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remains corn for feed, which he diftributes among the people on condition of their reserving the fifth part of the increase for Pharaoh. As they had no money left, this was the only way they could purchase the feed, or pay
the rent of their land.
SATISFIED with these terms, the Egyptians gratefully acknowledge their obligations to the Hebrew gover
they said, Thou hast faved our lives, let us find grace in the fight of my Lord, and we will be Pharaoh's fervants.
To Jacob, the sight of a great nation prosperous under the government of his favourite son, must have been peculiarly delightful. Not only himself, and his family, but all Egypt were fed and nourished under the fostering
care of Joseph, during the continuance of a long and grievo's famine. The old man had weathered out this calamity, and faw the return of prosperous days; he beheld his fons happy and flourishing in this land of strangers--they had posessions therein, and grew and multiplied exceedingly. Thus calm and ferene was the eyening of his life-He lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years : So the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forly and seven years _The venerable parent of a numerous race, who were afterwards called Israelites, from Israel their father.
But all worldly happiness must have an end. Age and infirmities haften to bring on fickness and death - the time drew near that Ifrael must die! He felt his strength decay, the languid
pulse foreboded a speedy cessation to the current of the vital fluid ; that heart which had so often beat with the folicitude of parental affection, shall foon throb no longer; the heavenly guest is about to be dislodged from its earthly tabernacle; the body to return unto the earth from whence it was taken, and the soul unto God who gave it.
PERCEIVING the approach of death, he sends for his son Jofeph. And who more fit to receive his dying request, than Joseph, the strength and staff of his old age, to whom his family owed their preservation in the time of famine, and by whose means they had obtained a peaceable settlement in the land of Egypt. It was a sacred injunction, a solemnobftri&tionand obligation, by all the force of parental au
thority, by all the tenderness of filial duty, by the revered covenant of God with his fathers; for all this is expressed by the form in which the Patriarch delivered his dying charge, and exacted an oath of his son for the
performance of it. It was the fame form that Abraham used when he made his servant swear that he would not take a wife for his son of the idolatrous daughters of the land. With this consecrated form, of patriarchal usage and venerable fignificancy, did Jacob bind his son Joseph And he faid unto him
If now I have found grace in thy fight, put I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not I pray thee in Egypt; but I will lie with my fathers, and thou fhalt carry me out of Egppt, and bury me in their burying place.
And wherefore all this folicitude about the place of his interment: Why not be buried in Egypt as well as Canaan?
By the place of his burial the Patriarch Jacobintended to express his faith in God, his affection for his kindred, and his confidence in the Divine promises. When going down into Egypt, God had said to him, I will furely bring thee back again. This promise, he well knew, could not now be fulfilled to him in his life time, it could only be accomplished by his removal thither after he was dead. In death, he hopes to be gathered unto his fathers -Bury me not in Egypt — as much as to say, “ Let not Egypt be my last and final 6 home; here, it is true, I have been 6 content to sojourn for a while, as in “ a strange country; but the land of