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of Englishmen, of regarding foreigners as persons of an inferior species to themselves, and that this was the ground of that abomination in which they held the Hebrews; or it might be on account of the difference of Religion between them.
The manner of eating among the ancients, was, to have a number of small dishes set before the master of the feast, who distributed to each guest his portion. A double mess was the usual mark of distinction.
From this section, we learn, that it is adviseable, in extraordinary cases, for parents to comply with the remonstrances of their children, if the latter have had experience in the world, rather than to insist upon an implicit obedience in matters where their affections may lead them wrong. Before a father or mother determine to follow their own opinion in favour of one child, they should carefully consider whether their doing so will be consistent with their duty to the rest.
Whenever the interests of persons who have an equal claim to consideration seem to interfere, it is the best way for heads of families to imitate Jacob's example, and pursue the measure which present exigencies require, for the good of the whole, leaving the care of individuals to Divine Providence,
JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN.
From Genesis, Chañ. xliv. AND Joseph commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's
mouth; and put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest, and his corn-money : and he did accor ding to the word that Joseph had spoken.
As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
And when they were gone out of the city, and not yet far off, Josepha said unto his steward, Up, follow after the men ; and when thou dost overtake them, say unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good?
Is not this it in which my lord drinketh ? and whereby indeed he divineth? ye have done evil in so doing
And he overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. And they said unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words ? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing.
Behold, the money which we found in our sack's mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan : how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold?
With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, both let him die, and we also will be my lord's bondmen. Vad he said, Now also let it be according unto your words : he with whom it is found shall be my servant : and ye shall be blameless.
Then they speedily took down every man his sack to the ground, and opened every man his sack. And he searched, and began at the eldest, and left at the youngest : and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass, and they returned to the city. And Judah and bis brethren came to Joseph's house (for he was yet there), and they fell before him on the ground.
And Jos eph said unto them, What deed is this that ye have done ? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine ?
And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord ? what shall we speak? or how shall we elear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants : behold, we are my lord's servants : both we, and he also, with whom the
cup is found.
And he said, God forbid that I should do so; but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and as for you, get you up in peace unto your father.
Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh, my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant : for thou art even as Pharaoh.
My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father, , or a brother? And we said unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one : and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him.
And thou saidst unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him.
And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father : for if he should leave his father, his father would die.
And thou saidst unto thy servants, Except your young, est brother come down with
shall see my
And it came to pass when we came up unto thy servant my father, we told him the words of
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food. And we said, We cannot go
down: if our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down; for we
row to the
may not see the man's face except our younger bro ther be with us.
And thy servant, my father, said unto us, Ye know that my
wife bare me two sons: And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely, he is torn to pieces ; and I saw him not since :
And if ye take this also from me, and mischief be fall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sor
grave. Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad be not with us, (seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life ;)
It shall come to pass, when he seeth that the lad is not with us, that he will die ; and thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father with sorrow to the grave.
For thy servant became surety for the 'lad unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever.
Now therefore, I pray.thee, let thy servant abide in. stead of the lad, a bond-man .to my lord, and let the lad go up with his brethren.
For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me? lest peradventure I see the evil that shall come on my
father. Then Joseph could not refrain hiniself before all them that stood by him : and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me: and there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.
And he wept aloud : and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph ; doth my father yet live? and his brethren could not answer him : for they were troubled at his presence. Vol. I. M
And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you; and they came near : and he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with your. selves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you to preserve
life. For these two years hath the famine been in the land : and yet there are five years in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest.
And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance,
So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God; and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt. Haste
and go up to my father, and say unto him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt: come down unto me, tarry not.
And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near unto me, thou, and thy children, and thy children's children, and thy flocks, and thy herds, and all that thou hast.
And there will I nourish thee; (for yet there are five years of famine ;) lest thou and thy houshold, and all that thou hast, come to poverty.
of And behold, your eyes see, and the
my ther Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto
shall tell my father of all my glory in you. Egypt, and of all that have seen : and shall haste,
ye and bring down my father hither.
And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck, and wept ; and Benjamin wept upon his neck. Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.