The coloured picture Bible for children

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The coloured picture Bible for children in four sections
André, R ( Richard ), 1834-1907 ( Illustrator )
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain) -- Tract Committee
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (Great Britain) ( Publisher )
E. & J.B. Young & Co ( Publisher )
Emrik & Binger ( Lithographer )
Place of Publication:
London ;
New York
Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge
E. & J.B. Young & Co.
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
48, 48, 48, 48 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Bible stories, English -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1884
non-fiction ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
England -- London
United States -- New York -- New York
England -- Brighton
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
The numerous illustrations after Richard André are chromolithographed by Emrik & Binger.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
Statement of Responsibility:
published under the direction of the Tract Committee.

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

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


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

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

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


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


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

from it all the live things with thee." So they all came forth;
and the first thing No-ah did when he found him-self on the
dry land was to build an al-tar, where he and his sons might
make of-fer-ings and pray to God, and thank Him for His
care of them.
And when God saw what No-ah did, He said that He would
drown the world no more with a flood; and He set the bright
rain-bow in the sky, and bade No-ah look at it and know it was
a sign that He would no more send such a flood on the earth.
(See p. 12.)
T IME went on, and more and more men were born, and the
world was much more full. Oh, that they had been good
and true men, with the love of God in their hearts! But you
will see as you go on how sin grew as men grew. Still I have
to tell you of good men and glad things, as well as of what is
bad and sad. So let me tell you now of A-bra-ham, a man of
faith, as No-ah was.
When first we hear of him he dwelt in a land with all his
friends; but God bade him leave this land, and go far from all
he knew, to a land strange to him then, but which God said
He would give to his seed to dwell in, and where He would bless
them and make them rich and great.
First, God led him from place to place, and he grew rich in
flocks and herds.
But great and rich as he was, there was one thing he had
not, and which it was his great, great wish to have, and that


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

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

So one day, when they were out in the fields with their
sheep, they saw him come in-to the field; and they said, "Let
us put him down in-to this pit, and kill a goat, and dip his gay
coat which his fa-ther gave him, in the blood of the goat, and
take it home to his fa-ther and tell him a wild beast has put
his son to death."
But it seems one of these bad men had not quite so hard a
heart as the rest, and he said, "Not so, let us not kill him, but
let us sell him to these men whom you may see com-ing this way."
Then they took him up out of the pit where they had
put him, and sold him to some strange men from the land of
E-gypt, whom just then they saw pass by. (See p. 26.)
Poor boy! how sad he must have felt; and how sad must


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

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

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


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


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


Still they did not know him. They gave him their gifts,
and spoke to him as to a strange man.
But still he did not tell them who he was; and once more
he let them go with their sacks full of corn; and he made his
men put the mon-ey they had paid in the sacks' mouths; and yet
more, he bade them put his own cup that he drank out of, in
Ben-ja-min's sack; and then he let them go.
And when they were not long gone, he. sent his head man
to stop them, and tell them he knew they had got his cup.
They were full of grief and pain that this should be said
of them, and cried, "Search and see, for we have not done
this bad thing."
And lo! it was found in Ben-ja-min's sack.
Then they rent their clothes, and went back to the town.
And when they came to Jo-seph's house they fell on the
ground at his feet. And he said, "Go back, all of you, to
your fa-ther; I will but keep him in whose sack the cup was
Now this one was just the one, the loss of whom, they
knew, would break their poor old fa-ther's heart; so they told
Jo-seph of their fa-ther's fond love for Ben-ja-min, and all he
had said to them ere he would trust his dear son with them.
And their grief was great. So Jo-seph could hide what
he felt no more. He sent all who stood by from the room,
and he wept, and said, "I am Jo-seph: doth my fa-ther yet
live?" (Seep. 31.)

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

A LL you have yet heard of the life of the sons of Ja-cob
in E-gypt, has been good, but this peace did not last.
When the King, who, I told you, was so kind to them, was
dead, and Jo-seph was dead, there was a new King, who had
not known Jo-seph, and who did not like to see the men of
Is-ra-el (that is, the sons and sons' sons of Ja-cob, whose name,
I have told you, God said was to be Is-ra-el) grow so great
and rich in his land. So he sought to put them down, and
keep them poor and low; and he made them work hard to
make bricks, and build, and toil in the fields. (See p. 32.)
And far worse than this-he said when a boy was born to

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the Is-ra-el-ites he was to be put to death, that no more should
grow up to be men in his land; and he said that when a boy
was born, the nurse should take it and put it to death. But no,
they had not the heart to do this, and they were sure it would
not please God; so they would not do it.
But this did not save the poor boys; for the hard, bad
King bade the men of E-gypt take the poor boys and throw
them in-to the river: the girls he let live.
But God, who sees all that goes on at all times, and has
His own wise ways, let one man child be kept safe, to do a
great work for Him, and of this child you shall now hear.
There was a man and his wife who had a son born to
them-a fine, fair child he was, and the wife hid him, while he
was quite young, in his own home.
But when he was three months old she found it hard to
hide him more, and great was her fear and dread lest some
one should find him out, and take him from her, and cast him
in-to the river.
So what did she do? She made an ark-a kind of small
boat-of flags that grew by the side of the stream, and she laid
her babe in it, and put it on the edge of the stream in the flags
which grew there.
Poor thing! with what a sad heart she left her dear child
there in all that risk!
By the stream she left a girl of hers to watch, and see
what would come to pass.

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


M O-SES was out one day, in a lone, wild place, with a flock
of sheep, and there he saw a strange sight; he saw a


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

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


T HE Is-ra-el-ites went on their way through the de-sert in joy,
and God went with them, and- fed them with food from
hea-ven, called Man-na; and when at one time, they could find no


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

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

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

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

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

When he had said all this, he went up to the top of a
high mount.
Thence God let him see the land which the tribes were
to have for their own, but where Mo-ses must not go, for that
once when he spake not wise-ly with his lips. (See p. 48.)
Thence he saw it all; and then in peace he laid him down to die.
An old man he was, twice as old as most men are now
when they die, but his eye was not dim; nor was he weak,
nor was his strength gone.
He did God's work to the last, and he did it well.
He was bur-ied no man knows where, for God, who had seen
how the peo-ple bow-ed down to the gold-en calf that Aa-ron
had made for them, fear-ed lest they should in like man-ner make
a god of Mo-ses.
The chil-dren of Is-ra-el had now lost both of the lead-ers
who, by God's help, had brought them out of the land of E-gypt.
They were still in the de-sert, and there was much to be done
be-fore they could gain the land which they were to have for their own.
The men who dwelt in it had to be driv-en out be-fore they
could come in-to it, and to do this took them a very long time,
as you will see. But the hard-est part of their jour-ney was over.
Their hearts had been tried by pain and grief, and they had both
seen and felt the good-ness and the power of God.
Al-though they were one day to be a great peo-ple, whose
fame was to go to the ends of the earth, no one would have known
it to see them as they stood now, tired and worn with for-ty years
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THE Land of Ca-na-an to which the Is-ra-el-ites wish-ed to go, and
from which their sins a-gainst God were keep-ing them, was a
very pleas-ant land, and much nicer than the de-sert through which
they had been wan-der-ing for so many years. But, strange as it may
seem, the peo-ple of Is-ra-el would not be-lieve this : they could not
trust to the prom-ises of God, but must needs send twelve spies to
see if all that had been said of the land was true.
When the spies came back they brought a great bunch of grapes
with them, so large that it had to be car-ried slung on a stick be-tween
two men, as you see in the pic-ture. (See p. 2.) They also said that the
land was full of all things that are of use to man, but that the men
who dwelt in it were great-ly to be fear-ed, for that some of them
were gi-ants, who made other men seem like grass-hop-pers.
The rest of the peo-ple were a-fraid when they heard these things.
and would not go up in-to the land. You see they did not put their
trust in God; if they had done so they would have fear-ed no-thing
while He was with them.


God was ve-ry ang-ry with the spies for say-ing such things about
the men of the land, and he put ten of them to death. The o-ther
two had on-ly prais-ed the fruits of the land, and had said no-thing
a-bout the men who dwelt in it, and so God let them live; and one of
them, who was nam-ed Josh-u-a, did man-y great deeds, and was of
more use than an-y one else in lead-ing the chil-dren of Is-ra-el in-to
the land of Ca-na-an, as you will see.


BUT if the chil-dren of Is-ra-el were a-fraid of the men who dwelt
in the land of Ca-na-an, these men them-selves were no less
a-fraid of the Is-ra-el-ites.
And Ba-lak, King of Mo-ab, was so much a-fraid, that he sent to
a pro-phet named Ba-laam, who liv-ed at a place call-ed Pe-thor,
and told him that he would give him a rich pre-sent if he would come
and curse the Is-ra-el-ites for him. But God told Ba-laam that he
must not curse the peo-ple, for that they were bless-ed.
So Ba-laam said he could not go. But Ba-lak sent a se-cond
time and begg-ed him to come, and of-fer-ed a rich-er gift than be-fore.
Then Ba-laam ask-ed God a-gain if he might go, and God said that
he might, but that he was to say no-thing but what He told him to
say. And while Ba-laam was on the way, the An-gel of the Lord
ap-pear-ed be-fore him in the way, but Ba-laam did not see him.
But the ass on which he rode saw the An-gel, and she stop-ped and
would not. go on. And when Ba-laam beat the ass, she spoke to
him, and his eyes were o-pen-ed, and he saw the An-gel of the Lord

(See p. 5). And the An-gel told him a-gain that he must not say an-y-
thing else but what God should tell him.
And Ba-lak brought Ba-laam to the top of a high hill, from
which he could see the Is-ra-el-ites, that he might curse them; but
he could not, for God would not let him. Then Ba-lak brought him
to the top of an-o-ther high hill, but still he could not curse the
Is-ra-el-ites, but could only bless them. And Ba-laam rose up, and
re-turn-ed to his place; and Ba-lak also went his way.


W HEN Mo-ses was dead, the Lord spake un-to Josh-u-a, the son
of Nun, and said, Mo-ses my serv-ant is dead: now, there-
fore, go o-ver this Jor-dan, thou. and all this peo-ple, un-to the land
which I do give to them, e-ven to the chil-dren of Is-ra-el.
And God pro-mis-ed that He would give all the land of Ca-na-an
to the peo-ple of Is-ra-el; and he bade Josh-u-a be of good cour-age,
and not to fear an-y-thing that might come to pass, for that He, the
Lord, was with him.
So first of all, Josh-u-a sent out two spies to spy out the land,
and see what kind of land it was, and what sort of men they were,
who liv-ed in it. And when the spies came to Je-ri-cho, they lodg-ed
in the house of a wo-man nam-ed Ra-hab. And when the King of
Je-ri-cho heard that spies had come in-to the city, he sent men to
catch them. But Ra-hab hid the spies un-der some flax that she
had up-on the flat roof of her house; and when the e-ven-ing was
come she let them down o-ver the wall of the city by means of a cord.
And the men told her to bind a scar-let cord round her win-dow,


that it might be for a sign, if they came a-gain, that she might be
spar-ed. Then the men went back to Josh-u-a, and told him all that
they had done and seen.
Josh-u-a now told the peo-ple that they must cross the Jor-dan,
and march a-gainst Je-ri-cho. But how were they to cross the Jor-dan?
There was no bridge, and the wa-ter was too deep for them to wade.
Josh-u-a knew well what he was to do, for God had told him. He
made the priests take the ark on their shoul-ders and go first.
And when the feet of the priests had touch-ed the wa-ter of
Jor-dan, the wa-ters rose like a wall on either side, and the peo-ple of
Is-ra-el pass-ed o-ver as if they had been walk-ing on dry ground.
And when all had pass-ed over, Josh-u-a made the peo-ple set up
twelve stones in a heap, to mark the spot where this strange thing
had come to pass, and that it might never be for-got-ten. (See p. 6.)


THEN the peo-ple went up a-gainst the town of Je-ri-cho.
They did not fight the men of Je-ri-cho with sword and spear
as you might have thought they would. God told them that the
priests must take the ark and walk round the walls of Je-ri-cho once
a day for six days, sev-en of the priests hav-ing in their hands a ram's
horn. (See p. I.) And on the sev-enth day they were to walk round
the walls, and then the sev-en priests were to blow a loud blast on
the rams' horns, and all the peo-ple were to shout with a loud shout.
And all this they did, and when they had done it the walls of the
strong town fell down flat! On-ly the wo-man who had been so kind
to the spies was spar-ed of all those who were in Je-ri-cho.

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Af-ter this, all the peo-ple round a-bout were ver-y much a-fraid
of the Is-ra-el-ites, for they saw that they were help-ed by God, and
that no one was a-ble to with-stand them. And af-ter this, too, God
show-ed in man-y ways that he had not for-sak-en the peo-ple of
Is-ra-el. For once, when Josh-u-a and his men were fight-ing with
the kings of the land, God sent great hail-stones which kill-ed more
of them than all those who were slain by the sword; and when
Josh-u-a ask-ed Him, He made the sun to stand still for a whole day,
that the Is-ra-el-ites might ut-ter-ly de-stroy their en-e-mies. (See p. 6.)

AND so, by the help of God, Josh-u-a won a great part of the land
of Ca-na-an for the Is-ra-el-ites. And when he died, o-thers
rose up in his place, and led the peo-ple, and help-ed them to
o-ver-come their en-e-mies. I can-not tell you of all of these now,
but of on-ly a few of them.
Gid-e-on was one of the best of these judg-es, as they were call-ed.
In his time, the Mid-i-an-ites had won back much of the land which
Josh-u-a had gain-ed, and had made slaves of the Is-ra-el-ites. But
one day an an-gel came to Gid-e-on and told him that God wish-ed
him to lead His peo-ple a-gainst the Mid-i-an-ites. At first Gid-e-on
would not be-lieve this, and he wish-ed to try whe-ther it was
true, so he put out a fleece one night, and in the morn-ing he found
the fleece quite wet, though the ground about it was dry. And
when he put out the fleece the next night, lo the fleece was quite
dry, though on all the ground near, there had fall-en a hea-vy dew.

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Then Gid-e-on ga-ther-ed to-ge-ther a great host, and made
read-y to go a-gainst the Mid-i-an-ites. But God told him to get rid
of them in div-ers ways, un-til he had on-ly three hun-dred left. You
see, God was go-ing to fight for them, and he wish-ed them to know
that they did not win the day by their own strength.
Then Gid-e-on made each of his men take a trum-pet, and a
lamp, and a sword, and the lamps he made them put in-side pit-chers,
that their light might not be seen. Then he di-vid-ed them
in-to three bands, and led them by night to the camp of the
Mid-i-an-ites. And at a sign from Gid-e-on, each man broke his
pit-cher and blew a blast on his trump-et, and cried, The Sword of the
Lord and of Gid-e-on." The Mid-i-an-ites were so much fright-en-ed
at this, that they tried to run a-way, and in their fear they turn-ed
their swords a-gainst one an-o-ther, and ver-y man-y of them were
slain. Af-ter this vic-tor-y Gid-e-on rul-ed the land for man-y years.


H ERE I shall pass by what we are told of some of the wars of
the Is-ra-el-ites, and how God let them take kings and slay
great me t; and next I will tell you of the birth of a great strong
man whose name was Sam-son. Be-fore Sam-son was born, God
sent an an-gel to his mo-ther to tell her that He would give her a
son, but that he must be kept for God's work, and that she must not
cut or shave the hair of this son's head. This was said be-cause
in those lands where men make vows that they will do such and
such things, they us-ed to show their vow by this sign, that they did
not cut or shave their hair.

And when Sam-son grew up he was a very strong man, and the
hand of the Lord was with him. And he smote the foes of the
Is-ra-el-ites, and led them out to war. Now the men who were
fight-ing a-gainst the Is-ra-el-ites felt, that as long as Sam-son
liv-ed, they would be sure to get the worst of it; so they laid man-y
plots to kill him. Once they got him into one of their ci-ties and
shut the gates upon him, mean-ing to slay him in the morn-ing. But
he got up in the night and took the gates off their hing-es, and
car-ried them a-way with him. (See p. 12.)
At last they found out that the se-cret of his strength lay in his
hair, and if that was cut off he would be like an-y o-ther man. So one
night, when he was a-sleep, they cut off his hair, and bound him, and
put out his eyes, and led him a-way cap-tive. (See p. 17.) And Sam-son
liv-ed for man-y years as a slave in their land. But at last, one day,
when his mas-ters had a great feast in one of their tem-ples, Sam-son
was stand-ing be-tween two pil-lars of the tem-ple, and he pray-ed to
God his old strength might come back to him; and God gave it back
to him. Then Sam-son seiz-ed the pil-lars, and pull-ed with all his
might, so that the tem-ple fell. Thus, at his death, he kill-ed more of
his foes than he had kill-ed in all his life.

NOW I will tell you a tale of what came to pass in the time
when the Jud-ges rul-ed the land.
One of the men of Is-ra-el, and his two sons, had gone to the
land of Mo-ab, and there the two sons took to them two wives of the
daugh-ters of Mo-ab. And it came to pass that the man and his two

sons died, and the man's wife thought to go back to her own land
once more; but she bade the sons' wives go to their own homes.
And one of them went home, but the other, whose name was Ruth,
would not leave her, but went back with her to her own land.
Now Na-o-mi (that was the name of the mo-ther) had a
kins-man nam-ed Bo-az, who was ver-y rich. And as she her-self was
ver-y poor, one day she sent out Ruth in-to the field where this rich
man was, that she might glean some of his corn, for it was now cut.
When Bo-az saw Ruth he ask-ed who she was (see p. 18), and
he was told that she had come back from the land of Mo-ab with
Na-o-mi. And when Bo-az heard this, he was ver-y good to Ruth, and
told the young men to let her drink of the wa-ter which they had
drawn, for in those hot lands wa-ter is ver-y scarce. Also, he told them
to' drop corn in Ruth's way, that she might go home with full hands.
And he ask-ed Ruth not to go to an-y o-ther field but his.
Then she fell on her face and said, Why have I found this
grace in thy sight? "
Then Bo-az told her that he had heard how good she had been
to her mo-ther, and how she had left her own land, and had come
with her; and he said, The Lord bless thy work."
And he bade her at meal time come and eat of his bread, and
he fed her with dry corn, such as they eat in those lands.
And so, day by day, Ruth went to glean in Bo-az's fields, and
he was kind to her, and felt sad she was so lone.
Then he ask-ed the wise men of the town, if it would be well he
should take her to be his wife; and they said it would be well. So
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Now it was the wish of all the men of Is-ra-el to have sons; and
you will see why it was so, when I tell you that the hope of the
birth of the Lord Christ was in all their hearts.
I told you that when the curse came on Ad-am and Eve, God
gave them at the same time this glad hope; and that hope was in
all the hearts of the men of Is-ra-el from that time.
Each one had the fond wish that He might be one of his sons'
sons. And He did come from the sons of Ruth and Bo-az.


T HERE was once a man nam-ed El-ka-nah, who had two wives
One of them, Han-nah, had no son, and she felt it much,
and all the more that the wife who had sons made mock of her,
and, made her fret; and, though El-ka-nah was most kind to her,
she could not cease to grieve.
And once, when she went up to the House of the Lord to
pray, she wept sore, and made a vow to God, if He would give
her a son, she would give him to the Lord all the days of
his life.
And while she knelt to pray, a priest of God, whose name
was E-li, saw her, and thought, from her way, that she had
drunk too much wine; so he spoke to her and chid her.
But she told him she had not drunk an-y wine, but was sad
and full of grief. Then he bade God bless her, and give her
her heart's wish.


So she went home glad, and in trust that God would hear
her cry.
Then, by-and-by, God did bless her with a son, to whom
she gave the name of Sam-u-el.
And when this child had grown to an age when he could
part from his mo-ther, she kept the vow she had made to God,
and took him to God's House.
And she went to E-li, and told him that she it was whom
he had seen a few years back pray to the Iord for a child, and
here was the child the Lord gave her, and that now she had
brought her child to lend to the Lord.
And she left him with E-li; but ere she went she sang a
song of praise to the Lord.
Then E-li took the young boy, and taught him how to wait
on the Lord in His House, and gave him work to do there.
What a glad boy he must have been, to be in the Lord's
House with His priests, and free to do work in the House of
the Lord.
Year by year his mo-ther went to see him, and when she
went she took him each time a coat that she made for him
her-self. Can you not think how glad she must have felt to see
her boy grow more and more in the ways of God, and do-ing
the Lord's work in His House?
And Sam-u-el grew, and the Lord was with him, and did let
none of his words fall to the ground, for God meant to use him
as a guide to His peo-ple.


Now, though E-li was a good man and a priest of the Lord,
he had two sons who were bad men, and with whom God was
wroth; and he was wroth, too, with E-li, in that he saw the bad
ways of his sons and did not chide them.
So one night, when Sam-u-el was in bed, God call-ed to him,
and he thought it was E-li who had call-ed him, and went to see
why he had call-ed, but E-li said he had not call-ed. Now this
took place three times, and at last E-li saw that it was
God who had call-ed Sam-u-el, and he then told him that if he
was call-ed a fourth time, he was to say Speak, Lord!" When
God spoke a-gain Sam-u-el did as E-li had told him. (See p. 26.)
Then God bade him go to E-li and tell him that He, the Lord,
had seen the sins of E-li's sons, and would bring grief and shame
on E-li and on his house for ev-er.
Sam-u-el was very sad at hav-ing to tell these things to E-li,
but still he did as God had told him; and, as he grew, God
gave him his words to speak more and more.

AT this time some strong men came to fight the Is-ra-
el-ites, and they smote them, and did them much harm in
the wars that a-rose.
Then the men of Is-ra-el went and brought the Ark of the
Lord, in which were kept the two Stones of the Law, and the
Pot of Man-na, and the Rod which Mo-ses had had with him
in E-gypt. And they brought this Ark out to the camp, for


they thought if they had it with them, God would be with them
to bless their arms.
The two sons of E-li, who were priests, came with the Ark.
When the men of Is-ra-el saw the Ark come to their camp,
they set up a loud shout, so that the whole camp rang with
the sound.
And when their foes heard the shout they said, "Woe to
us, God is come up to the camp: who shall save us from the
hand of this great God!"
But it was not God's will to save the Is-ra-el-ites; they
were wrong to take the Ark from God's house, and you will see
what came of it.
Their foes still smote them, and those who were not slain,
fled; and the Ark of the Lord fell in-to the hands of the foes,
and the two sons of E-li were slain.
Then there ran a man to bear this sad news to the town
whence the Ark had come; and when he told that it was in the
hands of their foes, all the men of the town wept, and when
E-li, who sat on a seat by the road-side, heard the cry, he said,
"What means this noise ?" and the man came near and told him.
Now E-li was an old man, so old that his eyes were dim,
so that he could not see; and the man told him that he
had come from the fight, and how the Is-ra-el-ites were slain,
or had fled, and that his two sons were dead, and that the Ark was
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And so soon as poor E-li heard of the Ark he fell off his
seat by the way-side, dead!
You see his grief was more for the Ark, which was the
Lord's, than for his sons.


BUT God did not wish the Ark to stay in the hands of
the men who had taken it, and he smote them- with plagues
in each ci-ty to which the Ark was brought, so that they-grew a-fraid
of it, and no one wish-ed to have an-y-thing to do with it. At
last they put it in-to the tem-ple of their false God, Da-gon, be-cause'
they thought that it could do no harm to him, at any rate. But
lo! the next morn-ing when they came to look, Da-gon had fall-en..
down on his face be-fore the Ark, and was bro-ken in pieces.
(See p. 20.) Then those men said, Let us send back the Ark in all
haste, lest we die "; and they put it on a cart, drawn by two milch
cows, and sent it straight back to the Is-ra-el-ites. (See p. 25.)


SAM-U-EL was Judge in Is-ra-el all the days of his life;
and when he grew old he set his sons to rule for him, but
his sons did not walk in his ways or judge well.
This, as you may think, brought fresh grief; and the men
of Is-ra-el said they would have a king to rule them.


Then Sam-u-el sought the Lord, to know if it was His will
that they should have a king.
And the Lord said that they should have one, but that
Sam-u-el should warn them that he would rule them with a
heav-y hand.
So, though Sam-u-el told them what it would be, they did
not care. They had set their minds on a king, and a king
they would have.
Then the Lord bade Sam-u-el do what they said, and give
them a king.
Now there was a man whose name was Saul: a choice young
man, a fine, tall man; and he it was whom God gave them as
their king. Sam-u-el met him one day as he was going in search
of his fa-ther's ass-es, and he took a vi-al of oil and pour-ed it on his
head, and told him that he was to be king. (See p. 31.) And most of
them were glad and said, "God save the king !"
But some of them did not like it, and there was much
strife in the land.
And Sam-u-el had a hard task to make the men let the
king, Saul, rule them, though it was their own wish to have a
Saul did not walk as God would have him, and so, in time,,
we read that God bade Sam-u-el choose for Him a fresh king.
Sam-u-el, though no doubt he saw the need there was for
this, was fond of Saul, and seems to have felt great grief that


he had to be put from off the throne of Is-ra-el. But God bade
him not mourn, but go and lay his hands on one who should
be king. And who was this? No great and grand man, but a
young lad, the son of one Jes-se, who had eight sons, and this
one, Da-vid, was the young-est of them.
This lad-for when first we hear of him he was no more
than a lad-could play well on the harp. And once, when King
Saul was ill, and what we should call mad, those who were
round him thought if he could have some one to play to him
it might soothe him. So they sent for this young lad, of whom
they had heard, and who was with his fa-ther's sheep. And Saul
soon learnt to love him, and the notes of his harp did soothe
him, as they had thought they would.


W ELL, by-and-by we read how Saul and the men of
Is-ra-el had to fight once more those strong men, the
And while the war went on there came one of the Phi-lis-
tines, a great, great, big man, tall and strong; and he had on
his head a brass cap, and he had a coat of mail, and brass on
his legs. Then he bore in his hand a large, long spear, and a
man went with him to bear his shield.
And this big man came out in front of the men who were
drawn up to fight, and said "Choose out a man for you, and if

he can fight me and kill me, we will be your slaves; but if.I
kill him you shall serve us."
And when Saul and his men heard this they felt great fear
for they saw how big and strong he was.
Who do you think came to their help ?
None but this same' young lad Da-vid.
It seems that three of the- sons of Jes-se were with Saul's
men of war, and Jes-se bade Da-vid go and see how they were,
and take them some loaves, and a gift of cheese for their chief.
And when. Da-vid was in the camp he saw this big man (whose
name was Go-li-ath), and heard what he said; and strange as it
may seem to you, he felt that he dare go and fight him. And
he said so; and his words were told to Saul, who sent for him
to speak to him.
And when Saul saw him, he bade him not try and fight
Go-li-ath, as he was too yqung and small.
But Da-vid,,told him how he had once slain a lion and a
bear who had come to prey) on his fa-ther's sheep.
So Saul let him go, aid wish-ed to lend him his sword and
ar-mour, but Da-vid would not take them, for he thought that they
would only be in his way.
Then Go-li-ath came to meet Da-vid with taunts and jeers; but
the fight did not last long, and it turn-ed out far o-ther-wise than
Go-li-ath had thought.


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For Da-vid smote him in the fore-head with a stone from a
sling, and he fell dead upon the earth.
In this way did Da-vid make men's hearts read-y to re-ceive
him as their king.


WHEN Saul was dead Da-vid was made king, at first, of on-ly
half the land, and then of the whole. And for the most part
he rul-ed wise-ly and well,. and he wrote many songs in praise of
the God who had rais-ed him from a poor shep-herd boy, to be
the king of a great peo-ple. (See p. 32.)
Still Da-vid was not quite free from sin, and once or twice
he vex-ed God very much by his acts. And once God sent a
great pla-gue through the land, and an-o-ther time He struck the
king's child with sick-ness so that it died. But the worst pun-
ish-ment that came to Da-vid was the way in which he was
treat-ed by his son Ab-sa-lom.
Ab-sa-lom wish-ed to be king, and he drove his fa-ther out of
his own land, un-til at last Da-vid fled to one of the few ci-ties
which were still true to him, and thence he sent out an ar-my
a-gainst Ab-sa-lom; but he told the lead-er of it at all costs to
spare the life of his son.
Then the poor old king stay-ed in the city to hear what
might come to pass: and one by one the mes-sen-gers (see p. 35)
came in to tell of how Ab-sa-lom's men were beat-en, un-til at

last one came to say how he had seen Ab-sa-lom hang-ing
dead to a tree by his long hair.
Da-vid mourn-ed for Ab-sa-lom for a long time, in-deed, un-to
the day of his death.


WHEN Da-vid was dead, his son So-lo-mon was made king
in all the land. God told him he might ask for just what
he would like best to have, and that he should have it.
What do you think you would ask for in such a case?
Wealth, long life, and joy?
Yes, I dare say you would; but King So-lo-mon said, Make
me wise, that I may know how to be a good king."
So God made him more wise than the men or kings round
him, and he made him more rich -as well-so rich that all men
said, with cause, how wise, how great, and how rich a king he was.
Then So-lo-mon lost no time, but set to work at once to
use the gold and rich stones which King Da-vid had left for the
house of God. He sent ships to get sweet wood, and he sent
for wise men from far off to come and work; and he made all
as grand and good as it could be; and it took him sev-en years
to build it; and then, when it was done, he sent some of the
priests to fetch the Ark and put it in the new house of God;
and then there was much joy a-mong all who saw and knew it.

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When So-lo-mon had done this work, and saw that all was
as good as it could be in God's house, then, not till then, he set to
work to build a large house for him-self; and all this was as it
should be; but So-lo-mon did not keep all his heart for God,
but let his thoughts turn where they should not; and God said
to him that when he was dead his son should not be as great a
king as he had been, but that harm would come of his faults.
King So-lo-mon wrote three of the Books of the Bi-ble. It
seems to me so sad that I can-not but tell you some bad news of
all the men I write of;. though the men I write of may be
good in great part, and God may have bless-ed them much, of
each one I must tell you sad things; but so I fear it must be
till all sin has pass-ed a-way.
For So-lo-mon in his old age did man-y things which he ought
not to have done, and God was so ang-ry with him that at his
death he part-ed his king-dom in-to two parts, and gave one tribe
to Re-ho-bo-am, the son of So-lo-mon, and ten tribes to a man
nam-ed Je-ro-bo-am, and He sent His pro-phet A-hi-jah to Je-ro-
bo-am to tell him this would come to pass.


N OW comes a time hard to tell you of, for, as God fore-told;
grief a-rose in the land. The sons of So-lo-mon fought,
and the land was split in-to two parts, with a king to each part.
Some of the kings were bad, and left the true God to turn to

false ones. By-and-by the land was in a sad plight for want
of rain, which did not fall for a long time. The corn and wheat
did not grow, and there was sore lack of food. God had sent a
man, whose name was E-li-jah, to A-hab, one of the kings, to
warn him that no rain was to fall.
Now when he went to warn A-hab of God's wrath, and to
tell him that for three years no rain would fall on the land,
the queen sought to slay him. God made much use of this
man E-li-jah, who let his lips be free for the word of God to
pass through to them, and did not fear to speak the truth to the
king and his men, though they sought to kill him. So E-li-jah
went to live in a waste plade when the time came in which there
was to be no rain; and when he was hun-gry, God sent ra-vens
to him to feed him with bread and flesh, while men where dy-ing
from want of food in the towns. (See p. 38.)

After a time, God told him to leave this place, for, as the
queen was still search-ing for him, it was not safe, and to go to
a place called Za-re-phath, where he would meet a wo-man ga-ther-
ing sticks who would give him food. E-li-jah went, and found
the wo-man as God had told him, but she had only a hand-ful
of meal and a cruse of oil in her house (see p. 41); still, she made
a little cake for E-li-jah, and gave it him to eat. Then God, to
re-ward her for her kind-ness, made the meal and the oil last as
long as the rain did not fall upon the earth.

And now let me tell you what God did for him. One day
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that was the name of his friend-" I know the Lord will take
me hence; ask of me what thou wilt."
And E-li-sha said, "Let the same wise gifts which God has
let you have, be with me."
Then there came a whirl-wind, and E-li-sha saw a car of
fire come from heav-en and take E-li-jah up from earth; and as
he went up his cloak fell, and E-li-sha took it up, and knew by
this sign that God would let His grace and His gifts which had
been with E-li-jah rest on him.
Can you try and think how grand must have been that sight,
when the man of God who had done his work so well here, who
spoke such bold words to the king and the queen, and let God
use him as He would, had this proof of God's love, that no sad
death came to him, and God took him up to Him in His grand
car of fire ? This makes us think of the good man E-floch who
"was not, for God took him."


N OW you will like to hear more of E-li-sha, the man on
whom fell the cloak of E-li-jah.
God made much use of him, as he had done of E-li-jah.
First we read that he was sent by God to set a new king
in the place of the bad king A-hab. This new king did much

to put sin and the false gods from the land, where, by this
time, God was not much thought of, but he did not do all he
should have done, and the tribes of the land still for the most
part put their trust in false gods, and but few went to pray to
God at Je-ru-sa-lem, as he had told them to do year by year.
E-li-sha said much to warn them, and when he was dead, God
sent wise men, one by one, with his words in their mouths, to
warn them, and to bid them turn from their sins, and be true
to Him, and to show them the grief and sad times that would
be sure to come on them if they went on still in their sins.

E-li-sha did man-y won-der-ful things in his life, for as he
was sent to make peo-ple know God, he had to show that he
was sent by God.

Once he made e-nough oil flow out of one jar to fill many
more jars of the same size, so as to pay the debt of a poor
wi-dow. Once, too, he brought back to life the son of a Shu-
nam-ite wo-man, with whom he some-times lodg-ed.

Now it came to pass that a Jew-ish girl be-came a slave in
the house of a great As-sy-ri-an nam-ed Na-a-man.

This Na-a-man had been struck by a sore dis-ease call-ed
lep-ro-sy, and could not get cur-ed. One day the Jew-ish girl,
when she saw Na-a-man's wife in tears be-cause of the dis-ease
which had struck her hus-band, said to her, "Would my lord
were with the pro-phet that is in Sa-ma-ri-a, he would soon
heal him of his lep-ro-sy."

When Na-a-man heard this, he at once set out for Sa-ma-ri-a,
tak-ing with him- man-y rich and fine gifts; and when he came
to E-li-sha, he ask-ed him what he must do to be heal-ed. Then
E-li-sha told him to go and wash sev-en times in the wa-ters of

At this Na-a-man was ver-y ang-ry. He had thought that
E-li-sha would have come down and touch-ed him, and he would
have at once be-come whole, or else that he would have told him
to do some ver-y hard thing as a price for his cure. But to go
and wash sev-en times in the Jor-dan, seem-ed such a sim-ple thing
to do, that at first he had a great mind to go straight home just
as he was, and have no more to do with the Jew-ish pro-phet.

At last he thought it would do no harm to try if .what he
had been told to do would cure him or not. So he went and bath-ed
sev-en times in the Jor-dan. And his flesh be-came as white and
soft as that of a lit-tle child, and the lep-ro-sy left him.

Then Na-a-man went back to E-li-sha in hot haste, and want-ed
him to take all the rich and fine gifts which he had brought with
him. But E-li-sha would have none of them. Then Na-a-man
swore that from that time forth he would serve no God but the
God of E-li-sha, and he pray-ed that God might not count it as a sin
in him if he bow-ed down in the house of Rim-mon when he went
there with his mas-ter, the king of As-sy-ri-a. And E-li-sha said
to him, "Go in peace"; and he de-part-ed a lit-tle way.



BUT Ge-ha-zi, the serv-ant of E-li-sha, the man of God, said,
"Lo! my mas-ter has spar-ed this Na-a-man in that he took
not at his hands that which he had brought: but as the Lord liv-eth
I will go after him and take some-thing from him."
So Ge-ha-zi fol-low-ed Na-a-man; and when Na-a-man saw
him run-ning he got down from his cha-ri-ot and went to meet him,
and said, "Is all well?" And Ge-ha-zi said, "All is well. My
mas-ter hath sent me, say-ing, 'So even now there be come to me
two young men of the sons of the pro-phets. Give them now I
pray thee a ta-lent of sil-ver and two changes of gar-ment.'"
And Na-a-man said, Take two ta-lents"; and he bound the two
ta-lents in two bags, and laid them on two of his slaves, and they
bare them be-fore him.
And when he came to the house he took them from their hands,
and hid them, and let the men go.
But he went in and stood be-fore his mas-ter. And E-li-sha
said, "Whence com-est. thou, Ge-ha-zi?" And he said, "Thy
serv-ant went no where."
Then E-li-sha. said to him, "Went not my heart with thee when
the man turn-ed a-gain from his cha-ri-ot to meet thee ? Is this a
time to take gifts and pre-sents ? The lep-ro-sy of Na-a-man shall
cleave to thee and to thy seed for ev-er."
And Ge-ha-zi went from him a lep-er as white as snow.

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