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What then was the proposal he made?

A. To be a bondman or servant instead of his brother Benjamin.

What could Joseph no longer do ?

What do you mean by "not refrain himself?"

A. Could not keep from making himself known.

What was there in particular that would touch the feelings of Joseph in the speech of Judah?

A. That part where he speaks of not daring to go up to his father without Benjamin; lest evil should come to his father.

Tell me now what passed on Joseph's making himself known, and what he said. Why could they not answer him?

Why were they troubled at his presence?

A. Because they had used him ill.

Whom did he tell them that he was?

What did he tell them not to be?

Why? What do you mean by the expression "To preserve you a posterity?

A. To keep your children alive to future ages.

What particular marks of affection did Joseph show to Benjamin ?

whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant. Then Judah came near unto him, and said, Oh! my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word, and let not thy anger burn against me. When we came down at first, we said, 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, and his father loveth him: and thou

saidst, bring him down that I may see him unto my lord,


and we said the lad cannot leave his father; for if he should, his father would die. Now, therefore, when I come to thy servant, my father, as his life is bound up in the lad's life, it will come to pass, seeing that the lad is not with us, that he will surely die and we shall bring down his grey hairs with sorrow to the grave. Now, therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide a bondman instead of the lad: and let him go up with his brethren: for how shall I go up to my father if the lad be not with me? Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all that stood by him. And he wept aloud, and said unto his brethren, I am Joseph doth my father yet live? (And they could not answer him, for they were

Where was the report of Joseph's brethren being come, heard?

How did Pharaoh like this ?

What did Joseph's brethren then do?

What did they tell their father?

What did Jacob at first not do ?

How was he at last satisfied of the truth of their account?

What did his spirit then do?

What is meant by "his spirit reviving?"

A. He again rejoiced in heart.

What did Israel say ? What is meant by Israel? A. Jacob; God gave the name of Israel to Jacob. Now having read the History of Joseph, what is ticularly observable in his character, with respect to his conduct towards God?

A. His piety.


What towards his father? A. His dutiful affection. What towards his brethren?

A. Love, and forgiveness of injuries.

What towards his master?
A. Gratitude.

What other virtues did he show?

A. His self-command, his prudence in good fortune, his patience in bad fortune.


troubled at his presence.) I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. Now, therefore, be grieved or angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither for God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept. And Benjamin fell upon his neck. And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come; and it pleased Pharaoh well. And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan, unto Jacob their father, and told him, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them; and when he saw the waggons which Joseph had sent to carry him, his spirit revived; and Israel said, It is enough; Joseph, my son, is yet alive. I will go down and see him before I die.

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What may you observe respecting the conduct of Joseph's brethren ?

A. That it was very wicked

and unnatural.

What did they afterwards suffer?

A. The terrors of a guilty conscience.

Of what particular passions do we here see the fatal effects?

A. Those of envy and jealousy.

Which of these two evil passions made Joseph's brethren hate him, because his father loved him best?

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For what purpose? A. To give instruction in the truths of the Gospel.

What parable does the first chapter contain?

Where is it written? What is the lesson you learn from it?

A. To forgive my brethren.

Whom do you mean by your brethren?

A. All persons with whom I have any thing to do.

What was the question Peter asked Christ with regard to forgiving his brother?

What was the reply of Jesus?

What did Christ mean by mentioning so great a number of times?

A. He meant that no number of offences whatsoever should prevent the offended person from forgiving the offender.

To whom did Jesus say, the kingdom of heaven was likened ?

What is meant by the kingdom of heaven in this parable?

A. It means the condition of men under the Gospel. What would the king do? How much did the first that was brought unto him owe him?

What could not the ser

vant do?

THEN came Peter unto Christ, and said, "Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him ? till seven times ??

Jesus saith unto him, "I say not unto thee, until seven times, but until se." There

venty times seven." fore is the kingdom of Heaven likened unto a certain king which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded

What then did his Lord command to be done?

What did the servant do? What do you mean by 'worshipped?"

A. Fell down on his knees before him to beg forgiveness.

What did he say to his master?

How was the master affected by this?

What did he do?

What was the conduct of that servant immediately afterwards?

What kind of sum was an hundred pence?

A. It was a very small sum compared with 10,000 talents.

How much was its value according to our money?

A. Three pounds, two shillings, and sixpence.

What was the value of a talent?

A. Rather less than two hundred pounds of our money.

What did he say to his fellow-servant?

What did his fellow-servant entreat him to do? Notwithstanding this entreaty, what would he not do?

What did he do to him? Was he wrong in asking for his debt?

A. Yes. He ought to

him to be sold, and his wife and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant, therefore, fell down and worshipped him, saying, "Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence; and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me that thou owest." And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all." And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

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