Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 God made the world
 The great flood: And a great...
 Abraham: The man of faith
 Ja-cob and E-sau
 Jacob and Rachel
 Joseph and his brethren
 Through the Red Sea and the...
 How Joshua and Jephthah fought...
 Samson: The strong man
 Back Cover

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Title: God made the world a collection of bible stories in words of easy reading for little children
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Creator: Pollard, Josephine, 1834-1892
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Front Matter
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    Title Page
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    God made the world
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    The great flood: And a great tower
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    Abraham: The man of faith
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    Ja-cob and E-sau
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    Jacob and Rachel
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    Joseph and his brethren
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    Through the Red Sea and the wilderness
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    How Joshua and Jephthah fought for the Lord
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    Samson: The strong man
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FAR back in the past, more years than you could
think or count, God made the world. It did not look
at first as it does now, for there was no live thing on
it, no men, beasts, or birds, not a bush, tree or plant,
but all was dark and drear.
Then God said, Let there be light! And the
light came. And God saw the light, and it pleased
him, and he gave it the name of Day. And when
the day was gone, and the dark came back to stay
for a while, he gave the dark spell the name of Night.
And God did these things on the first day.
The next day God made the clouds, and the
sky in which they were to move; and he gave the
sky a name; he called it Heav-en.
Then he drove the wa-ters to one place where
they were both deep and wide, and he called the wa-
ters Seas, and to the dry land he gave the name of
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Earth. And God made the grass to grow up out of
the earth, and the trees and shrubs that have fruit on
them. And the grass and the shrubs and the trees
were to bear seeds, so that when these seeds were put
in-to the ground more grass and trees and shrubs would
grow there. God did these things on the third day.
And God put two great lights in the sky, the Sun
to shine by day, and the Moon to shine by night;
and he made the stars, and put each one in its place.
And these things he did on the fourth day.
And he made the great whales, and all the fish
that live in the sea, and the birds that swim on it, as
well as those that fly through the air, and make their
nests in the deep woods. And these things God did
on the fifth day.
God made the beasts: those that are wild and
live in the deep, dark woods, far from the homes of
men; and those that are tame and of use to men,
and live where men live-such as the horse, the cow,
the ox and the sheep. And he made the things that
creep on the ground, and flies and bugs that course
through the air.
And then God made Man, and told him that he
should rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the air,
and all else that lived on the earth. And he told
man that the fruit which grew on the trees and shrubs
should be his food, while the beasts were to feed on


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the leaves, and on the grass that was spread out on
the earth. These things were done on the sixth day.
The next day God did no work at all, but made
it a day of rest.
God made man out of the dust of the earth, and
breathed in him till the man breathed and moved,
and showed signs of life. Then God made a gar-den
for man to live in, where all sorts of trees grew that
were nice to look at, and that bore fruit good to eat.
And this place was called E-den. And through it
flowed a large stream that kept the earth moist,.
And God took Ad-am, the man he had made,
and put him in the gar-den, and told him to take care
of it. He told him he might eat of the fruit that
grew on all the trees but one. God said he must
not eat of that tree, for if he did he would be sure to
die. And all the birds and beasts came to Adam,
that he might give them their names. And the
names he gave them are those by which they are
known to this day.
And God saw it was not good for man to be
a-lone; he should have some one to be with him and
help him. So he had a deep sleep fall on Ad-am,
and while he slept God took out of his side a bone,
and out of this bone he made a wo-man. Then he
brought this wo-man he had made to Ad-am, and
she was his wife.

God Made the World.

Now there was in this gar-den of E-den a great
big snake. And this snake spoke to the wo-man-
as Sa-tan speaks to us-to tempt her to sin.
The snake said: Has God told you not to eat of
all the trees in the gar-den?
And the wo-man said that they might eat of all
but one; if they ate of that or touched it they would
be sure to die. The snake told them they should
not die, and that God did not wish them to eat of it
for fear they would grow wise, and know more than
he thought was good for them.
The wo-man heard what the snake said, and when
she saw that the tree was nice to look at and the fruit
seemed good to eat, she gave no thought to what
God had said, but took some of the fruit and ate of it;
she gave some to the man, Ad-am, and he did eat.
In a short time they heard a voice, and knew that
God spoke to them. Yet they did not come near
him when they heard his voice, but ran and tried to
hide from him.
But God spoke once more, and said to the man,
Where art thou ?
And Ad-am said, I heard thy voice, and my fear
was so great that I hid from thee.
And God said, Did'st thou eat of the tree I told
thee not to eat of?
And the man said, She whom thou dids't give

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me to be with me brought me some of the fruit, and
I did eat.
And God said to the man's wife, What is this
that thou hast done?
And she told God what the snake had said, and
how she came to eat of the fruit, and God was wroth
with them all. He said the snake should crawl on
the ground and eat dust all the days of its life; and
he told the wife she should know what it was to be
sick and sad, and should have much grief and care.
And God drove the man and his wife out of
E-den, and would let them live no more in that fair
place. And he sent an-gels to keep watch, and a
sword of fire that would turn in all ways, so that the
two whom God for their sins drove out of E-den
could not get back to the home they had lost.
And God told Ad-am that as he had paid heed
to what his wife said, and did eat of the tree which
the Lord had told him not to eat of, the ground
should bear no more fruit for him by it-self, as it had
done up to this time, and Ad-am would have to work
hard all his life to raise food to eat, and when he died he
would go back to the dust out of which he was made.
But God told Ad-am and his wife that there was
a way by which their souls might live on high when
their flesh was laid in the ground. He said he
would send One from the sky who would give his
life for theirs: that is, he would be put to death for


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their sins. Then if they would turn from their sins,
and give their hearts to the One who was to save
them, God
would not turn
his face from
them, but when
they died they,
would have a
home with him,
and have no
thought of sin.
So Ad-am
went forth to
till the land,
and he gave his
wife the name
of Eve. And
they made
coats out of the
skins of beasts.
Ad-am and
his wife had
two sons: Cain
When they
grew up to be men, Cain, who was the first-born, took
care of a farm; A-bel kept a flock of sheep.

History of the Old Testament.

They both had bad hearts, and at times would be
led in-to sin, just as Ad-am and his wife had been.
But when A-bel did wrong he was grieved, and
sought to make peace with God. One day he brought
a lamb from his flock, and killed it, and burnt it on
a heap of stones. And the smoke went up on high.
This act of A-bel's pleased God, for it was the
sign that a Lamb was to be sent to the world to save
men from their sins.
But Cain kept on in his sins, and paid his vows
to God not with a lamb, but with fruit or grain out
of the field. This did not please God, and the
smoke went not up on high. When Cain saw this
he was in a rage, and showed by his looks that he
was wroth with God. Yet God spoke to him in a
kind voice, and said, Why art thou wroth? and why
art thou so cast down ?
If Cain did right God told him he would be
pleased with his gift; but if he did not do right, the
fault was his own.
Then Cain was wroth with A-bel, for he saw that
God was pleased with A-bel's gift and not with his.
And one day when both of them were out in the
field he rose up and slew A-bel, and the blood ran
out of A-bel's wounds and sank deep in the ground.
As soon as this deed was done, God spoke to
Cain, and said: Where is A-bel?

God Made the World.

Cain said, I know not. He is not in my care.
Then God, who had seen the crime, and knew just
how bad his heart was, said to Cain: What hast
thou done?
The voice of A- .
bel's blood cries : 1.
to me from out .- -
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the ground."
And God o b
told Cain that
for his great sin
he should move
from place to
place, as on e
who was in fear
of his life, and d:
had no home to
stay in. And
if he should
plant aught in ,/7
the field to bear "
food, it should
not grow well. THE DEATH OF A-EEL.
Weeds would come up and choke it, or it would bear
leaves and no fruit, so that Cain would not have
much to eat.
And Cain said if God drove him here and there

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on the face of the earth, and would not take care of
him, all those who met him would want to kill him.
But God said the man who hurt Cain would have
a worse fate. God set a mark on Cain; what kind
of a mark it was we are not told, but those who saw
it would know it was Cain, and it would bring to
their minds chat God had said no man should kill him.
Ad-am lived to be an old, old man, and had a
large flock of chil-dren, who grew up and were wed,
and they went off and made homes, and day by day
were folks born in-to the world. When Ad-am died
he was laid in the ground and went back to dust, as
God had said he should when he went out of E-den.
One of the men who lived in those days was
named E-noch. It is said of him that he walked
with God. That means that he loved God, and
thought of him, and kept near him all the time, and
did his best to please him.
And E-noch did not die, but God took him up
to be with him while he still lived, just as if he were
to take up one of us.
And E-noch had a son whose name was Me-thu-
se-lah, who died at a great old age. In those times
men lived more years than they do now, but in all
the years since the world was made no man has been
known to live to be as old as Me-thu-se-lah.


IN the course of time, when there came to be
more folks in the world, they grew fond of sin.
They did not love
God, or try to please -I
him. And God was
wroth with them, and
said he would send
a flood that would
drown the world,
and there should
not be any dry land
left for men, beasts,
or birds to live on.
But though most
of the folks at that
time were as bad as
they could be, there
was one good man
in their midst, and
his name was No-ah.
And God loved No-ah and told him what he
meant to do. And God bade No-ah build an ark.

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This was a boat. It was to be made large, with
rooms in it, and a great door on its side. And it
was to be quite high, and to have a roof on top.
And God told No-ah when the ark was done he
and his sons and their wives should go in it.
And he told No-ah to take in with him two of
each kind of bird and of beast, and of bug, and of
things that crept, and to take care of them in the ark
so long as the flood should be on the earth; for all
that were not in the ark would be sure to be drowned.
So No-ah set out at once to build the ark; and
it took him a great while to build it. When not at
work on the ark, he would talk of God, and of his
plan to send a flood to wash sin out of the world, and
would urge the folks to give up their sins, and lead
good lives. But they paid no heed to his words,
and went from bad to worse all the time that No-ah
was at work on the ark.
When it was done God told No-ah to come in-to
the ark, for he saw he was a good man who had
done his best to serve him, and to bring the birds
and beasts with him. For in a few days he would
send the rain on the earth, and all that was left on it
would be drowned.
So No-ah did as God told him. And when he
and his wife, and his three sons and their wives, and
the birds and the beasts, both small and great, had


History of the Old Testament.

passed through the great door of the ark, God shut
them in.
At the end of a week the rain set in, and did not
stop for more than a month. The rain seemed to
pour out of the sky, and all the springs, the large and
small streams, and the great seas, rose up and swept
through the length and breadth of the land. They
came to where the ark was, and went round and
round it, and rose so high that the ark was borne
from its place and set a-float on the great wide sea.
Then those who had paid no heed to No-ah, but
had kept on in their sins, were in a sad plight. The
flood had come, and they knew now that all that he
had told them was true. How glad they would
have been to go with him in the ark. But it was too
late. They ran in wild haste to the tops of the hills
in hopes to find there a safe place. But still the
floods rose and rose till there was no place for them
to go, and all those not in the ark were drowned,
and there was not a bit of dry land in the whole wide
But God took care of No-ah, and those who were
with him, and kept them safe till the floods went
down. At the end of five months the sea had gone
down so much that the ark stood high and dry on a
mount known as Ar-a-rat. It stood there for at
least two months, and at the end of that time the

The Great Flood; and a Great Tower.

sea had gone down so that tops of high hills could
be seen here and there.
And No-ah sent forth-a ra-ven, and the bird flew
this way and that,
but came not back an
to the ark.
Then No-ah -
sent forth a dove, !
that he might find
out if the ground was
yet dry. And the
dove flew here and
there in search of ,r
green things, but : '
found not a tree in
sight, and naught
but cold hard rock,
and so she flew back E
to the ark and No-ah 5r t"
put out his hand and
took her in.
At the end of a
week No-ah sen out THE RE-TURN OF THE DOVE.
week No-ah sent out
the dove once more, and at the close of the day
she came back with a leaf in her mouth.
As soon as No-ah saw the leaf he knew that the
waves had gone down or the dove could not have
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found it. And he knew that God had sent the dove
back to him that he might know the ground would
soon be dry.
In a few days he sent the dove out for the third
time, but she did not come back; and No-ah was
sure then that the ground was dry, and that God
meant that for a sign that he should leave the ark in
which he had been shut up so long.
And God spoke to No-ah and told him to come
out of the ark, and to bring out all that had been in
there with him. And No-ah did so, and he built
up a heap of stones as A-bel had done, on which he
laid beasts and birds, and burnt them, which was the
way in which man gave thanks to God in those
And No-ah's heart was full of praise to God,
who had kept him, and those who were near and
dear to him, safe from the flood, while all the rest of
the world was drowned.
And God told No-ah and his sons that they
should rule on the earth, and might kill the beasts
and use the flesh for food. Up to this time those
who dwelt on the earth had lived on the fruits of
trees and such things as grew out of the ground, and
did not know the taste of meat.
And God told No-ah that he would send no
more floods to drown the world as this one had done.

The Great Flood; and a Great Tower.

And he gave No-ah a sign that he would keep his
word, so that when No-ah saw it he would have no
fear of a flood.
And this sign --
was the rain-
bow, which God
set up in the sky
as a bow of hope
to No-ah and to
all the world. -
No-ah lived, _.-
for years and "
years af-ter the _-
flood, and died
at a ripe old age.
The tribes of
No-ah grew so
fast that the
world was quite
well filled once
And you
would think theyRIFICE.
would have been NO-AH S SAC-RI
glad to serve God, and to do right in his sight. But
their hearts were full of sin, and they went on as
those had done who were drowned in the flood.

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The Great Flood; and a Great Tower.

At this time all those who dwelt on the earth-
spoke but one tongue; that is, they used the same
kind of speech.
Now these tribes did not stay in one spot all the
time, but would pack=--
up their tents and move -
from place to place as -
they chose.
And as they went
to the east they came
to a plain in the land of
Shi-nar. And they --
said, Let us make brick
and build a high tow-er
that shall reach up to ai
the sky. And let us
make a name, so that
when we go from this ..
place it will be known
what great men were
here, and what great
deeds they could do.
And they set to
work to build it. God, BUILD-ING THE TOW-ER OF BA-BEL.
work to build it. God,
who read their hearts, knew that sin was at work
there, and that the tow-er they meant to build was
not to serve him in, or to add to his praise. So he

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was not pleased with their work, and chose a strange
way to stop them. He made them all at once speak
in strange tongues. This one could not tell what
that one said, and they made such a noise that it
grew to be just a ba-bel of sound. And that is why
it was called the tow-er of Ba-bel.


THERE dwelt in the land of Ur a man whose
name was A-bra-ham. And in that land the men
did not serve the true God, but had set up false gods
to whom they paid their vows.
And God told A-bra-ham to leave his home and
go to a land which he would show him. A-bra-ham
did not know where the land was, but he had great
faith, and knew that God would take care of him and
bring him to the land he had told him of.
So A-bra-ham took Sa-rah, his wife, and his
bro-ther's son, whose name was Lot, and they set out
for the land which God had said he would show
A-bra-ham was a rich man, and so was Lot, and
they had a great wealth of flocks, and of herds, and

Abraham ." the Man of Faith.

of tents. And they each had a large force of herds-
men. And these herds-men were at strife.
And A-bra-ham told Lot it was best that they
should part; and he said to him, Choose where thou
shalt go. If thou wilt take the left hand I will go to
the right, and if thou wilt go to the right hand then
I will go to the left.
So Lot looked round and saw that the plain of
Jor-dan was rich in grass, and would be a fine place
for him and his herds to dwell in; so he made his
choice at once, and went to live there.
Two large towns were on this plain, Sod-om and
Go-mor-rah. The men in Sod-om were full of sin,
yet Lot, though a good man, went to live there that
he might have a chance to add to his wealth.
As soon as Lot had gone, the Lord told A-bra-
ham that he would give to him and his heirs all that
land as far as he could see it. And the tribe of
A-bra-ham would be so great that no one could
count them.
Now Sa-rah A-bra-ham's wife, had a hand-maid
-that is, a maid-of-all-work-whose name was Ha-
gar; and she came from E-gypt. Ha-gar did Sa-
rah a great wrong, and Sa-rah drove her from the
house, and she fled to the woods.
An an-gel of the Lord found Ha-gar there by a
spring of wa-ter, and said to her, From whence

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didst thou come? and where wilt thou go? And she
said she had fled from Sa-rah, whose maid she was.
And the an-gel said she must go back to Sa-rah
and do as she wished her to do. And he told Ha-
gar she would have a son whose name would be
Ish-ma-el, and that he would live out of doors and be
at strife with all men. So Ha-gar went back to Sa-
rah, and in due time God gave her a son, who was
called Ish-ma-el.
When A-bra-ham was an old man, God told him
that he and Sa-rah should have a son, who should
be called I-saac.
One day at the hour of noon, when A-bra-ham
sat by the door of his tent, he looked up and saw
three men quite near him. Then he ran out to
meet them, and bowed his face to the ground. And
A-bra-ham bade them sit down and rest, and let
some wa-ter be brought that they might wash their
No one in those days wore such shoes as are
worn now. Some went bare-foot, and some wore
just a sole tied to the foot with strings, which did
not keep off the dust and dirt as our shoes do.
So when one came in from a long walk the first
thing he did was to bathe his feet, as that gave rest
and ease, and when guests came the bowl was
brought for their use.

Abraham. the Man of Faith.

And A-bra-ham
stood by to wait on
their fill, went
with them to
show them the
In- those f
days the Lord
came down on
the earth and
spoke with men,
and it is thought
that one of these
three was the
Lord, and the
two with him
were an-gels.
And the
Lord told
A-bra-ham that
Sod-om and Go-
mor-rah for the
sins of those
who dwelt there. I
said there might be
begged the Lord to

brought them food to eat, and
them; and when they had had


'his made A-bra-ham sad, and he
a few good men there, and he
spare the towns for their sakes.

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The Lord said he would do so if ten good men
could be found there.
And the Lord left A-bra-ham and he went back
to his tent. At the close of the day, Lot sat in the
gate of Sod-om and two an-gels came there. And as
soon as Lot saw them he rose up to meet them and
bowed down with his face to the ground.
Then these an-gels told Lot to take out of Sod-
om all those who were dear to him, and flee in great
haste, as the Lord meant to set the place on fire.
They were told not to look back, but while on
their way Lot's wife turned her head, which was a
sign that her heart was in Sod-om, and she died
where she stood, and turned to salt.
But Lot and his two girls reached Zo-ar at dawn
of the next day. Then the Lord rained fire on Sod-
om and Go-mor-rah, and they were burnt up in fierce
flame, with all that lived there, and all that grew out
of the ground.
In due time God gave A-bra-ham the son he had
said he should have.
And the child grew, and as soon as it could eat,
A-bra-ham made a great feast. And at this feast
Sa-rah saw that Ha-gar's son, Ish-ma-el, made fun
of her boy, and she begged A-bra-ham to cast him
out. A-bra-ham did not wish to do this, but God
spoke to him and told him to do as Sa-rah had said,

A braham : the Man of Faith.

for I-saac was to be the true heir.
A-bra-ham gave food and drink to
her and her child out of his house.

And Ha-
gar took her
boy and went
to the waste
lands of Beer-
And when
there was
nought for the
child to drink,
he grew weak,
and was like
to die. And
Ha-gar laid
him neathh a
bush and went
off and sat
down and hid
her face, and
wept, for she
loved her boy
very much and
And a voice
said, What ail

So the next day
Ha-gar and sent


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hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Rise,
lift up the lad and hold him in thine arms.
And the voice told her that her son should be
the head of a great tribe. And as she raised her
eyes she saw a well of wa-ter, and she ran to it and
gave her son a drink and he was soon strong and
well once more.
And God was kind to Ish-ma-el, and he grew,
and made his home in the woods, and came to have
great skill with the bow.
Now it was God's wish to try the faith of A-bra-
ham to him.
And he told him to take his son, I-saac, and go
to the land of Mo-riah, and lay him on the al-tar he
was to build on one of the mounts there. It was
not a hard task to kill a lamb, and to burn it so that
the smoke of it should rise up to God, like praise
from the hearts of men. But how could A-bra-ham
take his own dear son, I-saac, and lay him on the
wood, and let him be burnt up like a lamb?
Yet God told him to do it, and A-bra-ham knew
that it was safe for him to do as God said.
So he rose the next day and took two of his
young men wkth him, and I-saac his son, and cut the
wood the right length, and set out for the mount of
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wood from the ass and laid it on I-saac's back, and
took the fire in his hand and a knife, and the two
went up the mount.
Now I-saac did not know what the Lord had
told A-braham to do, nor why his fa-ther took him
up to the mount. And he said, Here is the fire and
the wood, but where is the lamb?
And A-bra-ham said, My son, God will give us
the lamb we need.
And when they came to the place, A-bra-ham
piled up the stones and put the wood on them, and
bound I-saac and laid him on the wood.
Then he drew forth the knife to kill his son.
And just then a voice from the sky cried out, A-bra-
ham! A-bra-ham! And A-bra-ham said, Here am I.
And the Lord told him to do no harm to I-saac,
for now he knew that A-bra-ham loved him, since he
would not spare his own dear son if it was God's
wish that he should give him up.
And as A-bra-ham turned his head he saw a ram
that was caught in a bush, and he took the ram and
laid it on the wood, and burnt it in-stead of his son.
At the end of a few years A-bra-ham went to live
at Heb-ron. And Sa-rah died there.
When I-saac grew up to be a man, A-bra-ham
did not wish him to take a wife from the land of Ca-
naan where they served strange gods.

Abraham: the Man of Faith.

So he sent one of his men to the land where he
used to live to bring back a wife for I-saac.
And as he drew near to a large town in that
land he made his cam-
els kneel down by a '--

time of day when the -
wo-men of the place I
went out to draw wa-
ter from the well.
And the man .7
whom A-bra-ham had
sent, asked God to
help him, and to let
him know which one
of them was to be
I-saac's wife. And
he said he would ask ..
one of them for a
drink, and if she was
kind and gave him a _
drink, and let his -
cam-els quench their
thirst, then he should RE-BEK-AH AT THE WELL.
know that she was the one God chose to be the wife
of A-bra-ham's son.
And he raised his heart to God and said, 0

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Lord God of A-bra-ham, give me good speed this
And while he yet spoke a fair young maid named
Re-bek-ah went down to the well and came up with
the jar she had filled. And the man ran to meet
her, and said to her, Let me drink, I pray thee.
And she said, Drink, my Lord, and held the jar
in her hand so that he could drink with ease.
Then she said, I will give thy cam-els a drink;
and she went down to the well and drew for all the
cam-els. And the man stood still, and was yet
in doubt if this was the maid whom God chose to be
I-saac's wife.
And as soon as the cam-els had drunk their fill,
the man took a gold ear-ring, and two bands of gold
for the wrists, and gave them to Re-bek-ah. And
he said, Whose child art thou? tell me, I pray
thee. And is there room in thy sire's house for us
to lodge in ?
The maid said that her sire's name was Beth-
u-el, and that there was no lack of straw and food,
and there was room in the house where he and his
men might lodge.
The man was glad when he heard this, for he
knew the Lord had led him, and had brought him
to the house to which he was sent. And he bowed
his head and gave thanks,


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The next day Re-bek-ah and her maids went
with A-bra-ham's head man. And they came to the
land of Ca-naan.
At the close of the day I-saac went to walk in the
fields, and as he raised his eyes he saw the cam-els
on their way home, and he went out to meet them.
Re-bek-ah said to the man with whom she rode,
What man is this that comes through the field to
meet us?
And the man told her that it was A-bra-ham's
son, I-saac.
Then the maid drew her veil round her so as to
hide her face, and came down from the cam-el. And
I-saac took her to his house and made her his wife.
And A-bra-ham gave all that he had to I-saac; and
when he died he was laid by the side of Sa-rah, his
wife, in the tomb he had bought at Mach-pe-lah.
And to this day no one has had such faith or
trust in God as did A-bra-ham.


I-sAAc and Re-bek-ah had two sons. Their
names were Ja-cob and E-sau. E-sau was the first-

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born, and in those days the first-born son had what
was called the birth-right. This made him chief of
all the rest, and heir to the most of his sire's wealth.
When the boys grew up to be men, E-sau took
to the fields and to out-door sports, while Ja-cob
was a plain man and dwelt in tents. And I-saac
was fond of E-sau, who killed the deer, and brought
him the meat to eat. But Re-bek-ah was more fond
of Ja-cob.
One day Ja-cob had made some food called pot-
tage, and E-sau came in from the field and said,
Feed me, I pray thee, with that pot-tage, for I am
And Ja-cob said, Sell me thy birth-right.
And E-sau said, I am at the point of death, so
what good will a birth-right do me?
So he sold his birth-right to Ja-cob-which was
a wrong thing for him to do-and took the bread
and meat, and ate and drank, and then went on his
Now there came a time when I-saac was an old
man, and his eyes were dim, for he had not long to
live. And he called E-sau to his bed-side and told
him to go out with his bow and shoot a deer and bring
him some of the meat he was so fond of, that he
might eat it and bless E-sau ere he died.
And Re-bek-ah heard what I-saac had said to

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E-sau, and she told it to Ja-cob. And she said to
him, Go now to the flock, and fetch me from thence
two good kids, and I will make such a dish as thy
fa-ther loves. And -----
thou shalt bring it to Ii
him that he may eat,
and that he may bless
thee ere his death.
So Ja-cob did as
he was told, and
brought the kids to his i
mo-ther that she
might cook them in N..
a way that would *,
please the good man
of the house.
Then Re-bek-ah
put some of E-sau's
clothes on Ja-cob, and M
put the -skins of goats
on his hands, for
E-sau's hands had on
them a thick coat of I-SAAC SPEAK-ING TO E-SAU.
hair. And then Ja-cob took the meat and the
bread and went in to his fa-ther.
And I-saac said, Who art thou, my son?
And Ja-cob said, I am E-sau, thy first-born,

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Rise, I pray thee, and eat of the deer's meat I have
brought, that thy soul may bless me.
And I-saac said to Ja-cob, How is it that thou
hast found it so soon, my son?
And he said, The Lord thy God brought it to me.
And I-saac said to Ja-cob, Come near, I pray
thee, that I may feel thee, my son, and know if thou
be my son E-sau or not. And Ja-cob went near to
his fa-ther and he felt him, and said, The voice is
Ja-cob's voice, but the hands are the hands of E-sau.
And he said, Art thou in truth my son E-sau?
And Ja-cob said, I am.
And he said, Bring near the food, and I will eat,
that my soul may bless thee.
And Ja-cob brought it near to him, and he did
eat, and he brought him wine and he drank.
And his fa-ther said to him, Come near now, and
kiss me, my son.
And he came near, and gave him the kiss. Then
the old man asked God to bless this whom he
thought was his first-born, and make him great, and
give him all good things.
Ja-cob was scarce yet gone out from his fa-ther
when E-sau came in from the hunt. And he
brought in a nice dish of meat, and said, Let my fa-
ther rise and eat of the flesh of the deer, that thy
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Jacob and isau.

And I-saac said, Who art thou?
And he said, I am thy son, thy first-born, E-sau.
And I-saac shook like a leaf, and said, Who?
Where is he that took deer's meat and brought it to

me so that
this, and
Yea, and

I did eat ere
bless him?
he shall be

When E-sau heard
these words he cried out
with great grief, and said
to his fa-ther, Bless me
too, O my fa-ther!
But I-saac said that
he could not take from
Ja-cob what was now
his-though he had won
it through fraud.
And E-sau said in
his heart, My fa-ther will
soon be dead, and then
I will kill Ja-cob.
And these words
were told to Re-bek-ah,
said to him that E-sau

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and she sent for Ja-cob and
meant to kill him, and he
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must leave home at once and go and stay with her
bro-ther La-ban till E-sau's wrath had cooled.

History of the OMd Testament.

And Ja-cob went out from Beer-she-ba.
And as he went on his way he came to a place
where he thought he would lie down and rest. The
sun was set, the day had been a long one, and he
was quite worn out. So he put some stones for his
head to rest on, and was soon sound a-sleep.
And while he slept he had a strange dream. He
saw a flight of steps that stood on the ground, the top
of which was far, far up in the sky. And bright an-
gels went up and down the steps. And the Lord
stood at the top, and said, I am with thee, and will
take care of thee, and will bring thee back to this
land, for I will not leave thee till I have done that
which I have told thee of.
And Ja-cob woke out of his sleep, and said, 'Tis
true the Lord is in this place, and I knew it not.
And he was in great fear, and said, This is the
house of God, and this is the gate of heav-en!
Then he rose up and took the stone on which
his head had lain and set it up on end, and he
poured oil on top of it. And he gave to that place
the name of Beth-el, and made a vow to love and
serve God all the rest of his life.
And though he had done wrong, God for-gave
him, and he was known as a great and good man.


As Ja-cob went on his way to the East he came
to a well that was out
in the field, near which
lay three great flocks
of sheep. And there
was a great stone on
top of the well. And
the men who took care
of the flocks would roll
the stone from the
mouth of the well, and
give drink to the sheep.
Then they would roll
the stone back to the
mouth of the well.
Ja-cob said to the
men, Whence do ye
come? .
And they told him.
And he said, Know
ye La-ban, the son of
And they said, e know him.
And they said, We know him.

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And he said, Is he well?
And they said, He is well. And there is one of
his girls now, Ra-chel, and she comes this way with
her sheep.
While Ja-cob yet spake with the men, Ra-chel
came up with the sheep that she took care of. And
when Ja-cob saw her, he came near, and drew the
stone from the mouth of the well, and gave drink to
the whole of her flock.
And as soon as he told her that he was Re-bek-
ah's son, she ran home with the news.
And when La-ban heard that his sis-ter's son was
near, he ran out to meet him, and threw his arms
round his neck and kissed him, and brought him
to his house.
And Ja-cob dwelt there for the space of a month.
And La-ban said to Ja-cob, Thou art bone of my
bone and flesh of my flesh, but it is not right for thee
to serve me for nought. Tell me how much I shall
pay thee?
Now La-ban had two girls-Le-ah and Ra-chel.
And Ja-cob was in love with Ra-chel; and he said
to La-ban, I will serve thee seven years if thou wilt
give me Ra-chel for a wife.
And La-ban said it would please him to have
Ja-cob for a son-in-law, and Ja-cob served sev-en years
for Ra-chel, and they seemed to him but a few days,

Jacob and Rachel.

so great was his love for her. And at the end ol
that time Ja-cob said to La-ban, Give me my wife,
for I have served thee my full time.
And La-ban made a feast, and brought in Le-ah
to be Ja-cob's wife. In those days the bride wore a
veil, and the man she wed could not look on her face
till the next day.
So Ja-cob did not find out this trick till the next
morn, and then he came in great wrath to La-ban
and said, What is this thou hast done to us ? Did I
not serve with thee for Ra-chel ? and why did'st thou
cheat me ?
And La-ban said, In our land the first-born must
wed the first. Serve me sev-en years more, and thou
shalt have Ra-chel for a wife. And Ja-cob did so,
and though he dwelt with both-which was thought
to be no sin in those days-he was far more fond of
Ra-chel than he was of Le-ah.
Le-ah bore Ja-cob a host of sons, but it was years
ere Ra-chel had a child. And this made her sad.
But at last she had a son, and she called his name
Jo-seph. And as soon as Jo-seph was born Ja-cob
told La-ban to give him his wives and all the goods
that he owned, and let him go back to the land he
came from.
But La-ban begged him to stay. He had found,
he said, that the Lord had blest him for Ja-cob's

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sake, and he might have some of the land and the
flocks if he would still serve him.
So Ja-cob took care of La-ban's flocks, and had
sheep and goats of his own, and things went well
for a time.
But one day Ja-cob heard La-ban's sons say some
hard things of him, and he saw that La-ban did not
give him the kind looks that he used to. And he
felt that the time had come for them to part. And
the Lord told Ja-cob to go back to the land he came
from, and he would deal well with him. And Ja-
cob took his wives, and the flocks and the goods he
owned, and set out for the land of Ca-naan.
Ja-cob sent one of his men to E-sau to say that
he was on his way home, and was in hopes he would
find grace in his sight.
And the man brought back word that E-sau was
on his way to meet Ja-cob with a large force of men.
And Ja-cob thought of the wrongs he had done his
broth-er, and was in great fear of him.
He sought the help of God, and God told him
what to do. And Ja-cob sent great droves of sheep
and goats, and ewes and rams, and camels and colts,
and cows, and choice ones from all his live stock, as
a gift to E-sau.
And at night, when no one else was near, a man
whose face shone with a strange light, came to Ja-

Jacob and Rachel.

cob and wound his arms round him and tried to
throw him. And the two strove so hard that
Ja-cob's thigh was put out of joint.
And as it grew
light the man said, Let
me go, for the day
Ja-cob said I will
not let thee go till thou
hast blest me.
And the man said,
What is thy name?
And he said, Ja-cob.
And he said Thy
name shall be no more
Ja-cob but Is-ra-el, for
as a prince thou hast
pow-er with God and
with men.
And when he had
blest Ja-cob he went
his way. And Ja-cob
gave the place the name
of Pe-ni-el, for, said he, o J- -
I have seen God face to face and my life has been
spared. For Ja-cob knew by this that E-sau would
not kill him.

History of the Old Testament.

When Ja-cob was an old, old man Ra-chel bore
him a son; and they called his name Ben-ja-min.
And Ra-chel died. And it was hard for Ja-cob to
have her die and leave him, for his love for her was
great, and she was a good wife to him.


JA-COB had twelve sons, and he was more fond of
Jo-seph than of all the rest; for he was the child of
his old age. And he gave him a fine coat, and made
a great pet of him. This did not please the rest of
the sons, and they showed their hate of Jo-seph in
all sorts of ways.
One night Jo-seph had a strange dream, and he
told it to Le-vi, Sim-e-on, and the rest, and it made
them hate him all the more.
He said, As we bound sheaves in the field, lo,
my sheaf rose and stood up straight. And your
sheaves stood round, and bowed to my sheaf.
And those who heard him said, Shalt thou in-
deed reign o'er us? And his words and his deeds
filled them with a fierce hate.
And it was not long ere he told them of a fresh

Joseph and his Brethren.

dream he had had, in which he saw the sun and

moon and
told it to
and his
took him
and said


to task,
to him,

stars bow down to him.

And he

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What does this
dream mean? Are
all of us to bow
down to the earth
to thee? And he
made up his mind
to watch these
signs, which might
be sent of God.
Now Ja-cob
had large flocks
of sheep and goats
at Shech-em; and
all of his sons but
Jo-seph had gone
there to feed them.

And Ja-cob said to Jo-seph, Go and see if it be well
with thy brethren, and with the flocks, and bring me
back word.
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And Jo-seph went out from the vale of Heb-ron
to the land of Shech-em.
When he came there he found that his broth-ers
had gone on to Do-than. And Ja-cob went to Do-
than and found them. And as soon as he came in

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sight they thought of a way in which they might get
rid of him.
Come, let us kill him, they said; and throw him
in-to a pit, and say that a wild beast ate him up.
Then we shall see what will be-come of his dreams.
But Reu-ben heard it, and saved him out of their
hands. And he said, Let us not kill the lad. Shed
no blood; but cast him in-to this pit, and lay no hand

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on him. For he meant to take him out of the pit,
and bear him home to his fath-er.
But when Jo-seph came near these men who
should have been kind _
to him, they took off his
coat and threw him in-to I
the pit, which was dry,-
or he would have
drowned. These old .'.
dry wells were left as
traps in which to catch A
the wild beasts that i:
prowled round in the
dead of light, and well ',
these bad men knew '
what would be Jo-seph's
As they sat down to
eat, they looked up and
saw a lot of men and
cam-els on their way to
E-gypt, with spices, and
balm and myrrh. JO-SEPH SOLD BY HIS BROTH-ERS.
And Ju-dah--one of Ja-cob s sons-said, Let us
not kill the lad, for he is of our own flesh, but let us
sell him to these men. And the rest thought it was
a good scheme. So they drew Jo-seph up out of the

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pit and sold him for a small sum, and those who
bought the lad took him down with them to E-gypt.
And the bad men took Jo-seph's coat and dipped
it in the blood of a kid they had slain. And they
brought it to Ja-cob, and said, This have we found.
Is it thy son's coat?
And Ja-cob knew it at once, and said, It is my
son's coat. Jo-seph has no doubt been the prey of
6ome wild beast. And his grief was great.
The men who bought Jo-seph brought him down
to E-gypt and sold him to Pot-i-phar for a slave.
And the Lord was with Jo-seph, who served Pot-
i-phar so well, that the rich man put him in charge of
his home and lands. But Pot-i-phar's wife told false
tales, and Jo-seph, who had done no wrong, was thrust
in-to jail. Pha-ra-oh was then king of E-gypt. And
it came to pass that he fell out with his but-ler and
chief cook, and had them shut up in the same place
where Jo-seph was bound.
And the man on guard put them in charge of Jo-
seph, who went in and out of the ward as he chose.
And one morn when he came in to them he saw they
were sad, and asked them why it was.
And they said, We have dreamed dreams, and
there is no one to tell us what they mean.
And Jo-seph said, Tell me them, I pray you.
And the chief but-ler told his dream to Jo-seph

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first. And he said, In my dream I saw a vine, that put
forth three branch-es and brought forth ripe grapes.
And Jo-seph said to him, In three days shall
Pha-ra-oh lift_
up thine head, h-
and put thee
back in thy --_
place, and thou .. i t
shalt serve him
as of old. But
think of me !
when it shall
be well with ,Y
thee; speak of F
me to the king,
and bring me I g't ,,4
out ofthis house. ~
And the
but-ler said that
he would.
Then the
chief cook told
his dream; and JO-SEPH'S COAT.
he said, In my dream I had three white bas-kets on
my head. And in the top one were all sorts of bake
meats for the king. And the birds did eat out of
the bas-ket that I bore on my head.

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And Jo-seph said to him, In three days shall
Pha-ra-oh lift up thy head and hang thee on a tree;
and the birds shall eat the flesh from thy bones.
The third day was the king's birth-day, and he
made a great feast. And he put the chief but-ler
back in his place, and hung the chief cook; just as
Jo-seph had said he would do. But the chief but-ler
gave not a thought to Jo-seph, nor spoke one good
word for him to the king, as he had said he would.
Two years from this time the king had a dream,
from which he woke, and then fell asleep and dreamt
the self-same dream. This was such a strange thing
that it made the king feel ill at ease. And he sent
for all the wise men in the land to tell him what these
dreams meant.
Then the chief but-ler spoke to the king, and said
that when he and the cook were in jail, there was a
young man there, a Jew, whom the chief of the guard
made much use of. And we told him our dreams,
and he told us what they meant. And it came out
just as he said.
Then the king sent at once for Jo-seph, and said
to him: In my dream I stood on the bank of the
Nile. And there came up out of the riv-er seven fat
cows, and they fed in a field near by. Then sev-en
lean cows came up that were naught but skin and
bone. And the lean cows ate up the fat cows. And

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yet no one would have known it, for they were just
as lean as when I first saw them. Then I woke,
but soon fell a-sleep once more.
Then I dreamt, and in my dream I saw sev-en
ears of corn come up on one stalk, full and good.
And lo, sev-en ears
that were thin and -
dried up with the east .
wind sprang up af-ter
them. And the poor
ears ate up the good
Jo-seph said, For
sev-en years there will
be no lack of food in
the land, and all will
go well; and then there _
will come a time of .
great want, and rich I
and poor will be in P
need of food, and not "' D
a few will starve to PHA-RA-OH'S DREAM.
death. Let the king choose a wise man to see that
corn is laid up in the land when the good years
bring the rich growth, so that there will be no lack
of food in the years when the crops are small.
And the king said to Jo-seph, Since God hath

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showed thee all this there is none so wise as thou
art. So he put him in charge of all the land of
E-gypt, and he was to rank next to the king. And
the king took a ring from his own hand and put it
on Jo-seph's hand, and when he rode out, men bowed
the knee, and his word was law in all the land.
And Jo-seph took a wife, and he who was brought
to E-gypt a slave, was now a rich man.
And there came years when the grain grew rank
in the fields, and the crops were large. And Jo-seph
saw that a large part of it was laid up, and that there
was no waste of the good food. For the end of those
rich years came and then there was a time of dearth
in all the lands, when the earth would not yield, and
men and beasts were in want of food.
But there was no lack of corn in E-gypt. And
Jo-seph sold the corn that he had stored in the
barns, and crowds came in to buy it.
When Ja-cob heard that corn could be bought in
E-gypt, he told his sons to go down and buy some,
that they might not starve to death.
And ten of them went down to buy corn in
E-gypt. But Ja-cob kept Ben-ja-min at home,
for fear he would be lost to him as Jo-seph was
When Ja-cob's ten sons came to the place where
Jo-seph was, they bowed down to the ground. And

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Jo-seph knew them at once, but they did not know
him, or give a thought to his dreams.
And Jo-seph spoke in a rough voice, and said,
Whence come ye?
And they said, From the land of Ca-naan to buy
And he said, Ye are spies, and have come to see
how poor the land is.
And they said to him, Nay, my lord, but to buy
food are we come. We are all one man's sons; and
we are true men, and not spies.
But Jo-seph would have it that they were
And they said, There were twelve of us, sons of
one man. Young Ben-ja-min is at home with his
fa-ther, and one is dead.
And Jo-seph said, Go prove that ye are not spies;
let one of the ten that are here go and fetch the young
lad, Ben-ja-min. And he put them in jail for three
days. And he said, Let one of you be bound, and
kept in the guard-house, while the rest of you take
back the corn that you need. And they said that
they would do this.
Then he took Sim-e-on from their midst, and had
him bound, and put in the guard-house.
And he sent word to his men to fill their sacks
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to give them food to eat on the way. And thus did
Jo-seph do good to those who did ill to him.
When Ja-cob's nine sons went home they told all
that had been
said and done
to them, and
that the lord of
the land bade
them bring
down to E-gypt V
or he would
think they were
spies, and their '. Y
lives would not
be safe.
Ja-cob said, V .
My son shall A.
not go down OK" \
with you, for '" \
his broth-er is
dead, and he is
If harm should come to him on the way, I should
die of grief.
When the corn they had brought from E-gypt
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buy more. And Ju-dah spoke up and said, The
man swore we should not see his face if Ben-ja-min
was not with us. If thou wilt send him with us we
will go; but if thou wilt not send him we will not
go down.
Then Ja-cob said, If it must be so, take Ben-ja-
min with you, and may God give you grace with this
man that he may send my two boys back to me.
So the men took Ben-ja-min and went down to
E-gypt, and stood face to face with Jo-seph.
And they gave Jo-seph the gifts they had brought,
and bowed down to the earth. And he asked how
they all were, and if their fath-er was well; and when
he saw Ben-ja-min he said, Is this the young broth-er
of whom you spoke? And he said to the lad, God
be good to thee, my son.
And Jo-seph's heart was so full at sight of the
boy, and he longed so to throw his arms round him,
that he had to make haste and leave the room that
his tears might not be seen.
Then he came back and had the feast set out,
and all did eat and drink, and were glad at heart.
And when the time came for his guests to leave, Jo-
seph told his head man to fill their sacks with corn,
to put their gold back in the mouth of the sacks, and
to put in the young lad's sack the cup from which
Jo-seph drank at each meal.

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This was done, and when they had gone out of
the town Jo-seph bade his man go and say to them:
My lord's cup is lost, and you must know who stole it.
And when the man came up with Ja-cob's sons, he
said just what -
Jo-sephtold him i :
to say. And .:-
they were all in :
a rage, and said:
Why does my. ,
lord say such
things ofus? If
the cup is founded
on one of us,
kill him; and ,.'\. '
make the rest
of us slaves.
And each
one of them cast
his sack on the '
ground, and
loosed it at the JA-COB BLESSS J-SE'S
top. And the cup was found in Ben-ja-min's sack.
Then they rent their clothes, and in great grief went
back to Jo-seph's house and found him there. And
they fell down at his feet.
And Ju-dah said, God has found out our sins.

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Let us be your slaves; and take him as well in whose
sack the cup was found.
Jo-seph said, No; but the man in whose sack the
cup was found shall stay and serve me, and the rest
shall go in peace.
Then Ju-dah, who had sworn that he would bring
back the boy, said to Jo-seph: If we go home, and
our fath-er sees the lad is not with us, he will die of
grief. For his life is bound up in the lad's life.
Jo-seph could not keep back his tears, and when
he had sent all the men of E-gypt out of the room,
he said to his broth-ers, Come near, I pray you.
And they came near. And he said, I am Jo-
seph, whom ye sold in-to E-gypt. But grieve not
that ye did this thing, for God did send me here that
I might save your lives. Go home and tell my fath-
er that God hath made me lord of all Egypt, and bid
him come down to me at once. And say that he
shall dwell near me, in the land of Go-shen, and I
will take care of him.
Then he fell on Ben-ja-min's neck, and they wept;
and he kissed his broth-ers and shed tears, but they
were tears of joy.
Ja-cob took all that he had and went down to
E-gypt. And three-score and ten souls went with
him. And they dwelt in the land of Go-shen, and
Ja-cob died there.

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Jo-seph's breth-ren thought that he would hate
them now that their fath-er was dead. And they
fell down at his feet and wept and prayed that he
would do them no harm
Jo-seph bade them fear not, for he would take
care of them and be kind to them. They had meant
to do him an ill turn when he was a lad, but God
had made it turn out for good, and it was all right.
And Jo-seph lived to a good old age, and had two
sons, whose names were E-phra-im and Ma-nas-seh.


BY and by there rose up a new King in E-gypt
who knew not Jo-seph. He was called Pha-ra-oh, as
this was the name by which all the kings of E-gypt
were known. And he said there were more He-
brews, or Jews, in the land than there ought to be,
and if war should break out, and these Jews should
take sides with the foes of Pha-ra-oh and his race,
they would be sure to win. So he set them hard
tasks, and made them bear great loads, and did all he
could to vex them, and still they grew in strength.
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and as the sands of the sea, that no one could count.
And the king of E-gypt tried to stop this thing.
And he made it a law that if a boy child was
born to the He-brews it should be put to death at
once; but a girl child might live. And this was the
cause of great grief to the poor bond slaves, who
were forced to do the will of the great king.
One day the prin-cess went down to bathe in the
stream that ran near her house. And her maids
went with her. And as she stood on the shore of the
Nile, she caught sight of a small boat built like an
ark, that was hid in the reeds, and sent her maids to
fetch it out.
When the prin-cess looked in the ark she saw the
child. And the babe wept. And the prin-cess
tried to soothe it, but the child cried the more, for her
voice was a strange one. And she said, This is a
He-brew child.
And one of her maids spoke up, and said, Shall I
get thee a He-brew nurse, that she may nurse the
child for thee?
And the prin-cess said,-Yes; go.
And the maid brought her own and the babe's
moth-er, to whom the prin-cess said, Take this child
and nurse it for me, and I will pay thee for it.
And the wo-man took the child and took care
of it.


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And the child grew, and was brought down to
Pha-ra-oh's house, and the prin-cess made him her
son, and gave him the name of Mo-ses: which
means "Drawn out."
One day, when Mo-ses had grown to be a man,
he went out to look at those of his own race, and to
watch them at their tasks. And while he stood
there a man from E-gypt struck one of the Jews;
and when Mo-ses looked to the right and to the left
and saw that no one was near, he slew the one from
E-gypt and hid him in the sand.
And the next day, when he went out, he saw
there was a fight be-tween two He-brews. And he
said to the one who was in the wrong, Why did you
strike that man ?
And he said, Who made thee our judge? Dost
thou want to kill me, as thou didst the one from
And Mo-ses was scared, for he thought no one
knew of this deed.
As soon as it came to the ears of the king, he
sought to slay Mo-ses. But Mo-ses fled from him,
and dwelt in the land of Mid-i-an, and found a wife
there, and took care of the flocks of Jeth-ro, his
wife's fath-er.
One day as he led his flock out in search of food
he came to Mount Ho-reb, and there he saw a flame

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of fire stream out of a bush, and
burnt in the least.
As he drew near the bush the
out of the flame, and Mo-
ses hid his face, for he fi"i '
dared not look on God.
The Lord said, The
cry of the chil-dren of Is-
ra-el has come up to me, --,:_
and I have seen how ill
they have been used. '
And I will send thee to "
Pha-ra-oh that thou mayst
bring them forth out of
the land of E-gypt. -
But Mo-ses was loth

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to go.
And the Lord said, ,
What is that in thine '-'
hand? And Moses said, -
A rod, And the Lord -_
said, Cast it on the --: ;
on the ground, and it was changed to a snake, and
Mo-ses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Mo-ses,
Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And
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the Lord said, Put now thy hand in on thy breast.
And he put it in, and when he drew it out it was
white, and like a dead hand. And he put his hand
in once more, and drew it out, and it was like the
rest of his flesh.
Then Mo-ses said, 0, my Lord, I am not fit to do
this work, for I am slow of speech, and a man of few
And the Lord said to him, I will be with thee,
and teach thee what thou wilt say.
Still Mo-ses was loth to go, and the Lord was
wroth with him, and said, Take Aa-ron with thee.
He can speak well. And thou shalt tell him what
to say and do, and I will teach you, and with this
rod in thy hand thou shalt do great things, as if thou
wert God.
So Mo-ses took his wife and his sons and put
them on an ass, and went back to E-gypt with the rod
of God in his hand.
And Mo-ses and Aa-ron went in to the king and
begged him to let the He-brews go out of the land.
And he would not, but laid more work on the men,
and bade them make bricks with-out straw, and do
all sorts of hard tasks.
And the Lord sent plagues on the land, and the
ponds dried up, and all the large streams were turned
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made the air scarce fit to breathe. And there was
no wa-ter they could drink. Then there came a
plague of frogs, _
and they were- -
so thick in the
land that Pha- wh M__
ra-oh said he Z)
would let the
chil-dren of Is-
ra-el go if Mo-
ses would rid
him of the frogs
at the same 4
But the
king did not
keep his word,
for as soon as he
found the frogs
grew less, he
said the He-
brews should
not go.
Then the
Lord smote the land with lice; but still Pha-ra-oh's
heart was hard.
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there was no place that was free from them, and they
made the food not fit to eat.
And the king told Mo-ses he would let the bond-
slaves go to serve their God, but they were not to go
far till the land was rid of flies. Then Mo-ses went
forth and prayed to God, and the flies left the land.
But still the king's heart was hard, and he would
not let them go.
Then the Lord sent worse plagues: the flocks
and herds died; there were boils on man and beast;
the crops did not come up, and rain, hail, and balls
of fire came down from the sky. And still the heart
of the king was as hard as stone. Then the Lord
sent lo-custs, that ate up all the hail had left, and
there was not a green leaf on the trees nor a blade of
grass to be seen in the whole land.
And the king bade Mo-ses to set him free from
this plague. And the Lord sent a strong west wind,
that blew the flies in-to the Red Sea. Yet Pha-ra-oh
would not let the He-brews go.
Then the Lord told Mo-ses to stretch out his
hand, and there came up a thick cloud that made the
land so dark that the folks staid in bed for three
days. And Pha-ra-oh said to Mo-ses, Get thee out
of my sight. For if I see thy face thou shalt die.
And Mo-ses said, Thou hast well said: I will see
thy face no more.

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And the Lord sent one more plague on E-gypt:
he smote the first-born of men and of beasts, and a
great cry was heard through the land. And then
Pha-ra-oh had to let
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God. And Mo-ses led
the He-brew chil-dren
out of E-gypt, and the
Lord sent a cloud by
day and a fire by night
to show them the
And when they
were in camp by the 4
Red Sea, they looked :A
up and saw Pha-ra-oh
and his hosts, and were
in great fear lest he
should kill them. And
they cried out to the
M o-ses. that he had OF IS-RAIL SING-ING PRAISES.
brought them in-to such straits.
As they came to the Red Sea, Mo-ses raised his
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the chil-dren of Is-ra-el went on dry land through the
midst of the sea.
Then Pha-ra-oh and his hosts came close in the
rear', and passed down be-tween the great sea-wall
that rose at the right hand and at the left. And the
waves that had stood still at a sign from God were
let loose, and the king and his horse-men were swept
out of sight.
When the chil-dren of Is-ra-el came out of the
Red Sea they were three days with naught to drink.
And when they came to a stream, called Ma-rah,
they found it bitter. And they said to Mo-ses,
What shall we drink?
And Mo-ses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord
showed him a tree, and when he had cast a branch
of it in the stream it was made sweet at once. And
they came to E-lim, where were ten wells and three-
score palm-trees, and there they made their camp.
It was not long ere there was a great cry for
And Mo-ses plead with God, and when the sun
went down that day quails flew in-to the camp, and
they had all the meat they cared to eat. At dawn
of the next day, as soon as the dew was off the ground,
there came a rain of what was at first thought to be
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them to eat, and they were to take all and no more
than they would need for one day. For they were
to trust in God that he would feed them each day.
On the sixth day they were to take what would last
them for two days, for no food fell on the day of rest.
This new food was called man-na.
As they went on they came to Reph-i-dim, but
found no wa-ter to drink. And they found fault
with Mo-ses. And Mo-ses cried out, Lord, what
shall I do to these, who have a mind to stone me?
At this time they were near Mount Ho-reb, where
God spoke to Mo-ses out of a bush that was on fire,
yet not burnt.
And God told Mo-ses to take his rod in his hand
and go on till he came to a.rock. And this rock he
was to strike with his rod, and wa-ter would flow out
of it. And Mo-ses did as the Lord told him, and
when he struck the rock the wa-ter ran out.
In the third month from the time they left E-gypt,
the chil-dren of Is-ra-el came near Mount Si-na-i, and
went in-to camp. And Mo-ses went up to the top
of the Mount, and the Lord spoke to him there.
On the third day a thick cloud of smoke rose
from Mount Si-na-i, and a loud noise that made
those that heard it quake with fear. And Mo-ses
led his flock out of the camp, and they came and
stood at the foot of the mount. And they said to

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Mo-ses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but
let not God speak with us lest we die. But Mo-ses
told them that God had not come to make them die,
but to make them fear to do aught that did not please
And God gave to Mo-ses two blocks of stone on
which were the Ten Laws that the chil-dren of Is-ra-el
were to keep.
Now while Mo-ses was in the mount, face to face
with God, those whom he had brought out of E-gypt
were in camp at the foot. And Mo-ses staid so
long that they made up their minds he would not
come back. So they said to Aa-ron, Make us a God
that we can bow down to. And Aa-ron bade them
throw all the gold they had into the fire. And they
did so, and it took the form of a calf. And when
God saw this he was not pleased, but bade Mo-ses
make haste down the mount.
When Mo-ses came down from the mount with
the two flat stones in his hands, and drew near the
camp, and saw what had been done, he was in a
great rage. He cast the blocks of stone out of his
hands and broke them at the foot of the mount,
Then he took the calf which they had made, and
burnt it in the fire till there was nought left of it but
a fine dust. And Mo-ses begged God to blot out
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And the Lord told Mo-ses to hew out two blocks of
stone like to the first, and bring them up with him
to the top of Mount Si-na-i.
This Mo-ses did, and the Lord wrote on them
the Ten Laws that all were to keep if they would
reach the land they sought.
They were more than two-score years on the road,
and in that time they met with plagues, and there
was strife in their midst, yet as they went there was
the fire by night and the cloud by day to show that
the Lord was with them.
When they came to Mount Hor and were yet
a long way from Ca-naan, Aa-ron died, and there
was great grief at his loss. They were sick at heart
and foot-sore, and spoke hard words of God and
Mo-ses. There is no bread here for us, they said,
and no wa-ter, and we loathe this man-na. And for
this sin God sent snakes in-to their camp, and they
bit the chil-dren of Is-ra-el so that a few of them died.
Then they plead with Mo-ses to rid them of the
snakes, and make their peace with God.
And Mo-ses prayed for them. And God told
him to make a snake like to those which bit
his flock, and set it up on a pole. And all those
who would look at this brass snake should be made
And Mo-ses did so. And this sign was meant

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to show forth Christ, who was to heal men of their
sins, and to be raised up on a cross.
And Mo-ses __
led his flock till ~ -
they came to
the plains of .
Mo-ab. And 1".
Ba-lak, the king' o' ,
of that land,
thought they t
had come to t
fight with him, ,
and he sent a
man named Ba-
laam out to
curse them and
drive them back.
He told Ba-laam
he would make "-
him a rich man '.
if he would do
this thing, and
as Ba-laam was
fond of wealth BA-LAAM AND THE ASS.
he said he would do the the king's will. So he set
forth on his ass, and had not gone far when he met
an an-gel with a drawn sword in his hand. Ba-laam
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did not see him, but the ass did and turned out
of the road. But the an-gel went on and stood in
a place where there was a wall on each side.
When the ass came to the place she went close
to the wall and tried to get by. But she hurt Ba-
laam's foot and he struck her and made her go on.
And the an-gel went on and stood in a place where
there was no room to turn to the right hand or the
Then the ass shook with fright and fell down on
the ground. And Ba-laam struck her with the staff
that he had in his hand.
And the Lord made the ass speak like a man,
and say, What have I done to thee that thou hast
struck me these three times?
Ba-laam said, To make thee move on: I would
there were a sword in my hand, for I would kill thee.
Then the ass said, Am I not thine? and have
I been wont to do so to thee? And Ba-laam said,
No. Then the Lord made Ba-laam see the an-gel
that stood in the way with a drawn sword in his hand,
and Ba-laam bowed his face to the ground.
Then the an-gel said, Why hast thou struck thine
ass these three times? Lo, I came out to stop thee,
and to turn thee from the way of sin. And the ass
saw me, and turned from the path, and if she had
not done so I would have slain thee.

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Then he said to Ba-laam, Go with the men the
king has sent, but say on-ly what I shall tell thee.
So Ba-laam went with the men, and when Ba-lak
heard that he
was come he
went ou tto meet
him. The next o-
day Ba-lak took
Ba-laam to a -
high place, from I sn
whence he could ----
look down on the
camp of Is-ra-el,
and curse them.
But the Lord
would not let
him curse them,
but made him
speak good
things of them.
This was done
on three high
mounts, and at
last the king was MO-SES ON MOUNT NE-BO.
last the king was
wroth, and said to Ba-laam, I sent for thee to curse my
foes, and lo, these three times hast thou blest them.
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to his own home. And Ba-laam went off as poor as
he came, for Ba-lak gave him none of his gold.
The Lord brought Mo-ses and his flock to the
banks of the Jor-dan, which they would have to cross
to reach the land of Ca-naan. And while they were
there, Mo-ses went up to the top of Mount Ne-bo to
talk with God. And God told him how large the
land was that he would give to the chil-dren of Is-
ra-el. And he said that Mo-ses should look on it,
but should not step foot in the land. And Mo-ses
died on Mount Ne-bo, and though an old man, was
well and strong till the Lord took him. And no
one knows in what part of the earth his grave was


WHEN Mo-ses died, Josh-u-a took charge of the
chil-dren of Is-ra-el, and sought to do God's will, as
Mo-ses had done. And Josh-u-a sent word through
the camp that in three days they would cross the
Jor-dan. And when they set foot in the stream the
waves stood back as they did in the Red Sea, and
they went through Jor-dan on dry ground. And as

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they came up out of the stream the waves closed up
and there was no path-way through them.
The chil-dren of Is-ra-el made their camp at a
place called Gil-gal;
and as there was no
lack of food in this
good land, the Lord
ceased to rain down
man-na for them to
The next day
J osh-u-a left the
camp and came near
to the walls of Jer-i-
cho. There he met
a man with a drawn
sword in his hand.
And Josh-u-a said,
Art thou for us or
for our foes ?
And the man
said, As prince of
the Lord's host am PASS-ING THROUGH THE JOR-DAN.
I now come. And at these words Josh-u-a fell on
his face to the earth; for he knew it was the Lord
that spoke to him.
The Lord told Josh-u-a to have no fear of the

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king of Jer-i-cho, for the chil-dren of Is-ra-el should
take the town. All their men of war were to march
round the town once each day for six days. Some
of the priests were to bear the ark, which held the
things they made use of when they went in to talk
with God, and some were to blow on rams' horns.
And the next day-when the six days were at an
end-they were to march round the town sev-en
times, and the priests were to blow their horns. And
when the men of Is-ra-el heard a long loud blast they
were all to give a great shout and the wall would fall
flat to the ground, and they could march in and take
the town.
Josh-u-a bade his men do all the Lord had said;
and told them to make no noise with their voice as
they went their rounds till he bade them shout.
And when the priests blew their horns for the last
time, Josh-u-a cried, Shout! for the Lord is with us!
and there was a great shout and the wall fell, and
they took the town; and the fame of Josh-u-a spread
through all the lands.
Josh-u-a fought with more than a score of kings
and won their lands from them; but yet there was
much land in Ca-naan for which the chil-dren of Is-
ra-el would have to fight.
But as the years went on, Josh-u-a grew so old
that he could not lead his men to war as he used to

How Joshua and Jep/htha Fought for the Lord.

do. And he called his flock to him
how good the Lord had been to them.
them love the Lord and serve him,

and told them
And he bade
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them all strange gods. He said, Choose ye this day
whom ye will serve; but as for me and my house we
will serve the Lord.
And the men said, The Lord hath done great

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things for us, and him will we serve, for he is
our God.
And Josh-u-a took a great stone and set it up
neath an oak tree that stood near where the ark was
kept at Shi-loh. And this stone, he said, was to be
a sign of the vow they had made there to serve the
Lord. And when the talk was at an end, the men
went to their own homes
And ere long Josh-u-a died. And they laid him
in the part of the land that God gave him as his own,
on the north side of the hill of Ga-ash.
Then the chil-dren of Is-ra-el went to war with
the tribes that were in the land of Ca-naan, as Josh-
u-a had told them to do. But they did not drive
them all out, as they should have done, but made
friends with those that were left, and were led in-to
sin, and were made to serve as bond-slaves. And
when they were sick of their sins, and sought the
help of the Lord, he sent men to rule them, and to
lead them out to war and set them free from these
friends who proved to be the worst kind of foes.
Now there was a man in Is-ra-el whose name was
Jeph-thah. He was a brave man, and had done
great deeds, but the chil-dren of Is-ra-el were not
kind to him, so he fled from their land, and went to
live in the land of Tob. But when the Jews had
need of a man to lead them out to war, they thought

How Joshua and Jephth/ak Fought for the Lord.

of Jeph-thah. And they said, Come, and be at the
head of us when we go out to fight the Am-mon-ites.
And Jeph-thah said, If I go with you, and win
the fight, will you make
me judge in Is-ra-el? -
And they said they '
would. -
Now ere the fight- n.
took place, Jeph-thah -
made a vow that if the --
Lord would let him --
win he would give to
God that is, would
slay and burn as if it
were a lamb-the first
who came out of his
doors to meet him
when he went back to
his home.
Jeph-thah should
not have made this rash .-
vow, and need not have
kept it if he had asked JEPH-THAH AND HIS DAUGH-TEP
God to for-give the sin.
He went out to fight the Am-mon-ites, and by
the help of the Lord the chil-dren of Is-ra-el were
set free from them.

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When the fight was at an end Jeph thah went
back to his home, and the first to come out to meet
him was his own child, a fair young maid, whose
face was bright with joy. She was all the child that
Jeph-thah had, and when he saw her he rent his
clothes and told her of the vow he had made.
And she said, My fath-er, if thou hast made a
vow to the Lord, do with me as thou hast said.
And he took his child and did to her as he had said
he would, and all the young girls in Is-ra-el wept
for her.
Jeph-thah was a judge for six years, and then
he died.


THE Jews kept on in their sins, and took no
pains to please the Lord, and so fell in-to the hands
of the Phil-is-tines.
And there was at that time a man in Is-ra-el
whose name was Ma-no-ah. Both he and his wife
served the Lord; and they had no child. And God
sent one of his an-gels to the wife of Ma-no-ah to tell


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her that she should have a son who was to be brought
up to serve the Lord, and to do his work.
Ere long Ma-no-ah and his wife had a son, to
whom they gave the name of Sam-son.
And the child grew, and the Lord blest him.
And when he was grown up he went to Tin-muth,
where he met a Phil-is-tine wo-man and fell in love
with her.
Then his pa-rents plead with him to find a wife
in Is-ra-el, and not to take this one who was no friend
to his race. But Sam-son would not give her up.
So they went with him to Tin-muth. And on
the way a li-on ran out and roared at him. And
Sam-son put his arms round the beast and tore him
with his hands as if he had been a young kid. But
he did not tell his fath-er and moth-er what he had
The time soon came when Sam-son was to set
the Jews free from the Phil-is-tines. And he went
down to one of their towns and slew a few of their
men, and then went back to his own home, while his
wife stayed in Tin-muth.
When it was time to bring the wheat in from the
field, Sam-son went down to see his wife, and took
with him a young kid. But when he came to the
house her fath-er would not let him go in, and told
him that she was his wife no more, but had gone to

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live with some one else. Then Sam-son was in a
great rage, and he went and caught more than ten
score fox-es, and set bits of wood on fire, and tied
these fire-brands to their tails, and let them loose in
the fields and vine-yards of the Phil-is-tines.
And they set fire to the grain, and burnt it all up.
And the grape-vines and fruit trees were burnt,
and much harm was done.
When the Phil-is-tines found out that it was
Sam-son who had done this they took his wife and
her fath-er and burnt them to death. And Sam-son
fought and slew a host of the Phil-is-tines, and then
went on the top of a high rock called E-tam to stay
Then a crowd of men went up with a rush to the
top of the rock, and they said to Sam-son, We have
come to bind thee, that we may give thee into the
hands of the Phil-is-tines.
Sam-son made them swear that they would not
put him to death, and they bound him with strong
cords and brought him down from the rock.
As they drew near the camp of the Phil-is-tines
a great shout went up from the men there. And
the Lord gave Sam-son such strength that he broke
the cords from his arms as if they had been burnt
And Sam-son took up the jaw-bone of an ass,

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