From the creation of the world to the death of Moses


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From the creation of the world to the death of Moses
Series Title:
Child's illustrated scripture history series
Physical Description:
48 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
André, R ( Richard ), 1834-1907 ( Illustrator )
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain) ( Publisher )
E. & J.B. Young & Co ( Publisher )
Emrik & Binger ( Printer of plates )
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
E. & J.B. Young & Co.
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New York
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Bible stories, English -- O.T -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1880
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
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England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
Netherlands -- Holland


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illustrated by texts & pictures.
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Date of publication from inscription.
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Illustrated by R. André and chromolith. in Holland by Emrik & Binger.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
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T HERE was once a time when there was no earth as it now
is; when it had no form or shape, when there was no one
on it, and it was all dark. Then God spake, and it was light;
and He put the bright sun in the sky to give light by day, and
the sweet pale moon and stars to shine in the night.
And God told the seas how far they were to come, and
that they were not to come on the part of the land where He
would have it dry. He made the green grass and the tall
trees, and all the plants; and then He made all the beasts,
both small and great, and the birds, and the fish to swim in
the sea. Then, last of all, God made man. He made him after
His own like-ness, good, and free from all sin.
God put man to live in a sweet place, where gay plants and
rich fruits grew, where there was no need for the man to work
hard, and grow hot, and worn, as men must do now. (See p. 5.)
Then God told the man he was to be lord of all this, and He made
all the beasts and birds, and all that had life, to come to the
man, that he might give them all their names. Now, when
God had done all this, He saw that the man had no one to
live with him, no one to speak to, and God knew he would
be sad and lone-ly, so He gave him a wife to love him and to
live with him, and be a help to him.

The name of this first man was "Ad-am," and the name
of his wife was "Eve." So these two were to live in this
sweet place I told you of, the name of which was E-den; and
they were to have all the fruits of the earth to eat, all but
the fruit of one tree. There were in E-den two trees, one of
which was the "Tree of Life"; the other, which God said
they should not eat of, would, if they ate of it, make them
to know what was good and what was wrong, as God knows
it. I dare say it seems to you that, when God gave them so
much, they should not have sought to eat of that tree, or
break that one rule? I grieve to say they did not feel this,
and so I have to tell you at once of their sin and grief.


ONE day Eve was near the tree which God said would, it
they ate its fruit, make them wise as God; and she saw
a snake, which spoke to her and bade her eat the fruit, and
said it would be well for her and for the man if she would
do so. Eve ought to have known that what God had told her
must be true, and should have paid no heed to what this snake
said, for he was in truth the Dev-il, who took the shape of the
snake; but no, she heard the false words, and she took of the
fruit and did eat, and gave some to the man, and he ate it; and
so they broke the rule of the good, kind God, who had done
so much for them.
And now you must hear what came of this first sin. God,

who sees all things, saw at once what Ad-am and Eve had
done, and He came and spoke to them, and said they should
live no more in this nice, sweet place where He had first put
them, lest they should eat of the "Tree of Life," and so live
on and on in sin. So He sent a guard to watch by the tree,
with a sword of flame, to keep them from the fruit. (See p. 2.)
Nor was this all. God put a curse on the earth that He
had made so fair; and for man's sin it brought forth thorns and
weeds, and man had to work hard to get food; and pain and
grief came where all had been so fair, and good, and glad.


THE next thing I have to tell you is so sad, it will grieve
me to tell it and you to hear. Ad-am and Eve had two
sons, whose names were Cain and A-bel. Cain's work was to
dig the ground and grow corn and fruit; and A-bel took care
of the sheep and flocks. One day Cain brought some of the
fruit of the ground to God that He might see it, and take it
and bless him. For the same end A-bel brought a lamb out
of his flock to God. And when God saw these two gifts, that
which A-bel brought did please Him, but it was not so with
what Cain brought, and this made Cain wroth with A-bel, so
wroth, that he rose up and slew him: yes, he slew him whom
he was bound to love so much! (See p. 6.)
When God saw it, He told Cain that He knew what he had
done, and He would let him live no more with those whom he


lov-ed, but he should go forth by him-self, and no one should
be kind to him or care for him, but all should hate him for the
bad deed that he had done.


NOW, you must try and think that more and more men
were born in-to the world day by day; but I will not
try and tell you their names, for you could not read them if I
did. But, sad to say, they did not get bet-ter, or live as God
wish-ed them to live : no, they were so full of sin that God, who
saw it all, said, "I will sweep the men whom I have made
from off the face of the earth"; and in all the world there was
but one man who found grace in God's sight.
This man's name was No-al; and God told this man that
he meant to send a flood,-a great rain,-on the earth, which
would drown all the world. God toid No-ah to build an ark or
ship, that he might be safe in it when the flood should come.
God told him how he was to build it.
No-ah at once set to work, in spite of the jeers of the men
who saw him at this task; and when the ark was made, he was
told by God to go in-to the ark, and to take his sons and their
wives with him. And then God sent two of all kinds of beasts
and birds in-to the ark. (See p. i .)
Then came down the great rain; night and day, day and
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BUT No-ah-how did No-ah get on in his strange, large
ship? He was quite safe. The hard rain beat, but did
not come near him; and though his heart must have been
sad for all those he had known on the earth, yet for him there
was peace, and rest in God. His ark rode on the sea and
was safe.
It was a long time that No-ah had to stay in the ark
af-ter the six weeks of rain were past, for of course the earth
was all hid by the flood, and there was no dry land to be
But now God sent a high wind to blow, and dry up the
wa-ter; and when No-ah thought it might be dry, he sent out
a bird from the ark, and this bird flew up and down, up and
down, but found no place to rest on, so it came back to
No-ah. Then in a short time No-ah sent out a dove, and the poor
dove found no place to rest on, so she, like the first bird, came
back to the safe ark. In a week more No-ah sent out the
dove a-gain, to try in what state the earth was, and this time the
dove came back with a leaf in her beak, to show No-ah that
the trees were to be seen on the earth. Still No-ah thought
he would wait, and, to make quite sure that he would be wise
to leave his safe ark, he sent the dove out once more; then
she found the earth so dry, and fit to live on, she came back to
the ark no more.
Then God said to No-ah, "Go forth from the ark, thou,
and thy wife, and thy sons, and their wives, and take forth

from it all the live things with thee." So they all came forth;
and the first thing No-ah did when he found him-self on the
dry land was to build an al-tar, where he and his sons might
make of-fer-ings and pray to God, and thank Him for His care
of them.
And- when God saw what No-ah did, He said that He would
drown the world no more with a flood; and He set the bright
rain-bow in the sky, and bade No-ah look at it and know it was
a sign that He would no more send such a flood on the earth.
(See p. 12.)

TIME went on, and more and more men were born, and the
world was much more full. Oh, that they had been good
and true men, with the love of God in their hearts! But you
will see as you go on how sin grew as men grew. Still, I have to
tell you of good men and glad things, as well as of what is bad
and sad. So let me tell you now of A-bra-ham, a man of faith,
as No-ah was.
When first we hear of him he dwelt in a land with all his
friends; but God bade him leave this land, and go far from all
he knew, to a land strange to him then, but which God said
He would give to his seed to dwell in, and where He would bless
them and make them rich and great.
First, God led him from place to place, and he grew rich in
flocks and herds.
But great and rich as he was, there was one thing he had
not, and which it was his great, great wish to have, and that


was a child. So he told his wish to God, who said this too
he should have; yes, a son and son's sons. Then God gave
him a son, who was most dear to him, and whose name was
I-saac; and when I-saac was grown up to be a boy, one
day God told A-bra-ham to take this dear son up to a hill,
and there lay a pile of wood, and bind his son upon it, and
kill him, and give him up to Him.
Poor A-bra-ham, quite strong in his trust in God, but
with a most sad heart, did as God bade him, and went up
to the hill with his dear boy; and as they went, I-saac said,
"Here is wood, but where is a lamb for us to of-fer?" and
A-bra-ham said, "God will send a lamb," and so he did;
for just as A-bra-ham had bound his son, and was read-y to
kill him, he saw a ram caught in the hedge by its horns,
and heard a voice which told him to stop; for God saw his
faith, and trust in Him, and would try him no more. (See p. 17.)

A-BRA-HAM did not wish his son to take a wife from the
land where he was, and he made up his mind to send
his head man to fetch a wife for I-saac from the land whence
God had brought him. When the head man came to this land,
the beasts he had with him were in want of drink, and he took
them to the side of a well, and soon there came to the well
a young girl, who drew from the well and gave drink to his
poor beasts. (See p. 18.) She was a kind, nice girl, with a
sweet face; and he gave her gifts, and bade her tell him her name.


She said it was Re-be-kah, and led him to her home, where he
was ask-ed to stay, and when he went home, she went with him
to be I-saac's wife.
By-and-by I-saac and Re-be-kah had two sons born, to
whom they gave the names of E-sau and Ja-cob, and of them
there is much you must hear. They were twins, but E-sau was
born just a short time be-fore Ja-cob.
When they grew up, it was E-sau's work to go in-to the
fields and hunt, and he was wise as to how to catch game; but
Ja-cob, who did not care for such wild sports, dwelt at home
in his tent.
One day E-sau came home from a long hunt, quite faint
for want of food, and he found that Ja-cob had just made some
good soup which he meant to eat. Then E-sau said, Feed me,
I pray thee, with thy soup, for I'am faint." And Ja-cob said,
"I will give it thee if for it thou wilt sell to me all that which
thou wilt have as first-born son when our fa-ther dies. Thou
wilt have it all, thou art the first-born." And, so much did
E-sau want the soup, he sold his rights as first-born for the
sake of it. (See p. 19.)

"Y OU will not think it strange that E-sau was wroth with
Ja-cob, and said he would slay him; so their mo-ther bade
Ja-cob leave her, and go to a far-off land, the land where she was
born, that he might be safe. Then he went far from his home;
and as he went on his way night came on, and he laid down
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head. While he slept he saw a glad sight; he saw in a dream,
high steps that went up from the earth to the sky, and on them
an-gels of God, who went up and down; and at the top he
saw the Lord God, who spoke to him, and told him He would
give that land where he lay to him and to his seed, and that
He would bless him and make him great and rich. When
Ja-cob woke up his heart was glad, and he swore that he would
seek to do hence-forth that which was right, and to walk near
to God, who was so good to him in spite of all his sins.
Then Ja-cob went on his way, and came to the land to which
his mo-ther had sent him; and he went in-to a field where there
was a well, by the side of which were three flocks of sheep
which had lain down to rest, and the men who had the care
of them were with them.
Ja-cob spoke to the men, and said, Do you know La-ban ?"
Now La-ban was the man his mo-ther had bade him seek;
and the men said, "Yes, we know him, and soon will his young
girl Ra-chel come here with his sheep, which she takes care of."
When she came, Ja-cob went to help her put the stone off the
well, and he gave drink to her sheep; and he told her who he
was and whence he came, and she, quite glad to hear it, took
him to her home.
There, year by year, did he stay, for his love for Ra-chel
was great, and he wish-ed to have her for his wife; but La-ban
made him first take to wife her sis-ter Le-ah, whom he did not
love so much; and then he had to wait on some years more
ere he could get Ra-chel for his wife. (See p. 20.)


You know, in the land I tell you of, men might have two
or more wives.
Well, at last, when Ja-cob had got his two wives, and had
grown quite rich in sheep and goats and cows, he thought it
best to go to his old home; and as he went, whom should he
meet but E-sau; and you may be sure he felt some fear when he
saw him, for he knew how bad and false he had been to him.
He sent some of his men to E-sau with gifts of cows and
sheep, but he did not dare to go him-self till he heard that
E-sau's heart was kind, and his wrath had pass-ed by ; and to his
joy, when they came near, E-sau ran to meet him, and kiss-ed him,
and spoke kind words to his wives and sons, and would not
take the gifts till Ja-cob told him it would make him more
glad if he would do so.
Yet one thing more took place while Ja-cob was on his
way home.
It was just at the time when he had sent his men on with
the gifts to E-sau.
While he stood by him-self God met him face to face, and
told him He should change his name from Ja-cob to Is-ra-el.

AND now I have a good deal to tell you of Ja-cob, or Is-ra-el.
First, you must hear, that his wife Le-ah had ten sons;
but his dear wife Ra-chel for a long time had none, and he
thought God did not mean to bless her with them. Then at


last, to his and her great joy, she had two boys, whose names
were Jo-seph and Ben-ja-min. And for the great love he bare
to his wife Ra-chel, his love for these two sons was deep and
Now the ten sons of Le-ah did not like to see this great
love of their fa-ther for Jo-seph, and they made up their minds
they would get rid of him.

For, once Jo-seph had dream-ed that the sun, and the moon,
and the stars had come and bow-ed down to him; and the sons
of Le-ah thought that what was meant by this was, that they,
and their fa-ther, and their mo-ther would, at some time in their
lives, have to bow down to Jo-seph. (See p. 25.)

So one day, when they were out in the fields with their
sheep, they saw him come in-to the field; and they said, "Let
us put him down in-to this pit, and kill a goat, and dip his gay
coat which his fa-ther gave him, in the blood of the goat, and
take it home to his fa-ther, and tell him a wild beast has put
his son to death."
But it seems one of these bad men had not quite so hard a
heart as the rest, and he said, "Not so, let us not kill him, but
let us sell him to those men whom you may see com-ing this way."

Then they took him up out of the pit where they had
put him, and sold him to some strange men from the land of
E-gypt, whom just then they saw pass by. (See p. 26.)
Poor boy! how sad he must have felt; and how sad must

his poor fa-ther have been, whose love for him was so great,
when he saw the gay coat all red with blood, and heard the
false tale of his death.
So Jo-seph went far off, to E-gypt, a strange land; and
there, in a short time, and for no fault of his, he was cast in-to
a jail. You know what that is, do you not? It is a strong
place built round with high walls, from whence no man can get
out, and where are put the thieves and bad men who are not fit
to live free lives.
But Jo-seph, as I told you, had done no harm or wrong, and
was put in there for no cause. So good was he, while he was
there, that the head man of the jail was kind to him, and made
him help him to take care of the men in the jail.
By-and-by, two of these men dream-ed strange dreams, and
thought these dreams must be meant to show them what was to
come to pass. Then God made Jo-seph wise to see what they
meant, and this he told to the men, who, in time, found his
words come true; and you will see how in this way God's help
came to Jo-seph.

IN a short time the King of this land of E-gypt had some
strange dreams, and he sent for all his wise men and bade
them tell him what his dreams meant. For one night he
dream-ed that he saw sev-en full ears of corn and sev-en thiti ears,
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dream-ed that he saw sev-en fat cows and sev-en thin cows, and
the sev-en thin cows ate up the sev-en fat cows.
But the wise men could not tell what the dreams might mean.
Then one of the men who had been with Jo-seph in jail
call-ed to mind how he had been right in the case of his dream,
and told the King of him.
The King at once sent for Jo-seph and told him his dreams.
And God gave Joseph to know what was meant by these
dreams; and he said, "These two dreams mean the same thing.
God will send sev-en years in which the earth will give forth her
fruit in plen-ty, and sev-en in which all crops will fail. See, there-
fore, that a wise man be set to rule the land, and store up corn
in the good years, that there may be no lack when the bad
time comes."
Then the King, who felt that what he said would come to
pass, made Jo-seph a rul-er over the land. And Jo-seph be-came
rich and great a-mong the men of E-gypt.


IN the land where Ja-cob and his sons dwelt, there was no
corn, and their want was great; so when Ja-cob heard how
much corn there was in the land of E-gypt, he made his sons
go there to buy some; but he would not let Ben-ja-min go with
them, lest some harm should come to him as there had to Jo-seph.
And when the sons of Le-ah came to E-gypt, it was Jo-seph
who sold the corn to them; but they did not know him, but


bow-ed down to him as to some great and strange man. And
Jo-seph spoke rough-ly to them, and ask-ed them whence and
for what they came, and call-ed them spies.
But they said they were true men, and twelve sons of one
fa-ther, and that one was at home and one was dead.
But Jo-seph would not take what they said for truth, un-less,
as a proof of it, they brought their young bro-ther to him; so he
kept the ten in jail for three days, and then sent nine of them
back for Ben-ja-min.
But poor Jacob, when he heard what had come to pass,
would not let Ben-ja-min go, lest he too should be lost.


SO for some time they went no more to E-gypt; but when
all the corn they had brought with them was gone, and
they were in sad need of food, they once more said to Ja-cob,
" Let us go to E-gypt, and take the boy with us; for if we take
him not, we shall get no corn."
So at last, but with a sad heart, the poor old man bade
them go; but he said they were to take gifts with them, and
When they came to Jo-seph, and he saw the lad for whom
he had so true a love, his heart was full of love and joy, and
he had a feast made in his house, and these men were brought
to eat with him.

Still they did not know him. They gave him their gifts, and
spoke to him as to a strange man.
But still he did not tell them who he was; and once more
he let them go with their sacks full of corn; and he made his
men put the mon-ey they had paid in the sacks' mouths; and yet-
more, he bade them put his own cup that he drank out of, in
Ben-ja-min's sack; and then he let them go.
And when they were not long gone, he sent his head man
to stop them, and tell them he knew they had got his cup.
They were full of grief and pain that this should be said
of them, and cried, "Search and see, for we have not done
this bad thing."
And lo! it was found in Ben-ja-min's sack.
Then they rent their clothes and went back to the town.
And when they came to Jo-seph's house, they fell on the
ground at his feet. And he said, "Go back, all of you, to
your fa-ther; I will but keep him in whose sack the cup was
Now this one was just the one, the loss of whom, they
knew, would break their poor old fa-ther's heart; so they told
Jo-seph of their fa-ther's fond love for Ben-ja-min, and all he had
said to them ere he would trust his dear son with them.
And their grief was great. So Jo-seph could hide what
he felt no more. He sent all who stood by from the room, and
he wept, and said, "I am Jo-seph: doth my fa-ther yet live?"
(See p. 3I.)

They could not speak for fear; but he said, "Come near and
fear not; you sold me to this land, but it was God who sent me,
that I might save your lives. Go and tell your fa-ther that I am
lord of all E-gypt, and bring him here to me; and you shall dwell
in this land, and have all you need."
And he fell on Ben-ja-min's neck and wept; nor did he fail
to kiss those who had once been so hard to him.
Jo-seph then sent for his fa-ther, and gave him, and his sons,
and their wives, the best part of the land of E-gypt to live in.
And poor old Ja-cob said, "Now let me die, for I have seen my
son's face once more."
Just be-fore his death, Ja-cob bless-ed his sons, and told what
fate would come to the sons of each of them.


ALL you have yet heard of the life of the sons of Ja-cob in
E-gypt has been good, but this peace did not last.
When the King, who, I told you, was so kind to them, was
dead, and Jo-seph was dead, there was a new King, who had not
known Jo-seph, and who did not like to see the men of Is-ra-el
(that is, the sons and sons' sons of Ja-cob, whose name, I have
told you, God said was to be Is-ra-el) grow so great and rich
in his land. So he sought to put them down, and keep them
poor and low; and he made them work hard to make bricks,
and build, and toil in the fields. (See p. 32.)
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grow up to be men in his land; and he said that when a boy
was born, the nurse should take it and put it to death. But no,
they had not the heart to do this, and they were sure it would not
please God; so they would not do it.
But this did not save the poor boys; for the hard, bad King
bade the men of E-gypt take the poor boys and throw them
in-to the river: the girls he let live.
But God, who sees all that goes on at all times, and has
His own wise ways, let one man child be kept safe, to do a
great work for Him, and of this child you shall now hear.
There was a man and his wife who had a son born to them,
-a fine, fair child he was,-and the wife hid him, while he was
quite young, in his own home.
But when he was three months old she found it hard to
hide him more, and great was her fear and dread lest some one
should find him out, and take him from her, and cast him in-to
the river.
So what did she do? She made an ark,-a kind of small
boat,-of flags that grew by the side of the stream, and she laid
her babe in it, and put it on the edge of the stream in the flags
which grew there.
Poor thing! with what a sad heart she left her dear child
there in all that risk!
By the stream she left a girl of hers to watch, and see what
would come to pass.

By-and-by a daugh-ter of the King came to bathe in this
stream, and, as she stood at the side, she saw the small ark.
Then she sent one of her maids to fetch it; and, hark!
she heard the poor wee babe cry. Then she felt much grief for
it, and said, This is one of the poor babes the King would slay."
(See p. 35.)
She made up her mind she would save this child, and take
it to her home. Then the girl who, I told you, stood by the
stream came up, and said, Shall I go and call a nurse to nurse
this child for thee?" And the la-dy said, "Go!" So the girl
ran and brought the child's own mo-ther.
Mo-ses' mo-ther took him home to nurse and care for him;
and when he grew so old that he did not need a nurse, she took
him back to the la-dy at the King's court. With her, he was
brought up, as if he had been her own son; and it was she who
gave him the name of Mo-ses.
Now when Mo-ses grew to be a man, he saw how hard was
the life led by the Is-ra-el-ites in E-gypt, and he sought how to
help them.
Some of the things he did for them came to the ears of the
King; and he, in his wrath, sought to slay Mo-ses.
Mo-ses fled to the land of Mid-i-an, to be safe from the King.


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bright flame come forth from a bush, as if the whole bush were
on fire, yet it was not burn-ed! (See p. 36.)
Then God spake to Mo-ses out of the bush, and told him
how He had seen the hard fate of the Is-ra-el-ites, and heard their
cry of grief, and was come down to help them, and to lead them
out of that land, to a rich land which they should have for their
own. Then God said He would send Mo-ses to lead them out
and that He would go with him, and, though the task would be
a hard one, yet, by His strong arm, it would be done at last.
Mo-ses did not like the task at all, and he said to the Lord
that he could not speak well, and was not a good man to plead
the Lord's cause.
Then the Lord said that Aa-ron, the bro-ther of Mo-ses,
should go with him; and that He would give them both words
to speak, and would make them wise.
And God bade them take with them a rod, through which
He said they should work great acts and deeds.
Then Mo-ses went back to Egypt, and found the state of the
Is-ra-el-ites still worse than be-fore; and God told him to try and
move the heart of the King by strange signs; but the King
made his heart hard, and would not be mov-ed, and he would
not let the Is-ra-el-ites .go.
Then God, In his wrath, turn-ed all the wa-ters into blood,
and sent all kinds of plagues upon the men of E-gypt. But still
they would not let the Is-ra-el-ites go.

But at last God sent a plague that did quite touch the
King's hard heart.
One day, God told Mo-ses to tell the Is-ra-el-ites to kill in
each house a lamb, and put some of the blood of the lamb on
the posts of the doors; for He said that that night He would
send one to pass through the land, to kill the first-born of each
house, but the blood should show when a house was that of an
Is-ra-el-ite, for there would he not slay; for none of these
plagues came on the Is-ra-el-ites. (See p. 37.)
Then the King got up in haste and told Mo-ses to lead the
peo-ple forth at once, lest a yet worse plague should come to him.
But, strange to tell, they were scarce yet gone, when the
King's heart grew hot with-in him at the thought that they had
at last got free from him, and he rose and went after them with
all his men of war.
And he came up with the Is-ra-el-ites just as they reach-ed
the Red Sea, which you will find in the map; and the sea part-
ed in two to let the Is-ra-el-ites go over; but when the King
tried to pass in the same way the wa-ters came back to their
place, and he and all his men were drown-ed.
Then Mi-ri-am the Pro-phet-ess sang prais-es to God; she,
and all the wo-men of Is-ra-el with her. (See p. 42.)

T HE Is-ra-el-ites went on their way through the de-sert in joy,
and God went with them, and fed them with food from
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wa-ter, God told Mo-ses to smite upon the rock, and wa-ter flow-ed
forth from it, so that they could drink as much as they wish-ed.
(See p. 38.)
But, in spite of all that God had done for them, and all
that He said He would do for them, the Is-ra-el-ites sin-ned
a-gainst Him in many ways, and vex-ed Him, so that at last in
His wrath He sent dead-ly snakes to plague them: and these
snakes bit, and their bite was so bad, it brought death with it.
The men said to Mo-ses, "This is for our sins; pray to the
Lord that He may help us."
When Mo-ses did so, the Lord bade him make a large
snake of brass and set it up on a high pole, and tell the men
to look up at it; and when the men who had bites from the
fierce snakes would look up at this brass snake, they got well
once more. (See p. 41.)

AS the men of Is-ra-el went through this land, they came to
a large, high hill, the name of which was Mount Si-na-i.
There they set their tents up round the Mount.
God bade Mo-ses come up to speak to Him in this Mount,
and the men round in their tents heard thun-der, and saw fire
come forth from the Mount.
Then God spake to Mo-ses, and gave him laws by which
he should rule the men of Is-ra-el; and He gave him plans by
which he and the men of Is-ra-el should know how to build a
large tent for the Lord, where He would meet with them.

There was no part which God did not show to him and
tell him of; for God will have men serve Him in His own way,
and none else.
And God told Mo-ses how he was to set a-part priests, and
the dress they were to wear, and the work they were to do in
His house. And He told him of the lights and the oil they
were to bless and use, and the sweet scent they were to burn,
and what they were to of-fer.
And God told him how they were to spend their weeks; six
days for their own work, and one to be kept for the Lord's use.
When He had said all this, He gave Mo-ses two large slabs
of stone, on which with His own hand He wrote the Laws.
Ah, how glad must Mo-ses have felt when he had heard
all this, and knew he might go down and tell it to the men he
thought stood at the foot of the Mount to watch and wait for
him How he must have thought, "Now I will make them glad
with all God's words to me."
Ah, no! ah, no! They did not wait; they did not watch.
In a short time, they said to Aa-ron, "Why has Mo-ses left us?
We know not where he is gone. Up, make us gods which shall
lead us."
So Aa-ron bade them break off their rings which were
in their ears and in their wives' ears, and bring them to him;
and out of these gold rings he made a calf of gold. And he
said, "These be thy gods, which brought thee up out of the
land of E-gypt."
The next day they made a great feast, and sat down to

eat and to drink, and rose up to play. And while they did all
this, God bade Mo-ses go down to them, and He told him
what he should find. And God was wroth with them. So Mo-ses
went down from the Mount, and in his hands he took the two
slabs of stone with the laws which God wrote on them.
And when Mo-ses got down and saw the calf, and the
men dance and shout in its praise, his grief and wrath were
such that he cast the stones on the ground, so that they broke.
(See p. 47.)
Mo-ses then took the calf and burn-ed it in the fire, and
told the men how great their sin had been in this want of
trust in God, and in that they had made gods to lead them,
when there was but one true God.

I SHALL now pass on, and shall not speak of the laws and rules
laid down by God through the lips of Mo-ses, but tell you
of the time when he was near to death, and when he bade all
the men-the twelve tribes they were, who came from and kept
the names of the twelve sons of Ja-cob-come round him.
These twelve tribes did Mo-ses bless, bless with words
from God; and he sang a song, a grand song which you will
love to read by-and-by, in which he tells the name of the
Lord, that He is great, and all His ways are good; that He
is a Rock of strength to all who trust Him; that He it was
who had led them out from the strange land; that He had fed
them on the way; and much more, which it would be in vain
for me to try and write so that you could read it.


When he had said all this, he went up to the top of a
high mount.
Thence God let him see the land which the tribes were
to have for their own, but where Mo-ses must not go, for that
once when he spake not wise-ly with his lips. (See p. 48.)
Thence he saw it all; and then in peace he laid him down to die.
An old man he 'was, twice as old as most men are now
when they die, but his eye was not dim; nor was he weak,
nor was his strength gone.
He did God's work to the last, and he did it well.
He was bur-ied no man knows where, for God, who had seen
how the peo-ple bow-ed down to the gold-en calf that Aa-ron
nad made for them, fear-ed lest they should in like man-ner make
a god of Mo-ses.
The chil-dren of Is-ra-el had now lost both of the lead-ers
who, by God's help, had brought them out of the land of E-gypt.
They were still in the de-sert, and there was much to be done
be-fore they could gain the land which they were to have for their own.
The men who dwelt in it had to be driv-en out be-fore they
could come in-to it, and to do this took them a very long time,
as you will see. But the hard-est part of their jour-ney was over.
Their hearts had been tried by pain and grief, and they had both
seen and felt the good-ness and the power of God.
Al-though they were one day to be a great peo-ple, whose
fame was to go to the ends of the earth, no one would have known
it to see them as they stood now, tired and worn with for-ty years'
tray-el, on the east-ern bank of Jor-dan.


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