the good men mentioned in the Bible, is highly instructive.If you doubt the assertion I have just made, then be persuaded to read the following sketches of Lot'scharacter, especially while he dwelt in Sodom. I know of very few biographies in the whole Bible which haveinterested -- I do not say pleased -- me so much as his. And I am greatly afraid we have many Lots in theworld now-a-days, -- men who, when they can take their choice, select a rich country, though the people arebad; and not only select it, but continue to live in it, even after they have discovered the great wickedness of the people. How can they think of being willing to live, year after year, in a very vicious place -- whether cityor country -- just because it is a good place to make money fast; and bring up a family of children there, whomust certainly be injured by the surrounding example? But are there not such parents to be found? My dearyoung friend, I do not say that, if you, any of you, should chance to have such parents, you ought to run awayfrom them. Oh, no; that would be, in general, a greater evil than to stay. You are bound to obey and honoryour parents, in all ordinary circumstances, come what may.But there are not a few of you who, if you could get away from your parents, or uncles, or master, would runright into a worse place than in which you now are. This you would do, not because it is a worse place, butbecause it seems to you more pleasant. Boys, especially, are fond of going into cities and towns, and gettinginto the company of other boys whom they scarcely know: they may be good, they may be bad. You wonderthat Lot, when he had the whole country before him, should have gone into Sodom; and yet you would actvery much like him if you had a good opportunity. I do not say that all of you are weary of home, and wish tobe somewhere else; for I know that not a few of you are perfectly contented and happy. But I know, both fromexperience and observation, that it is so with a great many boys.Let me say, the, to all such persons, "Read carefully the story of Lot." It is true, Lot escaped from Sodom withhis life; but it does not hence follow that you will get off so well. No miracle will be wrought to save you, asthere was to save him. You may escape; but remember, too, that you may not. And should you becomewicked, in some wicked town or city, and should you live and die so, -- as you will be apt to do -- though youmay not fall by fire and brimstone from heaven, you will at least be exposed to everlasting destruction fromthe presence of God, and from the joys reserved for the righteous in his most glorious presence.ADVENTURES OF LOT.CHAPTER I.
Where Lot was born - His Ancestors and Relatives - Their Removal to Haran - Journey to Canaan - To Egypt - Thence back to Canaan - Remarks.
Lot, the relative and friend of Abraham, was born in Ur of the Chaldees, as the Scriptures call it; but where Urwas situated, exactly, is not known. It was, however, several hundred miles eastward, or north-eastward of Canaan or Palestine, probably in what now constitutes a part of Persia, though at that time it was calledMesopotamia.But I will tell you something about Lot's ancestors and early life. His grandfather's name was Terah. Terahhad three sons, -- Nahor, Haran, and Abraham. Haran had three sons, Lot, Milcah, and Iscah; and dying early,these sons appear to have fallen into the care of their uncles, Nahor and Abraham, and to their grandfatherTerah. Lot, at all events, fell to the care of Abraham.Some time after the death of Haran, Terah and his son Abraham, with their families, and their brother Haran'schildren, removed from Ur to Haran, or as it is sometimes called in Scripture, Charran. I do not know what thename of the place was before Abraham's ancestors settled there, for it is believed that its name was given to itby Terah's son Nahor, in honor of his deceased brother.
BY WM. A. ALCOTT3