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thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another ; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known unto him the interpretation. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor; and for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him. Whom he would he slew, and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up, and whom he would he put down. But, when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: and he was driven from the sons of men ; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

6. And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; but hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, and thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them. And thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified. Then was the part of the hand sent from him ; and this writing was written.

7. And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, U-PHAR SIN. This is the interpretation of the thing : MENE, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. TEKEL, Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. U-PHAR'SIN, Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. In that night_was Belshazzar the king of the Chal-de'ans slain. And Dari'us the Me'dian took the kingdom.

LESSON XXXIV.

DANIEL PRESERVED FROM THE LIONS,

[Daniel vi. 1.] 1. It pleased Dari'us to set over the kingdom a hundred and wenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom; and over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first; that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage. Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault ; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him. Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

2. Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Dari'us, live forever! All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not, Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

3. Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God. Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any god or man within thirty days, save of thee, 0 king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

4. Then answered they, and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him; and he labored till the going down of the sun to deliver him. Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, That no decree nor statute, which the king establisheth, may be changed. Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions.

5. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God, whom thou servest continually, 'he will deliver thee. And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting : neither were instruments of music brougfit before him: and his sleep went from him. Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lam'entable voice unto Daniel : and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God! is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions ?

6. Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever ! My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, Oʻking, have I done no hurt. Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God. And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

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[Exod. iii. 14.] 1. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM.

[Deut. vi. 4.]
Hear, O Israel; the Lord, thy God, is One Lord.

[Isaiah xlv. 18.]
For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens;

God himself that formed the earth, and made it;
He hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited

I am the Lord; and there is none else.
They have no knowledge that set up the wood of their graven image,

And pray unto a god that cannot save.
Who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time?

Have not I, the Lord ? and there is no God else beside me;
A just God and a Savior; there is none beside me.
Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth;
For I AM GOD, and there is none else.

[Isaiah xl. 6.] 2. Thus saith the Lord, the king of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

(Nehemiah ix. 6.] Stand up and bless the Lord your God forever and ever : and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise. Thou, even thou, art Lord alone ; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host;

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the earth, and all things that are therein; the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all ; and the host of heaven worshippeth THEE.

(Isaiah xlii. 1.) 3. Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them

out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein :

I am the Lord : that is my name :
And my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to gravea
images.

(Isaiak xl. 25.]
To whom then win ye liken me,
Or shall I be equal ? saith the Holy One.

Have ye not known ? have ye not heard ?
Hath it not been told you from the beginning ?
Have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth ?
It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth,
And the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers ;
That stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain,
And spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in :
That bringeth the princes to nothing.

(Jeremiah x. 10.)
But the Lord is the true God,
He is the living God, and an everlasting King.

At his wrath the earth sball tremble,
And the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.
The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth,

Even they shall perish from the earth,

And from under these heavens.
HE hath made the earth by his power,
He hath established the world by his wisdom,
And hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

[Amos iv. 13.]
For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind,
And declareth unto man what is his thought,

That maketh the morning darkness,
And treadeth upon the high places of the earth,
The Lord, the God of hosts, is his name.

[Isaiah lvii. 15.)
5. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name
is holy;

I dwell in the high and holy place,

With him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the beart of the contrite

(Psalm cii. 25.)
Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth;
And the heavens are the work of thy hands.
They shall perish, but thou shalt endure:
Yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment;
As a vesture shalt thou change them,
And they shall be changed :
But THOU art the same,
And thy years shall have no end.

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