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Shadrach, c. cast in the furnace. CHAP.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, nur || 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, 0 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 in age which 1 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, 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, have made; well : but is 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, O Nebu- il 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 Il 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, O 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 nor worship the golden image which thou of Babylon. hast 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 that they should heat the furnace NY 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 I 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

21 Then these men were bound in their mighty are his wonders ! his kingdom is 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 name of the fire slew and the thoughts upon my bed and the those men that took ap) Shadrach, Me- || visions of my head troubled me. shach, and Abed-nego.

I 6 Therefore made I a decree to bring 23 And these tliree men, Shadrach,Me- in all the wise men of Babylon before me,

ach, and Abed-bego, fell down bound into that they might make known unto me the the midst of the burning fiery furnace. interpretation of the dream.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar inc 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 thrce 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 kins, True, o king.

8 | But at the last Daniel came in before 690 Nebuchadnezzar's dream, DANIEL.

and the interpretuftoti. me, whose name was Belteshazzar, ac- | reached unto the beaven, and the siglat 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 inagi- | 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 thererf 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 idew 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, I 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 l 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; 1 thy sins by righteousneys, and thine iniand let seven times 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 4 All this came upon the king Nebof the holy ones: to the intent that the luchadnezzar. 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 I 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 majesty? inuch 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 hcaven, interpretation : but thou art able; for the |saying, ( king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee spirit of the holy gols 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.:t the dream, or the interpretation thereof, il 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 l giveth it to whomsoever he will. to thine enemies.

33 The same hour was the thing ful. 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 boily 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 fiathers, 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- 1 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 fromed 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 bis 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 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and sooth-sayers; extol and honour the King of lieaven, 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 1 Belshazzar's impious feart. 5 A hand named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be writing troubleth him. 17 Danielrefirov- called, and he will shew the interpreta

eth him, 25 and interpreteth the wriling. | tion. BELSHAZZAR the king made a great 13 Then was Daniel brcught in before

D feast to a thousand of his lords, and the king. And the king spake and said drank wine before the thousand.

unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which 2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, art of the children of the captivity of Ju

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 suas in Jerusalem ; that the king, and his spirit of the gods is in thee, and that princes, his wives, and his concubines, light and understanding and excellent might drink therein.

wisdom is found in thee. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels il 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 fortli fin- doubts: now if thou canst read the writrers of a man's hand, and wrote over a- i 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. I and give thy rewards to another; 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 king, - read this writing, and shew me the inter- l dom, and majesty, and glory, and honour : 692 The writing is interpreted. DANIEL. Daniel cast into the lion': den.

19 And for the majesty that he gave him, y the presidents and princes, because anex 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 llor 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 Go or 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 der of lions. the vessels of his house before thee, and I 8 Now, O king, establish the decree, thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy and sign the writing, that it be not changconcubines, have drunk wine in them; ed, according to the law of the Medes and and thou hast praised the gods of silver, i Persians, which altereth not. and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, il 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 a 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 le27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the fore the king concerning the king's decree; 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 Goclor 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 thing is 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 kingdom. 13 Then answered they and said before

30 In that night was Belshazzar the 11 the king, That Daniel, which is of the king of the Chaldeans slain.

children of the captivity of Judai, regardşi 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 lis petition years old.

three times a day. CHAP. VI.

14 Then the king, when he heard these 1 Daniel's preferment. 10 Heis cast into words, was sore displeased with himself,

the den of lions, 18 and saved. and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: TT pleased Darius to set over the king and he laboured till the going down of Idom 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

God magnified.

CHAP. VII.

Daniel's vision, &c. 693 they brought Daniel, and cast him into ions of his head upon his bed : then he the den of lions. Now the king spake and || wrote the dream, and told the sum of the said anto Daniel, Thy God whom thou matters. servest continually, he will deliver thee. 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my

17 And a stone was brought, and laid vision by night, and behold, the four winds upon the mouth of the den; and the king of the heaven strove upon the great sea. sealed it with his own signet, and with 3 And four great beasts came up from the signet of his lords; that the purpose || the sea, diverse one from another, might not be changed concerning Daniel. 4 The first was like a lion, and hard

18 | Then the king went to his palace, || eagles wings: I beheld till the wings thereand passed the night fasting : neither of were plucked, and it was lifted up from were instruments of musick brought be- || the earth, and made stand upon the feet as fore him: and his sleep went from him. la man, and a man's heart was given to it.

19 Then the king arose very early in | 5 And behold another beast, a second, the morning, and went in haste unto the like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one den of Jions.

side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of 20 And when he came to the den, he ll it between the teeth of it: and they said cried with a lamentable voice unto Dan thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. iel; and the king spake and said to Dan- || 6 After this I beheld, and lo another, iel, o Daniel, servant of the living God, like a leopard, which had upon the back is thy God, whom thou servest continual- l of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had ly, able to deliver thee from the lions ? also four heads; and dominion was given

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O || to it. king, live for ever.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, 22 My God hath sent his angel, and and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and hath shut the lions mouths, that they terrible, and strong exceedingly ; and it have not hurt me : forasmuch as before I had great iron tceth : it devoured and hím innocency was found in me; and also brake in pieces, and stamped the residue before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.) with the feet of it: and it was diverse

23 Then was the king exceeding glad | from all the beasts that were before it ; for him, and commanded that they should and it had ten horns. teke Daniel up out of the den. So Dan- 8 I considered the horns, and behold, jel was taken up out of the den, and no there came up among them another little manner of hurt was found upon nim, horn, before whom there were three of because he believed in his God."

the first horns plucked up by the roots : 24 | And the king commanded, and land behold, in this horn were eyes liko they brought those men which had accus- | the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking, ed Daniel, and they cast them into the den great things. of lions, them, their children, and their 9 I beheld till the thrones were cast wives; and the lions had the mastery of down, and the Ancient of days did sit, them, and brake all their bones in pieces whose garment was white as snow, and or ever they came at the bottom of the den. I the hair of his head like the pure wool :

25 | Then king Darius wrote unto all his throne was like the fiery flame, and people, nations, and languages, that dwell || his wheels as burning fire. in all the earth; Peace be multiplied 10 A fiery stream issued and came unto you.

forth from before him : thousand thou26 I make a decree, That in every do- sands ministered unto him, and ten thouminion of my kingdom men tremble and sand times ten thousand stood before fear before the God of Daniel: for he is him : the judgment, was set, and the the living God, and steadfast for ever, and books were opened. his kingdom that which shall not be de | 11 I beheld then because of the voice stroyed, and his dominion shall be even of the great words which the horn spake : unto the end.

I beheld even till the beast was slain, , 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he || and his body destroyed, and given to the worketh signs and wonders in heaven burning flame. and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel 12 As concerning the rest of the locats, from the power of the lions.

they had their dominion taken away : 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign yet their lives were prolonged for a seaof Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the son and time. Persian.

13 I saw in the night visions, and heCHAP. VII.

hold, one like the son of man came with i Daniel's vision of the four beasts, 9 of. ll the clouds of heaven, and came to the God's kingdom, 15 The interpretation | Ancient of days, and they brought him thereof.

near before hiin. IN the first year of Belshazzar king of 14 And there was given him dominion, 1 Babylon Daniel had a dream and vis- "and glory, and a kingdom, that all people,

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