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voluntarily plunge into the waves, rather than look forward; but my conductor recommended me to Fortitude, who leading me through the bye-path of Difficulty, I began to ascend the Mountain ; and now I perceived it lefs barren than I dreaded; the roads were rugged indeed, but the view from thence of the country I had paffed, was often not unpleasing; the river at the foot of the hill had lost its terrors, though from the plains of Happiness it was a dreadful object; I could trace its course, and law, with astonifhment, that it wandered through the whole extent of the journey I had taken, and that many who pursued the feveral tracks, were of. ten destroyed by the rapid torrent, in the most unexpected part of their progress to that Mountain, which they saw, but never reached. As I was earnestly furveying

the many places where I had myself escaped, I ftruck my bruised knee against a projecting rock, and awoke with the pain.

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(SRAEL loved Joseph better than all his children,

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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. Behold, he said, we were binding sheaves in the field; and lo! my Theaf arose and stood upright; and your fheaves ftood round about, and made obeisance to my fheaf. And his brethren said unto him, Shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him the more for his dreams and for his words.

It happened that his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren ; but, when they saw him afar off, they conspired against him to lay him; and they said one to another, We will tell our father that some evil beast hath devoured him. But Reuben wished to deliver him

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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 a pit, which then contained no water. A company of ithmaelites 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 his brethren, Let us sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hands be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh : And Joseph was fold for twenty pieces of silver. And his brethren killed a kid, and dipt his coat in the blood thereof: And they brought it unto their father, and said, This have we found. And Jacob knew it; and believing that Joseph was devoured by an evil beaft, he rent his cloaths, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and refused all comfort, saying, I will go down into the grave to my son, mourning. Thus wept his father for him. But Joseph was carried 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 the fight of his master. But by the wickedness of Potiphar's wife, he was cast into the pri. son where the King's prisoner's were bound. Here also the Lord continued to Thew him

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him favour in the fight 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. And Joseph interpreted the dreams of the king's servants; and his interpretation being true, the chief butler recommended him to Pharaoh, who had dreamed a dream, which Jofeph thus shewed unto him. Behold there shall 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.

And the king said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, thou shalt be over mine house; and according to thy word Iball all my people.

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be ruled. And Joseph gathered up all the food of the seven years, and laid up the food in storehouses.. Thus the seven years of dearth began to come, as Joseph had foretold. 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 fore in all the lands.Now, amongst those that came, were the ten fons of Jacob, from the land of Canaan. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and fpake roughly to them, saying, Ye are {pies. 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.

But Joseph faid to 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 and carry corn for the famine of your houses, and bring your youngest brother unto me. And their consciences reproached them; and they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we faw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear ; therefore is this distress, come upon us.

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. And Jacob their father faid unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Jofeph 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 befal him in the way in which ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. But the famine continued fore in the land ; and when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought

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out of Egypt, Jacob faid 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. 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 his bowels did yearn towards his brother ; and he fought where to weep, and he entered his chamber and wept there: And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself. Then he commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's facks 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 affes. But Joseph commanded his steward to follow them, and to search their facks, and to bring them back. And when Judahand his brethren were returned into the city, Joseph faid unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? The man in whose hands the cup is found shall be my. servant; and as for you, get you in peace unto your father. But they said, Our father will surely die, if he feeth that the lad is not with us; and we shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant, our father, with forrow to the grave. Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me; and there stood no man with him, whilst Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud, and said unto his brethren, I am Jofeph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him, for they were troubled at his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you; and they came near: And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye fold into Egypt. Now, therefore, be not grieved, norangry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither; for God did send me before you, to save your lives by a great

deliverance.

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