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her overwrought feelings in an agony of tears. Thus relieved, she became more composed, and able to prayerfully prepare to meet the future.
“ The morning which had been assigned for her departure arrived. We must draw a veil over the parting of such an affectionate daughter from her only parent. It was a deeply affecting one ; but the victory was hers through Divine grace. The domestics (themselves of the seed of Abraham) shed abundance of tears. dear young mistress,' said one, her utterance choked with grief, .do come back again soon.' When God sees fit; pray for me,' enjoined Leila, and, with a bursting heart, she threw herself into the carriage which was waiting the door.”
(To be continued.)
LOVE FOR THE WORD OF GOD.
THE Rev. H. A. Stern, writing at Cashan, in Persia, says :
“A poor Jew, during the evening, came for a copy of the Hebrew Gospel, but as I was engaged with the Parsees, he waited till they left, and then in a most suppliant tone made his request. Unfortunately, the boxes had been closed and packed, and my muleteer swore by the life of Mahomet, and the beard of Ali, that if the case contained Khorans, and the Jew wanted to become a Moslem, he would not be disturbed at midnight and untie his loads. The poor man, when he heard this, was in great distress, still nothing could shake his determination ; for he said, The gatekeeper may try to eject me (it
being late and contrary to the regulations to loiter about in the caravanserai at this hour), and your muleteer may
scold and even maltreat I love Christ, and will have his revelation.' I could no longer resist this appeal, and so unpacked one of the loads, which occupied me more than half an hour, and then presented him with a Gospel ; and I confess that never was a present more gratefully acknowledged. He actually fell at my feet, and alternately kissed the book and my boots. Even in going away he clasped the little treasure to his heart, and with eyes raised upwards, blessed the donor of this valued gift. I mentioned the circumstance to Mullah N., and he told me that he knew the man, and that he was both sound in mind and well acquainted with the Bible.”
DESIRE TO OBTAIN THE WORD OF GOD. ONE of the colporteurs, employed in circulating the Scriptures in Central Prussia, gives the following interesting accounts :
“ A Jew came to him, when at L., twelve miles on foot, at the special request of his wife, who for years past had been confined to the house. They had heard that he was in the country, and distributed Christian books. The conscience of this poor woman had been awakened during her long illness. A long conversation with this Jew proved that the family were not far from the singdom of heaven. They had read the New Testament.
“ Another Jew, who had come for some tracts, received also a New Testament, which he took
home and read to his wife, until twelve o'clock at night. They were both so taken with the contents, that it filled them with joy and rejoicing ; so much so, that they were compelled to speak of it to their Jewish neighbours the next day. One of them was so much excited by the relation, that he took at once his staff, and walked fifteen miles to find the colporteur, to get tracts and a New Testament for himself, and bought also various Scriptures."
The following incident, which took place during Mr. Markheim's travels, in Morocco, will show what sacrifices the Jews will sometimes make in order to become possessed of the Word of God. A rabbi, upwards of seventy years of age, living with an infirm son in a wretched cellar, had
procured a copy of the Bible : The
poor old man had not paid for the Bible the day before, but was to bring me the money. I wished, however, to convince myself of his actual condition. Rabbi Isaac is a native of Fez, and much esteemed by the Jews for his piety. He brought me a franc, saying that this was all that he had left of his week's allowance from his community, and that both he and his sick son will pray to the Holy One, blessed be His name, to give me long life, for letting him have the Bible at so cheap a price ; and taking me by the hand, he led me up to his sick son, whom I could not clearly perceive at once, there being only enough light to make darkness visible. He was stretched on what had once been a mat, and with joy the old man, pointing to the Bible which his son was reading, said, “This is his only comfort.' The
poor invalid, hearing that the Bible came from me, took my hand and pressed it to his lips, and quietly articulated some words."
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.
I. ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS
NUMBER. 2. Gen. xlvi. 34. From Manetho, (an Egyptian priest in the time of Ptolemy Lagus, who wrote an account of Egypt in Greek,) preserved in Josephus, it appears that a tribe of marauders called Hycassos, or shepherd kings, whose chief occupation like that of the Bedouins was to keep flocks, made a powerful irruption into Egypt and subdued and governed it with great tyranny for 259 years in a succession of kings. Hence the persons and names of shepherds were hated by the Egyptians. (Ch. xliii. 32. Ex. viii. 26.)—(See Bagster's Treasury.) Others suppose that the Egyptians hated shepherds because they killed and eat sheep, kids and goats, which the Egyptians held sacred.
3. Jacob bestowed the first blessing on Ephraim, the younger son, to shew that God's gifts were not confined, but were freely given.
4. Jonah, ch. i. 3, and ch. iii. 5.
6. The word Jew is derived from Judah, which means Praise. (See Marginal Reference, Gen. xxix. 35.)
7. The Jews ground their expectations of a Messiah on many of the Old Testament prophecies and amongst these on Is. lxii. which seems to speak of him as coming to reign and not to suifer.
8. The Israelites were commanded to keep three festivals in the course of the year.
(1.) The feast of the Passover, Deut. xvi. 1. (2.) The feast of Weeks, Deut. xvi. 9. (3.) The feast of tabernacles, Deut. xvi. 6.
9. The ancient inhabitants of Jerusalem were Jebusites, Josh. xv. 63. Judah obtained possession of it, 2 Sam. v. 7.
10. The first mention of Jerusalem in the Bible is in Gen. xiv. 18, where it is called Salem.
We are obliged by the kind communications of our young friends. The answers which have been sent to us are very satisfactorily given. From the questions proposed, we select the following: II. QUESTIONS.
1. Where is the earliest mention of Nineveh in the Bible ?
2. Prove from Scripture that the Jews shall always be recognized among the Gentiles :
3. To which of our feasts did the different feasts of the Jews correspond ?
4. Mention two other younger sons besides Ephraim, on whom the first blessing was bestowed, and the circumstances under which they received it.
5. Who was the first judge appointed by God over Israel, and how long did judges continue, and with whom did they end ?
6. How do you account for so many more kings of Israel being wicked than of Judah ?