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Group Title: My mother's Bible stories : told in the language of a gentle, loving mother conversing with her children : designed for family use during "the children's hour" around the evening lamp
Title: My mother's Bible stories
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Title: My mother's Bible stories told in the language of a gentle, loving mother conversing with her children : designed for family use during "the children's hour" around the evening lamp
Physical Description: xviii, 480 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Henson, P. S ( Poindexter Smith ), 1831-1914 ( Author, Primary )
Jones, J. W ( Publisher )
Vincent, John Heyl, 1832-1920
Publisher: J.W. Jones
Place of Publication: Springfield, Oh
Publication Date: c1896
Subject: Bible stories, English -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1896
Genre: non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Ohio -- Springfield
Statement of Responsibility: introduced by John H. Vincent ; embracing all the wonderful, romantic, beautiful and tender incidents and events of the Scriptures, related in the form of stories to please and instruct the little ones ; very beautifully illustrated with two hundred steel etchings, wood engravings, and colored photogravures.
General Note: "Author's purpose in writing this book" (p. vii-viii) signed: P.S. Henson.
General Note: Some illustrations printed in blue.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Full Text

The Baldwi Librar)

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My Mother's Bible Stories


Designed for

family use during "the children's hour" around
the evening lamp .


Chancellor of Chautauqua Institute

Tell me a story, mother,
Tell it to your little child.

Embracing all the wo ful, romantic, beautiful and tender incidents and events
of the -i res, related in the form of stories to please
and instruct the little ones

with two hundred steel etchings, wood engravings and colored photogravures


Copyright, i896




HE Book of Books is a book for the babe as well as
S for the full-grown man; a book for the babe and for
the babe's mother. Best of all, the child's growth
never carries him beyond the Book. Its stories and
its songs hold and charm him when he is so small
as to sit or lie in mother's lap. "That sweet story
of old" is a joy to him then-the Babe of Bethle-
hem, and how He lay in a manger, and how the
shepherds came to Him and the wise men with their
gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh; the flight
into Egypt through the fear of Herod; the warning
and the guiding angels-how all these things make
baby's eyes grow bright! When he is big enough for "trousers
with pockets," and for high top boots on a snowy morning, his
eyes will flash at the story of David, the shepherd boy, as he
braved the bear, slew the lion and swung the sling that made the
giant bite the dust. And the stories of Joseph and of Moses and
of Joshua, of Samuel and of Samson and of the brave Daniel-
well, he loves to hear them over and over. Or, if told him at the
right time his face will grow serious under the account of the fine


lad from Nazareth who, when He visited the temple in Jerusalem,.
lingered in the school of the wise doctors to listen to what they
had to say, and to say things that made even the doctors wonder.
When the boy gets to be a big boy-almost a man, if he be
skilfully dealt with, he will take a lively interest in the journeys
and deeds and wise words of Bible men; and while he may not
seem to give much attention, and while he may really care a great
deal more for one of Scott's stories or for some bright book of
travels or of battles, than he does for anything to be found in the
Bible, he will still read his daily chapter or study his Sunday-
school lesson, or give reverent attention to his father's voice in
the morning reading and pick up now and then an idea from it
all, which will make him a sturdier boy and a manlier man.
If ministers and mothers (and why not fathers) were wise
with ordinary wisdom, the Bible might be made so fascinating.
It is a book of History-graphic, brilliant, in a good sense sensa-
tional, and if rightly taught has captivating power in it. Why-
are not parents and pastors wiser?
In the later years, when the boy is a man with a home and.
children of his own, the cares of life upon him and the home of
his childhood a memory, he will find strength in the big Book.
And later on, in old age, when the frosts are in his hair and a.
dimness in his eyes, he will turn to the same great and gracious.
volume for comfort and consolation. He will recite over again
more slowly and reverently now than when he was a boy-the-
words he learned in boyhood but which he is now just beginning
to appreciate: "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,"
and In my Father's house are many mansions." He said these
things glibly once as mere feats or tasks of memory. He repeats
them now with a clinging heart, putting its love into the memory.
His tremulous voice makes music of these divine words. A book_


with so much in it, for so many stages in one's career, cannot be
too early or too carefully taught. And the best place for the
early teaching is at home. And the best teachers are mother and
father. It is a great thing to connect God's words of history and
poetry and promise with the voices and faces of those whom we
love earliest and best. Therefore whatever helps to make home
teach God's word, and do it well, is a blessing which one cannot
This then is the mission of the present volume: To turn the
attention'of parents to the simple and wonderful lessons of the
Holy Bible; to help them in winning the interest of the little:
folks; and thus to build up memories in which the love and light
and joy of home are connected with the law and love "and precious
promises of the sacred Scriptures.
The compiler of this book of Bible stories has availed herself
of the helps which other works in the same line have furnished,
believing that in this new form they will invite the parents of
our times to a renewal of effort in the reading of the Bible and in
the repeating of its matchless stories to the children of our land
and age.
The truth of the Bible forms the basis of the republic. The
God of the Bible is the hope of its future prosperity. The laws of
the Bible must be the laws of the land. Therefore this home help
to Bible study has no mean or unimportant part to play in
training a generation of American citizens who shall make God
their trust, His love their inspiration, His laws their standard,
His Son their Redeemer, His grace their strength, His heaven:
their eternal home.


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(vi) HE Bo of POLIM E

The flfthor's Purpose in Writing This Book.

HILDREN are children, the wide world over. In many
things they widely differ. In color they are black, or
white, or brown, or yellow, for there are many races
among the children of men.
In character they are greatly unlike, for while some are gentle
and good, others are wild and wayward, and downright little savages.
But in one thing they are all agreed, they all delight in
Tell us a story," is the ceaseless cry that comes from the
children's lips, as they sit on papa's knee, or at mother's feet, or
stand beside grandpa's chair.
In Germany or Japan, in Calcutta or Chicago, there is the
same close clustering and the same eager listening when the story-
teller is present and the story is about to be begun. Nor is this
true of the little children only. We are all but children of a
larger growth, and we never lose our relish for pictured truth,
and that is what a story is, if it be a story that is Yorthy of the
name. There are many stories afloat that are not true, and cannot
be, they are so absurd; and many that are true that ought not to
be told, they are so utterly silly, or so abominably bad.
Our Father in Heaven knew just what kind of a book would
please and profit His children most, and so He has given us a story
book. The most wonderful story book in the world is the Bible-
more wonderful than the Arabian Nights, or Grim's Fairy Tales,
or any other book that ever was written by the pen of man: the
story of Creation and the story of Eden; the story of the Fall;
the story of the Flood; the story of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob;


the story of Joseph and Moses, and on through all the range of
Old Testament history.
And when we come to the New Testament it is brimming and
beautiful with stories most wonderful. The Great Teacher taught
the people in parable, and what are parables but stories intended
to picture the truth ? What story was ever told of such beauty
and tenderness as that of the Babe of Bethlehem and the Man of
Calvary ?
And the lives of such followers of Christ as Peter and Paul-
what could better stir the blood and warm the heart? And the
best of it all about these stories is that they are absolutely true,
and not only full of deepest interest, but shed the clearest light
upon the path that leads us on from earth to heaven.
The Bible Stories that are told in this book are not intended
to draw the children away from the Bible, which after all is "the
Book of Books," but are intended to draw them to it. The Bible
is for all ages, and in it are many words that are sometimes hard
to be understood, at least for the younger sort of readers. This
story book is intended for the younger sort, and it is to be hoped
will give them a clearer light upon God's holy pages, and will also
be a help for those busy parents and other friends of children who
wish they "had the knack of interesting children by the telling
of Bible Stories but hardly know how to set about it. This book
will furnish a delightful guide, and we do not doubt will warm
many a heart, brighten many a home, cheer many a lonely hour,
and lift up many a life into a higher plane of usefulness. and


How God Made the World .... . . ..... 33
The Wonderful Things that God made to Grow out of the Ground .. 34
The Wonderful Living Things that God Created . ...... 36
The Story of Creation . . .... ... ...... 39
The Story of How Adam and Eve Sinned .. . . 42
The Sad Story of Cain and Abel ....... .. ...... .. 47
Story of Enoch, the Good Man, Who did Not Die ............ 49
Story of the Great Flood that Covered the Whole Earth .... . 50
Nimrod the Mighty Hunter, and the Building of the Tower of Babel 54
The Beautiful Story of Abraham . ... ..... 56
Abraham Receives a Promise from God and Entertains Three Angels 58
Abraham is Commanded to Sacrifice Isaac . . .... 60
The Story of Isaac and Rebecca ....... . . . 64
Jacob's Wonderful Dream ....... ....... .. 67
Jacob's Love for Rachel ... . . . . 69
The Wonderful Story of Joseph . . .. ... ..... 71
Joseph's Brothers Sell Him as a Slave ... . . . 76
The Strange Things that Happened to Joseph in Egypt . .. 79
The Butler and the Baker .. . . . .... 81
The Wonderful Story of How Joseph was Released from Prison and Became
a Great Ruler . . . . .. . 83
Joseph's Brothers Come to Egypt to Buy Corn . . .88
Joseph Makes a Great Feast for his Brothers . . .. 91
Joseph Makes Himself Known to his Brothers . . .. 96
Jacob and His Family Remove to Egypt . . .... 99
The Story of Moses, and How He was Found in the Bulrushes by the
King's Daughter .. . . . ...... 103
How Moses Slew the Task-master . .... . I io
Story of the Wonderful Burning Bush. . . ... ... 112
A Description of Some of the Terrible Plagues that God Sent Upon Egypt 1i6-
Other Great Plagues that Fell Upon the Egyptians . . .. 119


How Moses and the Children of Israel Crossed the Red Sea . .126
Story of the Manna, and the Rock in the Desert. . .... 130
The Terrors of Mount Sinai . . . . ... 133
The Building of the Tabernacle . . ... . .. 136
The Wonders and Beauties of the Tabernacle . . ... 142
Story of the Twelve Spies . . . . .. 145
The Story of Baalam .... .. .. . . . . 151
The Sin of Moses and Aaron, and Aaron's Death .. .. ..... 154
The Brazen Serpent ...... ......... . .... 157
The Death of Moses .......... . ... 159
Joshua, the Great General .............. . 163
The Children of Israel Cross the River Jordan ... ........ 167
The Walls of Jericho Fall Down . . ....... .. 17
Conquest of Canaan and Death of Joshua ......... .. 175
Story of Samson, the Strong Man . . . .. 178
The Beautiful Story of Faithful Ruth .. ... . . 181
Ruth Gleans Corn in the Fields . ............. 185
The Wedding of Ruth and Boaz ............ . 189
The Story of Gideon ................ ... .... 193
The Story of Job . . . ............ 197
The Story of Samuel and His Mother .... .... . 202
Eli and His Wicked Sons .... . . . .. 203
The Israelites Ask Samuel to Give Them a King . . .. 205
Saul is Chosen King .............. ... .. 206
King Saul Conquers the Amalekites ...... ........ 209
God's Punishment of King Saul ......... .. ... 211
The Story of David ... . . . . 213
David Plays the Harp Before King Saul ..... . . 214
Story of the Giant Goliath.' ... .. .. ....... 217
David's Battle with Goliath ........ . . 219
Saul Tries to Kill David ........... ......... 221
The Death of Saul .. .... .......... . 225
David Becomes King . . 227
Nathan Rebukes David ......... . . 228
Absalom is Found Hanging on an Oak Tree . . 232
David's Grief for the Death of Absalom . . . .234
David's Farewell to His People .. ... ........ .... 2.6
Story of Solomon, the Wise Man . ........ 236
Story of the Two Women and the Dead Child . . .. .237
Solomon Builds a Beautiful Temple .. . ............. 239


Story of the Queen of Sheba .. ... ........... .. 243
Solomon Forgets God and Worships Idols ... .... 245
How Jeroboam was Punished for His Wickedness . . .... 246
Story of Elijah and the Ravens ... ... ....... .. .248
Story of the Widow and Her Son . ... ... 250
Elijah Goes on a Long Journey to See King Ahab ......... .253
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal ... ........... 255
Story of the Little Cloud No Larger than a Man's Hand . ... 257
What Happened to Elijah in the Wilderness . . . 260
Elijah is Taken Up to Heaven in a Chariot of Fire . ... 262
Story of the Bears and the Wicked Children . . ... 264
Elisha Restores Life to a Little Boy Who Had Died .......... 265
Story of Naaman the Leper . . . . .. .269
The Wonderful Story of Jonah . . . .. . 272
The Story of King Hezekiah. . . ... .. .274
The King of Babylon Captures Jerusalem and Burns the Temple ..... 278
Story of the Three Men Who Were Thrown into a Fiery Furnace ..... 280
Story of the Handwriting on the Wall . ... .. 282
Daniel in the Lion's Den . . . . ..... 285
Story of Esther, the Beautiful Queen ........... .. 289
Story of the Wicked Haman . . . . .. 292
God Saves the Jews, and Haman is Hanged on His Own Gallows .... .295
Cyrus, the Great King. ... . . . . 296


Zacharias and His Wife Elisabeth ..... . . 301
Mary the Mother of Jesus ......... ...... 303
Birth of John the Baptist .............. . .... 305
Jesus is Born in Bethlehem in a Manger ............ 307
.Simeon, and Anna the Prophetess ....... ........... 310
Story of the Wise Men of the East .... .. .......... 312
Herod Sends His Soldiers to Kill the Little Boys Who Lived in Bethlehem, 315
Jesus Talks with the Priests in the Temple ...... . .... 318
John the Baptist Preaches in the Desert . . . .... 320
Satan Tempts Jesus in the Wilderness . . ........ 321
The Disciples of Jesus. . . . . . 324
How Nathaniel Became a Disciple of Jesus . ... ..... 327
The Miracle at the Wedding Feast .. . . ......... 328
Story of the Woman of Samaria .............. ... 330


The Men of Nazareth Try to Kill Jesus . . .
The Miraculous Draught of Fishes .. . ......
Jesus Heals a Man Who Was Insane . . . .
Jesus Heals a Sick Man ............... .
A Wonderful Thing that Happened at the Pool of Bethesda .
Jesus Chooses Twelve Apostles . . . .
Something More About John the Baptist . . .
John Sends Messengers to Jesus . . .
Herod Causes John to be Beheaded .. . ........
Jesus Restores Life to a Young Girl Who Had Died ..
Herod, on Hearing of Jesus, Supposed He Was John the Baptist
Life Again ........... ...... .....
Jesus Walks on the Water . . . .
'Jesus Preaches to the People .. . .. .
Glories of the Mount of Transfiguration . . .
Jesus Teaches Humility .. . ............
The Story of Mary and Martha, Who Loved Jesus . .
Story of the Blind Beggar .. .... . . .
Story of the Lost Sheep . . .. ...
Jesus Blesses Little Children . . . .
Story of the Humble Publican and the Proud Pharisee .. ....
The Wonderful Story of Lazarus .. . .....
Mary and the Precious Ointment . . . .
Christ's Royal Entry into Jerusalem .. . ...
Jesus Weeps Over Jerusalem . . . .
Story of the Widow and Her Mite . .
The Evening on the Mount of Olives .. . .
Judas Betrays His Master ................
The Feast of the Passover ...............
Jesus Accuses Judas of His Treachery .. . .
Jesus Rebukes Peter ..... . ..
The Sacrament ..... . . ..
The Agony in the Garden . . .
Peter Draws His Sword in Defence of His Master . .
The Trial and Mockery of Jesus . . . .
Peter Denies His Master .. . ..............
Pontius Pilate . . . . . .
Death of Judas the Traitor .. . ...........
Pilate Tries to Save the Life of Jesus . . . .
The Jews Ask for the Release of a Robber . . .

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The Roman Soldiers Mock Jesus . . . ... 420
The Crucifixion . . . .. . . 421
The Agony on the Cross .................. ... 424
Death of Jesus . . . . . . 426
The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross . . . 429
Truly, This Was the Son of God ...... . 430
Joseph of Arimathea . . . ....... ..... 432
The Women and the Angel at the Tomb of Jesus ............ 434
Jesus is Risen and Glorified .............. .. ... 436
Jesus Appears to His Disciples .......... ....... 440
Doubting Thomas .. ... 443
Jesus Ascends Into Heaven ............... .... 444
The Disciples Receive the Promised Comforter . . .447
The Lame Man at the Beautiful Gate . . .... .... 450
The Stoning of Stephen, the First Martyr. .. .. ....... 451
Story of Philip and the Ethiopian Prince . ..... .. ... 454
The Wonderful Vision of Saul .......... . ..... 456
Ananias Appears to Saul in a Vision .......... ... 458
An Angel Delivers Peter from Prison .... ... . 461
Story of Paul and the Wicked Sorcerer .......... ..... 464
Paul and Timothy :. .... .................. 466
Paul's Wonderful Dream ............. 467
Story of a Great Earthquake ... .............. . 468
Paul's Visit to Greece ..... ... 470
Paul and Titus ........ ..... . . 472
A Great Uproar in the Temple and on the Castle Stairs .... ..... 473
Paul's Escape from Scourging ..... ................476
Paul Speaks Before King Agrippa ....... ......... 477
Paul's Life in Rome .. .... .............480


The Building of the Pyramids . . .
The Bow of Promise ...... .. .
Women of Babylon . . . .
"The Wages of Sin is Death" ... ..
The Giving of the Law . . .
Some of the Beasts that God Created .. ...
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden .. ....
The Beautiful Home Lost Through Sin .. ...
Adam and Eve Driven from the Garden of Eden
Eve and her Two Boys . .
Cain Slays Abel ................
The Flood ... . .
Going Into the Ark .. ... ...
Noah's Sacrifice and the Rainbow . ..
Ham Deriding His Father .. ...
Building of the Tower of Babel .. ...
Abraham Building an Altar to God .. ..
Lot's Wife Turned Into a Pillar of Salt . .
Sara, Abraham's Wife . ... ...
The Angel Appearing to Abraham . .
Rebekah Gives Abraham's Servant Water to Drink
Hagar Driven from Home . .....
Esau Sells His Birthright . .....
Isaac Blesses Jacob . . . .
Rachel at the Well . ...
Jacob Arrives at the House of Laban . .
Meeting of Esau and Jacob . . .
Jacob's Wonderful Dream . . .
Merchants Barter for Joseph .. ......
Merchants Traveling in Palestine . .
The Wicked Brothers Sell Joseph .. ... .
A Prison in Egypt. . . .

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Jacob's W ell . .. . . .... 85
Destruction of Pharaoh's Army .. ... ...... 87
On the Road from Canaan to Egypt .. . . . 93
Jacob and His Family Remove to Egypt . . 99
Deathof Jacob .. ..... ....... ... .. ...... 102
The Egyptian Well. ... . . . . 105
Native Egyptian Houses ................... .. .o6
The Princess Finds Moses .............. 107
A Home in Bible Land. ................ .. .1o9
Moses at the Home of Jethro .... . .... 113
Travelers in Palestine ... . .... .. r 5
The Rods Turned to Snakes .. ... .... . 17
The Storm of Fire and Hail .. ..... : .... 120
The Pest of Locusts .. .... ........... ....... 121
Eating the Passover. . .... .. .... 22
The Angel of Death Passing Over Egypt ............ .. 123
The Children of Israel Preparing to Depart .. .... ... .124
Pharaoh's Army Pursuing the Children of Israel .. ... .. .. 127
Pharaoh's Rage on Learning that the Children of Israel had Fled ..... 128
The Song of Triumph ... ... .. . . . 129
Gathering Manna in the Wilderness .. ....... 131
Water Gushes from the Rock ... . ....... 132
Moses Brings the Book from Mount Sinai . ...... 135
The Golden Calf ............... ........ 137
The Children of Israel Delivering their Treasures to Moses ....... .139
The Altar of Incense ... .... ...... 140
The Brass Altar. . . ........... 1.42
The Brass Basin for the People to Wash In . ..... .143
Aaron Blessing the People .. ............. 146
The River Jordan ...... . . . . 147
The Return of the Spies ....... .. .............. r 48
The People Threaten to Stone Caleb and Joshua . . 150
Balaaim Sees the Angel . . ........ .... 152
The People Murmur Against Moses and Aaron .... .. 155
Death of Aaron ....... . ... .. ...... .. 156
The Brazen Serpent ... ............ 158
Moses Blesses the People ... .... ... ..... .. 161
Burial of Moses ... .... .. ...... .......... .62
Joshua, the New Leader of the Israelites . . . .. 164
Escape of the Spies .. . . . . . 166


The Priests Bearing the Ark ... .... .. .. 169
The Angel Appearing to Joshua .......... ......... 171
Destruction of Jericho . . .. ....... ... 173
Joshua Commanding the Sun and Moon to Stand Still . . .. 176
Destroying Idols ..... . ................ 177
Samson Kills the Lion .. ... ... .. ... ..... ... 179
Samson Slaying the Philistines with the Jawbone of an Ass .. ... 180
Samson Thrown into Prison.... . . . ... r81
Samson and Delilah ..... ....... ... ... ..... 182
Samson Destroys the Temple of Dagon . . . .183
Orpah Returns Home ........... ..... .. 184.
Ruth Before Boaz . . .... . . ... 187
Boaz and the Kinsman of Naomi . .............. 191
The Angel Departing Out of Gideon's Sight .. .... 194
Gideon Wringing the Water from the Fleece ... ... ...... 195
Robbers Attacking the Servants of Job . . ..... 98
Job's Anguish When Told of the Death of His Children . .... 199.
Fire Falls from Heaven and Consumes the Shepherds . .... 201
Samuel Anoints Saul .. .... .......... ...... 207
God Save the King!" ................ .... .208
Saul Defeats the Amalekites . . . . 210
Return of Saul's Army with the Sheep and Oxen . . .. 211
Samuel Departs from Saul ................... 212
Bethlehem, the City of David ......... . ... 215.
David Slays Goliath .................. .. .. 220-
David Fighting the Philistines . . .. .. . 222
Saul Tries to Kill David ................... ... 223
Saul and the Witch of Endor . . . ... ... 224-
Death of Saul .... ... ....... .......... 226
Nathan Rebuking David .. ........ ... ...... 229
David Fleeing from Jerusalem .. ............ 230
Death of Absalom . . . . . 232
The MessengersTell David of the Death of Absalom. . ... 234
Solomon and the Two Women . . . ... ... 238
Building the Temple. ... .. . . . . 240
Bringing the Ark to the Temple . . . ... .. .241
The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon ... .. ...... .244
Jezebel Comes from Sidon to Meet Ahab ......... ..... ... 249
Jezebel and Ahab .......................... .251
Killing the Prophets of Baal ......... .. ...... 256.


Elijah and the Angel ................
Dogs Eat the Body of Jezebel ... .. .. .....
Elisha Restores the Child to Life .. . ...
The Dead Man Restored to Life .... . .
The King of Assyria and His Army . . .
The Angel of the Lord Destroying the Assyrians .... .
The Soldiers of Babylon Capture Zedekiah . ..
The Fiery Furnace ... .. ..
The Hand-Writing on the Wall . . .
The Soldiers of Darius Kill Belshazzar ...... ...
A Hungry Lion Attacking a Traveler . . .
Casting the Wicked Men and their Families Into the Lions' :
People Came from All Parts of the World to the Feast .
Esther is Brought to the Palace ..... . .
The Vision of the Cross . .....
Rebuilding Jerusalem . . .......
Of Such is the Kingdom of Heaven .. .. ...
The Star of Bethlehem . ........... .
The Blessed Child ..... . .... .....
Salome Dancing Before Herod .. ........
The Angel Appears to Mary . . . .
The Angels and the Shepherds . . . .
Angels Appear to the Shepherds . .
Street in Bethlehem . . . .. .
Three Days Journey from Bethlehem to Egypt .. ....
Native House at Nazareth . . . .
Death of Herod . . . .......
On the Way to Jerusalem . . . ...
The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness . .
"Thou Art My Beloved Son" . . . .
Angels Minister to Christ on the Mount of Temptation .
The Angels Serve Jesus . . . ....
Sea of Galilee . . ..... ..
The Miracle at Cana of Galilee . . ..
Jesus and the Woman of Samaria . . .
Jesus Careth for the Sick . . . ..
Jesus Sows the Good Seed in Every Heart . ..
The Winds and the Waves Obeyed Him ...... ..
Street Leading to Herod's Palace . . .
Beheading of John the Baptist. . .....


Jesus Walking on the Water ....... . ....... 354
Jesus Talking with His Disciples .. ................ 359
Jesus Loves Little Children. . ........ .. .361
Bethany ... . . . . . 363
The Lost Sheep .. .. .. ................. 365
Jesus the Friend of Sinners .. ...... .... : 368
Ruins at Samaria ... . . . ... ... 369
The Road to Samaria .... . . . . 37
A Rich Man's Oriental Home ... ... ........ 373
Modern Jericho. . . . . .. 375
Zaccheus in the Sycamore Tree .. . . ... 376
The Raising of Lazarus ................ ..... 378
The Sisters at the Tomb of Lazarus ................. .379
Mary Anointing the Feet of Jesus.. . . 381
Pity for the Unfortunate ... . . . . 385
And the Door was Shut . . 387
The Evening on the Mount of Olives . . 389
The W idow's Mite . . . . ... 391
A Water Carrier in the Streets of Jerusalem . . . 393
Peter's Denial of Christ ........... ........ 401
Angels Ministering to Jesus . .. . ... .. .. 405
The Garden of Gethsemane . .. ..... 419
The Crucifixion . . . ........ . 423
The Friends of Jesus Watching the Procession to the Cross ........ 425
At the Foot of the Cross ..... . .... . 427
The Basin of Vinegar .................. 428
Jesus Giveth the Water of Life .. .. . 431
The Women at the Tomb of Jesus .. .... . .... 433
A Mother's Prayer for Her Children .. .. .. 435
The Burial of Christ. ......... ... . . 437
The Angel at the Sepulchre ..... ..... . 439
The Heavenly Vision. ...... . . .. 445
Jesus Shows Himself to the Two Marys. .. ... .. 449
The Gate Near Which Stephen Was Stoned . ........ 453
The Chariot of the Ethiopian Lord .. . .. 455
Interior of a House in Damascus ........ ........ .. 457
A Street Scene in Bible Land ... .. ............... 459
Released by the Angel .. . .. . .... 463
Paul Expels the Evil Spirit .... . . . 465
A Street Scene in Damascus . . . ..... 471
The Shipwreck of Paul ........ . ...... 475

my Mother's Bible Stories.

How God Made the World.

HIS large place we live in is called the world. It is very
beautiful. If we look up we see the blue sky; if we look
Down we see the green grass.
The sky is like a curtain spread over our heads; the
grass like a carpet under our feet, and the bright sun is like a
great beautiful lamp to give us light. It was very kind of God
to make such a beautiful world for us to live in.
How did God make the world? By simply speaking the
word. First of all, He made the light. God said, Let there be
light," and there was light. No one can make things by speaking
but God:-God made everything out of nothing. He only spoke
and the light came.
Then God made the air. You cannot see the air, but you can
feel it. The air is everywhere. You can sometimes hear the noise
it makes, for you hear the wind blow, and the wind is air.
Then God said, "Let the waters under the heaven be gathered
together into one place, and let dry land appear," and it was so.
The clouds are full of water, and sometimes it comes down, and
we call it rain.
God made a large, deep place, and filled it with water, and
this He called the sea. Ships and boats sail on the sea, and it
is filled with fishes and whales and living things; but men cannot
live in the sea.
So God made the dry land for us to walk upon, and for the
trees and the grass and the flowers to grow upon, and the land is
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very beautiful. We could not walk upon the sea, nor build houses
in it; but the ground is hard and firm and dry.
Now I have told you of five things that God made: i, the
Light; 2, the Air; 3, the Clouds; 4, the Sea; 5, the Dry Land.
Let us praise God for making, such a large and beautiful

The Wonderful Things That God Made to Grow Out of the
When God made the dry land there was nothing on it; it was
bare. So He spake, and immediately the whole earth was covered
with many wonderful and beautiful things.
Trees came out of it; they were covered with green leaves of
different shapes. Some were called oak trees, some elm trees, and
some beech trees; and some trees bore nice fruit.
Vegetables grew upon and in the earth, such as beans, lettuce,
potatoes, and the many other nice things that we cook and put on
our tables to eat.
Corn came up out of the earth. Some corn is called wheat, and
some barley, and some is called oats. The maize or Indian corn was
not known until Columbus discovered America, but God made it
the same time He made the other corn. The ears of corn bend
down when they are ripe, and look yellow, like gold.
God made the soft, green grass to spring up, and flowers to grow
among the grass--flowers of all colors and of the sweetest smell---
the yellow buttercup, the white lily, the blue violet, and the queenly
rose, the most beautiful of all flowers.
The world looked very beautiful when it was covered with grass
and trees, and bright and lovely flowers; but only God and the angels
saw its beauty, because there were no other living creatures at that
Afterward God placed the sun in the sky, and bade it shine all
day. Then He made the moon to shine at night, and filled the sky
with stars.



You never saw anything as bright as the sun. It is very large,
and is like a blazing ball of fire, but it looks small, because it is a
great way off. It can never fall, for God holds it up.
The moon does not shine as brightly as the sun. It only shines
by reflection from the light of the sun, so that if God should take
the sun away we could not see the moon at all. God lets it be
dark at night, that we may rest and sleep soundly.
Who could count the stars ? No one but God. He alone knows
their names and their number. Each star is a great round world
like the one we live upon; and all of these mighty worlds go
whirling and spinning night and day on the courses God has marked
out for them. They rush through space faster than any bird can
fly. There are many thousands of these bright and beautiful
worlds, all whirling round and rushing forward on the paths that
God has fixed for them; but they never come together or strike one
another, because God keeps each one in its own path. It is said
that as the worlds turn round and spin along on their courses they
sing a glad song of praise to God, and this song is called the music
of the spheres," because each world is round like an orange or a
sphere. When we look at the moon and stars let us think, how
great God is! Yet He cares for the little birds and loves little

The Wonderful Living Things That God Created.
Among all the wonderful and beautiful things God had made up
to this time, none of them had life. At last He made living things.
He spoke, and the water was filled with fishes, more than could be
Some were very small, and some were very large. Have you
heard of the great whale? It is a fish as long as a church. Fishes
are cold and they have no feet, and they cannot sing or speak.
God made the birds, more beautiful than the fishes, to fly about
in the air. They also perched upon- the trees and sang among the
branches, and the woods seemed alive with the music of their songs.



Birds have wings, and are covered with feathers of many beautiful
colors. The robin has a red breast, the goldfinch has some yellow
feathers, and the jay some blue ones, but the peacock is the most
brilliant of birds. It has a little tuft upon its head and a long train
that sweeps behind; sometimes it spreads out its feathers, and they
look like a large fan.
The thrush, the blackbird and the linnet can sing sweetly; but
there is one bird that can sing more sweetly still-it is the nightingale.
Some birds swim upon the water, such as the duck and the
beautiful swan, with its long neck and feathers, like the snow.
The eagle builds its nest in a very high place. Its wings are
very strong, and it can fly as high as the clouds.
The gentlest of the birds is the dove. It cannot sing, but it sits
alone and cooes softly, as if it were sad.
I cannot tell you the names of all the
birds, but you can think of the names of
some other kinds.
There are other sorts of living crea-
tures, called insects. God made them come
out of the earth, and not out of the water,
like fishes. Insects are small and creep
SOME OF THE BEASTS THAT GOD upon the earth,- such as ants. Some insects
CREATED. can fly also, such as bees and butterflies.
The bee sucks the juice of flowers, and makes wax and honey. How
gay are the wings of the butterfly! They are covered with little
feathers, too small to be seen. All the insects were good and pretty
when God made them.
At last God made the beasts. He commanded the earth to bring
them forth, and at once they were everywhere, in all parts of the
world. They walked upon the land, and it was wonderful to see
them all suited to the climate and the country where they lived. You
know the names of a great many kinds of beasts. Sheep and cows,
dogs and cats are beasts. But there are many others besides: the
squirrel that jumps from bough to bough, the rabbit, that lives in a
hole under ground, and the goat that climbs the high hills; the stag,'


with its beautiful horns; the lion, with its yellow hair; the tiger,
whose skin is marked with stripes. The elephant is the largest of the
beasts, the lion is the strongest, the dog is the most sensible, the stag
is the most beautiful, but the lamb is the gentlest. The dove is the
gentlest of the birds, and the lamb is the gentlest of the beasts.
Now God had filled the world with living creatures, and they were
all good; even lions and tigers were quiet and harmless when they
were first created. I have told you of four sorts of living creatures:
I. Fishes.
2. Birds.
3. Insects.
4. Beasts.
All these creatures have bodies, but they have not souls like
you. They can move and breathe. God feeds them every day and
keeps them alive. He is good to all His creatures.

The Story of Creation.
God had nothing to make the world of. He only spoke, and
it was made.
Making things of nothing is called "creating." No one can
create anything but God.
Do you know why God is called the Creator? It is because
He created all things. There is only one Creator. Angels cannot
create things, nor can men. They could not create one drop of
water, or one little fly.
You know that God was six days in creating the world. I
will tell you what He did on each day.
On the first day God said, Let there be light," and there
was light.
On the second day God spoke again, and created the waters
which existed everywhere. Then He said, Let there be a firmament


in the midst of the waters," and immediately the firmament
appeared and divided the waters that were above from those that
were below. He called the firmament heaven, and it remains to
this day.
On the third day .God spoke, and the dry land appeared from
under the water; and the water ran down into one deep place that
God had prepared. God called the dry land Earth, and He called
the water Seas. We walk upon the dry land. We cannot walk
upon the sea. God spoke, and things grew out of the earth. Can
you tell me what things grew out of the earth? Grass, and corn,
and trees, and flowers.
On the fourth day God spoke, and the sun, and moon; and
stars were made. God ordered the sun to come every morning,
and to go away in the evening, because He did not choose that it
should be always light. It is best that it should be dark at night,
when we are asleep. But God lets the moon shine in the night,
and the stars also; so that if we go out in the night, we have a
little light. There are more stars than we can count.
On the fifth day God began to make things that are alive.
He spoke, and the water was filled with fishes, and birds flew
in the air, and perched upon the trees.
On the sixth day God spoke, and the beasts came out of the
earth: lions, sheep, cows, horses, and all kinds of beasts, came
out of the earth, as well as all kinds of creeping things.
At last God made man. He said, "Let us make man in our
likeness." So God made man's body of the dust, and then breathed
the breath of life into his nostrils. The man had a soul as well
as a body; and God called him Adam.
God put him in a very pretty garden, full of trees covered
with fruit. This -garden was called the Garden of Eden. God


showed Adam all the beasts and birds, and let him give them
what names he pleased. He said to Adam, "I give you all the
fishes, and insects, and birds, and beasts; you are their master."
So Adam was king
over everything on
the earth.
But he had no
friend to be with
him; for the beasts
and birds could not
talk to him.
Then God said A
He would make a
woman to be a
friend to Adam. So
God made Adam
fall fast asleep, and
He took a piece of
bone and flesh out
of his side, and
made it into a wo-
man. When Adam
awoke he saw. her.
He knew that she
was made of his
flesh and bone, and
he loved her very
much. Her name
was woman," and
afterward she was
When God had finished all His works, He saw they were very
good. He was pleased with the things He had made. They were
all very beautiful. The light was glorious; the air was sweet;
the earth was lovely, clothed in green; the sun and moon shone


brightly in the heavens; the birds, and beasts, and all the living
creatures, were good and happy, and Adam and Eve were the best
of all, for they could think of God and praise Him.

You know there are seven days in the week. Now, on the
seventh day God did not make anything; but He rested from all
His works. He called the seventh day His own day, because He
rested on it. This is the reason people rest on the seventh day,
and call it God's day. It is the Sabbath day. It is the day for
praising God.
None of the creatures that God had made in the six days
could praise him with their tongues, except Adam and Eve.
Angels in heaven can praise God, and men upon earth.
Angels always praise God with their hearts, and so should we.
Let us now count the things that God made on each day:-
First day, Light.
Second day, Air and Clouds.
Third day, Earth and Sea, and the things that grow.
Fourth day, Sun, Moon and Stars.
Fifth day, Fishes and Birds.
Sixth day, Beasts and Creeping Things, and Man.
Seventh day, Nothing. God rested.

The Story of How Adam and Eve Sinned.
You remember that God put Adam and Eve in a pretty garden.
There they lived very happily. They never quarreled with each
other;, they were never sick nor in pain. Adam worked in the
beautiful garden, but not so hard as to tire himself.
But there was one tree of which they were forbidden to eat the
fruit. It was called The tree of knowledge of good and evil."
God had said, that if Adam ate of it he should die. Adam and
Eve might eat of all the other trees in the garden.

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Do you not think that they had fruit enough without eating
of the tree of knowledge of good and evil? They did not wish to
eat of it, as God had told them not. They loved God. He was
their friend, and
used to walk and
talk with them in
the garden. Now
you shall hear how
Adam and Eve grew
You know that
there are a great
many wicked an-
gels; one of them
is called "Satan,"
and he is the prince
of the wicked an-
gels. Satan hated
Adam and Eve, and
wished to make
them unhappy; so
he thought, "I will
try and persuade
them to eat that
fruit which God has
told them not to
eat." Then he dis-
guised himself in
the body of a ser-
pent and came into
the garden.
He saw Eve; he pretended to be kind, and said to her, Hath
God indeed said, you shall not eat of every tree in the garden ? "
But she said, God has told us not to eat of the fruit of the
tree in the midst of the garden, and that if we do we shall die."



But the serpent said, "No; you shall not die: but this fruit will
make you wise like God."
The woman was afraid to eat; but she looked, and thought the
fruit good;. she looked again, and thought it beautiful; and she said
to herself, "I should
like to be wise." So
she took the fruit
and gave some to,
Sad was that
hour! no more
happy days for
Adam and Eve!
They had grown
naughty; they
knew they had done
wrong; they were
afraid of God. Soon
they heard His
voice in the garden
and they went and
hid themselves
among the thick
But God saw
them, for He can
see everywhere.
So He called
and said, Adam,
where art thou ?"
Then Adam and
Eve came from
under the trees. God said to Adam, "Have you eaten the fruit
that I told you not to eat?" And Adam said, "It was this woman
who asked me to eat the fruit,"


And God said to Eve, "What is this thou hast done?"
And Eve said, "The serpent deceived me and I did eat."
God was angry with them, but most of all with the serpent, and
said he should be punished forever, and that he should always crawl
upon the ground and eat dust.
And God said to Adam, "You shall work hard, and dig the
ground thorns and thistles shall grow: you shall have bread to eat;
but you shall be obliged to work so hard that drops of sweat shall
often stand upon your forehead: you shall be sad while you live,
and at last you shall die: your body was made of dust, and it shall
turn into dust again."
What great punishments these were! How sad Adam and Eve
must have felt when they heard them But this was not all; they
were not allowed to stay in the pretty garden. God drove them
out, and would not let them come into the garden again; so He
placed an angel with a fiery sword to stand near it; yet God showed
His pity by giving them clothes made of skins of beasts. They
had tried to make clothes of the leaves of the trees, but God gave
them better clothes.
It was not so pleasant outside of the garden. A great many weeds
and thistles grew there, while in the garden were fruits and flowers.
Adam was forced to dig the ground till he was hot and tired, for
he could not always find fruit on the trees.

The Sad Story of Cain and Abel.
After Adam and Eve were turned out of the garden they had
two little children; their names were Cain and Abel.
They were obliged to work hard, like Adam their father. Cain
dug the ground, and planted trees, and reaped corn. Abel took care
of the sheep; he was a shepherd.
Now I will tell you how Cain and Abel behaved toward God.
God did not walk and talk with people then, as he had done
in the garden; but He did speak sometimes, and He allowed people
to pray to Him.


He told them to heap up stones (this heap was called an altar),
and then to put some wood on the altar; then to take a lamb, or
a kid, and to bind it with a rope to the altar; then to take a knife,
and to kill the lamb; and then to burn it on the altar. Doing this
was called "offering a sacrifice," and God commanded this because
of the sin of Adam and Eve in eating the forbidden fruit.
Abel brought lambs and offered them up to God; and he
thought of God's promise, so God was pleased with Abel, and with
his sacrifice But Cain did not obey God, he brought some fruit
instead of a lamb; and God was angry with Cain, and did not like
his sacrifice.
Then Cain was very angry and hated Abel, because he was
envious of him.
Then God spoke to Cain and said, "Why are you angry? If
you will love and serve Me, I shall be pleased with you; but if
not, you shall be punished."
Still Cain went on in wickedness. Now, hear what he did at
last. One day he was talking with Abel in a field, when he rose
up and killed him.
Abel's blood was spilt upon the ground, and he was the first
man that ever died. So Cain began by hating Abel, and ended by
killing him, though he was his brother.
Soon Cain heard the voice of God calling him. God said,
"Where is your brother Abel ? "
"I know not," answered wicked Cain; "am I my brother's
But God said, "I have seen your brother's blood upon the
ground; and you are cursed. A fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou
be on the earth."
Then Cain said unto God, My punishment is greater than I
can bear! Oh, let me not be killed!"
God said, You shall not be killed, but you shall go to a place
far off."
So Cain went and lived a great way off, and built houses for
himself and his children.


So Adam and Eve lost both their sons; for Cain went a great
way off, and Abel died.
But God had pity on Adam and Eve, and gave them another
son, who was made good by God's Spirit; he was called Seth.

Story of Enoch, the Good Man, Who Did Not Die.

The children of Seth feared God; and God loved them, and
called them His children.
Seth had a son, and he had a son, and he had a son, and so
on-till at last Noah was born.
How many fathers and sons-one after another-came between
Adam and Noah?
There were ten.
Adam was the first father in this line, and Noah was the last
All their names are written in Genesis V.
Here is a list of these ten. They all lived to be very, very
old. No one lives now as long as they did.
Years he lived.
Adam, ........... .. . 930
Seth, .......... ... . 912
Enos,...... ..... ....... 905
Cainan,..... ...... ....... 910
Ma-ha-la-le-el, . . . .... 895
Jared, . . . . 962
Enoch, ... . ............ 365
Me-thu-se-lah, . . . 969
Lamech,......... .. .. ... .. 777
Noah ......... .. . ...... 950
Of all these, who lived the longest?
Look and see.
If he had lived only thirty-one years more he would have
been a thousand.
Lamech and Noah were both prophets. When Noah was a
baby, Lamech prophesied that he would be a comfort, and called


him Noah, which means Rest; and Noah was indeed a REST,"
or comfort, for through him the Saviour was born at last.
Who lived the shortest time on the earth of any of the ten?
It was Enoch, the seventh from Adam. The life of Enoch
was very holy. He walked with God. This means that his heart
was with God wherever he went and whatever he did. It was
just as if he had been walking beside God, with his hand in His,
listening to what God said and trying to please Him and obey Him.
Observe, it is said of all the ten but one, "He died." But
this is not said of Enoch. It is said of him, "He was not, for
God took him." He took him up to heaven without dying.

Story of the Great Flood that Covered the Whole Earth.
Cain had a great many children; and so had Seth.
At last Adam and Eve died, and Cain died, and Seth died;
but still there were a great many people in the world, and they
became very wicked.
God was very angry with the wicked people, and He deter-
mined to punish them.
God said to Noah, "I shall make it rain so much that all people
shall be drowned, except you, and your wife, and your children."
Then God told Noah to make a great ark. An ark is like a boat
or a ship. Noah made a very great ark, which would- float upon
the top of the water when God should drown the wicked people.
Noah made the ark of wood. He cut down many trees, and
cut boards, and fastened them together. He made one door in the
ark, and one little window at the top.
Noah told the people that God was going to drown the world,
and advised them to leave off their wickedness.
But they would not mind. Still they went on eating and
drinking, and not thinking of God nor trying to please Him.
God did not choose that all the beasts, and birds, and insects
should be drowned; so He desired Noah to get some birds of every


sort, and some beasts of every sort, and some insects of every sort,
and to bring them into the ark.
All these went into the ark; for God made them gentle and
obedient. Then Noah himself went in, with his wife, his three sons
and their wives.
This made eight
people in the ark,
and they alone were
saved from the flood.
But Noah did not
shut the door: God
shut the door, and
Noah knew that he
must not opei it till
God bid: him.
Then it began
to rain. It rained
all day and all
night. What did
the .wicked people
think now? How
they" must have
wished- that they
had minded Noah!
If they climbed
trees, the water soon
reached to the tops;
if they went up
high mountains, as
high as the clouds,
the water rose as
high as they: for GOING INTO THE ARK.
it rained forty days and forty nights. All beasts, and birds, and
men, and children died, except those that were in the ark.
At last nothing was to be seen but water, and the ark floating


upon the top of the water. Noah and his family lived in the ark
almost a year.
A long while after it had left off raining, Noah wished to know
whether the waters had dried up. He went among his birds, and
chose a raven and
let it out of the
window. A raven
is a fierce bird. It
did not like the ark,
and though there
were no trees to be
seen, nothing but
water, yet the raven
would not go back
to Noah, but went
on flying night and
day over the water.
When Noah
saw that the raven
did not come back,
he went again
among his birds,
and chose a dove.
The dove is a very
gentle bird. Noah
put it out at the
window; and when
it saw nothing but
water, the dove
came back to the
ark. Noah knew
THI FLOOD. when his bird had
come back (perhaps it pecked at the window), and he put out his
hand and pulled it in. Noah waited seven days, then he sent the
dove out again; and this time it saw some trees: yet it did not


stay, but plucked off a leaf with its beak and came back to Noah.
Noah must have loved this good little dove.
He waited seven days more, and then he sent out the dove
again, and this time it did not come back. Now Noah knew that
the earth was dry,
but he waited in
the ark till God
told him to go out.
At last God
said, "Go out of
the ark, you and
your wife, your
three sons, and their
three wives, and the
birds, and the
beasts, and all the
creeping things."
When the door
was opened the
beasts came out.
How glad the sheep
must have been to
lie down again upon
the soft grass, and
the goats to climb
the high hills!
Noah saw the
green hills and
fields again ; but
where were all the
wicked people? He
gee their faces. Noah remembered God's goodness in saving him
from being drowned. He made a heap of stones for an altar, and
took some beasts and birds, and offered a sacrifice to God. God


was pleased with this sacrifice. Then God made a very kind
promise to Noah. He said, "I will never drown the world again.
When it rains do not think there will be a flood. Look up in the
sky after the rain, and you will see a bow. That shall be the
sign that I remem-
ber my promise."

Nimnrod the Mighty
Hunter, and the
Building of the
Tower of Babel.
Noah had three
sons, whose names
were Shem, Ham
and Japheth. After
the flood, they had
many children, and
the earth became
full of people again.
But these people
were no better than
those before the
flood, who had been
The most fam-
ous man in those
times was Nimrod.
He was the grand-
son of Ham, the
wicked son of Noah.
HAM DERIDING HIS- FATHER. Nimrod was a very
brave, strong and clever man. His delight was hunting wild beasts.
Many men followed Nimrod in his hunting, and they called him,
" The mighty hunter before the Lord."


Though they said this, Nimrod was a great enemy of the Lord.
These hunters went about the earth far and wide. At last they
came to a great plain, very flat and wide, near the great river Euphrates.
The plain was called the land of Shinar. There this multitude
of men settled them-
selves to dwell. No
doubt it was a fruit-
ful, pleasant and
shady place, or they
would not have
chosen it for their
,Of course they
must at first have
lived in tents on the
plain. But they
soon wished to build
houses. They found
no stones there; but
they knew how to
make bricks of the
clay under their
feet. They said to
one another, "Let
us make bricks, and
burn them well."
They dug up the
clay, made them in
the shape of bricks,
and then piling
them together,
made a fire in the BUILDING THE TOWER OF BABEL.
midst. There was a sticky substance on the ground called slime,
or bitumen, and this served instead of mortar to join the bricks


The builders set about very diligently to build their houses.
But all the time they had a very wicked thought in their hearts;
it was a proud and rebellious thought. They wished to build a
great city, and live altogether in that place. They hoped that they
should be counted very great, and that all people would be afraid of
them. To make their city look terrible, they meant to build a very
high tower, that might seem to reach into the clouds.
But the Lord had determined that they should be scattered
abroad, and what the Lord determines must be done.
He knew that it would be a bad thing for so many wicked people
to live together, and to help each other in doing wickedness.
God's plan for stopping the building of the city was by making
the men forget their own language, and speak different words which
the others could not understand. On this account they could not
help each other in their work. The Lord had put confusion in their
minds, and then all was confusion and disorder in their doings. They
were obliged to leave off building the city. But they had already
built some of it, and that part they called Confusion," or Babel."
They went different ways, and settled in different countries.
Thus the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
This city of Babel was afterward called Babylon, and became a
very wicked city. It is believed that the tower was called the temple
of Belus,,or Baal; and that Baal was worshiped there.
It was a long while before this city became very great. At last
it became .the greatest city in the world, and the most wicked.
But where is Babylon now? It is utterly destroyed.
Where Babel was built, there is nothing but a heap of rubbish;
and where wicked men dwelt, there is now nothing but owls and
havens, and the wild beasts of the desert.
Turn to Isa. xiv. 23, 24, and read God's sentence upon Babylon.

The Beautiful Story of Abraham.
Noah's sons had many children, and they had many children,
and at last there were a great many people in the world.


Most of the people in the world worshiped idols instead of the
true God. Sometimes the idols were made of wood, sometimes of
stone, or silver, or gold.
Then God said, "I will choose one man, and teach him to love
Me, and to be My
servant." Now
there was a man
c a11e d Abraham.
His father and his
friends worshiped
idols. God said to
Abraham, Leave
your home and
your friends, and
go to a country
which I will show
you, and I will
bless you and take.
care of you."
Abraham did
not know where
God would tell him
to go, yet he went
because God told
him to go. Abra-
ham was obedient.
Abraham lived
in a tent, moving
from place to place;
for he had to travel
a great many miles
over high hills and' ABRAHAM BUILDING AN ALTAR TO GOD.
wide rivers. At last he came to a beautiful country, full of trees
and flowers, and grass and corn. This was the place that God chose
Abraham should live in. It was the county called Canaan.


Abraham still lived in a tent. Sometimes he made a heap of
stones, called an altar, and offered sacrifices of beasts to God. He
never worshiped idols; but all the people in Canaan did.
God often spoke to Abraham, and said, "I will bless you, and
take care of you, and no one shall hurt you." God was pleased
that Abraham had left his own home when He told him; and
God called him His friend.
Abraham had a nephew, named Lot, who went to live in
Sodom. This Sodom was a very wicked city, and God determined
to destroy it for its wickedness. One evening He sent two angels
to warn Lot to flee from that city before it was burned. They
even took him by the hand and hurried him away, as also Lot's
wife and daughters. When they led them out of the city, they
pointed to a mountain and said, "Escape for thy life; look not
back." But Lot's wife did look back, and God punished her dis-
obedience by turning her into a pillar of salt. Sodom, and three
other cities of the plain, were destroyed by fire from heaven.

Abraham Receives a Promise from God and Entertains Three
Abraham's wife was named Sarah, and they lived in a
tent in the land of Canaan. They had no little child. Abra-
ham was a very old man, and Sarah was a very old woman.
Abraham was almost one hundred years old, and Sarah was nearly
One night God said to Abraham, Come out of your tent, and
look up at the sky. What do you see? "
The sky was full of stars, more than could be counted. And
God said, You shall have a great. many grandchildren, and great-
grandchildren, and they shall have more children, and they shall
have more children, till there are as many children as there are
stars in the sky; and they shall live in the land of Canaan, and
the wicked people shall be turned out of it."


Now Abraham had not even one little child; yet he believed
that God would do as He had promised. It was very right of
Abraham to believe all that God said: for God always speaks the
truth and keeps His -
One day Abra-
ham was sitting in
his tent. It was
about twelve o'clock
in the day, and it
was very hot indeed;
but the tent was
under a tree. Abra-
ham looked up, and
he saw three men a
little way off. He
ran to meet them,
and bowed down,
and said to one of
the men, My lord,
pray come and rest
yourself, and let me
bring a little water
to wash your feet,
and a little bread
for you to eat, and
then you can go on
yourjourney." And
the men said that
they would rest
do you think these men were ? They were angels, though they
looked like men. They had come from heaven with a message
from God to Abraham. Angels are often near us though we cannot
see them.


The angels sat outside the tent, under the shade of the tree.
Sarah was in the tent. Abraham said to Sarah, Take some flour,
and make some cakes, and bake them very quickly." Then Abraham
ran to his cattle, and took a fat calf, and said to one of his servants,
" Kill it, and roast it quickly."
When it was ready, Abraham brought some butter, and some
milk, and the cakes, and the calf, and spread the dinner under the
tree. The three men began to eat, and Abraham stood by them.
While they were eating, they said to Abraham, "Where is
Sarah, your wife ? And Abraham said, She is in the tent." Then
one of the men said, Sarah shall have a son."
Sarah heard what the angel said, and she could not believe that
she would really have a child now she was so very old: so she
laughed to herself.
Do you think that God remembered His promise ? The next
year Sarah had a son. His name was Isaac. He was a good child,
and God loved him. Abraham and Sarah were much pleased with
their little son.

Abraham is Commanded to Sacrifice Isaac.
Isaac grew up to be a fine lad. He lived in a tent, as his
father and mother did.
They all three loved God, and loved each other very much.
It was a happy little family.
Now you know that Abraham had a great many things. He
had cows and asses, sheep and goats, tents and servants, silver and
gold. But he had one thing that he loved more than any of these.
What was that? His son, his dear son, Isaac. He loved him
more than everything else that he had.
Yet there was one person whom Abraham loved better, even
better still, and that was God. Why ought Abraham to love God
better than all? Because God had given him all he had.
At last, God said- He would' try Abraham, 'to see whether he
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loved his son Isaac. You have heard how Abraham used to burn
lambs upon altars. Now God said to Abraham, Take your dear
son Isaac, and offer him up on an altar in a place that I will
show you."
c- .Was not this
a very hard thing
-- for Abraham to do ?
But Abraham
wished to do all God
told him; because
he loved God so
much. So Abraham
cut down some wood
to burn; he put the
wood upon an ass,
and he told two of
his servants and
Isaac to come with
him. He left Sarah
in the tent at home.
They all four
walked on for three
days; at last they
saw a high hill a
great way off. Abra-
ham knew that was
the place where he
was to build -the
altar. So he said
to his servants,
with the ass, while I and the lad go and worship God on the top of
the hill." He took the wood off the ass, and bound it round Isaac
with a rope. Then he took some fire in one of his hands, and a knife
in the other, and Abraham and Isaac walked up the hill together.


Isaac did not know that his father was going to offer him as a
sacrifice; he thought that his father would offer a lamb. So he said,
"Father," and Abraham answered, Here am I, my son." And
Isaac said, Here is fire, and wood; but where is the lamb ?" My
son," said Abraham, "God will find a lamb;" but Abraham did not
tell Isaac that he was to be the lamb.
At last they came to the top of the hill. Then Abraham took
stones, and built an altar; and he took the wood off Isaac's back,
and laid it on the altar. Now the time was come when Isaac must
know who was to be the lamb. The rope that had bound the wood
was fastened round his hands and feet, and he was laid upon the
wood like a lamb.
Then Abraham took the knife, and lifted up his hand to kill
Isaac; when he heard a voice calling, "Abraham, Abraham!" It
was an angel speaking from heaven. The angel said, "Do not kill
your son, nor hurt him at all; for now God knows that you love
Him, because you have given Him your only son."
How glad was Abraham to untie the rope that bound Isaac,
and to find that he need not sacrifice him!
Abraham saw a ram caught in the bushes by the horns; and
he went and took it, and offered it up as a sacrifice instead of
Abraham thanked God very much for having given him back
his son, and the angel called to him out of heaven again and said,
"God is much pleased with you, and He will bless you, and all
your children, and grandchildren, and their children, and one of
your children's children shall make all people happy."
Whom did the angel mean? He meant that Jesus would
one day be a child, and make people happy and take them to
When the angel had done speaking, Abraham and Isaac went
down the hill together; there was no wood now on Isaac's back.
They found the servants where they had left them with the ass;
then they all went back together to Sarah.


The Story of Isaac and Rebekah.
Abraham and Sarah were now very old. At last Sarah died,
and Alraham wished to bury her, but he had not a piece of ground
in Canaan to bury
~ her in; so he gave
some of his silver
to the people of
Canaan and bought
a field. The field
S was full of trees,
and there was a
cave in it. Abra-
ham took the dead
body of Sarah and
put it in the cave.
At last Abraham
died, and Isaac his
son buried him in
the same cave
where Sarah lay.
But before his
death, Abraham
sent his servant to
the city of Nahor,
/ to look for a wife
for his son; for he
wanted Isaac to get
a wife from his own
country and kin-
dred. So this ser-
errand, taking with him ten camels. It was evening when he reached
Nahor, and he stopped near a well, outside the city walls. Many
young women were just then coming to draw water from this well.


Then Abraham's servant prayed that God would show him which
one was to be Isaac's wife; and he prayed that it might be the one
who was willing to give him a drink and also to water his camels.
Even while he prayed, a beautiful young woman, named Rebekah,
came to the well.
When the man
asked her, she freely
gave him a drink
from her pitcher,
and she also watered
his camels. He
knew then that the
Lord had sent her.
So Rebekah became
Isaac's wife, and
lived in the tent
where Sarah used
to live.
Isaac and Re-
bekah had two sons.
They were called
Esau and Jacob.
They were twins;
but they were quite
different from each
other. Their faces
were unlike, and
their hearts were
unlike. Esau was
wicked from a child;
but Jacob was
good, and loved God. HAGAR DRIVEN VROM HOME.
When Esan was a man he became a hunter. He had a bow and
arrows; and he would go into the woods and shoot birds and stags;
he used to bring them home and dress them for dinner; and he gave


some of the nice meat to his father Isaac. It was not wrong in
Esau to hunt, and to cook the meat; but his heart was wicked: he
did not care for God; and he loved meat and drink more than God.
Jacob was a shep-
herd; he stayed at
home near his tent
with his father and
mother, and his
sheep and goats. He
loved God, and
prayed very often.
Isaac loved
Esau better than he
did Jacob, because
he was sorry for his
wickedness and
wanted him to re-
pent and be a good
But Rebekah
loved Jacob, and
God loved him; but
God did not love
Esau. Do you think
that Esau and Jacob
loved one another?
They did not;
Jacob sometimes be-
haved unkindly to
Esau; and so Esau
wished to kill him. One day Esau said, "My father will soon die,
and then I will kill my brother Jacob." Rebekah heard that Esau
meant to kill Jacob some day, so she was frightened, and called
Jacob and said to him, "Your brother Esau means to kill you.


This is what you must do: go to your uncle, who lives a great
way off, and stay with him. Soon Esau will leave off being
angry: then I will send for you to come home."

Jacob's Wonderful Dream.

Jacob did as his mother advised. He took leave of his father
Isaac, and Isaac blessed him before he went. Jacob did not ask
his father to give him anything. He took no servant with him,
no sheep, nor goats-not even an ass to ride upon. He took only
a stick in his hand, and he set out upon his journey. Jacob felt
very sad. He was a poor stranger, and he was going to a far
country which he had never seen.
He had no tent nor house to sleep in by the way; so when
night came he took some stones for a pillow, and lay down to sleep.
on the ground. There were bears and wolves in that country; but
God took care of him. God knew how sad he was; and He made
him dream the sweetest dream that you ever heard.
In his sleep, Jacob saw a great many steps reaching up to the
sky, and on the steps beautiful angels; some going up, and some
coming down; and at the top he saw God Himself. Then Jacob
heard a voice, and God spake to him and said, "I am the God of
Abraham and of Isaac, and I will take care of you wherever you
go; and I will bring you home again; and your children shall
live in this land of Canaan, where you are sleeping."
Then Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and now his heart was
glad:' he knew that God and His angels were watching over him.
He wished never to forget the place where he had dreamed this
sweet dream; so he took the stones which had been his pillow and
made them into a heap. "Now," he thought, "I shall be able to
find the place when God lets me come back to Canaan, as He has
promised." He could not offer a sacrifice upon the stones, because
he had no lambs, but he poured some oil upon them, and he prayed
to the Lord, and said, Since God will take care of me, and give


me bread to eat, and clothes to wear, and bring me home again,
He shall be my God, and this stone shall be God's house."
Jacob felt sure that God would take care of him, and bring

him home again, because He had promised that He would. God
takes care of you and all good little children. He sends His angels
down from heaven to watch over you, as they did over Jacob.


Jacob's Love for Rachel.
Then Jacob went on his journey. He traveled for a great
many days; at last he came to a place where there was a great
deal of grass. In
that place there was
a well, and a great
stone upon the top
of the well. Many
sheep were round
the well; and some
men were with the
sheep. These men
were shepherds.
There was very
little water in that
country, and Jacob
was glad to see a,
well and plenty of
good, cool water.-
He said to the
shepherds, Do you P
know a man called
Laban?" (That .
was the- name of
Jacob's uncle.)
"Yes," said
they, "we -do."
Then Jacob
said, "Is he well?"
The shepherds
answered, He is RACHEL AT THE WELL.
well; and here is his daughter Rachel coming with the sheep."
Jacob was very glad to hear this, for Rachel was Jacob's cousin.
He ran to her and kissed her, and he sobbed and wept for joy.


People sometimes cry for joy. Jacob had not seen a friend
for a long while, and he was glad to see his beautiful cousin.
Rachel did not know who Jacob was till he said, I am your cousin,
and have come from
a great way off."
Then Rachel
ran, and said to her
father Laban, My
cousin Jacob h a s
come: I found him
sitting by a well."
Then Laban
was glad, and ran
out to meet Jacob,
and kissed him and
said, "You must
come to my house:
I am your uncle."
Jacob told Laban
that he would take
care of his sheep:
and so Jacob was
Laban's servan t.
Jacob was a good
shepherd, and sat
up to guard the
sheep at night from
lions and bears. He
cared not for the
heat by day nor
Laban had another daughter named Leah, and he gave both Leah
and Rachel to Jacob to be his wives. So Jacob had two wives. No
one may have two wives now, but then it was permitted. God gave
Jacob a great many little children. I will not tell you their names


because they were so many. Jacob lived a long while in tents with
his wives and his little children. At first he took care of Laban's
sheep only. At last Laban gave Jacob some sheep and goats of his
own. Jacob had plenty of bread to eat and raiment to wear, as God
had promised; for God always keeps His promises.
But Jacob could not forget his father and mother, and Canaan,
where he had lived when he was a little boy. He knew that God
had promised to give the land of Canaan to Abraham's children, and
Isaac's children, and to his own children; and he wished to live there
I will now write down the names of the good men who first
lived in Canaan, and I will write down the names of their wives.
Abraham,- Sarah.

Isaac,- Rebekah.
Jacob,- Leah and Rachel.

The Wonderful Story of Joseph.
Jacob saw his old father Isaac again: and then Isaac died, and
Jacob and Esau buried him in that same cave where Abraham and
Sarah had been buried. They will all rise together at the last day:
for Isaac wished to live in the country that is better than Canaan;
that is, in heaven.
Esau did not live in the land of Canaan; but Jacob chose to live
there with his children and his cattle.
All the sons were grown up to be men .when Benjamin was
still a baby. Joseph was next youngest to Benjamin. He was a
big boy, and he was the best of all the children.
Jacob gave a beautiful present to this dear son. It was a very
pretty coat made of many colors,-yellow, blue, green, pink, red,
purple; and Joseph used to wear it. The brothers were very envious
when they saw this coat.


One night Joseph had a strange dream. He thought he was in a
field of corn with all his brothers, and that they were making up
large bundles of corn called sheaves. He thought that each of his
brothers made a sheaf, and that all his brothers' sheaves bowed down
to his sheaf. Joseph
thought this a very
strange dream, and

te brothers.
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heard it they were
very angry and said,
"We suppose you
mean that we shall
bow down to you,
though you are
younger than we
are!" And so they
hated him more
than they had done
Soon after Jos-
eph had another
strange dream. He
thought he saw the
sun, moon and
eleven stars in the
sky, and that they
bowed down to him.
This dream was
more strange than
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told it to his father, as well as to his brothers. His father was
surprised, and said, Does the sun mean me, and the moon your
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you ? Yet Jacob thought that God had sent the dream to Joseph, and'
would make it come true; but the brothers were more and more angry.
.Now Joseph's brethren had a great many sheep and goats to
take care of, and there was not enough grass for them all near the
tents, so they took their flocks a great way off, that they might eat
fresh grass. Joseph stayed at home with his old father; and Ben-
jamin stayed at home, because he was quite a little child.
At last Jacob wished to know how his sons were; so he said
to Joseph, Go and see your.brothers, and come back and tell me
how they are, and how the flocks are."
Joseph was always ready to do what his father wished; so he
set out on his way. He took no ass to ride upon, and no servant; but
putting on his pretty coat, he wished his dear father good-bye. .He
little thought how long it would be before he should again see that
dear father's face.
Joseph went a great way, but could not find his brothers. At
last a man saw him, and said, Whom seek you ?"
And Joseph answered, I seek my brethren. Can you tell me
where they are feeding their flocks ?"
Then the man told him which way they had gone.
Joseph took a great deal of pains to find his brothers.
Now the brothers saw Joseph coming when he was very far off.
They knew that it was Joseph; and they said to each other, "Here
this dreamer comes : let us kill him and throw him into a deep hole,
and tell our father that a lion or a bear has eaten him up I "
The brothers were going to kill him, but one- of, them, named
Reuben, said, "Do not kill him, but only throw him into a pit."
This brother was a little kinder than the rest, and meant to take him
out of the pit and bring him back to Jacob. The brothers agreed not
to kill .him. But first they took off his pretty coat.
They threw him into the deep, dark pit; and there he lay, hungry
and thirsty and weary-without one drop of water to quench his,
thirst. How it must have grieved Joseph to think that he should.
not return to his dear father, and that his father perhaps would
think he was dead.

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The wicked brothers cared not for his groans, but they sat down
and began to eat their dinner.
God saw them from His throne in heaven, and was much dis-

Joseph's Brothers Sell Him as a Slave.
While the brothers were eating their dinner they looked up and
saw some people coming along. As the people came nearer they saw
camels, and men riding on them. I will. tell .you who these men
They lived in a country a great way off, and they had been to.
some hills, where very sweet things grew, called spice and balm.
They were going to carry them to a country a great way off, and sell
them for 'money..
This was 'their way of getting their living, and it was a good
way; yet they were wicked men, as you will see.
One of the brothers, called Judah, said, "Let us sell Joseph to
these men: for it would be better to sell him than to kill him: we
shall get some money if we sell him: and it would be very cruel to
kill Joseph, as he is our brother."
Yet, was it not very cruel to sell Joseph? This brother was not
really kind. The other brothers said that they thought it was a good
plan to sell Joseph. So they called to the men, and asked them if
they would buy a young boy.
And the men said, Yes."
How much will you .give us for him? said the brothers.
"We will give you twenty pieces of silver," said the men.
Then Joseph's brothers pulled him out of the pit. Perhaps.
he thought they were going to let him return to his father.
Ah! poor Joseph! He soon found that his brothers were not
going to be kind. The men and the camels were waiting outside
the pit. The men paid the money to the brothers, and then they
took Joseph and -carried him away with them.


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When he was gone the brothers said, What shall we tell our
father when he asks us where Joseph is ?-we will not say we have
seen Joseph, but we will say we have found his coat on the ground!"
Then the brothers killed one of their young goats, and dipped
the pretty coat in the blood. We will show our father this
bloody coat," said they. So they carried the coat home, all cov-
ered with blood; and they took the money also for which they had
sold Joseph.
Old Jacob had been thinking of his sons while they were gone.
How glad he must have been when he heard the bleating of their
sheep, and knew they had come home! He must have looked to see
whether Joseph was with them. But no-his sons came up to him.
In their hands they held the bloody coat. They showed it to Jacob,
and said, We have found this-do you think it is your son's coat,
or not ?"
Jacob knew that coat, and said, It is my son's coat: a lion or
a bear has torn Joseph to pieces, and has eaten him up! "
How Jacob wept for his darling child! How sorry he was that
he had sent him alone to seek his brothers! The wicked brothers
tried to comfort Jacob, and said, "Do not weep so. much;" but
Jacob would not hear.
"No; I shall die: and then I shall be with Joseph: for I
never shall be happy any more!"
How sad it was to see this poor old man, leaning on his stick,
his gray hair, and his face full of sadness, while he thought that
his dear boy was eaten up by the lions or the bears! His little
Benjamin was a comfort to him. Jacob would never let him go
away, nor would he trust him with his brothers, though he did not
know how wicked they had been. These brothers first had envied
Joseph, then they had sold him, and then they had told a lie to
hide their sin.
Children sometimes try to hide their faults by telling lies, and
so they make God more angry than He was before. My dear
children, remember that God always sees you: and that He hates
liars, and will not let them live with Him in glory.;


The Strange Things That Happened to Joseph in Egypt.
The men who had bought Joseph took him to a country a.
great way off. It was called Egypt. When they got to Egypt they
tried to sell him,
as if he had been
a horse or a cow.
In this country,
where we live, no
one sells men. In
some countries men
are sold, and are .
called slaves: they
are beaten and
made to work very
hard, but are not
paid any money for
their labor.
Poor Joseph
was sold as a slave.
Do you not hope
that a kind man
bought him ? And
it was a kind man
who bought him.
There was a very
rich man who knew
the king, and he
bought Joseph to be
his slave. His name
was Potiphar. He
with him, and Joseph had not very hard work to do. He tried
to be a good servant. Though he wished very much to be with his
father, he did not waste his time in fretting, but took great pains


to please his master. When he was told to do anything, he did it
so well that his master was quite pleased with him. It was God
that made Joseph able to do his work so well; and Joseph's master
knew that it was God that helped him to do things well. I suppose
that Joseph had told him; for his master did not know the true
God, but worshiped idols.
So Joseph had the care of everything, and all the other servants
minded what he said: and he might do what he liked when his master
was out. But Joseph behaved the same as if his master were
watching him; for he knew the eye of God was always upon him.
There are many children who behave ill as soon as their parents
go out of the room; such children do not fear God.
So Joseph had now all he could wish for: but he could not
forget his father, and his little baby-brother Benjamin. As for
his mother, Rachel, she had died some time before.
Now you shall hear what a sad thing happened to Joseph.
Potiphar had a very wicked wife. She wished Joseph to be
turned out of the house, for Joseph had found out how bad she
was; so she did not like to see Joseph.
This wicked woman said to Potiphar, "Your slave, Joseph,
that you think so good, is very wicked, and when you are out he
behaves very ill." Then she told Potiphar of bad things that she
said Joseph had done.
Potiphar was so foolish as to believe her, and he fell into a
great rage and said, "Joseph shall be put into prison."
So some men took Joseph and brought him to the prison, which
was in Potiphar's house.
A prison is a dark place with very little windows, and bars
of iron before the windows, and gates and bolts.
Joseph was put into prison; and -his feet were hurt by great
iron chains, which were fastened round them.
There were a great many men in the prison, and most of
them had done very bad things, but Joseph had done nothing
wrong. God still loved Joseph, and He could make him happy even
in a prison.


There was a man who kept the keys, and took care of the
prisoners: he was called the keeper of the prison. Sometimes
keepers are very unkind, but God put it into the keeper's heart to
love Joseph.
At last the keeper took the chains off Joseph's feet, and allowed
him to walk about the prison, and take care of the prisoners. The
keeper found that he could trust him, and that Joseph managed

And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the
king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.-GENESIS xxxix: 20.
things well. It was God who made Joseph do everything so well;
for God was Joseph's friend, and was always watching over him
to comfort him.
Joseph hoped that God would some day let him get out of prison.

The Butler and the Baker.
The prison, you remember, was in the house of Potiphar. One
day" Potiphar brought two men to Joseph, and said to him, "Take


great care that these men do not get out of prison. I give them
under your charge." So you see Potiphar thought Joseph could
be trusted; perhaps he had found out that Joseph was not so bad
as he had once thought,-still he did not let Joseph out of prison.
Pharaoh's butler and the baker had both offended the king;
I do not know how, but they had made the king so angry that he
had said they should be shut up in prison.
So the king said to Potiphar, the great captain, Put these men
into prison."
Then Potiphar brought them to Joseph, and told him to keep
them safe. Joseph shut them up in a room together, and gave them
bread and water every day, and took great care of them.
One morning, when Joseph came to see them, he observed
that they looked very sad indeed. So Joseph said to them, Why
do you look so very sad ?"
Then they answered, "We have each had a very strange dream
to-night, and we think our dreams have some meaning, but we
cannot find it out; and there is nobody in the prison who can tell
Then Joseph said, But my God knows all things: He could
tell me the meaning. Only tell me your dreams."
The butler told his dream first. He said, "I thought I saw
a tree such as grapes grow upon-a vine. It had three branches,
but no grapes. While I was-looking I. saw little buds, and they
turned into grapes, and.they grew ripe. I picked ,the grapes, and
squeezed them into a cup; and made wine, and then brought the
cup to the king for him to drink, as I used to do."
This was the butler's dream, and God told Joseph the meaning
of it.
You saw three branches," said Joseph; something will
happen to you in three days. The king will send for you to be
his butler again."
When the baker heard this pleasant meaning he thought that
his dream would be pleasant too; so he began to tell it. The baker
said, "I dreamt that I was carrying three white baskets on' my


head, the one on the top of the other. In the baskets there was
baked food, and birds came and picked the food out of the top
The baker thought that Joseph would say, "In three days you
shall be baker again to the king." But this dream had a sad meaning.
"Something will happen to you in three days," said Joseph.
"The king will send for you, and will hang you upon a tree, and
the birds will pick your flesh off your bones."
So, while the butler was pleased with what Joseph had told him,
the poor baker was very sorry, because h6 knew that he must die.
In three days the king sent some men to the prison to fetch
the butler and the baker. It was the king's birthday, and he had
made a feast for his servants, and he had thought'of the butler
and baker, and had said, "Let the butler come back to me;. and
let the baker be hanged; I will not forgive him." So now both
the butler and the baker knew that Joseph had told them the truth.
But the butler forgot Joseph when he was restored .to his
place in the king's house. I suppose he was thinking of the fiie
things he saw, of eating and drinking, of money and fine clothes,
and forgot that poor Joseph was in a prison. The butler was
unkind, and worse than unkind-he was ungrateful. Joseph had
been kind to him, yet he was not kind in return; therefore I call him
Poor Joseph waited in vain. No one came to let him out of
prison. One day passed, then another; summer came, and then
winter: but Joseph was still a prisoner. Yet God had not forgotten
him. Why did God make him wait so long? That he might learn
to be patient.

The Wonderful Story of How Joseph Was Released from Prison
and Became a Great Ruler.
I have told you of the great king of Egypt. He was the king
of the country where Joseph was. His name was Pharaoh. He had
a great many servants, as I told you. He sat upon a throne, wore


beautiful clothes, a chain of gold round his neck, a ring upon his
hand, and a crown of gold upon his head. One night this great
king had two very strange dreams. I will tell you what they were.
He thought he was standing by a river, and that seven fat cows
came out of the river, and began to eat the grass that grew near.
This was a pleasant sight; but soon after he saw seven very thin
cows (more ugly than any cows he had ever seen) come out of the
river; and they ate up the seven fat cows; and yet, after they had
eaten them, they looked as thin as they did before. Then the king
But soon he fell asleep, and dreamt that he saw a stalk of corn
with seven fine ears growing on it. While he was looking he saw
another stalk, with seven very bad ears of corn on it, and these bad
ears ate up the seven good ears.
These were Pharaoh's two dreams. He thought them very
strange, and longed to know their meaning.. In the morning he told
the servants to find some people who said they could tell the mean-
ing of dreams. A great many men came who pretended to be wise,
but they could not tell the king the meaning of his dreams. The
king was very unhappy, but what could he do ?
At last the butler thought of Joseph! He had not thought of
him for a long while, and now he felt sorry. He said to the king,
" I do remember my faults this day. You know, 0 King, that you
were once angry with me and with your baker, and you shut us up
in prison, in the house of the captain Potiphar. While we were in
prison, the baker and I each had a dream, and a young man, a
servant, told us the meaning of our dreams, and said that the baker
would be hanged and that I should be let out of prison, and so it
was: the baker was hanged, and you sent for me to be your butler
again, just as the young man had said." Then Pharaoh told his
servants to fetch this young man out of prison.
So the servants came to the prison, and said to the keeper, We
have come to fetch Joseph; the king wants to speak to him."
When Joseph came into the king's fine house, and stood before
him, the king said, "I hear that you can tell the meaning of dreams."



It is not I myself," said Joseph, "that can tell the meaning, but
my God can; and I know that He will tell the meaning of your
dreams." Then Pharaoh told Joseph his two dreams-the dream
about the seven cows and the dream about the seven ears of corn.
When he had done speaking, Joseph answered, "Both your
dreams have the .same meaning. This is what is going to happen:
The next seven years a great deal of corn will grow in the fields; but
afterward hardly any corn will grow in the fields for seven years.
The seven fat cows meant the. seven years when much corn would
grow; and the seven thin cows meant the seven years when very
little corn would grow. God sent you these dreams, that you might
know what is going to happen."
Now what could the king do? First, there would be a great
deal of corn, then scarcely any. Could you, my little child, advise
the king what to do? Joseph gave him some advice. He said,
" Save up some of the corn when there is so much, that you may
have some when there is none growing in the fields. You should
look for a very wise man, who will save up the corn, and put it into
large barns; or the people will die when no corn grows in the fields."
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "You are so very wise that you
shall help me to manage all the people in the land. Every one
shall mind you as they do me, and you shall be the greatest person
next to me."
Then Pharaoh took the ring off his hand, and put it on Joseph's
hand; and he gave him beautiful clothes like his own, and a gold
chain to wear round his neck. He gave him a fine chariot to ride in,
and desired people to bow down when they saw him.
So Joseph was made a great lord; but he would not be idle. He
went about all the country in his chariot to buy corn, and he built
large barns everywhere, and filled them with corn, and so he did for
seven years.
He was very glad he was let out of prison, and he thanked God
very much. He was not happy because he wore fine clothes; but he
was glad to be able to do good to people, by saving up corn. He
married a wife, and he had two little boys; yet still he thought of



his dear old father, and hoped that he should one day see him
again; and he thought of little Benjamin, and hoped his brothers
had not killed him, nor put him in a pit, and he hoped that his
brothers were sorry for their wickedness. He did not feel angry
with his brothers. Joseph knew that it was God who had allowed
them to sell him for a slave, and-that God had let them do it that he
might save up corn in Egypt.
It is God who makes all things happen; and God has wise
reasons for all that He does. If He lets us be sick, it is for some
good reason. One day we shall know why God let us be sick, or let
wicked people hurt us, or take away our things.

Joseph's Brothers Come to Egypt to Buy Corn.
You have heard, my dear children, how Joseph was made almost as
great as the king. A great deal of corn grew in the fields next year
and the year after, and for seven years after the king's dream. But
then scarcely any corn grew. The poor people came to King Pharaoh
and said, "We have nothing to eat, and we shall die." Then
Pharaoh said, "Go to Joseph; he can help you." So the people
went to Joseph, and he opened his large barns full of corn, and
sold the corn to the people.
Among those who came, there were ten men from a far country.
Each of them had an ass, and on the ass a sack, and in their
hands they brought money. Who do you think these were? They
were Joseph's brothers. When Joseph saw them he remembered
them, though he had not seen them for twenty years. He knew
those cruel brothers, who had sold him for twenty pieces of silver.
Now you shall hear how he behaved to them.
The brothers thought Joseph was a great lord, and they did
not know that they had ever seen him before; for he wore fine
clothes, and he was grown to be a man, and he had another name,
which the king had given him.
So when the ten brothers saw him, they bowed down to the
ground before him. Then Joseph remembered his dream about the


sheaves bowing down to his sheaf, and he saw that God had made
it come true.
Joseph felt ready to forgive his brothers; but he wished first
to see whether they were sorry for their wickedness, and whether
they loved their father and little Benjamin: so he did not tell them
who he was. He even pretended to be unkind. He spoke in a
rough voice and said, "Where do you come from?"
From the land of Canaan," they said, to buy food."
But Joseph said he did not believe they spoke the truth. You
came," he said, "to see what a bad land this is, with no corn grow-
ing in it, and you mean to bring some king with soldiers to fight us."
"No, indeed," said Joseph's brothers, "we do not. We are ten
poor brothers, and we have come to buy food."
But Joseph said he would not believe what they said.
Joseph's brothers answered, "We are all brothers, and once
there were twelve of us; but one is dead, and the youngest is with
our father, who is an old man." They tried to make Joseph believe
what they said, but he would not: that is, he pretended not to
believe them.
At last, Joseph said, "I must see your youngest brother. I
shall send one of you to fetch him, and I shall keep the rest in
prison till he comes back with the youngest brother."
Joseph put them all in prison, and kept them shut up together
for three days. While they were shut up they had time to think
of their wickedness to Joseph. The brothers were very much
frightened: they did not know what Joseph was going to do with
At last he came to them in prison and said, This is what you
must do, and then you shall live: for I fear God."
How much surprised the brothers must have been when they
heard Joseph say that he feared God! for the other people in
Egypt worshiped idols.
Joseph said, "I will only keep one of you shut up in the
prison, and all the rest may go back, and take corn home with
you: but when you come again you must bring your youngest


brother with you, or I shall think that you have not spoken the
truth: but if you do bring him, I will believe you."
Then Joseph took one of the brothers, called Simeon, and said
that he would keep him in prison till the others brought their
youngest brother with them. So he had Simeon bound with ropes,
or chains, while the other brothers stood around.
Then they must have remembered how once Joseph had been
bound, and sold for a slave.
Simeon was left alone in the prison, and did not know whether
his brothers would ever come back, and whether he would ever be let
Before the brothers set off to go home, Joseph said to his
servants, "When you fill those men's sacks with corn, put back
into their sacks the money that they paid me for it, and give them
something to eat by the way." Joseph wished his poor brothers
to have some food by the way. And the servant did as Joseph
told him; but Joseph's brethren did not know what the servant had
How glad these brothers were to get away from Egypt, and
to come back to their father and to their little children, who had
scarcely anything left to eat!
When they came home they told their father all that had
happened. "There was a great lord," they said, who sold corn to
the people; and he spoke very roughly to us, and said that we
were not come to buy corn, but that we only wanted to see the
land, that we might bring men to fight the poor, hungry people
that lived there. He called us 'spies.' We told him that we were
not spies, but were twelve brothers:-that one was dead, and that
-one was with our father in the land of Canaan. But the lord
would not believe us, and told us we must bring our youngest
brother with us; and he took Simeon, and shut him up in prison,
and said that he would not let him out till we came back with
Poor old Jacob was very sad when he heard all this. Then
the brothers began to open their sacks of corn, and they were


quite surprised to find their money at the top of their sacks; but
they were not pleased, for they thought that some one had put
the money there to get them into disgrace, and that when they
went back to Egypt they should be punished for stealing; so they
were much frightened.
They were more afraid than ever of going back to Egypt, and
of seeing the great lord: yet they wished very much to go, for they
had brought only a little corn, and they wanted more, and they
knew that poor Simeon would remain in prison till they went back
to Egypt.
How could they persuade Jacob to let Benjamin go? For
Jacob said, "No, I cannot trust Benjamin with you, lest some
harm should happen to him. You have taken away two of my
children, Joseph and Simeon, and you would not bring Benjamin
back if I were to let him go. If any evil were to happen to him, you
would bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave." Jacob
felt that it would break his heart to lose Benjamin, he loved him so
very much.
So the brothers were obliged to stay in Canaan; for they knew
it would be of no use to go to Egypt, except Benjamin went with
them. What trouble now they were in! God was punishing them
for their wickedness.

Joseph Makes a Great Feast for His Brothers.
As the brothers could not persuade Jacob to let Benjamin go
with them, they were obliged to stay in Canaan. Soon they had
eaten up all their corn, and none grew in their fields, and what
could they do for food?
Jacob saw how hungry they were, and at last he said, "Go
again, buy us a little food."
Then they said, "We cannot go without Benjamin, for the
man who sold the corn said we should not see him unless we
brought our youngest brother. If you will let Benjamin come with
us, then we will go."


Jacob was very unhappy when he heard this, and he said,
"Why did you tell the man you had a brother? It was behaving
very unkindly to me to tell him."
Then the brothers answered, "The man asked us so many
questions. He said to us, 'Is your father alive ? Have you another
brother?' Could we think that he would say, 'Bring your
youngest brother ? '"
Still Jacob did not like to let Benjamin go.
One of the brothers (called Judah) said, "I will take care of
Benjamin, if you will let him go. I promise to bring him back
to you; and if I do not I will take all the blame. For we and
our children shall die if you do not let him come."
Jacob saw it was of no use to refuse any more, or they would all
die, and Benjamin too. So he gave Benjamin into the care of Judah.
But Jacob was afraid of the man being unkind to them, and
that he would say they had stolen the money. So he said to
them, "Bring the man a present."
"Besides," said Jacob, "take the money back that you found in
your sacks; take more money in your hands to buy more corn, and
take Benjamin, and go to the man."
Jacob's heart was full of pain when he said this.
Then he began to pray to God. "May God give you mercy
before the man, and send home Simeon and Benjamin! "
When Jacob bade his dear Benjamin good-bye, he thought of
how he once had parted with Joseph, the day he sent him to look
for his brothers, when he put on his pretty coat and never returned.
So they parted from their old father, and their wives and their
little children, and they set out on their journey.
They all felt very sad that day. The brothers were frightened.
They were afraid they should be taken up as thieves when they got
to Egypt.
As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he called his chief servant,
who managed his house, and said to him, Take those ten men to my
house, and get a great dinner ready, for they must dine with me

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The brothers did not hear what Joseph said to the servant. The
servant came to them, and told them to come with-him. So they
came, and he brought them to Joseph's own house-a fine, large
house. Yet the brothers were not pleased, but very much frightened.
"Ah! said they to each other, we are going to be put into
prison; and we shall be kept in prison, and be ill-treated and made to
work hard."
Then they thought of their poor father, and of what he would do.
When they got to the door of the house, they came to the
servant, and said, 0 sir, we came here once before to buy a little
food, and we paid money for it; but when we got home we opened our
sacks and found the money in them, and here we have brought it
back: and we have brought more money to buy more corn. We
cannot tell who put the money into our sacks."
The servant answered them kindly, and said, Fear not, God is
your Father-God gave you that money, and put the money into
your sacks."
You see the servant knew about God. Who could have taught
him about God? The people in Egypt worshiped idols. It must
have been Joseph. who had taught his servant.
While they were waiting, the servant went and brought poor
Simeon out of prison. He had been shut up a long while. I hope,
when he was in prison, that he thought of his having once put
Joseph in the pit.
The servant told them that dinner would not be 'ready till twelve
o'clock; and while they were waiting he brought them water to
wash their feet, and he gave some food to their poor, tired and
hungry beasts.
At last Joseph came in from selling the corn, and the brothers
came into the house, and brought the present in their hand, and
they bowed down upon the ground. The eleven brothers bowed
down, as the eleven sheaves had done in the dream.
This time Joseph spoke very kindly to them. He asked them
how they were; but most of all he wanted to know how his dear
father was.


Is your father well? he asked. You said you had an old
father. Is he yet alive ? "
They said, "Yes, our father is well, and he is alive;" and
as they spoke they bowed down their heads to the ground.
Then Joseph looked for Benjamin, and when he saw him he
longed to throw his arms round his neck, and kiss him, but he would
not do it yet. He only said, Is this your younger brother that you
told me of?"
And when they said yes, he spoke kindly to Benjamin, saying,
" God be gracious to thee, my son."
When Joseph had said this, he felt the tears coming into his
eyes, and he could not help crying; so he went quickly out of the
room, and shut himself up in his own room, and there he cried by
himself. He was a very tender-hearted man, and he loved this
young brother very much.
Now the dinner was ready: so Joseph would not stay in his
room: but first he washed his face, that no one might see that he
had been crying, and then he tried to look cheerful, and he said to
his servants, Put the dinner on the table."
In the room where they were to dine there were three tables.
One was for Joseph's servants, another was for Joseph himself (for
he always dined at a table by himself), and the other table: was fW r
the eleven brothers.
Now they all sat down to dinner. It was long since they had
.eaten such a dinner, and they had made a great journey, and were
tired, and hungry, and thirsty. Joseph sent them nice things from
his table; but he sent five times as much to Benjamin as to any of
the others.
Were the brothers envious of Benjamin because Joseph :sent. him
the most? No, they were not. Once they had been envious of
Joseph-but now they were not. They ate and drank, and- were merry.
Joseph could see them all-and it was a pleasant sight to-him.
Once they had eaten their dinner while he lay in the pit, and they
had given him none. Yet he would not treat them so, but would
return good for evil.


Joseph Makes Himself Known to His Brothers.
The brothers spent a happy day with Joseph. They did not go
home- that day, but waited to set out on the morrow.
You know that they had come to buy. corn, and they had
brought empty sacks with them. Joseph called his servant, and
said to him secretly, Fill the sacks of those eleven men with corn,
and put their money that they have given me for the corn back into
their sacks. And put my silver cup into the sack of the youngest."
The next morning as soon as it was light, the brothers rose up,
took their asses and their sacks, and set off to return home to their
father. How glad they were to get away safely-not one left behind I
But soon was all their joy turned into grief.
They had gone but a little way, when some one called them.
It was Joseph's servant; he came running after them.
What has made you," said he, "behave so ill to my lord, after
all his kindness to you? Why have you stolen his silver cup, out
of which he drinks ? "
The brothers were much surprised to hear that. the cup was
"Why should you think," said they, "that we have taken it?
We would not do such a wicked thing. Did we not bring back the
money when we thought it had been put in our sacks by mistake?
And now, would we steal a silver cup out of your lord's house ? None
of us has taken it. If any one of us has taken it, let him die, and let
all the rest be slaves to your lord."
"No," said the servant, "it shall not be so; the one who has
taken the cup shall not be killed; he shall only be a slave to my
lord, and the others shall not be slaves: they shall all go home."
Then the servant told them to open their sacks;, so the eldest
brother took down his sack: the servant looked in amongst the corn,
but could find no cup. Then the second opened his sack, but there
was no cup hid in it. The third showed his, and each brother showed
his in turn. At last Benjamin showed his. How much were they
all surprised when they found the silver cup in it I


The servant said to Benjamin, You must come back with me to
my lord." He pretended that he was going to take him for a slave,
and never let him return home; but he said that his brothers might
go home.
And would they go and leave Benjamin behind?
"No;" said they, we will go back with Benjamin."
You see that they loved Benjamin, and that they would not
leave him alone in his distress.
They put their sacks again on their asses, and followed the
servant to Joseph's house. Their hearts were bursting with grief,
and they cried as they went.
When they saw Joseph they fell with their faces on the ground.
Joseph spoke to them as if he were angry, and said, "What is
this wicked thing that you have done? "
Do you remember that Judah had promised to take care of
Benjamin? So Judah began to beg Joseph to forgive Benjamin.
Judah knew that it would be of no use to say that Benjamin had
not taken the cup, so he only begged Joseph to take pity on them.,
God is punishing us for our sins," said Judah, "and we can
say nothing; we must all be your slaves."
"No," said Joseph, not all; only he who has stolen the cup,
he shall be my slave: let the others go back to their father."
Joseph wanted to see whether the brothers would go back and
leave poor Benjamin to be a slave.
Judah then came nearer to Joseph, and began to beg for Benja-
min with all his heart.
Let me speak a word to my lord," said he, "and do not be
angry with me, for I fear you as much as I do the king. When
we first came to buy corn, you asked us if we had a father and a
brother, and we said, Yes, we had on old father, and a little
brother that he loved very much indeed; and then you said that
we must bring our brother to show you. Then we said we could
not, because our father would not part with him, but you said we
must bring him. So when we went back to our father, we told him
what you had said, but he would not let Benjamin go. 'No,' said


he, 'I had a dear child that I think was eaten up by a lion or a bear.
If I let Benjamin go, perhaps some harm will happen to him, and
then I shall die of grief, and these gray hairs will go down with
sorrow to the grave.'
"Then I promised my father that I would take care of Benja-
min. I cannot go home without him. If I were to go back without
Benjamin we should see our father die. Let me be your slave
instead of Benjamin, and let him go home to his father; for I could
not bear to see my father die of grief."
Now Joseph saw that Judah did indeed love Benjamin and his
od father.
He felt ready to burst into tears, yet he did not go out-of the
rom to weep, as he had done before; but he said to all his
servants, "Go out of the room;" and Joseph was left alone with
his brothers. He cried so loud, that all the servants heard him,
though they were not in the room.
At last he said, I am Joseph. Is my father yet alive ? "
Joseph did not wish to frighten them; he longed to put his
arms round them and kiss them.
""Do not grieve because you sold me;" said Joseph: God let
Tam do it that I might save corn to feed your children. I wish
yon all to come and live with me here. You must bring my old
fattler with you, and your children, and I will feed you all. Look
at me,, and you will see that I am indeed your own brother Joseph.
lItt is my month that speaks to you. Go tell my father what fine
tlimgs I have in Egypt, and bring him here to live with me."
This was the loving way in which Joseph spoke. Then he
wtThfew his arms round Benjamin's neck, and wept as he kissed
llimo;; and Benjamin wept too upon Joseph's neck. Afterward
J Beph kissed all his brothers, and wept as he kissed each; and
tdfem liis brothers no more felt afraid of him, but began to talk
to lnihn. They saw Joseph had quite forgiven them, and that he
Uimd them with all his heart. They could not have expected
snk ~t kii ess, and it made them the more sorry for their own


Jacob and All His Family Remove to Egypt.
Before Joseph told his brothers who he was, he had sent the
servants out of the room; yet he had sobbed so loud that the
servants had heard,
and soon they knew
the reason why Jos-
eph had sent them
out. The servants
were glad to hear,
that Joseph had
found his brothers.
Joseph had not told
the people of Egypt
of his brothers'
Pharaoh, t h e
king, heard of the
brothers being
found; and he, too,
was glad, for he
loved Joseph.
He called Jos-
eph, and said to him,
"Your brothers
must come and live
near you, and you
must send for your
old father, and for
all the. little chil-
dren ; and they shall
in all the land to eat." Then Joseph got wagons, with some beasts
to draw them, and he gave -his brothers some food to eat as they
traveled home. He also made them some handsome presents, for


Joseph was very rich. He gave them each two suits of clothes;
but to Benjamin he gave five suits, besides a great deal of money.
He sent a present to his father; ten asses that carried all kinds of
good things; and ten asses more that carried a great deal of bread
and other food for his father to eat by the way.
When all the things were ready, Joseph told his brothers to
go to Canaan, and to come back quickly. He gave them one piece
of advice before they went. "Take care," he said, "that you do
not quarrel by the way."
They must have had a pleasant journey.
Old Jacob had been longing to see them, much fearing lest
Benjamin should not come back safely. At last they came, and
he saw that not one was missing.
They told him the joyful news, "Joseph is alive: and he is
the great lord that sells corn in the land of Egypt."
Perhaps you think Jacob was delighted; but no-he would
not believe them.
"No," said he, "my son has long been dead."
But we have seen him," said they.
It cannot be true," said Jacob.
Then the brothers told him what Joseph had said. "He desires
us all to come and live with him, and he sends for you."
Still Jacob could not believe them.
Only come and see the wagons he has sent, and then you will
believe us," said they.
So they took old Jacob to see the wagons, and when he saw
them he believed and was glad.
"It is enough," said old Jacob. "Joseph my son is yet alive; I
will go and see him before I die."
And so they all came into the land of Egypt.
Long before they came to Joseph's house they saw a fine
chariot coming toward them. It was Joseph's. It stopped, and
Joseph got out of it.
Old Jacob stepped out of his wagon. His hair was gray, his
legs were weak and he could hardly walk. Joseph was a fine and


glorious lord. He ran to meet his father, threw his arms round
his neck; and then he wept for a long while.
The last time Joseph had kissed his father was when he was
a boy, dressed in his pretty coat, and was going to look for his
brothers to see how they did. How many sad days had Jacob
spent since that time, in thinking of him! And now, at last, he
had found him again.
The brothers did not feel envious now when they saw Jacob
and Joseph folded in each other's arms.
"Now," said old Jacob, "let me die, since I have seen your
face once more."
Then Joseph said to his father and brothers, "I will go and
tell Pharaoh that you have come."
So he went to Pharaoh the king, and said, My father and
brothers, and their flocks, and all that they have, are come."
And then he brought five of his brothers, and showed them to
Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said to them, "What is your employment?"
"We are shepherds, but there is no grass in Canaan for our
sheep. Will you give us some fields where we can feed them ?"
Pharaoh said that he would give them a great many fields, and
that they might' live there all together, with their children and
their flocks.
Joseph wished them to live all together, because the people in
Egypt worshiped idols.
Joseph wished the king to see his dear old father, so he brought
him to the king. The king treated him with great respect, because
Jacob was a very old man. Even kings should pay respect to old
Should not children pay great respect to an old man? When
they see a gray-headed old man, they should be ready to wait upon
him, and to do what he bids them.
Old Jacob lifted up his hands over Pharaoh's head, and prayed
God to show him kindness. This was called blessing him. Jacob
blessed Pharaoh, because he had been very good to his dear Joseph.
Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How old are you? "



Jacob said, "I am one hundred and thirty years old, but I am
not as old as my fathers were; and my life has been full of troubles."
Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh again, and went away to the place
he had given him to live in. There he lived, with all his children
around him. Joseph did not live with him, but he often came to
see him.
Jacob at last fell sick, and knew that he soon should die.
He sent for all his sons that he' might bless them before he died.

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And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his
feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people.-GEN-
ESIS xlix: 33.
Jacob had been lame a long while, and now he was almost blind,
and very weak, and sick.
S When his sons came, he sat upon the bed, and called them
one by one, that he might give a blessing to each. After he had
blessed them he said, "I am soon going to die; bury me in the
cave in Canaan where Abraham my grandfather is buried, and
Isaac my father."


He said a great deal more, and at last he gathered up his
feet into the bed, and died.
Joseph fell upon his father's face when he was dead, and wept
upon him, and kissed him. Those gray hairs had not gone down
in sorrow to the grave, for God had comforted Jacob before he died.
Joseph took his father's body to Canaan, to put it in the cave
where Abraham and Isaac were. All the brothers went with
Joseph, and a great many servants, and chariots, and horses.
Afterward they came back to Egypt.
A very sad th6oght came into the minds of the brothers.
They said to each other, Perhaps Joseph has only been so kind to
us to please his father; perhaps he has not really forgiven us;
and now, perhaps, he will punish us." So they sent a servant to
Joseph, and told the servant to say to Joseph, Your father, before
he died, told us to beg you to forgive us our great wickedness.
So pray forgive us."
When Joseph heard this message he began to weep, because
he was sorry that his brothers should think he could be so unkind
to them. Soon his brothers came and fell down before him, and
seemed much afraid. Joseph said, Fear not: it was wrong of you
to sell me, yet God made it turn out for good; because when I was
in Egypt I saved the corn, and you were kept from dying of
hunger. I still will feed you and your little children." He spoke
very kindly to them and comforted them.
Joseph lived to be a very old man, and at last he died.
This is the history of Joseph. You have heard the history
of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God loved them all. Abraham was
the grandfather, Isaac the father, and Jacob the son.

The Story of Moses, and How He Was Found in the Bulrushes
by the King's Daughter.
You have heard how Joseph and his brothers lived happily in
Egypt for a long while. At last they grew old and died, but they
left a great many children; and their children had a great many


children; till at last there were hundreds and thousands of people.
These people were the grandchildren of Jacob, and his great-grand-
children and their children.
Did you know that Jacob had two names?
His other name was Israel. It was a name that God had
given him.
All the sons of Jacob were called the children of Israel, or the
children of Jacob; and the grandchildren of Jacob were called by
the same name, "children of Israel." There were some men, and
some women, and some children, and all of them together were
called children of Israel."
They did not live in Canaan, you remember; they had left
Canaan, because no corn grew there for a long while: they lived
in Egypt, and took care of their sheep. While the good king
Pharaoh lived they were very happy. At last he died, and there
was another king of Egypt; he too was called Pharaoh. You shall
hear what he did, and then you shall tell me whether you think
he was good.
He knew that the children of Israel had come from a great
way off, and he said, "There are so many of them, perhaps they
may some day fight against me with swords, and kill me and my
servants. I will make them work hard, and I will try to kill
them with hard work."
So he desired that they should make a great many bricks, and
build very high walls. He sent some of his men to make them
work hard.
The children of Israel were used to taking care of sheep, which
is a pleasant employment. Shepherds lead their flocks to the green
fields, and by the side of the quiet waters, and they sit under the
shade of a tree when the sun is hot. But now the children of
Israel were obliged to dig up the clay, and to make bricks, and
dry them in the sun; and if they did not make a great many
bricks, the men whom Pharaoh had sent beat them. So now
they were very unhappy; they often sighed, and groaned, and shed


Yet all this hard work did not kill them; so the king thought
of another plan. He said, Let every boy-baby be thrown into the
river." He did not order the girl-babies to be drowned, because they
would not be
able to fight
with swords
when they grew
the king heard
that one of the
children of Is-
rael had a little
boy-baby, h e
sent his men to
throw it into the
There was
a very good wo-
man who had a
little boy-baby;
shb was one of
the children of
This wo-
man knew that THE EGYPTIAN WELL.
God would take
care of her child, The weary traveler wandering that way
Therein did often quench his thirsty heat."
and she prayed
to God to take
care of it. She hid her baby, so that Pharaoh's men could not
find it. I do not know where she put it, but God taught her to
hide it in a very safe place.
When the baby was three months old, she found that she could
not hide him any more. What could she do with her baby?

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In Egypt there is a great river called the Nile. Close by the
river there grew a great many reeds and bulrushes, which are like
very high, thick grass. She, took some bulrushes and made them
into a large basket.
She wished to make
a basket into which
the water could not
come; so she got
some pitch, and cov-, -
ered the basket with
pitch. Then she put -
her little baby in-
side, and took the
basket in her arms.
No one could tell
what was in the
She went to the
river-side, and laid
the basket among
the great rushes,
close by the water;
she knew that God
would not let the
child be killed, and
so she left it, trust-
ing in Him.
She had a little
girl of ten years old.
This little girl was
the baby's sister. THE PRINCESS FINDS MOSES.
She stood a great way off, to see what would become of her baby-
brother. Soon she saw some ladies walking by the river-side. One
of these ladies was King Pharaoh's daughter. She was a princess.
The other ladies were her maids, and they were going with the


princess to some place where she could bathe. The princess was
looking at the rushes, when she saw something strange peeping out
of them. She thought it looked like a baby-boy, so she said to one
of her maids, "Go and see what that is." The maid went and
found the basket. She took it up and brought it to the princess.
The princess opened the basket, and saw a sweet babe. It was fair
and lovely.
It began to weep. Poor infant! it was used to lie in its mother's
arms, but now there was no one to feed it or to comfort it. The
princess pitied the child. She had heard how her father had desired
that every boy-baby should be thrown into the river, and she said, I
suppose this is the baby of one of the children of Israel." She did
not wish it to be thrown into the river.
The baby's sister had come nearer, and had seen what the princess
had done. She saw that the princess pitied it; so she said, "If
you want a nurse, I can find you one who will nurse the child for
you." The princess said,,"Go."
Then she went and called her own and the baby's mother. When
she had come, the princess said to her, "Take this child and nurse it
for me, and I will give you wages."
How glad the mother was to take care of it! She saw that God
had heard her prayers, and saved her child from being drowned.
The mother could teach it about God as soon as it could under-
stand. But she was not allowed to keep the baby always. When he
was grown to be a large boy, the princess sent for him to come and
live with her, and she called him her son. She gave him a name.
"I shall call him 'Moses,'" she said; which means drawn out,"
for he was drawn out of the water.
The princess lived in a fine house, and had a great many
servants. Moses had beautiful clothes, nice things to eat, and
servants to wait upon him. He had no hard work to do; yet he
was not idle, but learned a great many things. The princess
told the wise men to teach him.
He knew the names of the stars, the names of beasts, and
birds, and plants. He learned about all these things, and grew



very wise. But one thing these wise men could not teach
him, and that was about God; for they worshiped idols. Yet
Moses did know about God, for his father and mother knew the
true God, and when he was little Moses lived with them. Of all
the things Moses knew, this was the best. He was wiser than
all the men in Egypt, for he knew the true God.
He was brave as well as wise, and all the people in Egypt
praised him, and paid 'him respect. But he was not happy, and.
I will tell you why in the next story.

How Moses Slew the Task-Master.
I have told you how very hard the poor children of Israel
worked, in making bricks. When Moses had grown to be a man,
this thought came into his mind: I live in a fine house, and am as-
great as a prince. I have no work to do; but my poor cousins, the
children of Israel, they are working like slaves. Cruel men are
beating them? Cannot I help them?" This thought made him sad.
Do you remember the promise God made to Abraham about
his great-great-grandchildren? These children of Israel were the
great-great-grandchildren of Abraham.
I am now going to tell you about these descendants of Abraham,
and Isaac, and Jacob, and about their children, and their children:
and I shall always call them the children of Israel."
What promise had God made to Abraham about them? He
had said that they should live in the land of Canaan-that sweet
land, full of hills and rivers, grass and flowers, sheep and cows,
milk and honey. God -had said to Abraham, "I will give this.
land to your children." Not to Isaac, but to his great-great-great-
great-grandchildren, and to their children, and their children's.
Moses had heard of this promise; perhaps his mother had told
him of it. He had heard how he had been saved from being
drowned when he was a little baby, and he believed, that God


would let him bring the children of Israel into Canaan. He
wished to save them from being slaves among the wicked people
of Egypt, and to make them happy in that pleasant land of Canaan.
Moses left the king's fine house, and .all his fine things, and
went to the place where the poor Israelites were working hard.
(The children of Israel were sometimes called Israelites.)
He wished to see whether they remembered God's' promise to
Abraham, and whether they wished to go to Canaan.
When he came to the place in Egypt where the children of
Israel were working, how sad was the sight he saw! There they
were,. laboring in the heat of the sun. They worked from morn-
ing till night. They dug up the clay to make bricks: that was
hard work. Then they made the bricks; they put them in heaps
to dry them in the sun. Then they carried them to build the
great walls for Pharaoh.
Moses was very sorry to see how the poor children of Israel
were treated.
One day he saw one of the task-masters (the cruel men were
called task-masters) beating one of the children of Israel. Moses
could not bear to see the poor slave treated so cruelly. He looked
to see whether there were any more task-masters near; he saw no
one. So he killed the task-master, and then dug a hole in the
ground, and covered him over with the earth.
Moses had been sent by God to kill this wicked man, that he
might show the poor Israelites that he was come from God to make
them happy.
One of the Israelites saw him, and soon King Pharaoh heard
of it; and Pharaoh was very angry, and tried to find Moses, that
he might have him killed. So Moses was obliged to go into a
country a great way off, where the king could not find him. I will
tell you another time what happened to Moses in that country. God
loved Moses, and He took care of him wherever he went.
Moses might have lived always in a fine house, and ridden in
a chariot, and had many servants; but you see how much he loved
the poor children of Israel.


He wished to please God more than to be called the son of
Pharaoh's daughter; he knew that God loved the children of Israel,
and he knew that God would one day help him to take them into

Story of the Wonderful Burning Bush.
.Moses was grieved to leave the poor children of Israel groaning
in Egypt; but he was forced to hide himself from Pharaoh.
He took nothing with him on his journey;-no servant, no
companion! But God was with him.
At last Moses came to a place where there was much grass,
and a great many sheep. Here, also, there was a well, and he sat
down by the side of it; for he had taken a long journey.
He had no house, no bed, and no friends. He was like Jesus,
who had nowhere to lay His head. But God took care of him.
Soon there came seven girls to the well. They were sisters, and
they took care of their father's sheep. They brought their sheep
with them to give them water. First they let down some pails, or
buckets, into the well, and then poured the water into some great
troughs that stood near, and the sheep drank out of the troughs.
While they were doing this, some shepherds came to the well and
tried to drive them away, that their own sheep might drink water
out of the troughs; but the poor girls had filled the troughs with
water, and it would have been very unfair to take the water from
their sheep. But the men were stronger than the girls, and had
often behaved in this way to them.
Moses did not like to see weak people ill-treated; and he was
very strong; so he stood up, and would not let the shepherds send
the girls away, but helped them to draw water for their sheep.
The poor girls thought Moses was very kind, because he was
only a stranger, and yet he had helped them.
When they came to their father, he said, How is it that you
have come home so soon to-day? And they said, "A stranger was by
the well, and he would not let the shepherds drive us away, and he

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