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CHAP. II. and gives the interprelation. sel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of 29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts the king's guard, which was gone forth to came into thy mind upon thy bed, what slay the wise men of Babylon :

should come to pass hereafter: and he that 15 He answered and said to Arioch the revealeth secrets maketh known to thee king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty what shall come to pass. from the king ? Then Arioch made the 30 But as for me, this secret is not rething known to Daniel.

vealed to me for any wisdom that I have 16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of more than any living, but for their sakes the king that he would give him time, and that shall make known the interpretation that he would shew the king the interpre- to the king, and that thou mightest know tation.

the thoughts of thy heart. 17 Then Daniel went to his house and 31 T Thou, o king, sawest, and behold made the thing known to Hananiah, Mi- a great image. This great image, whose shael, and Azariab, his companions : brightness was excellent, stood before

18 That they would desire mercies of thee; and the form thereof was terrible. the God of heaven concerning this secret; 32 This image's head was of fine gold, that Daniel and his fellows should not per- his breast and his arms of silver, his belly ish with the restof the wise men of Babylon. and his thighs of brass,

19 Then was the secret revealed unto 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron · Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel and part of clay. blessed the God of heaven.

34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut 20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed out without hands, which smote the image be the name of God for ever and ever: for upon his feet ihat were of iron and clay, wisdom and might are his :

and brake them to pieces. 21 And he changeth the times and the 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the seasons; he removeth kings, and setteth brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to up kings; be giveth wisdom unto the wise, pieces togeiher, and became like the chaff and knowledge to them that know under- of the summer threshing-floors; and the standing :

wind carried them away, that no place 22 He revealeth the deep and secret was found for them : and the stone that things: he knoweth what is in the dark-smote the image became a great mountain, ness, and the light dwelleth with him. and filled the whole earth.

23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou 36 | This is the dream; and we will tell God of my fathers, who hast given me wis- the interpretation thereof before the king. dom and might, and hast made known unto 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: me now what we desired of thee: for thou for the God of heaven hath given thee a hast now made known unto us the king's kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. matter.

38 And wheresoever the children of men 24 | Therefore, Daniel went in unto dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls Arioch, whom the king bad ordained to of the heaven hath be given into thy destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went hand, and hath made thee ruler over them and said thus unto him; Destroy not the all. Thou art this head of gold. wise men of Babylon : bring me in before 39 And after thee shall arise another the king, and I will shew unto the king the kingdom inferior to thee, and another third interpretation.

kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel be- over all the earth. fore the king in haste, and said thus unto 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be him, I have found a man of the captives of strong as iron : forasmuch as iron breaketh Judah, that will make known unto the king! in pieces and subdueth all things : and as the interpretation.

iron that breaketh all these, shall it break 26 The king answered and said to Dan- in pieces and bruise. iel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet thou able to make known unto me the and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of dream which I have seen, and the inter- iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but pretation thereof?

there shall be in it of the strength of the 27 Daniel answered in the presence of iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron the king, and said, The secret which the mixed with miry clay. king bath demanded cannot the wise men, 42 And as the toes of the feet were part the astrologers, the magicians, the sooth-of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom sayers, shew unto the king ;

shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 28 But, there is a God in heaven that re- 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed vealeth secrets, and maketh known to the with miry clay, they shall mingle themking Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the selves with the seed of men : but they latter days. Thy dream, and the visions shall not cleave one to another, even as of thy head upon thy bed, are these; iron is not mixed with clay.

The golden image set up.

DANIEL. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, 44. And in the days of these kings shall people beard the sound of the comet, flute, the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which barp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of shall neverbe destroyed : and the kingdom music, all the people, the nations, and the shall not be left to other people, but it shall languages, fell down and worshipped the break in pieces and consume all these golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. king had set up.

45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the 8 Wherefore at that time certain Chalstone was cut out of the mountain without deans came near, and accused the Jews. hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, l. 9 They spake and said to the king Nethe brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; buchadnezzar, o king, live for ever. the great God hath made known to the 10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, king what shall come to pass bereafter : that every man that shall hear the sound and the dream is certain, and the interpre- of the cornet, fute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, tation thereof sure.

and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shali 46 | Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fall down and worship the golden image: fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, 11 And whoso falleth nos down and and commanded that they should offer an worshippeth, that he should be cast into oblation and sweet odours unto him. the midst of a burning fiery furnace.

47 The king answered unto Daniel, and 12 There are certain Jews whom thou said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a hast set over the affairs of the province of God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedrevealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest nego; these men, O king, bave not regarded reveal this secret.

thee : they serve not thy gods, nor worship 48 Then the king made Daniel a great the golden image which thou hast set up. man, and gave him many great gifts, and 13 | Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage made him ruler over the whole province and fury commanded to bring_Shadrach, of Babylon, and chief of the governors Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they over all the wise men of Babylon. brought these men before the king.

49 Then Daniel requested of the king, 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-them, Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and nego, over the affairs of the province of Ba- Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, por bylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. worship the golden image which I have CHAP. II.

set up? TEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time

an image of gold, whose height was ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, kinds of music, ye fall down and worship in the province of Babylon.

the image which I have made; well: but 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same to gather together the princes, the govern-hour into the midst of a burning fiery fur. ors, and the captains, the judges, the trea- nace; and who is that God that shall desurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all liver you out of my hands? the rulers of the provinces, to come to the 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, dedication of the image which Nebuchad- answered and said to the king, O Nebunezzar the king had set up.

chadnezzar, we are not careful to answer 3 Then the princes, the governors, and thee in this matter. captains, the judges, the treasurers, the 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers is able to deliver us from the burning fiery of the provinces, were gathered together furnace, and he will deliver us out of thy unto the dedication of the image that Ne-hand, O king. buchadnezzar the king bad set up; and 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, they stood before the image that Nebu- o king, that we will not serve thy, gods, chadnezzar had set up.

nor worship the golden image which thou 4 Then a herald cried aloud, To you hast set up. it is commanded, 0 people, nations, and 19 | Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of languages,

fury, and the form of his visage was changed 5 That at what time ye hear the sound against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedof the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, nego: therefore he spake, and commanded dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall that they should heat the furnace one seren down and worship the golden image that times more than it was wont to be heated. Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up. 20 And he commanded the most mighty

6 And whoso falleth not down and war-men that were in his army to bind Sbashippeth shall the same bour be cast into drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and 10 the midst of a burning fiery furnace. cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 7 Therefore,at that time, when all the 21 Then these men were bound in their

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are cast into the furnace. CHAP. IV. Nebuchadnezzar's dream. coats, their hosen, and their hats, and 4 TI Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in their other garments, and were cast into my house, and flourishing in my palace: the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid,

29 Therefore because the king's com- and the thoughts upon my bed and the mandment was urgent, and the furnace ex-visions of my head troubled me. ceeding hot, the fame of the fire slew 6 Therefore made l a decree to bring those men that took up Shadrach, Me- in all the wise men of Babylon before me shach, and Abed-nego.

that they might make known unto me the 23 And these three men, Shadrach, interpretation of the dream. Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound 7 Then came in the magicians, the into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the sooth

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was sayers: and I told the dream before them; astonisbed,and rose up in haste, and spake, but they did not make known unto me the and said unto his counsellors, Did not we interpretation thereof. cast three men bound into the midst of the 8 But at the last Daniel came in befire? They answered and said unto the fore me, whose name was Belteshazzar, king, True, O king.

according to the name of my god, and in 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four whom is the spirit of the holy gods : and men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, before him I told the dream, saying, and they have no burt: and the form of 9 0 Belteshazzar, master or the magithe fourth is like the Son of God.

cians, because I know that the spirit of the 26 T Then Nebuchadnezzar came near holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, thee, tell me the visions of my dream that and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most 10 Thus were the visions of my head high God, come forth, and come hither. in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, the midst of the earth, and the height came forth of the midst of the fire.

thereof was great. 27 And the princes, governors, and cap- 11 The tree grew, and was strong, and tains, and the king's counsellors, being the height thereof reached unto heaven, gathered together, saw these men, upon and the sight thereof to the end of all the whose bodies the fire had no power, nor earth : was a hair of their head singed, neither 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the were thcir coats changed, nor the smell fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for of fire had passed on them.

all: the beasts of the field had shadow 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and under it, and the fowls of the heaven said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Me- dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh shach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his was fed of it. angel, and delivered his servants that 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon trusted in him, and have changed the my bed, and behold, a watcher and a king's word, and yielded their bodies, holy one came down from heaven ; that they might not serve nor worship any 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew god, except their own God.

down the tree, and cut off his branches, 29 Therefore, I make a decree, That shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit : every people, nation, and language, which let the beasts get away from under it, and speak any thing amiss against the God of the fowls from his branches. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall 15 Nevertheless,leave the stump of his be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be roots in the earth, even with a band of iron made a dunghill: because there is no other and brass, in the tender grass of the field; god that can deliver after this sort. and let it be wet with the dew of heaven,

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, and let his portion be with the beasts in the Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province grass of the earth. of Babylon.

16 Let his heart be changed from man's, CHAP. IV.

and let a beast's heart be given unto him; all people, nations, and languages,


17 This matter is by the decree of the that dwell in all the earth ; Peace be mul- watchers, and the demand by the word of folied unto you.

the holy ones : to the intent that the living ? I thought it good to shew the signs may know that the Most High ruleth in and wonders that the high God hath the kingdom of men, and giveth it to wrought toward me.

whomsoever he will, and sctteth up over 3 How great are his signs! and how it the basest of men. mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is 18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, is from generation to generation. declare the interpretation thereof, foras,

Daniel interprets the dream. DANIEL. Belshazzar's impious feast. much as all the wise men of my kingdom (mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, sayare not able to make known unto me the ing, Oking Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is interpretation : but thou art able ; for the spoken; The kingdom is departed from spirit of the holy gods is in thee. thee:

19 1 Then Daniel, whose name was 32 And they shall drive thee from men, Belteshazzar, was astonished for one hour, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts and his thoughts troubled him. The king of the field: they shall make thee to eat spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass dream, or the interpretation thereof,trouble over thee, until thou know that the lost thee. Belteshazzar answered, and said, High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and My lord, the dream be to them that hate giveth it to whomsoever he will. thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine 33 The same hour was the thing fulfillenemies,

ed upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was 20 The tree that thou sawest, which driven from men, and did eat grass as onen, grew, and was strong, whose height reach- and his body was wet with the dew of hea. ed unto the heaven, and the sight thereof ven, till bis hairs were grown like eagles' to all the earth;

feathers, and his nails like birds' clases. 21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuthereof much, and in it was meat for all; chadnezzar lifted up mine eges unto beaunder which the beasts of the field dwelt, ven, and mine understanding retumed unto and upon whose branches the fowls of the me, and I blessed the Most High, and ! heaven had their habitation :

praised and honoured him that liveth for 22 It is thou, O king, that art grown ever, whose dominion is an everlasting and become strong : for thy greatness is dominion, and his kingdom is from genegrown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy ration to generation : dominion to the end of the earth.

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

24 This is the interpretation, O king, sought unto me, and I was established in and this is the decree of the Most High, my kingdom, and excellent majesty was which is come upon my lord the king: added unto me.

25 That they shall drive thee from men, 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts extol and honour the King of heaven, all of the field, and they shall make thee to whose works are truth, and his ways judg. eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee ment: and those that walk in pride be is with the dew of heaven, and seven times able to abase. shall pass over thee, till thou know that

CHAP. V. the Most

High ruleth in the kingdom of Bleast to a thousand of his lords, and men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

26 And whereas they commanded to drank wine before the thousand. leave the stump of the tree roots; thy king- 2 Belshazzar, wbile he tasted the wine, dom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou commanded to bring the golden and silver shalt have known that the heavens do rule. vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar

27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel had taken out of the temple which was in be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy Jerusalem ; that the king, and his princes, sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities bis wives, and his concubines might drink by shewing mercy to the poor ; if it may therein. be a lengthening of thy tranquillity. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels

28 ? All this came upon the king Ne- that were taken out of the temple of the buchadnezzar.

house of God wbich was at Jerusalem; 29 At the end of twelve months he walk- and the king, and his princes, his wives, ed in the palace of the kingdom of Baby- and his concubines, drank in them. lon.

4 They drank wine, and praised the 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, great Babylon, that I have built for the of wood, and of stone. Louse of the kingdom by the might of my 5 1 In the same hour came forth fingers power, and for the honour of my majesty ? of a man's hand, and wrote over against 31 While the word was in the king's the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall

A hand wriiing on the wall. CHAP, VI. Daniel interprets the wnting. of the king's palace: and the king saw thel. 17 1 Then Daniel answeredand said bepart of the hand that wroie.

|fore the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, 6 Then the king's countenance was and give thy rewards to another; yet i changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so will read the writing unto the king, and that the joints of his loins were loosed, and make known to him the interpretation. bis knees smote one against another. 18 O thou king, the most high God gave

7 The king cried aloud to bring in the Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the sooth- and majesty, and glory, and honour: sayers. And the king spaké and said to the 19 And for the majesty that he gave him, wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read all people, nations, and languages, tremthis writing, and shew me the interpreta-bled and 'feared before him: whom he tion thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, would he slew; and whom he would he and have a chain of gold about his neck, kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. and whom he would he put down.

8 Then came in all the king's wise men : 20 But when his heart was lifted up, but they could not read the writing, nor and his mind hardened in pride, he was make known to the king the interpretation deposed from his kingly throne, and they thereof.

took his glory from him: 9 Then was king Belshazzargreatly trou- 21 And he was driven from the sons of bled, and his countenance was changed in men; and his heart was made like the him, and his lords were astonished. beasts', and his dwelling was with the wild

10 1 Now,the queen by reason of the asses: they fed him withgrass like oxen, and words of the king and his lords came into his body was wet with the dew of heaven the banquet-house : and the queen spake till he knew that the most high God ruled and said, o king, live for ever: let noi thy in the kingdom of men, and that he apthoughts trouble thee, nor let thy counte-pointeth over it whomsoever he will. nance be changed:

22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in not humbled thy heart, though thou whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in knewest all this; the days of thy father light and understand- 23 But hast listed up thyself against the ing and wisdom, like the wisdom of the Lord of heaven; and they have brought go:ls, was found in uim; whom the king Ne-the vessels of his house before thee, and buchadnezzarthy father, the king, I soy, thy thou, and thy lords, thy wives and thy con. father, made master of the magicians, astro-cubines, have drunk wine in them; and logers, Chaldeans, and sooth-sayers : thou hast praised the gods of silver, and

12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which knowledge, and understanding, interpret- see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God ing of dreams, and shewing of hard sen- in whose hand thy breath is, and whose tences, and dissolving of doubts, were found are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified. in the same Daniel, whom the king named 24 Then was the part of the hand sent Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, from him ; and this writing was written. and he will show the interpretation. 25 | And thisis the writing that was writ

13 Then was Daniel brought in before ten, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARthe king. And the king spake and said SIN. unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which 26 This is the interpretation of the art of the children of the captivity of Ju- thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy dah, whom the king my father brought out kingdom, and finished it. of Jewry?

27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the 14 I have even heard of thee, that the balances, and art found wanting. spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and understanding and excellent wisdom and given to the Medes and Persians. is found in thee.

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and 15 And now the wise men, the astrolo- they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a gers, have been brought in before me, that chain of gold about his neck, and made a they should read this writing, and make proclamation concerning, him, that he known unto me the interpretation thereof: should be the third ruler in the kingdom. but they could not shew the interpretation 30 T In that night was Belshazzar the of the thing :

king of the Chaldeans slain. 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou 31 And Darius the Median took the kingcanst make interpretations, and dissolve dom, being about threescore and two years doubts : now if thou canst read the writing, old. and make known to me the interpretation


Т. an' have a chain of gold about thy , a twenty , whic and sbalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. should be overibe whole kingdom;

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