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because of the blessing wherewith tarry with him a few days, until his father blessed him: and Esau thy brother's fury turn away; unsaid in his heart, The days of til thy brother's anger turn away mourning for my father are at from thee, and he forget that which hand; then will I slay my brother thou hast done to him: then I will Jacob. And these words of Esau send, and fetch thee from thence: her elder son were told to Re- why should I be deprived also of bekah; and she sent and called you both in one day? And RebeJacob her younger son, and said kah said to Isaac, I am weary of unto him, Behold, thy brother my life because of the daughters Esau, as touching thee, doth of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of comfort himself, purposing to kill the daughters of Heth, such as thee. Now therefore, my son, obey these which are of the daughters my voice; and arise, flee thou to of the land, what good shall my Laban my brother to Haran; and life do me?

EVENING. Genesis XXXIV. ND of so much dowry and gift, and I

will give according as ye shall say Jacob, went out to see the daugh- unto me: but give me the damsel ters of the land. And when She- to wife. And the sons of Jacob chem the son of Hamor the Hi- answered Shechem and Hamor vite, prince of the country, saw his father deceitfully, and said, her, he took her, and lay with because he had defiled Dinah their her, and defiled her. And his soul sister: and they said unto them, clave unto Dinah the daughter of We cannot do this thing, to give Jacob, and he loved the damsel, our sister to one that is uncircumand spake kindly unto the damsel. cised; for that were a reproach And Shechem spake unto his fa- unto us: but in this will we conther Hamor, saying, Get me this sent unto you: If ye will be as damsel to wife. And Jacob heard we be, that every male of you be that he had defiled Dinah his circumcised; then will we give daughter: now his sons were with our daughters unto you, and we his cattle in the field : and Jacob will take your daughters to us, held his peace until they were and we will dwell with you, and come. And Hamor the father of

we will become one people. But Shechem went out unto Jacob to if ye will not hearken unto us, to commune with him. And the sons be circumcised; then will we take of Jacob came out of the field our daughter, and we will be gone. when they heard it: and the men And their words pleased Hamor, were grieved, and they were very and Shechem Hamor's son. And wroth, because he had wrought the young man deferred not to do folly in Israel in lying with Ja- the thing, because he had delight cob's daughter; which thing ought in Jacob's daughter: and he was not to be done. And Hamor com- more honourable than all the muned with them, saying, The house of his father. And Hamor soul of my son Shechem longeth and Shechem his son came unto for your daughter: I pray you the gate of their city, and comgive her him to wife. And make muned with the men of their city, ye marriages with us, and give saying, These men are peaceable your daughters unto us, and take with us; therefore let them dwell our daughters unto you. And ye in the land, and trade therein ; shall dwell with us: and the land for the land, behold, it is large shall be before you; dwell and enough for them; let us take their trade ye therein, and get you pos- daughters to us for wives, and let sessions therein. And Shechem us give them our daughters. Only said unto her father and unto her herein will the men consent unto brethren, Let me find grace in us for to dwell with us, to be one your eyes, and what ye shall say | people, if every male among us be unto me I will give. Ask me never circumcised, as they are circum

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cised. Shall not their cattle and the slain, and spoiled the city, their substance and every beast of because they had defiled their sistheir's be our's? only let us con- ter. They took their sheep, and sent unto them, and they will their oxen, and their asses, and dwell with us. And unto Hamor that which was in the city, and and unto Shechem his son heark- that which was in the field, and ened all that went out of the gate all their wealth, and all their of his city; and every male was little ones, and their wives took circumcised, all that went out of they captive, and spoiled even all the gate of his city. And it came that was in the house. And Jato pass on the third day, when cob said to Simeon and Levi, Ye they were sore, that two of the have troubled me to make me to sons of Jacob, Simeon and Levi, stink among the inhabitants of Dinah's brethren, took each man the land, among the Canaanites his sword, and came upon the and the Perizzites: and I being city boldly, and slew all the males. few in number, they shall gather And they slew Hamor and She- themselves together against me, chem his son with the edge of the and slay me; and I shall be desword, and took Dinah out of stroyed, I and my house. And Shechem's house, and went out. they said, Should he deal with The sons of Jacob came upon our sister as with an harlot?

THE THIRD SUNDAY IN LENT.

MORNING. Genesis XXXIX.
ND Joseph was brought down to his master's wife, Behok, my

master wotteth not what is with officer of Pharaoh, captain of the me in the house, and he hath guard, an Egyptian, bought him committed all that he hath to of the hands of the Ishmeelites, my hand; there is none greater which had brought him down in this house than I ; neither hath thither. And the LORD was with he kept back any thing from me Joseph, and he was a prosperous but thee, because thou art his man; and he was in the house of wife: how then can I do this great his master the Egyptian. And his wickedness, and sin against God? master saw that the LORD was And it came to pass, as she spake with him, and that the LORD to Joseph day by day, that he made all that he did to prosper hearkened not unto her, to lie in his hand. And Joseph found by her, or to be with her. And it grace in his sight, and he served came to pass about this time, that him: and he made him overseer Joseph went into the house to do over his house, and all that he his business; and there was none had he put into his hand. And of the men of the house there it came to pass from the time that within. And she caught him by he had made him overseer in his his garment, saying, Lie with me: house, and over all that he had, and he left his garment in her that the LORD blessed the Egyp- hand, and fled, and got him out. tian's house for Joseph's sake; And it came to pass, when she and the blessing of the LORD was saw that he had left his garment upon all that he had in the house, in her hand, and was fled forth, and in the field. And he left all that she called unto the men of that he had in Joseph's hand; and her house, and spake unto them, he knew not ought he had, save saying, See, he hath brought in the bread which he did eat. And an Hebrew unto us to mock us ; Joseph was a goodly person, and he came in unto me to lie with well favoured. And it came to me, and I cried with a loud voice: pass after these things, that his , and it came to pass, when he heard master's wife cast her eyes upon that I lifted up my voice and Joseph; and she said, Lie with cried, that he left his garment me. But he refused, and said un- with me, and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment a place where the king's prisoners by her, until his lord came home. were bound : and he was there in And she spake unto him accord- the prison. But the LORD was ing to these words, saying, The with Joseph, and shewed him Hebrew servant, which thou hast mercy, and gave him favour in brought unto us, came in unto the sight of the keeper of the prime to mock me: and it came to son. And the keeper of the pri. pass, as I lifted up my voice and son committed to Joseph's hand cried, that he left his garment all the prisoners that were in the with me, and fled out. And it prison; and whatsoever they did came to pass, when his master there, he was the doer of it. The heard the words of his wife, which keeper of the prison looked not she spake unto him, saying, Af- to any thing that was under his ter this manner did thy servant hand; because the LORD was with

; to me; that his wrath was kin- him, and that which he did, the dled. And Joseph's master took LORD made it to prosper. him, and put him into the prison,

EVENING. Genesis XLII. N he was no da cob Esawe, that | Nies, band he said nagtantes mo

there corn in EgyptJa- Nay, but to see the nakedness of cob said unto his sons, Why do the land ye are come. And they ye look one upon another? And said, Thy servants are twelve brehe said, Behold, I have heard that thren, the sons of one man in the there is corn in Egypt: get you land of Canaan; and, behold, the down thither, and buy for us from youngest is this day with our fathence ; that we may live, and ther, and one is not. And Joseph not die. And Joseph's ten bre- said unto them, That is it that I thren went down to buy corn in spake unto you, saying, Ye are Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph's spies : hereby ye shall be proved: brother, Jacob sent not with his By the life of Pharaoh ye shall brethren; for he said, Lest per- not go forth hence, except your adventure mischief befall him. youngest brother come hither. And the sons of Israel came to Send one of you, and let him buy corn among those that came: fetch your brother, and ye shall for the famine was in the land of be kept in prison, that your words Canaan. And Joseph was the go- may be proved, whether there be vernor over the land, and he it any truth in you: or else by the was that sold to all the people of life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. the land: and Joseph's brethren And he put them all together incame, and bowed down themselves to ward three days. And Joseph before him with their faces to the said unto them the third day, earth. And Joseph saw his bre- This do, and live ; for I fear God: thren, and he knew them, but If ye be true men, let one of your made himself strange unto them, brethren be bound in the house and spake roughly unto them; of your prison: go ye, carry corn and he said unto them, Whence for the famine of your houses : come ye? And they said, From but bring your youngest brother the land of Canaan to buy food. unto me; so shall your words be And Joseph knew his brethren, verified, and ye shall not die. but they knew not him. And And they did so. And they said Joseph remembered the dreams one to another, We are verily which he dreamed of them, and guilty concerning our brother, in said unto them, Ye are spies; to that we saw the anguish of his see the nakedness of the land ye soul, when he besought us, and are come. And they said unto we would not hear; therefore is him, Nay, my lord, but to buy this distress come upon us. And food are thy servants come. We Reuben answered them, saying, are all one man's sons; we are Spake I not unto you, saying, Do true men, thy servants are no not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? therefore, be- father; one is not, and the younghold, also his blood is required. est is this day with our father in And they knew not that Joseph the land of Canaan. And the man, understood them; for he spake the lord of the country, said unto unto them by an interpreter. And us, Hereby shall I know that ye he turned himself about from are true men; leave one of your them, and wept; and returned brethren here with me, and take to them again, and communed food for the famine of your housewith them, and took from them holds, and be gone: and bring Simeon, and bound him before your youngest brother unto me: their eyes. Then Joseph com- then shall I know that ye are no manded to fill their sacks with spies, but that ye are true men: corn, and to restore every man's so will I deliver you your brother, money into his sack, and to give and ye shall traffick in the land. them provision for the way: and And it came to pass as they thus did he unto them. And they emptied their sacks, that, behoid, laded their asses with the corn, every man's bundle of money was and departed thence. And as one in his sack: and when both they of them opened his sack to give and their father saw the bundles his ass provender in the inn, he of money, they were afraid. And espied his money; for, behold, it Jacob their father said unto them, was in his sack's mouth. And he Me have ye bereaved of my chilsaid unto his brethren, My money dren: Joseph is not, and Simeon is restored; and, lo, it is even in is not, and ye will take Benjamin my sack: and their heart failed away: all these things are against them, and they were afraid, say- me. And Reuben spake unto his ing one to another, What is this father, saying, Slay my two sons, that God hath done unto us? And if I bring him not to thee: delithey came unto Jacob their father ver him into my hand, and I will unto the land of Canaan, and told bring him to thee again. And he him all that befell unto them; said, My son shall not go down saying, The man, who is the lord with you; for his brother is dead, of the land, spake roughly to us, and he is left alone: if mischief and took us for spies of the coun- befall him by the way in the which try. And we said unto him, We ye go, then shall ye bring down are true men; we are no spies: my gray hairs with sorrow to the we be twelve brethren, sons of our grave.

THE FOURTH SUNDAY IN LENT.

MORNING. Genesis XLIII.
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ther? And they said, The man when they had eaten up the corn asked us straitly of our state, and which they had brought out of E- of our kindred, saying, Is your gypt, their father said unto them, father yet alive? have ye another Go again, buy us a little food. brother? and we told him accordAnd Judah spake unto him, say- ing to the tenor of these words: ing, The man did solemnly pro- could we certainly know that he test unto us, saying, Ye shall not would say, Bring your brother see my face, except your brother down? And Judah said unto Isbe with you. If thou wilt send rael his father, Send the lad with our brother with us, we will go me, and we will arise and go; down and buy thee food: but if that we may live, and not die, thou wilt not send him, we will both we, and thou, and also our not go down : for the man said little ones. I will be surety for unto us, Ye shall not see my face, him; of my hand shalt thou reexcept your brother be with you. quire him: if I bring him not And Israel said, Wherefore dealt unto thee, and set him before ye so ill with me, as to tell the thee, then let me bear the blame

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for ever: for except we had lin- we cannot tell who put our mogered, surely now we had return- ney in our sacks. And he said, ed this second time. And their Peace be to you, fear not: your father Israel said unto them, If it God, and the God of your father, must be so now, do this; take of hath given you treasure in your the best fruits in the land in your sacks: I had your money. And he vessels, and carry down the man brought Simeon out unto them. a present, a little balm, and a And the man brought the men little honey, spices, and myrrh, into Joseph's house, and gave them nuts, and almonds: and take dou- water, and they washed their feet; ble money in your hand; and the and he gave their asses provenmoney that was brought again in der. And they made ready the the mouth of your sacks, carry it present against Joseph came at again in your hand; peradven- noon : for they heard that they ture it was an oversight : take should eat bread there. And when also your brother, and arise, go Joseph came home, they brought again unto the man: and God him the present which was in their Almighty give you mercy before hand into the house, and bowed the man, that he may send away themselves to him to the earth. your other brother, and Benja- | And he asked them of their wel. min. If I be bereaved of my chil- fare, and said, Is your father well, dren, I am bereaved. And the the old man of whom ye spake? men took that present, and they Is he yet alive? And they antook double money in their hand, swered, Thy servant our father and Benjamin; and rose up, and is in good health, he is yet alive. went down to Egypt, and stood And they bowed down their heads, before Joseph. And when Joseph and made obeisance. And he liftsaw Benjamin with them, he said ed up his eyes, and saw his broto the ruler of his house, Bring ther Benjamin, his mother's son, these men home, and slay, and and said, Is this your younger make ready; for these men shall brother, of whom ye spake unto dine with me at noon. And the me? And he said, God be graman did as Joseph bade; and the cious unto thee, my son. And man brought the men into Jo-Joseph made haste; for his bow

; seph's house. And the men were els did yearn upon his brother : afraid, because they were brought and he sought where to weep; and into Joseph's house ; and they he entered into his chamber, and said, Because of the money that wept there. And he washed his was returned in our sacks at the face, and went out, and refrained first time are we brought in; that himself, and said, Set on bread. he may seek occasion against us, And they set on for him by himand fall upon us, and take us for self, and for them by themselves, bondmen, and our asses. And and for the Egyptians, which did they came near to the steward of eat with him, by themselves: beJoseph's house, and they com- cause the Egyptians might not muned with him at the door of eat bread with the Hebrews; for the house, and said, Osir, we that is an abomination unto the came indeed down at the first Egyptians. And they sat before time to buy food: and it came to him, the firstborn according to pass, when we came to the inn, his birthright, and the youngest that we opened our sacks, and, according to his youth: and the behold, every man's money was men marvelled one at another. in the mouth of his sack, our mo- And he took and sent messes ney in full weight: and we have unto them from before him : but brought it again in our hand. And Benjamin's mess was five times so other money have we brought much as any of their's. And they down in our hands to buy food: 1 drank, and were merry with him.

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