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“go, then shall ye bring down my grey hairs “with sorrow to the grave!” But the hand of God is heavy still on the land, and the pressure of famine reduces them to the necessity of again visiting Egypt. With reluctance Israel parted with his youngest son, and Judah laid himself under the most solemn engagement to restore him to the arms of his father.—This engagement was put to a severe trial They were received more kindly than at first; and Benjamin was distinguished by the peculiar favour of the ruler of Egypt. The time of their departure came—and they commenced their journey in peace—with their number complete—and with the fairest hope to reach their home without evil, and to gladden the eyes of their father with the sight of Simeon, whom they had left bound, and of Benjamin with whom he had so reluctantly parted. Now in order to detain them, Joseph had commanded his steward secretly to convey his cup into the sack of the youngest; and when they had left the city, he issued orders that they should be pursued, charged with the theft, and brought back to his presence. They were overtaken; and the charge was preferred against them. Secure in their innocence, they said, “Wherefore saith my lord these words? God “forbid that thy servants should do according “to this thing ! Behold, the money which we “found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again “unto thee out of the land of Canaan : how “then should we steal out of thy lord's house “silver or gold P. With whomsoever of thy ser“vants it be found, both let him die, and we “ also will be my lord's bondmen.” After this declaration, what was their horror and distraction when “the cup was found in Benjamin's “sack!” In unutterable agony they are brought back into the presence of Joseph—and offer to become his servants This offer is rejected, on principles of justice, and he only is required, in whose sack the cup was found. But this was all that they dreaded—and to return without him was worse than death ! It was then that the engagement of Judah presented itself to him in all it's force; and he pleaded for his brother with all the eloquence of distress, and in a language which it would be injury to imitate. “Then Judah came near unto him, and said, “Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, “speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not “thine anger burn against thy servant: for “ thou art even as Pharaoh. My lord asked “his servants, saying, Have ye a father, or a “brother? And we said unto my lord, We have “a father, an old man, and a child of his old “age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and “he alone is left of his mother, and his father “loveth him. And thou saidst unto thy ser“vants, Bring him down unto me, that I may “set mine eyes upon him. And we said unto “my lord, The lad cannot leave his father, for “if he should leave his father, his father would “die! And thou saidst unto thy servants, Ex“cept your youngest brother come down with “you, ye shall see my face no more. And it “came to pass, when we came up unto thy ser“vant my father, we told him the words of my “lord. And our father said, Go again, and “buy us a little food. And we said, We can“not go down : if our youngest brother be “with us, then will we go down; for we may “not see the man's face, except our youngest “brother be with us. And thy servant my fa“ther said unto us, Ye know that my wife “bare me two sons. And the one went out “from me, and I said, surely he is torn in “pieces; and I saw him not since. And if he “take this also from me, and mischief befall “him, ye shall bring down my grey hairs with “sorrow to the grave! Now therefore when I “come to thy servant my father, and the lad “be not with us: seeing that his life is bound “up in the lad's life; it shall come to pass, “when he seeth that the lad is not with us,
“ that he will die! and thy servants shall bring o
“down the grey hairs of thy servant our father
ther, the gentle forgiveness tendered to his brethren, and his commission to Jacob—all—all, transcend human power to paint; it was the inspired penman alone who could portray them! Here, then, we shall follow the modest example of a celebrated painter, who unable to delineate the agony of a father hanging over the corpse of an only child, hid his face in the robes which veiled her lifeless remains. Here we might pause, for a few moments to reflect upon the wonders of Providence! Every thing predicted in the dreams of Joseph was fulfilled, and the very steps which his brethren took to prevent it, accomplished the whole— But we must bring you to the close of this history, and we could make no remarks, which are not already comprised in one text of scripture: “Many are the devises of a man's heart; never“theless, the counsel of the Lord, that shall “stand " Behold them once again upon their journey: but with what different feelings to the day when they left Simeon bound behind them, and were required to bring Benjamin 2 Now the way seems annihilated, so swiftly do they pass, and so speedily do they reach the tent of their father. With the abruptness of joy, they tell a tale, which ought to have been delivered with caution, and by degrees —“Joseph is yet alive!