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And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand ; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them,

Sing ye to the Lord, for he hath triumphed gloriously;
The horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.

LESSON XIL.

THE DELIVERY OF THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AT SINAI.

[Exodus xix. xx.] . 1. In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Si'nai. For they were departed from Reph'i-dim, and were come to the Desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount. And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud ; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the neth'er part of the mount.

2. And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice. And the Lord came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mount : and the Lord called Moses up to the top of the mount; and Moses went up.

3. And God spake all these words, saying, I am the LORD THY GOD, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth : thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; and

showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy : six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man-servant, nor thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates : for, in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife, nor his man-servant, nor his maid-servant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbor's.

5. And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off. And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear : but let not God speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said unto the people, Fear not; for God is come to prove you, and that his fear may be before your faces, that ye sin not.

LESSON XIV.

BALAAM BLESSES THE ISRAELITES.

[Numb. xxii., &e.] 1. And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Mo'ab on this side Jordan by Jericho. And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. And Mo'ab was sore afraid of the people, because they were many: and Mo'ab was distressed because of the children of Israel. And Balak the son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at that time. He sent messen

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gers, therefore, unto Ba'laam the son of Be'or to Pe'thor, which is by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt : behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me : come now, therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they are too mighty for me : peradventure I shall prevail, that we may smite them, and that I may drive them out of the land : for I wot that he whom thou blessest is blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

2. And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak. And God said unto Ba'laam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people : for they are blessed. And Ba'laam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get ye into your land, for the Lord refuseth to give me leave to go with you. And the princes of Moab rose up, and they went unto Balak, and said, Balaam refuseth to come with us.

3. And Balak sent yet again princes, more, and more honorable than they. And they came to Balaam, and said to him, Thus saith Balak the son of Zippor, Let nothing, I pray thee, hinder thee from coming unto me; for I will promote thee unto very great honor, and I will do whatsoever thou sayest unto me: come therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people. And Balaam answered and said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to do less or more. Now, therefore, I pray you, tarry ye also here this night, that I may know what the Lord will say unto me more. And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.

4. So Balaam went with the princes of Balak. And it came to pass on the morrow, that Balak took Balaam, and brought him up into the high places of Ba'al, that thence he might see the utmost part of the people. And Balaam took up his parable, and said, Balak, the king of Moab, bath brought | Come, curse me Jacob, me from Aram,

And come, defy Israel. Out of the mountains of the east, say- | How shall I curse whom God hath not

cursed ?

ing,

Or how shall I defy whom the Lord | Hearken unto me, thou son of Zippor: hath not defied ?

God is not a man, that he should lie; For from the top of the rocks I see ! Neither the son of man, that he should him,

repent: And from the hills I behold him: Hath he said, and shall he not do it? Lo, the people shall dwell alone, Or hath he spoken, and shall not he And shall not be reckoned among the make it good ? nations,

Behold, I have received commandWho can count the dust of Jacob, ment to bless : And the number of the fourth part of And He hath blessed; and I cannot Israel ?

reverse it. Let me die the death of the righteous, He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, And let my last end be like his! Neither hath he seen perverseness in

Israel: 5. Rise up, Balak, and hear; | The Lord his God is with him.

6. And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes; and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and · said,

How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, 17. I shall see him, but not now:
And thy tabernacles, O Israel! I shall behold him, but not nigh:
As the valleys are they spread forth, There shall come a Star out of Jacob,
As gardens by the river's side.

And a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel, God brought him forth out of Egypt; And shall smite the corners of Moab, He hath as it were the strength of an And destroy all the children of Sheth. unicorn:

| And Edom shall be a possession, He shall eat up the nations his ene- Seir also shall be a possession for his mies,

enemies; And shall break their bones, and And Israel shall do valiantly..

pierce them through with his arrows. Out of Jacob shall come He that shall He couched, he lay down as a lion, I have dominion, And as a great lion: who shall 'stir And shall destroy him that remaineth him up ?

of the city. Blessed is he that blesseth thee, And cursed is he that curseth thee.

And Balaam rose up, and went and returned to his place and Balak also went his way.

LESSON XV.

MOSES ADDRESSES THE HEBREWS AFTER GIVING THE

LAW.

[Deuteronomy vi.] 1. And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them, Hear, O Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your

ears this day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them. The Lord our God made a covenant with us in Horeb. The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us, even us, who are all of us here alive this day. The Lord talked with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire. And it came to pass, when ye heard the voice out of the midst of the darkness, (for the mountain did burn with fire,) that ye came near unto me, even all the heads of your tribes, and your elders; and ye said, Behold, the Lord our God hath showed us his glory and his greatness, and we have heard his voice out of the midst of the fire: we have seen this day that God doth talk with man, and he liveth.

2. And the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of the words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee: they have well said all that they have spoken. O that there were such a heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children forever! Ye shall observe to do, therefore, as the Lord your God hath commanded you : ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. Ye shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you, that ye may live, and that it may be well with you, and that ye may prolong your days in the land which ye shall possess.

3. Hear, O Israel : the Lord our God is one Lord : and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thine house, and on thy gates.

4. And when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What mean the testimonies, and the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord our God hath commanded you ! Then thou shalt say unto thy son, We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt; and the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that

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