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the burning fiery Furnace, dle3un",tha£theLo>lD thy God,tit and spake and said, Shadrach, Holy one of Israel thy Satiovi. Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye u'° the miraculous Deliverance of

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Servants of the molt High iea lhe rrophecy in lsaiaJi.
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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 singed, neither were their Coats changed, nor the Smell of Fire had passed on them.

28 Then Nebuchadnezzar said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent bis Angel, and Delivered his Servants that Trusted in him, and have 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 conjectured that this Haughty Prince was so illated with the Vision of his being the Head of all those gieat Empires that were to succeed him, that he directs an Image to be formed after rhe Model of what he had seen in his Dream, and commands all his Subjects to fall down and worship it.

What the Head of this golden Image attempted, was, by the seccce Empires often practised, a glorious Army of Martyrs being sacrificed' under the Pagan and Papal Empires; who by a Divine Fortitude timm even in the Flames, over all the Rage of their ciuel Persecutors.

CHAP. IV.

i Nebuchadnezzar consejseth God's Kingdom. 4 Maiitb Relation of his Dream, which the Magicians could not interpret. 8 Daniel heareth the Dream, 19 He interprets it. 28 Tbt Story of the Event.

Ver. i.^TEBUCHADNEZZARthe King, unto all J*N People, Nations, and Languages that.dwell in

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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 1 How G R E A T are his , ,

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Signs! and how Mighty are cf the Glory of thy Kmgdom, and

his Wonders! his King- talk of thy Power Dom is an everlasting King- "To make known to the Sons of . j ■ L- T* • Men> his mighty Acts, and the glo

dom, and his Dominion is li0UJ Majesty of his Kingdom.

from Generation to Genera- U Thy Kingdom is an everlasting

t- Kingdom, and thy Dominion endu

» leth throughput all 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 Visions of my Head troubled me.

6 Therefore made I a Decree to bring in all the wife 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 ia the Spirit of the holy Gods, and before him I told the Dream, faying,

9 O 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 j I saw, and behold a Tree in the midst of the Earth, and the Height thereof was great.

11 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 touch, and in it was Meat for all: the Beaits 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,

i j 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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bis Fruit; let the Beasts get away from under it, 2nd 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 tender Grafs of the Field, and Jet it be wet with the Dew of Heaven, and let his Portion be with the Beasts in the Grafs 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 setteih up over it the basest of Men.

18 This Dream I King Nebuchadnezzar have seen: now thou, O Belrefhazzar, delare the Interpretation thereof forasmuch as all the wifemen 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 Beltefhazzar) was astonied for one Hour, and his Thoughts troubled him: the King spake, and said, Beltefhazzar, let not the Dream, or the Interpretation thereof trouble thee. Beltefhazzar answered, and said, my Lord, the Dream be to them that hat thee, and the Interpretation thereof to thine Enemies.

20 The Tree that thou sawest, which grew and was strong, whose Height reached unto the Heaven, and the Sight thereof to all the Earth.

21 Whose Leave? 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 Heaven had their Habitation.

22 It is thou, O King, thou art grown, and art become strong: for thy Greatness is grown and reacheth unto Heaven, and thy Dominion to the End of the Earth.

23 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 Stumps of the Roots thereof

- \n the Earth, even with a Band of Iron and Brass, in the tender Grafs 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, Times pass over him;

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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 (hall 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 molt High rulcth in the Kingdom 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 oft" thy Sins by Righteousness, and thine Iniquities by shewing Mercy to the Poor j if it may be a lengthening of thy Tranquillity.

2 8 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 from 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 Grafs 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 Mea, and did eat Grafs as Oxen, and his Body'was wet with the Dew" of Heaven, till his Hairs %vere 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 blefied 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.

3 5 And all the Inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as nothing, and he doeth according to his Will in the Army of

K k k k a Heaven, Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, and none can stay his Hand, or fay unto him, What doest thou.?

36 At the fame 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.

CHAP. V.

I Beljhdzzars impious Feqft. 17 Daniel reproving hints

8 A Hand-writing troubUtb tint. 25 Interpreted) the (Prising. 30 The City is taken by the Mtdes and Per/:ansy and the Empire translated to them.

Ver. Itjelshazzar Jj f the King made a great Feast to a thousand of his Lords, and drank Wine before the thousand.

2 Belfhazzar, while he tasted the Wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver Vessels, which his Father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the Temple which was in Jerusalem, that the King and his Princes, his Wives and his Concubines might drink therein.

3 And the King and his Princes, his Wives and his Concubines drank in them.

4 And praised the Gods of Gold, and Silver, of Brass, of Iron, of Wood, and of Stone.

5 In the fame Hour came

'tfu. xiii. 1 "the Sur den of B*.' Byioh, which Isaiah the Son of Amos did fee.

6 Howl ye, for the Day of tie Lord is at Hand; it (hall come as t Destruction from the Almisbtt.

7 Therefore (hall all Hands te faint, and every Man's Heart Aall melt.

t And they (hall be afraid: Fan{f and Sorrows (hall take hold on them, •they (hall be in Fain as a Womsx that ttavelleth: they siSall be *Mazed one at another, their Faces shall be as Flames.

9 Behold, the Day of the Lots cometh, cruel both with Wrath and fierce Anger, to lay the Land BboIate5 and he (hall destroy the Signers thereof out of it.

11 And I will punish the World for their Evil, and the Wicked set their Iniquity; and I will cause the Airogancy of the Proud to cease, and will lay low the Haughtiness of the Terrible.

17 Behold, Iwill stir np the Hmn against them, which shall not regard Silver.

19 And Baeuoh the dorr of

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