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with his providence over the affairs of men.

What part of Joseph's dream thus came to pass ?

A. He became greater than his brethren.

What was God pleased thereby to reward ?

A. His patience under suffering, his modesty, his great piety.

What does it also prove respecting the good ?

A. That they are under the care of God, though for a time they may seem to be deserted by him.

Joseph and his Brethren.

Joseph and his Brethren.



years how


In the seven plenteous

In the seven plenteous did the earth years the earth brought forth bring forth?

abundantly; and Joseph gaWhat did Joseph do? thered up all the food which

When the seven fruitful was in the land, and laid it up years had ended, what be

in the cities. And the seven

fruitful years being ended, Who had said that this the seven years of famine would happen?

began, according as Joseph What virtue did Joseph had said. Now when Jacob show in thus laying up be- saw that there was corn in fore the famine came? Egypt, he said unto his A. Prudence.

sons, why do you look one What may we learn from upon another? I have heard this?

that there is corn in Egypt; A. When we have plenty, get you down thither, and not to waste it, but to lay up buy for us, that we perish against the time of need. not. But Benjamin, Joseph's

What did Jacob do when brother, Jacobsent not: he saw there was

for he said, lest peradvenEgypt?

ture mischief befall him. Whom would not Jacob And Joseph knew his bresend?

thren, but they knew not

corn in


What was he afraid would him; and he said unto them, befall him?

ye are spies : to see the What do you mean by nakedness of the land ye are “peradventure ?"

And they said, thy A. Perhaps, by chance. servants are twelve bre

Why was he so anxious thren, the sons of one man in about Benjamin ?

the land of Canaan; and A. He was the only one the youngest is this day with that was full brother to Jo- our father, and one is not. seph; the others were by And Joseph said unto them, different mothers.

hereby ye shall be proved ; Whom did Joseph know? if ye be true men, let one of

Whom did they know you be bound : and the rest not?

may carry corn for the faWhat did he call them? mine of your houses : but

What did he tell them bring your youngest brother they were come to see? unto me: so


your words Why did Joseph call them be verified, and ye shall not “spies ?"

die. And he took Simeon, A. By way of trial.

and bound him before their What did they say


eyes. And they said one to Who was the youngest ? another, we are verily guilty A. Benjamin.

concerning our brother, in What do you mean by that we saw the anguish of " one is not ?"

his soul when he besought A. That he was dead. us, and we would not hear Whom did they mean?

therefore is this disA. Joseph.

tress come upon us. And How happened that? they knew not that Joseph

A. They thought he had understood them, for he been dead, not having heard spake unto them by an inof him for twenty years.

terpreter. And he turned How was Joseph deter- himself from them and wept. mined to prove them ? And they returned into the

Whom did Joseph say land of Canaan, and told they should bring to him? all that befel them. And

What do you mean by Jacob their father said unto " verified ?"

them, me have ye bereaved A. Proved to be true. of my children: Joseph Whom did he bind before is not, and Simeon is not,

and ye will take Benjamin What did they say one to away also: All these things another?

are against me. And he


their eyes ?

to the grave.

corn was consu

What do you mean by said, my son shall not go " verily ?

down with you, for his broA. Indeed.

ther is dead, and he is left What was it that tor- alone; if mischief befall him mented them?

by the way in which ye go, A. A guilty conscience. then shall ye bring down Will any

distance of time my grey hairs with sorrow or place prevent the terrors

When the of a guilty conscience ?

sumed, Jacob What did they suppose

their father said unto them, from that?

go again, buy us a little food. How did he speak unto And they said, if thou wilt them?

send our brother with us, we What do you mean by an


down and buy thee "interpreter?"

food; but if thou wilt not A. One who explains what send him, we will not go is said in an unknown lan- down: for the man said unto guage.

us, ye shall not see my face, What did Joseph do when except your brother be with he heard of their distress? you. And Jacob said, where

What did he show by fore dealt ye so ill with me, this?

as to tell the man that ye A. That he still loved had yet another brother? them.

but, if it must be so, do Whither did Joseph's bre- this, take of the best fruits thren return?

in the land, and carry

down What did they tell ? the man a present : take

What did Jacob say unto also your brother, and God them?

Almighty give you mercy What do you mean by before the man, that he may 66 bereaved ?"

send away your other broA. Deprived, made des- ther and Benjamin. If I titute, stripped.

be bereaved of my children, What did Jacob say re- I am bereaved. And they specting his son Benjamin? arose, and went down into

When the corn was con- Egypt : and when Joseph sumed, what did Jacob de- came home they brought sire his sons to do?

him the present which was What conditions did they in their hand, and bowed wish to make?

themselves before him to What words of reproof the earth. And he asked did Jacob use to them? them of their welfare, and


Notwithstanding this, to said, is your father well ? what did he at last consent ?


of whom you What did he advise his spake? Is he yet alive? sons to do?

And they answered ; Thy What did he pray that

servant, our father, is in God Almighty would do ? good health, he is yet alive.

What did Jacob's sons And they bowed down their then do?

heads and made obeisance. What did they do when

And he lifted up his eyes, Joseph came home ?

and saw his brother BenjaWhat was hereby ful- min, and said, is this your filled ?

younger brother, of whom We have now seen the ye spoke ? God be gracious fulfilment of both Joseph's unto thee, my son. And and Pharaoh's dreams, tell Joseph made haste, for his me, therefore, whether we bowels did yearn upon his ought to place the same brother; and he sought faith or belief in dreams where to weep; and he ennow?

tered into his chamber, and A. No. For what reason?

A. God, in old times, was sometimes pleased to make known his will by dreams ; such dreams are no longer sent, since that will has been fully declared in the Gospel.

What questions did Joseph ask them?

What did he prove by these questions ?

A. His duty and affection to his father.

What answer did Joseph's brethren make to him respecting their father?

What did his brethren then do?

What do you mean by s obeisance ?"

wept there.



A. Bowing down reverently.

What did Joseph say, when he saw Benjamin ?

What feelings did Joseph show towards Benjamin ?

What do you mean by that expression ?

A. That he had a brotherly love and pity for him.

How far did the feelings of nature and affection overcome him ?

A. He entered into his chamber and wept there. Joseph and his Brethren. Joseph and his Brethren.

What did Joseph order And Joseph ordered the his steward to do?

steward of his house to fill In whose sack was the

the men's sacks with corn, silver cup to be placed ? and to put his silver cup

in What was Joseph's object

the sack's mouth of the in this ?

youngest; and as soon as the A. To see whether they morning was light, they dewould, from envy, give up

parted. And when they were their youngest brother, or gone a little way, Joseph said help him in his danger. unto his steward, follow

When did they depart ? after the men, and when What did Joseph do when

thou dost overtake them, they had gone a little way? say, Wherefore have ye re

What did the steward do? warded evil for good, in

In whose sack was the cup taking my lord's cup? And found ?

he overtook them and spake Whither did they then unto them these words, and return ?

searched and found the cup What did they do

in Benjamin's sack. Then What did Joseph say

they returned to the city, should be done to the man and fell down before Jo. in whose sack the cup was seph on the ground :. and found ?

he said, what is this that ye. What was Judah's speech?.

have done? The man in


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