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to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? That ye shall say. It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head, and worshipped.

Exod. xiii, 14-16. And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go, that the LORD slew all the first-born in the land

of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth the matrix, being males; but all the first-born of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.

our children cease
dren make
from fearing the LORD.

Exod. xvi, 32-34. And Moses said, This is the thing which the LORD Commandeth, Fill an omer of it to be kept for your generations; that they may see the bread wherewith I have fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you forth from the land of Egypt. And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations. As the LORD commanded

VALUE OF SUCH INSTRUC-
TION.

Prov. x, 1. The Proverbs of
Solomon. A wise son maketh a
glad father: but a foolish son is the
heaviness of his mother.

Prov. xv, 20. A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish man despiseth his mother.

Prov. xvii, 21, 25. He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; and the father of a fool hath no joy. A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her

that bare him.

Prov. xix, 26. He that wasteth his father, and chaseth away his mother, is a son that causeth shame, and bringeth reproach.

the Testimony, to be kept.

Josh. iv, 22-24. Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us. until we were gone over; That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God for ever.

And Isaac his father said unto
him, Who art thou? And he said,
I am thy son, thy first-born, Esau.
And Isaac trembled very exceed-
ingly, and said, Who? where is he
that hath taken venison, and
brought it me, and I have eaten
of all before thou camest, and
have blessed him? yea, and he
shall be blessed. And when Esau
heard the words of his father, he
cried with a great and exceeding
bitter cry, and said unto his father,
Bless me, even me also, O my
father! And he said, Thy brother
with subtilty, and hath
came
taken away thy blessing. And he
said, Is not he rightly named
Jacob? for he hath supplanted me
these two times: he took away
my birthright; and, behold, now
he hath taken away my blessing.
And he said, Hast thou not re-
And
served a blessing for me?
Isaac answered and said unto

Esau, Behold, I have made him
thy lord, and all his brethren have
I given to him for servants; and
with corn and wine have I sus-
tained him: and what shall I do
now unto thee, my son?
Esau said unto his father, Hast
thou but one blessing, my father?
bless me, even me also, O my
father! And Esau lifted up his
voice, and wept.

And

Prov. xxii, 6. Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Prov. xxiii, 15, 16, 24, 25. My
son, if thine heart be wise, my
heart shall rejoice, even mine;
Yea, my reins shall rejoice when
thy lips speak right things. The
father of the righteous shall
greatly rejoice; and he that be-
getteth a wise child shall have joy
Thy father and thy
of him.
mother shall be glad, and she that
bare thee shall rejoice.

Prov. xxviii, 24. Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

Prov. xxx, 11. There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother.

Isa. i, 2. Hear, O heavens; and

Moses, so Aaron laid it up before give ear, O earth: for the LORD excellency of dignity, and the ex

cellency of power: Unstable as
water, thou shalt not excel; be-
cause thou wentest up to thy
father's bed; then defiledst thou
it: he went up to my couch.
Simeon and Levi are brethren;
instruments of cruelty are in their
habitations. O my soul, come not
thou into their secret; unto their
assembly, mine honour, be not
thou united! for in their anger
they slew a man, and in their self-
will they digged down a wall
Cursed be their anger, for it was
fierce; and their wrath, for it was
cruel: I will divide them in Jacob,
and scatter them in Israel. Judah,
thou art he whom thy brethren
shall praise: thy hand shall be
in the neck of thine enemies; thy
father's children shall bow down
Judah is a lion's
before thee.
whelp: from the prey, my son,
thou art gone up: he stooped
down, he couched as a lion, and
as an old lion; who shall rouse
The sceptre shall not
him up?

hath spoken, I have nourished and
brought up children, and they
have rebelled against me.

PATERNAL BLESSINGS. Gen. ix, 24-27. And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him. And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant. God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

THE FAMILY PROPHECY
OF JACOB.

Josh, xxii, 24, 25 And if we have not rather done it for fear of this Gen. xxvii, 10, 29, 32-38. And thing, saying, In time to come thou shalt bring it to thy father, your children might speak unto that he may eat, and that he may our children, saying, What have bless thee before his death. Let ye to do with the LORD God of people serve thee, and nations Israel? For the LORD hath made bow down to thee: be lord over Jordan a border between us and thy brethren, and let thy mother's you ye children of Reuben, and sons bow down to thee: cursed be children of Gad; ye have no part every one that curseth thee, and in the LORD: so shall your chil-blessed be he that blesseth thee.

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Gen. xlix, 1-28. And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. Reuben, thou art my first-born, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the

depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver
from between his feet, until Shiloh
come; and unto him shall the
gathering of the people be: Bind-
ing his foal unto the vine, and his
ass's colt unto the choice vine; he
washed his garments in wine, and
his clothes in the blood of grapes:
His eyes shall be red with wine,
and his teeth white with milk.
Zebulun shall dwell at the haven
of the sea; and he shall be for an
haven of ships: and his border
shall be unto Zidon. Issachar is
a strong ass couching down be-
tween two burdens: And he saw
good, and the
that rest was
land that it was pleasant; and
bowed his shoulder to bear,

be thine, and shall be called after
the name of their brethren in
their inheritance.

ning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them.

ADOPTION.

Gen. xlviii, 5, 6. And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt, before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine: as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shail

lieb. xii, 24.
sons.
By faith Moses.
when he was come to years, re-
fused to be called the son of
Pharaoh's daughter.

SPIRITUAL ADOPTION-ITS

SOURCE THE GRACE OF
GOD.
Hosea 1, 10. Yet the number of
the children of Israel shall be as
the sand of the sea, which cannot
be measured nor numbered; and
it shall come to pass, that in the

and became a servant unto
tribute. Dan shall judge his
people, as one of the tribes of
Israel. Dan shall be a ser-
pent by the way, an adder in
the path, that biteth the horse
heels, so that his rider shall fall
backward. I have waited for thy
salvation, O LORD. Gad, a troop
shall overcome him: but he shall
overcome at the last. Out of
Asher his bread shall be fat, and
he shall yield royal dainties.
Naphtali is a hind let loose: he
giveth goodly words. Joseph is a
fruitful bough, even a fruitful
bough by a well, whose branches
run over the wall. The archers
have sorely grieved him, and shot
at him, and hated him: But his
bow abode in strength, and the
arms of his hands were made
strong by the hands of the mighty
God of Jacob; (from thence is the
Shepherd, the stone of Israel:)
Even by the God of thy father,
who shall help thee, and by the
Almighty, who shall bless thee
with blessings of heaven above,
blessings of the deep that leth
under, blessings of the breasts
and of the womb. The blessings
of thy father have prevailed above
the blessings of my progenitors
unto the utmost bound of the ever-Thou shalt call me, My father;
lasting hills: they shall be on the and shalt not turn away from me.
head of Joseph, and on the crown
of the head of him that was separ-
ate from his brethren. Benjamin

Jer. iii, 4, 19. Wilt thou not from
this time cry unto me, My father,
thou art the guide of my youth?
But I said, How shall I put thee
among the children, and give thee
a pleasant land, a goodly heritage
of the hosts of nations? and I said,

shall ravin as a wolf: in the mor

place where it was said unto them,
Ye are not my people, there it
shall be said unto them, Ye are
the sons of the living God.

John i, 12, 13. But as many as
received him, to them gave he
power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his

name: Which were born, not of
blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God,

Eph. i, 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.

1 John iii, 1. Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God! therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

ITS BLESSINGS.
Ps. lxxxix, 26, 27. He shall cry
unto me, Thou art my Father, my
God, and the Rock of my salva-
tion. Also I will make him my
first-born, Ligher than the kings
of the earth.

Gal. iv, 5-7,19,28. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son;

and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you. Now we, brethren, as Isaac was are the children of promise.

Rom. viii, 14-17. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

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1 John iii, 2, Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth

not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

ITS DUTIES.

Matth. v, 45. That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Eph. v, 1. Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.

Phil. ii, 15. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Heb. xii, 5. And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him.

1 John iii, 3, 10. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he, that loveth not his brother.

IV.

FAMILY CIRCLE.
INTERCOURSE AMONG

RELATIVES.

Gen. xiv, 16. And he [Abraham] brought back all the goods, and also brought again his brother Lot, and his goods, and women also, and the people.

the

to

Gen. xxviii, 5. And Isaac sent away Jacob; and he went Padan-aram unto Laban, son of Bethuel the Syrian, the brother of Rebekah, Jacob's and Esau's mother.

Gen. xxix, 4-6, 12. And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, of Haran are we. And he said unto them, Know ye Laban the son of Nahor? And they said, We know him. And he said unto them, Is he well? And they said, He is

well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep. And Jacob told Rachel that he was her father's brother, and that be was Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.

Gen. xxxvii, 14. And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. . . . . .

Gen. xliii, 6, 7. And Israel said, Wherefore dealt ye so ill with me, as to tell the man whether ye had yet a brother? And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words. Could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your

brother down?

Exod. iv, 18. And Moses went and returned to Jethro his fatherin-law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

Exod. xviii, 5-8. And Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife unto Moses into the wilderness, where he encamped at the mount of God. And he said unto Moses, I thy father-in-law, Jethro am come unto thee, and thy wife, and her two sons with her. And Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, and did obeisance, and kissed him; and they asked each other of their welfare: and they came into the tent. And Moses told his father-in-law all that the LORD had done unto Pharaoh, and to the Egyptians, for Israel's sake, and all the travail that had come upon them by the way, and how

the LORD delivered them.

Num. x, 31, 32. And he said, Leave us not, I pray thee; forasmuch as thou knowest how we are to encamp in the wilderness, and thou mayest be to us instead of eyes. And it shall be, if thou go with us, yea, it shall be, that what goodness the LORD shall do unto us, the same will we do unto thee,

Ruth ii, 1, 20. And Naomi had a kinsman of her husband's, a mighty man of wealth, of the family of Elimelech; and his name tras Boaz. And Noami said unto her daughter-in-law, Blessed be he of the LORD, who hath not left off his kindness to the living and to the dead, And Naomi said unto her, The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kins

men.

1 Sam. xvii, 17. And Jesse said unto David his son, Take now for thy brethren an ephah of this

parched corn, and these ten loaves, and run to the camp to thy brethren.

Esther ii, 10, 11. Esther had not shewed her people, nor her kin dred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.

Luke i, 39, 40, 56. And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill-country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house.

Acts vil, 13, 23. And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph's kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel.

FAMILY CARES AND
ANXIETIES.

Gen. xix, 12-16. And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place: For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it. And Lot went out, and spake untohis sons-in-law,which married his daughters, and said, Up, get ye out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons-in-law. And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And, while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters, the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

Gen. xxvi, 35. Which [Esau's two marriages] were a grief of mind unto Isaac and to Rebekali.

Gen. xxvii, 46. And Rebekah said to Isaac, I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth: if Jacob take a wife of the daughters of Heth, such as these which are of the daughters of the land, what good shall my life do inc?

Gen. xxx, 30. For it was little which thou hadst before I came, and it is now increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath

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And he told into the army, and came and
saluted his brethren.

Mark iii, 31, 32. There came
then his brethren and his mother,
and, standing without, sent untó
him, calling him. And the multi-
tude sat about him; and they said
unto him, Behold, thy mother and
thy brethren without seek for

thee.

him to his house. Laban all these things.

Gen. xxxiii, 4. And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him, and they wept.

Gen. xxxvii, 30. And he [Reuben] returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and 1, whither shall I go?

Gen. xliii, 29-31. And he lifted up his eyes, and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother, of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious unto thee, my son. And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. And he washed his face, and went out, and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread.

Then Gen. xlv, 1-4, 13-17. Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him while Joseph madehimself knownunto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph: 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. And ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt, and of all that ye have seen; and ye shall haste and bring down my father hither. Moreover, he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them:and after that his brethren talked with him. And the fame thereof was heard in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh well, and his servants. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, and go, get you unto the land of Canaan.

Ps. cxxxiii, 1-3. Behold, how
good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in
It is like the precious
unity!
ointment upon the head, that ran
down upon the beard, even Aaron's
beard; that went down to the
skirts of his garments; As the
dew of Hermon, and as the dew
that descended upon the moun-
tains of Zion: for there the LORD
commanded the blessing, even
life for evermore.

Gen. 1, 18, 21. And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto

them.

Exod. iv, 27. And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him.

WANT OF DOMESTIC
AFFECTION.

Gen. xlv, 24. So he [Joseph] sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

1 Sam. xvii, 22. And David left his carriage in the hand of the keeper of the carriage, and ran

Deut. xxxiii, 9. Who said unto his father and to his mother, I have not seen him; neither did he acknowledge his brethren, nor knew his own children: for they have observed thy word, and kept thy covenant.

and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the

Lord.

Judges ix. 21. And Jotham ran away, and fled, and went to Beer, and dwelt there, for fear of Abimelech his brother.

Prov. xviii, 19. A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city; and their contentions are like the bars of a castle. Ezek. xvi, 5..

Thou wast cast out in the open field, to the loathing of thy person, in the day that thou wast born.

Obad. 10, 12, 13. For thy violence against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou But shalt be cut off for ever. thou shouldest not have looked

Luke xii, 51, 52. Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. DIMINUTION OF FAMILIES, A SORE JUDGMENT UPON A LAND.

on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of my people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity.

Lev. xxvi, 32. And I will bring the land into desolation; and your dwell enemies which therein shall be astonished at it.

Deut. xxviii, 62, 63. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for mul

titude; because thou wouldest not obey the voiceof the LORD thy God. And it shall come to pass, that, as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought: and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

Micah vi, 4, 5. For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt,

Judges v, 7. The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel.

Prov. xiv, 11. The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish.

Isa. vi, 11, 12. Then said I, Lord, how long? And he auswered, Until the cities be wasted without inhabitant,and the houses without man, and the land be utterly desolate; And the LORD have removed men far away, and there be a great forsaking in the midst of the land.

scattereth

Isa. xxiv, 1-3. Behold, the LORD empty, and maketh the earth maketh it waste, and turneth it upside down, and abroad the inhabitants thereof. And it shall be, as with the people, so with the priest; as with the servant, so with his master; as with the maid, so with her mistress; as with the buyer, so with the seller; as with the lender, so with the borrower; as with the taker of usury, so with the giver of usury to him. The land shall be utterly emptied, and utterly spoiled: for the LORD hath spoken this word.

Jer. iv, 25, 26. I beheld, and, lo,

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