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There is no peace—no solid enjoyment—to be attained by immortal beings, without an experience of the mercy of God in Christ; and we can never become the blessed partakers of this mercy, unless we yield to the convictions of the Holy Spirit, who shows us our sinful state by nature, reproves us in the secret of the soul when we act contrary to the divine law, and inclines us to “cease to do evil,” and to “learn to do well.” These operations of the grace of God are often sensibly felt in early life—even in infantile years—and, dear young Readers, be assured that they are designed, by your Almighty Creator, to draw you to Himself, the Fountain of eternal life and happiness. If you co-operate with these visitations of His love, you will be brought into a state of humiliation and contrition of soul, in which you will availingly seek an interest in that glorious redemption, which Christ hath purchased for us by the sacrifice of Himself. If you thus become of the number of His true disciples, you will delight to meditate in His precepts; your hearts will respond to the prayer of the Psalmist, “Open

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Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law:” and, if lengthened years be added to your term of earthly probation, you will be able, with grateful joy, to adopt his acknowledgment, “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage:” and the contents of this little book will not be read by you merely as a medium of obtaining Biblical knowledge—you will feel the seriousness of the subjects on which they treat. May the love of your Heavenly Father so prevail in your hearts, and may the Holy Spirit so apply to your understandings the sacred instruction which they convey, as that you may become “wise unto salvation,” and experience the truth of the Apostle's declaration, “Whatsoever things were written afore-time, were written for our learning, that we through patience, and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.” These Scriptural lessons are designed for such young persons as have attained an age sufficiently mature to admit of some appreciation of their high importance. It may not be needful that they should be verbally recited—suitable questions may be proposed by the teacher. And to the parent, or the tutor, as well as to the learner, if imbued with a desire to become instructed in “the things that pertain unto life and godliness,” this small volume may prove an humble instrument in promoting an increase of that knowledge of God, and of His Christ, which is life eternal.

To every one of us is the animating exhortation applied, “Acquaint thyself with God, and be at peace.”

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b. C. Creation.................................... -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - --- 4004 Death of Adam, at the age of 930 years........................... 8074 Enoch translated......................................................... 8017 Death of Methuselah, aged 969 years—Deluge..................... 2348 Building of the Tower of Babel....................................... 2247 Birth of Abraham................................. 1996 Destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, &c. &c......................... 1897 Death of Shem who had been cotemporary with **) 1846 ......100 years, and with Isaac 150 years......................... Birth of Esau and Jacob................................................ 1836 Jacob and his family settle in Egypt.............. ............. 1706 Call of Moses—Exodus of Hebrews from Egypt.................. 1491 Death of Moses—Joshua succeeds as Leader and Judge......... 1451

Death of Joshua-government of Judges under God....... ... 1443 Judges rule until Saul is anointed King—about......... .... 1095 David anointed King...................................................... 1068 Solomon begins to build the Temple in Jerusalem...... ...... ... 1018 Israel and Judah become separate monarchies........ ... 975 Elijah carried up by a whirlwind into heaven...... ... 896 Isaiah prophesies....................................... .... 760 Kingdom of Israel carried captive to Assyria.................. ...... 721 Judah also subdued—and taken captive to Babylon............... 588 Return of the Jews by decree of Cyrus—about...... --- .... 516 Darius renews the decree of Cyrus—Temple rebuilt. ..... 500 Esther queen of Persia......... - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ---- . 458

Nehemiah repairs Jerusalem and rebuilds the walls............... 446

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