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éoat? Yes. He said, it is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him: Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.


Whenever you are tempted to commiț sin, think of what Judah said. What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? What profit is there in sin? What are thẹ wages of sin? The wages of sin is death, not temporal and spiritual death only, but eternal death. To be always dying, and yet never dead. To be always in the fire of God's wrath, and yet never consumed. What profit is there in sin? What shall we be the richer, though we may gain thousands of gold and silver by the commission of iniquity. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul; or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul? Sin is unprofitable. It cannot be concealed. Your sin will find you out either in this world, er that which is to come. Sin is followed by sorrow and shame. Sin, must be

repented of, or it cannot be pardoned. The

brethren of Jos pli strove to hide their sin by

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a lie, but many years afterwards it found them out. He that covereth his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them, shall find mercy. Joseph's brethren could not feel for him, they could not feel for Reuben when they saw his grief, nor for their aged parent when they saw that he put on sackcloth and mourned for his son many days. How could they pretend to sympathize with their father on account of Joseph's death when they knew he was alive. How easy was it for them to have said, Joseph is alive, he indeed is sold into Egypt; but it will be easy for us to take a sum of money and go and ransom him. He can soon be set at liberty and restored to you. No, their hearts were hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. Miserable comforters indeed they all were. How can they weep at that which gives them pleasure in their own minds. Revenge is said to be sweet; if so, we cannot but think that Joseph's brethren had a full cup to drink; they had taken revenge on Joseph and their father also; but there is a voice that says, Vengeance is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.



Providence equitable and kind.

THRO' all the various shifting scene
Of life's mistaken ill or good,
Thy hand, O God, conducts unseen
The beautiful vicissitude.

Thou givest with a paternal care,
Howe'er unjustly we complain,
To each their necessary share

Of joy and sorrow, health and pain.

Trust we to youth or friends or power,
Fix we on this terrestrial ball?

When most secure the coming hour,

When thou see'st fit may blast them all
When lowest sunk, with grief and shame,
Fill'd with affliction's bitter cup,

Lost to relations, friends and fame,
Thy powerful hand can raise us up.

Thy powerful consolations cheer,

Thy smiles suppress the deepest sigh,
Thy hand can dry the trickling tear,
That secret wets the mourner's eye.

All things on earth and all in heaven,
On thy eternal will depend,
And all for greater good were given,
And all shall in thy glory end.

R. M.




GEN. 39. 4. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.


OSEPH's Brethren sold him, and the mer. chants who bought him, sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharoah's, and Captain of the Guard. We are not informed of any particulars concerning the journey of Joseph to Egypt. We are not told how he liked this Jarge and beautiful city. Nothing is said concerning Potiphar, only that he was an officer of Pharoah's, and Captain of the Guard. We know not what price he paid for Joseph, but we know that he had obtained by this means a pious and valuable servant. And that he soon found by experience that the blessing of the Lord maketh rich.

We shall notice,


"And the Lord was with Joseph, and he


was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian."


We find that Joseph submitted to the will of God, that he was cheerful and contented, active and diligent; as a servant, he endeavor ed by every means in his power to make himself useful and agreeable to his Master. many young men would have rebelled against God, murmured at his dealings with them, they would become sullen, ill tempered and cross. Joseph was a happy man, though he was a servant, and at first he did many things that he had not been used to do, and which was only fit for the lowest servant of his Master to be employed in ; but the Lord was with him, he made Joseph happy and prosperous; he gave him such wisdom and prudence as to enable him to do all things right, in the best manner, with the least trouble and in the shortest period of time, so that his work was soon done and done well. Every thing he did, prospered. It was done as it should, and the effects of it was evident to all. He was a house servant, so that all might see and ob serve him. He did his duty to his master and Ms God, The Lord was with Joseph, and Joseph

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