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A PARABLE AGAINST PERSECUTION. .. 1. And it came to pass after these things, that Abraham sat in the door of his tent, about the going down of the sun.'.-.-. . 2. And behold a man bowed with age, coming from the way of the wilderness leaning on a staff, . . ! :: 3. And Abraham arose, and met him, and said unto him, Turn in, I pray thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night; and thou shalt arise early in the morning, and go on thy way. And the man'said, Nay; for I will abide under this tree, s';'. 5. But Abraham pressed him greatly: so he turned, and they went into the tent: and Abraham baked unleavened bread, and they did eat. : 6. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, creator of heaven and earth?
7. And the man answered and said, I do not worship thy God, neither do I call upon his name; for I have made to myself a god, which abideth always in my house, and provideth me with all things.
8. And Abraham's zeal was kind. led against the man, and he arose, and fell upon him, and drave him forth with blows into the wilderness,
9. And at midnight God called unto Abraham, saying, Abraham, where is the stranger? 10. And Abraham answered and said, Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name; therefore have 1 driven him out from before my face into the wilderness.
11. And God said, have I borne with him these hundred ninety and eight years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me; and
couldst not thou, who art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night? 12. And Abraham said, let not the anger of my Lord wax hot against his servant: lo, I have sinned, forgive me, I pray thee. 13. And Abraham arose, and went forth into the wilderness, and sought diligently for the man, and found him; and returned with him to the tent; and when he had entreated himn kindly, he sent him away on the morrow with gifts. 14. And God spake again unto Abraham, saying, for this thy sin shall thy seed be afflicted four hundred years in a strange land:
15. But for thy repentance will-I deliver them, and they shall come forth with power, and with gladness of heart, and with much substance..
G. Nicholson, Poughrill.