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he might preserve us alive, as it is at this day. And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

LESSON XVI.

PART OF THE SONG OF MOSES, AND HIS DEATH.

(Deuteronomy xxxii. and xxxiii.] 1. And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended. Give ear, O ye Heavens, and I will | Then he forsook God which made speak;

him, And hear, 0 Earth, the words of my And lightly esteemed the Rock of his mouth.

salvation. My doctrine shall drop as the rain, of the Rock that begat thee, thou art My speech shall distil as the dew, unmindful, As the small rain upon the tender herb, And hast forgotten God that formed And as the showers upon the grass, thee. Because I will publish the name of the Lord.

4. And when the Lord saw it, he abAscribe ye greatness unto our God. horred them, He is the Rock, his work is perfect, Because of the provoking of his sons, For all his ways are judgment :

and of his daughters. A God of truth and without iniquity, And he said, I will hide my face from Just and right is he.

them,

I will see what their end shall be, 2. Remember the days of old, For they are a very fro'ward geneConsider the years of many genera ration, tions :

Children in whom is no faith. Ask thy father, and he will show thee; | O that they were wise, Thy elders, and they will tell thee. That they understood this, wñen the Most High divided to the That they would consider their latter nations their inheritance,

end ! When he separated the sons of Adam, How should one chase a thousand, He set the bounds of the people And two put ten thousand to flighi, According to the number of the chil Except their Rock had sold them, dren of Israel.

And the Lord had shut them up ?' He found him in a desert land, For their rock is not as our Rock, And in the waste howling wilderness; I Even our enemies themselves being He led him about, he instructed him, | judges. He kept him as the apple of his eye.

5. See now that I, even I, am he, 3. As an eagle stirreth up her nest, And there is no god with me : Fluttereth over her young, spreadeth |

ve; abroad her wings,

I wound, and I heal: Taketh them, beareth them on her Neither is there any that can deliver wings;

out of my hand, So the Lord alone did lead him, For I lift up my hand to heaven, And there was no strange god with | And say, I LIVE FOREVER. him,

| If I whet my glittering sword,

And mine hand take hold on judg- | For he will avenge the blood of his ment,

servants, I will render vengeance to mine ene- And will render vengeance to his admies,

versaries, And will reward them that hate me. And will be merciful unto his land, and Rejoice, 0 ye nations, with his people, 1 to his people.

6. And Moses made an end of speaking allathese words to all Israel : and he said unto them, Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law. For it is not a vain thing for you, because it is your life: and through this thing ye shall prolong your days in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.

7. And the Lord spake unto Moses that selfsame day, saying, Get thee up into this mountain, Ab'arim, unto Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is over against Jericho; and behold the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel for a possession : and die in the mount whither thou goest up, and be gathered unto thy people, as Aaron thy brother died in Mount Hor, and was gathered unto his people : because ye trespassed against me among the children of Israel at the waters of Mer'ibah-Ka'desh, in the wilderness of Zin; because ye sanctified me not in the midst of the children of Israel. Yet thou shalt see. the land before thee; but thou shalt not go thither unto the land, which I give the children of Israel.

8. So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord. And he buried him in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Beth-pe'or : but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day. And Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died: his eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated. And the children of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days : so the days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended.

And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom; for Moses had laid his hands upon him : and the children of Israel hearkened unto him, and did as the Lord commanded Moses.

LESSON XVII.

JOSHUA'S ADDRESS AND DEATH.

[Joshua xxiii. and xxiv.] 1. And it came to pass, a long time after that the Lord had given rest unto Israel from all their enemies round about, that Joshua waxed old and stricken in age. And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers, and said unto them, I am old and stricken in age : and ye have seen all that the Lord your God hath done unto all these nations because of you; for the Lord your God is he that hath fought for you.

2. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, know for a certainty, that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you ; but they shall be shares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you. And, behold, this day I am going the way of all the earth: and ye know in all your hearts and in all your souls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.

3. And Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel to Shechem, and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers; and they presented themselves before God. And Joshua said unto all the people, Now, therefore, fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth : and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose ye this day whom ye will serve ; whether the gods which your fathers served, that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell : but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.

4. And the people answered and said, God forbid that

we should forsake the Lord, to serve other gods; for the Lord our God, he it is that brought us up and our fathers out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and among all the people through whom we passed : and the Lord drave out from before us all the people, even the Am'orites which dwelt in the land: therefore, will we also serve the Lord; for he is our God.

5. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the Lord: for he is a holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. If ye forsake the Lord, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. And the people said unto Joshua, Nay, but we will serve the Lord. And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are witnesses against yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses. Now, therefore, put away, said he, the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart unto the LORD GOD OF ISRAEL. And the people said unto Joshua, The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey.

6. So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in She'chem. And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God, and took a great stone, and set it up there under an oak, that was by the sanctuary of the Lord. And Joshua said unto all the people, Behold, this stone shall be a witness unto us; for it hath heard all the words of the Lord which he spake unto us: it shall be therefore a witness unto you, lest ye deny your God. So Joshua let the people depart, every man unto his inheritance. And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died, being a hundred and ten years old. .

LESSON XVIII.

JOTHAM'S PARABLE.

[Judges viii. 33.] 1. And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and made Ba'al-be'rith

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their god. And the children of Israel remembered not the Lord their God, who had delivered them out of the hands of all their enemies on every side : neither showed they kindness to the house of Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel. And Abim'elech the son of Jerub'baäl went to She'chem unto his mother's brethren, and commu'ned with them, and with all the family of the house of his mother's father, saying, Speak, I pray you, in the ears of all the men of She'chem, Whether is better for you, either that all the sons of Jerub'baäl, which are threescore and ten persons, reign over you, or that one reign over you? remember also, that I am your bone and your flesh.

2. And his mother's brethren spake of him in the ears of all the men of She'chem all these words; and their hearts inclined to follow Abim'elech; for they said, He is our brother. And they gave him threescore and ten pieces of silver out of the house of Ba'al-be'rith, wherewith Abimelech hired vain and light persons, which followed him. And he went unto his father's house at Oph'rah, and slew his brethren, the sons of Jerubbaal, being threescore and ten persons, upon one stone: notwithstanding, yet Jo'tham, the youngest son of Jerubbaal, was left: for he hid himself. And all the men of Shechem gathered together, and all the house of Millo, and went, and made Abimelech king by the plain of the pillar that was in Shechem.

3. And when they told it to Jotham, he went and stood in the top of Mount Ger'izim, and lifted up his voice, and cried, and said unto them, Hearken unto me, ye men of Shechem, that God may hearken unto you. The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honor God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees ?

4. Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put

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