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if you had no more to do on Monday, than you have on Sunday, you would be all the happier--you would like every day to be a holiday—and you are sometimes tempted to envy the rich, because they seem to you to have nothing to do. But believe me, those among the rich who do nothing, or only have in view their own amusement in what they do, are often discontented and restless ; and never taste the enjoyment you find in ease and rest.
find in ease and rest. But the man who knows his duty and his happiness, will seek some employment, however rich he may be; and often the engagements which he seeks are of a kind which harass and fatigue him full as much as your harder work.
V.4–6. Joseph's brethren by this time knew enough of him to see that it was their wisdom to follow his advice-they therefore answered Pharaoh as he had directed them; and the land of Goshen, which was the most suitable for the pasture of flocks, was appointed for them to dwell in.
V. 7. “ And Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” How was it that the king of Egypt sought the blessing of one so much beneath him in station? In what respect was Jacob his superior? In his age, and his character of a distinguished servant of the Most High God—which, it appears from this transaction, Pharaoh had learned to appreciate. How high is the rank of all who are “ children of God!"-But Jacob's age, too, commanded respect:-here is a lesson for us. How often are parents neglected ! not consulted ! not looked up to !—we might suppose there was no such precept in the Bible as this, “ Ye younger submit yourselves unto the elder.”
V. 9. “ An hundred and thirty years." What a long life! Yet how did it appear to the patriarch? “ Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been.” So great is the difference between looking back and looking forward. What ungodly person could be assured of living so many years without
Shepherds an Abomination to the Egyptians. 151 presuming upon it, and putting far from him the evil day of examining how matters stand between him and his God? What Christian could expect so long a life, without trembling at the thought of all the snares and difficulties which must lie between him and his rest? But to both, “ few and evil" would these lengthened days appear at the closeto the former, unmixedly evil, because mispent-to the latter, evil, because chequered with so much trial, and stained with so much sin; yet would he adopt the grateful language we find Israel afterwards using, when he acknowledged the care of " the Angel which redeemed him from all evil."
T. B, P.
SHEPHERDS AN ABOMINATION TO
The following note by Dr. Hales (taken from D'Oyly and Mant's Family Bible) may throw some light upon what has been said in the foregoing remarks on the 46th chapter of Genesis, where we find that the Egyptians had so strong a dislike to shepherds.
“ In the reign of Timaus, or Thamuz, Egypt had been invaded and subdued by a tribe of Cushite shepherds from Arabia, who cruelly enslaved the whole country, under a dynasty of six kings; until, at length, the native princes, weary of their tyranny, rebelled, and, after a long war of thirty years, shook off the yoke, and drove the shepherds to Palestine, where they afterwards became the Philistines, about twenty-seven years before Joseph's administration. But the memory of their tyranny was still fresh in the minds of the Egyptians, so that every shepherd was an abomination to the Egyptians."
And they could not endure to “ eat bread with the Hebrews,” because they were shepherds, and came from the neighbourhood of Palestine.
ON THE FUNERAL OF RALPH SPARKS,
OF HEIGHINGTON. The following very striking and excellent verses were sent us by a Correspondent whose signature is M.
HARK! 'tis the stroke of the village bell,
On the Funeral of Ralph Sparks of Heighington. 153
Who now sleeps sweetly in narrower space,
If these had made thy soul forget
When he who lent, would claim the debt, -
LETTER FROM LUTHER TO CADATUS
ON THE DEATH OF HIS SON. Our readers are well aware that the Reformation in England was begun in the reign of our Henry the VIIIth. They know, too, that this change of religion from the Roman Catholic to the Protestant faith, had made great progress in Germany before it was completed in England. The leader in this great cause was the celebrated Luther. We are not now, however, on the subject of the Reformation,-but the following letter of this great man will be interesting to our readers, and will serve to shew the tenderness of his disposition, as well as his earnest piety.
“ Grace and peace to you in Christ. May he comfort you, my dear Cadatus, under your present affliction ! for who else can assuage your grief? I can easily enter into all you write, for I know the heart of a father, and that an event of this kind pierces it more keenly than a two-edged sword. But you should think it no wonder, if He, who is more truly and properly his Father than you are, chose rather, from the love he bore him, to have your child, nay, rather let me say His child, with himself than with you. He is more safe there than he could be here. But I am sensible that it is in vain to urge these considerations under the anguish of a recent stroke. I will allow you then, for the present, to grieve : great and better men than we have done it, and been blameless. No doubt, it will be beneficial for you to have undergone a trial of this kind also, and to have felt the workings of conscience under it, that you may experimentally know the power of the word and of faith, which is discovered in such circumstances. Salute the partner of your sorrows. Still let your joy in a living