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This little Book contains the History of Joseph, comprising an impressive lesson of the purest morality, and of the overruling providence of God, exerted for the wisest purposes.

As a suitable introduction to this sublime and instructive portion of Holy Scripture, a selection from the preceding part of the Sacred Volume is now added; the whole forming an unbroken History of the first ages of the world, from the Creation to the death of Joseph.

What is here published is contained in the Books of Genesis and Exodus. Suck intervening passages as did not seem to be essentially connected with the principal Narrative, have been omitted; but no other change has been made, not a single word has been altered, nor even transposed.

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IN the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void ; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.'

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good : and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide thé waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament, from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

And God said, Let the waters under the heaven. be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear : and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters, called he Seas : and God saw that it was good. And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding-seed, and the fruittree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed was in itself, upon the earth : and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind : and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning, were the third day.

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