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They sat down to eat bread. How could they eat while Joseph was in the pit, hungry and seary, weeping and expecting to be started to death. I almost wonder they were not afraid of being choked by their food after what they had done; but sin not only shuts up the bowels of compassion, but hardens the beart and blunts the feelings of every liuman heart.


1. How many dreams had Joseph? 'Two, one concerning the sh aves of corn bowing to his sheqf, and the other concerning the sun, moon and eleven stars bowing to him and making obeisance to him.

2. What did his father say to his dreams? His father rebuked bim, and said unto him, shall I, and thy mother, and thy brethren, ma deed bow down to thee to the earti ?

3. What did his brethren say? They envied him and hated him yet the more, and said one to another, bchold, this dreamer cometh.

4. Where did Josepha go to visit his pretureu? To Shechem.

5. Where did he find them? In Dothan.

6. When he came to them, what did they do'to bim? Stripped him of his coat of many colours, and cast him into a pit.

7. After they had cast him into a pit, what did they do? They sat down to eat bread.

8. Who proposed to put Joseph into a pit? Reuben, thạt he might take him out and deliver him to his father.

9. What happened while they were eating bread? A company of Ishmaelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery, and balm, and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.


We see the progress of sin. First, they bate Joseph, and hatred increases more and more, especially when they heard his dreams. They then call him “the dreamer,” by way of reproach, and last of all they conspire together to take away his life, and this must be concealed by a lie. Envy, malice, hatred, cruelty, murder and falsehood, all these sins they commit, and to these they added opposition G7




to the divine will, they rebel against God, who intimated by those dreams that all the rest of the family should be dependent upon him. They call him the dreamer, here comes the dreamer. Not here comes our brother Joseph, but, behold, this dreamer cometh.-It is very

sinful and wicked for children to call each other names. It is a sin that God will punish, it is a thing that will make you brothers and sisters very angry, and in order to revenge themselves, they may do some thing to you that you may feel the effects of it all the days of your life. Live in love and peace among yourselves. Love each other as much as you can, and I am sure you will be much more happy than Joseph's brethren,



Love and Hatred. NOW by the bowels of my God,

His sharp distress, his sore complaints, By his last groans, his dying blood,

I charge my soul to love the saints.

Clamour, and wrath, and war, begone,

Envy and spite for ever cease; Let bitter words no more be known

Amongst the saints, the sons of peace. The spirit, like a peaceful dove,

Flies from the realms of noise and strife; Why should we vex and grieve his love,

Who seals our souls to heav'nly life? Tender and kind be all our thoughts,

Through all our lives let mercy run: So God forgives our num'rous faults.

For the dear sake of Christ his Son. Watts,



JOSEPH SOLD FOR A SLAVE. GEN. 37. 23. Then there passed by Midi

anites, merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites, for twenty piec* es of silver : und they brought Joseph in

to Egypi. You have leard why Joseph was called “ the dreamer.” Have you read his dreams? If you had dreamed two such remarkable dreams, I think you would have done as Joseph did, told it to your father and mother, and brothers and sisters. I am not quite sure, wliether you would not also have told your school-fellow, but I rather thiúk you would. Josephi's father saw that his brethren were angry, and in order to soften their resentment, he thought it necessary to rebuke Joseph. He intimated that it was but a dream, and his mother who had been long dead, being brought in, that it could not be fulfilled, whereas no doubt Leah was alive ;


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