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about 607.

a2 Kin. 24. 1. 2 Chr. 36. 6.

THE

BOOK OF DANIEL.

whom the prince of the eunuchs had
set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,
and Azariah,

Before CHRIST about 606.

+ Heb. of pulse.

we may eat,

CHAPTER I. CHRIST 1 Jehoiakim's captivity. 3 Ashpenaz tak eth Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 8 They refusing the king's 12 Prove thy servants, I beseech portion do prosper with pulse and wa-thee, ten days; and let them give us ter. 17 Their cxcellency in wisdom. † pulse to eat, and water to drink. N the third year of the reign of 13 Then let our countenances be Jehoiakim king of Judah came looked upon before thee, and the Heb. that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon countenance of the children that eat unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. of the portion of the king's meat: 2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim and as thou seest, deal with thy servking of Judah into his hand, with ants. bpart of the vessels of the house of God which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god.

about 606.

b Jer. 27. 19,
20.

c Gen. 10. 10.
& 11. 2.
Is. 11. 11.
Zech. 5. 11.
d2 Chr. 36. 7.

* Foretold
2 Kings 20.
17, 18.
Is. 39. 7.

e See Lev, 24.
19, 20,

f Acts 7. 22.

+ Heb. the wine of his drink.

g Gon. 41. 46. 1 Kin. 10. 8. ver. 19.

h Gen. 41. 45.

2 Kin. 24.17. ich. 4. 8. & 5.

12.

3 T And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring * certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;

14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days. 15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

4 Children in whom was no blem-
ish, but well favoured, and skilful 17 T As for these four children.
in all wisdom, and cunning in knowl-m God gave them "knowledge and
edge, and understanding science, skill in all learning and wisdom: and
and such as had ability in them to Daniel had understanding in all
stand in the king's palace, and f whom visions and dreams.
they might teach the learning and
the tongue of the Chaldeans.

5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:

7 h Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.

8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himk Deut.32.38. self k with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

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18 Now at the end of the days that
the king had said he should bring
them in, then the prince of the eu-
nuchs brought them in before Nebu-
chadnezzar.

19 And the king communed with
them; and among them all was
found none like Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah: therefore
P stood they before the king.
20

And in all matters of wisdom
and understanding, that the king in-
quired of them, he found them ten
times better than all the magicians
and astrologers that were in all his
realm.

21 r And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

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Nebuchadnezzar's dream

Before

DANIEL.

is revealed to Daniel. gers, and the sorcerers, and the Chal-him time, and that he would shew CHRIST deans, for to shew the king his the king the interpretation. dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

603.

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17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

18 That they would desire mercies fof the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel k in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Before CHRIST 603.

i Matt. 18. 19. Chald. from before God. Or, that

they should not destroy Daniel, fe. Num. 12.6. Job 33,15,16.

5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the inter- 20 Daniel answered and said, Bless-1Ps. 113, 2, & e2 Kings 10. pretation thereof, ye shall be "cuted be the name of God for ever and in pieces, and your houses shall be ever: m for wisdom and might are made a dunghill. his:

27.

Ezra 6. 11.
ch. 3. 29.

+ Chald.made pieces.

fch. 5. 16. Or, fee, ver, 48.

ch, 5. 17.

6 fBut if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.

8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would +Chald, buy, gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

Eph. 5, 16.

g Esth. 4. 11.

h ver. 28. ch, 5, 11.

† Chald. returned,

|| Or, chief marshal,

+Chald. chief of the executioners, or, slaughter

men,

Gen. 37.26.

9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, 5 there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time he changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.

10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, hexcept the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

14 T Then Daniel † answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the It captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:

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23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.

24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.

25. 14. ver. 28, 29.

rPs. 139. 11,

12. Heb. 4. 13. sch. 5. 11, 14. James 1. 17.

t ver. 18.

+Chald. That I have found.

25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the † captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the in-Chald. chilterpretation.

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

dren of the captivity of Judah.

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15 He answered and said to Arioch
the king's captain, Why is the decree
so hasty from the king? Then Ari-t came into thy mind upon thy bed, † Chald. came
och made the thing known to Dan-

iel.

up.

what should come to pass hereafter:
Yand he that revealeth secrets maketh | yver, 22, &

16 Then Daniel went in, and de-known to thee what shall come to
sired of the king that he would give pass.

28.

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||Or, which

was not in
hands
ver. 45.

as

c ch. 8. 25. Zech. 4. 6. 2 Cor. 5. l. Heb. 9. 24, d Ps. 1. 4. Hos. 13. 3. e Ps. 37. 10, 36.

fIs. 2. 2, 3, g Ps. 80.9,

h Ezra 7. 12. Is. 47. 5.

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31 Thou, O king, †sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.

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34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became dlike the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a f great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

36 T This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

37 h Thou, O king, art a king of kings for the God of heaven Jer. 2767 hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.

Ez.

7.

Hos. 8. 10. i Ezra 1. 2.

Jer, 27. 6.

38 kAnd wheresoever the children kch. 4. 21,22. of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. I Thou art this head of gold.

I ver. 32.

m ch. 5. 28,31. n ver, 32,

och. 7.7, 23.

pver, 33.

[[ Or, brittle.

† Chald, this with this.

39 And after thee shall arise manother kingdom "inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

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40 And the fourth kingdom shall NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king

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be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.

41 And whereas thou sawest Pthe feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.

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made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 4 Then a herald cried

c Esth. 2. 19, 21. & 3. 2.

about 580.

+Chald. with

aloud, To might.

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6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour b be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

cast into the fiery furnace.

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Before CHRIST about 580.

19 T Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his +Chald.filled. visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedand to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.

+ Chald. mighty of strength.

7 Therefore at that time, when all
the people heard the sound of the
cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery,nego,
and all kinds of music, all the people,
the nations, and the languages, fell
down and worshipped the golden
image that Nebuchadnezzar the king || hats, and their other garments, and | [Or, turbans.
had set up.
were cast into the midst of the burn-

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21 Then these men were bound in their || coats, their hosen, and their

8 ¶ Wherefore at that time certaining fiery furnace.
Chaldeans came near, and accused.
the Jews.

9 They spake and said to the king dch. 2. 4. & 5. Nebuchadnezzar, d O king, live for

10. & 6,6, 21.

och, 2. 49.

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+ Chald. have set no regard

upon thee,

Or, of pur pore, as Ex. 21. 13.

ever.

10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image:

11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery fur

nace.

Or, mantles.

Chald.word.

22 Therefore because the king's + commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of | || Or, spark, the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

governors.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king
was astonied, and rose up in haste,
and spake, and said unto his coun- or,
sellors, Did not we cast three men
bound into the midst of the fire?
They answered and said unto the
king, True, O king.

12 There are certain Jews whom
thou hast set over the affairs of the 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see
province of Babylon, Shadrach, Me-four men loose, i walking in the midst
shach, and Abed-nego; these men, of the fire, and they have no hurt;
O king, †have not regarded thee: and the form of the fourth is like
they serve not thy gods, nor worship k the Son of God.
the golden image which thou hast
set up.

13 T Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abcd-nego. Then they brought these men before the king.

14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it || true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego? do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?

15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image f AsEx.32.32. which I have made; fwell: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that 2 Kin, 18. 35. shall deliver you out of my hands?

Luke 13. 9.

g Ex. 5. 2.

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26 T Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, Chald, door. ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, 1 upon whose bodies the fire 1 Heb. 11, 34. had no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.

Jer. 17. 7.
ch. 6. 22, 23.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have in P. 31. 7, 8. changed the king's word, and yield16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-ed their bodies, that they might not nego, answered and said to the king, serve nor worship any god, except n ch. 6. 26. h Matt. 10.19. O Nebuchadnezzar, h we are not their own God. careful to answer thee in this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.

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about 580. pch. 6. 27.

+ Chald.made

to prosper.

about 570.

a ch. 3. 4. & 6. 25.

+ Chald. It was seemly before me.

b ch. 3. 26.

c ch. 6. 27.

d ver. 34.

ch, 2. 44. & 6. 26.

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.

CHAPTER IV.

1 Nebuchadnezzar confesseth God's kingdom, 4 maketh relation of his dreams, which the magicians could not interpret. 8 Daniel heareth the dream. 19 He interpreteth it. 28 The story of the event.

Daniel interpreteth it.

14 Ile cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

Before

CHRIST

about 570.

Chald, with

might.

p Matt. 3. 10.

|
15 Nevertheless, leave the stump of Ez. 31. 12.
his roots in the earth, even with a
band of iron and brass, in the tender
grass of the field; and let it be wet
with the dew of heaven, and let his
portion be with the beasts in the
grass of the earth:

NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king. 16 Let his heart be changed from

a unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders bthat the high God hath wrought toward me. 3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is dan everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

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4 T I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my_palace:

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5 I saw a dream which made me e ch. 2. 28, 29. afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head f troubled me.

fch. 2. 1.

g ch. 2.2.

h ch. 1. 7.

i Is. 63. 11. ver. 18.

ch. 2. 11. & 5. 11, 14.

k ch. 2. 48, & 5. 11.

6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.

7 8 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thercof.

8 T But at the last Daniel came in before me, h whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,

9 0 Belteshazzar, kmaster of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. 10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; †I saw, and behold la tree in the midst of the earth, and 1 Ex. 31.3, &c. the height thereof was great.

+ Chald. I was seeing.

ver, 20.

31. 6.

See Lam. 4. 20.

11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was m E. 17.23. & meat for all: m the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, "a watcher and a holy one came down from heaven;

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18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, "forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee. 19 T Then Daniel, whose name y ver. 8. was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to z See 2. Sam. them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies. 20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

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