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MORNING. Genesis IX. to ver. 20.

establish my covenant with you; sons, and said unto them, Be neither shall all flesh be cut off fruitful, and multiply, and reple- any more by the waters of a flood; nish the earth. And the fear of neither shall there any more be a you and the dread of you shall be flood to destroy the earth. And upon every beast of the earth, God said, This is the token of the and upon every fowl of the air, covenant which I make between upon all that moveth upon the me and you and every living creaearth, and upon all the fishes of ture that is with you, for perthe sea; into your hand are they petual generations : I do set my delivered. Every moving thing bow in the cloud, and it shall be that liveth shall be meat for you; for a token of a covenant between even as the green herb have I me and the earth. And it shall given you all things. But flesh come to pass, when I bring a with the life thereof, which is the cloud over the earth, that the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. bow shall be seen in the cloud: And surely your blood of your and I will remember my covelives will I require; at the hand nant, which is between me and of every beast will I require it, you and every living creature of and at the hand of man; at the all flesh; and the waters shall no hand of every man's brother will more become a flood to destroy I require the life of man. Whoso all flesh. And the bow shall be sheddeth man's blood, by man in the cloud; and I will look upon shall his blood be shed: for in the it, that I may remember the everimage of God made he man. And lasting covenant between God you, be ye fruitful, and multi- and every living creature of all ply; bring forth abundantly in the flesh that is upon the earth. And earth, and multiply therein. And God said unto Noah, This is the God spake unto Noah, and to his token of the covenant, which I sons with him, saying, And I, have established between me and behold, I establish my covenant all flesh that is upon the earth. with you, and with your seed af- And the sons of Noah, that went ter you; and with every living forth of the ark, were Shem, and creature that is with you, of the Ham, and Japheth : and Ham fowl, of the cattle, and of every the father of Canaan. These are beast of the earth with you; from the three sons of Noah : and of all that go out of the ark, to every them was the whole earth overbeast of the earth. And I will spread.

NOW the Lord had said unto

EVENING. Genesis XII.

five years old when he departed Abram, Get thee out of thy out of Haran. And Abram took country, and from thy kindred, Sarai his wife, and Lot his broand from thy father's house, unto ther's son, and all their substance a land that I will shew thee: and that they had gathered, and the I will make of thee a great na- souls that they had gotten in tion, and I will bless thee, and Haran; and they went forth to make thy name great; and thou go into the land of Canaan; shalt be a blessing : and I will and into the land of Canaan bless them that bless thee, and they came. And Abram passed curse him that curseth thee: and through the land unto the place in thee shall all families of the of Sichem, unto the plain of Moearth be blessed. So Abram de- reh. And the Canaanite was then parted, as the LORD had spoken in the land. And the LORD apunto him ; and Lot went with peared unto Abram, and said, him: and Abram was seventy and Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an because of thee. And it came to altar unto the LORD, who ap- pass, that, when Abram was come peared unto him. And he remov- into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld ed from thence unto a mountain the woman that she was very fair. on the east of Beth-el, and pitch- The princes also of Pharaoh saw ed his tent, having Beth-el on the her, and commended her before west, and Hai on the east: and Pharaoh : and the woman was there he builded an altar unto the taken into Pharaoh's house. And LORD, and called upon the name he entreated Abram well for her of the LORD. And Abram jour- sake: and he had sheep, and neyed, going on still toward the oxen, and he asses, and mensersouth. And there was a famine vants, and maidservants, and she in the land : and Abram went asses, and camels. And the Lord down into Egypt to sojourn there; plagued Pharaoh and his house for the famine was grievous in the with great plagues because of Saland. And it came to pass, when rai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh he was come near to enter into called Abram, and said, What is Egypt, that he said unto Sarai this that thou hast done unto me? his wife, Behold now, I know that why didst thou not tell me that thou art a fair woman to look she was thy wife? why saidst upon: therefore it shall come to thou, She is my sister? so I might pass, when the Egyptians shall have taken her to me to wife : see thee, that they shall say, This now therefore behold thy wife, is his wife: and they will kill me, take her, and go thy way. And but they will save thee alive. Say, Pharaoh commanded his men conI pray thee, thou art my sister: cerning him: and they sent him that it may be well with me for away, and his wife, and all that thy sake; and my soul shall live | he had.

THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT.

MORNING. Genesis XIX. to ver. 30. A ND there came two angels to out at the door unto them, and

shut the door after him, and said, in the gate of Sodom: and Lot I pray you, brethren, do not so seeing them rose up to meet them; wickedly. Behold now, I have two and he bowed himself with his daughters which have not known face toward the ground; and he man; let me, I pray you, bring said, Behold now, my lords, turn them out unto you, and do ye to in, I pray you, into your servant's them as is good in your eyes: house, and tarry all night, and only unto these men do nothing; wash your feet, and ye shall rise for therefore came they under the up early, and go on your ways. shadow of my roof. And they said, And they said, Nay; but we will Stand back. And they said again, abide in the street all night. And This one fellow came in to sojourn, he pressed upon them greatly; and he will needs be a judge: now and they turned in unto him, and will we deal worse with thee, than entered into his house; and he with them. And they pressed sore made them a feast, and did bake upon the man, even Lot, and came unleavened bread, and they did near to break the door. But the eat. But before they lay down, men put forth their hand, and the men of the city, even the men pulled Lot into the house to them, of Sodom, compassed the house and shut to the door. And they round, both old and young, all smote the men that were at the the people from every quarter: door of the house with blindness, and they called unto Lot, and both small and great: so that said unto him, Where are the men they wearied themselves to find which came in to thee this night? the door. And the men said unto bring them out unto us, that we Lot, Hast thou here any besides? may know them. And Lot went son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou me, and I die: behold now, this hast in the city, bring them out city is near to flee unto, and it is of this place: for we will destroy a little one: Oh, let me escape this place, because the cry of them thither, (is it not a little one?) is waxen great before the face of and my soul shall live. And he the LORD ; and the Lord hath said unto him, See, I have acsent us to destroy it. And Lot cepted thee concerning this thing went out, and spake unto his sons also, that I will not overthrow this in law, which married his daugh- city, for the which thou hast spoters, and said, Up, get you out of ken. Haste thee, escape thither; this place; for the LORD will de- for I cannot do any thing till thou stroy this city. But he seemed as be come thither. Therefore the one that mocked unto his sons name of the city was called Zoar. in law. And when the morning | The sun was risen upon the earth arose, then the angels hastened when Lot entered into Zoar. Then Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, the LORD rained upon Sodom and and thy two daughters, which are upon Gomorrah brimstone and here ; lest thou be consumed in fire from the LORD out of heaven; the iniquity of the city. And while and he overthrew those cities, and he lingered, the men laid hold all the plain, and all the inhabitupon his hand, and upon the hand ants of the cities, and that which of his wife, and upon the hand of grew upon the ground. But his his two daughters; the LORD be- wife looked back from behind ing merciful unto him: and they him, and she became a pillar of brought him forth, and set him salt. And Abraham gat up early without the city. And it came to in the morning to the place where pass, when they had brought them he stood before the LORD: and forth abroad, that he said, Escape he looked toward Sodom and Gofor thy life; look not behind thee, morrah, and toward all the land neither stay thou in all the plain ; of the plain, and beheld, and, escape to the mountain, lest thou lo, the smoke of the country went be consumed. And Lot said unto up as the smoke of a furnace. them, Oh, not so, my Lord: be- And it came to pass, when God hold now, thy servant bath found destroyed the cities of the plain, grace in thy sight, and thou hast that God remembered Abraham, magnified thy mercy, which thou and sent Lot out of the midst hast shewed unto me in saving of the overthrow, when he overmy life; and I cannot escape to threw the cities in the which Lot the mountain, lest some evil take dwelt.

EVENING. Genesis XXII.
ND it came to pass after these | up his eyes, and saw the place

afar bof. e Xena Abraham said uate Abraham, and said unto him, A- his young men, Abide ye here braham: and he said, Behold, with the ass; and I and the lad here I am. And he said, Take now will go yonder and worship, and thy son, thine only son Isaac, come again to you. And Abrawhom thou lovest, and get thee ham took the wood of the burnt into the land of Moriah ; and offer offering, and laid it upon Isaac him there for a burnt offering up- his son; and he took the fire in on one of the mountains which his hand, and a knife; and they I will tell thee of. And Abraham went both of them together. And rose up early in the morning, and Isaac spake unto Abraham his saddled his ass, and took two of father, and said, My father: and his young men with him, and he said, Here am I, my son. And Isaac his son, and clave the wood he said, Behold the fire and the for the burnt offering, and rose

wood: but where is the lamb for up, and went unto the place of a burnt offering? And Abraham which God had told him. Then said, My son, God will provide on the third day Abraham lifted himself á lamb for a burnt offering:

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so they went both of them toge- sworn, saith the LORD, for bether. And they came to the place cause thou hast done this thing, which God had told him of; and and hast not withheld thy son, Abraham built an altar there, and thine only son: that in blessing laid the wood in order, and bound I will bless thee, and in multiplyIsaac his son, and laid him on ing I will multiply thy seed as the the altar upon the wood. And A- stars of the heaven, and as the braham stretched forth his hand, sand which is upon the sea shore; and took the knife to slay his son. and thy seed shall possess the gate And the angel of the LORD call- of his enemies; and in thy seed ed unto him out of heaven, and shall all the nations of the earth said, Abraham, Abraham: and he be blessed; because thou hast said, Here am I. And he said, obeyed my voice. So Abraham reLay not thine hand upon the lad, turned unto his young men, and neither do thou any thing unto they rose up and went together him: for now I know that thou to Beer-sheba; and Abraham fearest God, seeing thou hast not dwelt at Beer-sheba. And it came withheld thy son, thine only son to pass after these things, that it from me. And Abraham lifted up was told Abraham, saying, Behis eyes, and looked, and behold hold, Milcah, she hath also born behind him a ram caught in a children unto thy brother Nahor; thicket by his horns: and Abra- Huz his first born, and Buz his ham went and took the ram, and brother, and Kemuel the father offered him up for a burnt offer- of Aram, and Chesed, and Hazo, ing in the stead of his son. And and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Abraham called the name of that Bethuel. And Bethuel begat Replace Jehovah-jireh: as it is said bekah: these eight Milcah did to this day, In the mount of the bear to Nahor, Abraham's broLord it shall be seen. And the ther. And his concubine, whose angel of the LORD called unto A- name was Reumah, she bare also braham out of heaven the second Tebah, and Gaham, and Thatime, and said, By myself have I | hash, and Maachah.

THE SECOND SUNDAY IN LENT.

MORNING. Genesis XXVII. A ND it came to pass, that when me savoury meat, that I may eat,

and bless thee before the LORD were dim, so that he could not before my death. Now therefore, see, he called Esau his eldest son, my son, obey my voice according and said unto him, My son: and to that which I command thee. he said unto him, Behold, here Go now to the flock, and fetch am I. And he said, Behold now, me from thence two good kids of I am old, I know not the day the goats; and I will make them of my death: now therefore take, savoury meat for thy father, such I pray thee, thy weapons, thy as he loveth: and thou shalt bring quiver and thy bow, and go out it to thy father, that he may eat, to the field, and take me some and that he may bless thee before venison; and make me savoury his death. And Jacob said to Remeat, such as I love, and bring it bekah his mother, Behold, Esau to me, that I may eat; that my my brother is a hairy man, and soul may bless thee before I die. I am a smooth man: my father And Rebekah heard when Isaac peradventure will feel me, and I spake to Esau his son. And Esau shall seem to him as a deceiver; went to the field to hunt for veni- and I shall bring a curse upon son, and to bring it. And Rebe- me, and not a blessing. And his kah spake unto Jacob her son, mother said unto him, Upon me saying, Behold, I heard thy father be thy curse, my son: only obey speak unto Esau thy brother, say. my voice, and go fetch me them. ing, Bring me venison, and make And he went, and fetched, and brought them to his mother: and down to thee: cursed be every one his mother made savoury meat, that cursetk thee, and blessed be such as his father loved. And he that blesseth thee. And it came Rebekah took goodly raiment of to pass, as soon as Isaac had made her eldest son Esau, which were an end of blessing Jacob, and Jawith her in the house, and put cob was yet scarce gone out from them upon Jacob her younger the presence of Isaac his father, son: and she put the skins of the that Esau his brother came in kids of the goats upon his hands, from his hunting. And he also and upon the smooth of his neck: had made savoury meat, and and she gave the savoury meat brought it unto his father, and and the bread, which she had pre- said unto his father, Let my fapared, into the hand of her son ther arise, and eat of his son's Jacob. And he came unto his venison, that thy soul may bless father, and said, My father: and me. And Isaac his father said he said, Here am I; who art unto him, Who art thou? And thou, my son? And Jacob said he said, I am thy son, thy firstunto his father, I am Esau thy born Esau. And Isaac trembled firstborn; I have done according very exceedingly, and said, Who? as thou badest me : arise, I pray

where is he that hath taken vethee, sit and eat of my venison, nison, and brought it me, and that thy soul may bless me. And I have eaten of all before thou Isaac said unto his son, How is it camest, and have blessed him? that thou hast found it so quickly, yea, and he shall be blessed. And my son ? And he said, Because when Esau heard the words of the LORD thy God brought it to his father, he cried with a great me. And Isaac said unto Jacob, and exceeding bitter cry, and said Come near, I pray thee, that I unto his father, Bless me, even may feel thee, my son, whether me also, O my father. And he thou be my very son Esau or not. said, Thy brother came with subAnd Jacob went near unto Isaac tilty, and hath taken away thy his father; and felt him, and blessing. And he said, Is not he said, The voice is Jacob's voice, rightly named Jacob? for he hath but the hands are the hands of supplanted me these two times: Esau. And he discerned him not, he took away my birthright; and, because his hands were hairy, as behold, now he hath taken away his brother Esau's hands: so he my blessing. And he said, Hast blessed him. And he said, Art thou thou not reserved a blessing for my very son Esau? And he said, me? And Isaac answered and I am. And he said, Bring it near said unto Esau, Behold, I have to me, and I will eat of my son's made him thy lord, and all his venison, that my soul may bless brethren have I given to him for thee. And he brought it near to servants; and with corn and wine him, and he did eat: and he have I sustained him; and what brought him wine, and he drank. shall I do now unto thee, my son ? And his father Isaac said unto And Esau said unto his father, him, Come near now, and kiss Hast thou but one blessing, my me, my son. And he came near, father? bless me, even me also, and kissed him: and he smelled O my father. And Esau lifted up the smell of his raiment, and his voice, and wept. And Isaac blessed him, and said, See, the his father answered and said unto smell of my son is as the smell him, Behold, thy dwelling shall of a field which the LORD hath be the fatness of the earth, and blessed: therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven from above; of the dew of heaven, and the and by thy sword shalt thou live, fatness of the earth, and plenty and shalt serve thy brother; and of corn and wine: let people serve it shall come to pass when thou thee, and nations bow down to shalt have the dominion, that thee: be lord over thy brethren, thou shalt break

his yoke from off and let thy mother's sons bow | thy neck. And Esau hated Jacob

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