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Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, I die, and leave his wife behind a son. And her neighbours and and she had hard labour. And it him, and leave no children, that her cousins heard how the Lord came to pass, when she was in his brother should take his wife, had shewed great mercy upon hard labour, that the midwife said and raise up seed unto his brother her; and they rejoiced with her. unto her, Fear not; thou shalt Now there were seven brethren: have this son also. And it came and the first took a wife, and

BIRTH-DAY to pass, as her soul was in depart- dying left no seed. And the

Gen. xl. 20. And it came to pass ing, (for she died) that she called second took her, and died, neither his name Ben-oni: but his father left he any seed: and the third birthday, that he made a feast un

the third day, which was Pharaoh's called him Benjamin. And Rachel likewise. And the seven had her,

to all his servants: and he lifted up died, and was buried in the way and left no seed: last of all the

the head of the chief butler and of to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem. woman died also.

the chief baker among his ser1 Sam. iv, 19, 20. And his daugh- Luke 1, 7, 25. And they had no vants. ter-in-law, Phinehas' wife, was child, because that Elisabeth was with child, near to be delivered: barren; and they both were now

Job iii, 1-10. After this opened and when she heard the tidings well stricken in years.

Job his mouth, and cursed his day.

Thus that the ark of God was taken, hath the Lord dealt with me in day perish wherein I was born,

And Job spake, and said, Let the and that her father-in-law and the days wherein he looked on her husband were dead, she bowed me, to take away my reproach There is a man-child conceived.

and the night in which it was said, berselt and travailed; for her among men.

Let that day be darkness; let not pains came upon her. And about

Job xxiv, 21. He evil-entreateth the time of her death the women

God regard it from above, neither that stood by her said unto her, doeth not good to the widow. the barren that beareth not, and let the light shine upon it. Let

darkness and the shadow of death Fear not; for thou hast born a

stain it; let a cloud dwell upon it; son. But she answored not, neither did she regard it.

Isa. liv, 1, Sing, O barren, thou let the blackness of the day terrify

it. As for that night, let darkness Isa. xxxvii, 3. And they said that didst not bear, break forth unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, into singing, and cry aloud, thou seize upon it; let it not be joined This day is a day of trouble, and that didst not travail with child: unto the days of the year; let it

not come into the number of the of rebuke, and of blasphemy: for for more are the children of the

months. Lo, let that night be the children are come to the birth, desolate than the children of the

solitary; let no joyful voice come and there is not strength to bring married wife, saith the LORD.

therein. Let them curse it that forth.

Gal. iv, 26-29. But Jerusalem curse the day, who are ready to which is above is free, which is raise up their mourning. Let the

the mother of us all. For it is stars of their twilight thereof be BARRENNESS.

written, Rejoice, thou barren that dark; let it look for light, but hare Gen. xi, 30. But Sarai was bar- bearest not; break forth and cry, none; neither let it see the da:vniren; she had no child.

thou that travailest not: for the ing of the day: Because it shut Gen. W, 2, 3. And Abram said, desolate hath many more children not up the doors of my mother's Lord God, What wilt thou give than she which hath an husband. womb, nor hid sorrow trom mine mie, seeing I go childless. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was,

eyes. And Abram said, Behold, to me are the children of promise.

Matth. xiv, 6. But when Ilerud's thou hast given no seed: and, lo,

birth-day was kept, the daughter one born in my house is mine

BARRENNESS HEALED BY of Herodias danced before them, helr.

PRAYER

and pleased Herod. Gen. xxix, 31. And when the Gen, xx, 17, 18. So Abraham

Mark vi, 21. And when a conLORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb; but Rachel prayed unto God: and God heal- venient day was come, that Herod,

ed Abimelech, and his wife, and on his birth-day, made a supper to roas barren. his maid-servants; and they bare

his lords, high captains, and chief Judges xiii, 2. And there was a children. For the LORD had fast estates of Galilee. certain man of Zorah, of the closed up all the wombs of the family of the Danites, whose name house of Abimelech, because of

SPECIAL ATTACHMENT TO was Manoah; and his wife was Sarah, Abraham's wife. barren, and bare not.

PLACE OF BIRTH. 1 Sam. 1,6, 6, 8. But unto Haned the LORD for his wife, because pass, when Rachel had born Gen. xxv, 21. And Isaac entreat

Gen. xxx, 25. And it came to nah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the she was barren: and the LORD Joseph, that Jacob said unto LaLORD had shut up her womb.

was entreated of him, and Rebekah ban, Send me away, that I may go And her adversary also provoked his wife conceived.

unto mine own place, and to my her sore, for to make her fret, Gen, xxx, 22-24. And God re-country. because the LORD had shut up her membered Rachel, and God heark- Gen. xxxi, 3, 30. And the LORD womb. Then said Elkanah her ened to her, and opened her said unto Jacob, Return unto the husband to her, Hannah, why womb. And she conceived, and land of thy fathers, and to thy Weepest thou? and why eatest bare a son; and said, God hath kindred; and I will be with thee. thou not? and why is thy heart taken away my reproach: And And now, though thou wouldest grieved? am not I better to thee she called his name Joseph; and needs be gone, because thou sore than ten sons?

said, The LORD shall add to me longedst after thy father's house, 2 Sam. vi, 23. Therefore Michal, another son.

yet wherefore hast thou stolen my the daughter of Saul, had no child 2 Kings iv, 17. And the woman gods? unto the day of her death.

conceived, and bare a son at that Exod. xviii, 27. And Moses let Mark xii, 18-22. Then come unto season that Elisha had said unto his father-in-law depart; and he him the Sadducees, which say her, according to the time of life. went his way into his own land. there is no resurrection; and they Luke i, 57, 58. Now Elisabeth's Num. x, 29, 30. And Moses said asked him, saying, Master, Moses full time came that she should be unto Hobab, the son of Raguel the wrote unto us, II a man's brother | delivered; and she brought forth | Midianite, Moses' father-in-law,

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We are journeying nnto the place , also: and she called his name 1 Chron. vii, 16. And Maachan of which the LORD said, I will give Sineon. And she conceived again, the wife of Machir bare a son, and it you: come thou with us, and we and bare a son; and said, Now this she called his name Peresh; and will do thee good; for the LORD time will my husband be joined the name of his brother COS hath spoken food concerning unto me, because I have born him Sheresh; and his sons ucre Ulam Israel. And he said unto him, I three sons: therefore was his dame and lakem. will not go; but I will depart to called Levi. And she conceived

Matth. 1, 25. And knew her not mine own land, and to my kin- again, and bare a son; and she till she band brought forth her dred.

said, Now will I praise the Lord: first-born son: and he called his Ruth 1, 15. And she said, Behold, therefore she called his name name JESUS. thy sister-in-law is gone back un. Judalı; and left bearing.

Luke i, 59-63. And it came to to her people, and unto her gods. Gen. XXX, 10-13, 18-21. And

pass, that on tlie eighth day they 1 kings xi. 21, 22. And when Zilpah, Leal's maid, bare Jacob | came to circuncise the child; anil Hadad heard in Egypt that David

And Leah said, A troop they called him Zacharias, after slept with his fathers, and that cometh: and she called his name the name of his father. And his Joab the captain of the host was

Gad. And Zilpah, Leal's maid, mother answered and said, Not deal. Hadadi said to Pharaoli, Let bare Jacob a second son. And

80; but be shall be called John. me depart, that I may go to mine Leah said, Happy am I, for the Aud they said unto her, There is own country. Then Pharaoh said daughters will call mo blessed: none of ihy kindred that is called unto him, But what hast thou and she called his name Asher. I by this name. And they made lacked with me, that, behold, thou And Leah suid, God hath given me signs to his father, how he would seckest to go to thine own coun- my hire, because I have given ny have him called.' And he asked try? And he answered, Nothing: maiden to my husband: and slie for a writing-iable, and wrote, howbuit, let me go in any wise. called his name Issachar. And saying, His name is Jolin. And Veh. 11, 3-5. And said unto the Leah conceived again, and bare they marvelled all.

Jacob the sixtison. And Leah king, Let the king live for ever: said, God hath endued me with a wlay should not my countenance good dowry; now will my husband

NURSING. be sad, when the city, the place of

Erod. ii, 5-9. And the daughter my fathers' sepulchres, licthe waste, born hin six sons and she called dwell with me, because I have

of Pharaoh came down to Wash and the gates thereof are con

his name Zebulun. And atter- herself at the river; and her sumed with fire? Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou wards she bare a daughter, and maidens walked along by the

river's side; and when she saw make request? So I prayed to called her name Dinah.

the ark among the flags, she sent the Gotl of heaven. And I said

Gen. xxxv, 18. And it came to her maid to fetch it. And when unto the king, If it please the king, pass, as her soul was in departing; I she had opened it, she saw the and if thy servant have found for she died, that she Rachel] child: and behold, the babe wens. favour in thy sight, that thou called his name Beuroni; but liis And she had compassion on him, wouldest send me unto Juduh, father called him Benjamin.

and said, This is Oite of the Heunto the city of my fathers' sepul- Gen. xxxviii, 3-5. And she con- brews' children. Then said his chres, that I may build it.

ceived, and bare a son; and he sister to Pharaoli's daughter, Shall

called his name Er. And she con- I go and call to thee a uurse of the OTHER ALLUSIONS.

ceived again, and bare a son; and llebrew women, that she may Ezek. xxi, 30. Shall I cause it to sho called his name Onun. And nurse the child for thee? And return into his sheath? I will judge she yet again conceived, and bare Pharaoh's daughter said to her, thee in the place where thou wast a son; and called his name Shelah: Go. And the maid went and created, in the land of thy nativity. and he was at Chezib, when she called the child's mother. And Marle vi, 4. But Jesus said unto bure him.

Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, them, A prophet is not without Exo, ii, 10. And the child grew, Take this child away, and nurse honour, but in his own country, and she brought him unto Pha- it for me, and I will give thee thy and among his own kin, and in his raoh's daughter, and he becane wages. And the woman took tho own house.

her son. And she called his name child, and nursed it. Luke iv, 24. And he said, Verily Moses and she said. Because I 1 Kings iil, 19-21. And this I say unto you, No prophet is drew liim out of the water.

woman's child died in the night; accepted in his own country.

Ruth iv, 15, 17. And he shall be because she overlaid it. And she John iv, 44. For Jesus himself unto thee a restorer of thy life, and arose at midnight, and took my testified that a prophet hath no a nourisher of thine old age: for son from beside me, while thino honour in his own country. thy daughter-in-law, which loveth handmaid slept, and laid it in ber

thee, which is better to thee than besom, and laid her dead child in NAMING THE CHILD. seven sons, hath born him. And my bosom. And when I rose in CIRCUMCISION, the women her neighbours gave the morning to give my child

but it a name, saying, There is a son suck, belold, it was dead; (See under ORDINANCES.) Gen. xxi, 3. And Abraham called his name Obed. he is the father of morning, behold, it was not my

born to Naomi; and they called when I had considered it in the the naine of his son that was born Jesse, the father of David.

son which I did bear. unto him, whom Sarah bare to liim, Isaac.

1 Sam. 1, 20. Wherefore it came

Num. xi, 12. llave I conceived to pass, when the time was come all this people? have I begotten Gen. xxix, 32-35. And Leah conceived, and bare a son; and she about, after Hannahı had conceiv

unto me, Carry thein in thy bosom called his name kenben: for she ed, that she bare a son, and called them, that thou shouldest say said, Surely the Lorv hath looked his name Samuel, saying, Because (as a nursing-father beareth the upou my ailliction; now therefore I have asked him of the Lord.

sucking child) unto the land which my liusband will love me. And 1 Chron. iv, 9. Aud Jabez was thou swarest unto their fathers she conceived again, and bare a more honourable than his breil- Deut. 1, 31. And in the wilderson; and said, Because the Lord) rer; and his mother called bis ness, where thou hast scen how hath heard that I was hated, he name Jabez, saying, Because I that the LORD thy God bare thee, bath therefore given me this son bare him with sorrow.

as a mau duth Lear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye And when she had weaned him,, dwelt in the wilderness, and became into this place.

she took him up with her, with came an archer. P$. viii, 2. Out of the mouth of three bullocks, and one ephal of

Gen. xxv, 27. And the boys babes and sucklings hast thou or-four, and a bottle of wine, and

grew: and Fsau was a cunning dained strength because of thine brought him unto the house of the

huuter, a man of the field; and enemies, that thou mightest still Lord in Shiloh: and the child was Jacob was a plain man dwelling in the enemy and the avenger. young.

tents. 1sq. lxvi, 11-13. That ye may 1 Kings xi, 20. And the sister of

Judges xiii, 24, 25. And the wosuck, and be satisfied with the Tahpenes bare him Genubath his

man bare a son, and called his breasts of her consolations; that Pharaoh's house: and Genubath and the Lord blessed him. And son, whom Tahpenes weaned in

name Samson: and the child grew, ye may milk out, and be delighted was in Pharaoh's household among the Spirit of the Lord began to with the abundance of her glory: the sons of Pharaoh. For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I

move him at times in the camp of will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles

Ps. xxvii, 10. When my father Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. like a flowing stream: then shall and my mother forsake me, then

1 Sam. il, 11, 26. And Elkanah the LORD will take me up.

went to Ramah to his house: and ye suck, ye shall be borne upou her sides, and be dandled upon her Ps. cxxxi, 2. Surely I have be- the child did minister unto the

LORD before Eli the priest. And knees. As one whom his mother haved and quieted myself, as a

the child Samuel grew on, and comforteth, so will I comfort you; child that is weaned of his mother:

was in favour both with the and ye shall be comforted in Je my soul is even as a weaned rusalem, child.

LORD, and also with men.
Hosea xi, 3. I taught Ephraim
Isa. xi, 8. And the sucking

2 Kings ii, 23, 24. And he went

up from thence unto Beth-el: and also to go, taking them by their child shall play on the hole of the

as he was going up by the way, arms; but they knew not that I asp, and the weaned child shall healed them,

put his hand on the cockatrice' there came forth little children den.

out of the city, and mocked him, Matth. xxiv, 19. And woe unto

and said unto him, Go up, thou them that are with child, and to teach knowledge and whom shall And he turned back, and looked

Isa. xxviii, 9. Whom shall he bald head; go up, thou bald head. them that give suck, in those de make to understand doctrine? days!

on them, and cursed them in the them that are weaned from the 1 çor. iii, 1, 2. And I, brethren, milk, and drawn from the breasts.

name of the LORD. And there could not speak unto you as unto

came forth two she-bears out of spiritual, but as unto carnal, eren

Hosea i, 8. Now, when she had the wood, and tare forty and two is unto babes in Christ. I have

weaned Lo-ruhamah, she con- children of them. fed you with milk, and not with conceived, and bare a son.

Job xix, 18. Yea, young chil. meat: for hitherto ye were not

dren despised me: I arose, and able to bear it, neither yet now

JUVENILE THOUGHTS AND they spake against me. are ye able.

PASTIMES.

P3. cxliv, 12. That our sons 1 Thess. if, 7. But we were gen Zech, vili, 5. And the streets of may be as plants grown up in tle among you, even as a nurse the city shall be full of boys and

their youth; that our daughters cherisheth her children. girls playing in the streets thereof. may be as corner stones, polish

ed after the similitude of a palace. Heb. v, 12, 13. For when for the Matth. xi, 16, 17. But where

Prov. XX, 11. Even a child is time ye 'ought to be teachers, ye unto shall I liken this genera- known by his doings, whether his have need that one teach you

tion? It is like unto children sitagain which be the first printing in the markets, and calling work be purc, and whether it be

right. ciples of the oracles of God; and into their fellows, And saying, are become such as have need of We have piped unto you, and yo Eccles. xi, 10. Therefore remove milk, and not of strong meat. For have not danced; we have mourn. sorrow from thy heart, and put every one that useth milk is un- ed unto you, and ye have not away evil from thy flesh: for skiital in the word of righteouslamented.

childhood and youth are vanity. Dess: for be is a babe.

Luke vii, 31, 32. And the Lord 1 Peter i, 14. As obedient chil

said, Whereunto then shall Idren, not fashioning yourselves 1 Peter ii, 2. As new-born babes, liken the men of this generation? according to the former lusts in desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

and to what are they like? They your ignorance.
are

like unto children sitting

in the market-place, and calling CHILDREN TENDERLY WEANING,

FOR, AND one to another, and saying, WeCARED

OFTEN Gen. XX1, 8. And the child grew, have piped unto you, and ye have PROPOSED AS AN EXAMPLE. and was weaned; and Abraham not danced; we have mourned to Gen. xxi, 17. And God heard made a great feast the same day you, and ye have not wept.

the voice of the lad; and the angel that Isaac was weaned.

1 Cor. xiii, 11. And when I was of God called to Hagar out of 1 Sam. 1, 22-24. But IIannah a child, I spake as a child, I un

heaven, and said unto her, What went not up; for she said unto derstood as a child, I thought as aileth thee, Hlagar? fear not; for ber husband, I will not go up un- a child; but when I became a God hath heart the voice of the til the child be weaned, and then man, I put away childish things.

I

lad where he is. I will bring him, that he may

P3. cxlvii, 13. for he hath appear before the Lord, and there CHARACTERS OF CHILDREN strengthened the bars of thy abide for ever. And Elkanah

gates, he hath blessed thy chil

EARLY DEVELOPED. ber husband said unto her, Do

dren within thee. what seemeth thee good; tarry Gen. xxi, 9, 20, And Sarah saw Matth. xviii, 2-5. And Jesus until thou have weaned him; only the son of Hagar the Egyptian, called a little child unto him, and the LORD establish bis word. So which she had born unto Abra- set him in the midst of them, And the woman abode, and gave her ham, mocking. And God was suid, Verily I say unto yoll, Exaun suck until she weaned him.' with the lad; and he grew, and cept ye be converted, and become

as little children, ye shall not enter be born unto him that is an hun wife arose, and departed, and come

1 into the kingilom of heaven. dred years old? and shall Sarah, to Tirzah: and when she came to Whosoever therefore shall hum- that is ninety years old, bear? the threshold of the door, the ble himself as this little child, the

Gen. XX1, 1, 2, 5-7. And the LORD child died. samo is greatest in the kingdom visited Sarah as he had said, and 1 Kings xvii, 17, 1S. And it came of heaven. And whoso shall re- the Lord did unto Sarah as he had to pass after these things, that the ceive one such little child in my spoken. For Sarah conceived, son of the woman, the mistress of name, receiveth me.

and bare Abraham a son in his the house, fell sich; and his sickMatth. xix, 13, 14. Then were old age, at the set time of which ness was so sore, that there was there brought unto him little God had spoken to him. And no breath left in him. And she children, that he should put his Abraham was an hundred years said unto Elijah, What have I to hands on them, and pray: and the old, when his son Isaac was born do with thee, O thou man of God? disciples rebuked them. But unto him. And Sarah said, God art thou come unto me to call my Jesus said, Sufler little children, hath made me to laugh, 80 that sin to remembrance, and to slay and forbid them not, to come unto all that hear will laugh with me. my son? me; for of such is the kingdom of And she said, Who would have heaven. said unto Abraham that Sarah child was grown, it fell on a day,

2 Kings iv, 18-21. And when the Mark 1x, 36, 37. And he took a should have given children suck? that he went out to his father to child, and set him in the midst of for I have born him a son in his the reapers. And he said unto them: and when he had taken him old age.

his father, My head, my headi And in his arms, he said unto them, Gen. xxiv, 36. And Sarah, my he said to a lad, Carry him to his Whosoever shall receive one of master's wife, bare a son to my mother. And when he had taken such children in my name, receiv- master when she was old and him, and brouglat him to his eth me; and whosoever shall re- unto him hath he given all that mother, he sat on her knees till ceive me, receiveth not me, but he hath.

noon, and then died. And she him that sent me.

Ruth 1, 11, 12. And Naomi said, went up, and laid him on the bed Mark x, 13-16. And they brought Turn again, my daughters: why of the man of God, and shut the young children to him, that he will yo go with me? are there yet door upon him, and went out. should touch them: and his disci-any more sons in my womb, that Job I, 18, 19. While he was yet ples rebuked those that brought they may be your husbands? Turn speaking, there came also another, them. But when Jesus saw it, he again, my daughters go your and said, Thy sons and thy daugh. was much displeased, and said way; for I am too old to have an ters were eating and drinking unto thein, Suffer the little chill husband. If I should say, I have wine in their eldest brother's dren to como unto me, and forbid Lope, if I should have an husband house. And, behold, there came thuin not: for of such is the king- also to-night, and should also bear a great wind from the wilderness, dom of God. Verily I say unto sons.

and smote the four corners of the you, Whosoever shall not receive Luke 1, 18, 36. And Zacharias house, and it fell upon the young the kingdom of God as a little said unto the angel, Whereby men, and they are dead; and I child, he shall not enter therein. shall I know this? for I am an old only am escaped alone to tell thee. And he took them up in his arms. man, and my wife well stricken in put his hands upon them, and years. And, behold, thy cousin 1 Kings xxi, 21, 22. Behold, I blessed them.

Elisabeth, she hath also conceived will bring evil upon thee, an I will Luke ix, 48. And said unto them,

a son in her old age; and this is take away thy posterity, and will Whosoever shall receive

the sixth month with her, who cut off from Abab bim that pisseth

this child in my name, receiveth me; was called barren.

against the wall, and him that is and whosoever shall receive me,

Heb. xi, 11. Through faith also shut up and left in Israel, And receiveth him that sent me: for he Sara herself received strength to will make thine house like the that is least among you all, the conceive seed, and was delivered house of Jeroboam the son of same shall be great.

of a child when she was past age, Nebat, and like the house of Luke xviii, 15-17. And they who had promised. because she judged him taithfuí Baasha the son of Alijah, for the

provocation wherewith thou hast brought unto him also infants,

provoked me to anger, and made that he would touch them: but

Israel to sin. when his disciples saw it, they

DEATH OF CHILDREN. rebuked them. But Jesus called

Job xviii, 19. He shall neither

1 Sam. 11, 33, 34. And the man have son nor nephew among bils them unto him, and said, Suffer of thine, whom I shall not cut off people, nor any remaining in his little children to come unto me, trom mine altar, shall be to con- dwellings. and forbid them not: for of such sume thine eyes, and to grieve is the kingilojn of God. Verily I thine heart: and all the increase

Isa. xiv, 22. For I will rise up say unto you, Whosoever shall not of thine house shall die in the against them, saith the LORD of receive the king lom of God as a flower of their age.

And this hosts, and cut off from Babylon little child, shali in no wise enter shall be a sign unto thee, that shall

the name, and remnant, and son, therein. come upon thy two sons, on

and nephew, saith the LORD. llophoi and Phinehas; in one day

Ps. XXI, 10. Their fruit shalt thon CHILDREX BORN IN they shall die both of them. destroy from the earth, and their OLD AGE OF PARENTS. 1 Kings xiv, 12, 13, 17. Arise

seed from among the children of

men. Gen. xvi, 15, 16. And Hagar bare thou therefore, get thee to thine

P8. cxxxvii, 9. Happy shall he be Abrain a son: and Abram called own house; and when thy feet his son's Daune, which Hagar bare, die. And all Israel shell mourn

enter into the city, the child shall that taketh and dasheth thy little Ishmael. And Abram wus four. for him, and bury him; tor he only

ones against the stones. score and six years old when

Isa. II, 18. There is none to guide Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.

of Jeroboam shall come to the her among all the sons whom she

grave, because in him there is hath brought forth; neither 18 Gen. xvii. 17. Then Abraham found some good thing toward the there any that taketh ber by the fell upon his face, and laughed, Lord God of Israel in the house hind of all the sons that she liath and suid in his heart, Shall a child of Jeroboam. And Jeroboam's brought up.

Jer, XV,7. And I will fan them and ye will take Benjamin avay. I ashamed steal away when they with a fan in the gates of the land; All these things are against me. lee in battle. But the king I will bereave them of children, I

Gen. xliv, 27-29. And thy ser- covered his face, and the king will destroy my people, since they vant my father said unto us, Ye cried with a loud voice, 0 my soni return not from their ways. know that my wife bare me two Absalom! O Absalom, my son, my

Enek. xxiv, 25. Also, thou son of 8018: And the one went out from son! man skall it not be in the day wben ine, and I said, Surely he is torn

2 Kings iv, 27, 28. And when I take froin them their strengib, in pieces; and I saw him not since she came to the man of God to the joy of their glory, the desire and if ye take this also from me, the bill, she caught him by the of their eyes, and that whereupon and mischief befall him, ye shall feet; but Gehazi came near to they set their minds, their sons bring down my gray hairs with thrust her away. And the man of and their daughters. sorrow to the grave.

God said, Let her alone; for her Lam. ii, 19-22. Arise, cry out

Lev. x, 19, 20. And Aaron said soul is vexed within her, and the in the night; in the beginning of unto Moses, Behold, this day have Lord hath hid it from me, and the watches pour out thine heart they offered their sin-offering and hath not told me. Then she said, like water before the face of the their burnt-offering before the Did I desire a son of my lord? did LORD: lift up thy hands toward

LORD; and such things have be- I not say, Do not deceive me? him for the life of thy young chil-tallen me: and if I had eaten the

1 Chron. vii, 20-22. And the dren, that faint for hunger in the sin-offering to-day, should it have been accepted in the sight of the

sons of Ephraim; Shuthelah, and top of every street, Behold, O

LORD? Lord, and consider to whom thou

Bered his son, and Tahath his And when Moses heard that, he was content.

son, and Eladah his son, and Tahast done this. Shall the women

hath his son, And Zabad his son, eat their fruit, and children of a

2 Sam. xii, 18, 19, 21-23. And it and shuthelah his son, and Ezer, span long?

The young and came to pass on the seventh day, and Elead, whom the men of Gath the old lie on the ground in the that the child died. And the ser- that were born in that land slew, streets: my virgins and my young

vanis of David feared to tell him because they came down to take men are fallen by the sword; thou that the child was dead: for they away their cattle. And Ephraim Last slain them in the day of thine said, Behold, while the child was their father mourned many days, anger, thou hast killed, and not yet alive, we spake unto him, and and his brethren came io compitied. Thou hast called, as in a he would not hearken unto our fort him. sulemn day, my terrors round voice;how will he then vex himself,

Job xxix, 5. When the Almighty about; so that in the day of the if we tell him that the child is dead? Lord's anger none escaped nor But when David saw that liis dren were about me.

was yet with me, when my chilremained; those that I have swad- servants whispered, David perdled and brought up bath mine ceived that the child was dead: Jer. vi, 26. O daughter of my enemy consumed.

therefore David said unto his ser people, gird thee with sackcloth

vants, Is the child dead? And and wallow thyself in ashes: Hosea ix, 12, 13, 16. Though they said, He is dead. Then said make thee mourning, as for ar. they bring up their children, yet his servants unto him, What only son, most bitter lamentation: will i bereave them, that there thing is this that thou hast done for the spoiler shall suddenly shall not be a man left: yea, woe thou didst fast and weep for the come upon us. also to them when I depart from child, while it was alive; but when Jer. xxxi, 15. Thus saith the them. Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, the child was dead, thou didst rise LORD, A voice was heard in Riis planted in a pleasant place: but and eat bread. And he said, mah, lamentation, and bitter Ephraim sball bring forth his while the child was yet alive, I weeping, Rachel weeping for her children to the murderer. Eph- fasted and wept: for I said, Who children, refused to be comforted raim is smitten, their root is dried can tell whether God will be for her children, because they up, they shall bear no fruit; yea, gracious to me, that the child may were not. though they bring forth, yet will live? But now he is dead, whereI slay cren the beloved fruit of fore should I fast? can I bring trodden under foot all my mighty

Lam. I, 15, 16. The LORD hath their womb.

him back again? I shall go to him, men in the midst of me; he hath Matth. ii, 16. Then Herod, when but he shall not return to me.

called an assembly against me to he saw that he was mocked of the 2 Sam. xiii, 37. But Absalom crush my young men: the Lord wise men, was exceeding wroth,and tied, and went to Talmai, the son hath trodden the virgin, the sent forth, and slew all the child of Ammihud, king of Gesliur: and daughter of Judah, as in a wine dren that were in Bethlehem, and David mourned for his son every press. For these things I weep; in all the coasts thereof, from two day,

mine eye, mine eye runneth down years old and under, according to the time which he had diliguntly was much moved, and went up to that should relieve my soul is far

2 Sam. xviii, 33. And the king with water, because the comforter enquired of the wisa men. the chamber over the gate, and

from me: my children are dewept; and, as he went, thus he solate, because the enemy preGRIEF OF BEREAVED said, O my son Absalom! my son,

vailed.
my son Absalom! would God i
PARENTS.
had died for thee, O Absalom, my

FILIAL DUTY,
Gen. xxxvii, 35. And all his son, my son!

EXEMPLIFIED AND INCULCATED. sous, and all his daughters, rose

2 Sam. xix. 1-4. And it was Gen. xxvii, 8, 13. Now, thereup to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted: and he said, For told Joab, Behold, the king weep. fore, my son, obey my voice, acI will go down into the grave un

eth and mourneth for Absalom. cording to that which I comto my son mourning. Thus bis

And the victory that day was mand thee. And his mother said father wept for him.

turned into mouraing unto all unto him, Upon me be thy curse,

the people; for the people heard my son; only obey my voice, and Gen. xlii, 36. And Jacob their say that day, how the king was go fetch me them. father said unto them, Me have crieved for his son. And the Gen. xliv, 34. For how shall I ye bereaved of my children: people gat them by stealth that go up to my father, and the lad be Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, / day into the city, as people being I not with me? lest peradventure I

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