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ånd by the sun, moon and eleven stars, the whole family was intender. Ilis brethren envieat him, but his father observed the saying; like Mary he treasured up these dreims in his mind, and pondered on them in his heart. The consequence was that Joseph's brethren gave him a new name, and call him the DREAMER.

His father sent Joseph to Shechem, to sre if his brethren were well; see whether the people of the country had not fullen upon them and killed the m, for the murder they committed in slaying all the males of the city of Sbechem with the edge of the sword, Not finding them at Shechem, he went to Dothan, in which place he leard from a man, whom he met with while seeking for his bre: thren, that they had departed. They see him at a distance, and agree togetlier to slay him, and conceal his death from their fa* ther, by à lie. As soon as he came up to them, they seized upon him and took off his coat of many colours, and cast him into a pit. This was done by the advice of 'Reuben. They then sat down to eat bread, and while

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they were feasting themselves, some chants passed by, going down to Egypt, with spices. Seeing these men, Judah proposed that they should sell Joseph to them and not take away his life. Let us attend,

I. TO JUDAK'S PROPOSAL TO SELL JO. SEPH. “ And Judah said unto his breihren, what profit, is it if we slay our brother and conceai his blood ? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him ; for he is our brother and our flesh: And his brethren were content." This was Judah's proposal ; they thought by selling Joseph to these merchants, that he would be carried so far away as not to be able to rea tura to bear rule over them. They expected never to hear of Joseph any more. It will be less guilt, more gain to us, if we sell. Why did Joseph's brethren want money? Were they poor? Would not their father have given them money if they had asked him for some? Certainly he would. There was no vecessity for them to sell their brother, in order to obtain money to supply their wants. They had provisions with them. They thought if

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Joseph was sold for a slave, lie rould never be their Lord. The Lord wonderfully kept them from taking away Joseph's life, by put, ing it into the heart of Ruben to plead, that he might be put in a pit; but if Joseph had remained there, he inight have died of hunger and fatigue. Reuben intended to take him out of this, and had left his brethren for the purpose of going to the pit and saving his life. God put it into Judah's heart propose to his brethren, that they should sell him : they all consented to this, (one only being absent) and they drew and lifted up Josephı out of the pit, and sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver. Jesus Christ was sold by one of

name for thirty pieces of silver. The wrath of man shall praise God, and the remainder of that wrath he will restrain."

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II. REUBEN'S DISTRESS AT NOT FIND ING JOSEPH IN THE PIT.

" And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. And he returned unto his brethren and said : The child is not; and I, whitler shall I go?" Rcuben, it seems, went

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round some other way to the pit, and before h: came to it, they had gone a nearer way; and had taken Joseph out of the pit and sold him to the merchants. Reuben rent bis clothes as an expression of his uncommon coucern and grief; for being the eldest, he expected no doubt that his father would question him concerning Joseph when he went. home. He seemed to have been sincerely grieved when he found that Joseph was not in the pit, lie returned in an agony of grief, and Jaments his loss with the feelings of a brother. They, it seems, soon pacified Reuben, and we lear no more of his lamentations for Joseph. The love of money induced them to soll. their brother for a slave, so they sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver, the value of which was not more than eight or ten rupees; so that they did not get more than a rupee each, by thie bargain they had made. This sum was four rupees less than the price of a common slave.

UI. THE BASE AND CRUEL DECEPTION OR IMPOSITION WHICH

ON THEIR AGED FATHER. And they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats,

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and dipred the coat in the blood. And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This we have found:know now, whether it be thy sou's coat or no."

They wish to make their father and others believe that Joseph was torn to pieces by & wild beast. They sent this coat of many colours to their father, with one colour more than it had before, and that was a bloody colour. They say they had found it. They inform their father of Joseph's supposed deatla in the most undutiful and unfeeling manner: This we have found: know now whether it be THY SON's coat or no! Not Joseph's coat. Not our brother's coat. No, but thy son's coat, as if they would reproach their father for his partiality, and seemed to say that Joseph a. lone was considered as his son.. Let those who are parents place themselves in Jacob's state, and think how very painful his feelings must have been when he saw Joseph's bloody coat.

IV. JACOB'S GRIEF for the loss of JOSEPH. * And he knew it, and said, it is my son's

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