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Charles Foster Kent
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 125 pages of information about The Making of a Nation.

A SUCCESSFUL MAN OF AFFAIRS.

JOSEPH’S ACHIEVEMENTS.—­Gen. 37, 39-48, 50.

Parallel Readings.

  Hist.  Bible, I, 121-150. 
  Hastings’ Dict.  Bible, II, 770-772. 
  Emerson, Essay on Character.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his other children, because he was the son of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic with sleeves.  And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his other sons, they hated him, and could not speak to him.

But Jehovah was with Joseph so that he became a prosperous man, and was in the house of his master the Egyptian.  When his master saw that Jehovah was with him, and that Jehovah caused everything that he did to prosper in his hands, Joseph found favor in his eyes, as he ministered to him, so that he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put in his charge.

And Jehovah was with Joseph and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison, so that the keeper of the prison gave to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the prison, and for whatever they did he was responsible.

And Pharaoh said to Joseph, See, I have appointed you over all the land of Egypt.  And Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his finger and put it upon Joseph’s finger, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck, and made him ride in the second chariot which he had.  Then they cried before him, Bow the knee!  Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt.  Pharaoh also said to Joseph, I am Pharaoh, but without your consent shall no man lift up his hand or his foot in all the land of Egypt.—­Hist.  Bible.

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?—­Matt. 16:36.

Men at some time are masters of their fates:  The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.—­Shakespeare (Julius Caesar, Act.  I, Sc. 2, L. 139).

I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.  To reach the port of Heaven we must sail sometimes with the wind, and sometimes against it; but we must sail and not drift, nor lie at anchor.—­O.  W. Holmes.

  He that respects himself is safe from others;
  He wears a coat of mail that none can pierce.

It is more important to make a life than to make a living.—­Ex-Governor Russell of Massachusetts.

I.

THE QUALITIES ESSENTIAL TO SUCCESS.

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