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Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever:
For wisdom and might are his :
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons :

He removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
He giveth wisdom unto the wise,

And knowledge to them that know understanding : 22 He revealeth the deep and secret things:

He knoweth what is in the darkness,

And the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of iny 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 show unto the 25 king the interpretation. 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, 26 that will make known unto the king the interpretation. 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 28 soothsayers, show unto the king; but there is a God in heaven that revealeth

secrets, and 3 maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the

latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these; 29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts 4 came into thy mind upon thy bed, what

should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to 30 thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me

for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the

thoughts of thy heart. 31 Thou, O king, 6 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 33 and his 7 thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of 34 clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which sinote

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 like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the

wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that 36 smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is

the dream : and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a 38 kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children of men

dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine 39 hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kin

other kingdom inferior to thee, and another third king40 dom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. And the fourth kingdom

shall 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 the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of t.

of the 42 iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes

of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly 43 strong, and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry

clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not

of the sure

I Chald. That I have found. 2 Chald. children of the cap.

tivity of Judah.
3 Chald. hath made known.

4 Chald. came up.
5 Or, the intent that the in-

terpretation may be made
known to the king.

6 Chald. wast seeing.
7 Or, sides.
8 Or, which was not in hands.
9 Or, brillle,

44 cleave lone to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And in the days

of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be

destroyed : and the S kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break 45 in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. For

asmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain 4 without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass

Shereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure. 46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel,

and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. 47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a

God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest 48 reveal this secret. Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many

great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief 49 of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of

the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the

province of Babylon : but Daniel sat in the gate of the king. 2 NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made an image of gold, whose height was

threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain 2 of Dura, in the province of Babylon. 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 3 up. 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 an herald cried aloud, To you 7 it is commanded, O people, nations, 5 and languages, that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp.

sackbut, psaltry, 89 dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship 6 the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: and whoso falleth

not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning 7 fiery furnace. Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of

the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that

Nebuchadnezzar the king bad set up. 8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused the Jews. 9,10 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live for ever. Thou,

O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the

cornet, fute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, shall 11 fall down and worship the golden image: and whoso falleth not down and

worshippeth, that he should be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of

Babylon, Shadrach. Meshach, and Abed-nego : these men, O king, 10 have not regarded thee : they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which

thou hast set up. 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach,

Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it II true, O Shadrach, Meshach,

and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which 15 I have set up? 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 which I have made; well: 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 shall deliver you out of my hands? 16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebu17 chadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our

God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he

1 Chald. this with this.
2 Chald. their days.
3 Chald. kingdom thereof.
4 Or, which was not in hand.

5 Chald. after this.
6 Chald. roith might.
7 Chald. they command.
8 Or, singing.

9 Chald. symphony.
10 Chald. have set no regard

upon thee.
11 Or, of purpose.

18 will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 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. 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar 1 full of fury, and the form of his 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 20 wont to be heated. And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his

army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the 21 burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their s coats, their hosen,

and their + hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the 22 burning fiery furnace. Therefore because the king's 5 commandment was urgent,

and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took 23 up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. And these three men, Shadrach,

Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery

furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and

spake, and said unto his 7 counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the 25 midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He

answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire,

and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace,

and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most

high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed27 nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. And the princes, governors, and

captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed

neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. 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 changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, 29 that the bt not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. Therefore

10 I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak llany thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be

12 cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no 30 other God that can deliver after this sort. Then the king 19 promoted Shadrach,

Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon. A NEBÚCHADNEŽZAR the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, * that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you. 11 I thought it good 9 to show the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. 3 How great are his signs ! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an

everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation, 4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace: 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the 6 visions of my head troubled me. Therefore made la decree to bring in all the

wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the 7 interpretation of the dream. Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the

Chaldeans, and the soothsayers : and I told the dream before them; but they 8 did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof. But at the last Daniel

came in before me, (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, master 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 10 dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof. Thus were the visions

of mine head in my bed ; 15 I saw, and, behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, 11 and the height thereof was great. The tree grew, and was strong, and the

height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the

I Chald. filled.
2 Chald. mighty of strength,
3 Or, manlles.
4 Or, turbans.
5 Cha!d. word.
6 Or, spark.

7 Or, governors.
8 Chald. there is no kurt

in them.
9 Chald. door.
10 Chald. a decrce is made

by mne.

11 Chald. error.
12 Chald. made pieces.
13 Chald. made to prosper.
14 Chald. It was seemly before

me.
15 Chald. I was sccing.

12 earth: the leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was

meat for all: the beasts of the field bad shadow under it, and the fowls of the 13 heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it. I saw in the visions of

upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came 14 down from heaven; he cried 1 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 15 away from under it, and the fowls from his branches : nevertheless leave the

stump of 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 16 be with the beasts in the grass of the earth : let his heart be changed from man's,

and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him, 17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the

holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, an

ver it 18 the basest of men.- 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 Then Daniel, whose name 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 them that hate thee, and the interpretation 20 thereof to thine enemies. The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was

strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the 21 earth; whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for

all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the 22 fowls of the heaven had their habitation: it is thou, O king, that art grown and

become strong; for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy 23 dominion to the end of the earth. And whereas the king saw a watcher and an

holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof 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 of the field, till seven 94 times pass over him; - this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree 25 of the Most High, which is come upon my lord the king: That they shall drive

thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of

heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the Most High 26 ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. And

whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom

shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do 27 rule. Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off

thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if

it may be ? a lengthening of thy tranquillity. 28, 29 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months 30 he walked Sin the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and

said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom 31 by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? While the word

was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, Oking

Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 82 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of

the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men,

and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was

driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of

heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven,

and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I

praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting 85 dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: and all the

1 Chald. with might. 2 Or, an healing of thine error. 3 Or, upon.

inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his

will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none 36 can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? At the same time my

reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added

unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all

whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

BELSHAZZAR the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and 0 drank wine before the thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, como manded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar

had 2 taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem ; that the king, and his 3 princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. Then they brought

the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, 4 drank in them. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver,

of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the

candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the 6 part of the hand that wrote. Then the king's Scountenance *was changed, and his

thoughts troubled him, so that the 56 joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees 7 smote one against another. The king cried 7 aloud to bring in the astrologers,

the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of B ylon, Whoscever shall read this writing, and show me the interpre

tation thereof, shall be clothed with 8 scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his 8 neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. Then came in all the king's wise men : but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king

the interpretation thereof. Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his 9 9 countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied. 10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into

the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not 11 thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: there is a man

in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy 10 father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy 11 father, the king, I say, thy

father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12 forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, 12 inter

preting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and 19 dissolving of 14 doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let

Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation. 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said

unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of 14 Judah, whom the king my 15 father brought out of Jewry? I have even heard

of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding 15 and excellent wisdom is found in thee. And now the wise men, the astrologers,

have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make

known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the inter16 pretation of the thing: and I have heard of thee, that thou canst 16 make inter

pretations, and dissolve doubts : now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, 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 17 rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and

1 Or, grandfather.
? Chald. brought forth.
3 Chald. brightnesses.
4 Chald. changed it.
5 Or, girdles.
6 Chald. bindings, or, knots.

7 Chald. with might.
8 Or, purple.
9 Chald. brightnesses.
10 Or, grandfather.
11 Or, grandfather.
12 Or, of an interpreter, &c.

13 Or, of a dissolver.
14 Chald. knots.
15 Or, grandfather.
16 Chald. interpret.
17 Or, fee.

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