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val of the waggons.
He was now revived in
spirit. The days of his sorrow for Joseph were now turned into joy. No doubt he praised the Lord for this unexpected favor. "And Israel said; it is enough, Joseph my son is yet alive. I will go and see him before I die." Jacob was old, he did not expect to live long. He however resolves to go and see Joseph, that he may be refreshed with the sight of his long lost son, and then he thinks of departing in peace. He made no remark on his glory, the thoughts that he was alive and that he should have the pleasure of seeing him once. again before his death, swallowed up every thing else. Jacob would think of nothing else.
1. What did Joseph say when he made himself known to his brethren? "I am Jo. seph!! Doth my father yet live?"
2. How did his brethren feel when they heard these words?" And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence."
3. How did he convince them of the truth of what he said? He said "Come near to me,
I pray you. I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt."
4. What comfort did he give them? Now therefore be not grieved nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did snd me before you to preserve life.
5. How did he show that he had forgiven them, and was reconciled to them? over he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them and after that his brethren talked with him."
6. When Pharaoh heard that Joseph's brethren were come, was he glad? Yes. It pleased Pharaoh well and his servants.
7. What orders or commands did he give concerning them? That they should take waggons and return, and bring their father and their families down to Egypt, and live there.
8. What was the caution that Joseph gave to his brethren when they departed? * See that ye fall not out by the way."
VI. PRACTICAL ADDRESS.
How much pleasure do we feel when we a relation that has been absent many years. They are sometimes so much altered
that we hardly know them. Let us imitate Joseph's kind and forgiving conduct towards his brethren Who is there that does not dẹsire to be like Joseph. Is there any one of the name of Joseph present. Imitate him, try to be like him. I do not wish you to have so much pocket money as Joseph gave to Benjamin, because I fear you would not make a good use of it. Benjamin had five suits of clothes given him, I dare say he took great care of them; but there are some children who have twenty suits of clothes, and yet they do not take care of them; especially those who are at school; they do not take so much care of their clothes as they ought. You will see some children always dirty and ragged. Try to take more care of your clothes, my dear children. Joseph and Benjamin were brothers, how much they loved each other. When you have any of the good things of India, remember your aged parents, think whether they would like some of the good things. Old people cannot eat such things as they us ed to do when young like you. Therefore when you have any thing that you think they would like, remember them, whether it be bought
bought with money, or given you by a friend. How much need there is of Joseph's caution among young persons, whether they are of the same family, or strangers to each other. There is great need to remind them that they must not fall out by the way. Some children are too apt to be quarrelsome, this was the case with Joseph's brethren. He knew that Reuben would reprove them, as he had done once before in his hearing. One would say, It was you that first called him a dreamer. Another would say, It was you that first said, Let us kill him. It was you that stripped him that of his coat of many colours. It was you prepared to put him into the pit; and it was you that sold him to the Israelites. Jesus Christ has said, that we should love one anobecause we ther, that we should live in one Father. We
are brethren. We have all
are the brethren of Jesus Christ. not fall out. We are all guilty before God, and instead of quarrelling with each other, we ought to quarrel only with ourselves. We hope that God, whom we have all offended,
will forgive us, therefore we ought to forgive each other. We are still in the way. We
are not yet arrived at our Father's house. When we have any news to relate, whether it be very good or very bad, we must often tell it with great caution. Sudden fear, joy, or sorrow sometimes produces instant death. Take care how you tell such things. Let it never be done in a thoughtless, careless manner. You may do more harm than you can do good.