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What then was the pro
whose hand the cup is found, posal he made ?
he shall be my servant. Then A. To be a bondman or Judah came near unto him, servant instead of his brother and said, Oh ! my lord, let Benjamin.
thy servant, I pray thee, What could Joseph no speak a word, and let not longer do?
thy anger burn against me. What do you mean by
came down at " not refrain himself ?" first, we said, we have a
A. Could not keep from father, an old man, making himself known. child of his old age, a little
What was there in par- one, and his brother is dead, ticular that would touch the and he alone is left, and his feelings of Joseph in the father loveth him : and thou speech of Judah ?
saidst, bring him down that A. That part where he I
may see him : and we said speaks of not daring to go unto my lord, the lad canup to his father without Ben- not leave his father ; for if jamin ; lest evil should come he should, his father would to his father.
die. Now, therefore, when I Tell me now what passed come to thy servant, my faon Joseph's making himself ther, as his life is bound up known, and what he said. in the lad's life, it will come
Why could they not an- to pass, seeing that the lad swer him?
is not with us, that he will Why were they troubled surely die : and we shall presence ?
bring down his grey hairs A. Because they had used with sorrow to the grave. him ill.
Now, therefore, I pray thee, Whom did he tell them let thy servant abide a bondthat he was?
man instead of the lad : and What did he tell them not let him go up with his to be?
brethren: for how shall I
up to my father if the lad be What do you mean by not with me? Then Joseph the expression "To preserve could not refrain himself beyou a posterity ?
fore all that stood by him. A. To keep your
children And he wept aloud, and said alive to future ages.
unto his brethren, I am JoWhat particular marks of seph : doth my father yet affection did Joseph show to live ? (And they could not Benjamin ?
answer him, for they were
come, heard ?
troubled at his presence.) I of Joseph's brethren being am Joseph your brother,
whom ye sold into Egypt. How did Pharaoh like Now, therefore, be not this ?
grieved or angry with yourWhat did Joseph's bre- selves, that ye sold me thren then do?
hither : for God sent me What did they tell their before you to preserve you father ?
a posterity in the earth, and What did Jacob at first to save your lives by a great not do ?
deliverance. And he fell How was he at last satis- upon his brother Benjamin's fied of the truth of their ac
neck and wept.
jamin fell upon his neck. What did his spirit then And the fame thereof was do ?
heard in Pharaoh's house, What is meant by “his saying, Joseph's brethren spirit reviving ?"
are come ; and it pleased A. He again rejoiced in Pharaoh well. And they heart.
went up out of Egypt, and What did Israel say ?
came into the land of CaWhat is meant by Israel ? naan, unto Jacob their faA. Jacob; God
the ther, and told him, Joseph is name of Israel to Jacob. yet alive, and he is governor
Now having read the His- over all the land of Egypt. tory of Joseph, what is
And Jacob's heart fainted, ticularly observable in his for he believed them not. character, with respect to And they told him all the his conduct towards God? words of Joseph, which he A. His piety.
had said unto them; and What towards his father? when he saw the waggons A. His dutiful affection. which Joseph had sent to
What towards his bre- carry him, his spirit revived; thren?
and Israel said, It is enough; A. Love, and forgiveness Joseph, my son, is yet alive. of injuries.
I will go down and see him What towards his master? before I die. A. Gratitude.
What other virtues did he show ?
A. His self-command, his prudence in good fortune, his patience in bad fortune.
What may you observe respecting the conduct of Joseph's brethren?
A. That it was very wicked and unnatural.
What did they afterwards suffer?
A. The terrors of a guilty conscience.
Of what particular passions do we here see the fatal effects ?
A. Those of envy and jealousy.
Which of these two' evil passions made Joseph's brethren hate him, because his father loved him best ?
Which made them hate him, because they supposed he was to become greater than themselves?
What may you remark from this history, respecting the ways
of Providence ? A. That the virtuous are always' under the care of God, and that sooner or later He will bring good out of evil.
PARABLES OF OUR BLESSED SAVIOUR.
CHAPTER I. What are parables ? A. Instructive stories. OUR SAVIOUR'S PARABLE OF
Where, and by whom were they used ?
VANT.—Matt. xviii. 21. A. Some examples of them are found in the Old Testa- If we desire that God will ment : in the Gospels they forgive us our sins, we were used by our Saviour. must forgive others.
For what purpose ?
THEN came Peter unto A. To give instruction in Christ, and said, “Lord, the truths of the Gospel. how oft shall my brother sin
What parable does the against me, and I forgive first chapter contain ?
him ? till seven times ?!' Where is it written ? Jesus saith unto him, “I What is the lesson you
say not unto thee, until learn from it?
seven times, but until seA. To forgive my bre- venty times seven.” Therethren.
fore is the kingdom of Whom do you mean by
Heaven likened unto a cer
tain king which would take A. All persons with whom
of his I have any thing to do. And when he had begun
What was the question to reckon, one was brought Peter asked Christ with re- unto him, which owed him gard to forgiving his bro- ten thousand talents. But ther ?
forasmuch as he had not to What was the reply of pay, his lord commanded Jesus?
What did Christ mean by mentioning so great a number of times? ' A. He meant that no number of offences whatsoever should prevent the offended person from forgiving the offender.
To whom did Jesus say, the kingdom of heaven was likened ?
What is meant by the kingdom of heaven in this parable ?
A. It means the condition of men under the Gospel.
What would the king do?
How much did the first that was brought unto him
What could not the ser
What then did his Lord him to be sold, and his wife command to be done ? and children, and all that
What did the servant do? he had, and payment to be
What do you mean by made. The servant, there“worshipped ?”
fore, fell down and worA. Fell down on his shipped him, saying, “Lord, knees before him to beg for- have patience with me, and giveness.
I will pay thee all.” Then What did he say to his
the lord of that servant was master?
moved with compassion and How was the master af- loosed him, and forgave him fected by this?
the debt. What did he do?
But the same servant went What was the conduct of out, and found one of his that servant immediately fellow-servants, which owed afterwards ?
him an hundred pence; and What kind of sum was an he laid hands on him, and hundred pence ?
took him by the throat, A. It was a very small saying, Pay me that thou sum compared with 10,000 owest.” And his fellowtalents.
servant fell down at his How much was its value feet, and besought him, sayaccording to our money ? ing, “ Have patience with A. Three pounds, two
me, and I will
thee all.” shillings, and sixpence.
And he would not: but What was the value of a went and cast him into talent?
prison, till he should pay A. Rather less than two the debt. hundred pounds of our money.
What did he say to his fellow-servant ?
What did his fellow-servant entreat him to do?
Notwithstanding this entreaty, what would he not do ?
What did he do to him ?
Was he wrong in asking for his debt?
A. Yes. He ought to