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hither, nad the Princes, ahele Men, upoir of their thered to a Power, ncoats changed,
came near to the Mouth of BURNT ; neither thall the Flavi kinthe burning fiery Furnace,
; 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the and spake and said, Shadrach, Holy one of Israel chý Saviour. Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye In the miraculous Deliverance of
Hebrew Captives was literally fulflServants of the most High
a high led the Prophecy in Isaiah. God, come forth and come hither, Then they came forth of the midst of the Fire.
27 And the Princes, 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 firged, neither were their Coats changed, nor the SMELL of Fire had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar faid, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his Angel, and DELIVERED his Servants that TRUSTED in him, and liave changed the King's Word, and YIELDED their Bodies, that they might not serve nor WORSHIP any God, except their own God.
29 Therefore, I make a Decree, That every People, Nation, and Language, which speak any thing amiss against THE God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in Pieces, and their Houses shall be made a Dunghill, because there is no OTHER God that can DELIVER after this Sort.
30 Then the King promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the Province of Babylon.
It may be conje&ured that this Haughty Prince was so illated with the vifion of his being the Head of all those gicat Empires that were to succeed him, that he dire&s an Image to be formed after the Model of what he had seen in his Dream, and commands all his Subje&s to fall down and wor Ihip it.
What the Head of this golden Image attempted, was, by the succeeding Empires often praâised, a glorious Army of Martyrs being facrificed boch under the Pagan and Papal Empires; who by a Divine Fortitude triamphid even in the Flames, over all the Rage of their cruel Persecutors.
CHA P. IV. i Nebuchadnezzar confefseth God's Kingdom. 4. Maketb Re. lation of his Dream, which the Magicians could not interpret. 8 Daniel heareth the Dream. 19 He interprets it. 28 The
Story of the Event. Ver. 1. NEBUCHADNEZZAR the King, unto all
V People, Nations, and Languages that dwell in
all the Earth, Peace be multiplied unto you.
2 I thought it good to shew the Signs and Wonders that the High God hath wrought toward me. 3 • How GREAT are his .
Psal. cxlv. if they shall speak Signs! and now MIGHTY are of the Glory of thy Kingdom, and his WONDERS! his KING- talk of thy Power' DOM is an everlasting King 12 To make known to the Soos of
Men, his mighty Ads, and the glodom, and his DOMINION .is
rious Majesty of his Kingdom. from Generation to Genera 13 Thy Kingdom is an everlasting tion.
Kingdom, and thy Dominion endu4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at te
reth throughout all Generations. 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 Visions of my Head troubled me.
6 Therefore made I a Decree to bring in all the wise Men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the Interpretation of the Dream.
7 Then came in the Magicians, the Astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the Soothsayers: and I told the Dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the Interpretation thereof.
8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, in whom is the Spirit of the holy Gods, and before him I told the Dream, saying,
90 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 Dream that I have seen, and the Interpretation thereof. .
10 Thus were the Visions of mine Head in my Bed; I faw, and behold a Tree in the midst of the Earth, and the Height thereof was great. • u The Tree grew, and was strong, and the Height thereof reached. unto Heaven, and the Sight thereof to the End of all the Earth.
12 The Leaves thereof were fair, and the Fruit thereof much, and in it was Meat for all: the Beasts of the Field had Shadow under it, and the Fowls of the Heaven dwelt in the Boughs thereof, and all Flesh was fed of it,
13 I saw in the Visions of my Head upon my Bed, and behold a Watcher, and an holy one came down from Heaven,
14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the Tree, and cut off his Branches, shake off his Leaves, and scatter
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his Fruit; let the Beasts get away from under it, and the Fowls from his Branches.
15 Nevertheless, leave the Stump of his Roots in the Earth, even with a Band of Iron and Brass, in the terider Grafs of the Field, and let it be wet with the Dew of Heaven, and let his Portion be with the Beasts in the Grass of the Earth.
16 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, and setteth up over it the baselt of Men.
18 This Dream I King Nebuchadnezzar have seen: now thou, O Belteshazzar, delare 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 thereof to thine Enemies.
20 The Tree that thou sawest, which grew and was Atrong, whose Height reached unto the Heaven, and the Sight thereof to all the Earth.
21 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 Fowls of the
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22 It is thou, O King, thou art grown, and art become strong: for thy Greatness is grown and reacheth unto Heayen, and thy Dominion to the End of the Earth.
23. And whereas the King saw a Waicher, and an holy one coming down from Heaven, and saying, Hew the Tree down, and destroy it, yet leave the Stumps 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 Timęs pass over him ;
24 This is the Interpretation, O King, and this is the Decree of the most High, which is come upon my LORD the King;
25 That they shall drive thee from Men, and thy Dwel. ling 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 rulcth in the King. dom of Men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. :
26 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 rule.
27 Wherefore, O King, let my Counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off ihy Sins by Righteousness, and thine Iniquities by shewing Mercy to the Poor ; if it may be a lengthening of thy Tranquillity.
28 All this came upon the King Nebuchadnezzar.
29 At the End of twelve Months, he walked in the Palace of the Kingdom of Babylon.
30 The King spake and said, is not this great Babylon that I have built for the House of the Kingdom, by the Might of my Power, and for the Honour of my Majesty?
31. While the Word was in the King's Mouth, there fell a Voice frorn Heaven, saying, O King Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken, The Kingdom is departed from thee.
32 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 cat 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 lift 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 Dominion, and his Kingdom is from Generation to Generation.
35 And all the Inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as no. thing, and he doeth according to his Will in the Army of
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Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, and natie can stay his Hand, or say unto him, What doest thou.?
36 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 fought 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.
CHA P. V. i Belshazzars impious Feaft. 8 A Hand-writing troubletb binta
17 Daniel reproving him, 25 Interpreteth the Writing. 30
The City is taken by the Medes and Persians, and the Empire - translated to them.
1 Belshaz261 reproving him; 35. and Perfions, and
Ver, I D'ELSHAZZAR
'Ifai. síti. 1 Thę Burden of Ba:
BYLON, which Isaiah the Son of A great Feast to a thousand of mos did Tee. his Lords, and drank Wine 6 Howl ye, for the Day of the before the thousand.
LORD is at Hand; it shall come as 11
Destruction from the ALMIGHTY. 2 Belshazzar, while he 7 Therefore thall all Hands be tasted the Wine, commanded faint, and every Man's Heart hall to bring the golden and file
$ And they shall be afraid : Pangs ver Vessels, which his Father and Sorrows shall take hold on them, Nebuchadnezzar had taken they thall be in Pain as a Womas out of the Temple which was
that travelleth: they shall be e
MAZED one at another, their Faces in Jerusalem, that the King shall bo as Flames. and his Princes, his Wives , Behold, the Day of the Lord and his Concubines might fier
cometh, cruel both with Wrath and in fierce Anger, to lay the Land D550
LATE; and he shall destroy the Sia• 3 And the King and his ners thereof out of it.
u And I will punilh the World Princes, his Wives and his for the Concubines drank in them. their INIQUITY ; and I will cause the 4. And praised the Gods of Arrogancy of the Proud to ceale,
and will lay low the Haughlineis of Gold, and Silver, of Brass, the Terrible. of Iron, of Wood, and of 17 Behold, I will Air up the Medes Srone.
against them, which shall not regard
Silver. 5 In the same HOUR came 39 And BABYLON the GLOxt of
drink this concubi his wing