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The dreain interpreted. DANIEL. The golden image set up. smote the image upon his feet that and said, of a truth tt is, that your were of iron and clay, and brake them God is a God of gods, and a Lord of to pieces.

kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing 35 Then was the iron, the clay, thou couldest reveal this secret. the brass, the silver, and the gold, 48 Then the king made Daniel a broken to pieces together, and be great man, and gave him many great came like the chaft of the summer gifts, and made him ruler over the threshing-floors; and the wind car wbole province of Babylon, and chief ried them away, that no place was of the governors over all the wise men found for them and the stone that of Babylon. smote the image became a great moun. 49 Then Daniel requested of the tain, and filled the whole earth. king, and be set Shadrach, Mesbach,

36 | This is the dream ; and we will and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the tell the interpretation thereof before province of Babylon : but Daniel sat in the king.

che gate of the king. 37 Thou, o king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven bath given

CHAP. III. tbee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory,

NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made 39 And wheresoever the children of an image of gold, whose height men dwell, the beasts of the field and was tbreescore cubits, and the breadth the fowls of the heaven hatb he given thereof six cubits: he set it up in the into thine hand, and hath made thee plain of Dura in the province of Babyruler over them all. Thou art this lov. head of gold.

? Then Nebuchadnezzar the king 39 And after thee shall arise another sent to gather together the princes, kingdom inierior to thee, and another the governors, and the captains, the third kingdom of brass, which shall judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, bear rule over all the earth.

the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be provinces, to come to the dedication strong as iron i forasmuch as iron of the image which Nebuchadnezzar breaketh in pieces and subdueth all the king had set up. I hings; and 'as iron that breaketh 3 Then the princes, the governors, all these, shall it break in pieces and and captains, the judges, the treabruise.

sureis, the counsellors, the sherits, 41 And whereas thou sawest the and all the rulers of the provinces, feet and toes, part of potters' clay, were gathered togetber unto the de and part of iron, the kingdom sbali dication of the image that Nebuchad. be divided ; but there shall be in it nezzar the king bad set up; and tbey of the strength of the iron, forasmuch stood before the image that Nebucbadas thou sawest the iron mixed with nezzar bad set up. the miry clay:

4 Tben an herald cried aloud, To you 49 And as the toes of the feet were it is commanded, Opeople, nations, part of iron, and part of clay, so the and languages, kingdon shall be partly strong, and 5 That at what time ye bear the partly broken.

sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sack43 And whereas thou sawest iron but, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds mixed with miry clay, they sball o inusic, ye fall down, and worship mingle themselves with the seed of the golden image that Nebucbadnezzar men: but they shall not cleave one the king hath set up: to another, even as iron is not mixed 6 And whoso ralleth not down and with clay

worshippeth shall the same hour be 44 And in the days of these kingscast into the midst of a burning fiery shall the God of heaven set up a furnace. kingdom, which shall never be de- 7 Therefore at that time, when all stroyed: and the kingdom shall nor the people heard the sound of the cor: be left to other people, but it shall nel, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and break in pieces and consume all all kinds of music, all the people, the these kingdoms, and it sball stand for nations, and the languages, fell down, ever.

and worshipped the golden image 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that that Nebuchadnezzar the king bad set the stone was cut out of the moun-up. tain without hands, and that it brake 8 G Wherefore at that time certain in pieces the iron, the brass, tbe Chaldeans came near, and accused the clay, the silver, and the gold the Jews. great God hath made known to the 9 They spake and said to the king king what shall come to pass bere- Nebuchaddezzar, 0 king, live for after and the dream is certain, and ever. the interpretation thereof sure.

10 Tbou, o king, bast made a de 46 & Then the king Nebuchadneze cree, that every man that sball bear the zar fell upon bis face, and worsbipped sound of the cornet, flute, larp, sackDaniel, and commanded that they but, psaltery, and dulcimer; and all should offer an oblation and sweet kinds of music, shall fall down and odours unto him.

worship the golden image: *7 The king answered unto Daniel, 11 And whoso falletb not down, and

Dace.

1 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego CHAP. IV. case into the fiery furnace. worshippets, that he should be cast | They answered and said unto the anto the midst of a burning fiery fur- king, True, o king.

25 He answered and said, Lo, I see 12 There are certain Jews whom four men loose, walking in the midst thou hast set over the affairs of the of the fire, and they have no hurt; province of Babylon, Shadrach, Me- and the form of the fourth is like the sbach, and Abed-nego; these men, son of God. king, have not regarded thee: they 26 | Then Nebuchadnezzar came serve not thy gods, nor worship the near to the mouth of the burning fery golden image which thou hast set up. furnace, and spake, and said, Sba

13 | Then Nebuchadnezzar in his drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye rage and fury coinmanded to bring servants of the most high God, come Shadracb, Mesbach, and Abed-nego forth, and come hidher.

Tben SunTben they brought these men before dracb, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came the king.

forth of the midst of the fire. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said 27 And

the princes, governors, unto them, Is it true, o Svadrach, and captains, and the king's counMeshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye sellors, being gatbered together, saw ferre my gods, nor worship the golden these men, upon whose bodies the image which I have set up ?

fire had no power, nor was an bair of 15 Now if ye be ready that at what their head singed, neither were their time ye hear the sound of the cornet, coats changed, nor the smeil of fire flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and had passed on them. dulcimer, and all kinds of piusic, ye 99* Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and fail down and worship the image said, Blessed be the God of Sladruch, which I have made, well : but if ye Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath worship not, ye shall be cast the same sent his angel, and delivered his serhuur into the midst of a burning fiery vants that trusted in him, and have fornace; and who is that God that changed the king's word, and yielded shall deliver you out of iny hands? their bodies, that they might not serve

16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed- nor worship any god, except their own nego, answered and said to the king, God. o Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful 29 Therefore I make a decree, Tbat to answer thee in this matter.

every people, nation, and language, 17 if it be so, our God whom we which speak any thing amiss against serve is able to deliver us from tbe the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and burning fiery furnace, and be will Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and deliver us out of thine band, o king. their houses shall be made a dungbill :

18 But if not, be it known unto because there is no other god that can thee, o king, that we will not serve deliver after this sort. thy gods, nor worship the golden 30 | Then the king promoted Sbaimage which thou hast set up. dracb, Mesbach, and Abed-nego, in

19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full the province of Babylon. of fury, and the form of bis visage

CHAP. IV. was changed against Shadrach,

Me NEBUCHADNEZ:ZAR the king, unto shach, and Abed-nego : therefore he all people, nations, and languages, spake, and commanded that they that dwell in all the earth; Peace bé should heat the furnace one seven multiplied unto you. times more than it was wont to be ? I thought it good to shew the signs beated.

and wonders that tie bigh God hath 20 Add be commanded the most wrought toward me. mighty men that were in bis army to 3 How great are bis signs! and how bind Shadrach, Mesbach, and Abed. mighty are his wonders ! his kingdom is nego, and to cast them into the burn- an everlasting kingdom, and his domiing fiery furnace.

sion is from generation to generation. 21 Then these men were bound in 4 T 1 Nebuchadnezzar was at rest their coats, their hosen, and their in mine hcuse, and flourishing in my hats, and their other garments, and palace : were cast into the midst of the burn- 5 I saw a dream wbich made me ing fiery furnace.

afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed 29 Therefore, because the king's and the visions of my head troubled coinmandinent was urgent, and the me. furnace exceeding hot, the flame of 6 Tberefore made 1 a decree to the fire sew those men that took bring in all the wise men of Babylon up Shadrach, Mesbach, and Abed- before me, that they might make nego.

knowrs unto me the interpretation of 23 and these three men, Shadrach, the dream. Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down 7 Then came in the magicians, tbe bound into the midst of the burning astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the fiery furnace.

soothsayers: and I told the dream 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king before them ; but they did not make was astonied, and rose up in haste, known unto me the interpretation and spake, and said unto his coun- thereof. sellors, Did not we cast three men 8 But at the last Daniel came in bound' into the midst of the Gre before me; whose name was Beit#

Nebuchadnezzar's dream interpreted. DANIEL. The story of the rent shazzar, according to the na:ne of my 21 Whose leaves wer: fair, and the gout, and in whom is the spirit of the fruit thereof much, and maiwa holy gods: and before bini I told the meat for all ; under which the oeasis drcain, saying,

of the field dwelt, and upon whore 20 Belieshazzar, master of the ma- branches the fowls of the heaven bad sicians, because I know that the spirit tbeir habitation: of the holy gods is in thee, and no se- 22 It is thou, o king, that art grown ciet troubleth thee, tell me the visions and become strong; for thy greatness of my dream that I have seen, and the is grown, and reacbeth unto beaven, interpretation thereof.

and thy dominion to the end of the 10 Thus were the visions of mine earth. head in my bed; I saw, and behold, a 23 And wbereas the king saw a tree in the midst of the earth, and watcher and an holy one coming down the height thereof was great.

from heaven, and saying, Hew the 11 The tree grew, and was strong, tree down, and destroy it; yet leare and tbe beight thereof reached unto the stump of the roots thereof in the heaven, and the sight thereof to the earth, even with a band of iron and end of all the earth:

brass, in the tender grass of the field; 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and and let it be wet with the dew of beathe fruit thereof much, and in it was ven, and let bis portion be with the nicat for all: the beasts of the field had beasts of the field, till seven times pass shadow under it, and the fowls of the over him; heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, 24 This is the interpretation, O and all flesh was fed of it.

king, and this is tbe decree of the 13 I saw in the visions of my bead Most High, which is come upon my upon my bed, and bebold, a watcher lord the king: and an 'holy one came down from 25 That they shall drive thee from bcaven;

men, and thy dwelling shall be with 14 He cried alour, and said thus, the beasts of the field, and they shall Ilew down the tree, and cut off his make thee to eat grass as oxen, and pranches, shake off his leaves, and they shall wet thee wild the dew of scalier bis fruit: let the beasts get beaven, and seven times shall pass away from under it, and the fowls over thee, till thou know that the ironi his branches :

Most High ruleth in the kingdom of 15 Nerertbeless, leave tbe stump of men, and giveth it to wbornsoever be his roots in tbe earth, even with a will. band of iron and brass, in the tender 26 And whereas they conmmanded grass of the field, and let it be wet to leave the stump of the tree-roots; with the dew of heaven, and let his thy kingdom shall be sure unto tbet, portion be with the beasts in the grass after that thou shalt bave known that of the earth:

the heavens do rule. 16 Let bis heart be changed from 27 Wherefore, o king, let my counman's and let a beast's heart be given sel be acceptable unto thee, and break unto hiin: and let seven times pass off thy sins by righteousness, and ibine over bim.

iniquities by shewing mercy to the 17 This matter is by the decree of poor; if it may be a lengthening of the watchers, and the demand by the thy tranquillity. word of the holy ones: to the intent 58 All this came upon the king that the living may know that the Nebuchadnezzar. Most High ruleth in the kingdom of 29 At the end of twelve months be men, and giveth it to whomsoever he walked in the palace of the kingdom will, and setteth up over ti the basest of Babylon. of men.

30 The king spake, and said, Is ne: 18 This dream I king Nebuchad. this great Babylon, that I bave built nezzar bave seen. Now thou, O Bel- for the house of the kingdom by the teshazzar, declare the interpretation might of my power, and for the bonour thereof, forasmuch as all tbe wise men of iny majesty? of my kingdom are not able to make 31 While the word was in the king's known unto me the interpretation mouth, there fell a voice sroın beaven, but thou art able ; for the spirit of the saying, o king Nebuchadnezzar, to holy gods is in thee.

thee it is spoken ; The kingdom is de19 Then Daniel, whose name was parted from thee. Beltesbazzar, was astonied for one 32 And they shall drive thee from nour, and his thoughts troubled him. mer, and thy dwelling, shall be with The king spake, and said, Belteshaz- the beasts of the field : they shall zar, let not the dream, or the inter- make thee to eat grass as oxen, and pretation thereof, trouble thee. Bel- seven times shall pass over thee, until Teshazzar answered and said, My lord, thou know that the Most High ruletta the dream be to tbem that hate thee, in the kingdom of men, and giveth it and the interpretation thereof to thiné to wbomsoever he will. enemies.

33 The same hour was the thing 20 The tree that thou sawest, which folfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and grew, and was strong, whose height he was driven from men, and did eat reached unto the heaven, and the sight grass as oxen, and he body was wet Creol to all the earth;

with the dew of beaven, wul bis bairs

The hand-writing on the wall CHAP. V.

intermited dy Domel. were grown like eagles' feathers, and 8 Then came in all the king's wise bis nails like birds' clows.

men : but they could not read the 34 And at the end of the days 1 writing, nor make known to the king Nebuchadnezzar listed up mine eyes the interpretation thereof. unto heaven, and mine understand- 9 Then was king Belsbazzar greating returned unto me, and I blessed ly troubled, and his countenance was the Most High, and I praised and changed in bim, and his lords were honoured him that liveth for ever, astonied. wbose dominion is an everlasting do- 10 Now the queen by reason of the minion, and his kingdom is from ge- words of the king and his lords came ne: ation to generation :

into the banquet bouse : and the queen 35 And all the inhabitants of the spake and said, o king, live for ever: earth are reputed as nothing: and he let not thy thougbts trouble thee, nor doeth according to bis will in the ar-lel thy countenance be changed : my of heaven, and among the inba. 11 Tbere is a man in thy kingdom, bitants of the earth: and none can in whom is the spirit of the holy stay his band, or say unto him, What gods; and in the days of thy father doest thou?

light and understanding and wisdom, 36 At tbe same time my reason re- like the wisdom of the gods, was turned unto me; and for the glory of found in him; whom the king Nebumy kingdom, mine bonour and bright-chadnezzar thy father, the king, I ness returned unto me; and my coun. say, thy father, made master of the sellors and my lords sought unto ine; inagicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and and I was established in my king soothsayers ; dom, and excellent majesty was added 2 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, onto me.

and knowledge, and understanding, 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise interpreting of 'dreains, and shewing and extol and honour the King oij of hard sentences, and dissolving of heaven, all whose works are truth, doubts, were found in the same Daniel, and his ways judgment and those that whom the king named Belteshazzar: walk in pride be is able to abase. now let Daniel be called, and he will

sbew the interpretation. CHAP. V.

13 Then was Daniel brought in be

fore the king. Ani the king spake and great feast to a thousand of his niel, wbich art of the children of the Joras, and drank wine before the captivity of Judah, whom the king my thousand.

father brought out of Jewry? 9 Belshazzar, while he tasted tbe 14 I have even heard of thee, that wine, commanded to bring the golden the shirit of the gous is in tbee, and and silver vessels which his father Nethut ligbe and understanding and exbuchadnezzar had taken out of the tem cellent wisdom is found in thee. ple wbich was in Jerusalem ; that the 15 And now the wise men, the asking, and his princes, bis wives, and trologers, have been brought in before his concubines, might drink theréiu. me, that they should read this wri

3 Then they brought the golden ting, and make known into me the vessels that were taken out of the interpretation thereof : but tbey conid temple of the house of God which not shew the interpretation of the was at Jerusalem; and the king, and thing his princes, his wives, and his concu- 16 And I have heard of thee, that bines, drank in them.

thou canst make interpretations, and 4 They drank wine, and praised the dissolve doubts: now if thou canst gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, read the writing, and make known to of iron, of wood, and of stone. me the interpretation thereof, thon

3 9 in the same hour came forth sball be clothed with scarlet, and have fingers of a man's band, and wrote a chain of gold about thy neck, and over against the candlestick upon the shalt be the third ruler in the king. plaster of the wall of the king's pa- dom. Jace: and the king saw the part of the 17 Then Daniel answered and said hand that wrote.

before the king, Let thy gift be to O Then the king's countenance was thyself, and give thy rewards to anochanged, and his thoughts troubled iher; yet I will read the writing unto him, so that the joints of his loins were the king, and make known to bim the Joosed, and his knees salote one against interpretation. anoiber.

18 O thou king, the most bigb God 7 The king cried aloud to bring in gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and tbe soothsayers. And the king spake,, bonour : and said to the wise men of Babylon, 19 And for the majesty that he Whosoever shall read this writing, gave him, all people, nations, and and shew me the interpretation there' languages, trembied and feared before of, shall be clotbed with scarlet, and him: whom he would be slew; and have a chain of gold about bis neck, whom he would be kept alive and and shall be the third ruler in the whom he would be set up; and when kingdom.

he would be ont down.

The uriting interpreted. DANIEL. Damnei casi into the ions' den.

20 But when his beart was lifted up,, not find any occasion against thu and bis mind hardened in pride, he Dariel, except we find it against him was deposed from bis kingly throne, concerning the law of his God. and they took his glory from him : 6 Then these presidents and princes

21 And be was driven from the sons assembled together to the king, and of men, and his heart was made like said thus vuto biin, King Darius, live the beasts, and bis awelling was with for ever. the wild asses: they fed him with 7 All the presidents of the king. grass like oxen, and his body was dom, the governors, and the princes, wet with the dew of heaven ; till he the counsellors, and the captains, knew that the most high God ruled in have consulted together to establish the kingdom of inen, and that he ap- a royal statute, and to make a firm pointeth over it whomsoever be will. decree, that wbesoever shall ask a pe

22 And tbou his son, O Belshazzar, tition of any god or man for thirty hast not humbled thine heart, though days, save of thee, o king, be shall be thou knewest all this;

cast into the den of lions. 93 But bast Lifted up thyself against 8 Now, o kiag, establish the de the Lord of heaven, and they have cree, and sign the writing, that it brought the vesseis of his house bebe not changed, according to the law fore thee, and thou, and thy lords, of the Medes and Persians, wbich aithy wives, and thy concubines, have cereth not. drunk wine in them; and thou hast 9 Wherefore king Darius signed the praised the gods of silver, and gold, writing and the decree. of brass, iron, wood, and stone, wbich 10 | Now when Daniel knew that see not, nor hear, nor know, and the the writing was signed, he went into God in whose band thy breath is, and his house; and his windows being whose are all thy ways, bast thou not open in bis chamber toward Jerusaglorified.

lem, he kneeled upon bis knees three 24 Then was the part of the hand times a day, and prayed, and gave sent from him. and this writing was thanks before bis God, as be did alorewritten,

time. 25 And this is the writing that was 11 Then these men asseinbled, and written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, found Daniel praying and making supUPHARSIN.

plication before his God. 26 This is the interpretation of the 12 Then they came gear, and spake lbing : MENE ; Gea bath numbered before the king concerning the king's tby kingdom, and finished it.

decree; Hast tbou not signed a de. 97 TEKEL; {bou art weighed in the cree, that every man that sball ass balances, and art found wanting. a petition of any god or man witha

28 PERES; thy kingdom is divided, thirty days, save of thee, O king, sball and given to the Medes and Persians. be cast into the den of lions The

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and king answered and said, Tbe thing is they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and true, according to the law of tbe Medes put a chain of gold about his neck, and and Persians, which altereth not. made a proclamation concerning him, 13 Then answered they and said that he should be the third ruler in the before the king, That Daniel, which kingdom.

is of the children of the captivity of 30 q In that night was Belsbazzar Judah, regardeth not thee, o king, the king of the Chaldeans slain. por the decree that thou hast signed,

31 And Darius the Median took the but maketh his petition three times a kingdom, being about threescore and day. two years old.

14 Then the king, when he beard CHAP. VI.

these words, was sore displeased with IT pleased Darius to set over the himself, and set his heart on Daniel

kingdom an hundred and twenty to deliver him: and he laboured till princes, which sbould be over the the going down of the sun to deliver whole kingdom;

him. 2 And over these three presidents; 15 Then those men assembled unto of wbom Daniel was first; that the the king, and said unto the king, princes inigbt give accounts unto Know, o king, that the law of the them, and the king should have no Medes and Persians is, That no decree damage.

nor statute which the king establisbeth 3 Then this Daniel was preferred may be changed. above the presidents and princes, be- 16 Then the king commanded, and cause an excellent spirit was in him ; they brought Daniel, and cast him inte and the king thought to set bim over the den of hions. Now the king spake the wbole realm.

and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom 4 Then the presidents and princes thou servest continually, he will delisought to find occasion against Daniel ver thee. concerning the kingdom; but they 17 And a stone was brought, and could find none occasion nor fault; laid upon the mouth of the den ; and forasmuch as he was faithful, neither be king sealed it with his own signer, was there any error or fault found in and with the signet of bis lords; that

the purpose might not be changed con * Theu said these men, We shall cerning Daniel.

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