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by thoaickel. When the actions of children are bad and their conduct wicked, how can they expect their parents will love them. It is a sad thing when broth.rs and sisters can. not speak peaceably to each other, and yet this is frequently the case. When children tell their parents of the bad words or actions of their brothers and sisters, it should not be from a desire of telling tales, but that they may not do so again. When it is done from duty and affection then it is done from a right motive and with a di sire to do good. Chil. dren should strive to gain the love of their par.nts by an obedient and dutiful conduct towards them, by their love to God and their brothers and sisters. Amen.
Love between Brothers and Sisters. WHATEVER brawls disturb the street,
There should be peace at home; Where sisters dweli and brothers meet,
Quarrels should never come. Birds in their little nests agree,
And 'tis-a shameful sight,
Fall out and chide and fight.
That are but noisy breath,
To murder and to death.
To rage against another,
Till he had killed his brother.
At least before 'tis night,
It burnstill morning light.
Our little brawls remove,
Our hearts may all be love.
JOSEPH'S DREAMS. Gen. 37. 19. And they said one to ano
ther, Behold, this dreamer cometh. You have lreard that at the age of 27 years, Joseph led a shepherd's life and fed sheep, the same employmeut in which his brethren were engaged ; that he brought to his father a report of their conduct when absent from home, not by way of telling tales, but that his father might reprove and admonish them, which he dare pot do, because he was so young.
You have heard that his father loved him more than all his children, and made him a coat of many colours. When his brethren saw, that their father loved him more than all of his brethren, th:y hated him, and eould not speak peaceably unto him. This hatred was increased by the relation of two remarkable dreams. They seemed to have impressed the mind of Joseph so much that he could not conceal them from his father and
his family. They were also prophetical of his future greatness.
I. I shall relate these two remarkable DREAM$ which JOSEPH DREAMED.
" And he said unto them, hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, be. hold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his bre. thren said unto him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words.
“ Aud he dreamed yet another dream, and he told it to his brethren and said; Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold the sun and moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to ma. And he told it to his father and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, what is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I, and tly mother, and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? Aud his brethren envied him; but his father
observed the saying." His brethren explained these dreams according to their true meaning. It is not necessary that any other explanation should be given at present.
We see that though his father gave him a gentle rebuke, yet they seemed to have made a very different impression on his mind from that which they' made on Joseph's brethren.
They envied him and hated him yet the more."
II. We notice Joseph's VISIT to hisBRETHREN.
“ And his brethren went to feed their fa, ther's flock in Shechem. And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not 'thy brethreu feed the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said unto him, bere am I. And He said unto him, go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren and well with the focks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem." Little did Jacob think when Joseph left his tent, that she should never return to that tent again, and that it would Le three