their mout, and the wine hat they should 11 And it is a rare thing that the king redrink, and gave them pulse.

quireth; and there is none other that can 17 1 As for these four children, God gave shew it before the king, except the gods, them knowledge and skill in all learning and whose dwelling is not with fiesh. wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all 12 For this cause the king was angry and visions and dreams.

very furious, and commanded to destroy all 18 Now, at the end of the days that the the wise men of Babylon. king had said he should bring them in, then 13 And the decree went forth that the the prince of the cunuchs brought them in wise men should be slain ; and they sought before Nebuchadnezzar.

Daniel and his fellows to be slain. 19 And the king communed with them; 14 1 Then Daniel answered with counsel and among them all was found none like and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the Damel, Hauanialı, Mishael, and Azariah : king's guard, which was gone forth to slay therefore stood they before the king. the wise men of Babylon.

20 and in all matters of wisdom and un 15 He answered and said to Arioch the derstanding, that the king enquired of them, king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty ge found them ten tiines better than all the from the king? Then Arioch made the thing magicians and astrologers that were in all known to Daniel. his realm.

16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the 21 And Daniel continued eren unto the king that he would give himn time, and that irst year of king Cyrus.

he would shew the king the interpretation. CHAP. II.

17 Then Daniel went to his house, and

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of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar el,and Azariah, his companions ; Ireamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was 18 That they would desire inercies of the roubled, and his sleep brake from him. God of heaven concerning this secret, chat

Thea the king commanded to call the Daniel and his fellows should not perish with magicians, and the astrologers, and the sor- the rest of the wise men of Babylon. eerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the 19 | Then was the secret revealed unto king his dreams. So they came and stood Daniel in a night-vision. Then Daniel blessbefore the king.

ed the God of heaven. 3 And the king said unto them, I have 20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be Ireained a dream, and my spirit was trou- the name of God for ever and ever; for wis. led to know the dream.

dom and cright are his : Then spake the Chaldeans to the king 21 And he changeth the times and the sean Syriac, O king, live for ever: tell thy ser- sons; he removeth kings and settethup kings: rants the dreain, and we will shew the inter- he giveth wisdomn unto the wise, and knowpretation.

ledge to them that know understanding. 5 The king auswered and said !o the Chal- 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: deans, The thing is gone from me: il ye he knoweth what is in the darkness, and ihe will not make known unto me the dream, light dwelleth with bim. with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be 23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thon God cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made of my fathers, who hast given me wisdem a duoghill:

and mighi, and hast made known unto me 6 But if ye shew the dream, and the in- now what we desired of thee: for thou hast terpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me me made known unto us the king's matter. gilis and rewards, and great honour: there- 24 ^ Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, fore slew me the dream, and the interpre- whom the king had ordained to destroy the latio thereof.

wise men of Babylon : he went and said thus 7 They answered again, and said, Let the unto him, Destroy not the wise men of Baby. king tell his servants the dream, and we will lon: bring me in before the king, and I will she w the interpretation of it.

shew unto the king the interpretation. 8 The king answered and said, I know of 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before certainty that ye would gain the time, be- the king in haste, and said thus unto him, cause ve see the thing is gone from me. I have found a man of the captives of Judah

9 But if ye will not make known unto me that will make knowu unto the king the inthe drran, there is but one decree for you; terpretation. for ye have prepared lying and corrupt word: 26 The king answered and said to Daniel, to speak bciore me, will the time be changed. whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able therefore tell me the dream, and I shall 10 make known urto me the dream which know that ye can slew me the interpreta. I have seen, and the interpretation thereof tion thercol

27 Daniel answered in the presence of the 10 The Challeans answered before the king, and said, The secret, which the king king, and said, There is not a man upon the bath demanded, cannot the wise men, the earth that can shew the king's matter: there- astrologers, the inagicians, the soothsayers, fure there is no king, lord, nor ruler, thul shew unto the king; asked such things at any magician, or astro 28 But there is a God in heaven that reloger, or Chaldean.

vealeth secrets, and maketh known to the

ging Nebuchadnezzar what skall be in the shall not be left to other people, but it shall latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of break in pieces and consume all these king. hy head upon thy bed, are these ; doms, and it shall stand for ever.

29 (As for thec, O'king, thy thoughts 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone ame into thy mind upon thy bed what should was cut out of the mountain without hands, ome to pass hereafter; and he that reveal- and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, th secrets maketh known to thee what shall the clay, the silver, and the gold ; the great ome to pass :

God hath made known to the king what shall 30 But as for me, this secret is not reveal- come to pass hereafter: and the dream is cer. ?d to me for any wisdom that I have more tain, and the interpretation thereot sure. han any living, but for their sakes that shall 46 1 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fel. nake known the interpretation to the king, upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and ind that thou mightest know the thoughts commanded that they should offer an oblaof thy heart ;)

tion and sweet odours unto him. 31 1 Thou, o king, sawest, and behold 47 The king answered unto Daniel, and great image. This great image, whose said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God prightness was excellent, stood before thee, of gods, and a Lordof kings, and a revealer of in the form thereof was terrible.

secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his 48 Then the king made Daniel a great sreast and his arms of silver, his belly and inan, and gave him many great gifts, and his thighs of brass,

made him ruler over the whole proviuce e! 33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron Babylon, and chief of the governors over all ind part of clay.

the wise men of Babylon. 34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut 49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and put without bands, which snote the image he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego spon his feet that were of iron and clay, and over the affairs of the province of Babylon orake them to pieces.

but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass,

CHAP. III. the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces to JEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made gether, and became like the chaff of the summer thrashing-floors; and the wind carried threescore cubits, and the breadıb therea' them away, that no place was found for them: six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, and the stone that smote the image became a in the province of Babylon. great inountain, and filled the whole earth. 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to

36 | This is the dream; and we will tell gather together the princes, the governors, the interpretation thereof before the king. and the captains, the judges, the treasurers,

37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the ru for the God of heaven hath given thee a lers of the provinces, to come to the dedica kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. tion of the image which Nebuchadnezzar

38 And wheresoever the c!.ildren of men the king had set up. iwell, the beasts of the field, and the fowls 3 Then the princes, the governors, and cap of the heaven, hath he given into thine hand, lains, the judges, the treasurers, the counand hath made thee ruler over them all. sellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the l'hou art this head of gold.

provinces, were gathered together unto the 39 And after thee shall arise another king- dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar doin interior to thee, and another third king- the king had set up; and they stood before dom of brass, which sirall bear rule over all the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up: 'he ea'.n.

4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as commanded,Opeople,nations and languages, Iron: forasinuch as iron breaketh in pieces and 5 Thut at what time ye hear the sound of subdueth all things; and as iron that breaketh the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery; all these, sbail it break in pieces and bruise. Julcimer, and a! kinds of musick, ye fall

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and/.lown and worship the golden image ina! toes, part of potter's clay, and part of iron, Nebuchadnezzar the king bath set up. the kingdom shall be divided; but there shali 6 And whoso falleth pot down and wor be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch shippeth, shall the same hour be castinio as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. the mirst of a burning fiery furnace.

42 And as the toes of the feet were part of 7 Therefore at that time, when all the irout, and part of clay; so the kingdom shall people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, de partly strong, and partly broken. harp, sackhut, psaltery, and all kinds of mu

13 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed sick, all the people, the nations, and the lanwith miry clay, they shall mingle themselves guages, fell down and worshipped the golwith the seed of men: but they shall not den image that Nebuchadnezzar the king cleave oue to another, even as iron is nou had set up. inixed with clay.

8 { Wherefore at that tiene certain Chal H4 Aud in the days of these kings shall the dears came near, and accused the Jews. God of heaven set up a kingdom, which y They spake and said to the king Neby shall never be destroyed

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10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, and said unto his counsellors, Diil mit we that every man that shall hear the sound of cast Urre men bound into the midst of the he cornet, flute, barp, sackbut, psaltery, fire? They answered and said unto the king, and culcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall True, O king. fall down and worship the golden image: 15 He answered and said, Lo, I see sour

11 And whoso talleth not down and wor- men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, shipped, that he should be cast into the midst and they have no hurt; and the form of the of a burning fiery furnace.

fourth is like the Son of God. 12. There are certain Jews, whom thou 26 | Then Nebuchadnezzar came near hast set over the affairs of the province of to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, Batıylon, Shadrach, Nesiiach, and Abed. and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, go, these men, O king, have not regarded and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most thee, they serve not thy gods, nor worship high God, come forth, and come hither. the golden image which thou hast set up. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego,

13 1 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in his rage came forth of the midst of the fire. and fury; commanded to bring Shadrach, 27 And the princes, governors, and cap sleshach, and Abed-nego. Then they tains, and the king's counsellors, being gabrought these men before the king. thered together, saw these men, upon whose

11 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto bodies the fire had no power, nor was an them, Is il true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and hair of their head singed, neither were their Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor coals changed, nor the smell of fire had xorship the golden image which I have set passed on them. p?

28 Thin Nebuchadnezzar spake and said, 15 Now, if ye be ready, that at what time Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, je hear the sound of the corpet, flute, harp, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, sarkbui, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds and delivered his servants that trusted in of musick, ye fall down and worship the him, and have changed the king's word, image which I have inade, uell : but if ye and yielded their bodies, that they might worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour not serve nor worship any god excepi their into the midst of a burning ficry furnace; own God. and who is that God that shall deliver you 29 Therefore I make a decree, That every out of my hands?

people, nation, and language, which speak 16 Shadrachi, Meshach, and Abed-nego, anything aniss against the God of Shaanswered and said to the king, O Nebuchad- drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be nezzar, we are noi careful to answer thee in cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made this matter.

a dunghill, because there is no other God 17 If it be so, our God, whom we serve, that can deliver after this sort. is able to deliver us from the burning fiery 30 11 Then the king promoted Shadrach, furnace; and he will deliver us out of thine Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province band, O king.

of Babylon. 18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O

CHAP. IV. king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor TEBUCHADNEZZAR the king, into worship the golden image which thou hast

all people, nations, and languages, set up.

that dwell in all the earth; Peace be mula 19 T Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of tiplied unto you. fury, and the form of his visage was changed 2 I thought it good to shew the signs and Against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego : wonders that the high God hath wrought Therefore he spake, and commanded that they toward me. should heat the furnace one seven times 3 How great are bis signs! and how more than it was wont to be heated.

mighty are his wouders! his kingdom is an 20. And he commanded the most mighoy everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, from generation to generation. Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them

4 1 1 Nebuchadnezzar was al rest in mine into the burning fiery furnace.

house, and flourishing in my palace : 21 Then these men were bound in their

5 I saw a crear which made me afrail, coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their and the thoughts upon my bed, and the vi. other garments, and were cast 'into the midst sions of my head, troubled me. of the burning tiery furnace.

6 Therefore inade , a decree to bring in 22 Therefore, because the king's com- all the wise men of Babylon before me, that mandment was urgent, and the furnace ex. they might rake known unto me the interceeding hot, the tiame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and prelation of the dream.

7 Then came in the magicians, the astroAbed-nego. 23 And these three men, Shadrach, Me- and liold the dream before them ; bue they

Ingers, the Challeans, and the southsayers: shach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into did not make hnown unto me the interpre the midst of the burning tiery furnace.

tation thereof. 24 1 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was 8 But at the last Daniel came in before astonied, and rose up

ing to the name of my god, and in whom is 22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and the spirit of the holy gods,) and before him become strong: for thy greatness is grown, I told the dream, saying,

and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominiou 9 0 Belteshazzar, master of the magi- 10 the end of the earth. cians, because I know that the spirit of the 23 And whereas the king saw a watcher holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth and an hoiy one coming down from heaven, thee, tell me the visions of my dream that 1 and saying, Hew the tree down, and destror bave seen, and the interpretation thereoi. it; yei leave the stump of the roots thereol

10 Thus were the visions of nine head in in the earıls, even with a band of iron 20x my bed: I saw, and bebold a tree in the brass, in the tender grass of the field; and midst of the earia, and the height tiercof let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and la was great.

his portion be with the beasts of the field, will 11 The tree grew, and was strong, ar.d seven times pass over him ; the height hereof reached unto heaven, and 24 This is the interpretation, 0 king, and the sight thereof to the end of all the carth. this is the decree of the most fligh, whicà is

12 The leaves thereoftrere fair, and the come upon my lord the king: fruit thereot' much, and in it wus meat for 25 That they shall drive thee from men, all: the beasts of the field had sbaciow un- and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of der it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the field, and they shall make thee to cal the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of'il. grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with

13 I saw in the visions of my head upou the dew of heaven, and seven times shall my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy pass over thee, will thou know that the mos: one came down from heaven:

Bigh ruleth in the kingdom of inen, and 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew giveth it to wbomsocver he will. down the tree, and cut off his branches, 26 And whereas they commanded to leave shake off his leaves, and scaller his truit: let the stump of the tree-roots; thy kingdum the beasts get away from under it, and the shall be sure unto thee, after thai thou shali fowls from his branches.

have known that the heavens do rule. 15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his 27 Wherefore, 0 king, let my counsel be roots in the earth, even with a band of iron acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins and brass, in the tender grass of the field;} by righteousness, and thine iniquities by and let it be wel with the dew of heaven, shewing mercy to the poor ; if it may be a and let his portion be with the heasts in the lengthening of thy tranquillity. grass of the earth.

Ž8 $ All this came upon ihe king Nebu16 Let his heart be changed from man's, chadnezzar. and let a beast's heart be given unto him ; 29 Ai the end of twelve months he walk. and let seven times pass over him.

ed in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 17 This matter is by the decree of the 30 The king spake and said, Is noi this watchers, and the demand by the word of great Babylon, that I have built for the house the holy ones; to the intent that the living of the hingdoin, by the might of my power, may know that the most High ruleth in the and for the honour of my majesty? kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever 31 While the word reas in the king's he will, and settelb up over it, the basest of mouth,there fell a voice from heaven, saring,

O king Nebuchadnezzar, 10 thee it is spa 18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar ken; The kingdom is departed from thee have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, de 32 And they shall drive thee from men, clare the interpretation thereof; forasmuch and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of as all the wise men of my kingdom are not the field: they shall make thee to eat grass able to make known unto me the interpre- as oxen, and seven times shall pass over tation : but thou art able , for the spirit of the thee, until thou know that the mos! Hig holy gods is in thee.

ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it 191 Then Daniel (whose name was Bel- w whomsoever he will. leshazzar) was astonied for one box, and 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled his thoughts troubled him. The King spake upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his or the interpretatiou thereof, trouble thee. body was wet with the dew of heaven, till Beliesbazzar answered and said, My lorel, his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, the dream be to them that hate thee, and and his nails like birds' claus. the interpretation thereof 10 thine enemies. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchad

20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, nezzar lified up mine eyes unto heaven, and and was strong, whose height reached unto mine understanding returned unto me, and I the heaven, and the siglie thereof to all the blessed the most High, and I praised and hoearth;

noured him that liveth for ever, whose domi21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit mion is an everlasting dominion, and his thereof much, and in it wus meat for all; kingdom is froin gencration to generalion : under which ihe beasts of the field dwelt, 35 And all the inhabitants of ihe earth are and upon whose branches the fowls of the reputed as nothing: and he doeth according Heaven had their habitation:

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die inbabitants of the earto; and none can astrologers, Chakleans, und soothsayers, stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest, 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and thou ?

knowledge, and understanding, interpreting 36 At the same tine my reason returned of drenins, and shewing of hard sentences, anto me; and, for the glory of my kingdom, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the mive honour and brightness returned unto same Daniel, whom the king nained Belteme; and my counsellors and my lords sought shazzar: now lei Daniel he called, and he unto me; and I was established in my king- will shew the interpretation. dom; and excellent majesty was added unto 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the

king. And the king spake and said unto Da37 Now / Nebuchadnezzar praise, and ex- niel, Art thou thai Daniel, which art of the lol, and honour the King of heaven, all whose children of the captivity of Judah, whom the works are truth, and his ways judgment: and king my father brought out of Jewry?

those that walk' in pride he is able to abase. 14 I have even heard of thee, that the 0 CHIAP. V.

spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light, feast to a thousand of his lords, and found in thee. drank wine before the thousand.

15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, 2 Belshazzar, wbiles he tasted the wine, have been brought in before me, that they commanded to bring the golden and silver should read this writing, and make known vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had unto me the interpretation thereof : but they taken out of the temple which wus in Jerusa could not shew the interpretation of the thing lem; that the king and his princes, his wives 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst and his concubines, might drink therein. make interpretations, and dissolve doubts.

3 Then they brought the goldeu vessels now, if thou canst read the writing, and make chat were taken out of the temple of the known to me the interpretation thereof, thou house of God which was at Jerusalem; and shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain the king and his princes, his wives and his of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third concubines, drank in them.

ruler in the kingdom. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods 17 | Then Daniel answered and said be. of gold, and of silver, ot' brass, of iron, of fore the king, Let thy gifts be 10 thyself, woud, and of stone.

and give thy rewards io another; yet I will 5 1 In the same hour came forth fingers of read the writing unto the ki:g, and make a man's hand, and wrote over against the known to him the interpretation. candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of 18 0 thou king, the most high God gavo the king's palace; and the king saw the part Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and of the hand that wrote.

inajesty, and glory, and honour: 6 Then the king's countenance was chan 19 And, for the majesty that he gave him, ged, and his thoughts troubled him, so that all people, nations, and languages, treinbled ihe joints of his lins were loosed, and his and scared before him, whom he would he knees smote one against another.

slew, and whom he would he kept alive, and 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the whom he would he set up, and whoin he astrologers, the Challeans, and the sooth- would he put down. sayers. And the king spake and said to thei, 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read his mind hardened in pride. he was deposed this writing, and shew me the interpretation from his kingly throne, and they took his thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and glory from him : nare a chain of gold about his neck, and 21 And he was driven from the sons of shall be the third ruler in the kingilom. men; and his heart was made like the beasts,

3 Then came in all the king's wise men : but and his dwelling wus with the wild asses: they could not read the writing, vor make they fed him with grass like oxen, and his known to the king the interpretation thereof. body was wet with ihe dew of heaven; till

9 Then was king Belsbazzar greatly trou- he knew that the most high God ruled ir. bled, and his countenance was changed in the kingdom of men, and that he appointesh him, and his lords were astonied.

over it whomsoever he will. 10 | Now the queen, by reason of the 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not words of the king and his lords, came into humbled thine heart, though thou knewest the banquet-house; and the queen spake all this; and said, O king, live for ever: let noi thy 23 But hast lified up thyself against the thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy counte- Lord of heaven, and they have brought the nancc be changed :

vessels of his house before thee, and thou 11 There is a man in thy kingdom in and thy loris, thy wives and thy concubines, I whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and, in have drunk wine in them; and thou hast

the days of thy father, light and understand- praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass,

ing, and wisdoin, like the wisdom of the iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor ! gods, was found in him; whom the king Ne- hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand

buchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say,'t:13 breath is, and whose are all thy ways thy fatoer, made master of the magicians, bast thou not glorified.

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