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On all occasions, avoid speaking of yourself, it possible. Nothing that we can say ourselves will varnish oui defects, or add lustre to our virtues ; on the contrary, it will often make the former more visible, and the latter obscure.
42. Without a friend, the world is but a wilderness. A man may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and not a friend among them all. If you have one friend, think yourself happy
43. There is but one way of fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrors of the mind; and that is, by securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that Being who disposes of events and governs futurity.
A HINT TO PARENTS.
IT is to be wished that parents would consider what a variety of circumstances tend to render the evil reports of their children, respecting their teachers, false and exaggerated.
2. They judge hastily, partially, imperfectly, and improperly, from the natural defects and weakness of their age. They, likewise, too often intentionally misrepresent things. They hate those who restrain them; they feel resentment for correction ; they love change; they love idleness, and the indulgencies of their home.
3. Like all human creatures, they are apt not to know when they are well, and to complain. Let parents then consider these things impartially, and be cautious of aspersing the character, and disturbing the happiness of those whr may probably deserve thanks rather than ill usage ; whose office is at best full of care and anxiety ; and wnen it is interrupted by the injudicious interference or complaints of the parents, becomes intolerably burdensome.
4. If a father suspect his confidence to have been misplaced, it is best to withdraw it immediately, without altercation and without reproaches. I have often heard old and experienced instructors declare, that the whole business of managing a large school, and training pupils to learning and virtue, was nothing in comparison with the trouble which was given by whimsical, iguorant and discontented parents.
A PARABLE AGAINST RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION.
AND it came to pass after these things, that Abraham sat at the door of his tent, about the going down of the sun. And behold! a man bent with age, coming from the way of the wilderness, leaning on a staff. And Abraham arose, met him, and said unto him, turn in I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night, and thou shalt arise early in the morning, and go on thy way.
2. And the man said, Nay, for I will abide under this tree. But Abraham pressed him greatly ; so he turned, and they went into the tent. And Abraham baked unleayened bread, and they did eat. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, Creator of Heaven and earth ?
3. And the man answered and said, I worship the God of my fathers, in the way which they have appointed. And Abraham's zeal was kindled against the man, and he arose and fell upon him, and drove him forth with blows into the wilderness. And God called unto Abraham, saying, Abraham, where is the stranger ?
4. And Abraham answered and said, Lord he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name, therefore have I driven him out before my face into the wilderness. And God said, Have I borne with him these bundred and ninety years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me, and couldst not thou, who art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night?
5. And Abraham said, Let not the anger of my Lord wax hot against his servant, lo, I have sioned, forgive me I pray
thee. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him, and returned with him to the tent, and when he had treated him kindly, he sent him away on the morrow with gifts.
THE HISTORY OF JOSEPH ABRIDGED.
ISRAEL loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age ; and he gave him a coat of many colours. But when his brethren saw their father's partiality to him, they hated him, and would not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren.
2. Behold, he said, we were binding sheaves in the field; and lo! my sheaf arose and stood upright; and your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said unto him, Shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? and they haied him the more for his dreams, and for his words.
3. It happened that his brethren went to feed their father's flock at Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren ; but when they saw him afar off, they inspired against him to slay him ; and they said one to another, We will tell our father that some evil beast hath devoured him.
4. But Reuben wished to deliver him out of their hands; and he said, Let us not kill him, but cast him into this pit, that is in the wilderness. And they followed his counsel, and cast him into the pit, which then contained no water.
5. A company of Ishmaelites from Gilead, passed by at this time, with their camels, bearing spicery, balm, and myrrh, which they were carrying into Egypt. And Judah said unto bis brethren, Let us sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hands be upon bim, for he is our brother and our flesh. And Joseph was sold for twenty pieces of silver.
6. And his brethren killed a kid, and dipped his coat in the blood thereof. And they brought it to their father, and said, this have we found. And Jacob knew it; and believing that Joseph was devoured by an evil beast, he rent his clothes, and put sackcloth on his loins, and refused all comfort, saying, I will go down into the grave to my son, mourn
". Thus wept his father for him. But Joseph was car.
ried into Egypt, and sold to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh's guard. And the Lord was with him, and prospered him; and he found favour in sight of his master. But by the wickedness of Potiphar’s wife, he was cast into the prisop, where the king's prisoners were bound.
8. Here also the Lord continued to show him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And all the prisoners were committed to his care; amongst whom were two of Pharaoh's officers, the chief of the butlers, and the chief of the bakers.
9. And Joseph interpreted the dreams of the king's seryants ; and his interpretation being true, the chief butler recommended him to Pharaoh, who had dreamed a dream, which Joseph thus showed unto him. Behold there shali come seven years of great plenty, throughout all the land of Egypt. And there shall arise after them seven years of famine ! and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine shall consume the land.
10. And the king said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shown you all this, thou shalt be over mine house ; and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled. And Joseph gathered up all the food of the seven years, and laid up the food in the store houses. Then the seven years of dearth began to come, as Joseph bad foretold,
11. But in all the land of Egypt there was bread; and people from all countries came unto Joseph to buy corn, because the famine was sore in all the lands. Now amongst those who came, were tbe ten sons of Jacob, from the land of Canaan.
12. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly to them, saying, Ye are spies. And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and behold the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not.
13. But Joseph said unto them, Ye shall not go forth hence except your youngest brother come hither. Let one of your
brethren be bound in prison, and go ye to carry corn for the famine of your houses, and bring your youngest brother unto me.
14. And their consciences reproached them; and they
said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear. Therefore is this distress come upon us.
15. And they knew not that Joseph understood them, for he spake unto them by an interpreter. And he turned himself about from them, and wept; and returned to them again, and communed with them; and took from them Simeon and bound him before their eyes. And they returned unto Jacob their father, in the land of Canaan, and told him all that had befallen them. 16. And Jacob, their father, said unto them, Me ye
have bereaved of my children. Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away also. But my son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone. If mischief befall him in the way in which ye go, then shall ye bring down my grey hairs with sorrow to
17. But the famine continued sore in the land ; and when they had eaten up the corn, which they had brought out of Egypt, Jacob said unto them, Go again and buy us food. And, if it must be so, now take also your brother Benjamin, and arise, and go unto the man.
And they brought presents unto Joseph, and bowed themselves to him to the earth.
18. And he asked them of their welfare ; and said, Is your father well ? Is he alive?
And he lifted up his eyes and saw Benjamin his brother; and he was moved with compassion ; and he sought where to weep, and he entered his chamber and wept there. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself.
19. Then he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put my cup, the silver cup, into the sack of Benjamin the youngest. And the steward did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses.
20. But Joseph commanded his steward to follow them, and to search their sacks, and to bring them back. And when Judah and his brethren were returned into the city, Joseph said unto them, What deed is this ye have done?