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Was Moses taking care of the sheep when God appeared to him, to send him into Egypt? He was; and he led his flock to the distant part of the desert, and came to the mountain of God.'

What did he see there? He saw a bright fire in a bush, and the bush burned with fire and was not consumed; and Moses said, I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.

And when the Lord saw that he turned aside, what did he say to him? God called to him out of the midst of the bush and said, Moses, Moses.


And when Moses answered, what did God say to him? He said, come not near, put off your shoes from your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.

What more did God say to him? He said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.

When Moses heard God speak, what did he do? Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.

What did God tell Moses? God said, I have seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their crying, and I know their sorrows.

I am come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians; and to bring them out of that land, into a good land, a large land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

What was the nation called, which God chose for his people? Hebrews.

Why were the Hebrews afterwards called Israelites? Because they descended from Jacob, whom God called Israel.

Who first governed the Hebrews, and made laws for them? Men who were called patriarchs; afterwards their rulers were called judges.

Why did they not have a king? Because God told them he would be their king.

Were they not happy to have God for their king? While they loved and obeyed God they were happy; but

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when they became proud and wicked, they would have a king like other nations.

Did God give them a king? He sent Samuel to anoint Saul for their king.

Did Saul make the people happy? He did not; for he was a wicked king, and the Lord rejected him, and chose David to be king.

Who was David? He was a shepherd, the son of Jesse, a Bethlehemite.

Why was Jesse called a Bethlehemite? Because he lived in Bethlehem.

Why was Bethlehem called the city of David? Because David was born there.

Whom did God send to anoint David to be king? Samuel, the prophet and judge of Israel.


How did David once show his wisdom and courage? By killing the great giant Goliath.

What did the giant Goliath do, that made it right for David to kill him? He came out to fight God's people and said he defied them.

Was it wicked for him to say so? It was very wicked; for if any one despises God's people, it is the same as despising God.

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How came David to be in the army, if he was a shepherd? His father sent him to see if his brethren were well, and to carry them some bread and parched corn; and while he was talking with his brethren, Goliath the giant came up out of the camp of the Philistines.

What did the giant say? He said, I defy the armies of Israel this day. Give me a man that we may fight together; and the people were afraid and fled from him.

Why were the people afraid of the giant? Because he was a very great man, and was covered with brass, and had a very large spear, and a sword in his hand.

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Was David afraid of the giant? He was not, and he said to Saul the king, let no man's heart fail because of him; I will go and fight this Philistine.

What did Saul say to David? He said, you are not

able to fight him; for you are a youth, and he is a man of war from his youth.

What did David tell Saul he had done? He told him that when he kept his father's sheep, there came a lion and a bear and took a lamb out of the flock, and he ran after him and smote him and took the lamb out of his mouth, and when the lion rose against him, he caught him by his beard and killed him.

Did he think he could kill the giant as he did the lion? He said he had killed both the lion and the bear, and he would kill this giant, because he had defied the armies of the living God. He said also, that God, who delivered him out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, would deliver him out of the hand of the giant.

Did the king give him leave to go? He said to him, go, and the Lord be with you.

What did David take with him to kill the giant? He chose him five smooth stones out of the brook and put them into a little bag which he had; and a sling, and a staff, were in his hand.

What did the giant say when he saw David? He despised him, because he was but a youth, and said, am I a dog, that you have come to fight me with a staff? Come to me and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air, and to the beasts of the field.

What did David say to the giant? He said to him you come to me wi a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied; this day will the Lord deliver you into my hand, and I will smite you, and cut off your head,that the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.

Can you tell me how David killed this great giant? When he saw him coming near, David ran towards him, and put his hand in his bag, and took out a stone and slang it, and hit the giant in his forehead, and the stone sunk into his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the ground. So David killed the giant, with a sling and a stone.

What did he do then? He took the giant's sword and cut off his head; for David had no sword of his own.

Who gave David so much wisdom and courage? God. Why did he give it to him? Because he looked to God for help, and God has promised to help all who trust in him.

How long was David king over God's people? Forty years.

Was he a wise and good king? He was, and God loved him and promised him great things.


Who was the next king of Israel? Solomon, the son of David;—He was the wisest of all their kings, he had great riches, and built a magnificent temple at Jerusalem for the worship of God. When Solomon was first made king, he went to Gibeon to worship God, and the Lord appeared to him in a dream by night.

What did God say to him? God said to Solomon, ask what I shall give thee? What did Solomon ask for, when the most high God, Possessor of heaven and earth, told him to ask what he should give him?

Solomon said, I am but a little child, I know not how to go out or how to come in; give me therefore an understanding heart, to judge so great a people.

Was God pleased with Solomon's request? He was, because he did not ask for long life, or for riches, but he asked for wisdom.

What did God say to Solomon? He said, because thou hast asked for this thing, I have given thee a wise and understanding heart, so that there shall not be any among the kings like thee.

What else did God say he would give him? He said he would give him what he had not asked for, both riches and honor. And Solomon surpassed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

Did Solomon write proverbs and songs? He wrote three thousand proverbs, and his songs were a thousand and five.

Did he study the works of God? Solomon spake of trecs, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon, even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall.

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Did he speak of the animals too? He spake of beasts, and of birds, and of creeping things, and of fishes, and there came people from all nations to hear the wisdom of Solomon.

Has God promised to give wisdom to all who ask it? He has.

Should we always be seeking for wisdom? We should, for we need wisdom every day-wisdom is better than gold.

What did God do with his people Israel, when they became wicked, and did not love and obey God? He left them to be corrected for their wickedness. How were they corrected? The king of Babylon came against them, and killed a great many, and took away all their precious things, and burned their beautiful temple and carried many of them to Babylon.

What did he do with them there? He made servants of them, and chose one whose name was Daniel, to serve him.

Was the king of Babylon pleased with Daniel? He was, because he saw an excellent spirit was in him.


King Darius set a hundred and twenty princes over his kingdom, and he set three presidents over the princes. And who did he make the first of these three presidents? Daniel.

How did the presidents and princes feel towards Daniel? They envied him, because he was first.

What did envy lead them to? It led them to murder; for they tried to find some way to get Daniel killed.

Did they find any wickedness in him, to accuse him with? No; they could find no fault in him; so they went to the king, to get him to make a new law, which they knew Daniel would not obey.

What was this new law which they persuaded the king to make? The law was, that if any one should ask a favor of any god or man, besides the king, for thirty days, he should be cast into the lions' den.

Why would not Daniel obey this law?

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