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the children that eat of the portion of the fore shew me the dream and the interpretaking's meat; and as thou seest, deal with tion thereof. thy servants.

7. They answered again, and said, Let 14. So he consented to them in this mat- the king tell his servants the dream, and we ter, and proved them ten days.

will shew the interpretation of it. 15. And at the end of ten days their coun- \ 8. The king answered and said, I know of tenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh certainty that ye would gain the time, bethan all the children which did eat the por. || cause ye see the thing is gone from me. tion of the king's meat.

9. But if ye will not make known unto 16. Thus Melzar took away the portion of me the dream, there is but one decree for their meat, and the wine that they should you; for ye have prepared lying and corrupt drink, and gave them pulse.

words to speak before me till the time be 17. As for these four children, God gave changed; therefore tell me the dream, and them knowledge and skill in all learning I shall know that ye can shew me the inand wisdom: and Damel had understanding terpretation thereof. in all visions and dreams.

io. The Chaldeans answered before the 18. Now, at the end of the days that the king, and said, There is not a man upon the king had said he should bring them in, then | earth that can shew the king's matter: the prince of the eunuchs brought them in therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, before Nebuchadnezzar.

that asked such things at any magician, or 19. And the king communed with them: astrologer, or Chaldean. · and among them all was found none like 11. And it is a rare thing that the king Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: || requireth; and there is none other that can therefore stood they before the king. shew it before the king except the gods,

20. And in all matters of wisdom and un- whose dwelling is not with flesh. . derstanding, that the king inquired of them, 12. For this cause the king was angry he found them ten times better than all the and very furious, and commanded to destroy magicians and astrologers that were in all all the wise men of Babylon. his realm.

13. And the decree went forth that the 21. And Daniel continued even unto the wise men should be slain; and they sought first year of king Cyrus.

Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

14. Then Daniel answered with counsel | Nebuchadnezzar forgelleth his dream: 14 It is revealed and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the

to Daniel. 31 The dream, and interpretation thereof. king's guard, which was gone forth to slay 1. AND in the second year of the reign the wise men of Babylon:

H of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnez- 15. He answered and said to Arioch the zar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit | king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty was troubled, and his sleep brake from from the king? Then Arioch made the thing him.

known to Daniel. 2. Then the king commanded to call the 16. Then Daniel went in, and desired of magicians, and the astrologers, and the sor- | the king that he would give him time, and cerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the that he would shew the king the interpretaking his dreams. So they came and stood tion. before the king.

17. Then Daniel went to his house, and 3. And the king said unto them, I have made the thing known to Hananiah, Midreamed a dream, and my spirit was trou-shael, and Azariah, his companions; . bled to know the dream.

18. That they would desire mercies ol 4. Then spake the Chaldeans to the king the God of heaven concerning this secret, in Syriac, 0 king, live for ever: tell thy that Daniel and his fellows should not peservants the 'dream, and we will shew the rish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. interpretation.

19. Then was the secret revealed unto 5. The king answered and said to the || Daniel in a night-vision. Then Daniel Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if blessed the God of heaven. ye will not make known unto me the dream, 20. Daniel answered and said, Blessed with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be be the name of God for ever and ever; for cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made wisdom and might are his: a dunghill:

21. And he changeth the times and the 6. But if ye shew the dream, and the in- || seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up terpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me || kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, ale gifts, and rewards, and great honour: there- || knowledge to them that know understanding

an 23. I thank hers, who hast ei Xenown unto behole earth. God of my.lant, and hast ma thee: for thou 36. Th

22. He revealeth the deep and secret | the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces tothings: he knoweth what is in the darkness, I gether, and became like the chaff of the and the light dwelleth with him.

summer threshing-floors; and the wind car23. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou | ried them away, that no place was found for God of my fathers, who hast given me wis- them: and the stone that smote the image dom and might, and hast made known unto | became a great mountain, and filled the me now what we desired of thee: for thou whole earth. hast now made known unto us the king's | 36. This is the dream; and we will tell matter.

the interpretation thereof before the king. 24. Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, 37. Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for whom the king had ordained to destroy the the God of heaven bath given thee a kingwise men of Babylon: he went and said dom, power, and strength, and glory. thus unto him, Destroy not the wise men of | 38. And wheresoever the children of men Babylon: bring me in before the king, and dwell, the beasts of the field, and the fowls I will shew unto the king the interpretation. of the heaven, hath he given into thy hand,

25. Then Arioch brought in Daniel be- || and hath made thee ruler over them all. fore the king in haste, and said thus unto || him, I have found a man of the captives 39. And after thee shall arise another of Judah that will make known unto the kingdom, inferior to thee, and another third king the interpretation.

kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over 26. The king answered, and said to Da- || all the earth. niel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art | 40. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong thou able to make known unto me the dream as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces which I have seen, and the interpretation | and subdueth all things: and as iron that thereof?

breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces 27. Daniel answered in the presence of || and bruise. the king, and said, The secret which the 41. And whereas thou sawest the feet and king hath demanded, cannot the wise men, toes part of potter's clay and part of iron, the astrologers, the magicians, the sooth the kingdom shall be divided; but there sayers, shew unto the king;

shall be in it of the strength of the iron,

vealeth secrets, and maketh known to the with miry clay. king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the 42. And as the toes of the feet were part latter days.: Thy dream, and the visions of of iron and part of clay; so the kingdom shall thy head upon thy bed, are these;

be partly strong, and partly broken. 29. (As for thee, O king, thy thoughts 43. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed came into thy mind upon thy bed what with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves should come to pass hereafter; and he that with the seed of men: but they shall not revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what cleave one to another, even as iron is not shall come to pass :

mixed with clay. 30. But as for me, this secret is not reveal 44. And in the days of these kings shall ed to me for any wisdom that I have more the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which than any living, but for their sakes that shall || shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom make known the interpretation to the king, I shall not be left to other people, but it shall and that thou mightest know the thoughts | break in pieces and consume all these kingof thy heart;)

doms, and it shall stand for ever. 31. Thou, O king, sawest, and, behold, al 45. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the great image. This great image, whose stone was cut out of the mountain without brightness was excellent, stood before thee, || hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, and the form thereof was terrible.

the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; 32. This image's head was of fine gold,|| the great God hath made known to the king lus breast and his arms of silver, his belly | what shall come to pass hereafter: and the and his thighs of brass.

dream is certain, and the interpretation 33. His legs of iron, his feet part of iron | thereof sure. and part of clay.

46. Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell 34. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut | upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and out without hands, which smote the image commanded that they should offer an oblatipon his feet, that were of iron and clay, and tion and sweet odours unto him. brake them to pieces.

47. The king answered unto Daniel, and 35. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, ll said, Of a truth it is that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer || 11. And whoso falleth not down and worof secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this shippeth, that he should be cast into the secret.

midst of a burning fiery furnace. · 48. Then the king made Daniel a great | 12. There are certain Jews, whom thou man, and gave him many great gifts, and hast set over the affairs of the province of made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedBabylon, and chief of the governors over nego: these men, O king, have not regarded all the wise men of Babylon.

thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship 49. Then Daniel requested of the king, the golden image which thou hast set up. and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed 13. Then Nebuchadnezzar, in his rage nego, over the affairs of the province of Ba- and fury, commanded to bring Shadrach, bylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they CHAP. III.

brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar setteth up a golden image.

14. Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said unto 1. NTEBUCHADNEZZAR the king them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and

made an image of gold, whose height || Abed-nego? do not ye serve my gods, nor was threescore cubits, and the breadth there- || worship the golden image which I have set up? of six cubits: he set it up in the plain of 15. Now, if ye be ready, that at what Dura, in the province of Babylon. || time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute,

2. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and to gather together the princes, the governors, all kinds of music, ye fall down and worand the captains, the judges, the treasurers, ship the image which I have made, well: the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers | but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the of the provinces, to come to the dedication | same hour into the midst of a burning fiery. of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the furnace: and who is that God that shall deking had set up.

liver you out of my hands? 3. Then the princes, the governors, and | 16. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego captains, the judges, the treasurers, the answered and said to the king, O Nebuchad counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of nezzar, we are not careful to answer thee the provinces,were gathered together unto the in this matter. dedication ofthe image that Nebuchadnezzar 17. If it be so, our God, whom we serve, the king had set up; and they stood before the is able to deliver us from the burning fiery image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. furnace; and he will deliver us out of thy

4. Then a herald cried aloud, To you it hand, O king. is commanded, O people, nations, and lan-| 18. But if not, be it known unto thee, O guages,

king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor 5. That at what time ye hear the sound worship thy golden image which thou hast of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, set up. dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall | 19. Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of down and worship the golden image that Ne- fury, and the form of his visage was changed buchadnezzar the king hath set up: against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-ne

6. And whoso falleth not down and wor- go: therefore he spake, and commanded shippeth, shall the same hour be cast into that they should heat the furnace one seven the midst of a burning fiery furnace. times more than it was wont to be heated.

7. Therefore at that time, when all the 20. And he commanded the most mighty people heard the sound of the cornet, fute, men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them music, all the people, the nations, and the into the burning fiery furnace. languages, fell down and worshipped the 21. Then these men were bound in their golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their had set up.

other garments, and were cast into the midst 8. Wherefore at that time certain Chal- || of the burning fiery furnace. deans came near and accused the Jews. 22. Therefore, because the king's con

9. They spake, and said to the king Nebu- mandment was urgent, and the furnace ex. chadnezzar, 0 king, live for ever.

ceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those 10. Thou, O king, hast made a decree, men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and that every man that shall hear the sound of || Abed-nego. the cornet, fute, harp, sackbut, psaltery,|| 23. And these three men, Shadrach, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall || Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound fall down and worship the golden image: ll into the midst of the burning fiery furnace

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24. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was I 6. Therefore made 1 a decree to bring in astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake all the wise men of Babylon before me, that and said unto his counsellors, Did not we they might make known unto me the incast three men bound into the midst of the terpretation of the dream. fire? They answered and said unto the king, 7. Then came in the magicians, the asTrue, O king.

trologers, the Chaldeans, and the sooth25. He answered and said, Lo, I see four | sayers: and I told the dream before them; men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, but they did not make known unto me the and they have no hurt; and the form of the interpretation thereof. fourth is like the Son of God.

8. But at the last Daniel came in before 26. Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to me, (whose name was Belteshazzar, accordthe mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and ing to the name of my god, and in whom is spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and the spirit of the holy gods,) and before him Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high || I told the dream, saying, God, come forth, and come hither. Then 9. O Belteshazzar, master of the magiShadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came cians, because I know that the spirit of the forth of the midst of the fire.

holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth 27. And the princes, governors, and cap- thee, tell me the visions of my dream that tains, and the king's counsellors, being gath- || I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. ered together, saw these men, upon whose 10. Thus were the visions of my head in bodies the fire had no power, nor was a hair my bed: I saw, and, behold, a tree in the of their head singed, neither were their coats midst of the earth, and the height thereof changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on was great. them.

11. The tree grew, and was strong, and 28. Then Nebuchadnezzar spake and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, the sight thereof to the end of all the earth. Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent | 12. The leaves thereof were fair, and the his angel, and delivered his servants that fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for trusted in him, and have changed the king's |all: the beasts of the field had shadow unword, and yielded their bodies, that they || der it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in might not serve nor worship any god except the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. their own God.

13. I saw in the visions of my head upon 29. Therefore I make a decree, That | my bed, and, behold, a watcher and a holy every people, nation, and language, which one came down from heaven. speak any thing amiss against the God of || 14. He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall | down the tree, and cut off his branches, be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: made a dunghill; because there is no other let the beasts get away from under it, and god that can deliver after this sort.

the fowls from his branches. 30. Then the king promoted Shadrach, | 15. Nevertheless, leave the stump of his Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province roots in the earth, even with a band of iron of Babylon.

and brass in the tender grass of the field; CHAP. IV.

and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, Daniel heareth Nebuchadnezzar's dream, and interpreleth it. and let his portion be with the beasts in the 1. NTEBUCHADNEZZAR the king, grass of the earth.

unto all people, nations, and lan 16. Let his heart be changed from man's, guages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace and let a beast's heart be given unto him; be multiplied unto you.

and let seven times pass over him. 2. I thought it good to shew the signs and 17. This matter is by the decree of the wonders that the high God hath wrought watchers, and the demand by the word of

the holy ones; to the intent that the living 3. How great are his signs! and how | may know that the Most High ruleth in the mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoeverlasting kingdom, and his dominion is ever he will, and setteth up over it the from generation to generation.

basest of men. 4. I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in my l. 18. This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar house, and flourishing in my palace: || have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, de

5. I saw a dream which made me afraid, || clare the interpretation thereof; forasmuch and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions as all the wise, men of my kingdom are not of my head troubled me.

ll able to make known unto me the interpre

toward me.

tation : but thou art able; for the spirit of power, and for the honour of my majesty? the holy gods is in thee.

31. While the word was in the king's 19. Then Daniel, (whose name was Bel- || mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, say. teshazzar,) was astonished for one hour, ing, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee: spake and said, Belteshazzar, let not the 32. And they shall drive thee from men, dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My of the field: they shall make thee to eat lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass and the interpretation thereof to thine ene over thee, until thou know that the Most mies.

High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 20. The tree that thou sawest, which giveth it to whomsoever he will. grew, and was strong, whose height reach 33. The same hour was the thing fulfilled ed unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven all the earth;

from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and bis 21. Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit body was wet with the dew of heaven, till thereof much, and in it was meat for all; un- | his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, der which the beasts of the field dwelt, and and his nails like birds' claws. upon whose branches the fowls of the hea. 34. And at the end of the days, I Neby ven had their habitation:

chadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, 22. It is thou, O king, that art grown and | and mine understanding returned unto me; become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and I blessed the Most High; and I praised and reacheth unto heaven, and thy domi- | and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose nion to the end of the earth.

dominion is an everlasting dominion, and 23. And whereas the king saw a watcher his kingdom is from generation to generation: and a holy one coming down from heaven, 35. And all the inhabitants of the earth and saying, Hew the tree down, and de- || are reputed as nothing: and he doeth acstroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots cording to his will in the army of heaven, thereof in the earth, even with a band of and among the inhabitants of the earth; and iron and brass in the tender grass of the none can stay his hand, or say unto him, field; and let it be wet with the dew of hea. What doest thou? ven, and let his portion be with the beasts 36. At the same time my reason returned of the field, till seven times pass over him; || unto me; and, for the glory of my kingdom,

24. This is the interpretation, O king, and mine honour and brightness returned unto this is the decree of the Most High, which | me; and my counsellors and my lords sought is come upon my lord the king:

unto me; and I was established in my king25. That they shall drive thee from men, | dom; and excellent majesty was added unand thy dwelling shall be with the beasts to me. of the field, and they shall make thee to eat | 37. Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with extol and honour the King of heaven, all the dew of heaven, and seven times shall | whose works are truth, and his ways judg. pass over thee, till thou know that the Most ment: and those that walk in pride he is High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and able to abase. giveth it to whomsoever he will.

CHAP. V. 26. And whereas they commanded to || 1 Belshazzar's impious feast. 5 A hand-writing on the wall. leave the stump of the tree-roots; thy king | 1. DELSHAZZAR the king made a dom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou D great feast to a thousand of his lords, shalt have known that the heavens do rule. and drank wine before the thousand.

27. Wherefore, O king, let my counsel bel 2. Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine, acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins commanded to bring the golden and silver by righteousness, and thine iniquities by vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a | had taken out of the temple which was in lengthening of thy tranquillity.

Jerusalem; that the king and his princes, 28. T All this came upon the king Nebu- his wives and his concubines, might drink chadnezzar.

therein. 29. At the end of twelve months he walk- 3. Then they brought the golden vessels ed in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. that were taken out of the temple of the

30. The king spake and said, Is not this house of God which was at Jerusalem; and great Babylon that I have built for the the king and his princes, his wives and his house of the kingdom, by the might of my concubines, drank in them.

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