thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make kuown to him the interpretation.

18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchad. nezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour : ww;19. And for the majesty that lie gave him, all people, nations and languages, trenabled and feared before him : whom he would he slew'; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.

20 But when bis hcart was lifted up, and his mind hardened - in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him ::

21 And he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses : they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of mei), and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

22 And thou, his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 123 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven, and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines have drunk wine in them, and thou hast praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:

24 Then was the part of ihe hand sent from him, and this writing was written.

25 | And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, CPHARSIN.

26 This is the interpretation of the thing : MENE; God Lath numbered thy kingdom and finished it.

27 TEKEĻ; 27 TEKEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

23 PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

So In that night was Belshazzar, the king of the Chaldeans, slain.

31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

CH AP. VI. i Daniel's preferment. 10 He is cast into the den of lions,

13 and saved. IT pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and

twenty priuces, which should be over the whole kingdom:

2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first : that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no dainage.

3 Then Daniel was preferred above all the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him ; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

4. Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault ; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in bin. 5 Then said these men, We shall not find any

occasion against this Danied, except we find it against him concerning the law of his God.

6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for


7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm defree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man


O 3

for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, be went into his house ; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

19 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any

God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the deu of lions? The king answered, and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver himn : and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians ės, that no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be changed

16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee. 17 And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of


the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords ; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.

18 g Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting : neither were instruments of musick brought in before him, and his sleep went from him.

19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel; and the king spake and said to Daniel, o Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions ?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, Oking, live for


22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.

23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth ; Peace be multiplied

[ocr errors]

unto you.

26 I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom, men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he és the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that. which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and 04


wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.

28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.

CHAP. VII. i Daniel's vision of the four beasts, 9 of God's kingdom,

15 the interpretation thereof. IN N the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had

a dream, and visions of his head upon his bed : then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spake, and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heavens strove upon the great


3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagles' wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

5 And behold, another beast, a second like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh.

6 After this I beheld, and lo, another like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it,

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful, and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth : it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

8 | considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were toree of the first horns plucked up by the roots : and behold in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things. 9 4 1 beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the


« ElőzőTovább »