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into the burning fiery fur-bed-nego, ye servants of the nace.

most high God, come forth, 21 Then these men were and come bither. Then bound in their coats, their Shadrach, Meshach, and Ahofen, and their hats, and bed-nego, came forth of the their other garments, and midst of the fire. were cast into the midst of

27 And the princes, gothe burning fiery furnace. vernors and captains, and the

22 Therefore because the king's counsellors being gaking's commandment was thered together, faw these urgent, and the furnace ex- men, upon whofe bodies the ceeding hot, the fame of the fire had no power, nor was fire flew those men that took an hair of their head singed, up Shadrach, Meshach, and neither were their coats Abed-nego.

changed, nor the smell of 23 And these three men, fire had passed on them. Shadrach, Meshach, and A- 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar bed-nego, fell down bound spake and faid, Blessed be the into the midst of the burning God of Shadrach, Meshach, fiery furnace.

and Abed-nego, who hath 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar sent his angel, and delivered the king was astonished, and his servants that trusted in rose up in haste, and spake him, and have changed the and said unto his counsellors, king's word, and yielded their Did not we cast three men bodies, that they might not bound into the midst of the serve nor worship any God, fire? They answered and except their own God. laid unto the king, True, O 29 Therefore I make a king.

decree, That every people, 25 He answered and said, nation and language, which Lo, I see four men loose, speak any thing amifs against walking in the midst of the the God of Shadrach, Mefire, and they have no hurt; fhach, and Abed-nego, shall and the form of the fourth is be cut in pieces, and their like the son of God.

houses shall be made a dung26 9 Then Nebuchad- hill because there is no other nežzar came near to the God that can deliver after mouth of the burning fiery this fort. furnace, and spake and said, 30 Then the king proShadraci, Meshach, and A- moted Shadrach, Meshach,



and Abed-nego, in the pro- his thoughts troubled him, vince of Babylon. so that the joints of his loins

were loosed, and his knees CHAP V.

smote one against another. Elshazzar the king made 7 The king cried aloud to

a great feast to a thou- bring in the astrologers, the fand of his lords, and drank Chaldeans, and the foothwine before the thousand. sayers : and the king spake

2 Belshazzar, whiles he and said to the wise men of tafted the wine, commanded Babylon, Whosoever shall to bring the golden and silver read this writing, and thew vessels which his father Ne-me the interpretation thereof, buchadnezzar had taken out shall be clothed with scarlet, of the temple, which was in and have a chain of gold a. Jerusalem, that the king and bout his neck, and Mall be his princes, his wives and third ruler in the kingdom. his concubines might drink 8 Then came in all the therein.

king's wise men, but they 3 Then they brought the could not read the writing, golden vessels that were taken nor make known to the king out of the temple of the the interpretation thereof. house of God, which was at 9 Then was king BelthazJerusalem; and the king and zar greatly troubled, and his his princes, his wives and countenance was changed in his concubines drank in him, and his lords were aftothem.

nished. 4 They drank wine, and 10 q Now the queen by praised the gods of gold, and reason of the words of the of silver, of brass, of iron, king and his lords, came into of wood, and of stone. the banquet-house, and the

59 In the same hour came queen spake and said, O forth fingers of a man's hand, king, live for ever: let not and wrote over against the thy thoughts trouble thee, candleftick upon

the plaister nor let thy countenance be of the wall of the king's changed. palace; and the king faw II There is a man in thy the part of the hand that kingdom, in whom is the wrote.

spirit of the holy gods, and 6 Then the king's coun- in the days of thy father light tenance was changed, and and understanding and wife



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dom like the wisdom of the shew the interpretation of gods, was found in him; the thing. whom the king Nebuchad- 16 And I have heard of nezzar thy father, the king, thee that thou canst make I say, thy father made mal- interpretations, and diffolye ter of the magicians, altro- doubts: now if thou canst logers, Chaldeans, and sooth- read the writing, and make layers;

known to me the interpreta12 Forasmuch as an ex- tion thereof, thou shalt be cellent spirit and knowledge, clothed with scarlet, and have and understanding, interpret- a chain of gold about thy ing of dreams, and fhewing neck, and shalt be the third of hard sentences, and dif-ruler in the kingdom. solving of doubts were found 17 q. Then Daniel anin the fame Daniel, whom swered and said before the the king named Belteshaz- king, Let thy gifts be to thy zar: now let Daniel be cal felf, and give thy rewards to led, and he will shew the in- another, yet I will read the terpretation.

writing unto the king, and 13 Then

Daniel make known to him the inbrought in before the king; terpretation. and the king spake and said 18 O thou king, the most unto Daniel, Art thou that high God gave NebuchadDaniel, which art of the nezzar thy father a kingdoin, children of the captivity of and majesty, and glory, and Judah, whom the king my honour. father brought out of Jewry? 19 And for the majesty 14

I have even heard of that he gave him, all people, thee, that the spirit of the nations and languages tremgods is in thee, and that light bled and feared before him: and understanding, and ex- whom he would he slew, and cellent wisdom is found in whom he would he kept thee.

alive, and whom he would he 15. And now the wise fet up, and whom he would men, the astrologers have he put down... been brought in before me, 20 But when his heart was that they should read this lifted up, and his mind hardwriting, and make known ened in pride, he was deunto me the interpretation posed from his kingly throne, thereof: but they could not and they took his glory from




UPHARSIN. 21 And he was driven 26 This is the interpretafrom the tons of men, and tion of the thing; MENE, his heart was made like the God hath numbered thy beasts, and his dwelling was kingdom, and finished it. with the wild asses: they fed 27 TEKEL, thou art him with grafs': like oxen, weighed in the balances, and and his body was wet with art found wanting. the dew of heaven, till he 28 PERES, thy kingdom knew that the most high is divided, and given to the God ruled in the kingdom Medes and Persians. of men, and that he appoint- 29 Then commanded Beleth over it whomsoever he ihazzar, and they clothed

Daniel with scarlet, and put 22 And thou his son, a chain of gold about his Belihazzar, hast not humbled neck, and made a proclamathine heart, though thou tion concerning him, that he knewest all this :

should be the third ruler in 23 But hast lifted up thy- the kingdom. self against the Lord of hea- 30. In that night was ven, and they have brought Belshazzar the king of the the vessels of his house before Chaldeans slain. thee, and thou and thy lords, 31 And Darius the Methy wives and thy concu- dian took the kingdom, being bines have drunk wine in about threescore and two them, and thou hast praised years old. the gods of silver and gold,

CHAP, VI. of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which fee not, nor T pleased Darius to set hear, nor know: and the over the kingdom an hunGod in whose hand thy dred and twenty princes, breath is, and whose are all which should be over the thy ways, halt thou not glo- whole kingdom ; rified.

2 And over these, three 24 Then was the part of presidents, (of whom Daniel the hand sent from him, and was first) that the princes this writing was written. might give accounts

25 9 And this is the writ- them, and the king should ing that was written, ME-have no damage. NE, MENE, TEKEL 3 Then this Daniel was


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preferred above the presidents | Medes and Persians, which and princes, because an ex- altereth not. cellent spirit was in him ; 9 Wherefore king Darius and the king thought to set signed the writing and the him over the whole realm. decree.

4. Then the presidents 10 g Now when Daniel and princes fought to find knew that the writing was occafion against Daniel con- figned, he went into his cerning the kingdom, but house; and his windows bethey could find none occafion ing open in his chamber tonor fault: forasmuch as he ward Jerusalem, he kneeled was faithful, neither was there upon his knces three times any error or fault_found in a day, and prayed, and gave him.

thanks before his Gad, as he 5 Then said these men, did aforetime. We shall not find


II Then these men aflemfion against this Daniel, ex- bled, and found Daniel praycept we find it against him ing, and making supplication concerning the law of his before his God. God.

12 Then they came near, 6 Then these presidents and spake before the king and princes assembled toge- concerning the king's dether to the king, and said thus cree, Hast thou not signed a unto him, King Darius, live decree, that every man that for ever.

shall ask a petition of any 7. All the presidents of the God or man within thirty kingdom, the governors, and days fave of thee, Oking, the princes, the counsellors shall be caft into the den of and the captains have con- lions ? The king anfwered, sulted together to establish a and said, The thing is true, royal statute, and to make a according to the law of the firm decree, that whosoever Medes and Persians, which shall ask a petition of any altereth not. God or man for thirty days, 13 Then answered they fave of thee, O king, he shall and said before the king, be cast into the den of lions, That Daniel, which is of the

8 Now, O king, establish children of the captivity of the decree, and sign the writ- Judah, regardeth not thee, ing; that it be not changed, king, nor the decree that according to the law of the thou hast signed, but maketh

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