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thee my Son. And Joseph made haste, and sought where to weep, and entered into his chamber and wept there. And washed his face and went out, and said, Set on bread.

And they set on for Joseph by himself, and for the Brothers by themselves, and for the Egyptians by themselves, and Joseph sent messes unto them, but Benjamin's mess was five times as much as any of theirs, and they drank, and were merry.

CHAPTER 19.

JOSEPH MADE KNOWN TO HIS BRETHREN.

AND Joseph commanded the Steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth,--and put my Çup, the Silver Cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest. And as soon as the morning was light they were sent away, they and their Asses.

And when they were gone out of the City, the Steward followed after them, and found the Silver Cup in Benjamin's Sack, and brought them back. And Joseph said, The man in whose hand the Cup is found, he shall be my Servant. Then Judah told Joseph how that his Father had trusted Benjamin to his care, and said, If we return and the Lad be not with us, seeing that his life is bound up in the Lad's life, my Father will die.

Then Joseph could not refrain himself, and cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with bim-and he wept aloud. And Joseph said unto his Brethren, I am Joseph. Doth my Father yet live? Aud his Brethren could not answer him, for they were troubled at his presence.

And Joseph said unto his Brethren, Come near to me, I am Joseph your Brother whom ye sold into Egypt. Be not grieved, for God did send me before you to preserve life, to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. -Haste ye and go up to my Father, and say, Thus saith thy Son Joseph, God hath made me Lord of all Egypt, come down unto me, tarry not. And tell my Father of all my glory, and of all that ye have seen.

And he fell upon his Brother Benjamin's neck and wept, and Benjamin wept upon his neck;—moreover, he kissed all his Brethren and wept upon them ;—and after that his Brethren talked with him.

And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, and it pleased Pharaoh well. And Joseph gave them Waggons, according to Pharaoh's orders, and Provisions for the way, and they went up out of Egypt and came into the Land of Canaan, unto Jacob their Father, and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is Governor over all the Land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. And when he saw the Waggons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirits of Jacob revived.

And Israel said, It is enough, Joseph my Son is yet alive, I will go and see him before I die.

CHAPTER 20. GOD'S PROMISE TO JACOB, AND HIS BLESSING. AND Israel took his Journey with all his Children, and his Grand Children, their Goods, and their Cattle, and all that they had, and came to Beersheba, in their way to Egypt, and there offered Sacrifices unto God. And God spake unto Israel in the Visions of the Night, and said, Jacob, I am God, the God of thy Father: Fear not to go down into Egypt, for I will there make of thee a great Nation. I will go down with thee into Egypt, and I will also surely bring thee up again.

And Joseph made ready his Chariot and went up to meet Israel his Father, to Goshen, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a good while.--And Joseph placed his Father and his Brethren, and gave them a Possession in the Land of Egypt, in the best of the Land, in the Land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.

And the famine continuing in Egypt, the people sold all their Lands to Pharaoh to buy Corn, and Joseph gave them Seed to sow the Land, reserving one fifth part of the Increase for the King; except the Lands of the Priests, and made this a Law over the Land of Egypt unto this day.

Then Jacob told Joseph how that God had appeared unto him and blessed him and his posterity. And Joseph brought his Sons, Ephraim and Manasses, unto Jacob his Father, and Jacob blessed Joseph and his Sons, and said, God, before whom my Fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day—the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the Lads.

And Jacob called unto his Sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days—Hear and hearken unto Israel your Father. And Jacob prophesied unto each of his twelve Sons what lot should fall them and their posterity--and though they could not then understand his meaning, yet in the manner that he spake, so it came to pass two hundred and fifty years after, when they were settled as the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Land of Canaan; and to his Son Judah he said, That his kingdom should remain until Christ should come, to whom the people of all Nations should be gathered. The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the People be. A Prophecy, which has been fulfilled, and is fulfilling unto this day.

So Jacob died, aged 147 years, -1689 years before the birth of Christ. And Joseph fell upon his Father's face and wept upon him and kissed him-and, according to his Father's word, he carried him into his own Land, the Land of Canaan, and buried him there, in the field which Abraham had bought. And there went up with him, of the Egyptians, Chariots and Horsemen, and it was a very great company.

And Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his Brethren, and they feared Joseph now that their Father was dead, lest he should hate them for the evil they had done unto him.' But Joseph said, Fear not, and comforted them, and spake kindly to them.

And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his Father's house. And Joseph lived 110 years. And Joseph said unto his Brethren, I die; and God will surely visit you and bring you out of this Land, unto the Land which he promised to Abrahain, to Isaac, and to Jacob-and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.--So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a Coffin in Egypt.

Thus ends the Book of Genesis, which was written by Moses, the first Prophet,-inspired by the Spirit of God.—It is the first Book of the Bible, and contains the history of 2369 years.

CHAPTER 21.
THE BOOK OF EXODUS.

BIRTH OF Moses. Now Joseph died, and the Children of Israel increased abundantly and waxed mighty.–And there arose a King over Egypt which knew not Joseph, and he made the Children of Israel to serve with rigour; and made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in brick and mortar, and all manner of service in the field.

And Pharaoh, King of Egypt, charged all the people, that every Son that was born of the Children of Israel, they should cast into the river.--And an Hebrew Woman had a Son, and when she saw he was a goodly child, she hid him three months, and when she could no longer hide him, she took for him an Ark of Bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And his Sister stood afar off to wit what would be done to him.-And the Daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the River, and her maidens walked along by the river's side, and when she saw the Ark among the flags she sent her maid to fetch it. And when she had opened it she saw the child, and behold the babe wept, and she had compassion, and said, This is one of the Hebrew's Children. Then said his Sister to Pharaoh's Daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a Nurse of the Hebrew Women, that she may nurse the Child for thee? And Pharaoh's Daughter said, Go. And the Maid went and called the Child's Mother. And Pharaoh's Daughter said, Take this Child and nurse it. And the Woman did so.

And the Child grew, and she brought him unto Pha- ' raoh's Daughter, and he became her Son. And she called

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