Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 The creation
 The fall
 Cain and Abel
 The flood
 Notable men
 In the desert
 The judges - Gideon
 The ark
 Song of Solomon
 The birth of Christ
 The star in the East
 The flight into Egypt
 The young child and the old...
 The three temptations
 The marriage at Cana
 The palsied man
 The widow of Nain
 The sower
 The storm
 The wild man
 Christ's disciples
 Death of John the Baptist
 Jesus walking on the sea
 The good samaritan
 The lost sheep
 The prodigal son
 Jesus blessing little children
 Mary anoints Jesus
 Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
 The parable of the ten virgins
 Sayings of our Lord
 The last supper and the betray...
 The crucifixion
 The resurrection
 The lame man
 Ananias and Sapphira
 Herod and the apostles
 St. James
 St. Peter
 Back Matter
 Back Cover

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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Title Page
        Title Page 1
        Title Page 2
        Frontispiece 1
        Frontispiece 2
        Preface 1
        Preface 2
    The creation
        Page 1
        Page 2
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    The fall
        Page 4
    Cain and Abel
        Page 5
    The flood
        Page 6
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    Notable men
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    In the desert
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    The judges - Gideon
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    The ark
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    Song of Solomon
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    The birth of Christ
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    The star in the East
        Page 97
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    The flight into Egypt
        Page 99
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    The young child and the old doctors
        Page 101
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    The three temptations
        Page 103
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    The marriage at Cana
        Page 106
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    The palsied man
        Page 108
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    The widow of Nain
        Page 110
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    The sower
        Page 112
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    The storm
        Page 114
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    The wild man
        Page 116
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    Christ's disciples
        Page 118
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    Death of John the Baptist
        Page 120
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    Jesus walking on the sea
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    The good samaritan
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    The lost sheep
        Page 128
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    The prodigal son
        Page 130
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    Jesus blessing little children
        Page 132
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    Mary anoints Jesus
        Page 137
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    Jesus' entry into Jerusalem
        Page 139
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    The parable of the ten virgins
        Page 141
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    Sayings of our Lord
        Page 143
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    The last supper and the betrayal
        Page 145
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    The crucifixion
        Page 147
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    The resurrection
        Page 149
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    The lame man
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    Ananias and Sapphira
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    Herod and the apostles
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    St. James
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    St. Peter
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    Back Matter
        Back Matter
    Back Cover
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J uonoso by the number of versions
and editions of Hieroglyphic Bibles
issued (chiefly in chap-book form)
during the first thirty years of the
present century, this method of in-
structing the young in Scriptural
knowledge was widely appreciated.
Those books have, however, prac-
tically gone out of vogue long since,
though one or two of them, in
improved forms, were reproduced
within comparatively recent years.
For the most part, the woodcuts, or
"hieroglyphs," in place of certain
words, were of a rude (and sometimes
even ludicrous) description, while
the plan of presenting only detached
passages could have conveyed but
a fragmentary kind of instruction.

The present work, as may be seen
at a glance, is largely formed on a
very different plan: the youthful
reader has here, in simple language,
a series of the more notable and
striking scenes and narratives in
the Scriptures, with a modified
form of the old hieroglyphs,"
produced in a style of colour-
printing which it is hoped will
prove attractive to many little
ones. The design of this book is,
in brief, to foster in their opening
minds a love for the writings of
the sacred historians, prophets, and
apostles of old, and, above all, the
teachings of Him "who spake as
never man spake."
At the end of the New Testament
volume will be found four reduced
facsimile pages of older books of
this description.


IN the beginning, God divided the

From the ] and so

made night and day. He also
separated the waters from the
dry land, calling the former the

s and the

latter the Then He caused

the -& 'r. y 1 a and the

a to grow.

Next He made the the

and the l to' give

light unto the 'i Afterwards

He created the and

tr, -- ,then the

S_. -'".: .; -' ,l the ^-

?-t i4 aL, LI created to
whom He gave powsr over all the

of the air, the es of

the sea, and 2 s of the earth.


AND God planted I

which He called .,- .,.

Eden, and here He placed the

') He had created, and whom He

named Adam. He told him he might

eat of the itr. the

S except one, named the
of the knowledge
of good and evil. If he dis-
obeyed, he was to die. Now Adam
was lonely, and God took pity
upon him. One day when he was

- a- s- God took from him

a .,s and made a who stood

before him when le
She was called Eve. -


ONE day Eve saw a
which spoke to her, telling her to-
stretch forth her oi d.1 pluck

the 0 of the forbidden y' and

this she did, giving some of it

also to ':. Their' were

opened, and they knew they had
sinned. They felt afraid, and hid

themselves among rB. -

But God found them out, and drove

them from Eden. placing ,i

with a flaming .. at I.e .1

to prevent their return. After this

the brought forth

S s and r s and Adam

had to the ground and work

hard to get things to grow.


THERE were two sons of Adam and

Eve. Cain, the elder, w.. P, -

and Abel, the younger, was a

Each of them brought

r.. God because of their

sin. Cain brought the B '

from his garden, and was full of pride
as he did so. Abel brought a little

i. ,id was afraid God would

not think much of his, and that it
was not enough for all his sins; but

God took Abel's ? and left Cain's
untouched. This made Cain angry
with his brother, and he arose and



LoNG after, when there were many

-.I.." upon the men became

so wicked that God said He would
destroy them. He told Noah to build

an far away from any

S Thepeople .I ~.1 ed

to see him building an
where there was no water, but one

night the -_ fell and water
; from the ground. The flood

had come. The ark floated now,
and the frightened people cried to

Noah to open the Tgi and let

them in, but it was too late, for
God Himself had shut the door,
and all the people save those in the

7 .re drowned. After forty

days Noah sent out a to find

but it soon returned.


He next sent forth a .-... and
she also came back, but when he
let her go a second time she re-

turned with a in her it
Thus Noah found out that the

;- -"- -. were falling. At

last the ark rested on dry land,

I al F~.. I L'1 i I lefttheark

and offered a to God, giv.

ing Him thanks for His great
kindness to them. Then God pro-
mised that He would never again

send a flood on the and seta

in the

as a sign that He would keep His


METHUSALEH was the oldest
Jabal was the father of all who

dwell in j .'. and of such

as have ,i .iubalwas the

father of all who handle the

and the ; Tubal Cain was

thefirst Noah waste first

man tok arp o h ^ ; ;Japhet
was the father of the white ;


Shem the father of the brown;

r S and Ham of the black

S4? Nimrod was the first
great ;'


WHEN once more there were many
men in the world, some of them did
not believe God's promise to Noah;

and lest --r,-.j. come again,

they madeUA4.:, and proposed to

build '" -' -"' andaveryhigh
S t ,: I, ..ild reach to heaven,
S ,,t r;-h.a God saw them

I-0- 1 He was

very angry, and He changed their
language, so that they could not
make out what was said when they

yi i to each other. After this

the people were scattered over the

face of the This confusion

of 00 s was called Babel.


THIS was one of God's friends.
When Abraham and his wife Sarah
were old people, God gave them a

little n,-B of whom they were
very fond, and whom they called
Isaac. To try his faith, God told,
Abraham. to offer up Isaac as a

Sto Himself. So he rose one

morning and saddled his ..-1

got ready the and the -- -

and 4 in his L... -took

his and went to a

the top of which he made an

of dl on which he laid Isaac,
and would have slain him had not

God sent an .:" to stay his

After this God also

provided a which was caught

in a nd offered as the

.,j UIrl .. of Isaac.


WHEN isaac was old enough- his
father wished him to marry, and
sent his faithful old servant Eliezer

to fetch a from among his own
friends, '1, because the people

where be was now living worshipped

i. So Eliezer set out, taking

with him a number of

After a long journey he-

came to .. td as the

beasts w-:r. r.r.. .. rirsty, he

made them U kand he

:-.L ed that God would
B -

make a young woman come and
offer the thirsty beasts a drink and
that this might be the wife for
Isaac. Soon a beautiful girl came
bearing I with which she offered
to draw water from the .
Then Eliezer was glad. He went
home with her to her father'sj:
and gave her gold 0 s for her
f and 0 s for L.r iA ,,
and with her father's leave brought
Rebekah, for this was her name,
to be the wife of Isaac. This was
what Isaac saw one evening when
he was taking a walk in the fields.
S He knew it was his
Wife that was coming,
S. J and he was very happy.


THIS was one of Isaac's two '
Esau, a hairy man, was the
elderbrother. Helovedt _..t
whereas Jacob, the younger, liked to

stay at home to help h, *. One

day when Jacob had made a .of

pottage, Esau begged to get it, as
he was very tired and hungry after
a long hunt. But Jacob first made
him that when their father died,

he, Jacob, should get the bless-
ing, and Esau promised. When

Isaac was an man he asked

Esau to get him some of the flesh

of a that he might eat of it

beforehe died; &.r-1 i-j to get
it. But Rebekah made Jacob fetch

a little 4 and this she cooked,
and sent it in to Isaao by Jacob's

-'. She put the of
t 4- .'1. his hands and neck,
so that he might make his father
believe that he was hairy Esau.
So he took in the and old
blind Isaac was cheated, and gave

L 5 -5iE. C tl.I. L

after, Esau came home bringing the
which he had killed.
AP Great was his anger
when he heard that Jacob had got
the blessing, and he swore that
when his father was dead he would

But Rebekah heard him,
and she determined to send
Jacob where Esau could not touch


So Jacob fled to his uncle Laban,
who lived a great way off. One

night, when the ,was setting,
he took a 5. for a and

laid himself down --

And as he was sleeping, he saw a

SK ... f1 ..r. arth
-. r1 the

of God ascending and descending
upon it. God Himself appeared to
him, and promised to bless him.
When Jacob awoke, he was afraid,
and took the stone which had been

his pillow and set it up for n

and he upon it, and called

the name of the place Bethel, which

means the I t God.


JOSEPH was Jacob's pet son. He
gave him a of many colours,
and loved him better than
any of the other children. This
caused his brethren to hate him.
They hated him still more because

he dreamed that 1 r.. r. -. .

down to hi nd that the 4

Sand 4a also bowed before

him, for these dreams meant that
one day he would be a greater man
than any of them.
Joseph's eleven brethren were sent
away to feed their *T' It,'1'..

They had been away from home
for some time, when their father
Jacob felt anxious about them, and
sent Joseph to find out where they
were. After a long walk, he at
last spied them in the distance.
The brethren also saw him, knowing

him by his Here comes

the dreamer!" they said. "Come,
let us kill him." One of the breth-
ren, Reuben by name, begged that
Joseph might not be killed, but be
cast into an old dy ey
stripped him of his coat, put him
in the well, and then sat down

S to eat. In a little

while they saw some merchants
riding towards them on their

4.i-ldah proposed that

thr.; should sell Joseph
to be a slave in Egypt, where the
merchants were going, and this
they did, and received twenty pieces
of silver. Then they tore Joseph's
coat, and dipped it in the blood of

& ; they had killed. This they

took home to their father Jacob,
saying they had found it so; and
he, thinking that his pet son had

been destroyed by a wi.l .P

was in great sorrow for him. many
days, refusing to be comforted.
In Egypt, Joseph was sold to a
royal officer named Potiphar, and
all went well with him for a time ;
but Potiphar's wife told such wicked
lies about Joseph that he was cast

r.:IIIi -' ..' had never
really done any ill. King Pharaoh's
butler and his baker were also pri-
soners. The former dreamt that he

saw a vine with three that

the king's Y was in his and

that he pressed the j into the

cup and gave it into the i of

the j Joseph was able to tell the
butler that this dream meant he
would soon be in service again. The
baker also had a dream. Three

white Wf s were on his full
of meats for the king. Presently,

the -canme and ate out of

the s. Joseph said this meant
that the baker would, in three days,

be hanged on a

Some time afterwards, Pharaoh,the
king, dreamt that he saw seven fat
lr'j feeding on a meadow,
when seven lean _' j came

and ate them up. Another time he

dreamt that seven good s of

corn came up in one stalk, and seven

poor f s devoured the good ones.

No one could tell what this could
mean, till the butler, remembering
Joseph, told Pharaoh about him.
He was at once brought from prison,
and explained, with God's help, that

the dreams meant seven years of
plenty followed by seven years of
famine. Pharaoh was so pleased to
learn the meaning of his dream,
that he gave Joseph a fine Q, put

on him a grand robe, put a of

gold about his neck, and made him,
next to himself, the greatest ruler
in the land. Joseph was to gather
all the corn he could; and when
the years of famine came, his own
brethren 'came for corn, and not

knowing who. he u- l .r

before him.
Joseph heard from his brethren that
there was a little brother of his own,
whom he very much desired to see,
so he kept one of them to make sure
that the next time they came they

would bring him. They laded their

and went away. On the

top of their X' found the

H @* which they had paid for
the corn. Next time they came,
they brought Joseph's Benjamin.
He was delighted to see him, and
gave him more than all the rest
when he sat at the
Joseph made himself known to
his brethren, and asked them to
S-* Afterwards, he sent

i to bring

down his old father, and all his
brethren, with their wives and

.a to Egypt, and a land

named Goshen was given them to
dwell in. Then Joseph introduced

Jacob his to t


AFTER Joseph's death, there ruled

over Egypt a A who thought the
children of Israel (or Jacob) were
becoming too many; so he set the

men to make zmfi to build his

for his treasures. All the baby
boys were to be drowned, that

there might be no more men. In

one house, a pretty boy was

born, and his mother hid him

lest he might be taken and drowned.
When he was three months old, his

mother made a little i f of bul-

rushes, put the baby in it, and

placed it among th .which

grew in the river Nile,

setting her daughter Miriam to watch
it. Soon the princess came down to
bathe, and found the .'l
She was pleased with "
the child, got his own mother as
his nurse,.took him home to the

S ld brought him up
I3 her own son.
calling him Moses.
Moses became a good scholar and
a wise man; but he was an Israelite,
and hated to see his friends working

like One day he saw an

quarrelling with an -

and he killed the Egyptian, and
buried him in the sand. Some one
found this out, and Moses had to
J. from Egypt. When he had
gone a long way, he sat down by

a T to rest. Then came

a number of with their

.- '. j -: tr..r a drink,

but ..,.i? hilr r. t r ... t i It rr.

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!i- r k [ r ,I r
r "f l. L- | .-.r l.;. r :

S r.I i i 1i
r ',', .I r .l 1 '-,.. "1 ,t r t

plagues on the Egyptians :-(1) The
water was turned into blood; (2)

L s were sent; (3) the dust was

turned into lice; (4) then ,

(5) a plague; (6) boils on

man and beast; (7) (8) s;

(9) the plague of yet still

the refused to let the Israelites

go. Then God told His people to

slay a little -:.Wf 4ld to sprinkle the

with its blood. They

were to eat its flesh standing, and
all ready for travel. That night

God sent ,.-- y which passed

over all the i i-.- 9. sprinkled

S_' tu,. entered the -C es of

the Egyptians, and slew the eldest
child, or first-born of every family.
Then Pharaoh let the children of

out of the land of Egypt, God
Himself leading the way in a

r -, ,17. which at night gleamed
:i.- Then the great

crowd came to the Red 'l '-

across which they saw no way to
go. They thought they had lost the

road, and so 1..J tr.h r. t..

got ready his .-a ..

and flew after them, thinking
to kill them all. But God took
care of His people. He moved
I behind them, making it dark
for Pharaoh and his army,
but light for the children
of Israel. Then He made the

so that the Israelites went across
on dry land; and no sooner
had they all reached the other
side than the waters clashed to-
gether again, and Pharaoh and
his men, who had followed, were

-L M3A*I^t in its dark

waters. Then Miriam, Moses' sister,
-..-.k- k and she and the other
womei and sang with
joy, ..-.. c'- had delivered
them from the 4 of their

NOT long after beginning their walk
to the promised land, they grew

thirsty. They fomnd tBSbl

the water was God told Moses

to cut down a -* .,.i throw it

in, and the water became Soon

they came to a place called Elim,
1 __- '
where there were ~-.-, c I .1

and seventy s, and here they

got plenty to drink. Next the Israel-
ites complained that they did not get
enough to eat, and God gave them

'* s, and food like sago, which

fell from heaven, and which they
called manna. Once more the
water was not enough for them,
and to please them, God made

and all drank.
While they were thus busy, a race
of wild people came down upon

them, and there was t j ,
Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to

the top of a 1 .iU so long as

Moses held up his in prayer
the Israelites won, but he grew
tired, and then the enemy won.

Seeing this, they brought a

for him to sit on, and kept up his
arms till the fight was won. They
next came t(. ', -,I*. l- Sinai,
on the top .i "' tw,.: was
a cloud of smoke. God was in the
midst of the cloud. He called
Moses to come up to Him, and gave

him of stone, on which

He wrote with His owni T-i-the

Ten Commandments. These Moses
brought down to the Israelites, but
he was horrified to see that they

were worshipping a g. .1i. n

In his anger Moses ".r.. <

the two ]- of stone, and others

had to be written in their stead.
After many of the Israelites had been
punished for their sin, the journey
was begun again.


Gon showed Moses how the people

could make a kind of A which

they could carry about with them
wherever they went. This was the

which consisted of

ir l W 1r, between

each of them. To attend to the

duties of the tabernacle, s

were appointed. They belonged to
the tribe of Levi, and this book tells
what their work was to be. A great

deal is said about s


This book gets its name because
God set Moses to find out how many

people there were in t .- ..-i-

of the Israelites. As they came
near Canaan, the land they had

been promised, twelve men were
sent to spy what kind of a place
it was. After forty days, there

came back two l"- bringing

fruit to show what a fine land
Caanan was. It was flowing with
milk and honey, they said. Ten
of the spies said there was no use
trying to take it, as it was full of

-' 3, and there were also big

beside whom they were

i. fl who would

easily kill such small people as they.
But Caleb and Joshua, the other
two spies, told the men of Israel
not to be afraid, but to go against
Canaan at once. They would not
listen to this good advice, and God

was so displeased at their want of
faith in Him that He sent them
back to wander in the wilderness
for forty years. It was then a time
of grumbling and punishment.

Thrc a- srebelled against Moses,

and God made the earth

44 so that they were

swallowed up. To show that God
approved of Aaron as His servant,

out of twelve repre-

senting twelve tribes, Aaron's rod

was the only one made to

The people cried for

more water, and Moses was told to

speak to o that water

might come; but Moses in his
anger struck the rock, and for this
disobedience he was not allowed to
enter Canaan. At another time,
when the people were complaining,

God sent fiery r.": them,

and many of them died. When the
people said they were sorry for
their sins, Moses was told to make
a serpent of brass and put it on a

Sand all who looked at it were


THE Israelites had now, for the
second time, come nigh to Canaan,
and Moses, an aged man, had much
to say to the people, putting them

in mind-of all God had done for
them, and warning them to be
true to Him, and not to bow down

to s After his words were
ended, Moses went to the top of

- a Pisgah, andi across

the river Jordan upon the land
of Canaan, which he was not to
be allowed to enter. Here he
died, and the Lord buried him,
but no one was able to find his

SnThen the children of Israel

Sfor him, and mourned his
I death for many days. A
new leader named Joshua was
chosen by God to take his place.


THE river Jordan flowed between
them and Canaan. Before crossing,

Joshua sent to spy the land.

They came to th .--- of Jericho,

and were hidden in tlI of a

woman named Rahab, and they
promised that when Jericho came
to be taken she was to be safe. She

was to put a red t in her

Afterwards, she let them down from

the wall in a and they escaped

away. Then Joshua gave orders to
his people to get ready to cross the

river. The p,-ne !te hrt, trr.

went first, and the people followed.

As soon as h f. j- t h. the priests

touched the water the river divided,
and all the Israelites passed over.
In the middle of the river the priests
waited till all had crossed; then

Joshua set up a pillar of twelve

to put them and their children in
mind of the wonderful crossing.
Soon after, God helped them to
take the cities of Canaan, and to
win nearly every battle, so the land
became their own. Joshua, who
was then an old man, gave the
people good advice as Moses had
"- L =:


AFrrE the death of Joshua, the
people forgot all the good advice
he had given them, and turned from
Sthe true God to worship A s.

IBecause they did so, God punished
them by allowing their enemies to
ill-use them. When the Israelites
said they were sorry, He raised up
good men to deliver them. These
were called Judges. One of them
was Gideon. One day this man was

.-y hen a appeared to

him to tell him that he was to save
the people from the Midianites, and
as a sign, caused a present of flesh,
cakes, and broth, which Gideon had

brought, to disappear in smoke and
fire. He began his work by knock-

ing down an It which had been
put up to the god Baal. Then he
gathered thousands of the men of
Israel, but some of them were
cowards and went home, and of
the rest, only those who put their

fS to their' s when they were
drinking from a stream were allowed
to go with Gideon. This was God's
command. There were only three
hundred men now, and it was night

To every man Gideon gave a-5Q

and a V with a '" ni*0 la of

it. At a sign from Gideon, the
trumpets were blown, the pitchers
broken, and the lamps flashed out

their lights. These sudden sounds
and sights so frightened the enemy
that they fled for their lives.


ANOTHRR of the judges was Samson,
who is famous for his great strength.
He killed E ,i.. -7 thirty Philis-
tines, who were enemies of the
Israelites, and at another time he
slaughtered a thousand of them

with the c&- of an .i He could

break thick~e s as if they had

been .a He caught A s,

tied them to to C put a -

between, and sent them among the

..f the Philistines, and burnt
it. Once, when these men thought
they had caught him in the city of
Gaza, he took the big brass W ,_
on his shoulders, and carried them
to the top of a His great

strength lay in his A

wicked woman found out this, caus-
ed him to be shaved with a< c

when he was sleeping, and then
his enemies were able to catch
him. They cruelly put out his
'* and when a great feast was

held, they brought him to their
Sto make sport before them.

While there, he was led to one of

the big pillars, prayed for strength,
and with -one great tug brought the

temple about their a s, burying

himself and them in the ruins.


A WOMAN named Naomi, with her
husband and two sons, left Bethle-
hem because of a famine, and went
to the land of Moab. Here she lost
her husband, and her two sons
married two women of Moab. By-
and-by, the sons died, and their
wives were widows like Naomi
herself. By this time the fam-
ine was over, and Naomi wished
to go back to her own land.
She would have gone alone, but
Ruth, her son's widow, would not
leave her, and went to Bethlehem

with her. They were very poor at
first, and as it was the time of

ii.-" Ruth was sent

..tt c. na niehthe

reapers left in the field. This she
took home to Naomi, who made it

into 0 Every day Ruth went

out to the fields of farmer Boas,
who was related to Naomi. He was
very kind to Ruth, and at last fell
in love with and married her. She
became the great-grandmother of
David, and so was related to Christ


THis was the son of Hannah, who
got him from God in answer to her

prayers. When he was quite a child,
she took him to Shiloh, where the

r i en was, and placed him

-.j 'uder the care of Eli,

..* j Every year she brought

L. tt,: "' and he found

favour not only with Eli, but with

God. One night, before the .
burnt out in the place where the

of God was, Samuel heard

some one call his name, and he

ran t. But he told

him .. back to his

,,' ;.i_ Three times this

happened. Then Eli knew that the

Lord had called the 'md told

him to say, "Lord, here am I."
When Samuel said this, his little
room was filled with light. The
voice told him terrible things about
Eli and his two sons, who were
1 i
'.J1 '" Laving been too much

petted by their father. They were
to die, and so was Eli. Not long
after, a dreadful fight took place
between the Israelites and the Phili-
stines, when the former were beaten.

Then Eli's sons took the --

into the battle-field, thinking they
would now be sure to win. But
though the Philistines were at first

afraid, they quitted themselves like
men, and took the Ark away, leaving
Eli's sons ..6, ,.r- field.
A messenger then to tell the
bad news, and when Eli heard it, he

fell from his A and broke his
neck. After this Samuel became
the chief man in the land.


THE Philistines placed the Ark in

the of their god Dagon ,4 ."

which was made part like a *.

and part like a
found that God would have no other

gods before Him. Next day their

idol lay ;-F. on the floor. The

people themselves began to suffer

from painful sores, and tW9** ate

up -r..- T. They removed the

Ark from place to place, but the
same troubles followed wherever it

went. At last the.i a .3 advised

them to make a new t -and to
take two : awayfromtheirtwo
-7n and yoke them to the cart

on which r..- t.. be placed.

If the cows left their calves and went
their own way towards the land of

the Israelites, this would be a sign
that God wished the Ark to be taken
back. This was just what the cows
did. They went away to a field where
the men were busy cutting down

it ..1 very glad the Israelites

were to see the Ark back again.


Ur till now the men of Israel were

content to have God as their ,. but

at last they wished to have a king
of their own, like the nations round
about. A certain farmer had a son
named Saul, whom he sent to look

for i..L. -. which had strayed

from the farm. He could not find

them, and went to a town where
Samuel lived. This good man was

just going up to offer a when he

met Saul, and God told him this was

the man to be -.. over Israel. He

was therefore very kind to him, took

him to Cii iL ,. I : him the best

place at the dinner ttand made

him a Cs on the house top,

because it was very warm. Next

day Samuel told Saul that the' es

had been found, and whilst he
walked along the road towards

Saul's home, he stopped him and

poured a of oil on his '

making him king. To make Saul
feel sure that Samuel could tell
beforehand what was to happen,
he told him he would meet three

men, one carrying threeai an-
other with three a s, and a

third with a % of wine. He

was next to meet a number of
young prophets coming down a hill

5f ( All this came true,
and Saul knew he was to be king.


SAUL ruled lerael well for a time, but
he afterwards disobeyed God, who
sent Samuel to Bethlehem to seek a
new king. This was David, son of
Jesee, who took care of his father's

to look upon. Him Samue! l '

as he had done to Saul,

but he was not to rule over Israel
until Saul was dead. Shortly after,
the Philistines came to make war
with Israel, and David's brothers

were While they were absent

from 'r.,: Jesse sent David to see.

how they were getting on. When

he reached L.: he saw

the Israelites being on the one side
and the Philistines on the other.
The latter had a huge giant named
Goliath of Gath, who defied any of
the Israelites to come and fight
with him.
tne Israelites were frightened, but
David offered to go. He told king
Saul that when he had been watch-
ing his father's flocks God had helped

him to kill a ': .r

and would help him to kill Goliath

now. So, without 4 or t or

and armed only with a

and a few small A which he took

from the little stream, he went

against the giant. Goliath ed

to see the youth approach him thus;

but David swung his sling, the 9

whizzed through the air, and smote

G .i"r 1 and the big giant
fell dead upon the ground. Then rose
a great cheer from the Israelites, who

now .' whilst the Phili-

stines as hard as they

could. David took the giant's

Shacked off his head, and

Sto Jerusalem.

Jonathan, Saul's son, was so
delighted with David that he gave

him his prince's s, his t his

a andhis which he
wore around him. But the king
was displeased; for the people loved
David best, and Saul was at last so
jealous and angry that he became
mad, and David had to sit and

play to him on the I to soothe

his evil spirit; This made him better
for a time, but instead of being
thankful, he more than once tried

to kill David, by throwing a

at him. Another time he would
have slain him in his own house
had not his (David's) wife let him

down from a and cheated the

king's messengers by pretending
David was sick. After this, Saul
hunted him as if he had been a wild

- f ja but God took care of him-

till the time came when Saul and
Jonathan died in battle, and David
became king of Israel.

So David was no-- i_

and one of the first t -

of his reign was to bring up the

Dof the Lord to the city of

Jerusalem. He wished also to build

a splendid to be a

house in which it

might rest, but God sent him a
message to say that he must leave
this matter to his son Solomon. He
found that one of Jonathan's sons,
named Mephibosheth, still lived.

This man was lame on .. H.Q !r !.

and David took him to live in his
house, and was very kind to him
for his father's sake. David made a
pet of his beautiful son Absalom,

with his fine head and

of which he was very proud


WHEN David was turning an old
man, this petted son had so won
the of the people, that they

preferred him to his father and he

drove David from his and

became king himself. But David
had many friends, who hated to see
their dear old king treated so, and
gathered round him to defend him.
With these Absalom was advised
to fight. The battle took place in

a 1- and David's men
won. Absalom then fled away on

a O hislong hair fly ini

the wind. As he galloped through
the forest, his hair caught on the

4ra. of a and his 4

rushing from beneath him, he was

ir mnd some of David's

,rr, 0 seeing him, flung

,j at him so that he was killed.

They took down his body, and buried

it under a heap *.f .1 was

very much grieved about this, for
he loved his son in spite of his


AFTER the death of David, his son
Solomon was made king. God gave
the new ruler his choice of wisdom,
riches, or victory over his enemies.
He chose the first, and so was able
to write those wise sayings called
Proverbs. He was not only the wis-
est, but the richest king. He built

the ein Jerusalem,

ano placed within

it many -.. r.,i ,

of silverar. 1 1. IA

He had firp e \ which brought

him gold from distant lands. The

Queen of Sheba came to see him,
and to hear his wise words. She

brought laden with spices,

and gold, and precious stones. The
king had many wives, and when
he became an old man, they led
him to forget the God who had been
so kind to him, and to worship

S., and his people did the
Ui?. F...r this reason, God let his
enemies come against him, and
after his death, the kingdom was
divided into two-Judah and Israel
-Jerusalem being the chief city of
the one, and Samaria of the other.

ONE of the most wicked kings of
Israel was Ahab, who married a

horrid woman named Jezebel. He
provoked the Lord by worshipping

Baal, the god of the Then

God sent his prophet Elijah, who
foretold that there would be neither

5.. r- ew in the land for years.

This caused a famine, but God took
care of Elijah, who lived beside a

brook, and o. o were sent to

feed him. When the brook dried
up, he was told to go to a woman
who had only one son. When he
went the woman had only a .:.i
meal, and a -.f oil, but, by a
miracle, the meal and the oil never
grew less, so that there was always

enough of food for the three of them.
As Elijah wished to show Ahab and
his people that Baal was a false god,
and that there was no true God but
one, he was allowed to bring the

prophets of Baal to the top or .-

Carmel, and the people were asked
to gather there to see what should
happen. Baal's prophets were told

to build an f On this they

laid I i L. r -- had slain

for a sacrifice. Then they

to the to accept their offering;

but though they called all day, no
answer came. Elijah told them to
cry louder, saying that their god

was perhaps i or

and so wild did they become

that they cut themselves with

Then Elijah got ready his sacrifice,

and immediately God sent '

from heaven, and it began to

Then were the people made sure
that Elijah's God was the only God,
and the prophets of Baalwere put to
death. But Jezebel, Ahab's wife,
was very angry, and Elijah was
driven from the land. Many other
wonderful things might be told of
this great prophet, and in the end
he. was carried to -heaven in a

S 'without seeing death.


THIS prophet, who came after Elijah,
performed many great miracles. A
poor widow was in debt, and her
sons were to be sold as slaves. She
went to Elisha, who asked her what

she had in the 1W She said the

only thing she had was a W of oil.

He told her to get from her neigh-

bours as many empty ( i%

she could. These, by a miracle, she

was able to Then she sold

the oil, and her debts were paid.
The wife of a rich farmer was very

fond of Elisha, and kept a little
room for him in her house, so that
he might live there when he passed

that way. She put in it ,

a T a? and a Forher

kindness, God gave her a little son,
who was the joy of her life. But
when he began to run about, he
went one very hot day to see the

men cutting down -rl"N. r

the sun's rays hurt his head, so that
he was carried home to his mother,
and died in her lap. The sad
mother at once went for Elisha,
who, going into the room where

the dead body was, shut th: j

and after he 1 -i n L

- i The child

sneezed, and opened its -. It
was alive again, and the prophet
gave him into the arms of his happy
Naaman was a great Syrian general,
but he was a leper. In the service

of his wife was a little Hebrew

who said that in her country there
was a great man, Elisha, who could
cure him. To him Naaman went in

his" Elisha sent him

.word that he was to

wash seven times in the Jordan.
At first he was unwilling to do so
trifling a thing, but at last he

7 li, and went back to his

own land cured of his disease.


AFTER many years, the kings ruled
so ill, and the people behaved so
badly, mocking God's messengers,
despising His words, and ill-using
His prophets,. that His anger was
roused against them, and He allowed
their enemies to seize upon their trea-

sures, to burn .r- ll, i

to break down :1.: of

Jerusalem, to destroy all their

JRiNi s, and to carry away the

S' of the Lord. The people

were themselves taken to a foreign
land, where they lived for many
years. At last, however, Cyrus,
king of Persia, gave them leave to
go back to Judah, and to take the

holy 3 with then -'

began to rebuild the

walls, and s to get ready

the wood for the new

temple, and after years of trouble,
a grand building for the worship of
God was set up in Jerusalem. The
prophet Ezra tells this story.


MORDECAI, a Jew, lived in the land
of Persia, with his beautiful niece
Esther. The king had put away his
queen, and now sought to have the
fairest maiden in the land. Esther

was chosen, but the knew not

that she was a Jewess. Haman was
the king's friend. He was a proud
man, before whom the people had

to 1J l-jt Mordecai would not,

because he hated Haman. This
made Haman wild with rage, and

he got the king to give him a a ,

sealed with the royal 0 com-

manding that all the Jews were
to be killed on a certain day.
When Mordecai heard of this, he

before ti-: i.;.,,.: I ,

S ladin" ..:de ... I.it i.

and ashes. The found out that

her uncle was sad, and she asked
him why. He told her she must
herself ask the king to change his
decree. For a time she was afraid
to do this, because, when he was in
a bad humour, he would order the
death of any one who should dare
to come into his presence.
But Esther dressed herself finely,
and went to the king. He was
pleased to see her, and held out his

\ to her as a sign to come near.

Being asked what she wished, she
said she desired the king and Haman

to come next day to a r

Haman was very proud of this, and
would have been quite happy if only
he could have got rid of that stiff-
necked Mordecai. His wife said he
should ask the king's leave to hang

the Jew, and got a high ready

for the purpose. That night the
king could not sleep, and he ordered
one of his servants to read the

He read of the

Sn;rrow escape the

king once had, and how Mordeeai
had been the means of saving his
life. What honour has been done

to Mordecai for this?" asked the
king. They said, Nothing." When
Haman came next day he was asked,
" What shall be done to the man
whom the king delighteth to hon-
our?" Thinking this meant him-
self, he said, such a man should be

set on the roy 1 l clad in

royal robes, and have a t on his

head, and have one of the princes
to lead him through the streets of
the city, saying, "Thus shall it be
done to the man whom the king
delighteth to honour."
Haman, to his disgust, was chosen
to do this for Mordecai; and at the
dinner of the queen afterwards, the
king was told that in getting the
decree against the Jews he had

sought to take the queen's life, for
she was a Jewess. For doing this,
Haman was ordered to be hanged

on the I which he had made

for Mordecai.


THis was a very rich man, whom the
Lord loved, for he was a good man.
But he was sorely tried. One day
his sons and daughters were eating
and drinking in their brother's

'J-'L when Job was told that

the and theti

were feeding beside them, when
robbers came and took them all
away. Then came one with the

ne i tt b h 1 .... i from

he '.- .-n. I.. I e and

all i.: -- J :. ,. The

Chaldeans carried away b, t

and slew their keepers with the edge

of the ,. Worst of all a great

wind blew down 11-. where

his sons and daughters were, and
they lay dead under the ruins. Yet
Job, with all his losses, did not lose

his trust in God, L- r. .; and

worshipped Him. Next, a terrible
trouble came upon him. He was

covered from ,'" t L,.r'. boils,

and he lay in the ashes and scraped

himself with a S His wife

said he should curse God and
die, but he would not. But God did
not leave Job to suffer, for when He
saw how good and true he was
after all his trials, He made him
rich once more with thousands of

and gave him seven sons and three


1. THE good man shall be like a

fP planted ";-, 4 of

water, and bringeth forth his A.

in his season. His shall not

wither, and all he doth shall pros-
per (i. 3).
2. Thou prepares i-. b. L:i':.
me, in presence of mine enemies;
thou anointest my with F

my R runneth over (xxiii. 5).
3. The adevisethmischiefs :like
a sharp c:-: working deceitfully
(ii. 2).
4. The hath found an house,

and the t-a f .r herself,

where she may lay .,. ,even

thine. 3. ) Lord of hosts, my
-I .-i.

5. The Lord shall cover thee with
His j and under His 1
shalt thou trust; His truth -I.l
be thy and buckler (xci. 4).


1. SURELY in vain iE 'L.- '!_
spread in the sight of au ,-
2. Keep My commandments and

live, and My law as the of
tLL *'
3. Bind them upon L 7 '*,i', write

them on the of thine .

4. Go to the-4 thou sluggard;
consider her ways and be wise.

5. The .- -:.-' the righteous re-

joiceth, but the of the wicked

shall be put out.
6. A word fitly spoken is like
i f gold in s of silver.

7. for the ,, f'9or the
S a / for the fool's
8. Look not thou on the--.u,
when it is red, when it giveth its

colour in the At the last, it

biteth like a _-S and stingeth
like an 0
9. The r. ri lj r mocketh at his
father, and dcspiseth to obey his
mother, rtI.: f the valley

shall pick it out, and the young
.all eat it.


BEINO other wise words of Solomon.

1. As the crackling of *-A ';

under so is the laughter of a

2. A living ;'; is better than

a dead g .
3. Cast thy < on the -

and thou shalt find it after many
4. A pleasant thing it is for the

behold the -

5. Or ever the silver CV be loosed,
or the golden l ..be broken, or
the ( be broken at th ,I ...r

the '_ be broken at the cistern:
then shall the dupt return to the
earth as it was, and the spirit shall
return to God who gave it.


1. I AM the '- of Sharon, and
the i of the valley.
2. Take us their s, th 5

that spoil the s.
3. Thou art beautiful, O my
love terrible as an army
with F s.

THIS prophet grieves over the sins
of Israel, foretells the coming of
Christ, and speaks of a happy time

to come when the X4 shall dwell

with th.; :..i. and the g shall

lie down with tL. -tL- .1 the

t- th. and a little

S' shall lead them. The

S iitt IAl! ..:i, and

i-1.. 1i i..wn together,

Iii3.: L. ea

TEREE Jewish youths were brought
by Nebuchadnezzar, the king, to
the city of Babylon. They were
very clever and were brought to

the kin. 'hey were

ordered to be fed on food from the

king's p and to drink of the royal

? But they would hot, choosing

rather to have plain food, on which
they thrived well. One day the
king took it into his head to make a

great golden before which

everyone was to bow when it was

uncovered. The people all.,' SM

*'. .
but the three would not. As

a punishment, they were flung into

a 1ot ut no harm befel

them, because God took care of
them. The king saw this, and
commanded his people to worship
The next king was Belshazzar, a
wicked man, who held a great feast,

and ordered God's hol5 vhich

had been brought from the temple
in Jerusalem, to be used by his
wicked followers in drinking wine.

Suddenly a a? appeared, writing

strange words on the wall. The
king and his guests were terrified.
No one could make out what was
written till Daniel was brought in,
who told the king he was to die
that very night, and it all came true.
The following king was Darius,
who knew what a good man Daniel
was, and set him high over the other
princes of the land. This made
them jealous, and they got the

king to make a CL.' by which

all men were forced to worship him
and him only on a certain day.
Daniel refused, and much against
the king's will, he was thrown into

a den .i. B.,t.. God sent his

', to comfort him and when

the king, who had spent a sleepless
night, came to the den, he found
Daniel alive, took him out of the
den, and ordered the wicked men
who had plotted against him to be
thrown in, when they were instantly


GoD wished this prophet to go and
speak to the men of Nineveh about
their sins. Jonah went instead on
board ''ii.- ich was to sail

in quite a different direction. The
ship sailed, a hurricane blew, and
the sailors were at their wit's end,

for the vessel i; s. 1,
that she was ked to be wrecked.
that she was hked to be wrecked.

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