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A SELECTION FROM TIIE OLD TESTAMENT.
HISTORY OF THE CREATION.
A. C. or before Chrift, 4004
i..... N the beginning God created the lieaven and the earth. And ihe earth was without form, and void ; and darknels was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters, and God said, Let there be light, and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good : and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night : and the evening and the morning were the first day."
2....And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters froni The waters.
And God made the firmament and divi. ded the waters which were under the. firmament from the waters which were above the firmament : and it was fo. And God called the firmament heaven ; and the evening and the morning were the second day.
3.... And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear, and it was fo. And God called the dry
Tand earth, and the gathering together of the waters called He seas : and God saw that it was good.
4 ....And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding feed and the fruit-iree yielding fruit after bis kind, whole feed is in iiselt upon the earth : and it was fo. And the earth brought forth grass, and the herb yielding leed after his kind, and the tree yield. ing fruit, whofe seed was in itself after his kind : and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day,
5....And God said, Let there be lights in the firma. ment of heaven; to divide the day from the night ; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and for years : and let them be for lights in the firmament of heaven to give light upon the earth : and it was so. And God made two great lights ; the greater light to rule the day, and the leffer light to rule the night: He made the stars, allo.
6....And God set them in the firmament of heaven, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good ; and the evening and the morning were the tourih day.
7 ...And God said, Let the waters bring forth ahun, dantly the moving creature that hath lile, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven : And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind : and God faw that it was good. : 8....And God blessed them, faying, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply on the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
9 ....And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind : and it was fo. And God made the beasts of the carih after his kind, and cattle atter their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon :he earıh after his kind : and God faw that it was good.
10....And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over ihe fowl of the air, and over the callle and over all the earth.- So God cre. ated man in his own image, male and female created he them. And God blefied them.-And God faw ev. ery thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the fixth day.
11.... Thus the heavens and the ear:l were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made. And he refici on the seventh day from all his work which he had made, and God blessed the sevenih day and fan&lified is because that in it he had refted from all his works which God created and made.
Events the most astonishing as well as most interest. ing are here related with great brevity, and with a Gmple grandeur. The origin of the heavens and all their hosts and of the earth with all its furniture passes, as it ware, in review before us. The original institution of the Sabbath, so necessary to keep alive a sense of relia gion, is distinctly marked. • We fee. human nature itself traced up io its fource. We are made acquainted with the venerable father of all men; of whole nature we all partake; by whose conduct we are all affected,
and in the consequences of whose actions we are all to this day, deeply involved.” What an iro aluable treasure of knowledge is here contained in a few lines !
TIJE FALL OF MAN, OR INNOCENCE AND
HE Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his noftrils the breath of life: and man became a living soul. And the Lord God planted a garden eafward in Eden ; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the fight and good for food : the tree life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowl. edge of good and evil.
2....And a river went out of Eden to water the garden. And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden to dress it, and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Ot every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day that thou eatest thereof ihou shalt surely die.
3....And the Lord God laid, It is not good that man should be alone ; I will make an help meet for him. And the Lord God made a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh. And Adam called bis wife's name Eve, because she was the mother, of all living.
4....Now the serpent was more lubtle than any beast of ihe field which the Lord God had made; and he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat cf every tree of the garden ? And the woman said to the serpent, We may
eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, left ye die.
5....And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye fhall not surely die : for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened: and ye thall be as Gods knowing good and evil - And when the woman saw that the irce was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wife, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat : and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat.
6.... And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden, in the cool of the day : and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the prefence of the the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Lord God among the che trees of the garden of the Where art thou ? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, and I hid myself.
7.... And he said, Haft thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou fhouldeft not eat? And the man said, The woman--the gave me of the tree and I did eat. And the Lord God said unto the woman What is this that thou hast done ? And the woma. faid, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
8....And the Lord said unto the serpent, Because thou haft done this, thou art cursed above every beast of the field : upon thy belly fhalt thou go, and duft shalt thou eat all the days of tby life. And I will put enmity be