This book is not a mere compilation of stories. Its main object is to illustrate truth and character. No anecdote has been admitted but such as could be turned to this account; and[vi] if suited to this purpose, the question has not been asked whether it was new or old.
no answer. His mother repeated her command; but he still hesitated, and said, "Mother, I ought to obey you, but I must first obey God. The tree is not ours. It belongs to our landlord; and you know that God says, 'Thou shalt not steal.' I hope you will not make me cut it down." She yielded, for the time; but after suffering from cold a day or two longer, she told him he must cut down the tree. He then said to her, "Mother; God has often helped us, and supplied our wants when we have been in trouble. Let us wait till this time to-morrow. Then, if we do not find some relief, though I am sure it will be wrong, yet if you make me do it, I will cut the tree in obedience to your command." To this she agreed. The boy retired to his closet, and prayed earnestly that God would help them, and save him from being compelled to break his law. The next morning, he went out and found a man whose wagon had broken down under a heavy load of coal. He told the man his case, who agreed to let him carry away the coal, and they mi
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