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tween thee and the woman, and between thy feed and her seed : it shall bruise thy head and thou shalt bruise his heel.

g....Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy forrow. And unto Adain be said, Because thou haft hearkened unto the voice of thy wile, and haft eatrn of the tree of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou fhalt not eat of it, cursed is the ground for thy fake: in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken'; for dust thou art, and unto duft shalt thou return.

10.... Therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man : and be placed at the east end of the garden of Eden, Cherubim and flaming (word, which turned every way, to keep the tree. of life, left the man fhould eat thereof and live forever.

11...And Adam and Eve had two fons, Cain and Abel : Ahel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was atiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord. And Abel also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fac thereof.

12....And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering : bot unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, why art thou wroth ? and why is thy countenance fallen ? if thou doet well shalt thou not be accepted ? and if thou doeft not well, fin liech at the door.

13....And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and flew him. And the Lord laid onto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother ? And he said, I know not : am I my brother's keeper ! And he said, What haft thou done ? The voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

14... And now thou art cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hands. When thou mlleft the ground, it shald not henceforth yield unto thee her ftrength. A fugi. tive and a vagabond shaltáhou be in the carth.

15....And Cain faid unto the Lord, my punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou haft driyen me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy tace shall I be hid: and I shall be a tugitive and a vaga abond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that ev. ery one that findeth me shall slay me.

RRO ARKS. The horrors of a guilty conscience are not defcribed more forcibly even by Shakefpeare himlell, rhan in the foregoing exprefsions of despairing Cain.'. We behold the wretch quaking with horror, a terror to himself and to all round about him. But here the question occurs, How could Cain be afraid of violence from the hands of men, feeing it does not appear that

any man exifted at that time, excepting himself and Adam his father ? To this queftion the following a wiwer is taken from Dr. Hunter's sacred biography:

“ The birth of Seth is fixed, by the sacred history, in

* “ It is melancholy to observe [says Dr. Hunter] that the first quarrel in the world, the first human blood that was shed, "were occasioned by religion, which was designed by God to be, and really is in itself, the dearest bond of union among men." This awful instance, while it plainly shows that the best things may some imes be perverted to the worst of purposes, is a solemn warning to the children of men, to avoid all bitierness and wrath in their religions disputes.

the one hundred and thirtieth year of Adam :

it is therefore reasonable to place the death of Abel two years earlier, or near it ; that is in the one hundred and twenty-eighth year of the world. Now though we fhould luppose (which is by no means certain) that Ad. dam and Eve had no other sons, in the year of the world one hundred and twenty eight, but Cain and Abel, it must be allowed that they had daughters, who might early marry with their two fons. And no more than the descendants of these two are requifite to make a considerable number of men upon the earth, in the faid year one hundred and twenty-eight.

" For fuppofing them (Cain and Abel) to have been married in the nineteenth year of the world, they might have had each of them eight children in the twenty-fifth year. In twenty five years more, the fit. tieth of the world, their delcendants, in a direct line, would be sty.four person in the seventy. fifth year, at the same rate, they would amount to five hundred and twelve. In the one hundidth year, to four thou. fand and ninety-fix. In the one hundred and twentyfilth year, to thirty-two thousand feven hundred and fixty-eight:”.

CHAPTER III.

THE FLOOD.

A. M. or year of the World, 1656.

THE

HE earth was corrupt before God; and the earıh was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all desh had corrupted his way upon the earth, And God

faw that the wickedness of man was great upon the earth, and that every immagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

2.... And the Lord said, My fpirit shall not always Itrive with man, for that he also is flesh. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence through them: be. bold I will destroy man whom I have created, from the face of the earth.--Make thee an ark of Gopher wood, rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and pitch it within and without with pitch.

8. ...And, behold I, eren I, do bring a flood of wa. ters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh wherein is the breath of life from under heaven. But with thee will I establish my covenant : and thou shalt come into the ark; thou and thy fons, and thy wile, and thy logs wives with thee.

4... And the Lord laid unto Noah, Come thou and all ihy house into the ark : for thee have I seen righte. ous before me in this generation. For yet seven days and I will cause it to rain upon the earth Tory days and forty nights, and every living fubftance that I have made wi!! } destroy from off the face of the earth.

5.... And Noah went in, and his fons, and his wife, and his fons' wives with him, (in the whole,eight fouls) into the ark, because of the waters of the food. Ot clean beals, and of beasts that are not clean, and of fowls, and of every thing that creeperh upon the earth, there went in two and two unlo Noah into the ark, the male and the female, as God had commanded No. ah. And the Lord fout him io.

6... And it came to pass, after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earik. In the sixth hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month,

the seventeenth day of the month, ( answering to the 7th day of December) the same day were all the fountaios of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven opened.

7 ....And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights : and the waters increased and bare up the ark. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth : and all the hills that were under the whole hea. ven were covered.--Fitteen cubits upwards did the wa, ters prevail ; and all flesh died that moved upon the earth ; all in whose noürils was the breach of lite, of all that was in the dry land died. And Niah only remained alive and they that were with him in the ark.

8.... And the waters prevailed upon the earth an hun. dred and fifty days. And God remembered Noah and every living thing that was with him in the ark; and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the wa. ters assuaged. The fountains also of the deep, and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was reftrained.

9 ...And the waters returned from off the carth continually ; and the ark refled in the seventh month, on the leventeenth day of the month, (or the sixth of May, on the mountains of Ararat, fin Armenia. And it tame to pass that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. And he sent forih a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from the face of the earth.

10... Also he sent forth a dove fiom him, to see if the waters, were abated from off the face of the ground. But the dove iound no rest for the foie of her too, and the returned unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came in to him in the even. ing, and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf plucked off.

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