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rizes and positively commands ? If thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

Amelia.—My dear, Mamma, I am quite ashamed I did not before understand your hint.

D.-I hope, young lady, that you will never forget it; nothing is more opposed to an honourable profession of the gospel, than an unforgiving or revengeful spirit; besides the compassionate Redeemer has declared, if you do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven, forgive your trespasses. I fear many have read, and been delighted with the history under our consideration, without noticing the important lessons which it contains. The conduct of Joseph's brethren, points out the sad consequences of sin-Guilt-SuspicionFear. These, not all the kindnesses their brother heaped upon them, could

ever remove.

In Joseph, observe the glorious effects of grace. A readiness to forgive injuries, to return good for evil, and to act constantly by the golden rule recorded in the statute-book of heaven, and inscribed on the heart of every true believer, Whatsoever ye would that men should do unto you, do ye

even so to them.

Never be satisfied with the mere knowledge of Scripture. Theory neither warms the heart, nor adorns the life; reduce all to practice. Not only professedly approve, but endeavour to transcribe those excellencies into your own life, which God has recorded to the honour of his worthies, and for the imitation of his saints.

Mrs. N.-This scene, Sir, accompanied with your remarks, has been truly gratifying, and has confirmed the opinion which I have long entertained, that Scripture biography is of all other the most instructive and entertaining.

D.-Certainly it is, Madam, and the history of Joseph furnishes ample proof that your opinion is correct. In his youth, there were not only indications of his future greatness, but the Lord has almost minutely recorded the means whereby he acccomplished his gracious purposes towards him. He was envied on account of his father's peculiar affection for him, hated for his dreams, sold for a slave, falsely accused, and unjustly imprisoned; he was liberated in a most providential manner, and became the Governor of Egypt, the support of his father in his old age, and after his decease, comforted and nourished his brethren and their children. He predicted the future deliverance of his people, died, and was put in a coffin in Egypt; where his body continued, till the Hebrews, agreeably to his direction, carried it with them to Canaan ; and in the time of Joshua, it was buried near Shechem, in the very spot which Jacob by his blessing had assigned him.

These circumstances beautifully display divine Providence, in regard to Joseph; and are perhaps intended to shadow out the gracious design of his great Prototype; who, according to the Scriptures, was despised -rejected-falsely accused-unjustly condemned-put to death upon the cross --and his body imprisoned in the tomb: but having, through death, destroyed him that had the power of death; He, the Mighty Conqueror triumphantly arose to govern all worlds!! And in the exercise of his

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