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XLVII. 8 Then said he unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed. These waters shall pass through the whole land; for they shall flow towards the east country, which is the higher part of Judea, and from thence into the champaign country thereof; and so fall into the sea,whose unwholesome waters shall be therewith healed: even so shall the sanctifying graces of God's Spirit be enlarged over his whole Church, through the world; and shall sweeten and season all the souls, that shall be therewith endued.
XLVII. 9 And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude offish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall Ike, whither the river covneth.
And it shall come to pass, that all those, which sliall be partakers of these holy graces, shall live for ever; and there shall be very great increase of all good works and conscionable obedience, wheresoever they shall be found. So also verse 12.
XLVII 10 And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand vpon it, from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; they shall bca place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.
And it shall come to pass, that my Church shall be plentifully stored with holy and able teachers, which are fishers of men; and they shall spread abroad their wholesome doctrines all over the earth; and they shall take large draughts of souls, which shall, by their ministry, be converted to me.
XLVII. 11 But the miry places thereof and the marshes thereoj shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt. But those, which are resolutely wicked, and given up to a reprobate sense, they shall not be reformed or bettered by these means of salvation; but shall be left to their wonted obdu redness and corruption, and so to their final condemnation.
XLVII. IS And this shall be the border of the land toward the north side, from the great sea, the way of Hethlon, as men go to Zedad; &c.
And the extent of my Church shall be so enlarged, as that it shall reach all the world over, even from one end of the world to the other-; which I would have to be figured, by the extending of the bounds of this re-promised land toward the north, from the Mc* diterrancan Sea all along the coasts of the kingdom of Damascus. So also verses 16, 17, 18, 19, 20.
XLVIII. 8 And by the border of Judah, from the east side unto the west side, shall be the offering which ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, Kc.
And, bordering upon the inheritance or possession of Judah, sha" be, from the east to the west, that portion of five and twenty thousand reeds, which is set apart for the sanctuary and the priests, &c.
XLVIII.' 15 And the five thousand, that are left in the breadth over against thefivt and twenty thousand, shall be a profane place for the city, Mc.
Of that ground, that is thus separated for public use, which is twenty-five thousand reeds, ten thousand reeds being set apart for the Priests, and ten thousand for the Levites, there will be five thousand remaining in the breadth thereof for secular use, even for the building of the city, &c.
XLVIII. 19 And they that serve the city shall serve it out of all the tribes of Israel.
And those, that are appointed for the public service and ministration of the city, shall not only be employed in the attendance of the ordinary inhabitants thereof, but shall be serviceable to all that shall resort thither, from all the tribes of Israel.
XLVIII. 20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall offer the holy oblationfour square, with the possession of the city.
All the portion; that shall be set apart for these holy uses, shall be five and twenty thousand reeds square; the length being equal to the breadth; that parcel of the ground for the city being taken into the measure.
XLVIII. 30 And these are the goings out of the city on the north side, four thousand and five hundred measures. And these are the utmost limits or reach of the grounds belonging to the city, of the north side forty-five thousand measures. &c.
I. 2 Which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure house of his god. Which he carried into the land of Chaldea, to the temple of his false god; not so much for the ordinary use of his priests, as to belaid up for monuments in the treasure house that pertained to his idol god, even Bel, the god of the Babylonians, Assyrians, and Persians.
I. 4 And such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace. Such as might be fit, both for birth and person and parts, to be attendants upon the king's person.
I. 8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs, that he might not defile himself.
But Daniel, finding by the change of their names that there was no other meant but a change of their religion and manners, resolved to hold his own holy courses; and determined in himself, not to eat of those Babylonian dishes, that were prepared for him
bv the prince of the eunuchs: which he could not possibly do, without much danger of defilement; since, both their meat and manner of dressing, had in them much contrariety to the law of God; therefore he requested the prince of the eunuchs, that he mightenjoy the liberty of his conscience, and might not be pressed to the use of a prohibited diet".
!. 19 Therefore stood they before the king. They were specially appointed, therefore, to wait upon the king's person.
II. I And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
In the second year after Daniel and his fellows were admitted to the attendance of Nebuchadnezzar, the king Nebuchadnezzar dreamed a divinatorv and perplexed dream, wherewith he was much disquieted; both, for the matter of the dream, and for the loss of it out of his memory; the thought whereof did so afflict him, that his sleep departed from him.
II. 5 The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye He. I have utterly forgotten the thing that I dreamed, which, for the time, did exceedingly affect me: now then, that, which I require of you, is, to recal to my thoughts the dream that I had, and to give me the interpretation of it, &c.
II. 9 For iIe hare prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed.
Ye have intended only to delude me with lying and dilatory answers, until some other occasions may divert me from this earnest inquirv.
II. 22 The light dwelleth with him. W ith him, and in him, is all perfection of knowledge, and power
II. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
After thy line is expired, there shall arise another kingdom of the Medes and Persians, who shall sway the sceptre; yet so, .is they shall not arise to that glory aiid magnificence, which thou hast attained: these are the breast and arms of silver, which thou sawest joined to the golden head of thine empire. And after this succession of government is ended, there shall come a third kingdom in the place thereof, which shall be that of the Grecians; less glorious and excellent than the other of the Medes, which shall
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L as brass, in comparison of their silver or thy gold; the^extent of which third empire shall reach to the rule of the whole earth.
II 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: Jorasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: ana « iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and briase. The fourth kingdom shall be that, which shall arise out of tnc
vision of the Grecian Monarchy, upon the death of Alexander the Great; in which the several kings of Asia the Less, and Sy-. ria, and Egypt shall bear the sway: but especially that of Seleucus Nicanor, which shall have the rule of Syria and Babylonia, and shall overtop the rest, and offer most violence to the Church of God; which shall be as the legs of iron, in respect of strength and hardness; for, as iron breaketh all things in pieces, so shall this tyrannical government crush and extremely oppress God's people.
II. 41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided , but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of clay, and part of iron, it foreshews to thee the same fourth kingdom, divided in itself, and in process of time weakened and sensibly abated of the former power: the iron of it figures strength and power; but the clay, fragility and weakness.
II. 42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so those substitutions and under-governments, which shall be subordinated to this fourth kingdom, shall be of a mistempered mixture; some of them strong and able to subsist; others, weak and brittle.
II. 43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with a baser kind of clay, it fore-signifies, that these kingdoms, thus divided, shall endeavour to unite and conjoin themselves by leagues of marriages; for Berenice, the daughter of Ptolemy Philadelphus, king of Egypt, shall be matched with Antiochus, king of Syria; but this conjunction shall not hold, neither shall be any more possible to continue, than it is possible, that iron and clay should make and hold a perfect mixture.
II. 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. , And in the days of some of those kings, which shall be derived from this stock, and namely of Herod wbo shall tyrannically usurp the kingdom of Judah, shall the God of Heaven send the Messiah; and shall erect that Spiritual Kingdom of his, which shall never be destroyed: and this kingdom shall be proper to God's Church, and shall be administered and ruled only by his Anointed King, the Saviour of the World; and shall outwear the forenamed Monarchies, and, when they are extinct and forgotten, shall last for evermore.
II. 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; He. This Messiah is the stone, which thou sawest cut out of the mountain, without hands; that is ordained and sent from heaven, by the eternal counsel and decree of the Almighty, who, by his omnipotent power and infinite wisdom, hath determined to subvert all these successions of kingdoms and monarchies, according to his good pleasure; &c.
II. 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.
Then the king Nebuchadnezzar, as admiring the prophetical spirit of Daniel, and imagining some divine power to be in him, worshipped Daniel; and commanded his people and servants that they should offer sacrifices to him, as to a more than human person.
II. 49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
Then Daniel, as desiring to prefer his partners and colleagues, made suit to the king, that he would make Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, the chief rulers over the provinces of Babylon: but Daniel was appointed to be the prime officer of the king's court.
III. 1 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 of Dura, in the province of Babylon. Then the Chaldeans, moved with envy at these Jewish governors, and desiring to have some advantage against the Jews, moved Nebuchadnezzar to erect an image of gold, as a monument of his own greatness, seventy foot high and nine foot broad; which he set up accordingly, not in some obscure desert, but in the well known and frequented plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon; for the use of public adoration.
III. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednegt; these men, 0 king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. There are certain Jews, whom at the request of Daniel, thou hast made governors over the province of Babylon, even Shadrach, &c. these men, O king, have not given that respect to thee, which thy greatness requires: they are refractory to thy commands, and enemies to thy gods; refusing to serve them, or to worship thy golden image; which is so much more intolerable, for that they have dared thus to affront thee in that very province, the charge whereof thou hast committed unto them.
III. 16 O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
O king Nebuchadnezzar, we are not to seek of a ready answer to this charge of thine; neither can we take any thought to avoid this danger, which thou threatenest unto us.