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20. What did Noah begin to be? Who began to be an husbandman? What did Noah do? What did Noah plant? Who planted a vineyard ?
21. And he drank of the (1) wine, and was (2) drunken ; and he was (3) uncovered (4) within his (5) tent.
1. Fermented juice of the grapes reared in his vineyard.-2. Intoxicated by drinking too much.—3. Lying naked.-4. In the inside of.-5. Temporary house, or dwelling.
21. Of what did Noah drink? Of what wine? (Of the vineyard.) Who drank of the wine? What was the consequence of Noah drinking the wine? Who was drunken? In what state was Noah? Where was Noah uncovered ? In whose tent? Who was within his tent?
22. And Ham, the father of Canaan, (1) saw the (2) nakedness of (3) his father, and (4) told bis (5) troo brethren (6) without.
1. Went in and looked upon.--2. Shameful condition.--3. Noah.-4. Then came out and informed.-5. Brothers, Shem and Japheth.-6. Who were on the outside of the tent.
22. Who saw the nakedness of his father? Who was Ham? Whose father was Ham? Whose nakedness did Ham see? What did Ham do when he saw the nakedness of his father? Whom did he tell? Who told? What did he tell? To how many did he tell this? Two what? Where were his two brethren?
23. And Shem and Japheth took a (1) garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went (2) backward, and (3) covered the nakedness of (4) their father; and their faces were (5) backward, and they (6) saw not their father's (7) nakedness.
1. Mantle, or large piece of dress.-2. Into the tent with their faces towards the door.-3. Made the garment drop upon.-4. The naked body of Noah.-5. Turned from him.-6. Did not allow themselyes to look upon.—7. Disgraceful situation.
23. What did Shem and Japheth do? What did they take? Who took a garment? Where did they lay the garment? Upon whose shoulders was the garment laid? What did they do when they laid the garment upon their shoulders ? How did they go ? Who went backward ? What did they do with the garment? In what direction were their faces? What was the consequence of their faces being backward ?
24. And Noah (1) awoke from his (2) wine, and (3) knew what (4) his younger son had done unto him.
1. Became sober and collected after-2. Intoxication.-3. Came to the knowledge of.–4. Ham, (and, as many think, his younger grandson Canaan also.)
14. Who awoke? From what did Noah awake? what did he know? Which son? Done to whom? When did Noah know what his younger son had done unto him?
25. And he said (1) Cursed be Canaan; a (2) servant of servants shall (3) he be unto (4) his (5) brethren.
1. Wretched and miserable.--2. Slave.-3. His descendants.-4. Their. -5. Fellow men.
25. What did Noah say? Who was curged? Who cursed Canaan? What was Canaan to be? A servant of what? Who was to be a servant of servants ? Unto whom was he to be a servant of servants ? To whose brethren?
26, And he said, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and (1) Canaan shall be (2) his servant.
1. The posterity of Canaan.--2. The slaves of his descendants.
26. What did Noah say of Shem? Who was blessed? Lord God of whom? What was Canaan to be ? Whose servant was Canaan to be? What was Canaan to be to Shem?
27. God shall (1) enlarge (2) Japheth, and he shall (3) dwell in the (4) tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be (5) kis servant.
1. Increase the posterity, and extend the country of.-2. Japheth's descendants.—3. Inhabit.—4. Dwelling places.-5. The slaves of his sced.
27. What was God to do unto Japheth? Who was to be enlarged? By whom was Japheth to be enlarged ? What was Japheth to do? Where was Japheth to dwell? In whose tents? Who was to dwell in the tents of Shem? What was Canaan to be? Whose servant was Canaan to be ? 28. Aud Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.
23. How long did Noah live after the flood ? After what did Noah live three hundred and fifiy years?
29. And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years; and he died.
29. How old was Noah when he died? Who was nine hundred and fifty years when he died?
LESSONS. 221. God appointed a token of his covenant, ver. 12. We should observe, and be grateful for, every token and sign of God's mercy and goodness.
222. This was to be a token for perpetual generations, ver. 12.--Distance of time makes no difference on the faithfulness of God.
223. God made the rainbow the token of his covenant, ver. 13.- We should endeavour to see God, and his gracious dealings with us, in every object in nature, and in every circumstance in providence.
224. God, though he was never again to destroy the earth by rain, was yet to bring a cloud over it, ver. 14.-We should under no circumstances, ever be tempted to doubt the goodness, or the faithfulness of God.
225. When the cloud appeared, God was to make the bow to be seen in it, ver. 14.–We should endeavour to allay the fears, and to strengthen the faith of all who are in trouble or distress of mind.
226. God was to remember his covenant, ver. 15.We should never forget our promises, nor the claims which others have upon us.
227. The waters were no longer to become a flood to destroy all men, ver. 15.-It is of God's mercy that even our best temporal blessings are not turned into
228. God was to look upon the cloud that he might remember, ver. 16.-We should make use of every appointed means to keep in remembrance our obligations and duties.
229. Noah began to be an husbandman, ver. 20.-We should be industrious and endeavour lawfully to provide for the wants of our families.
230. Noah planted a vineyard, ver. 20.-We may lawfully seek to procure the comforts, as well as the necessaries of life.
231. Noah drank of his wine till he was drunken, ver. 21.–We should never abuse the temporal mercies which God bestows upon us.
232. Noah lay uncovered in his tent, ver. 21.-We should beware of drunkenness, which generally leads both to sin and shame.
233. Ham looked upon the shame of his father, ver. 22.–We should not be willing to see, far less to seek for, or to rejoice in, the faults and failings of our parents, and superiors.
234. Ham told his brothers of their father's shame, ver, 22.-We should never expose the faults or failings of others.
235. Shem and Japheth refused to witness the shame of their father, ver. 23.-We should use every means in our power to cherish respect for, and to prevent contemptuous thoughts of, our parents or superiors.
236. Shem and Japheth concealed and covered their father's shame, ver. 23.--We should endeavour to conceal, and to prevent the continuance, or repetition of the faults or failings of others.
237. Noah, when sober, heard of his shame, ver. 24. --Sin, however deceitful in the commission, will always produce disgrace and shame.
238. Ham sinned, but his son was cursed, rer. 25. --God, in just judgment, sometimes visits the sins of the parents upon their posterity.
239. Noah'blessed Shem, by blessing his God, ver. 26.—We should give God all the glory of all the good done by ourselves and others.
240. Ham's seed, (the Africans,) for his dishonouring his father, were made the slaves of all the rest of the world, ver. 26, 27.-Disobedience to, and dishonouring of, our parents, will always, more or less, bring down upon us temporal sufferings.
SECTION XVI. The Building of Babel, and History of Terah's Family.
Gen. xi. 1-9, and 27-32. 1. And the (1) whole earth (2) was of one language, and (3) of one speech.
1. People in every part of the world.-2. Spoke.-3., All, in every country, understood each other.
1. What is said of the whole earth? What was of one language and one speech? How much of the earth was of one language and one speech?
2. And it (1) came to pass, as (2) they (3) journeyed from the east, that they (4) found a (5) plain in the (6) land of Shinar; and they (7) duelt there,
1, Happened.—2. A great company of Noah's posterity.-3. Came or travelled.-4. Came to.-5. Level spot, where there were no hills or mountains.-6. Country.—7. Took up their abode.
2. From whence did they journey? What did they do from the east? What did they find? Where did they find this plain? In what land? What did they find in the land of Shinar? What did they do in that plain? Where did they dwell?
3. And (1) they said one to another, Go to, let us make (2) brick, and burn them (3) thoroughly. And they had brick (4) for stone, and (5) slime had they (6) for (7) mortar.
1. The people.-2. Artificial stones, of square pieces of clay.-3. Well. -4. Instead of.-5. Bitumen, a sort of sticky substance.-6. Instead of. -7. Lime and sand, by which buildings are generally built.
3. What did they say? To whom did they say this? What did they purpose to make? What where they to do with the brick? What were they to burn? In what manner were they to burn the brick? What had they for stone? What had they for morlar?
4. And they said, Go to, let us build us a (1) city, and a (2) tower whose top may reach (3) unto heaven; and let us (4) make us (5) a name, lest we be (6) scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
1. Collection of houses to dwell in, surrounded with high walls.-2. High building.-3. Very high in the air.-4. Do that which shall in future times procure.–5. The admiration and wonder of the world.-6. Separated from each other into small parties.