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ALPHABETOF THBOLD TESTAMENT.*.."*
A ARON, the High Priest of theJews, within the Temple pray'd,And offer'd sacrifices, which were on thealtar laid.
ALAAM the Prophet, on an ass,a visit went to payTo Balak: but an Angel stood to meethim on the way.
C AIN, the first son of Adam, full ofjealousy and pride,Fiercely kill'd his brother Abel, and waswretched till he died.
D ANIEL, faithful, brave, and pious,Swas shut in the lions' den,By the heathen King Darius, but camesafely out again;For God, who made the lions, watchesover righteous men.
E LIJAH, when he hid himself, hadnothing left to eat,But the Lord's ravens daily brought theProphet bread and meat.
SIN DING the infant Moses; who,left at the river's side,Was lying in a little ark, with freshbulrushes tied;Great Pharaoh's daughter pitied as thechild looked up and cried.
G OLIATH, of the Philistines theleader and the pride,Came forth and laugh'd, while all thehost of Israel he defied;But David, with a sling and stone, sosmote him that he died.
H AGAR AND ISHMAEL, her son,out to the desert fled,With water in a bottle, and a little loafof bread:But, when they both had called to God,in safety they were led.
SOB suffer'd many sorrows, but waspatient to the end;Knowing, in all his troubles, that theLord was still his friend.
K ING DAVID, once a shepherd boy,to Israel's throne was raised,And, singing to his harp, in sweetestPsalms he pray'd and praised.
L OT, with his wife and daughters,left the Cities of the Plain,Which, for their wickedness, God smotewith storms of fiery rain;But Lot's wife was destroy'd, becauseshe would look back again.
M I RIAM, the Prophetess, wasAaron's sister: sheLed forth the Jewish women, whoescaped from the Red Sea,And danced and sang for joy that all hernation was set free.
N OAH alone, of all the people,hated evil and loved good,And when the earth was drown'd, by rainfrom heaven, in a flood,God taught him how to build a ship, orark, of gopher-wood.
0 BADIAH sought, from wickedmen, Elijah's life to save;It was he who fed, and hid, a hundredprophets in a cave.
D HARAOH, the King of Egypt,would not let God's people go,But made them slaves; till Moseswrought strange miracles, to showThat even Kings who disobey will sufferpain and woe.
"Q UEEN OF SHEBA. You have heard_i how she from her own country came,And'brought rich gifts to Solomon,whosewisdom, skill, and fame,Caused Kings and Princes to bo downin homage to his name.
R UTH was the youthful widow, ofthe tender, loving heart,Who refused, in spite of poverty, fromNaomi to part.
S AM SON, the man of mighty strength,who blind and captive layWithin a house, in which his foes hadcome to drink and play,Pull'd down the pillars, and the housefell on them all that day.
T U BAL-CAI N was first of workmen,who for useful metals sought,And brass and iron into shape, at thesmith's anvil wrought.
A TASHTI, the Queen, refused to goV at her proud King's command,And so was sent away, while Esther satat his right hand.
"W I DOWED, and poor, and hungry,the woman was who fedElijah, Prophet of the Lord, with a smallcake of bread;But God returned a hundred-fold, andkept her table spread.
X iis the letter which is used, to showthe number ten,And Ten Commandments Moses gave,from God to sinful men.
,'/ OUNG JOASH, when a little child,was hidden from the sightOf those who sought to slay him, andwas kept, both day and night,Till priests and captains claimed for himhis own true kingly right.
SEDEKIAH, King of Judah, livedto see his sons both slain,Then blind and captive went away,never to see again :For he led an evil life, which bringsboth misery and pain.
-*ALPHABETOP THENEW TESTAMENT.
A GABUS took Paul's girdle, andSbound both his hands and feet,And said: "'Thus will the Jews theowner of this girdle treat,If to Jerusalem he goes, the brethren tomeet."
B LIND BARTIM/EUS sat andbegged, beside the great highway;But when he heard that Christ was come,he cried aloud to say,"Thou Son of David, hear me !" TheLord gave him sight that day.
C ORNELIUS, the Centurion, wasin a vision toldTo send for Peter, who would all thetruth of God unfold.
D ORCAS spent time in charity,the poor and hungry fed,Made clothing for the orphans, and gavethe widows bread.
E LY MAS, who with wicked wordsthe Apostles would withstand,Was struck with blindness, and ask'dwho would lead him by the hand.
7 ELIX, the Roman Governor, beforewhom Paul was brought,Trembled to hear the holy truth that theApostle taught.
G OOD SAMARITAN indeed was he,who stopped upon his way,To help the wounded traveller, whobruised and senseless lay;Then gently took him to an inn, and hisaccount would pay.
H ERODIAS, whose DAUGHTERdanced before that evil King,Herod the Tetrarch, who had sworn togrant her anything,Demanded that John Baptist's head theyin a dish should bring.
UDAS, who for the money, whichthe priests agreed to pay,With a false kiss betray'd his Lord, andkill'd himself next day.
K ING HEROD, when he heard thatChrist was born, on earth to reign,In Bethlehem, sent forth, and had thelittle children slain.
L AZARUS sat, and begged for bread,before the rich man's door;And there the dogs came round, andlick'd his limbs so weak and sore:But when he died, he found that Godwould heal him evermore.
MI ARY MAGDALENE stoop'd andpour'd upon the Saviour's feet,From a box of alabaster, precious oint-ment fregh and sweet.
N ICODEMUS, Ruler of the Jews,to Jesus came by night,To listen to the blessed words that fill'dhis soul with light.
O I NESIMUS was he who came,Sfrom Paul to Philemon;The great Apostle wrote to say he lovedhim as a son.
SAU L, wreck'd upon a foreign coastand in a savage land,Lighted a fire, when suddenly therefastened on his handA viper; yet the people there unhurtdid see him stand.
Q UEEN BERNICE, with KingAgrippa, came to Caesarea,And there, within the judgment-hall,they sent for Paul, to hearThe things which that Apostle taughtwithout a sign of fear.c.-u'
R HODA, who stood and listen'dto the knocking at the gate,Knew the Apostle Peter's voice; butleft him there to wait,While joyfully she told, that he'd escapedfrom Herod's hate.
S IIMEON, a holy man, who pray'dand waited for God's grace,"Was told that he should live to see theSaviour of his race:How joyfully he look'd upon the infantJesus' face.
T-1T E RTULLUS was the orator,who before Felix sought'The life of Paul, and urged that heshould be to judgment brought.
"V IIRGIN, most pure and holy, wasthe mother of our Lord;And in that manger lowly, Kings andWise Men adoredThe Christ, who came that sinful manto God should be restored.
7WOMAN oF SAMARIA was shewho, at the well,Listen'd with wonder to the things thatJesus had to tell.
X is a cross, and by the cross ourblessed Saviour died:That we might come to God and live,our life He sanctified.
"Y 0 U N G, good, and wealthy, was aman who came the Lord to see,And asked, " What shall I do that I, inHeaven may live with Thee ?"Then Christ, who loved him, said:-" Leave all, and come and follow me."
Z ACCHAEUS was the publican who,running on before,That he might look on Jesus, climb'dup a sycamore.
:yI ::"MilLEIOflION, RONHELS
THEHISTORY OF JOSEPH.AFTER the death of Rachel, themother of Joseph and Benjamin,Jacob went to live in- the land of Canaan,where he had fields and flocks of sheep,and his sons were shepherds and hus-bandmen, living together in one family.At this time Joseph was a lad ofseventeen years old, and much youngerthan any of his eleven brethren exceptBenjamin. Jacob loved Joseph morethan all the rest of his children; andthe brothers of Joseph were jealous, sothat when Jacob one day gave Joseph anew coat of many colours, and betterthan the coats which they were wearing,A
they were quite angry that he should betheir father's favourite.But they were still more angry be-cause Joseph dreamed that he shouldbe a greater man than they; AND HECAME AND TOLD HIS DREAMS TO HIS
FATHER, and his father and his brethrenwere angry.Some time after this, the other sonsof Jacob went with their flocks to aplace called Dothan, and, as their fatherwished to know if they were well and safe,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.he sent Joseph to seek them. They sawhim coming, and some of them said thatthis would be the time to get rid of thedreamer, who was to be a great man,and that they could easily kill him andtell their father that he had been eatenby some wild beasts; but the eldestbrother, REUBEN, WOULD NOT HEAR OF,IT, AND PERSUADED THEM NOT TO KILLJOSEPH, but to put him down in somedeep cavern or pit in the wilderness,and there leave' him. Reuben said thisbecause he meant to go back and takehim out when the rest had left theplace. So they cast Joseph into a pit,and then sat down to eat their food,all except this elder brother Reuben,who pitied poor Joseph, and wouldhave saved him if he could from thecruelty of the rest. They cared verylittle whether Joseph died of hunger, orwhat became of him, for they hatedhim; and, while he was crying in thepit, they got out their bread and their
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.water and sat down there upon theground to refresh themselves, beforethey went away and left him.While they were eating, there camein sight a company of Ishmaelites, withtheir camels, who were taking spices andperfumes to Egypt, and Judah said tothe other brothers, " Let us sell Josephto these Ishmaelites, for he is our brotherafter all." They did not wish to killJoseph if they could get rid of him anyother way, and they thought that byselling him to these Ishmaelites theycould get some money; so they drewJoseph up out of the pit and SOLD HIMFOR THIRTY PIECES OF SILVER to thesepeople, who took him off with them toEgypt as a slave. There were manyslaves in Egypt, some of them labouringin the fields, others making bricks in thebrickfields, and many who were servantsto the Egyptians, and doing the workof the house, hewing wood and drawingwater.
These slaves were taken from othercountries by people like the Ishmael-ites, who were a tribe of men living intents, and travelling from one place toanother to sell their goods. Wheneverthey could buy a man or a child, or if
they conquered some other people inbattle and took prisoners, they carriedthem and sold them to be the servantsof the rich, or. to work in the fields ofthe King of Egypt, who set them todig and to sow, to reap and to plough,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.or to make bricks and hew stones, andbuild for him in his cities.REUBEN COULD NOT FIND. JOSEPH INTHE PIT when he returned, and, aftercalling and seeking for him, he grewvery sorry for his younger brother, andwent back to the others and asked whatshould be done, now that Joseph wasnowhere to be found, for Reuben lovedJoseph more than some of the othersdid, and he was afraid when poor oldJacob heard of his young son's death,he would also die of grief.Then the brethren of Joseph, whohad sold him to the Ishmaelites, hadto consider what they should say to theirfather, for a wicked act always ends in awicked lie, by which people try to denyor excuse their sin. They had shownno mercy to their brother, and so theycould not meet their father till they hadmade up some story to tell him. Thecoat of many colours which had beenone of the causes of their jealousy, and
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.with -which poor Joseph had been sopleased, had been taken from him beforehe was cast into the pit, and now hiscruel brothers thought that they couldmake it help to deceive their father; sothey killed a young goat and sprinkledthe coat with its blood, and thenTOOK THE COAT TO JACOB and said," We have found this coat; you willknow, perhaps, whether it is Joseph'scoat or not." This did not look like alie, but it was a lie all the same, becauseit was intended to deceive poor Jacob,who, when he looked at the coat that hehad made for his beloved son and sawthe blood upon it, said, " It is Joseph'scoat, and doubtless some evil beast hasdevoured him." This was just what thebrothers had expected, for they hadsprinkled the coat with blood on pur-pose that their father might think Josephhad been killed by a wild beast; andthey dared not confess that they hadsold him for a slave. Then Jacob"B
mourned for many days, and his sonsand daughters could not comfort him,because he thought Joseph was dead.Poor old Jacob! his wicked sons hadmade him very sad; but they could notalter his love for Joseph. He sat and
grieved at the thoughts of his havingbeen killed, and wished that he hadnever sent him out that day to look afterhis brothers at Dothan.But Joseph was not dead; he hadbeen taken to Egypt, where the MIDI-
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.ANITES SOLD HIM TO POTIPHAR, who wasan officer and a Captain of the Guardto Pharaoh the King; and he became aservant in the house of this great man.The slaves who were sold to masterslike Potiphar were better off than someof those who worked in the fields, or atbrickmaking and building. Sometimesthey saved enough money to pay theirmasters to set them free; and veryoften, if they were faithful, good ser-vants, they were very kindly treated.It is a very dreadful thing to be aslave, even with the kindest treatment,and to be able to do nothing, and to saynothing, except what some one else tellsyou to do or say: but even a slave cantell all his griefs to God, and Joseph inall his trouble, and even when he wassold into slavery, did not forget that hecould pray to God, and that God wouldhelp him at the proper time. It wasjust when he seemed to be worst offthat the help came, for all that he did
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.was done so honestly and so well, andthe Lord made his work so prosperous,*that the Egyptian soon found out whata valuable servant he had bought, andtrusted everything to him, till Josephwas no longer a poor slave, but the rulerof his master's house; and POTIPHARGAVE HIM AUTHORITY OVER ALL THATHE HAD, and he was the chief of all theservants while his master was away.He had to rule over the house, andto buy provisions, and to keep the ac-counts, so that he scarcely felt like aslave at all. He was a faithful servant,and his master trusted him. Perhapshe began to think that he would be thereall his life, in an easy place; or that hewould be able soon to save money, andbuy his freedom, and have a house andservants of his own; but something hap-pened to alter all his master's kindness,and to bring sorrow to Joseph.The wife of Potiphar was a bad and.deceitful woman; and, whenever her
husband was away from home, she wishedfor Joseph's company; but Joseph wouldnever stay in the part of the house thatshe lived in, and he knew that it washis duty not to visit her, so he refused.She was angry at this; and one day,
when Joseph was passing her door, shecaught him by the coat, and tried to stophim; but he went on his way, and hisloose coat or mantle came off in herhand. When her husband, Potiphar,came home, SHE SHOWED HIM THE
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH. -COAT, and said that Joseph had insistedon visiting her.Potiphar was very angry at this, andshut up Joseph in prison; but even inprison his conduct was so good that the'gaoler left him to take care of the otherprisoners. Amongst these prisoners werethe chief baker and the chief butler ofPharaoh the Kjng. They had offendedtheir royal master, and had been sent togaol. Joseph became very friendly withthese men, and one morning when hewent to visit them, and saw that theyboth looked very sad, he asked themwhat was the matter, and they told himthat they had each dreamed a strangedream, and were troubled because theydid not know what the dreams meant.It seems that, in those early days,God sometimes made known in dreamswhat would happen; and Joseph, whohad been called " a dreamer of dreams"by his brethren, was taught by God tounderstand what such dreams were in-,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.Stended to show. When he had listenedSto the complaints of his fellow-prisoners,he knew that there was some such in-tention towards them, so that HE EX-"PLAINED THE MEANING OF THEIR DREAMSiTO THE CHIEF BAKER AND THE CHIEFBUTLER OF PHARAOH.SThe Butler dreamed that he saw aSvine; and there were three branches onthe vine that budded and blossomed,iand the blossoms grew to grapes. Hethought that, when he saw this, he hadPharaoh's winecup in his hand, and thathe squeezed the grapes into the winecupad 1gave it the King to drink from.The Baker had dreamed that he ca'r-Sried three white baskets on his head,and the top basket held bakemeats forSPharaoh; and he thought that the birdscame and ate the bakemeats out of thebasket.The meaning of these dreams was thatSthe, Butler should be taken into theKing's service and favour again, but thatC
the Baker should be hanged upon atree; and it happened just as Joseph toldthem, for in three days the Baker wasdead, while the Butler was handing thewinecups to Pharaoh at a great feast.Two years after this, while Joseph was
still in prison, Pharaoh himself dreamedtwo dreams, which made him very un-easy, for he felt that they had someShidden meaning, and could not find outwhat it was. He sat and thought aboutthese dreams, and the more he thought
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.the more he was puzzled. He sent forall the wise men and soothsayers inEgypt, and told them his dreams; butthey could not understand them, althoughthey spent a long time in trying to makeup some meaning to satisfy the King.Then the Butler, who had forgottenpoor Joseph all this time, rememberedhow he had interpreted his dream inprison, and he told Pharaoh all about it,and the KING IMMEDIATELY SENT TO THEPRISON, AND HAD JOSEPH BROUGHT BE-FORE HIM. Pharaoh told Joseph howhe dreamed first that he had seen sevenfat kine in the fields, and that, while helooked at them, there came seven leankine; and he saw the seven lean kineeat up the seven fat kine; and afterwardsthat he saw seven thin ears of corngrowing, and seven full ears, and thatthe seven thin ears had eaten up theseven full ears. When Joseph heardthis, he told Pharaoh that there wouldbe seven years of great plenty in Egypt,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.when the meadows should be full ofcattle and the granaries full of corn; butthat afterwards there should be sevenyears of famine, when there would befew cattle and little corn. And Josephadvised the King to choose some wiseand- honest man among his officers, tolay up a great store of food in the yearsof plenty, that there might be enoughfor the people in the years of-famine.Now King Pharaoh was wise himself,and seeing that Joseph also was wise,and that God was with him to teach himwhat to say and to do, he set Josephover his household, and placed a ring onhis hand and a chain on his neck, andclothed him in fine linen, and MADE HIMRIDE IN HIS SECOND CHARIOT. AndJoseph became the Ruler of Egypt.He lost no time in gathering the foodinto the storehouses ready for the days offamine; and when there was no corn. anywhere else in the countries roundabout, there was plenty in Egypt, so
that people went there to buy ofPharaoh, and Pharaoh sent them toJoseph.All this time Jacob had heard nothingof Joseph, whom he believed to be dead;but there was little corn in the place
where Jacob lived, for the famine hadreached it, so that they were likely to bein want; and when he heard that therewas corn in Egypt he sent his sons thereto buy food. Ten of Joseph's brethrenwent down to Egypt; but Benjamin,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.who was the youngest of all-andyounger than Joseph-stayed behindwith his father.When the ten brothers came fromCanaan to Egypt, they were sent toJoseph, who knew at once who theywere though they did not know him,AND THEY BOWED DOWN BEFORE HIM. -They little thought that he was theyounger brother who had been put downinto the pit, and taken up again to besold as a slave so many years before.When Joseph dreamed that he shouldbe a greater man than they, how angrythey were, and yet there he was, theRuler of Egypt; and they had come tobow down before him, and ask him to,let them have food to take back to theirfather. They might have found out whohe was if he had talked much to them,or inquired about Jacob and all thepeople they had left behind in the oldhome so far away, but he spoke roughlyto them, and pretended to think thatto~~~ thm n
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.they were spies; and when they declaredthat they were not, and told him whothey were, he would not let them go un-less they sent for their younger brother,Benjamin; but at last he consented thatsome of the brothers should take backtheir sacks full of corn; and that ONEOF THEM SHOULD REMAIN AS A PRISONERlntil the rest should bring back Ben-IJmin with them. The brother whostayed behind had been one of the firstto put poor Joseph into the pit, and nowthere he was, a prisoner, and in thepower of the man he had been so readyt kill or to sell as a slave. If he had"kno wn who it was that had ordered himo stay, he might have been afraid thathis brother would punish him for all thathe had done to him-; but none of themScould guess why this Governor of Egyptiwan.ted to see their younger brother.S. Then they were all uneasy, and saidSone to another that this had come uponthem because of their cruelty to Joseph;4,D
but they did not know that Joseph wasstanding there before them, and couldunderstand all that they talked about.Before they went away, Joseph hadtold one of his servants to take themoney which the brothers had paid for
their corn, and to tie up the price of eachsack of corn in the mouth of the sack,at the top of the corn itself. When theyhad gone some distance on their jour-ney, one of the brothers had to openhis sack of corn to give some food to
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.the ass which carried it, and there, tiedin the mouth of the sack, he found allthe money which he had paid for thecorn. When the others saw this, theywere afraid, and opened their sacks, andeach of them FOUND MONEY IN THEMOUTH OF HIS SACK tied up exactlyin the same way.When Jacob heard of it, and theytold him what had been done by theman who was the Ruler of Egypt, andhow he had sent them back for Benja-min, he was very much afraid, sayingthat he should lose Benjamin as he hadlost Joseph; and that, for all he knew',he had lost Simeon, who had been leftbehind in prison. At last, however, theywanted more corn, and Jacob agreedthat Benjamin should go. So they allset out once more, taking with them themoney for the corn that they wanted, aswell as the money which had been foundin the sacks.And when Joseph saw them coming,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.6id Benjamin with them, he had a feastpared for them; and when they toldhim cf the money they had found, heSsaid that it was a gift. Then he askedthem about their father, and they toldhim, and brought Benjamin to him; andwhen Joseph saw Benjamin-his ownyounger brother, and the child of thesame mother-HE WENT INTO AN INNERCHAMBER AND WEPT.SThey were treated very kindly, and afeast was made ready for them, but stilltheir brother did not tell them who hewas, though his heart was full of lovefor them, and especially for Benjamin,who had never used him ill, and for hisfather, whom he longed so much tosee.When the time came for the brethrenof Joseph to go home, he called to hissteward, and told him to go quietly,without their knowing it, and put themoney in their sacks again, as he haddone on their first visit; and to put his
silver cup in Benjamin's sack along withthe money. This was done; and, whenthey had started on their journey andwere some distance off, he sent a mes-senger after them who accused them ofhaving taken the silver cup with them.
They were ashamed that they should be.thought guilty of stealing the cup, and,not knowing that Joseph had had itplaced in the top of Benjamin's sack,said that if it could be found in any ofthe sacks, that one who owned the sack
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.should die, and they would become thebondsmen or slaves of the Ruler ofEgypt. Then the messenger said thatwhoever among them had the cup shouldbe his master's bondsman; and they allemptied their sacks, and THE CUP WASFOUND IN BENJAMIN'S SACK, where Josephhad had it placed, on purpose that hemight keep his younger brother nearhim.When the brethren saw the cup inBenjamin's sack, they rent their clothesand wept; and went back to the city andentreated Joseph to believe their inno-cence, and told him all about their father,and how he had feared to let Benjamingo; because he had lost one of hissons years before, and had never left offgrieving for him. They told him thatthe name of this beloved son was Joseph,and that their father was an old manwho would die if another son were takenfrom him; but they did not say that itwas themselves who had sold Joseph to
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.the Ishmaelites, and then had gone backto their father and pretended that hehad been killed by a wild beast.JUDAH ASKED HIM TO LET HIM REMAINAS A SLAVE IN THE PLACE OF BENJAMIN,lest their father should die of griefwhen he saw them go back without hisyoungest son. It was this very brother,Judah, who had advised the others totake Joseph out of the pit and sell himto the Midianites, so many years before;and he remembered the grief and painof poor Jacob, when he saw his dearson's coat all stained with blood. Heknew, too, that Jacob still grieved forthe death of Joseph, and that the loss ofBenjamin would kill him, and so hebegged very hard that he might remaininstead of Benjamin, even though hemight never return to see his fatheragain.Judah did not suspect that he waspleading with his own brother to spareanother brother. Perhaps he had livedE
to repent of his former cruelty to Joseph,and had grown more tender-heartedsince that day when he had listened toReuben, who pleaded for Joseph thathe might not be cast into the pit. Itmust have been strange to Joseph toIl i ii i i
hear Judah begging to be made a pri-soner in the place of poor little Ben-jamin.There stood Joseph listening to them,and making them tell him of their fatheragain, and asking them questions; but
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.he was ready to cry all the time, andcould scarcely keep from telling themwho he was, for he loved them, thoughthey had been so cruel to him, and heknew that they were his brothers, andthat his father was alive.At last Joseph could refrain no lonbut told his servants to leave the rooand 'THEN HE MADE HIMSELF KNOWN THIS BRETHREN, and they wept togetlffor joy; and Joseph gave his broth ||:changes of clothes, and waggons, aimoney, and other things, and sent thaway, that they might bring his fathback to him into Egypt; and his brethrcould not answer him, for they wept to,and were ashamed of all that they haddone to him so long ago.And Joseph said to them, Come nearto me, I pray you: and they came near.And he said, "I am Joseph, yourbrother, whom you sold into Egypt; butdo not be grieved and angry with your-selves that you did so, for God sent me.
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.here before you to preserve the lives ofthe people here. There has been fa-mine here for two years, and there willbe no corn grow for five years more.God sent me here to save your lives,and to do you good ; so go and tell ourfather to make haste and come to me,and I will take care of you, and youshall be near me, you and your children,and your flocks and herds, and all thatbelongs to you."Jacob, when he heard that the Rulerof Egypt was his own dear son, rose upand prepared for the journey; and whenall was ready, he and all his household,and his sons, and their wives and theirchildren-about seventy people-set outwith all their flocks and herds, and pro-visions. Joseph, when he heard thatthey were coming, made ready his chariotAND WENT OUT TO MEET HIS FATHER;and, when he saw his father coming, heforgot all the long years that he had.been away from him, and cared very4;
little for all the honour and riches thathad been his in the land of Egypt,and he leaped down from the chariotin which he sat, and ran to meet hisfather, and to take him in his arms;and Jacob, who had now become an
old man, rejoiced that he had seen hisson again.He had never ceased to mourn forhint, since that day when he thought hehad been killed in the Wilderness; and,very likely, he had kept that little coat
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.of many colours all the time, to remilthim of his dear son.When Joseph prepared to return,4would not hear of his father or 'brethren leaving him, for he was ableprovide for them, and to give them 1and a place to dwell in, and room-all their flocks and herds. So HE TOHIS FATHER TO PHARAOH, THE :KINand Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharlasked Jacob how old he was, and Ja ltold him that he was a hundred althirty years old."Then Joseph took care of his bretand of their children; and, all the t,that the famine lasted, he boughtsold food for the people of Egypt,:kept them from want and hunger:'the King was kind to Joseph's kindreand gave them possessions in the lanof Egypt, and they prospered in athat they did, and Pharaoh made theOtla. rulers over his cattle.'The brethren of Joseph lived in-!
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH.of Egypt called Goshen, and they0w very wealthy, and their familiescreased' greatly in numbers. Jacobe d seventeen years after he went to.e Joseph, so that he was a hundred'd forty-seven years old.Then Jacob felt that he should soonB ; and he sent for Joseph, and asked'm to promise that he should not beied in Egypt, but that he should betried to the tomb of his fathers, anderied in their grave; for Abraham andiac were buried in a cave that wasa field near Mamre, in the land ofnaan.'-After this, a message came to tellseph that his father was sick; andseph took his two sons, Ephraim andanasseh, and went to see Jacob tosk him to bless the two boys before heied. Now Jacob's eyes were dim, sohat he could not see; but when Josephriught Manasseh to his right hand,nd Ephraim to his left hand, JacobF
crossed his hands, so that HE MIGHTLAY HIS RIGHT HAND ON THE HEADOF EPHRAIM, for he knew that Ephraimwould be the greatest.Soon after this, Jacob called all hissons to his bedside, and spoke to them,
and told them of some things that shouldhappen to them and to their children.Many of the words that he spoke toSthem were words of sorrow and of re-proof, for he knew what sort of menthey were, and he could tell what would,
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH. h"'come to pass after his death: and whenhe had prayed for them, he died, andhis sons buried him in the sepulchrewhich had been dug in the cave, nearMamre, in the land of Canaan, so tIsrael lay with his fathers in the gra )which had been made for them, in thcountry that the Lord afterwards gav4to His people, and to their children'schildren.And when Joseph's brethren returnefrom burying their father they thoughtithat Joseph would hate them, for whatthey had done to him years before; butJoseph sent for them, and when THEYKNELT BEFORE HIM, he raised them ut iiand forgave them, and spoke kindly t Ithem; and while he lived, he took carenot only of them but of their children, :and they dwelt with him in Egypt.