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busy as Bees. Deborah means a Bee. If any young person of the name of Deborah should read this Lecture, let them try to imitate Rebekah's Nurse, and then they will live respected and beloved, and die lamented by those who have been the objects of their care.
Let parents take heed of trusting too much to the Nati ve Nurses of India. They have an awkward way of carrying Children in this country, their Bangles and Jewels are apt to hurt the children when they carry them in their arms. They are apt to neglect children and treat them ill, when the parents of the children are not present. They sometimes sit down on the damp grass and ground with the children when they go out for a walk with them of an evening. I have often seen them myself. Children learn many bad words and bad practices from their Ayahs. Let your children be as little with them as possible.-Keep a watchful eye on them.
*There is a little book called the Lady and her Ayah, which I would recommend to all Mothers in India to peruse. See the story on the 7th Command.
For Nurses to sing when the Child is going
HUSH my dear, lie still, and slumber,
Sleep, my babe; thy food and raiment,
How much better thou'rt attended,
Lo, he slumbers in a manger,
Twas to save thee child from dying,
Bitter groans and endless crying,
That thy dear Redeemer came.
May'st thou live to know and fear him,
Trust and love him all thy days;
Then go dwell for ever near him,
I could give thee thousand kisses,
GEN. 35. 22.
Now the Sons of Jacob were
THERE are many parents to whom God has given as many children, as he did to the patriarch Jacob. Children are an heritage of the Lord. Parents who have a numerous family, have also much care and anxiety about them. A person once observed to a Minister of the Gospel, that he had as many Children as Jacob. Yes, said the good man, and I have Jacob's God to provide for them. In the verses following the text, we have a complete list of Jacob's sons. This is the first time that we find their names mentioned altogether; afterwards we find them often mentioned together as the heads of the tribes of Israel. I shall notice a few things concerning the character and history of each of Jacob's sons. The prophecies of Jacob just before his death concerning his sons, as heads of the tribes of Israel, will give us some insight into their personal
personal character and history. I shall notice them in the order in which they are mentioned in the 49th Chapter, because in this Chapter they are not mentioned according to the order in which they were born.
Jacob had one daughter, and her name was Dinah, she was the daughter of Leah. Her name Dinah means judgment, or one who judges. When she was about 15 or 16 years of age, she was the cause of great pain and sorrow to her parents. She occasioned the murder of the Shechemites and the plunder of the city. She went out to see, and be seen, and sad indeed were the consequences of her going out to see the daughters of the land. She being the only daughter was no doubt a favo rite with all the family, the darling of her mo ther. Her vanity was her ruin, and this has been the ruin of many others besides Dinah, the daughter of Jacob. There is nothing good recorded of Dinah. She occupies one whole chapter with the mischief cruelty, deceit and murder, of which she was the sole cause. As we cannot say any thing in her commendation, We shall say no more about her now.
His name signifies the vision of a son. He was Jacob's eldest son by Leah. His Father remembers his son on a dying bed, and said unto him, "Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel." Reuben was an unsteady character. there was no dependence to be placed in him. His disposition was very changeable. He wanted decision of character, and firmness of mind. He wanted pers verance. He
was inconstant and had not fixed principles.
Therefore he did not excel either as a man or as a tribe. When he interceded for Joseph, his brethreu would not hear him, he had lost all influence with them. His Father also. did not pay any attention to his unwise and imprudent speech, when he said, Slay my two sons if I bring him not unto thee; deliver him into my hand and I will bring him to thee again. There was no Judge, no Prophet, no Prince in Israel belonging to the tribe of Reuben. Dathan and Abiram who re belled against Moses and offered strange fire