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fled to another country, but after a long time, he thought he would return to Esau, and try to make friends with him.

So he sent some persons before him with kind words, but they soon went back to Jacob, and told him that his brother was coming to meet him with four hundred men.

Jacob was afraid, and prayed to God to deliver him from the hand of Esau, even his brother Esau; and he thought to appease him by giving him presents of great value.

So he collected a large number of goats, and camels, and sheep, and cattle, and sent them forward in seyeral droves, while he and his family followed at a distance.

By and by Esau came. Jacob went forward and bowed himself to the ground.

But Esau was not angry. The Lord had softened his heart. He ran to meet Jacob, and embraced

him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they both wept.

Jacob urged his brother to accept the presents, which he had brought; but he refused at first, saying, he had enough; but afterwards he took it.

Thus they were made friends to each other, and they agreed to live

. How good, and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! He that loveth not his brother, is not of God.

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Camels are very mild and peaceable animals; yet when they have been misused, they are eager to seek revenge, but no longer retain any spite, when they once think they have punished the person that injured them.

So, when an Arab has excited the rage of his camel, he places his garments near where the animal is to pass, and arranges them in such a manner, as to make them appear to cover a man sleeping under them.

When the angry animal comes along, and observes the clothes, thinking them to be his master, he seizes them in his teeth, shakes them with violence, and tramples on them in a rage.

When his anger is thus appeased, his master may then make his appearance without any fear, put on his clothes, load the camel and drive him where he pleases.

How foolish the rage of the camel seems! and yet anger in human beings is often still more so.

The Bible teaches us to act with

more wisdom and prudence, than to seek revenge in such a manner.

Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry; for anger rests only in the bosom of fools.

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink; for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and

pray for them which de- . spitefully use you and persecute you; ; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven.


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He fixed himself to: among them.

I will now tell you a strange stoi ry, of the manner in which some bees once treated a snail, that march

ed into their hive with his house i upon his back, as if he really meant : to take up his

of ī the hive, as you may often see these

creatures, sticking against a wall, ti waiting till a refreshing shower of i rain, invites them to put their heads 1 out of the shell.

The bees did not at all like the jntruding snail's company.

But finding they could not pierce his hard shell, and sting him to death, they very cunningly bethought themselves of gluing him, so that, when he had a mind to put his nose out, he should find himself a prisoner for life.

So they went to work, so many at once, and so busily with their propo


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