Sacred Biography, Or the History of the Patriarchs, Vol. 2 Of 6: To Which Is Added the History of Deborah, Ruth, and Hannah (Classic Reprint)

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Fb&c Limited, Jan 18, 2018 - 248 pages
Excerpt from Sacred Biography, or the History of the Patriarchs, Vol. 2 of 6: To Which Is Added the History of Deborah, Ruth, and Hannah

The hiltory of Jacob's family exhibits a {hocking view of manners and of fociety at that period. They digeit and execute a plan of murder, with as much coolnefs as we would an improvement in agriculture, or' an adventure in trade. It is no wonder the poor Shechemites found no pity at their hands, when they are lo loilf to the feelings of nature, humanity and filial duty, as to deliberate and determine, without ceremony or remorfe, upon their own brother's death. The trifling incident of the dreams lies rankling in. Their bofoms. Behold, fay they, this dreamer cometh. Tell has our bleffed Lord cautioned his difciples againit the ufe of contemptuous expreiiions one to another. For however flight and iniignificant a hard' or ridiculous name at fir light may' appear, it proceeds from an unkind heart, and partakes of the nature of murder.

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