, they were
still more angry. The dream showed that they
were to bow down to him as his servants. They did
not like the thought that he should be their master.
The elder brothers, after this, were with their
flocks away from home. Joseph was sent by his
father to see if they were well. When they saw
him coming toward
" ... ..- them, they said one
Wt ... '"i-- to the other that
i : they would kill him.
SBut Reuben, one of
J. ":. '1.'L them, said, Shed no
I' blood, but cast him
into a pit." Reuben
meant kindly; "that
he might rid him. out
Sof their hands, to
S deliver him to his
father again," when
the others were gone away. And it came to pass
that they stripped Joseph out of his coat, his coat of
many colours that was on him ; and they took him,

and cast him into a pit.-And they sat down to eat
bread." Yes; they were so wicked and cruel that
they could sit down on the ground, and eat their
'food; though they had put their own brother into
a pit to starve and die.
While the brothers were eating, they saw a band
of men coming that way. They were on a journey
to buy and sell goods. Then one of the brothers
said, Come, let us
sell him to these men." -
We may think we i 1 -A
hear them say,l Will :I :
you buy this boy ?
He is strong, and can sI
work well. You shall
have him for twenty
pieces of silver." So
the men gave the sil-
ver, and took away i:
Joseph to be a slave.
Would you sell your
brother for a slave? Oh no, surely you would
not for all the gold and silver in the world.
Joseph was taken into Egypt, and again sold.


Poor young man! to be twice sold, and to be away
from his home, among strange people. His new
master was a great man in that land, and showed
him much favour. But his master's wife got
Joseph cast into prison, yet God was with him
there. If we obey God, he will never forsake us.
He took care of Joseph in the pit, when he was a
slave on a journey, and when he was shut up per-
haps in a dark cell.
While Joseph was in prison, the butler and baker
of the king of Egypt were also there. One night
these men had each a dream, which made them look
very sad. The next day they told Joseph their
dreams. He soon knew that these dreams were
from God, and he made known to the men what
would come to pass. It was God who taught
Joseph the meaning of these dreams. We shall
see how this led to Joseph being let out of prison.
After Joseph had been shut up for more than
two years, the king of Egypt also had two
dreams, which much troubled him. Then the
butler told the king of Joseph, and he was brought
out of prison that he might make the dreams
known, as he had those of the butler and baker.




When Joseph stood before the king lie said,
"God hath showed ,
Pharaoh what he is
about to do." Then ,
he went on to tell ,
that there would be
seven years of plenty i, lI
in the land of Egypt,
after which there
would be seven years
when no corn would
grow. "Now," said he,
" let the king look out
a man discreet and---
wise, and set him over the land of Egypt; and
let him place men over the land, and take up
the fifth part of the land of Egypt- in the seven
years of plenty: and the food shall be for store
to the land against the seven years of famine."
This plan pleased the king, and he said there
was no man more wise than Joseph. So he made
him ruler over all the land. He put on him a fine
robe and a chain of gold on his neck. Joseph also
rode in the king's chariot. We may hope that his


troubles had taught him not to be proud of his rich
dress and honours.
The seven years of plenty passed away, and the
seven years of famine came. The want of food
. was felt in the land
where the father of
J \:, Joseph lived, but in
:, -the land of Egypt
there was bread. Tihen
..... good Jacob said to
his sons, "Go down
to Egypt, and buy
.-.i.,; for us from thence,
S:_... that we may live,
and not die." So
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before Joseph. He
knew who they were, but they did not know him.
They thought he was dead, or that he was still a
slave to the traders. They did not expect to find
him dressed as a prince.
Joseph asked them who was their father, and if
they had .,ny brothers. They said, We are
twelve brethren; the youngest is this day with our
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father, and one is dead." Joseph now thought he
would try them. He told them to go home and
bring their brother to him. He also put them in
prison; but he did not keep them long there, for
he feared God, and did not wish to hurt them.
They were soon taken out of prison, and their
sacks were filled with corn. Joseph also put money
in their sacks, and kindly gave them food to eat on
their way home.
The famine still lasted, and Jacob told his sons
again to go to Egypt, and buy some more food.
They took Benjamin.
with them. Their -
father, too, made
them take back the
money they found in i. I l, I !
their sacks. This -
shows that he wnas an
honest and just man-. '
We must never keep.
what does not belong
to us.
When they came,-,
to Joseph he mn:ide 1a


great feast. They were all now very happy
Joseph was glad to see his young brother, whom
he had now not beheld for twenty years. His heart
was so touched at the sight of his brothers, that he
went out of the room, and wept.
The next day after the feast, the brothers rose
up early to go home. Joseph told his men to fill
the sacks once more with corn. Each man's
money was again put into them. And into the
sack of Benjamin was also put a silver cup which
Joseph used. But before they had got far on their
way, a servant was sent after them. He soon
began to search for the cup. When it was found
in the sack of Benjamin all the brothers began to
weep aloud. This showed that they loved him;
and it may have been this that Joseph wished to
prove. He likewise saw that they loved their aged
father, and that they could not see his face if they
did not take back their brother. Joseph had in
this way tried them, and found that they were not
so cruel as when they had sold him for a slave.
The brothers were all brought back to the house
of Joseph. They again bowed before him, full of
grief and fear. Perhaps they thought he would


shut them up in prison as thieves, or kill them, so
that they would never more see their aged father
and their own dear children.
You see how God made the dreams of Joseph
come true. They were now humble and sorry
that they had sold their brother. And that
kind brother would not humble nor distress them
any longer; but looking upon them in love, he
said, I am Joseph: .

ive ?" But his words
only filled their minds I
with fear. "'Come :'
near to me," he
lovingly said, and
they came near to
him. B"e not
grieved, nor angry <
with yourselves, that
ye sold me; for God -
did send me before
you to preserve life:
so now it was not you that sent me here, but
God." And he kissed them all, and wept upon




them, and then sent them away, to bring their
father and their own families.
When Joseph heard that his father was on his
way, he made ready his chariot, and went up to
meet his father," and "he fell on his neck, and
wept on his neck a good while." And his father
said, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face,
because thou art yet alive."
From what you have heard of Joseph and his
brothers, learn that sin is sure to be found out. If
we try'to hide it, and speak falsely about it, God
will make it known.
Learn to forgive those who may be unkind to
you. Joseph could now have sold his brothers as
they had sold him. But he forgave them, and re-
turned good for evil. Let us also think of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who prayed for the cruel men who
nailed him to the cross.
Like the brothers of Joseph, you should be sorry
for your sins. Ask God to forgive you, for the sake of
his Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Pray
that the Holy Spirit may give you a holy and trust-
ful heart; and that envy, pride, anger, and all other
evil tempers may not be found within it.


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No book in the world has such pretty stories in it
as the Bible. They teach us the best lessons in the
best way. If we attend to them theywill make us
wise, holy, and happy. These stories are all true.
We are quite sure of that, for pious men wrote
them as they were taught by God the Holy Spirit.
We should love to read them when we are voung,
and to profit by them when we are old.

EXODUS ii. 1-10.
You have heard how Joseph made himself
known to his brothers. He then sent for his aged
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father to come to Egypt, and spend his last days in
peace. After all their trouble, we may hope the
family of Jacob loved one another very much.
Some years passed away, and Joseph and all his
brothers were dead. Their sons had grown up to
be old men; and there were other little children
born. They were now called Hebrews. There was
a new king, too, in Egypt, who did not know what
Joseph had done for the land in the time of famine.
When he saw how many the family of Jacob had
become, he feared lest they should make war
against him. This made him very unkind to them;

he put them to hard work in making bricks. A
cruel law was made that all the baby-boys that

were born should be cast into a great river. Now,
just at this time there was a little child born, about
whom you shall hear.
In one of the poor huts of the Hebrews, there
lived a man and his wife, with two children, a little
boy and girl. Then another little boy was born.
As the king had made this wicked law, the parents
thought, what they should do with this dear baby.
Should they give him up to be thrown into the deep
river? Oh, no; they loved him too well for that.
The brother and sister looked on his soft little
hands and feet, and his bright eyes, and his sweet
smile, and they could not bear the thought of his
being torn from them, and then to be drowned.
Well, his mother tried to hide him, so that she
might save his life. But how could she conceal
him from every eye ? Could she keep him from
crying and crowing, and making a noise as he
got older? All this was hard. But love makes
hard things easy, and for three months she was able
to keep her child from being known.
Every week the child grew more lively. And
the poor mother feared that some day his voice
would be heard, and he would be taken away from


her. What could be done to save him? To keep
him any longer was full of danger. It then came
into her mind to trust him to the care of God.
In doing this, we are told that she acted with faith,
or trust in God, Heb. xi. 23.
She made a little ark, or basket of reeds and
rushes. The outside she rubbed with mud and pitch.
Then she laid him within it. The inside, we think,
she must have made nicely warm and smooth for
the child. There he lay like a little bird in its nest.
We may suppose we see the family around a
table, with the babe in his cradle of rushes lying on
it. How his looks and smiles touch all their hearts!
Now see them kneel down; they pray and weep;
they ask God to receive the dear charge, and to
watch over it. The mother and the sister of the
child cover him over, that he may not be seen.
And when nobody is nigh they go down to the
side of the river.
The river is very wide and deep; and in it are
fierce animals, which often kill those who go near to
the banks. In one part of the stream the water
may have been too shallow; in another it was too
deep. At last she sees a place where the rushes

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grow thickly. This she thinks will be the best spot
in which to lay the child. How very painful the
last moment must have been, when she had to place
the cradle at the edge of the water! How many
sad looks she took before she could leave it! But
God gave her grace to believe that her child might
still be safe, and that all would end well.
The mother went away, and her young daughter
Miriam, or Mary, was left behind to see what would
become of the ark or cradle. There it lay like a
little vessel without a guide. But Miriam did not
allow her eyes to wander. She loved the dear babe
too well for that, and her heart was too full of fear
and hope for her to forget to watch. Perhaps she
now and then ran down and opened the lid, and
peeped within the ark to see if he were asleep or
awake. But there were other eyes upon the child.
God was looking on him in love.
Not much time passed, before the daughter of the
king of Egypt came down to the river to wash or
bathe. As she stood by this shady spot, where the
rushes grew, she saw the cradle. What could be in
it, lying in such a strange place? and who had put
it there ? She sent her maids to bring it to her.

When she saw the child, it wept at the sight of sc
many strange faces. It may be, it put out its little
hands, as if it wanted its own mother to take it in
her arms.

The princess pitied the poor child, and said, This
is one of the Hebrew children. It was then taken to
her palace, and brought up as if it were her own son.
She called his name Moses which means "drawn
out ;" saying, "Because I drew him out of the water."


When Miriam heard the kind words of the prin-
cess, she ran to her and offered to call a nurse. And
that nurse was the one best fitted, as well as the most
willing, to take charge of the little Moses-even his
own mother. Her home that night was a scene of
joy; they knew that the princess would own and
protect the child. No one now dared to take it away
and drown it.
Moses was thus taken care of in the palace of the
king of Egypt. When he grew up he left all the
riches and honour of the court of Egypt, and became
a poor man. He lived for many years as a shepherd
in a wild part of the country.
From this story we may see how wise God is. He
knows and can do all things. He took care of
Moses when among the rushes: he takes care of little
children now. At home or abroad, asleep or awake,
he sees them always. How good is God! Will you
not love him for all he has done for you ? Above
all, love him for sending Jesus Christ into the world
to save you. To save-not your body from the
waters of a river, but your soul from being lost for
ever. Trust in Jesus with all your heart, and you
will be saved.


First, you see Moses, with the tables of the law in
his hand, Exod. xxxii. 15. About his feet are clouds,
and a bright light is over his head. He is coming

down from Mount Sinai, where he has heard the
voice of God. On these two tables, or large leaves,
are the ten commandments. They teach us to love
God with all our heart, and to love every body as

Holy Spirit, that we may keep these laws. And
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when, through our sinful hearts, we have not obeyed


them, we must be sorry and ask of him for Christ's
sake to forgive us.
In the next picture is Aaron, the elder brother of
Moses. He was the high priest of the Jews. He

went once a year into the "holy place," where the
tables of the law were laid in the golden ark, Lev. xvi.
Jesus is our High Priest. He has gone into heaven
for us, and in our nature. We may now go at all
times in prayer to God, because Jesus ever lives to
plead for all Who go unto God by him.


Now look at the men with bright silver trumpets.
It was a happy day in the land when these trumpets
were blown; for it was the day of jubilee, Lev. xxv.
9. The word jubilee means a sound of joy." On
this day, by God's command, poor people got back

their lands which they had lost. And those who had
been sold as slaves were made free. When you hear
the minister tell you of the mercy of God, and of
the love of Jesus, it is as if you heard the jubilee
trumpet blown; it is a sound of joy.


Moses led the people out of the land of Egypt.
God told him to do so, and made him wise that
he might lead them in the right way. He had to
guide them through a desert. A desert is a land
where there are not many trees. There is also very
little or no water to be found there. The ground is
often quite dry, and has no green grass to make
it look bright and cheerful. There are no roads, nor
houses, nor gardens, to be seen in such a wild and
barren place.
When the people of Israel found how hard it was
to travel in the desert, they spake against God and
against Moses." They said that Moses had led them
into this way that they should die. Then God was
angry with them, and said he would punish them.
So he sent among them "fiery serpents, and they
bit the people, and much people of Israel died."
It was a sad sight to see the wicked men, women,
and children, bitten by the serpents, dying on the
ground. In their distress they cried to Moses
that he might ask God to forgive them their


God told Moses to make a serpent of brass and
place it on a high pole, and said that all who looked

upon it should be made well of the bites of the fiery
serpents. And so it was; all who looked were
From this true story we may be taught the way


in which sinners are now saved. Our Lord Jesus
said, As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilder-
ness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up; that
whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but
have eternal life," John iii. 14.
Let the way in which the people of Israel were
cured teach us faith in Christ. Children may have
bright eyes and blooming faces, and be full of joy
but it will not be so always. They must die.
Why? Because they have been bitten by that
great and deadly serpent, sin. Yes; the body must
die, and, what is worse, the soul may be lost. How
then can we escape ? We must look to Jesus as
our Saviour. We must have faith in him. There was
only one way for the people of Israel to be cured of
the bites of the serpents; and there is only one way
for us to be saved from sin. Jesus was lifted up on
the cross; let us look to him, then we shall live
with him in heaven.
God sent his Son our sins to bear,
That we might crowns of glory wear,
And live for ever in his sight,
Where all is holy, pure, and bright.



EXODUS xxvi., xxvii.
The first picture shows the Tabernacle. The
word tabernacle means a tent. When the people
of Israel moved about in the desert, they took this
tent to pieces, and carried it with them. When they
rested they placed it in their midst. There were no
windows in it; a large candlestick of gold gave light
to a part of the inside. Fine curtains and a rich cloth
of purple and scarlet were placed over it. And in
the front stood a great vessel of water, called the
brazen laver. This rich tent was looked upon as the


house where God took up his abode. He was as a
king living in the midst of his people. There God
made himself known to them, and showed his glory.
Now you may see the Inside of the Tabernacle.


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In the inner place there was a bright light always
shining. This light came from God. It was over
the golden ark or chest, called the mercy seat. In
the next part were the altar, the table of shewbread
and the large candlestick made of gold.
The Ark of the Covenant was a sort of chest, in
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which the two tables of the law were kept. It was
covered, inside and outside, with fine gold. The
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two figures on the top were called cherubim; they
Were made of gold. Two staves, placed in rings,
were used to carry the ark. The high priest alone
went before this altar. He took the shoes, or sandals,
from his feet when he knelt before it with a pot of
incense, or sweet perfume, in his hand.
All these things were given to the Jews to teach
them. They were full of meaning. When you are
older, we hope you will know more about them.
These were signs to the Jews; but you have the clear
light of the Bible. You may know from that holy


book more about the Saviour than these signs could
ever teach. We do not now offer the blood of bulls,
and lambs; for Jesus, the Lamb of God, has come
and has died for us. He is indeed our mercy seat.
Through him the great God can forgive all who
repent and believe the gospel.

EXODUS xvi. 13, 14; NUMBERS xi. 7.
The people of Israel could not make corn grow in

the desert. And if it
would have grown, they
could not have stayed
till it was ripe, for they
moved from one part of
the desert to another.
How, then, were the
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God gave it to them from heaven. It was called
manna. It was like small seeds, and was white,
round, and sweet. The people went to rest at night,
quite sure that God would send them their food as
soon as they were awake.




In your little prayer you say, Give us this day
our daily bread." Do not forget that God gives it
you, and be sure to thank him for it. Our Lord
Jesus said, "I am the Bread of life," John vi. 35.
You have a soul as well as a body; and as the body
cannot live without food, so the soul cannot live and
be happy for ever without Christ

If you were in a desert you would know how
pleasant it is to find a shelter under a rock or high
heap of stones, Isa. xxxii 2. People on a journey

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are glad to rest in the shadow of a rock. In the
picture you will see some travellers at rest in such a
spot. We may suppose that the people of Israel
often thus found a rest and a shade from the hot sun
when they were in the desert.

Sin is sure to bring us into trouble. We may see
this in the way in which the sin of Achan was found
out. The man took a fine robe, and silver and gold,

when he had been told not to touch them. But
what good came of his fine robe and riches? He


could not spend the silver and gold, nor put on the
robe, for he knew that his sin would then be soon
known. So he took them and hid them in his tent.
He was nothing the better for them. He had only
made himself unhappy; he was afraid that some
one would discover his bad conduct. It was indeed
not long before what he had done in secret was
made known by God to all the people. Then
Achan was taken, and stoned to death.
We must be thankful for all the things God gives
to us, and not take, or wish to have what is not our
own. It is a sin to covet what belongs to others.

RUTH i., ii.
It is very pleasant to pass by a field when the
yellow corn is quite ripe, and to see the men, some
cutting down the corn, and others tying up the
sheaves. There was once such a field, in which you
would very much have liked to have walked. It was
not in our country, but a long way off; and what
took place there was a long while ago. Let us think
we now see it. Some men are at work in it, and
there comes a farmer to see how they get on. :He

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is not dressed like an English farmer, but wears a
long robe, and on his head is a kind of cap called a
turban. He speaks to the men, The Lord be with
you," and they say, "The Lord bless thee." This
farmer's name is Boaz, and we think Jie must be a
pious man, or he would not so speak to his reapers.
But look! there is a young woman among the
sheaves. She stoops down and picks up the ears of
corn which lie on the ground. She is a gleaner
Boaz asks his men, Whose damsel is this ?" They
then tell him that her. :
name is Ruth, and that ii _
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She was born in the
land of Moab, but hias .:.I ...
come with her mother- -: "
in-law to the land of
Israel. It was a long
journey for them, but / l
they had God for their K '
guide. And now Ruth, ;1.
though she is very poor, ~ I '
will not beg nor be idle,
and has come to glean in the fields of the farminer.


Boaz is very kind to her, for he found that she
had been married to one of his family. He saw that
God had led her into his field to glean. After this
she is taken to be his wife, and is happy. She
becomes the mother of king David's grandfather,
and through the line of her children the Saviour is
born into the world. How great an honour for the
poor gleaner of the corn-fields!
Ruth did not forget her aged mother Naomi, but
took her to her own house, and was kind to her as
long as she lived.
Ruth had a loving, gentle temper. She made a
good choice when she went with Naomi into the land
of Israel. Her heart was touched by the Spirit of
God, or she would not have made such a choice.
She took God's people to be her people, and God
himself to be her God; and this she did while she
was yet young.
May you, like Ruth, make a good and early choice,
May you give your heart to Jesus in the days of
your youth:
For all who early seek his face,
Shall surely taste his love.
Jesus shall guide them by his grace,
To dwell with him above.


Here is a picture of the Feast of Tabernacles,
or tents. The people of Israel, when in the desert,

made booths, or little houses, of any wild shrubs they
could find. When they came to the land that God
gave to them, they still made these booths. They
did so that they might not forget their former state.
They now made them of branches of the palm trees,

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with pretty shrubs and flowers to adorn them. They
kept the feast for a week, all which time they lived
in their leafy houses, When they walked out, they
carried with them pieces of palm, and called aloud
as they went along, Hosanna," which means, Save,
I beseech thee." In the picture we see the Jews
making their little arbours.
The next picture shows us a party of men, drink-

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ing in the shade. In our land we have plenty of
water. If we lived in an eastern land, we should


better know how to value it. Persons travel day
after day, and often do not see a well or spring of
water. A cup of cold water is to them of more worth
than a bag of money. The. value of water in the
east is often spoken of in the Bible, to teach us the
worth of the blessings given to us in the gospel. If
we haa no water our bodies would die. So if we
had not the gospel our souls would perish. Ho,
every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,"
Isa. Iv. 1. Jesus said, "If any man thirst, let
him come unto me, and drink," John vii. 37. Let all
the young, and all the old-all the rich and all the
poor-go to Jesus, and they shall find that he can
make them happy.

1 SAMUEL i., ii., iii.
Little Samuel had a kind and pious mother, who
took him to live with Eli, the high priest of the
Jews. Eli was very old. The little boy waited on
him, and did such kind of work as he was able
to do. And we may suppose he did it very
well, for it is said "the child Samuel grew on,

and was in favour both with the Lord, and also
with men." Oh, what a
happy boy, to serve the 41 il
Lord in his holy temple li e
when so young!
One night Samuel I'M
was asleep in his little pi -
room, when he heard a
voice calling "Samuel! ... .... ..s
Samuel He thought !
it was Eli who called, so N i
he arose from his bed,
and ran to him. When
he found that Eli, had -
not called him, he lay down again. But still he heard
the voice saying, Samuel! Samuel!" It called him
in this way three times, then Eli saw that the Lord
had called the child. He told him, if he heard the
voice again, to say, "Speak, Lord; for thy servant
Samuel did as he was taught, and the Lord made
known to him what he would do to the wicked
sons of Eli.
When Samuel grew to be a man, the Lord


made him his prophet, to teach the people his
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God still calls to little : :
children. He speaks to '
them by his holy word
by their godly parents
and kind teachers, and
by his blessed Spirit in
their hearts and minds.
Who is, like young
Samuel, ready to listen
to what God says to
them? May each one
pray, Lord, teach me, bless me, make me thy own
little child. Save me from sin, and be my Father
and my Guide, for Christ's sake.

Thou wilt not a child despise,
Thou hast many children heard ;
Thou canst make the simple wise;
Lord, instruct me by thy word,



JUDGES xiv. 6 ; xvi. 2, 3; 18--30.
You have heard of Samuel, who became a judge
or ruler of Israel; now listen to what we have to tell
you about Samson, who was also a judge of Israel.
Samson was a very strong man. We suppose he
was the strongest man that ever lived. He was one
day on a journey, when he saw a lion coming towards

him. You know that a lion is a bold, strong, and
fierce beast. It is stronger than most men, and with
its sharp claws and teeth it can very soon kill a man.
If you were to see such a wild animal you would run
away from it. But Samson did not. The Spirit of


the Lord gave him power and courage to meet the

lion. And though he had no sword or spear, he

killed it with his hands.

The great strength of Samson was given to him

by God. But when he sinned, God took his strength

away, and he was as weak as another man. His

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they set him to work in a prison, grinding at a mill.


Poor blind man! When we see him turning
round the large mill, let us think how sad it is to sin
against God. Samson did not keep good company,
or he would not have got into such trouble and
disgrace. If we join with wicked boys or girls, we
shall become as bad as they are; and we shall find
the way is a -way of danger, shame, and sorrow. If
we do not obey God he will leave us, and then our
end will be sad indeed.

You must now stop, and not look at any more
pictures- to-day. If you are a good child you may
see more at another time. Think of those you have
seen-the babe on the waters-the serpent of brass- -
the little captive maid-the wicked servant man-
and poor blind Samson, and all the others. May you
be like the good in all that they did which is right
and lovely, and shun all that you have seen in the
others that is hurtful and sinful.

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1 SAMUEL XVi., Xvii,
ARE you not glad that you have got a Bible in your
house ? It is the holy word of God. If you learn
to read it, and love it, you will know about the
greatest things and the best things. It is like a
mine of gold, where you may find much gold every
day. It is worth more than rubies, and all the


jewels in the world. It converts the soul, it makes
wise the simple, and it makes glad the heart. It is
a guide to show you the way to heaven.
The Bible has done more good in the world than
all other books beside. You must ask God to bless
you with the gift of his Holy Spirit, that you may
learn much from it.
David was a good and wise man, and a king.
He prayed to God to teach him out of his holy
law, or book. Will you not, then, ask God to teach
you, and say, 0 Lord, give me grace to love the
Bible: make me wise to know all its truths, and
to obey them; for Jesus Christ's sake?"
We have said that David was a king, but that
was when he was old. When he was a boy he
took care of his father's sheep. You may look at
the picture of David as a shepherd. You see
him with his harp on which he plays, while he looks
up and sings. He was very happy. He did not
sing foolish songs, but the praises of God. The
twenty-third Psalm is one of his sweet songs. Can
you read it? It begins, "The Lord is my
shepherd; I shall not want."
A shepherd in the land of the Jews was often



of a kind and gentle temper towards his sheep. He
loved his flock. The children of rich people some-
times took care of the sheep and lambs. They did
not think the work was too mean for them to do.
David was keeping the flock of his father Jesse,
wheri a servant of king Saul came that way. He
passed by all the rich people who lived in that part
of the country, and came to the 'field where the
young shepherd was sitting.
The mind of king Saul was in great trouble. He
could find no rest, for an "evil spirit was in

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him." He needed a man who could speak to him
wisely and kindly, and who could cheer him with
sounds of music. Some one had said to him,

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" Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse, that is cunning
(or clever) in playing, and a mighty man of valour,
and a man of war, and prudent in matters, and a
comely person; and the Lord is with him." David
must have been a good young man, or they would
not have thus spoken of him. But it was because
the Lord was with him,"
When Saul saw David, and heard his words, and
the sweet songs he sang, he loved him, and made
him one of his chief servants. Then he -sent to
Jesse to ask that his son might dwell with him in
his palace. This was a great change for the young
shepherd. He did not now lie down to rest on the
green grass of the fields, but in the fine rooms and
gardens of Saul's house. God had raised him to
a place of honour; and, we may suppose, God
gave him grace to be humble and thankful for all
his mercies.
When the evil spirit came upon Saul, "David
took a harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was
refreshed, and was well." In this way David
pleased and did good to the king. But after some
time the king tried to kill him by throwing a spear
at him. He began to envy David. He saw the
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people looked to the young shepherd as the man

who had
How this

saved his country in a time of danger.
came about you shall now hear.

Two armies had met. They were going to fight
with their swords and spears. It is a sad thing
indeed when men meet in this way to kill one
another. Many poor children lose their parents,
and parents their sons. The ground is covered with
blood, and the cries of the dying are fearful to hear.
Will not that be a happy time when all men shall
love our Lord Jesus Christ, and not fight any more ?

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One of these armies was of the Philistines. They
did not know the true God; and they had come to
fight against the people of Israel. Among them
was a giant named Goliath. He was ten feet high,
or so high as to reach the top of your room. A
great helmet of brass was on his head; a coat of
iron was around his body, and thick pieces of brass
were over his shoulders and legs. The staff of his
spear was like a weaver's beam," and the point of
it was as much as you could carry.
The giant began to call on the people of Israel
to send a man to fight with him. But they were
all afraid to meet him. Just at this. time young
David came to see his brothers, who were in the
army of Israel. When he heard the giant boast,
and mock his people and the true God, he said
that he would go and fight with him.
Then David went to meet the mighty man. But
it was not with a spear or sword. He took from a
brook of water five small stones, and put them in a
little bag he wore at his side. His trust was in God,
to save the people of Israel. When the giant saw
David, he cried with a loud voice, "I will give thy
flesh to the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the


field." But a stone was cast by David from his
sling. 'It struck the forehead of Goliath, and he fell
to the ground. To make sure of his death the

young man took the great sword of his enemy, and
cut off his head. .

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So fell the proud giant who mocked God. In
this way the people of Israel were saved.
Let us, like David, trust in the Lord. We have
not got giants to fight with, but we have Satan to
oppose. He walketh about as a roaring lion, seek-
ing whom he may devour." He is strong, cruel,
and crafty; but if we resist, we shall, by the grace
of God, overcome him.

You have heard about David as a young shepherd,
you may now look at two pictures from the life
of a shepherd.
One shows you how the lambs are carried in the
bosom, when they are too weak to walk. Do you
know who is the good Shepherd? Yes; it is
Jesus. He takes care of his lambs. Among his
lambs are those who love him in the days of their
youth. For them he laid down his life. But he
lives again, and is still their Shepherd. He watches
over them, and looks upon them with an eye of
love. If you are one of his lambs, you will be

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meek, gentle, and always
You will not go iii the ways

ready to follow him,
of sin, but will walk in

the same path in which the good Shepherd walked.
Then he will be your Guide all your days, and at
last bring you to his fold in heaven.
A shepherd used to put a mark on his sheep.


They came out of a little door in the fold, and
every tenth lamb which ran out was marked to be
the Lord's; that is, it was given for the service of

God in the temple. May the Holy Spirit put his
mark on your soul, that you may be for the service
of the Lord on earth, and for ever.
Kind Saviour, let thy lambs be fed
With thine own truth and love,
And by thy heavenly care be led
Safe to thy fold above.



1 KINGS xvii. 1-7.
An old man stood before king Ahab, His dress
was a coarse cloak, made of camel's-hair, called sack-
cloth. He had a calm and serious look. He had
come to speak to the king in the name of the Lord.
When the king saw him he knew he was the
prophet Elijah.
The good old man did not fear the proud and
angry frowns of the king. He spake boldly the
words which God had told him to speak. There
was to be no rain for years in the land. The
rivers and springs would be dried up. There would
be no water to drink. The corn and the grass
would wither, so that there would be no food for
man or cattle.
After this the old man went to a desert place, as
the Spirit of God had told him. There he sat by a
little brook until the water ceased to flow. And
here ravens came twice every day, and brought
him flesh and bread. The ravens are wild birds,
and might have taken the food to their own nests;
but they were made to wing their way with it in




safety to the good prophet in his hiding-place.
God showed the
Z ~, ravens where to find
te the flesh and the
Spread, and he guided
g i, Sthem to. the right
place in the desert.
How good is God
to take care of us!
He gives us our food
every day. He makes
the seed to grow into wheat for our use. He causes
the nice pure water to flow in rivers, and to spring
up in wells, for us to drink. Every thing we have is
his gift. Should we not thank him for all his good-
ness? Yes, we must be grateful for all he has
done for our bodies; and for his great love to out
souls. You know how he loved our souls. He
gave his Son to die on the cross for us; and if we
believe in him we shall be saved. You may say-
Jesus from heaven came down to die
For little children, young as I:
So great his love, his life he gave
My guilty soul from hell to save.


1 KINGS xvii. 8.
When the water was all dried up from the brook,
and all the trees were barren and bare, so that
Elijah could not find a shelter, the word of the Lord
came to him. He was told to leave the place, and
find a home with a poor widow. He knew that
God had wise and good reasons for all he told him
to do, so he went. This widow had not much food
for herself and her little boy. When the prophet
met with her, she was getting a few sticks. With

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these she was about to bake the last cakes she had
to eat. But she had faith in God, and gave the
prophet part of her food. God mide it to last and

be enough for herself, her child, and the prophet
for some time.
When Elijah was living at the widow's house, the
little son was taken ill. His mother nursed him,
but he grew worse, and died. Then she laid him
on a pillow, and sat down to weep. When Elijah

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saw her grief, he took the dead body into his own
room. He prayed for the child three times, and
God heard his prayer, for the soul of the child
came back to the body. It was the power of God
that gave new life to the body of this widow's
When we die, there will be no prophet to
raise us to life again. But there will come a time

when the voice of Jesus shall call us from the
grave, and we shall live for ever. If we give our
hearts to Jesus now, he will then take us to dwell
with him in heaven.

There are many examples in the Bible suited to
the young. One of. them is that of a little captive
maid. She had been taken away from her home in
Israel, and was made a poor slave girl, in a land
where the people bowed down to idols. She waited
on the wife of Naaman, a great captain in that
country. This lady, we are almost sure, must have
been kind to the little girl.
Naaman was very ill, and no one in the land
could make him well. The young maid pitied him.
Though he had made her a slave, she showed a loving
spirit. Some children might have said, "Let him
bear his pains, for he keeps me as a little slave.
If I do know how he may be made well, I will not
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tell him." But she tried to return good for evil, and
this was quite right.
As she waited on her mistress, she spoke of the
prophet in Israel, who could cure her master. She

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believed that God could give power to the prophet
to heal him.
Then some one went and told Naaman what the
maid had said. But did he believe her ? Yes; he
trusted to her word. Perhaps he knew she always
spoke the truth; or it is likely that he would not
have gone on a long journey at her word. And it
was indeed the truth she spoke. There was a pro-
phet who did cure Naaman. His name wasElisha.


Naaman went a long way, and came to the
prophet's door. He did as the prophet told him to
do, and went back quite
well to his home. How
glad must the little maid -I h
have been to see her it i I
master return full of Ni1
health and joy
She was truly a kind
and useful little girl.
You may be kind and
useful too. You are not
able to tell how a person is to be made well if he is ill.
Yet there is a sad disease which afflicts us all, and
there is only Onen-ho can cure us. There is a
book which tells us 'll about the disease, and Him
who heals. That disease is sin; Jesus only can
cure it, or take it away; and the Bible is the book
that tells us the way to go to him. You must first
go to him yourself, and believe in him, then you
can direct others in the same way.
When Naaman went to Elisha he there met with
Gehazi, a man who waited on the prophet. How
much better was the condition of this man than
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that in which the captive maid was found! He
was not a slave, far away from home. He had not
a heathen master. He did not see only idols round
him, but lived among those who feared God.
Gehazi saw that Naaman was a rich man, and he
told a lie to get some bags of money from him.
Then he went to his master and told another lie to
il I I hide his first, sin. But all
Slhe had gained did him no
Inurgood. He was soon found
South, and the same kind of
disease came upon him, of
Tih which Naaman had been
: just made well. In this way
SX did God punish the wicked
servant for his evil ways.
Let all dear children
know that a lie cannot be
-hid. Though no one of
our friends may know when we speak falsely, yet
God knows the secrets of all hearts.
Then let us all avoid and fear
To say what is not true.
Since God can always see and hear,
And he can punish too.


You have just read of a little girl who was taken
away from her home to be a slave: you may now
read about a boy who was a young captive in a
distant land. His name was Daniel. We may
suppose that he had been taught by pious parents,
but he is now in the midst of idol temples. Yet
God was with him. God is with us in every place;
and if we trust in him he will show us his favour.

great man in the land, and stood before the king.
Some of the nobles envied him, and tried to bring
him into disgrace with the king. They watched

him to see if they could find him do some wrong
thing, but they could not. So they laid a plan to
ruin him.
These wicked men got the king to make a law
that nobody should pray to God for thirty days.
They then watched Daniel, and saw him pray to God
three times a day. And for this they got the king
to cast him into a den of lions. The king was sorry,
but for the sake of his law, Daniel was thrown among
the wild beasts.
This good man is taken to the mouth of the den.
It may be his foes mock him, and say, Where is
now thy God ?" But he prays and trusts in Him,
who is always with his people in their trouble.
The lions roar, as the door of the large den is
throw open, and Daniel is let down into the midst of
them. Do they now rush ul n him and tear him to
pieces ? No; they lie down calmly at his feet.
God has sent an angel to shut their mouths, and
the pious Jew passes the night as safely among the
savage beasts as if in his own house. He was, we
may be sure, more happy in the den than the nobles
were on their beds. He could sing the praises of
God among the lions.

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