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science your accuser,


your tormeutor also. Bad children are sometimes put in continement. It is the worst punishment they can suffer, to be left alone in the dark. They cannot bear the stings of a guilty conscience. It is bad to slight the warning voice of God and our friends. They would not hear what Reuben said. They must hear the voice of an accusing conscience. Let us always ascribe our distress to the right cause. Wheo we are in trouble, let us ascribe it to God. We have reason to expect the worst from Satan, but yet we may hope in the mercy of God in Christ. We see what it is to have a guilty conscience. Wicked children sometimes break their parents' hearts and send them with surrow to the grave.





GEN. 43. 15. And the men took that prea

sent, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin ; and rose up and went down to Egypt, and stood before

Josepli. The corn which Joseph's brethren brought home, was soon eaten up, and their father requested them to go down to Egypt and buy

“Go again, and buy us a little food.” Not much, we must be content with a little. Judah then spoke, and told his father, that they dare not appear in the presence of the governor of Egypt, without Benjamin, and if he would not consent to Benjamin's going with them, they dare not, they could not run the risk and hazard of their lives, by going without him. Why, said Israel, dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother. Judah replied that they examined them so closely, and put such questions



to them that they could not avoid it. Is your father yet alive? Have ye another brother? And we told him the truth, without knowing ihat he would say, bring your brother down.

Judah offers to become surety for Benjamin, saying, send the lad with me, and we will arise and go. I will be surety for him, of my hands shalt thou require him: If I bring him not unto thee, then let me bear the blame for ever.

In addition to this he adds, that the lives of their children, their father, and themselves, depended on his agreeing to this demand of the governor of Egypt. At the same time he says, that except they had lingered, they would by this time have been to Egypt, and back again. The good old man at last consents and desires them to take a present with them, of the best fruits of the land, a little balm and a little honey, spices and myrrh, nuts and almonds. “And take double money in your hand, and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand, peradveniure it was an oversight. Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man.'' "Then be concludes all with a solemn and fer.


vent prayer to God for his blessing.

" And God Almighty give you mercy before the man that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved." The fruits of Canaan would be a token of respect, the double money might be necessary, because the corn inight cost more than before, and the restoration of the

money that was found in their sacks would bear evidence of their sincerity, honesty and good intentions.

1. We shall notice the ORDERS which Jo. SEPH gave concerning his BRETHREN.

“ And when JOSEPH saw Benjamin with them, be said unto the ruler of his house, Bring these men home, and slay and make ready ; for these men shall dine with me at noon. And the man did as Joseph bade; and the man brought the men into Joseph's house.” Such an honor as this, they did not expect. It was an honor which they did not desire. Joseph was busily employed in selling the corn and receiving money. He did not leave his business to others. He did it himself, and thus he saw that people had their full measure of


corn for the money which they paid. By this meanz Joseph's mind, which no doubt had been greatly affected at the sight of Benjamin, would be more composed. He would be able also to think in bis own mind how he should act and what he should do. These orders the steward obeyed, and conducted the brethren of Joseph from his corn office to his private habitation where he dwelt, where he was not ena gaged in business. Perbaps they wondered where the man was going to take them, and probably expected to be conducted to prison. “And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph's house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks are we brought in, that he may seek ocçasion against us, and fall apon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses." A guilty con: science will not let them rest. Joseph had 80 strongly suspected them of being pics, that now they had brought Benjamin, they expected to be detained on another account. They expected that he would call them to ac. count for the money which they found in their sacks, that he would accuse them of being cheats and of robbing the treasury. That


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