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THE BIBLE HISTORY.
THE CREATION. In the beginning God created the Heaven and the Earth —and the Earth was without form and void, and darkness 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 called the Light Day, and the Darkness he called Night. And the Evening and the Morning were the First Day.--And the Second Day, God created the Firmament, and called it Heaven;—and the Third Day, God created the Dry Land, and called it Earth, and the gathering together of the Waters, and called it Sea. And God said, Let the Earth bring forth Grass, and Herbs, and Trees; and God saw that it was good.--The Fourth Day, God created the Sun, and the Moon, and the Stars;—the Fifth Day, God created the Birds and the Fishes;--and on the Sixth Day, God created the Beasts and Creeping Things. After all, God created Man, after God's own image and likeness, and breathed into his Nostrils the breath of life, and Man became a living Soul. And God gave to Man the power over every thing upon the Earth: over the Beasts, Fowls, and Fishes—and gave him the Fruits and Herbs to 'eat. And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold it was very good.
On the Seventh Day, when the Heavens and the
Earth were finished_God rested from all his work, and 'hlessed that Seventh Day and made it holy--therefore we keep holy the Seventh Day ever since, and must not do any work on that day. .
And God made it to rain, and made every Green thing grow-and God made a Garden in the East Part of the World, and called it the Garden of Eden, and placed the Tree of Life in the midst of the. Gạrden, and the Tree of Knowledge. And the Lord Cod took the Man and put him into the Garden of Eden 'to dress it and to keep it—and the Lord God cominauded the man saying, .of every tree thou mayest eat, but of the tree of knowledge thou shalt not eat, for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die.
And God brought every living Creature to Adam, and he named them ;--and God made Woman, and gave her to Adam for his wife. So the World, and all that is in it, was created; about four thousand years before our Saviour Christ appeared upon the Earth,--which was eighteen hundred years ago. --God created all things. He is the author and giver of all good. He governs the world, and watches over all we do. But God will be obeyed.
ADAM AND EVE DRIVEN OUT OF PARADISE.
Now the Serpent was a cunning Beast, and he tempted the Woman to eat of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, saying ye shall not surely die-and when the Woman saw that the Tree was good, and pleasing to the eye, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat, and gave also unte her husband with her and he did eat.-And Adam and his Wife heard the voice of the Lorch
God walking in the Garden, and they hid themselves among the Trees—and God called unto Adam, and said Where art thou ? and he said I heard thy voice in the Garden, and I was afraid, because I was vaked, and I hid myself. And God said Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the Tree which I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, the woman gave me of the Tree and I did eat. And the woman said, the Serpent beguiled me and I did eat. And God said unto the Serpent, thou shalt creep upon thy belly, and eat dust all thy days. And to Adam God said, In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground, for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his Wife's name Eve. And God sent them forth from the Garden of Eden, and placed at the East of the Garden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life.
Thus fell our first Parents from that state of happiness on earth which God had designed for them, and their children, to all generations, must earn their bread by their own labour and exertions.—But God has promised, that if they will walk after his Commandments, he will reward them after this life, with eternal happiness, with an everlasting Paradise, in Heaven.
. CHAPTER 3.
· CAIN AND ABEL. ADAM and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel, and Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. Cain offered of the fruit of the ground to the Lord, and Abel offered of the young ones of his flock: and the Lord did not accept Cain's offering, and Cain was angry--and Cain talked with Abel his brother,
And it came to pass when they were in the field, Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my Brother's keeper? But the Lord knew he had killed him, and God cursed Cain, and set a mark upon him, lest any finding him should kill him, and made him a Fugitive and a Vagabond upon the Earth-and Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the Land of Nod, on the East of Eden.—Learn my child, from the fate of Cain, to what dreadful ends passion may lead you, if not restrained in its beginning.
Adam had another Son, called Seth--and Adam lived nine hundred and thirty years. All men lived at that time very long lives. Methusaleh lived longest, for he lived nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and they all died except Enoch, and he was taken up to Godis And we shall all go to God hereafter, if we are good...
By this time men had multiplied upon the face of the Earth. And there was a good man called Noah, who had three Sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And men were very wicked and excited God's wrath; and God said to Noah, I will destroy them, with the Earth.
And God commanded Noah to make an Ark of wood. three Stories high, with a Window and a Door, pitched within and without-450 feet long, 75 feet high, and 45 broad; and Noah did as God commanded.
And God said, Behold I the Lord do bring a Flood of Waters upon the Earth, to destroy all Life-and every thing that is in the earth shall die, but thou and
thy Wife, and thy Sons and their Wives shall come into the Ark—and of every living thing of a sort, Fowls, and Cattle, and Creeping Things, shall come unto thee to keep them alive. And gather of all food that is eaten, for them, and for thee. Then did Noah as God commanded—and they went in unto Noah into the Ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.
In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, were all the fountains of the Great Deep broken up; and God rained upon the Earth forty days and forty nights, and all the high hills were covered with Water, and the Ark went upon the face of the waters--and all flesh died—Fowls, and Cattle, and every Man, and every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground-Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the Ark.
And the Flood lasted a hundred and fifty days. The Flood happened 2355 years before Christ.
NOAH COMES OUT OF THE ARK.
AND God remembered Noah, and made a wind to pass over the earth, and the Waters abated. And the Ark rested on mount Ararat, in Persia. Noah opened the Window and sent forth a Raven, and afterwards a Dove, and the Dove returned to the Ark for the earth was covered with Water. And he stayed seven days, and sent forth the Dove again, and the Dove came in to him in the evening, and in his mouth was an Olive leaf. And he stayed other seven days, and sent forth a Dove which returned not any more. And Noah looked, and behold the Ground was dry.