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BIBLE PICTURE BOOK.
THE STORY OF KING DAVID.
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN. 1 WONDERS OF PROVIDENCE.
FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS FROM ORIGINAL DESIGNS.
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FREDERICK WARNE AND CO.,
BEDFORD STREET, STRAND.
THE STORY OF KING DAVID.
DAVID, the young son of Jesse, took care of his father's
sheep on the hills of Judah. He loved God, and sang
sweet hymns of praise to Him on his harp. This is what David
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures; He
leadeth me beside the still waters."
One day, the prophet Samuel came to the house of
David's father, and sent for the shepherd boy and anointed him-
that is, put oil on his head-to show that God had chosen him to
to be King of Israel; for God loved David because he was
ISRAEL was at war with the Philistines, and David was sent
by his father to see his brothers, who were soldiers in King
Saul's army. When he reached the camp, he heard the great
giant Goliath daring the Israelites to come out and fight with
him. David offered to do so, but King Saul told him that he
was too young. David answered, God once helped me to kill a
lion and a bear in defence of my poor sheep, I am sure He will
help me to kill this Philistine." Then King Saul said, Go,
and may God help you."
If God loves us we need fear nothing.
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A ND David took five smooth stones out of the brook, and
put them in a sling or shepherd's bag which he had, and
went out to meet the giant. When the giant saw that it was only
a boy who had come to fight with him, he laughed, and said very
wicked words to David; but the lad answered, I come in the
name of the great God whom thou hast defied; He will fight for
me." And he took a stone, and put it in his sling, and threw it
at the giant. It struck him in the forehead, and he fell to the
earth with a loud noise. Then David ran, and drew the
Philistine's sword and cut off his head with it.
W HEN the Philistines saw that their giant was killed, they
fled; and thus the Israelites won the victory. And
the king's son, Jonathan, loved David from that time, and wished
him to be just like his brother; so he gave the lad his own rich
dress, and his sword and bow. It was the custom in those days
to make such presents as these to the person selected to be one's
Jonathan and David loved each other always, for they
were both good, and both loved God.
Let us take care to choose for our friends those who love
God, and who will help us to grow in goodness,
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N OW King Saul was very ill. He was sad and unhappy,
because he was no longer good, and nothing made him well
but music. Then his servants asked David to play the harp to
him as the youth had done before he killed the giant; and David,
who was very kind, played to him. But Saul had grown jealous
of David now, and wished to kill him; therefore, one day as
David was playing before him, the king threw his javelin at him,
and would have killed him, had not David slipped on one side,
and run out of the room.
Jonathan had told David before that his father wished to
kill him, so David was not taken by surprise.
T HEN David fled from King Saul, and hid in a cave in the
mountains. And his mother and father and his brothers
came to him, and stayed with him there. And a great many men
who did not love King Saul, or who could not pay money which
they owed, came to David; till at last he had quite a number of
soldiers with him-four hundred men! But David did not wish
to fight against the king: he only wanted to prevent Saul from
killing him; so he lived quietly with his soldiers in the cave. It
is a sad thing to be jealous.
We should pray to be kept from jealousy; and to be made
patient and forgiving as David was.
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GOD took care of David and would not let the wicked king
hurt him. At last, in a great battle Saul and his good son
Jonathan were killed. David was very sorry. He sang a sweet
song about them both; and did not remember how cruel Saul
had been to him. Then the people came to David and asked
him to be their king; and he was crowned in Hebron as Samuel
the prophet had said he should be long ago.
Everything in this world is ordered by God. He setteth
up and pulleth down; He maketh rich and maketh poor."
Now, He called the young shepherd boy to be king over His
A S soon as David was king he went to fetch the Ark of God,
which had been for many years at a place called Kirjath-
jearim. This Ark was a gold box, having inside it the stone
tables of the Ten Commandments which God gave to Moses,
Aaron's Rod which blossomed, and a Pot of Manna which the
children of Israel had eaten in the wilderness. When it was in
the Tabernacle the bright cloud of God's glory rested on it.
David, who truly loved God, could not rest till the Ark should
be again in the Tabernacle. And he brought it back with great
rejoicings, dancing before it himself and singing psalms of praise
to his harp.
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K ING David won a great many battles. The young lad
who had killed the lion and the bear, and slain the giant,
proved a brave soldier, and fought for his native land. He
subdued the Philistines, who had been so cruel to Israel, and
conquered the Moabites, and made them obey him and bring him
gifts. He defeated all his enemies; and when the conquered
people brought him vessels of gold and vessels of silver, he carried
them to the Tabernacle and gave them as an offering to God;
for he said, It is God that giveth me the victory."
We should always thank God whenever He lets us do
brave or good actions.
A FTER a time David grew idle, and did not go out to fight,
but stayed at home to amuse himself, and sent his nephew
Joab to fight for him. And then he did a wicked thing. He
had one of his brave soldiers killed, that he might marry the poor
God was very angry with David, and He sent His
prophet Nathan to the king to rebuke him. Nathan told the
king a story of a rich man, who, not content with his own flocks
and herds, took away the one little lamb of his poor neighbour,
which was all he had. David was very angry with the greedy
rich man, and said, He shall surely die." Then Nathan said
to the king, THOU art the man."
Do you not think that David must have been very much
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K ING David was very sorry for his sin, and prayed to God
to forgive him. And the Lord did forgive him, but
said that he must be punished very severely, to show the people
that God hates everything that is evil. Now Absalom, David's
favourite son, was a very wicked young man, vain of his great
beauty and his fine hair; and he tried to make himself king, and
drove his poor old father out of Jerusalem. But David's soldiers
fought with Absalom's in a wood, and the prince, during the
battle, rode under the thick branches of an oak. One of them
caught his long hair and dragged him off his mule's back, and the
animal ran off and left him hanging by it. Here the wicked son
was found by the king's soldiers, and was killed with a javelin.
D AVID'S old age was peaceful; and he took pains to teach
the Levites, who ministered in God's Tabernacle, how to
sing beautiful psalms in honour of God. We sing and read the
psalms that David wrote, in church every Sunday. These are
some of the words which he taught the Levites to sing :-
"I will extol Thee, my God, O King; and I will bless
Thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless Thee; and I will praise Thy
name for ever and ever.
"The Lord is gracious and full of compassion; slow to
anger, and of great mercy.
The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over
all his works."-Psalm cxlv. verses I, 2, 8, 9.
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN.
Josep 's Dreams.
ONE night, while little Joseph, the son of Jacob, was asleep,
GOD sent him a wonderful dream. He thought he saw
the sun, moon, and stars bow down to him. Once before he
had dreamed that he and his brothers were in the harvest field,
binding sheaves of golden corn, and that their sheaves bowed
down to his sheaf. His brethren hated him because of his
dreams; and they said, Shalt thou reign over us ?" His
father also reproved him for telling these visions; but, as you will
see, they came true. All dreams do not come true; only those
which GOD sends to men.
Jose k in the Pit.
JOSEPH'S brothers were jealous of him, because their
father loved him best, and gave him more than he gave to
them. One day when Joseph came to them in the field, bringing
a kind message from their father, they said, "Behold, this
dreamer cometh; let us kill him, and see what will become of
his dreams." But Reuben, the eldest brother, would not let
them; he said, Do not kill him, but put him into this deep, dry
pit in the wilderness." So they took off Joseph's pretty coat,
and, in spite of his tears and entreaties, they put him down into
the dark, dismal pit, to die there.
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Joseph Sold to the Merchants by his Brethren.
R EUBEN did not mean to leave his brother to die in the
pit; he meant to come back and take Joseph out when
they were all gone. But while he was away, the brothers saw
some camels coming, laden with spice and myrrh; and Judah said,
" Let us not leave our brother to die, but let us sell him to these
merchants who are coming." And his brethren listened to this
advice, and drew Joseph up out of the pit, and sold him to the
travelling merchants for twenty pieces of silver, and the Ish-
maelites took him down into Egypt, and sold him for a slave.
Joseph 's Coal of Many Colours brought to
T HEN the wicked ten brothers took Joseph's pretty coat of
many colours, and dipped it in the blood of a kid. And
they brought it, all blood-stained, to his father Jacob, and said,
"We have found this coat. Is it your son Joseph's?" And
Jacob said, "It is my son's coat-a wild beast has eaten him.
Joseph is without doubt rent to pieces."
And the poor old man cried bitterly and was very miser-
able. Once he had deceived his own father with the skin of a
kid; now his sons deceive him with the blood of one.
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Joseph Accused Falsely and sent to Prison.
JOSEPH'S master was captain of the King of Egypt's
guards. He was very kind to his young servant, and finding
him good and honest, trusted him with everything. But Potiphar
had a wicked wife, who wanted to make Joseph deceive his kind
master. When she found that Joseph would not do anything
wrong, because he knew that GOD could always see him, she grew
very angry; and she told her husband that Joseph was very
wicked and ought to be punished. Potiphar believed her, and
sent poor Joseph away to prison. But GOD knew that Joseph
was good; and made the keeper of the prison kind to him.
Joseph Inter.reting the Dreams of tle Chief
Butler and Baker in Prison.
T HE keeper of the prison let Joseph help him to take care
of the prisoners. Among them were the butler and
baker of King Pharaoh. One morning Joseph found these men
looking very sad, and asked them what was the matter. They
said they had had strange dreams, and were sorry that there was
no one to tell them what they meant. Joseph said that only
GOD could tell what a dream meant, but he wished to hear them.
And when he had heard the dreams, GOD taught him how to
explain them; and just as he said, so it happened. The baker
was hung, and the King restored the butler to his place.
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Joseph Inzteprieting Pharaoh s Dreams.
B Y-AND-BY Pharaoh had a dream. He thought he saw
seven fat cows feeding in a meadow, and seven thin cows
came and eat them up; so Pharaoh awoke. And he slept and
dreamed the second time. And he saw in his dream seven thin
ears of bad corn eat up seven good ears of corn. He wished
very much to know what his dreams meant; and the chief butler
said, There is a young man in the prison who can tell the
Then the King sent for Joseph; and he said, "The
dreams mean that there will be seven good harvests, and they will
be followed by seven years when no corn will grow, and there will
be no bread to eat."
Joseph made Ruler over the Land of Egypt.
T H EN King Pharaoh said, "If this is to be so, what had
we better do ?" And Joseph advised the King to buy
up all the corn, and save it against the time when the harvests
should be bad. And the King told Joseph that he should do so
for him; and he made Joseph ruler over all the land, and put his
ring on his finger, and a gold chain on his neck, and the poor
captive became the greatest man in Egypt next to the King.
And he saved up the corn, and when the bad harvests came he
sold it to the people for King Pharaoh.
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J7osepf 's Brethren Finding the Money in
T HERE was no corn in Canaan either, and when Jacob
heard that there was wheat to be sold in Egypt, he sent
his ten sons down to buy some. Joseph knew his cruel brothers
but they did not know him, because he was grown a man.
He pretended to be unkind to them, and asked them many
questions, and took Simeon and put him in prison, telling them
that he should not be set free till they brought their brother
Benjamin to him. But he had their sacks filled with corn; and
when they reached home and opened them, they found that the
money they had paid for it was put inside their sacks.
Josepfz making himselfKnown /o his Brethren.
ACOB did not like to let Benjamin go into Egypt, but at
last they had no bread to eat; and then he was obliged to
send his dear son with his brothers. When Joseph saw
Benjamin, who was his own mother's son, he was so glad that he
cried for joy. Then he told his cruel brothers who he was, and
forgave them; and kissed Benjamin, and made a great feast for
them. And he bade them go home and tell his dear old father
that he was alive, and that he wished him to come to him in
The Meeting of Joseph and kis Father.
T HEN the eleven brothers went back joyfully to their father;
and told old Jacob the good news that Joseph was alive,
and governor of the land of Egypt. And Jacob made haste to
go at once to his beloved son, sending on Judah, to tell Joseph
by which road he should journey. And Joseph went to meet his
father in the land of Goshen. And when he saw the old man,
he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck, a good while."
And Jacob thanked GoD for letting him see Joseph once
more before he died.
Jacob Brought before Pharaoh.
P HARAOH wished to see the father of his wise servant
Joseph; so Joseph brought Jacob into the presence of
the King. And the aged man blessed the monarch who had
been so good to his lost son. Pharaoh gave the land of Goshen
to Joseph for his family to dwell in; and Jacob was blessed with
the tender care of his dear son all the rest of his life. Thus
Joseph's dreams were fulfilled. His brethren bowed down to
him; his father depended on his care.
In the story of these brothers we see the truth of the
The wise shall inherit glory; but shame shall be the promotion
of fools (the wicked).-PROV. iii. 35.
'WONDERS OF PROVIDENCE.
B LESS the Lord, O my soul. O LORD my
God, thou art very great; thou art clothed
with honour and majesty.
2. Who coverest thyself with light as with
a garment: who stretches out the heavens like
3. Who layeth the beams of his chambers
in the waters: who maketh the clouds his
chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the
4. Who maketh his angels spirits; his
ministers a flaming fire:
5. Who laid the foundations of the earth,
that it should not be removed for ever.
6. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with
a garment: the waters stood above the moun-
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7. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice
of thy thunder they hasted away.
8. They go up by the mountains; they go
down by the valleys unto the place which thou
hast founded for them.
9. Thou hast set a bound that they may
not pass over; that they turn not again to cover
io. He sendeth the springs into the valleys,
which run among the hills.
ii. They give drink to every beast of the
field: the wild asses quench their thirst.
12. By them shall the fowls of the heaven
have their habitation, which sing among the
13. He watereth the hills from his cham-
bers: the earth is satisfied with the fruit of thy
14. He causeth the grass to grow for the
cattle, and herb for the service of man: that
he may bring forth food out of the earth.
15. And wine that maketh glad the heart
of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and
bread which strengtheneth man's heart.
16. The trees of the LORD are full of sap;
the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;
17. Where the birds make their nests: as
for the stork, the fir trees are her house.
18. The high hills are a refuge for the
wild goats; and the rocks for the conies.
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19. He appointed the moon for seasons.
the sun knoweth his going down.
20. Thou makest darkness, and it is night:
wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep
21. The young lions roar after their prey,
and seek their meat from God.
22. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves
together, and lay them down in their dens.
23. Man goeth forth unto his work and
to his labour until the evening.
24. O LORD, how manifold are thy works!
in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth
is full of thy riches.
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are things creeping innumerable, both small
and great beasts.
26. There go the ships: there is that levi-
athan, whom thou hast made to play therein.
27. These wait all upon thee; that thou
mayest give them their meat in due season.
28. That thou givest them they gather:
thou openest thine hand, they are filled with
29. Thou hidest thy face, they are troubled:
thou takest away their breath, they die, and
return to their dust.
30. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are
created: and thou renewest the face of the
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