The Ibex, or the Wild Goat
a thing as one of them sliding off the rocks, unless it was pursued by the hunters. Two
goats once met on a high narrow path, where there was just room for one to walk. a
place so steep that it would have made you dizzy to look down. They could not go back
without danger of falling, and they could not pass each other; what do you think they
could do, but stay there and starve? It seemed for a little while as if they were
considering about it; at last one bent his knees and laid down, and the other walked
safely over his back.
The ibex feeds during the night in the highest woods that grow on the mountains; but
has got up where it is too high for trees to grow. They go in small companies of eight
or ten, and lie down in sunny places among the rocks while the sun is hot; but about
three or four o'clock in the afternoon they begin to go down again towards the woods.
They can climb up rather more easily than they can get down, because their fore legs
are shorter than the others.
See how the ibex or wild goat is spoken of in the Bible. In the one hundred and fourth
Psalm you may find the words, "The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats;" and
another place where the animal is mentioned is in the twenty-fourth chapter of first
Samuel: "Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek with
me the whole history of Saul and David in the Bible, so that we might talk about See
how the ibex or wild goat is spoken of in the Bible. In the one hundred and fourth it,
for it is very interesting; but now I can only write down what this one verse means.
Psalm you may find the words, "The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats;" and
Psalm you may find the words, "The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats;" and
another place where the animal is mentioned is in the twenty-fourth chapter of first
another place where the animal is mentioned is in the twenty-fourth chapter of first
Samuel: "Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek
Samuel: "Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek
David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats." I should like to have you read
David and his men upon the rocks of the wild goats." I should like to have you read
with me the whole history of Saul and David in the Bible, so that we might talk about
it, for it is very interesting; but now I can only write down what this one verse means.
David had been made king over Israel by the command of God; but Saul, who was a
very wicked man, was determined to kill him. So David was obliged to fly for his life,
with only a few faithful friends; and month after month he hid himself in one place and
another, so that Saul might not find him. At last he came to a wild, gloomy place,
where nobody lived, near the Dead Sea: it was rocky, and there were many wild goats
there. He thought he was safe now; but Saul heard where he was and came after him.
One night Saul and his men went into a large dark cave among the mountains, and
behold David and his friends were already there; but they were hidden, so that Saul
did not know it. David's men wanted very much to kill Saul, now that he was in their
power, but David would not allow them. He only cut off a small piece from the robe
that Saul wore, and he was sorry afterwards that he had done even as much as this He
did not hurt Saul in the least, but allowed him to go safely out of the cave, though he
might have killed him as easily as not. Was not this returning good for evil?