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destroy all the city for lack of five ?” And he said, “If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.” And he spake unto him yet again, and said, “Peradventure there shall be forty found there.” And he said, “I will not do it for forty's sake.” And he said unto him, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak : Peradventure there shall thirty be found there.” And he said, “I will not do it, if I find thirty there.” And he said, “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord : Peradventure there shall be twenty found there." And he said, “I will not destroy it for twenty's sake.” And he said, “ Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once : Peradventure ten shall be found there." And he said, “I will not destroy it for ten's sake.” And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham : and Abraham returned unto his place.

And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom : and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; and he said, “Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant's house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways.” And they said, “Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.” And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

And they said unto Lot, “Hast thou here any besides ? sonsin-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou

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hast in the city, bring them out of this place: for we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.” And Lot went out, and spake unto his sonsin-law, which married his daughters, and said, “ Up, get you out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city." But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons-in-law.

And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, “ Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, “Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.”

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven; and he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. But Lot's wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord ; and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

The Story of Hagar in the Calilderness.

(From the 21st Chapter of Genesis.)

ABRAHAM had two sons, Ishmael the son of Hagar, and Isaac the son of Sarah. Now Hagar was a bond-woman, and Sarah said unto Abraham, “ Cast out the bond-woman and her son : for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac.”

And the thing was grievous unto Abraham ; and God said unto Abraham, “ Let it not be grievous unto thee, but do as Sarah hath said unto thee.”

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave it unto Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away.

And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness. And the water was spent in the bottle, and she cast the child under one of the shrubs. And she went, and sat her down over against him a good way off, as it were a bowshot: for she said, “Let me not see the death of the child.” And she sat over against him, and lifted up her voice, and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out

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and said unto her, “What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.” And God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the bottle with water, and gave the lad drink. And God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness.

The Story of the Offering up of Jsuar.

(From the 22d Chapter of GENESIS.)

And it came to pass that God did try Abraham, and said unto him, “ Abraham.”

And he said, “ Behold, here am I.”

And he said, “Take now thy son, thine only son, Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah ; and offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains that I will tell thee of.” ,

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. And on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, “ Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

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