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And Noah went forth and every thing that was in the Ark; and Noah built an Altar and offered to the Lord: and the Lord said, I will not again destroy every thing as I have done,-while the Earth remains, Seedtime and Harvest, Cold and Heat, Summer and Winter, Day and Night, shall not cease.
And God blessed Noah, and gave him the Cattle and Fowl and Fishes for food, and put the Rainbow in the Clouds for a token that the Waters should no more become a flood to destroy the earth.
THE WHOLE EARTH PEOPLED.
Noah had three Sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.Noah lived 350 years after the Flood; and before his death, about the year Two Thousand before Christ, Noah divided the Earth between his three Sons and their Children. To Shem he gave the middle of the Earth, Syria and Persia. Ham did not honour his Father Noah, and Noah said he should be a servant to his Brethren.—And the Descendants of Ham peopled Africa, which is still a desolate country. And to Japheth was given the North Country, Greece, France, Spain, and the Islands,--what is now called Europe. So that we are descended from Japheth. From Ham came Nimrod the Great Hunter, the beginning of whose Kingdom was Babel—and Ashur, who built Nineveh, the greatest City in the World.
Before the earth was thus divided, the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar, and dwelt there. And they said, Go to, let us build us a City and a Tower, whose top may reach unto Heaven; and let us make a name, lest we be scattered abroad on the face of the whole earth,--and the Lord came down to see the City and the Tower which the Children of Men builded. And the Lord said, Behold the people is one, and they have all one language, and nothing will be restrained from them which they have imagined to do. Let us confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.-So the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of the earth, and they left off to build the City-and it was called Babel.
Three Hundred and Fifty Years after the Flood Abram was born, being the ninth Generation from Shem —he lived One Hundred and Fifty Years with Shem, and Shem had lived with Lamech, who had lived with Adam. Abram was the Father of all the Jews, and when Abram was 75 years old, God said to him, Get thee out of tby Country to a Land that I will shew thee—and I will make thee a great Nation and bless thee. So Abram with Sarai his Wife and Lot, his Brother's Son, went forth from Ur, in Chaldea to Canaan, 400 miles. This Canaan is a Country in Asia about 200 miles long and 90 miles broad, the Eastern side of the Mediterranean Sea; and Abram and Lot divided the Land between them.
And when Abram was 99 years old the Lord appeared to A bram and said, I am the Almighty God, walk before me and be thou perfect. And Abram fell on his face—and God talked with him saying, I will make
my Covenant with thee and thou shalt be a Father of many Nations, and thy Name shall be Abraham. And I will give to thee and thy Children the Land of Canaan for an everlasting Possession, and I will be their God, and Sarai shall be called Sarah, and shall bear a Son, and call his name Isaac; and I will establish Covenant with him. And Abraham and Sarah had a Son, and they called him Isaac. And Abraham had another Son, called Ishmael, by his Wife Hagar.
The Lord appeared again to Abraham, and said he would destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, two wicked Cities; but righteous Lot, who dwelt there, was warned by an Angel to flee out of the City with his wife and two Daughters; and the Angel said, Escape for thy Life, look not behind, neither stay thou in all the plain, escape to the mountain lest thou be consumed. And Lot said, Behold now this City is near to flee unto, and it is a little one, (is it not a little one ?) and my soul shall live. And the Angel said, Escape thither. And the City was called Zoar. The Sun was risen upon the Earth when Lot entered into Zoar. Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and Gomorrah, Brimstone and Fire out of Heaven. And Lot's Wife looked back and she became a Pillar of Salt, but Lot and his Daughters were saved.
Now Sarah was grieved that Ishmael should be Heir with her Son Isaac. And Abraham took Bread and a Bottle of Water and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and her Child Ishmael, and sent her away. And she wandered in the Wilderness and the Water was spent; and she cast the Child under one of
the Shrubs and sat her down a good way off, for she said, Let me not see the death of the Child. And she wept. And God heard the voice of the Lad and said, Fear not, I will make him a great Nation. And God shewed her a Well of Water and she gave the Lad drink, and he dwelt in the Wilderness and became an Archer.
THE PROMISE TO ABRAHAM.
Now it came to pass, that God tempted Abraham and said, Get thee into the Land of Moriah, and take thy only Son Isaac whom thou lovest; and offer there a Burnt Offering upon one of the Mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning and saddled his Ass, and took two young men and Isaac his Son-and the third day he saw the place, and said to the young men, Abide ye here with the Ass, and I and the Lad will go yonder and worship.
And Abraham took the Wood and laid it upon Isaac, and took the Fire in his hand and a knife. And Isaac said, My Father-and he said, Here my Son. And he said, Behold the Fire and the Wood, but where is the Lamb for a Burnt Offering? And Abraham said, My Son, God will provide himself a Lamb. So they went both together and came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an Altar there, and laid the Wood in order, and bound Isaac his Son and laid him upon the Wood. And Abraham stretched forth bis Hand and took the Knife to slay his Son. And the Angel of the Lord called to him out of Heaven and said, Lay not thine hand upon the Lad, for now I know that thou fearest God.
Then Abraham lifted up his eyes, and beheld behind bim, a Ram caught in a thicket by his horns--and Abra· ham took the Ram and offered him up instead of his Son.
And the Angel called again to Abraham out of Heaven and said, For because thou hast not withheld thine only Son Isaac, I will bless thee and multiply thy Seed as the Stars of Heaven, and in thy Seed shall all the Nations of the Earth be blessed, because thou hast obeyed my voice.
ISAAC AND REBEKAH.
Now Sarah died and Abraham wept for her, and bought a burying place and buried her.And Abraham was old, and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abrahain sent his Servant with ten Camels back to the Country from whence he came, to get a Wife for his Son Isaac.
And the Servant came to the City of Nalor, and made the Camels kneel down without the City by a Well, in the evening, the time that Women go out to draw Water. And he said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and let it come to pass, that the Damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher that I may drink, and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy Camels drink also, let the same be she thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac. And it came to pass before he had done speaking, that, behold Rebekah the Daughter of Bethuel, Abraham's Brother, came on, with her pitcher upon her shoulder, and filled her pitcher. And the Servant said, Let me drink, I pray thee; and she hasted and gave him drink, and said, I will draw Water for thy Camels also. And she ran agaiu to the Well and drew for all his Camels.