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with them, and he served them; and they continu
ed a season in ward. Gen. 40. 4.
LECT. XLII. Pharaoh's Dreams, and
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dream-
ed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it:
and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst un-
derstand a dream, to interpret it. And Joseph an-
swered Pharaoh, saying, it is not in me: God shall
give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Gen. 41. 15, 16.
Thou shalt be over my house, and according
to thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in
the throne will I be greater than thou. Gen. 41. 40.
LECT. XLIV. The First Journey of
And Joseph's ten brethren went down to buy
And the men took that present, and they took
double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and
and went down to Egypt, and stood be-
fore Joseph. Gen. 43. 15.
And the Cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
And Joseph said unto his Brethren, I am Jo-
seph: doth my father yet live? And his brethren
could not answer him: for they were troubled at
his presence. And Joseph said unto his brethren,
come near to me, I pray you; and they came near.
And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye
sold into Egypt. Gen. 45. 3. 4.
And Israel took his journey with all that he had,
and came to Beer-sheba; and offered sacrifices
unto the God of his father Isaac.
LEET. XLIX. Pharaoh's Question,
And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art
thou? And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, the days of the
years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty
years: few and evil have the days of the years of
my life been, and have not attained unto the days
of the years of the life of my fathers, in the days
And it came to pass after these things, that one
told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick; and he took
with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Jo-
seph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened
himself, and sat upon the bed. Gen. 48. 1, 2.
LECT. LI. Jacob's Burial and Jo-
My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die:
in my grave which I have digged for me in the land
of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now there
fore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father
ESAU AND JACOB: OR, THE TWIN BRO
GEN. 25. 27. And the boys grew, and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in
You have already heard the history of Cain and Abel, the two first brethren that ever lived in the world. We have in the latter part of this Chapter a brief account of two brethren whose characters very much resemble that of Cain and Abel. There was this difference only between Cain and Esau ; that Esau only said in his heart, "the days of mourning of my father are at hand, then will I slay my brother Jacob." Whereas you
have already heard that "Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass when they were in the field, that Cain rose up a gainst Abel his brother and slew him."
Let us now attend,
I. To the GENERAL
ESAU and JACOB.
1. We will begin with Esau, because he is the eldest. His name, ESAU, means red; which was given him from his colour when he was born, having red hair on his body. Esau likewise signifies made or formed. By which it was intimated that he was a remarkable, strong, healthy child, even from his birth. It was intended to shew that he he had a very strong constitution, and, as might be expected, he very strong, daring active man. of a sanguine disposition, and his posterity, the Edomites, always cherished a most cruel and bloody hatred towards the Israelites.
It is also said," and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field." He was a famous sportsman, like Nimrod; he was a mighty hunter, quite a man of the world. Hunting the beasts of