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39 And after thee shall arise another 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent

688 The dreani interfireted. DANIEL The golden image set up.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the man, and gave him many great gifts, and brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to made him

ruler over the whole province pieces together, and became like the chaff of Babylon, and chief of the governors of the summer threshing-floors ; and the over all the wise men of Babylon. wind carried them away, that no place 49 Then Daniel requested of the king, was found for them: and the stone that and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed. smote the image became a great moun- nego, over the affairs of the province of tain, and filled the whole earth.

Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of 36 This is the dream ; and we will the king. tell the interpretation thereof before the

CHAP. III. king

1 Nebuchadnezzar dedicateth a golden 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings : image in Dura. 8 Shadrach, Meshach, for the God of heaven hath given thee a and Abed-nego, are accused, 19 delivkingdom, power, and strength, and glory. ered.

38 And wheresoever the children of EBUCHADNEZZARthekingmade men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over six cubits : lie set it up in the plain of them all. Thou art this head of gold. kingdom inferior to thee, and another to gather together the princes, the govthird kingdom of brass, which shall bear ernors, and the captains, the judges, the rule over all the earth.

treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be and all the rulers of the provinces, to come strong as iron : forasmuch as iron break- to the dedication of the image which Nebeth in pieces and subdueth all things: and uchadnezzar the king had set up. as iron that breaketh all these, shall it 3 Then the princes, the governors, and break in pieces and bruise.

captains, the judges, the treasurers, the 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers and toes, part of potters clay, and part of of the provinces, were gathered together iron, the kingdom shall be divided ; but unto the dedication of the image that Nebthere shall be in it of the strength of the uchadnezzar the king had set up; and iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron they stood before the image that Nebinixed with the miry clay.

uchadnezzar had set up. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part 4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom it is coinmanded, O people, nations, and shall be partly strong, and partly broken languages,

45 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed 5 That at what time ye hear the sound with miry clay, they shall mingle them- of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psalteselves with the seed of men : but they ry, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye shall not cleave one to another, even as fall down and worship the golden image iron is not mixed with clay.

that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up. 44 And in the days of these kings shall 6 And whoso falleth not down and the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which worshippeth shall the same hour be cast shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. shall not be left to other people, but it shall 7 Therefore at that time, when all the break in pieces and consume all these people heard the sound of the cornet, kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all

45 Forasniuch as thou sawest that the kinds of musick, all the people, the nastone was cut out of the mountain with. tions, and the languages, fell down and out hands, and that it brake in pieces the worshipped the golden image that Nebiron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and uchadnezzar the king had set up. the gold; the great God hath made known 87 Whereforeat that time certain Chalto the king what shall come to pass here- deans came near, and accused the Jews. after: and the dream is certain, and the 9 They spake and said to the king Nebinterpretation thereof sure.

uchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. 46 | Then the king Nebuchadnezzar 10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, fell upon his face, and worshipped Dan- that every man that shall hear the sound iel, and commanded that they should offer of the cornet, fluie, harp, sackbut, psalan oblation and sweet odours unto him. tery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of mu

47 The king answered unto Daniel, sick, shall fall down and worship the goldand said, Of a truth it is, that your God en image : is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, 11 And whoso falleth not down and and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou worshippeth, that he should be cast into couldest reveal this secret.

the milst of a burning fiery furnace. 48 Then the king made Daniel a great 12 There are certain Jews whom thou

Shadrach, c. cast in the furnace. CRAP.IV. Nebuchadnezzar's dream. 689 hast set over the affairs of the province of || 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- || four men loose, walking in the midst of nego; these men, O king, have not re- || the fire, and they have no hurt: and the garded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor || form of the fourth is like the son of God. worship the golden image which thou | 26 | Then Nebuchadnezzar camenear hast set up.

to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, 13 1 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they || high God, come forth, and come hither. brought these men before the king. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-ne

14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said un go, came forth of the midst of the fire. to them, Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, 27 And the princes, governors, and capand Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, tains, and the king's counsellors, being nor worship the golden image which i gathered together, saw these men, upon have set up?

whose bodies the fire had no power, nor 15 Now if ye be ready that at what was an hair of their head singed, neither time ye hear the sound of the cornet, W were their coats changed, nor the smell flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dul of fire had passed on them. cimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and down and worship the image which I said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, hare made; well : but iï ye worship not, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent ye shall be cast the same hour into the his angel, and delivered his servants that midst of a burning fiery furnace; and || trusted in him, and have changed the who is that God that shall deliver you king's word, and yielded their bodies, out of my hands.

that they might not serve nor worship 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, any god, except their own God. answered and said to the king, ( Nebu- 1 29° Therefore I make a decree, That chadnezzar, we are not careful to answer every people, nation, and language, which thee in this matter.

speak any thing amiss against the God of 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall is able to deliver us from the burning I be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out made a dunghill: because there is no other of thine hand, 0 king.

god that can deliver after this sort. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, 30 Then the king promoted Shadrach,

king, that we will not serve thy gods, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province por worship the golden image which thou of Babylon. nast set up.

CHAP. IV. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full || 1 Nebuchadnezzar's dream. 19 Daniel of fury, and the form of his visage was interpreteth it. 28 The story of the changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and event. Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and com NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king, unmanded inat they should heat the furnace TY to all people, nations, and lanone seven times more than it was wont guages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace to be heated.

be multiplied unto you. 20 And he commanded the most migh- 2 I thought it good to shew the signs ty men that were in his army to bind Sha- and wonders that the high God hath drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to wrought toward me. cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 3 How great are his signs! and how

coats, their hosen, and their hats, and | an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion their other garments, and were cast into is from generation to generation. the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 4 T I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in

22 Therefore because the king's com- mine house, and flourishing in my palace: mandment was urgent, and the furnace 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew and the thoughts upon my bed and the those men that took up Shadrach, Me- \ visions of my head troubled me. shach, aud Abed-nego.

6 Therefore made 1 a decree to bring 23 And these three men, Shadrach,Me- || in all the wise men of Babylon before me, giach, andAbed-rego, fell down bound into that they might make known unto me the the mirist of the burning fiery furnace. interpretation of the dream.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was 7 Then came in the magicians, the asastopied, and rose up in haste, and spake, || trologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothand said unto his counsellors, Did not we sayers: and I told the dream before cast three men bound into the midst of them ; but they did not make known uns the fire? They answered and said unto to me the interpretation thereof. the king, True, king.

1 8 But at the last Daniel came in before

690 Nebuchadnezzar's dream, DANIEL and the interpretuiroti. me, whose name was Belteshazzar, ac- il reached unto the heaven, and the sight cording to the name of my God, and in thereof to all the earth; whom is the spirit of the holy gods : and 21 Whose leaves were fair and the fruit betore him I told the dream, saying, thereof much, and in it was meat for all;

9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magi- under which the beasts of the field dwelt, cians, because I know that the spirit of and upon whose branches the fowls of the the holy gods is in thee, and no secret heaven had their habitation : troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my 22 It is thou, O king, that art grown dream that I have seen, and the inter- and become strong: for thy greatness is pretation thereof.

grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and 10 Thus were the visions of mine head thy dominion to the end of the earth. in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in 23 And whereas the king saw a watchthe midst of the earth, and the height er and an holy one coming down from thereof was great.

heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, 11 The tree grew, and was strong, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the and the height thereof reached unto heav- roots thereof in the earth, even with a en, and the sight thereof to the end of all || band of iron and brass, in the tender grass the earth:

of the field ; and let it be wet with the 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the fruit thereof much, and in it was the beasts of the field, till seven times meat for all: the beasts of the field had pass over him; shadow under it, and the fowls of the 24 This is the interpretation, O king, heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and and this is the decree of the most High, all flesh was fed of it.

which is come upon my lord the king: 13 I saw in the visions of my head up- 25 That they shall drive thee from men, on my bed, and behold, a watcher and an and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts holy one came down from heaven ; of the field, and they shall make thee to

14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew | eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee down the tree, and cut off his branches, with the dew of heaven, and seven times shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit, shall pass over thee, till thou know that let the beasts get away from under it, the most High ruleth in the kingdom of and the fowls from his branches.

men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his 26 And whereas they commanded to roots in the earth, even with a band of leave the stump of the tree roots; thy iron and brass, in the tender grass of the kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after field; and let it be wet with the dew that thou shalt have known that the of heaven, and let his portion be with the heavens do rule. beasts in the grass of the earth.

27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel 16 Let his heart be changed from man's, be acceptable unto thee, and break off and let a beast's heart be given unto him; tiny sins by righteousness, and thine iniand let seven tiines pass over him. quities hy shewing mercy to the poor; if it

17. This matter is by the decree of the may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity: watchers, and the demand by the word 28 © All this came upon the king Nebof the holy ones: to the intent that the uchadnezzar. living may know that the most High 29 At the end of twelve months he ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth | walked in the palace of the kingdom of it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up | Babylon. over it the basest of men.

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this 18 This dream 1 king Nebuchadnezzar | great Babylon, that I have built for the Nave seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, house of the kingdom by the inight of my declare the interpretation thereof, foras- power, and for the honour of my prajesty? much as all the wise men of my kingdom 31 While the word was in the king's are not able to make known unto me the mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, interpretation but thou art able; for the saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee spirit of the holy gods is in thee.

it is spoken; The kingdom is departed 19 9 Then Daniel, whose name was from thee. Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and his thoughts troubled him. The king and thy dwelling shull be with the beasts spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not of the field: they shall make thee to e:: the dream, or the interpretation thereof, grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered, and over thee, until thou know that the most said, My lord, the dream be to them that High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and hate thee, and the interpretation thereof giveth it to whomsoever he will. to thine energies.

33 The same hour was the thing ful99 The tree that thou sawest, which filled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was Frew, and was strong, whose height driven from men, and did eat grass as

Belshazzar's impious feast. CHAP. V. A hand writing troubleth him. 691 oxen, and his borly was wet with the dew | pretation thereof, shall be clothed with of heaven, till his hairs were grown like scarlet, and have a chain of gold about eagles feathers, and his nails like birds his neck, and shall be the third ruler in claws.

the kingdom. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebu- 8 Then came in all the king's wise men: chadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heay- but they could not read the writing, nor en, and mine understanding returned un- make known to the king the interpretato me, and I blessed the most High, and tion thereof. I praised and honoured him that liveth 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly for ever, whose dominion is an everlast- | troubled, and his countenance was changing dominion, and his kingdom is from ed in him, and his lords were astonied. generation to generation :

10 1 Now the queen by reason of the 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth || words of the king and his lords came inare reputed as nothing: and he doeth ac- to the banquet house: and the queen cording to his will in the army of heaven, spake and said, O king, live for ever: let and among the inhabitants of the earth : not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy and none can stay his hand, or say unto countenance be changed : him, What doest thou?

11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in 36 At the same time my reason return- whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and ed unto me; and for the glory of my in the days of thy father light and unkingdom, mine honour and brightness re- derstanding and wisdom, like the wisturned unto me; and my counsellors and dom of the gods, was found in him ; whoni my lords sought unto me ; and I was es- the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the tablished in my kingdom, and excellent king, I say, thy father, made master of the majesty was added unto me.

magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and $7 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and sooth-sayers ; extol and honour the King of leaven, all 12 Forasmuch as anexcellent spirit, and whose works are truth, and his ways judg- | knowledge, and understanding, interpretment: and those that walk in pride he is ing of dreams, and shewing of hard senable to abase.

tences, and dissolving, of doubts, were CHAP. V.

found in the same Daniel, whom the king i Belshazzar's impious feast. 5 A hand named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be

writing troubleth him. 17 Danielrefirov- called, and he will shew the interpretaeth him, 25 and interpreteth the writing. | tion.

ELSHAZZAR the king made a great 13 Then was Daniel brcught in before drank wine before the thousand.

unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which ? Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, art of the children of the captivity of Jucommanded to bring the golden and sii- i dah, whom the king my father brought ver vessels which his father Nebuchad- out of Jewry? nezzar had taken out of the temple which 14 I have even heard of thee, that the quas in Jerusalem ; that the king, and his ii spirit of the gods is in thee, and that princes. his wives, and his concubines, ight and understanding and excellent might drink therein.

wisdom is found in thee. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels 15 And now the wise men, the astrolothat were taken out of the temple of the gers, have been brought in before me, house of God which was at Jerusalem ; that they should read this writing, and and the king, and his princes, his wives, make known unto me the interpretation and his concubines, drank in them. thereof: but they could not shew the in

4 They drank wine, and praised the terpretation of the thing: gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou iron, of wood, and of stone.

canst make interpretations, and dissolve 5. In the same hour came forth fin- doubts: now if thou canst read the writgers of a man's hand, and wrote over a- ing, and make known to me the intergainst the candlestick upon the plaster of pretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed the wall of the king's palace: and the king with scarlet, and have a chain of gold asaw the part of the hand that wrote. bout thy neck, and shalt be the third rul

6 Then the king's countenance was er in the kingdom. changed, and his thoughts troubled him, 17 1 Then Daniel answered and said beso that the joints of his loins were loosed, fore the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and his knees smote one against another and give thy rewards to anoilier; yet I

7 The king cried aloud to bring in the will read the writing unto the king, and astrologers, the Chakleans, and the sooth-make known to him the interpretation. sayers. And the king spake and said to 18 () thou king, the most high God the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingread this writing, and shew nie the inter- dom, and majesty, and glory, and honour :

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692 The writing is interpreted. DANIEL Daniel cast into the lion': den.

19 And for the majesty that he gave him, | the presidents and princes, because anexe all people, nations, and languages, trem-cellent spirit was in him; and the king bled and feared before him : whom he thought to set him over the whole realm. would he slew; and whom he would he 4 & Then the presidents and princes kept alive, and whom he would he set sought to find occasion against Daniel conup ; and whom he would he put down. cerning the kingdom; but they could find

20 But when his heart was lifted up, none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he and his mind hardened in pride, he was was faithful, neither was there any error deposed from his kingly throne, and they or fault found in him. took his glory from him :

5 Then said these men, We shall not 21 And he was driven from the sons of find any occasion against this Daniel, exmen ; and his heart was made like the cept we find it against him concerning beasts, and his dwelling was with the the law of his God. wild asses: they fed him with grass like 6 Then these presidents and princes oxen, and his body was wet with the dew assembled together to the king, and said of heaven; till he knew that the most thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever, high God ruled in the kingdom of men, 7 All the presidents of the kingdom, and that he appointeth over it whomso- | the governors, and the princes, the counever he will.

sellors, and the captains, have consulted 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, together to establish a royal statute, and hast not humbled thine heart, though to make a firm decree, that whosoever thou knewest all this ;

shall ask a petition of any Galor man for 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall Lord of heaven; and they have brought be cast into the deri of lions. the vessels of his house before thee, and 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy and sign the writing, that it be not chang: concubines, have drunk wine in them; } ed, according to the law of the Medes and and thou hast praised the gods of silver, | Persians, which altereth not. and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the which see not, nor hear, nor know: and writing and the decree. the God in whose hand thy breath is, and 10 Now when Daniel knew that the whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glo writing was signed, he went into his rified.

house; and his windows being open in 24 Then was the part of the hand sent his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneelfrom him ; and this writing was written. ed upon his knees three times day,

25 And this is the writing that was and prayed, and gave thanks before his written, MENE, MENE, TÉKEL, U- God, as he did aforetime, PHARSIN.

11 Then these men assembled, and 26 This is the interpretation of the found Daniel praying and making supplia thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy cation before his God. kingdom, and finished it.

12 Then they came near, and spake be27 TEKEL ; Thou art weighed in the fore the king concerning the king'sdecree; balances, and art found wanting.

Hast thou not signed a decree, that every 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, man that shall ask a petition of any God or and given to the Medes and Persians. man within thirty days, save of thee, ()

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and king, shall be cast into the den of lions ? they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put | The king answered and said, The thingig a chain of gold about his neck, and made | true, according to the law of the Medes a proclamation concerning him, that he and Persians, which altereth not. should be the third ruler in the kingdoma. 13 Then answered they and said before

30 | In that night was Belshazzar the the king, That Daniel, which is of the king of the Chaldeans slain.

children of the captivity of Judah, regard. şi And Darius the Median took the eth not thee, ( king, nor the decree that kingdom, being about threescore and two thou hast signed, but maketh his petition

three times a day. CHAP. VI.

14 Then the king, when he heard these 1 Daniel's preferment. 10 He is cast into words, was sore displeased with himself, the den of lions, 18 and saved. and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him:

going down of dom an hundred and twenty princes, the sun to deliver him. which should be over the whole kingdom; 15 Then these men assembled unto the

2 And over these three presidents; of king, and said unto the king, Know, O whom Daniel was first : that the princes king, that the law of the Medes and Permight give accounts unto them, and the sians is, That no decree nor statute which king shonid have no damage.

the king establisheth may be changed. S'Then this Daniel was preferred above 16 Then the king commanded, and

years old.

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