Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Half Title
 Ruth, a Bible heroine
 Samuel, the child of God
 Samuel, the man of God
 David and Saul
 Solomon, the wise man
 Jonah, the man who tried to hide...
 The good queen Esther
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Title: Ruth, a Bible heroine
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Title: Ruth, a Bible heroine and other stories, told in the language of childhood
Alternate Title: History of the Old Testament
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Language: English
Creator: Pollard, Josephine, 1834-1892
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Publication Date: 1899
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    Front Matter
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    Title Page
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    Ruth, a Bible heroine
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    Samuel, the child of God
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    Samuel, the man of God
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SWEET STORIES OF GOD; etc.,etc. * *


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1Rutb, RBible Heroine







WHILE Is-ra-el was ruled by a judge whose name
has not come down to us, a dearth came on the land
of Ca-naan. And one of the Jews who dwelt in
Beth-le-hem, took his wife and his two sons and
went to stay for a while in the land of Mo-ab. His
wife's name was Na-o-mi. The man died while
they were in Mo-ab, and in a few years each of the
sons took him a wife. And their names were Or-pah
and Ruth. At the end of ten years the sons died,
and Na-o-mi and their wives dwelt in the land of
When Na-o-mi heard there was no lack of food
in Is-ra-el, she made up her mind to go back to
Beth-le-hem to live.
She told Or-pah and Ruth of her plan, and said
if they choose to stay in the land of Mo-ab, where they
were born, they might do so.
And they kissed her and wept and said they
would go with her. But she bade them stay where
they were, and at last Or-pah, with tears in her eyes,


kissed Na-o-mi good-bye and went back to
home. But Ruth would not leave her.
Na-o-mi not to
urge her to go,
for nought but ,.'t."
death should
part them.
So they went
to the town of
where Na-o-mi
used to live.
It was the
days when the
grain was ripe
in the fields, and
the men had
gone out to cut
it down. ----
And Na-o-
mi had a kins-
man in Beth-le-
hem, whose RUTH AND NA-O-MI.
name was Bo-az,
and he was a rich and great man. And F
to Na-o-mi, Let me now go to the fields a
the ears of corn.

her own
She told

:uth said
nd glean

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To glean is to pick up. And poor folks, who
had no fields of their own, went to pick up that which
was left on the ground for them.
s And Na-o-mi told
Ruth to go. And
--- : she went out and came
to the field that was
: owned by the rich
S. man, Bo-az.
When Bo-az saw
Ruth he asked the
men who she was, and
', .where she came from.
"And one of them said,
-She came with Na-o-

there for some hours.

mi from

the land of

SMo-ab. And she
Said to us, I pray you
let me glean where
the field has been
reaped. And we
told her she might,
and she has been
Then Bo-az went to Ruth.

So she went out each day to his
there till the grain was all cut and
Na-o-mi said to Ruth, Bo-az

field, and gleaned
in the barns.
will win-now the


bar-ley to-night. To win-now is to fan, or to drive
off by means of a wind. The grain was first threshed,
then thrown
from the hands
up in the air.
The wind
would blow off
the chaff and
the good grain
would fall to
the ground.
N a-o-mi
told Ruth to go
in and speak
to Bo-az the
things she told
her. So- Ruth
did as Na-o-mi
said, and went
down to the
fields where
Bo-az and his
men were.
When she BO-AZ AND RUTH.
came back to Na-o-mi she told her all that she had
said and done.
The next day Bo-az went down to the gate of

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Beth-le-hem, and told all- the chief men whom he
met there that he meant to make Ruth his wife.
And the men said they would make it known, and
prayed the Lord would bless Ruth and add to the
fame and wealth of the rich and great Bo-az.
So Bo-az took Ruth for his wife. And they had
a son O-bed. And Na-o-mi was its nurse.


THERE was a man in the land of Uz whose name
was Job. He was a good man and tried to do all
that was right in the sight of the Lord. And God
gave him ten chil-dren: sev-en boys and three girls.
He gave Job great wealth, too, so that there was no
man in all that part of the world as rich as he was.
When Job's sons were grown up and had homes
of their own, they used to make feasts in turn, and
send for their three sis-ters to come and eat and drink
with them. And Job kept them in mind of all they
owed to God, and urged them to lead good and true
lives, and to do no wrong.
When Job had lived at his ease and been a rich
man for a long term of years, a great change took


place. He lost all his wealth, and all his chil-dren;
for it was God's will to try him and see how he
would bear these ills.
One day one of his men came to him in great
haste, and said, While we were in the field with the
ploughs, a band of thieves came and drove off the ox-
en and ass-es and slew thy men who were with them,
and I a-lone am left to tell thee.
While this man spoke, there came up one who
said, A great fire has come down from the sky and
burnt up thy sheep, and all those who took care of
them, and I a-lone am left to tell thee.
While he yet spoke, a third man came and said,
Thy foes came and took all thy cam-els, and slew
the men who had charge of them, and I a-lone am
left to tell thee.
Then a fourth came, and said, Thy chil-dren
were at a feast in the house of thy first-born son,
when there came a great wind that broke down the
house, and it fell on the young men and they are
all dead, and I a-lone am left to tell thee.
When Job heard these things he tore his clothes,
and bowed down to the earth, as if at the feet of God.
And he said, I had nought when I came in-to the
world, and I shall have nought when I die and go
out. of it. God gave me all that I had, and God
took it from me. He knows what is best for me

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and I thank him for all that he has done. So Job
did not sin, nor speak ill of God, though his grief
was so great and had come uo-on him in such a
strange, swift way.
To try Job still more, God let him get sick and
he was in great pain. Boils came on him and from
head to foot he was a mass of sores.
Then his wife came to Job and said, Dost thou
still trust God? Do so no more, but curse him,
though he kill thee for it.
Job said, Thou dost not speak wise words.
When we have so much good from God, shall we
not be con-tent to take our share of the ills he may
send? In all this Job said not a word that was wrong.
Now Job had three friends, who, when they
heard of his hard lot, came to talk with him and cheer
him. But when they saw him, the change was so
great they did not know him.
Then they rent their clothes and wept, and sat
down on the ground near him, but did not speak for
some time, for they could see that his grief was great.
These friends thought that Job must have done some
great sin, else these ills would not have been sent
upon him. When they spoke to him they said, If
thou hast done wrong, do so no more, and God will
free thee from thy pains.
Now Job knew that he had done no wrong,


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and he said to them, You came to soothe me, but
what you say does not soothe me at all. Did I send
for you, or ask you to help me ? If you were in such
grief as I am, I might say hard things of you and
call you bad men. But I would not do so; but
would speak kind words to you, and try to help you
bear your ills, and to make your grief less.
Then Job spoke of his own griefs, and said: 0,
that the Lord would put me to death that I might
suf-fer no more. When I lie down at night I can-
not sleep, but toss on my bed in pain and wish the
day would dawn. Or, if I fall a-sleep for a while, I
have the worst kind of dreams, so that I would be
glad to die and wake no more in this world. 0, that
I had some one to speak to God for me, for he does
not hear when I pray. Yet I know that he lives who
will save my soul, and that he will come on the earth,
and I shall rise up from my grave and see God
for my-self.
But when Job found that he could not die, nor
be made well, but must still bear his pains, he grew
cross, and was not at all like the Job of old. He
found fault, and said that his griefs were too great,
and that God was not kind to put him in such pain.
His three friends did not try to calm him, or to
cheer him with the hope that his woes would soon
be at an end, nor did they bid him trust in God and


seek help and strength from him. But they told him
that he must have done some great wrong, else God
would not have sent all these ills upon him.
This did not please Job, and he spoke to them in
great wrath, and they spoke back in the same style.
When they had talked in this way for some time,
and had each of them said things they ought not to
have said, they heard a voice speak to them out of a
whirl-wind that swept by the place. It was the voice
of God.
And the voice spoke to Job and told him of the
great works that God had done; that it was he who
made the earth, the sea, and the sky. He sends the
rain on the field to make the grass grow and the flow-
ers to spring up. He sends the cold and the heat,
the frost and the snow, and the ice that stops the flow
of the streams. He sends the clouds, and the roar
and the flash that come from them when the storms
rage. He made the horse that is so swift and strong,
and has no fear in time of war, but will rush in-to the
fight at the sound of the trump.
All this and more the voice spoke from the whirl-
wind. And when God had told Job of all these
great works, he asked him if he could do these things,
or if he thought he was so wise that he could teach
God what it was best to do.
Then Job saw what a sin it was to find fault with

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God. And he was full of shame, and said: My
guilt is great; I spoke of that of which I knew naught,
and I bow down in the dust before thee.
God said to Job's three friends, I am wroth with
you, for you did not speak in the right way to Job.
'Now, lest I pun-ish you, take sev-en young bulls and
sev-en rams and burn them on the al-tar, and ask Job
to pray for you, for him will I hear. So they did as
the Lord told them, and Job prayed for them, and
God for-gave them their sins.
In a short time Job was well once more. His
pains all left him; and then his friends and all his
folks came to see him and they had a good feast.
And each man brought him a rich gift, and the Lord
blest him more than he had done before, and gave
him twice as much wealth. He had great herds of
sheep, and cam-els, and ox-en and ass-es, and large
fields for them to roam in, and a host of men to care
for them. So that he was a great man once more.
And God gave him ten chil-dren: sev-en boys
and three girls. And when these girls grew up,
there were no maids in all the land so fair as they in
face and form. And Job had great peace of mind,
and dwelt at his ease for long, long years; and when
he died he was an old, old man.


THERE was a man of Is-ra-el who went up each
year from the town of
Ra-mah to a place called
Shi-loh to pay his vows
to the Lord of hosts.
And his wife, whose
name was Han-nah,
went with him. The
man's name was El-ka-
E-li was the high-
priest at that time, and
as he sat in the Lord's
house he saw Han-nah
on her knees with her
eyes full of tears.
And he spoke to her
in akind voice, and said:
May God- grant thee
what thou dost ask of ""
him. And Han-nah was glad at the high-priest's
words, for she had asked God to give her a son.
Y. F. B.-Io

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And the Lord gave Han-nah a son, and she
called his name Sam-u-el, which means "Asked of
the Lord."
Sam-u-el was quite young when Han-nah took
him up to the house of the Lord at Shi-loh. And
when they brought the child to E-li, Han-nah said,
I am the wo-man that stood by thee here and prayed
to the Lord. For this child did I pray, and the
Lord heard me and gave me what I asked for. So
I have brought him to the Lord; so long as he lives
shall he be the child of God. For this was the vow
she made if God would give her a son.
And Sam-u-el was left to stay with E-li in the
Lord's house.
Now E-li had two sons, and they were priests in
the Lord's house. But they were not fit for the
place, for they were bad men, and broke God's laws.
And by their sins they kept men from the house of
the Lord.
But Sam-u-el, though a young child, did what was
right and pleased the Lord. And his moth-er made
him a coat, and brought it to him each year when
she and her hus-band went up to Shi-loh. And E-li
spoke kind words to them, and asked the Lord to
bless them for the sake of the child whom they gave
to him.
Now E-li was an old man, and when he heard

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of all the things his sons had done, he did not drive
them out of the Lord's house as he should have done,
but let them go on in their sins. He cared more to
please his sons than he
did to please the Lord.
One night when E-li
and Sam-u-el lay down to
sleep, the child heard a
voice speak his name.
And he said, Here am I.
And he got up and ran
to E-li, for he thought it
was his voice, and he said,
Here am I, for thou did'st
call me.
E-li said, I did not call
thee, my son. Go back,
and lie down. And the
lad did so.
In a short time he
heard the same voice say,
And he rose at once HAN-NAH PRE-SENTS SAM-U-EL TO E-LL
and went to E-li, and said
to him, Here am I, for thou did'st call me. But
E-li said, I did not call thee, and sent the lad back
to his bed once more.

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Then Sam-u-el heard the voice a third time, and
went to E-li and said, Here am I, for thou did'st
call me.
And E-li knew it was the Lord who spoke to
Sam-u-el. And he said to the lad, Go, lie down, and
if he call thee, say, Speak, Lord, for I hear thee.
And Sam-u-el went and lay down. And the
Lord came for the fourth time, and called, Sam-u-el
And Sam-u-el said, Speak, Lord, for I hear thee.
And the Lord told Sam-u-el all that he meant to
do to the house of E-li. He had let his sons go on
in their sins, and they were to be put to death in a
way that would make men fear God.
Sam-u-el lay still till day-light. Then he rose,
but did not dare to tell E-li what God had told him.
But E-li called him and said, What did the Lord
say to thee? I pray thee hide it not from me.
So Sam-u-el told E-li all that the Lord had said.
When E-li heard it, he said, It is the Lord, let him
do what he thinks is best.
And Sam-u-el grew, and the Lord was with him
and blest him, and it was known to all that he was
one of God's saints, who could fore-tell things that
were to take place. Such wise men were some-times
called seers.
The words which God spoke to Sam-u-el came

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true; for the chil-dren of Is-ra-el went out to fight
the Phil-is-tines, and a host of them were slain.
Those who came back said, Let us take the ark
out with us to save us from our foes.


Now God had not told them to take the ark, and
it was a sin for them to touch it. They should have
put their trust in the Lord, and looked to him for help.

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But they sent to Shi-loh for the ark, and E-li's
two sons came with it. When it was brought to the
camp the Jews gave such a shout that the earth shook
with the noise.
And when the Phil-is-tines heard it, they said,
What does it mean ? And they were told that the ark
of the Lord had been brought to the camp of Is-ra-el.
And they were in great fear; for they said, God
is come to the camp! Woe un-to us, for this is the
first time such a thing has been done!
And they said, Let us be strong and fight like
men, that we may not be slaves to these Jews!
So they fought once more with the Jews, and
slew a host of them, and the rest fled to their tents.
And the ark of the Lord fell in-to the hands of the
foe, and E-li's two sons were slain.
And the same day a man ran down to Shi-loh,
with his clothes rent, and bits of earth on his head to
show his grief.
E-li sat on a seat by the way-side, where he kept
watch, for he was in great fear lest harm should come
to the ark of God. And when the man came through
the crowd and told that the ark was lost, all cried out
with great fear. And when E-li heard the noise, he
said, What is it? What do those sounds mean?
For his eyes were dim with age, and he could not see.
And the man ran up to E-li and said, I am he

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that came out of the fight, and I fled from there

And E-li said,

What word hast thou, my son?


And he said that Is-ra-el had


put to flight

with great loss, his two sons were dead, and the ark
of God in the hands of the Phil-is-tines.
When the man spoke of the ark of God, E-li fell off

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the seat by the side of the gate, and broke his neck,
and died there. And he had been a high priest and
a judge in Is-ra-el for two-score years.
And the ark of God was with the Phil-is-tines
for more than half the year, and to each place where
it was sent it brought great grief.
So at last they sent for their wise men, and said
to them, What shall we do with the ark of the Lord?
To what place shall we send it?
And the wise men told them to make a new cart,
and tie two cows to it, but to bring the calves home
with them. Then they should put the ark on the
cart, and let the cows draw it where they would.
If the cows should leave their calves and go down
to the land of Is-ra-el, it would be a sign that the
Lord was their guide, and that he had sent these ills
on the Phil-is-tines for their great sins.
But if the cows did not take the ark, it would
show that the Lord did not want it back, and that
all these ills they had to bear had come by chance,
and were not sent from the Lord.
So the Phil-is-tines did as their wise men said.
They took the two cows and tied them to the cart,
and shut up their calves at home. And they laid
the ark on the cart, and let the cows go where they
And the cows took the straight road to the land

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of Is-ra-el till they came to a place called Beth-she-
The Jews who dwelt there were out in the wheat
fields. And the cows brought the cart to the fields of
a man named Josh-u-a, and stood there by a great
Then some of the men of Le-vi came and took
the ark and set it on the stone. And they broke up
the cart, and burnt the cows as a gift of praise to
the Lord.


WHEN E-li died, Sam-u-el was made a judge in
Is-ra-el. And he went from place to place to teach
men the law. And as the ark had not been brought
back to Shi-loh, Sam-u-el built an al-tar in his own
house and served God there.
The chil-dren of Is-ra-el set up strange gods, and
the Phil-is-tines went to war with them. And Sam-
u-el told them to give up their false gods and serve
the Lord, and he would save them from their foes.
And they did so. And he said, Come up to Miz-
peh, and I will pray to the Lord for you.

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And they came to Miz-peh, and gave their hearts
to the Lord, and were in grief for their sins.
And when the Phil-is-tines heard they were at
Miz-peh, they went up to fight them. And the
chil-dren of Is-ra-el were in great fear, and Sam-u-el
plead for them, and when the fight came on the Lord
sent a fierce storm that put the Phil-is-tines to flight,
and they fled from the field with great loss.
And Sam-u-el set up a stone at Miz-peh, and gave
it the name of Eb-en-e-zer-"The Stone of Help."
When Sam-u-el was an old man he set his two
sons to judge Is-ra-el. But his sons were not just
men, and did not rule as their fath-er had done. If
a man did wrong, they would say it was right if he
paid them for it. And the wise men came to Sam-
u-el, and said to him, As thou art old, and thy sons
walk not in thy ways, make us a king to judge us.
Sam-u-el felt hurt when they asked him to choose
a king, and asked the Lord to tell him what to do.
And the Lord told Sam-u-el to choose a king
for them.
Now there was a man whose name was Kish,
and he had a son whose name was Saul, a tall young
man of fine form and good looks.
And the ass-es of Kish were lost. And he said
to Saul, his son, Take one of the men with you, and
go find the ass-es.

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And they went a long way and could not find
them. And Saul said to the man with him, Come,
let us go back, lest my fath-er think we are lost.


And the man said to Saul, There is a man of
God here, and what he says is sure to come to pass.
It may be that he can tell us what we ought to do

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Saul said, Thy word is good; come, let us go.
And they went to the town where Sam-u-el, the man
of God, was. And they met him on their way.
And the Lord made it known to Sam-u-el that
this was the man he should choose to reign in Is-ra-el.
And Saul drew near to Sam-u-el, and said, Tell
me, I pray thee, where the seer's house is.
And Sam-u-el said, I am the seer; and the ass-es
that were lost are found. And he took Saul and his
man to his own house, and made them spend the
night there.
The next day Sam-u-el took Saul to the roof of
his house, and had a talk with him.
Then they went out on the street, and as they
drew near the gate of the town, Sam-u-el said to Saul,
Bid thy man pass on, but do thou stand still for a
while, that I may show thee the word of God.
Then Sam-u-el took a horn of oil and poured it
on Saul's head.
This was done when a man was made a high-
priest; and the same thing was done when he was
made a king. And God was pleased with Saul, and
gave him a new heart; but as yet none but these two
knew that Saul was to be King of the Jews.
Sam-u-el spoke to the chil-dren of Is-ra-el and
told them once more all that the Lord had done for
them, how he had brought them out of the land of

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E-gypt, and set them free from their foes, and yet
they would not serve the Lord, but cried out for a
king. So he bade them all go up to Miz-peh that
the Lord might choose them a king.
And the
Lord chose
Saul. Butwhen
the men went
to seek for him
they could not 05
find him. And
the Lord said,
He hath hid in
the midst of the
stuff. And they
ran and brought
him -out, and he
was so tall that '
all the rest had
to look up to
And Sam-
u-el said, This SAUL IN HIS HID-ING PLACE.
is he whom the Lord hath sent to rule thee. There
is none like him, as thou canst see.
And they all cried out, God save the king!
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and how the king was to rule, and wrote it down in
a book.
When Saul had been king for two years, he set
out with his son, Jon-a-than, to fight the Phil-is-tines.
And a great host went with them. And the Phil-
is-tines had more men than they could count. And
when the Jews saw the strength of their foes, they
were in great fear, and ran and hid in caves and pits,
or fled to the high hills where the rocks would screen
them. So there were but few left to go out with
Saul, and they shook with dread.
And Saul came to Gil-gal, where he was to meet
Sam-u-el, but he was not there. Sam-u-el had told
him to wait for him, and he would tell him what he
was to do.
But at the end of a week Saul had the flesh
brought to him and laid on the stone, and he set fire
to it, that the flame might rise to God and bring
peace to the land. And as soon as Saul had done.
this thing, Sam-u-el came. And Saul went out to
meet him, that he might bless him.
And Sam-u-el said, What hast thou done?
And Saul told of the strait he was in, and that
the Phil-is-tines were near in great force, and said
that when Sam-u-el did not come he felt that he must.
send up a plea to God for aid in this hour.
Sam-u-el told him that he had done wrong.

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When the Lord told him to wait, he should wait.
And now his reign would be a short one, and God
would choose a new king to take his place.
In those days men fought with bows and ar-rows.
And while the Jews were held as slaves by the
Phil-is-tines they would not let them have swords or
spears, lest they should rise up and kill them.
And they sent all the smiths out of the land, lest
they should make these things for the chil-dren of
So when they went out to fight none of them had
a sword or a spear but Saul and his son.
In those days men wore coats of mail, and bore
a shield with them so as to ward off the darts. These
shields were made of a thick piece of wood, on which
the skin of an ox was stretched when dried.
Jon-a-than, Saul's son, wore a coat of mail, and
had a man to bear his spear and his shield when he
did not care to use them. And he said to his man,
Come, let us go to the camp of the Phil-is-tines. For
it may be that the Lord will help us.
And the man said he would go.
Jon-a-than said this should be their sign: They
would go where the foe could see them, and if they
said, Wait there till I come to you, they would know
the Lord did not mean to help them. But if the
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you some-thing, they would go up, for the Lord
would be with them.
So Jon-a-than and his man stood out where the
foe could see them. And the Phil-is-tines made
sport of them, and cried out, Come up to us, and we
will shew you some-thing.
And the two went up the rocks on their hands
and feet, and fought with the Phil-is-tines, and slew
a score of them. And the Lord shook the earth, so
that the Phil-is-tines were in great fear.
Now Saul and the men who were with him did
not know what his son had done. But his watch-
man, who was on the look-out, saw that there was a
fight in the camp of the Phil-is-tines, and told Saul
of it.
And Saul and his men went to join in the fight.
And all those who had hid in caves and holes, or up
on the mount, when they heard that the Phil-is-tines
had fled, went with Saul, and Is-ra-el won the day.
But Saul did not de-sire to please the Lord in all
things. For when the Lord sent him out to fight
King A-gag, he told Saul to wipe him and all he had
from the face of the earth. But Saul kept back some
of the spoils, the best of the sheep and lambs, and
did not put the king to death as he should have done.
And the Lord told Sam-u-el that Saul was not
a good king, and his reign should be short.

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And it made Sam-u-el
prayed to God all night.
Saul, who did not
look at his sins in
the right light. And
Sam-u-el told him
that his reign as
king would soon be
at an end.
God told Sam-
u-el not to mourn
for Saul, but to go
down to Beth-le-
hem, to the house
of a man named
Jes-se, one of whose -
sons was to be made
king. And the Lord
said he was not to
look for one with a
fine faceorform. For
the Lord sees not as -
man sees, and he
looks on the heart.

sad to hear this, and he
Then he had a talk with


So he went down to Beth-le-hem, and did as the
Lord told him. And Jes-se had his sev-en sons
pass one by one before Sam-u-el. And Sam-u-el
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thought that the first-born must be the one whom
God chose to be king. But the Lord told him he
was not the one. And they all went by, and not
one of them was the one on whom God had set his
And Sam-u-el said to Jes-se, Are these all thy
And Jes-se said, No there is yet one left; but he
is quite a lad, and is now in the field where he cares
for the sheep.
And Sam-u-el told Jes-se to send for him at
once. And Jes-se sent for him, and he was
brought in, and his cheeks were red, and his eyes
bright. And the Lord said to Sam-u-el, Rise-for
this is he.
And Sam-u-el rose, and took the horn of oil and
poured it on the young man's head. So the Lord
chose Da-vid to be king when Saul should be put
out of the way.
And Da-vid felt a great change in his heart, for
the Lord was there to make him strong and wise,
and fit for the high place he was to fill.
But there was no peace in Saul's heart, and his
mind was ill at ease.
And his men said it might soothe him to have
some one play on the harp. For sweet sounds will
some-times calm the mind.

David and Saul.

So Saul said, Find a man who can play well on
the harp, and bring him to me.
And one of them said that he knew such a man.
He was the son of Jes-se, who dwelt at Beth-le-hem,
and his name was Da-vid.
And Saul sent men to Jes-se and told him to
send Da-vid, his son, who kept the sheep.
And Da-vid came to Saul, and stayed with him
to wait on him. And when Saul was sad and ill at
ease, Da-vid would take his harp and play for him,
and he would soon be well.


WHILE Saul was yet king, the Phil-is-tines came
forth once more to fight the chil-dren of Is-ra-el.
And Saul and his men went out to meet them.
There were two high hills on each side of a deep
vale, and from these two hills the foe-men fought.
The Phil-is-tines had on their side a man who
was more than ten feet high. He wore a coat of
mail, and was bound with brass from head to foot, so
that no sword or spear could wound him.
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from your midst and let him come down to me. If
he can fight with me and kill me, then we will be
your slaves. But if I kill him then you must serve
us. I dare you to send a man to fight with me.
When Saul and his men heard these words they
were in great fear, for there was no one in their ranks
who would dare fight with such a gi-ant.
And each morn and eve, for more than a month,
this great man, whose name was Go-li-ath, drew near
Saul and his troops and dared them to send a man
out to fight him.
Now when the war broke out three of Jes-se's
sons went with Saul, but Da-vid went back to Beth-
le-hem to feed sheep.
And Jes-se said to Da-vid, Take this parched
corn and these ten loaves of bread, and run down to
camp and bring me back word how thy broth-ers
And Da-vid rose up the next morn, and found
some one to take care of his sheep, and went as his
fath-er told him.
And he came to the camp just as the men were
on their way to the fight, and the air was filled with
their shouts.
And he left the goods he had brought in the care
of a man, and ran in the midst of the troops, and
spoke to his three broth-ers.

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And while he stood there, Go-li-ath came out
from the ranks of the Phil-is-tines, and dared some
one to fight with him.
And Da-vid heard his words. And the men of
Is-ra-el fled from
his face. And Da-
vid heard them A-
speak of what would h
be done to the man
who should kill V-
him; for the king
would give him
great wealth, and
set him in a high
And Da-vid
spoke to the men
near him, and made
use of strongwords. I ,i .
And his broth- DA-VID BE-FORE SAUL.
ers told him to go
home and take care of his sheep, for it was just a
trick of his to come up to camp that he might see
the fight.
Da-vid said, I have done no wrong? and the men
to whom he spoke went and told Saul what he had
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that he was the same one who used to play on the
harp for him.
And Da-vid told Saul he would go out and fight
the great man from Gath. And Saul said, Thou
art but a youth, and he has been a man of war all
his days.
Then Da-vid told Saul how he had fought with
and slain the wild beasts that came out of the woods
to eat up the lambs of his flock. And, said he, this
man is no more than a wild beast, and the Lord will
save me from him as he did from the paw of the li-on
and the bear.
And Saul said, Go, and the Lord go with thee.
And Saul put on him a coat of mail, and clothed
him in brass from head to foot, and hung a sword at
his side. But Da-vid took them all off, and said, I
have not tried them, and can-not use them.
And he took his staff in his hand, and chose five
smooth stones from the brook and put them in a bag
that he wore. And his sling was in his hand when
he drew near to Go-li-ath.
Go-li-ath came near to Da-vid, and when he saw
what a youth he was, he drew up his head with
great scorn.
Da-vid ran to meet him, and put his hand in his
bag and drew forth a stone, and slung it, and struck
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stone sank in through the bone and he fell on his
face to the earth.
Then Da-vid ran and stood on Go-li-ath, and
drew his sword from its sheath, and slew him and
cut off his head.
And when the Phil-is-tines saw that the man
in whom they had put their trust was dead they fled.
And Da-vid came back from the fight with the
head of Go-li-ath in his hand, and was brought to
And Saul would not let Da-vid go back to his own
home, but made him stay with him. And Jon-a-
than fell in love with him, and to show his love, took
off all the rich clothes he had on and put them on
Da-vid, and gave him his sword, his bow, and his
belt. And Da-vid did as Saul told him, and all who
saw him were pleased with him, and Saul put him
at the head of his men of war.
But when King Saul and his men went through
the towns on their way back from the fight, the folks
came out and sang and danced to praise them for
what they had done.
But they said more in praise of Da-vid than of
Saul, and when Saul heard it he was wroth, and from
that day ceased to be Da-vid's friend.
The next day Da-vid stood near Saul with his
harp in his hand to play him some sweet tunes.

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And Saul held a spear in his hand, and he cast it
at Da-vid so that it would go through him and pin
him to the wall.
But Da-vid saw it ..
and took a step one --
side, and it did him
no harm.
Twice was this
done, and when
Saul found that he
could not hurt Da-
vid, he was in great
fear of him, for he
knew the Lord was
with him. So he -
drove Da-vid from
his house, and sent
men to lay in wait
to kill him.
But Da-vid fled
from them and ran
to the place where
Jon-a-than was,
and said to him, JON-A-THAN AND DA-VID.
What have I done that the king seeks my life?
Now Jon-a-than did not know that the king meant
to kill Da-vid, so he said to him, Thou shalt not die.

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My fath-er would have told me if he meant to kill
thee. But Da-vid said it was true.
The next day was to be a feast day, and the
king would look for Dav-id to come and eat with
him. But Da-vid was in such fear of Saul that he
did not care to go, and begged Jon-a-than to let him
hide him-self for three days. If the king asks where
I am, said Da-vid, tell him that thou did'st give me
leave to go home.
Jon-a-than told Da-vid that at the end of the three
days he should come and hide in the field near a rock
that was there. And Jon-a-than said he would shoot
three ar-rows as if he took aim at a mark. And he
would send a lad out to pick them up. And if he
said to the lad, Go, find them, they are on this
side of thee, then Da-vid might know that all was at
peace and the king would do him no harm. But if
he should cry out that the darts were be-yond the lad,
then Da-vid would know that he must flee, for the
king meant to do him harm.
So Da-vid hid him-self in the field; and when
the feast day came Saul sat down to eat with his back
to the wall. And he saw that Da-vid was not in his
place, but said not a word. The next day when he
found Da-vid was not in his place, Saul said to his
son, Why comes not Da-vid to eat these two days?
Jon-a-than said that Da-vid plead so hard for

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leave to go home to his own folks, that he had told
him to go, and that was why he was not at the feast.
Then Saul was
in a great rage,
and said to his l .
son, As long as
Da-vid lives thou
canst not be a
king. Send for -
him, and bring -
him here that he
may be put to
And Jon-a-
than said, Why
should he be
slain? What hath
he done ?
Saul threw
his spear at Jon-
a-than. And the
young man knew
by this that the
king meant to kill JON-A-THAN SHOOT-ING THE AR-ROWS.
king meant to kill
Da-vid. So the next morn the king's son went out
to the field, and took a lad with him. And he said,
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And as he ran, Jon-a-than sent a dart o'er his
head; and when the lad came to the place where it
fell, the king's son cried out, It is be-yond thee.
Make haste, and stay not.
Da-vid heard these words and knew that he must
flee, for if Saul caught him he would kill him.
The lad brought the darts to Jon-a-than, and did
not know why the king's son had shot them and called
out to him as he did. And Jon-a-than gave him his
bow and ar-rows, and sent him back to town with
As soon as the lad was gone, Da-vid came out
from the place where he was hid, and fell on his face
to the ground, and bowed three times. Then he
rose and threw his arms round Jon-a-than's neck,
and the two friends wept as if their hearts would break.
Then Da-vid fled from Saul, and hid in the woods
and caves.
Saul went out with a large force of men to seek
Da-vid on the rocks where the wild goats fed.
And Saul came to a cave, and went in to lie down
and rest.
Da-vid and his men were in the cave, but Saul
could not see them. And the men wished to kill
Saul; but Da-vid would not let them. While he
was there Da-vid stole up to Saul and cut off a piece
of his robe. And Saul did not know it.


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When Saul went out of the cave, Da-vid went
out af-ter him and cried out, My lord and my king!
And when Saul looked back, Da-vid bowed down
to him with his face to the earth. And he told Saul
to pay no heed to those who said he meant to harm
the king. For if he had sought to kill Saul he might
have done so that day while he was in the cave.
And Da-vid showed Saul the piece of his robe he
had cut off.
And some bade me kill thee, said Da-vid, but I
would not, for thou art my lord and my king. Then
Da-vid held up the piece of cloth he had cut from
Saul's robe, and said, Since I was so near thee as
to cut this off and did not kill thee, thou may'st know
that I have no wish to harm thee. Yet thou dost
hunt for me to kill me. Let the Lord judge twixtt
thee and me, and save me from thy hand, and save
thee as he will, for I will not harm thee.
When Saul heard Da-vid speak thus, all hate
went out of his heart, and he wept as he said, Thou
hast done good to me for the wrongs I did thee, and
may the Lord bless thee for it. Now I know that
thou wilt some day be the king of Is-ra-el.
And Saul went home, and Da-vid and his men
went back to the cave.
But Da-vid knew that he could not trust Saul, so
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and his men dwelt there in the town of Gath for
the space of a year and four months.
While he was
there, the Phil-is-tines
went out to fight with
Saul once more, and
when he saw what a
host of them there
was, his heart shook
with fear. He asked
the Lord what he
should do, but the
Lord did not come
to him in dreams, or
speak one word to him.
Sam-u-el was
dead, and the Lord
had said it was a sin
to go to a witch, or a
seer, to find out the
things that would
take place, and Saul
had sent all these
folkhad sen out all these land. DA-VID TAKES GO-LI-ATH'S SWORD.
folks out of the land.
But now he was in such a strait that he felt he
must have help of some sort. And one of his men
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strange charms, and fore-tell what was to take place.
So the king drest him-self so that he would not be
known, and went at night with two of his men to see
the witch of En-dor. And he said to her, Bring me
up him whom I shall name to thee.
And the witch said to him, Dost thou not know
that Saul has sent all those that work charms out of
the land? And why dost thou set a snare for my
life, so that I will be put to death?
And Saul said, As the Lord lives there shall no
harm come to thee for this thing.
Then the witch said, Whom shall I bring up to
thee? And he said, Bring me Sam-u-el.
So the witch made strange signs and spoke strange
words, and swept her wand round and round. And
when she saw the form of Sam-u-el rise up, she cried
with a loud voice, Why did'st thou not tell me the
truth ? for thou art Saul!
And the king said, Have no fear. What did'st
thou see?
And the witch said, I saw an old man with a
cloak round him.
And Saul knew it was Sam-u-el, and bowed his
face to the ground. And Sam-u-el said, Why hast
thou brought me up? And Saul told him that he
was in a great strait, that God had left him, and did
not come to him in dreams or by the hand of wise

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men, and he thought that Sam-u-el might tell him
what to do.
Sam-u-el said, Why then dost thou ask of me if
the Lord hath left thee? He hath done to thee just
as he said he would. Thy reign is at an end, and
Da-vid shall rule in thy stead. And he told Saul
that the next day he and his sons would be dead,
and Is-ra-el in the hands of the foes.
When Saul heard these words he fell down in a
swoon, for he had had no food for a day and a night.
And the witch brought bread and bade him eat,
that he might have strength to go on his way. And
Saul and his men ate of the food, and went their way
that night.
Now the lords of the Phil-is-tines brought all
their troops to a place called A-phek. And the king
of Gath went there, and took Da-vid and his men
with him. But the lords of the Phil-is-tines would
not have the Jews in their midst lest they should turn
on them and give them in-to the hands of king Saul.
So Da-vid and his men had to leave the camp,
and the Phil-is-tines went out to fight, and the men
of Is-ra-el fled from them with great loss. The king's
three sons were slain, and an ar-row struck Saul and
gave him a bad wound.
And Saul said to the man who bore his shield,
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did not dare to kill his king. So Saul took his own
sword and fell on it, and thus died by his own hand.
And when the man saw that Saul was dead, he fell
on his sword and died with him.
And when it was known that Saul and his sons
were dead, the Jews fled from that part of the land,
and the Phil-is-tines went to live there.
In the course of a few years Da-vid was made
king of Is-ra-el, and then went to live at Je-ru-sa-lem,
He went to war, and took spoils of rich kings, and
the Lord was with him, for he sought to do that
which was right and just.
Da-vid had two sons: Sol-o-mon and Ab-sa-lom.
And in all the land there was no man with such
a fine face and form as Ab-sa-lom, and he won much
praise for his good looks. And he had a thick
growth of long hair. But Ab-sa-lom had a bad
heart, and his sins made Da-vid weep.: But he did
not scold Ab-sa-lom as he should have done, for the
king was fond of his son, and so Ab-sa-lom went on
from bad to worse.
He told what he would do when he was king,
and made friends with those who thought it a fine
thing to be on good terms with the king's son.
When he was two-score years of age, Ab-sa-lom
said to the king, Let me, I pray thee, go up to Heb-
ron to pay my vows.

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And Da-vid told
serve the Lord that
him-self made king
in-stead of Da-vid.
And he took ten score
men with him, who
did not know why or
where they went, and
sent spies all through
the land to speak in
his praise and urge
that he be made king.
And when Da-vid
heard of it he said to

him to go.

his men, Rise, let us
flee from this place,
lest Ab-sa-lom come
and put us to death.
And they all fled
from Je-ru-sa-lem, and
went to hide in some
lone place. And
when Ab-sa-lom came
to Je-ru-sa-lem he D-
went to one of Da-vid's friends a
he should do to be made king.
had once been a friend of Da-vid,

But it was not to
went, but to have


nd asked him what
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with the king's son, had said that he would go out
with a large force and come up with Da-vid when he
was weak and faint, so that he would be in a great
fright. Those who were with Da-vid would flee,
and he would soon put the king to death. Then, of
course, Ab-sa-lom would be king.
But Ab-sa-lom would not do this till he had heard
what Hu-sha-i said. Now Hu-sha-i was a true friend
of Da-vid, and he told Ab-sa-lom to take more men
than A-hith-o-phel had said, for he thought that
would give Da-vid a chance to get out of the way.
And Hu-sha-i sent two young men to tedl Da-vid not
to stop on the plains that night, but to cross the Jor-
dan, lest he and all who were with him should be
put to death.
But a boy saw the two sons of the high-priest who
were on their way to Da-vid, and went and told Ab-
sa-lom. And the priest's sons ran to a house near
by, and hid in the well. And the woman who kept
the house spread corn on top so that no one could
see that a well was there.
And when Ab-sa-lom's men came up and asked
the wo-man where the priest's sons were, she said
they had gone on past the brook Ked-ron. And
when the two could not be found the men went back.
Then the priest's sons came up out of the well,
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sha-i had sent. And at dawn Da-vid and all his
men crossed the Jor-dan.
As soon as Ab-sa-lom had all the men he thought
he would need, he set out to fight with Da-vid. And
Da-vid drew up his men in line, and put Jo-ab at
their head. And the king
said, I will go out with
you. But the men said
he should not; so Da-vid
staid by the gate and saw
them go out to the fight,
and bade them be kind to
Ab-sa-lom for his sake. I w
The fight took place in
a wood. Ab-sa-lom rode
on a mule, and as the mule
passed neathh a great oak,
Ab-sa-lom's head caught
in a branch, and he hung
in mid air, while the mule L
went off down the road. THE DEATH OF AB-SA-LOM.
And a man saw it and told Jo-ab. And Jo-ab
said, Why did'st thou not kill him ? And the man
said he would not kill the king's son, for he had heard
Da-vid ask them to be kind to him.
But Jo-ab said, I can-not waste time with thee.
And he took three darts in his hand and thrust them

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through Ab-sa-lom, so that he died. And he was
thrown in-to a pit that was in the wood, and a great
heap of stones was piled on him. And all the men
who had been with
him went back to
their tents.
salo IDa-vid sat in

s ,b-, sa-lom safe ?
the gate, and when
thmen came back
as with news of the
;", fight, he would ask

. is. Then Da-vid
t ... of each one, Is
knew thAb-sa-lot Ab-safe?
"", 4R .And at last one of
-" them said, May all
A the king's foes be
uas ths young man
voice, my son, Ab-sa-m; my soknew that Ab-sa-
sa-lom! I would that God had lom was dead, and
stead, Absalomhe went to his own
room and wept.
out with a loud
voice, 0, my son, Ab-sa-lom; my son, my son Ab-
sa-lom! I would that God had let me die in thy
stead, 0, Ab-sa-lom, my son, my son!

Solomon, the Wise Man.

Da-vid was king for two-score years, and was an
old man when he died and had hosts of friends.
And when he felt that his death was near, he bade
his men take Sol-o-mon to a place called Gi-hon, and
pour oil on his head. Then they were to blow the
horn and cry out, God save King Sol-o-mon.
And this was done; and when Da-vid died, Sol-
o-mon sat on his throne and ruled Is-ra-el.


SOL-O-MON gave his heart to God when he was
young, and tried to lead a good life, and to do no
wrong. And God spoke to him in a dream one
night and said, Ask what I shall give thee.
And Sol-o-mon said, Grant me, I pray thee a
wise mind that I may know right from wrong, and
judge well those who look up to me as their king.
This speech pleased the Lord, and he said, Since
thou didst not ask me for great wealth, or for long
life, or that thy foes might be put to death, I will
make thee wise, and will give thee both great wealth
and a long life if thou wilt serve me and keep my

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There came two wo-men to the king. And one
of them said, My lord, I and this wo-men live in one
house, and we each of us had a son. And this wo-
man's child died
in the night, and
While I slept she
Same and took
Smy child from
me, and laid her
; own child by my
side. And when
I woke, and went
to feed my child,
itwasdead. And
I knew it was not
my son.
It is your
It is not; the
child that lives
..... is m ine.
The dead
THE JUDG-MENT OF SOL-O-MON. child is yours.
In this way
they spoke, and the king heard them, and said, Bring
me a sword!
And a sword was- brought to him.

Solomon, the Wise Man.

And the king said, Cut the live child in two,
and give half to one and half to the other.
When the real moth-er of the child heard these
words she cried
out, O my lord,
give her the -
child, but do not
kill it.
But the oth-
er said, Cut it in
half, and let it
not be hers or
Then the
king told his
men to give the
child to the one
who tried to
save its life, for
he knew that
she was the
moth-er. And
it was to find SHIPS OF SOL O-MON
this out that he
sent the men for the sword, and not to take the
child's life.
When Sol-o-mon had been king for four years,

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he laid out the plan that Da-vid had made for the
house of the Lord.
He had a talk with Hi-ram the king of Tyre, and
told him that it was time to build the house. And
the king of Tyre was glad, and did all he could to
aid him. He sent Sol-o-mon great trees from the
woods, and sent him men to help in the work; men
who had skill with the ax, and with fine tools of all
The house was built of stone, and each stone was
hewn from the rock, cut so as to fit in the wall ere
it was brought to the place where it was to stand, so
that no ax nor tools should be used in the house when
it was put up.
The walls of the rooms were in-laid with gold,
and gems, and the floor of the place where the ark
was kept was of pure gold, and in front of the shrine
were loops and chains of fine gold.
The doors of the house were made of the wood
of the fir tree, and they were carved with great skill,
and touched up with gold.
It took Sol-o-mon sev-en years to build the house
of the Lord; and when it was done he made a feast,
and the priests brought the ark of the Lord from
Mount Zi-on, where Da-vid kept it.
And all the tribes of Is-ra-el came to Je-ru-sa-lem,
that they might be there when the ark was brought.

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And when the ark was put in its place, and the
priests came out, there was such a cloud in the house
that all stood still. For the Lord was in the cloud.
Then Sol-o-
mon stood up, and
with raised hands
asked him to come
down and dwell in
the house, and to
dwell in men s
hearts, that they
might walk in the ,.
right way, and love
God all their days. _
Now the fame
of Sol-o-mon came
to the ears of a rich
queen, who dwelt
at She-ba, and she
thought she would
like to see if this ., ,
man was as wise e
and rich as he was '
said to be. She QUEEN OF SHE-BA.
had a long way to come, and a great train came with
her, and these brought loads of rich spice, and
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had a talk with Sol-o-mon and he told her all she
ought to know.
And she said to the king, What I had heard of
thee in my own lands I did not think could be true.
So I came to see for my-self, and I find the half
was not told me. So she gave rich gifts to Sol-o-
mon, and he gave rich gifts to her, and the queen
went back to her own land.
Now it was thought no sin in those days for a
man to have more than one wife. And some of Sol-
o-mon's wives had been brought up to serve false
gods. And it was a sin for the king to wed with
such. And as he grew old these wives made him
serve their Gods, and turn from the true God whom
he had been taught to love and fear.
And this did not please the Lord, and he said
that Sol-o-mon's son should not be king when Sol-o-
mon died. For Da-vid's sake he would let him be
a prince of two tribes all the days of his life. But
ten tribes he would take from him.
And foes rose up to plague Sol-o-mon, and for
his sins he had to give up the peace and rest that
had long been his. When he had been king for two-
score years Sol-o-mon died, and his fame has come
down to this day, for no man has been born in-to the
world so wise and great as King Sol-o-mon.


A-HAB was the last of the six kings who ruled the
ten tribes. And he made them serve Ba-al, and
built a house for this false god.
These acts did not please God, so he sent E-li-
jah, a seer, to tell A-hab that for years and years
there should be no rain in the land. And he told
E-li-jah to hide near a brook from which he should
drink, and the birds of the air would bring him
food to eat.
E-li-jah did as the Lord told him, and he drank
from the brook, and the birds brought him his food
from day to day. But as there was no rain, the
brook dried up, and there was lack of food in the land.
So the Lord told Elijah to go to the town of Za-
re-phath, where a wo-man dwelt who would give him
And when E-li-jah came to the gate of the town,
a poor wo-man drew near him to pick up some sticks.
And he said to her, Bring me a drink, I pray thee.
And as she went, he said, Bring me, I pray thee,
a bit of bread in thine hand.
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And she said, As the Lord lives, I have no bread
in the house, and but a hand-ful of meal, and a few
drops of oil. And I came out to pick up a few sticks
that I might light the fire, and bake a small loaf for
me and my son, that we
may eat it and die.
E-li-jah said, Fear ,
not; go and do as thou
hast said. But first make
me a small loaf, and then
make one for thee and
thy son. For thus saith
the Lord, The meal shall
not waste, nor the cruse
of oil fail till the day the
Lord sends rain on the
So the wo-man went X
her way and did as E-li-
jah told her, and there was
from that time no lack of
food in her house. But
food ine day her house. But ELI-JAH AND THE WID-OW'S CHILD.
one day her son was ill,
and he grew worse and worse, and then died.
SWhen E-li-jah heard of it, he said, Give me thy
son. And he took the child from her arms and bore
him to his own room, and laid him on his bed.

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And E-li-jah cried to the Lord, and said, O Lord,
I pray thee let this child's soul come back to him.
And the Lord sent back the soul of the child,
and E-li-jah took the boy and brought him to his
And she said to E-li-jah, Now by this I know
that thou art a man of God, and that the word of the
Lord in thy mouth is truth.
For three years there had' been no rain in the
land, and at the end of that time the Lord said to
E-li-jah, Go show thy-self to A-hab, and I will send
rain on the land.
So E-li-jah went, and on the way he met with
one of A-hab's head men, who loved the Lord. He
knew E-li-jah, and bade him turn back, for the king
would be sure to put him to death. But E-li-jah
said that he would show him-self to A-hab that day.
So the man told the king that E-li-jah was near, and
the king came out to meet him.
And he found fault with E-li-jah, for he thought
he was to blame for the lack of food, and for the
long drouth.
E-li-jah told the king to have all those he ruled
meet in a mass at one place. And when they came
there, E-li-jah cried out to them, How long will ye
turn your hearts from God?
And he told them to prove which was the true


God, Ba-al, or E-li-jah's God. And he told them to
bring two young bulls, and to take the flesh of one
and lay it on the wood in front of Ba-al, and he would
lay the flesh of the oth-
er young bull on the
Lord's al-tar. And he A
said, Call ye on your
gods and I will call on
mine, and let the God
that sends down fire be
the God whom we all
shall serve.
And they said it was
a good plan.
So they cried out
from sun-rise till noon, 0
Ba-al, hear us! But
there was no voice or
sign that their god heard
E-li-jah said, Cry
with a loud voice, for he
is a god. He may be
asleep, or lost in thought.
And they cried, and made a great noise, and at
last fought with their knives till they drew blood.
And E-li-jah said, Come near me.

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And they all came near to him.
And E-li-jah took twelve stones, and built an al-
tar to the Lord. And he put the flesh and the wood
on it, and the wood was wet through and through.
Then he cried out, Hear me, O Lord, hear me,
and let it be known that thou art the true God.
Then fire came down from on high and burnt up
the flesh, and the wood and the stones, and the dust;
and the ground that had been made so wet was as dry
as it could be.
And when the crowd saw this they all bowed
down to the ground, and said, The Lord he is God!
The Lord he is God!
And they broke up the false gods, and gave their
hearts for a while to the Lord.
Then E-li-jah told A-hab that he might eat and
drink, for the rain would soon set in. And he went
to the top of a high mount to pray for rain. Not a
cloud was in the sky. The sea was calm. But E-li-
jah knew that he must watch, and wait, and pray,
and the sign would come.
At last there rose up out of the sea-that is,
where the sea and sky seem to meet--a small cloud,
the size of a man's hand. And soon the sky was
black with clouds, and the wind blew, and there was
a great storm of rain.
Now A-hab had a bad wife, and when he told


her what E-li-jah had done, she made a vow to kill
And E-li-jah had to flee for his life. He was so
worn out that when he came to a lone place he sat
down in the shade of a ._
tree and wished that he
might die. While he
slept, an an-gel drew near,
at whose touch E-li-jah
woke- And the an-gel
said, Rise and eat.
And E-li-jah found
food and drink set out for
him. And he ate and
drank, and then lay down
and slept. And the an-
gel came once more, and
bade E-li-jah eat, that he
might have strength to go
on his way. And he sat
up, and ate the food the
Lord had sent, and it gave
him such strength that he E-LI-JAH AND KING A-HAB.
went with-out food for more than a month. And
at the end of that time he came to Mount Ho-reb.
And he went to a cave and -lay down and slept there.
And the Lord spoke to him, and said, Why art

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thou here, E-li-jah ?
of Is-ra-el had not

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And E-li-jah said the chil-dren
kept their word, but had gone
back to their false
gods, and slain all
those who sought
to turn them from
their sins. And I
have fled from
them, said E-li-jah,
for they seek my

The Lord said,
Go forth, and stand
on the mount. And
i ,there came a great
wind that split the
high hills, and
broke up the rocks.
ade .But the Lord was
h not in the wind.
Then the earth
shook, so that there
was no firm ground
E-LIJAH IN THE WIL-DER-NESS. on which to walk;
and smoke came up out of the great cracks that were
made. But the Lord was not in the earth-quake.
Then there came a still, small voice. When E-li-


jah heard it he hid his face in his cloak, and went
out and stood at the door of the cave.
And the voice said,
Why art thou here, E-li-
jah? And E-li-jah said
that he fled from those e
who sought to kill him. ,7 .i
And the Lord told him
to leave the cave, and go
back, and pour oil on the
head of E-li-sha, who -
was to take his place.
And E-li-jah found ----:
E-li-sha at work with
the plough in a large
field. And as he went
by him he threw his
cloak round E-li-sha,
And E-li-sha knew
that this meant he must
leave all and go with -
E-li-jah. And he went
home to bid fare-well to
his dear ones there, and E-LI-JAH GOES TO HEAV-EN.
then came back to be near E-li-jah and to wait on him.
Now the time drew near when E-li-jah was to
leave the earth. And he and E-li-sha stood near

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the shore of the Jor-dan. And E-li-jah took his
cloak and struck the waves, and they made a wall
on each side, and the two men went through on dry
land. And as they stood on the oth-er side, E-li-jah
said to E-li-sha, Ask what I shall do for thee, ere I
leave thee.
And E-li-sha said, Let me, I pray thee, be twice
as good and wise as thou.
E-li-jah said, Thou dost ask a hard thing. But
if thou dost see me when the Lord takes me from
thee, then it shall be so. But if thou dost not see,
then it shall not be so.
So they went on, and while they yet spoke, there
came a great light in the sky, and the clouds took on
strange forms. And E-li-jah was caught up as if by
a whirl-wind, and E-li-sha cried out as he saw him
pass through the sky, but he was soon out of sight,
and E-li-sha saw him no more.


As E-li-jah rose trom the earth he let his cloak
fall on E-li-sha. And E-li-sha went down to the
Jor-dan, and took the cloak and struck the waves,


and they stood up on each side, so that he went
a-cross dry shod. And it was made known to all
the seers and wise men that E-li-sha had been called
to fill E-li-jah's place,
and he gave proof
that the Lord was
with him. --
As E-li-sha went.
from Jer-i-cho to 3
Beth-el, some young
folks ran out and
made fun of him, and
cried, Go up, thou
bald head! Go up,
thou bald head!
E-li-sha turned
back, and asked the
Lord to take them in
hand. So the Lord
sent two great bears
out of the wood, and
they fell on the chil-
dren and tore over
two-score of them. THE CHILD-REY OF BETH-EL.
One day E-li-sha came to Shu-nem, where a rich
wo-man dwelt. And she bade him come in and eat.
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to stop and take the food and drink she set out
for him.
And she had a room built for him on the side of
her house, and put a bed and a chair in it, that he
might go in and out as he chose, and have a place
to rest in.
And one day when he was in this room, he sent
for the wo-man to come to him. And he said to
her, What can I do to pay thee for all thy kind care
of us? Shall I speak to the king for thee? She
said there was no need, that she sought no pay, and
then left the room.
E-li-sha said to his man, What is there that I can
do for her?
And the man said, She has no child.
And E-li-sha said, Call her. And she came
back and stood at the door. And when the man of
God told- her that she should have a son, she thought
he did not speak the truth.
And the word of the Lord came true, for in less
than a year she had a son.
And the child grew up, and went out one day to
the field to see the men reap the corn. And while
he was there he felt sick, and cried out to his fath-er,
My head! my head!
And his fath-er said to a lad, Take the boy home
to his moth-er. And she took him, and he sat in


her lap till noon, and then died. And she took
the boy to E-li-sha's room, and laid him on the bed
of the man of God, and then went out and shut
the door.
Then she sent for one of the young men, and had
him bring an ass to the door, and she got on the ass,
and bade the man drive as fast as he could till she
told him to stop.
She went till she came near Mount Car-mel.
And E-li-sha saw her, and sent Ge-ha-zi out to meet
her, and to ask her if it was well with her and with
the child. And she said to him, It is well.
But when she came to E-li-sha she fell at his feet,
and Ge-ha-zi drew near to push her from the man of
But E-li-sha said, Touch her not. She is in
great grief, and the Lord has hid it from me and not
told me of it.
And the wo-man said, Did I ask thee for a son?
Then he knew that the boy was dead.
Then E-li-sha said to Ge-ha-zi, Take my staff, and
go thy way with all speed. Stop to speak to no one.
And lay my staff on the face of the child.
And the moth-er of the child said, As the Lord
lives, I will not leave thee. And E-li-sha rose and
went with her, while Ge-ha-zi ran on a-head. And
he laid the staff on the face of the child, but the child

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did not speak nor hear. And he ran out to meet
E-li-sha and to tell him the lad did not wake.
And when E-li-sha came to the house he found
the child dead, and laid on his bed. So he went in
the room and shut the door, and prayed to the Lord.
Then he got on the bed, and lay on the child till
his flesh grew warm. Then he left the room for a-
while to walk up and down, and when he went back
he lay on the child till its breath came back, and it
gave signs of life.
And he sent for the moth-er. And when she
came to the room he said, Take up thy son. And
she fell at the feet of E-li-sha, with thanks too deep
for words, and then took her son in her arms and
went out.
There was a man in Sy-ri-a, who took charge of
all the troops that went to war with the king. This
man's name was Na-a-man, and he had done brave
deeds, for which he held high rank, and was much
thought of. But this man fell ill, and none but those
of his own house would go near him. And there
was no cure for him. But his wife had a maid to
wait on her. And this maid said that if Na-a-man
would go to E-li-sha she was sure that he would cure
And Na-a-man came down to Sa-ma-ri-a with a
note from his own king to the king of Is-ra-el,


When the king of Is-ra-el read the
wroth, and said, Am I God that
dead to life? For he thought that
to bring on a

When E-li-
sha heard that
the king rent his
clothes, he sent
word to have
Na-a-man come
to him.
And Na-a-
man drove up in
fine style, and
stood at the door
of E-li-sha's
house. And E-li-
sha sent word to
him to bathe at
the Jor-dan sev-
en times, and he
would be made

note he was very
I can bring the
it was but a trick

j-Th I


This put Na-a-man in a rage, for he thought that
E-li-sha would come out to him and call on the name
of God, and touch him so as to heal him.

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And he said, Are there not streams in Da-mas-
cus in which I can bathe and be made well? And
he went off in a rage.
But some of his men drew near, and said, My
lord, if he had bid thee do some great thing wouldst
thou not have done it? Why not then do as he says,
and wash and be clean?
And Na-a-man gave heed to their words and
went down to the Jor-dan. And he took sev-en
baths, and then his flesh grew as soft and pink as
the flesh of a child, and health and strength came
back to him. And Na-a-man went back to E-li-sha's
house, he and all his men, and he said, Now I know
there is no God in all the earth but the God of Is-
Now the time drew near when E-li-sha was to
die. And the king, Jo-ash, came to see him as he
lay sick in bed.
And E-li-sha said, Take the bow and the darts.
And the king took them. And E-li-sha said, Put
thy hands on the bow. And the king did so, and
E-li-sha put his hands on the king's hands. Then
E-li-sha said, Throw wide the east win-dow. And
when this was done he said shoot. And the king
shot; and E-li-sha told him that he should set Is-ra-
el free from its foes.
Then he said to the king, Take the darts. And


he took them. And E-li-sha said, Strike them on
the ground. And the king struck them on the
ground three times, and no more.
And the
man of God was
wroth with him, tii a i
and said, Thou -r
shouldst have ~ i -
struck five or
six times, for
then thou111
wouldst have
laid the Sy-ri- --
ans low, now
thou shalt smite
them but three
And E-li-
sha died, and
was laid in the
ground. And
one day as some -_
of the folks THE AR-ROW OF DE-LIV-ER-ANCE.
went out with a dead man to lay him in the grave
that was dug for him, they saw a band of thieves
from the land of Mo-ab and did not dare to go on.
So they put the dead man in the grave where E-li-
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sha lay. And as soon as the corpse touched the
bones of E-li-sha the man came to life and stood
on his feet.

THERE was a seer in Is-ra-el whose name was
Jo-nah. And the Lord told Jo-nah to go to Nin-e-
veh, a large town where there was great need of good
men. But Jo-nah did not care to go there, so he
ran down to Jop-pa and found a ship there that would
set sail for Tar-shish in a few days. So he paid his
fare, and went on board the ship to go to Tar-shish.
where he seemed to think the Lord would not find
But as soon as the ship was well on its way, the
Lord sent forth a great wind, and the waves rose
high, and the storm beat the ship, and it was blown
here and there as if it were a toy. And those on
board of her were in great fear, and cried out to their
gods, and threw all the goods that were in the ship
in-to the sea, so that she would not sink.
Jo-nah was down in the hold, where he lay and
slept, though the storm was so fierce.
And the one who had charge of the ship came

Jonah, the Man who Tried to Hide from God.

to him and said, What does this mean? Rise, and
call on thy God to save us from ship-wreck.
And the rest of the men said, Come, and let us
cast lots that we
may know who
is to blame for
So they cast
lots, and the lot
fell on Jo-nah.
And they said
to him, Tell us,
we pray thee,
who has brought
on us these ills.
What is thy
trade? where
Sdost thou come
from? where
dost thou live?
and of what tribe
art thou ?
And he said JO-NAH IN THE STORM.
I am a Jew, and have fled from the Lord who made
the sea and sky.
And the men were in great fear and said, Why
hast thou done this thing? And what shall we do

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to thee that the sea may be still for us? For the
waves were rough, and the winds blew a gale.
And Jo-nah said to the men, Take me up and
cast me in-to the sea; then shall the sea be calm for
you, for I know it is for my sake that this great storm
has come up-on you.
The men did not want to drown Jo-nah, so they
tried their best to bring the ship to land, but could
Then they cried to the Lord, O Lord, we pray
thee, count it no sin to us that we take this man's
life, for thou, O Lord, hast sent this storm on us for
some of his sins.
So they took up Jo-nah, and cast him in-to the
sea, and the sea grew still and calm.
And when the men saw this they were in great
fear, and brought gifts to the Lord, and made vows
that they would serve him.
Now the Lord had sent a great fish to the side
of the ship to take Jo-nah in-to its mouth as soon as
he was thrown in-to the sea.
And Jo-nah was in-side the fish for three days
and three nights. And he prayed to the Lord while
he was in the fish; and cried to God to help him, and
to blot out his sins. And God heard him, and bade
the fish throw him up on the dry land.
Then the Lord spoke to Jo-nah once more, and

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said, Rise, and go to Nin-e-veh, and preach to it as I
bid thee.
And Jo-nah rose and went.
And when God saw them turn from their sins and
pray to him, he did not do to Nin-e-veh as he said
he would.
But this did not please Jo-nah. He thought that
Nin-e-veh should be brought low, for those who dwelt
there were not good friends to the Jews. Then, too,
Jo-nah's pride was hurt, for he knew that men would
laugh at him, and have no faith in what he said, so
he went out of the town and sat down by the road-
And God made a vine to grow up there in one
night, that Jo-nah might sit in its shade and find rest
from his grief. And Jo-nah was glad when he saw
the gourd. The next morn God sent a worm to gnaw
the root of the vine, and it soon dried up.
When the sun rose God sent a hot wind, and the
sun beat on Jo-nah's head so that he grew sick and
fell in a faint. And he was wroth, and had no wish
to live.
And God said to Jo-nah, Is it well for thee to be
in such grief for the loss of a gourd ?
And Jo-nah said, Yes. There was good cause
why he should feel as he did and long to die.
Then the Lord said to him, Thou wouldst have

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had me spare this vine which cost thee nought, and
which grew up in a night and died in a night. And
why should I not spare Nin-e-veh-that great town-
in which are hosts and hosts of young folks who do
not know their right hand from their left?
So God put Jo-nah to shame, and made him see
what a sin it was to wish to crush Nin-e-veh just to
please his own self and for fear men would laugh at
And Jo-nah found out, what we all need to learn,
that it is of no use to try to hide from God.


THERE was a king of Bab-y-lon whose name was
Neb-u-chad-nez-zar. And he sent one of his chief
men to choose some of the young Jews who had
been well brought up, that they might wait on him.
The chief chose four youths whose names were
Dan-i-el, Sha-drach, Me-shach and A-bed-ne-go.
And these were brought to Bab-y-lon, that they
might be taught as the king wished.
And the Lord was with these four young men,


and made them wise, and strong in mind, and fair
of face.
When they had been taught for three years they
were brought
to the king's
house. And
the king kept
them near
him, and
made use of
them, for he -
found that
they knew ten
times more
than all the
wise men in
the whole
the king had
a dream that
woke him out
of his sleep.
for all the wise
men-those who could read stars, and those who
could work charms-to tell what the dreamnmeant,

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And they all came, but none of them could tell
the dream that had gone out of the king's own head.
And no king, they said, would ask such a thing of
wise men.
The king was wroth at this and gave word that
all the wise men should be put to death. And they
sought Dan-i-el and his friends, that they might kill
Dan-i-el said, Why is there such haste? And
when he was told he went in to the king and said if
he would give him time he would make his dream
clear to him.
In the night God showed the king's dream to
Dan-i-el, and all that it meant was made clear to him.
And Dan-i-el gave praise and thanks to God who
had been so good to him.
Then he went to the chief, and told him not to
slay the wise men, but to bring him in to the king.
Then Dan-i-el told the king his dream, and all
that would come to pass, and when the king heard
it he fell on his face before Dan-i-el and said to him,
It is true that your God is a God of gods, and a
Lord of kings, and that nought is hid from him, since
thou hast told me this dream.
And the king made Dan-i-el a great man, and
gave him rich gifts, and put him at the head of all
the wise men in the land.


Now king Neb-u-chad-nez-zar made a great god
out of gold, and set it on one of the plains of Bab-y-lon.
And one of the king's men cried out with a loud
voice, and said
it was the king's
law that all
should bow N ei
down to the god
of gold that he
had set up. And
those who did'
not bow down
were tobe thrown
in-to a great hot
fire and burnt
And some
men brought
word to the king
that the three
Jews would not
serve his gods,
or bow down
to this one of NEB-U-CHAD-NEZ-ZAW S DREAM.
gold which he had set up.
These three men were brought to the king, and
he said to them, Is it true, O Sha-drach, Me-shach,

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and A-bed-ne-go that ye will not serve my gods or
bow down to the one of gold which I have set up?
And he said he would give them one more chance, and
if they did not bow down when they heard the call,
they should be cast in the same hour in-to the flames.
The three Jews said to the king, Be it known to thee
now that we will not serve thy gods, nor bow down
to the new one thou hast set up. And if we are cast
in the fire, the God whom we serve will save us from
death and bring us out of thy hands, O king.
Then was the king in a great rage, and he sent
word that a fierce fire should be made. And the
three Jews were bound and thrown in-to the flames
with all their clothes on. And the fire was so hot
and they went so near that sparks flew out and killed
the men who took up Sha-drach, Me-shach and A-
These three Jews fell down in the midst of the
flames, but soon rose to their feet, and the Lord
would not let the flames burn them.
When the king saw this he rose in great haste
and said to his chiefs, Did we not cast three men
bound in the midst of the fire ?
And they said, True, O king.
And the king said, Lo, I see four men loose, and
they walk through the flames and are not hurt, and
the form of the fourth is like to the son of God.


Then the king came to the door of the cage of
fire and said to Sha-drach, Me-shach and A-bed-ne-
go, Ye who serve the most high God, come forth,
and come here.
And the
three young
Jews came forth
out of the midst
of the fire, and
not a hair of
their head was
singed, nor were
their clothes
harmed, nor
was the smell of
fire on them.
And the
king praised the
God who had
shown that he
from death
those who put their trust in him. And the king
made it a law that those who spoke ill of the God of
Sha-drach, Me-shach, and A-bed-ne-go should be
put to death, and their homes torn down, for there
was no God who could save as he could.

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For a while the king served God and gave him
praise for all he had done for him. But men who
thought to please the king, spoke of his great wealth
and praised all that he did, so that he grew vain and
proud, and thought more of him-self than he did of
And the king had a dream that made him shake
with fear, and he sent for Dan-i-el. And Dan-i-el
feared to tell the king the truth. But the king told
him to speak out. Then Dan-i-el told him what
would take place.
And it all came on king Neb-u-chad-nez-zar. In
the same hour his mind left him and he was not fit
to reign. So he was thrust out of doors, and did eat
grass with the beasts of the fields. \nd he lay on
the ground, and was wet with the dews, and his hair
grew so long that his flesh could not be seen, and his
nails were like bird's claws.
And at the end of the sev-en years Neb-u-chad-
nez-zar raised his eyes to God, and his mind came
back to him, and he spoke in praise of the most High.
And Neb-u-chad-nez-zar was made king once
more, and grew strong and great, and gave the praise
to God; the King of kings, who could raise up those
who were down, and bring down those who were full
of pride.
When Neb-u-chad-nez-zar died, a new king was

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on the throne of Bab-y-lon whose name was Bel-shaz-
zar. And Bel-shaz-zar made a great feast, and much
wine was drunk. And the king sent for the rich cups
which his fath-er had brought from the Lord's house
in Je-ru-sa-lem. And he and all at the feast drank
from these cups, which was a great sin.
In the midst of the feast there came forth a man's
hand, that wrote on the wall of the king's house.
And the king saw the hand, and was in great
fear, and sent at once for all his wise men.
But none of them could read what was on the
wall, and the king knew not what to do. Then
Dan-i-el was sent for, and the king said he should
have great wealth and high rank if he could read the
words on the wall.
Dan-i-el said, Keep thy gifts, O king, and give
thy fees to some one else. Yet will I read the words
on the wall and tell you what they mean. For the
God who gives thee life and takes care of thee,
thou hast no word of praise. And so God sent
this hand to write on the wall.
which means that thy reign as king is at an end.
When Dan-i-el had told what the hand wrote on
the wall, and what the words meant, Bel-shaz-zar bade
his men clothe him in red, and put a gold chain on


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his neck, and make it known that he was to be third
in rank from the king.
That same night Bel-shaz-zar was slain, and Da-
ri-us took his place on the throne
Now Da-ri-us was pleased with Dan-i-el, and
thought him such a wise and good man that he made
him chief of a large force of men who held high rank.
And this made these men hate Dan-i-el, and they
tried to find out some ill that he had done that they
might tell it to the king. But they could find no
fault in him. Then they thought of a way in which
they could harm him.
They came to the king and asked him to make a
law that if one should ask help of God or man for
one month, he should be cast in-to a den of li-ons.
They might ask help of the king, but of no one
And the king told them to write down this law,
and he put his name to it.
When Dan-i-el heard of the 'law which the king
had sent out he went to his home and knelt down
three times a day with his face to Je-ru-sa-lem,
and gave thanks to God first as he had done all
his life.
And the men who were on the watch to catch
him in some crime, drew near his house and heard
him pray to his God. So they went and told the


king, and the king was wroth to think he had made
such a law. And he tried his best to save Dan-i-el.
But the men held him to his word, and said it would
not do for him to change a law that had been made.
Then the
king bade them
bring Dan-i-el
and cast him in
the den of wild
beasts. And
he said to Dan-
i-el, Thy God,
whom thou dost
serve so well,
will be sure to
save thee.
And a stone
was brought
and laid on the
mouth of the
king went to his own house, but would take no food,
nor did he sleep all that night. And at dawn he
rose and went in haste to the den of wild beasts.
And as he drew near he cried out with a sad voice, O
Dan-i-el, canst thy God save thee from the li-ons?
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And Dan-i-el said, 0 king, my God hath shut the
li-ons' mouths so that they have not hurt me, since
I had done no wrong in his sight nor in thine, 0 king.
Then the king
was glad, and bade
'his men take Dan-i-el
out of the den. And
Tn when he was brought
out, there was not a
scratch found on him,
:-. for his trust was in
God, and God took
care of him.
Then the king
had those men who
found fault with
Dan-i-el, thrown in-
Sto the den-they and
..their wives, and their
chil-dren-and the
C-RUS, KING OF PER-SIA. wild beasts were quick
to eat them up.
Then Da-ri-us made a law that all men should
serve the God of Dan-i-el, who was the one true God.
When Da-ri-us died, Cy-rus was made king.


FAR back in the past, wise men had fore-told that
the Jews would be kept out of Je-ru-sa-lem for three-
score and ten years, and at the end of that time a
king, Cy-rus, would let them go back to the land they
came from. And he did so.
Not all the Jews went back to their own land,
but some of them made their homes in Per-si-a and
else-where. And King A-has-u-e-rus was on the
In the third year of his reign he made a great
And he sent for Vash-ti, the queen, to throw off
her veil and let his guests see how fair she was.
But Vash-ti would not do it.
Then the king was in a rage, and said to his
wise men, What shall we do to Queen Vash-ti to
make her know that the king's will is her law?
And the wise men said, Vash-ti hath done wrong
to the king and to all the lords of the land.
For when this is told, wives will not do as their
liege lords wish. They will say, The king sent word

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