Sacred Scences and Characters

Sacred Scences and Characters

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ...score of merit) he had at least an equal claim--on that of character, the best Who, then, would decide differently, if in his power? Who would give it to Esau, and oh, who would throw it away? The whole difficulty lies in the fact that fraud wag successful We forget that in such a case the success by no means proves the deception to have been sanctioned. Jacob had won, but for the means used he was afterwards to pay dearly. At the time, how ever, he did not probably look on the crime as so great, He had purchased the birthright just as he would have done a tract of land, and therefore considered it his. Yet he knew the strong hand of Esau would certainly rob him of it? and he must keep his own by management, or lose it, Hi$ fraud was practised to retain what was legally his own, not to wrong another Thus he doubtless considered it, and although it does not show a particularly nice conscience, it glosses over the transaction. From the agitating scenes around his father's sick-bed, and from the dark and wrathful brow of Esau, who sought his life, Jacob fled to his uncle Laban, living in Haran. A lonely wanderer, he lay down at night under the open sky and slept, and lo! the heavens opened above him, and radiant steps unfolded till they reached the earth, down which. angelic beings came in shining groups, while a voice of mercy cheered him with glorious promises. At Haran, however, he was paid off somewhat for the deception he had prac tised on his father. Falling in love with his beautiful cousin, Rachel, he engaged to work seven years for. her. Unwearied and faithful, he entered resolutely upon the fulfilment of his contract; and as the long probation wore slowly away, his heart swelled with joyful anticipations. The beautiful being before him, on...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656830
  • 9781236656834