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The portion of the sanctuary,
CHAP. XLVIII.

and of the prince. 3 And by the border of Asher, from the cast it shall be over against the oblation of the holy side even unto the west side, a portion for Naph- portion; and the increase thereof shall be for tali.

food unto them that serve the city. 4 And by the border of Naphtali, from the east 19 And they that serve the city shall serve it side unto the west side, a portion for Manasseh. out of all the tribes of Israel. 5 And by the border of Manasseh,

from the east 20 All the oblation shall be five and twenty side unto the west side, a portion for Ephraim. thousand by five and twenty thousand: ye shall

6 And by the border of Ephraim, from the east offer the holy oblation four-square, with the side even unto the west side, a portion for Reu-possession of the city. ben.

21 11 And the residue shall be for ihe prince, 7. And by the border of Reuben, from the east on the one side and on the other of the holy eide unto the west side, a portion for Judah. oblation, and of the possession of the city, over

8 9 And by the border of Judah, from the east against the five and twenty thousand of the obliaside

unto the west side, shall be the offering which tion toward the east horder, and westward over ye shall offer of five and twenty thousand reeds against the five and twenty thousand toward in breadth, and in length as one of the other parts, the west border, over against the portions for the from the east side unto the west side: and the prince: and it shall be the holy oblation; and banctuary shall be in the midst of it.

ihe sanctuary of the house shall be in the midst 9 The oblation that ye shall offer unto the LORD thereof. shall be of five and iwenty thousand in length, 22 Moreover, from the possession of the Leand of ten thousand in breadth.

vites, and from the possession of the city, being 10 And for them, even for the priests, shall be in the midst of that which is the prince's, bethis holy oblation; toward the north five and tween the border of Judah and the border of twenty thousand in length, and toward the west Benjamin, shall be for the prince. ten thousand in breadth, and toward the cast 23 As for the rest of the tribes, from the east side ten thousand in breadth, and toward the south unto the west side, Benjamin shallhave a portion. five and twenty thousand in length; and the sanc-24 And by the border of Benjamin, trom the tuary of the LORD shall be in the midst thereof. east side unto the west side, Simeon shall have

11 It shall be for the priests that are sanctified a portion. of the sons of Zadok; which have kept my 25 And by the border of Simeon, from the east charge, which went not astray when the chil-side unto the west side, Issachar a portion. åren of Israel went astray, as the Levites went 26 And by the border of Sssachar, from the east astray.

side unto the west side, Zebulun a portion. 12 And this oblation of the land that is offered 27 And by the border of Zebulun, from the east shall be unto them a thing most holy by the bor- side unto the west side, Gad a portion. der of the Levites.

28 And by the border of Gad, at the south side 13 And over against the border of the priests, southward, the border shall be even from Tathe Levitcs shall have five and twenty thousand mar unto the waters of strife in Kadesh, and to in length, and ten thousand in breadth: all the the river toward the great sea. length shall be five and twenty thousand, and 29 This is the land which ye shall divide by lot the breadth ten thousand.

unto the tribes of Israel for inheritance, and these 14 And they shall not sell of it, neither ex- are their portions, saith the Lord God. change, nor alicnate the first-fruits of the land : 30 1 And these are the goings out of the city for it is holy unto the LORD.

on the north side, four thousand and five hun15 11 And the five thousand, that are left in the dred measures. breadth over against the five and twenty thou- 31 And the gates of the city shall be after the band, shall be a profane place for the city, for names of the tribes of Israel: three gales northdwelling, and for suburbs, and the city shall be ward ; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, in the midst thereof.

one gate of Levi. 16 And these shall be the measures thereof; the 32 And at the east side four thousand and five north side four thousand and five hundred, and hundred : and three gates; and one gate of Jothe south side fourthousand and five hundred, and seph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. on the east side four thousand and five hundred, 33 And at the south side four thousand and five and the west side four thousand and five hundred hundred measures: and three gates; one gate 17 And the suburbs of the city shall be toward of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of the north two hundred and fifty, and toward the Zebulun. south two hundred and fifty, and toward the 34 At the west side four thousand and five huneast two hundred and fifty, and toward the west dred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, two hundred and fifty.

one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali. 18 And the residue in length over against the 35 It was round about eighteen thousand mea. oblation of the holy portion shall be ten thou-sures : and the name of the city from that day sand eastward, and ten thousand westward: and shall be, The Lord is there.

The Book of DANIEL.
CHAP. I.

favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning Jehoiakim's captivity.

in knowledge, and understanding science, and I N the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim such as had ability in them to stand in the king's

king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar king of palace, and whom they might teach the learning Rabylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it. and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

2 And the LORD gave Jehoiakim king of Judah 5 And the king appointed them a daily provisan into his hand, with part of the vessels of the of the king's meat, and of the wine which he house of God: which he carried into the land of drank: so nourishing them three years, that at Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the end thereof they might stand before the the vessels into the treasure-house of liis god. king.

3 ! And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the 6 Now, among these were of the children of Ju. master of his eunuchs, that he should bring cer- dah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; Lain of the children of Israel, and of the king'8 7 Únto wliom the prince of the eunuchs gave seed, and of the princes;

names : for he gave unto Daniel the name of Bel4 Cbildren ia whom was no blemish, but well teshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and Daniel, fe. refuse the king's mcat. DANIEL. Daniel finds Nebuchadnezzar's drcem. to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of tell his servants the dream, and we will shew Abed-nego.

the interpretation of it. 81 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he 8 The king answered and said, I know of cerwould not defile himself with the portion of the tainty that ye would gain the tiine, because ye king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: see the thing is gone from me. therefore, he requested of the prince of the 9 But, if ye will not make known unto me the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye

9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak lender love with the prince of the eunuchs. before me, till the time be changed: therefore

10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto tell me the dreain, and I shall know that ye can Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath ap- shew me the interpretation thereot. pointed your meat and your drink: for why 101 The Chaldeans answered before the king, should he see your faces worse liking than the and said, There is not a man upon the earth children which are of your sort ? then shall ye that can shew the king's matter: therefore there blake me endanger my hea to the king. is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things

11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean. ot' the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, 11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, Mishael, and Azariah,

and there is none other that can show it before 12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is and let theu give us pulse to eat, and water to not with flesh. drink.

12 For this cause the king was angry and very 13 Then let our countenances be looked upon furious, and conimanded to destroy all the wise before thee, and the countenance of the chil- men of Babylon. dren that eat of the portion of the king's meat: 13 And the decree went forth that the wise and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. men should be slain; and they sought Daniel

14 So be consented to them in this matter, and and bis fellows to be slain. proved them ten days.

14 I Then Daniel answered with counsel and 15 And at the end of ten days their counte- wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, hances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than which was gone forth to slay the wise men of all the children which did eat the portion of the Babylon : king's meat.

15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's 16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their captain,

Why is the decree so hasty from the meat, and the wine that they should drink; and king? Then Arioch made the thing known to gave them pulse.

Daniel 17 1 As for these four children, God gave them 16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: king that he would give him time, and that he aud Daniel had understanding in all visions and would shew the king the interpretation. dreams.

17 Then Daniel went to his house and made 18 Now at the end of the days that the king the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and had said he should bring them in, then the prince Azariah, his companions: of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebu- 18 That they would desire mercies of the God chadnezzar.

of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel 19 And the king communed with them: and and his fellows should not perish with the rest - among them all was found none like Daniel, Ha- of the wise men of Babylon. *naniah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore, stood 19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel Hey before the king.

in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the 620 And in all matters of wisdom and under-God of heaven. standing, that the king inquired of them, he 20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the found theni ten times better than all the ma- name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and gicians and astrologers that were in all his might are his: realm.

21 And he changeth the times and the seasons; 21 And Daniel continued cucn unto the first he removeth kings, and setteth up kings; he year of king Cyrus.

giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to CHAP. II.

them that know understanding: Nebuchadnezzar's dream.

22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he buchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dwelleth with him. dreams, wherewith bis spirit was troubled, and 23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God his sleep brake from him.

of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and Then the king commanded to call the magi- might, and hast made known unto me now cians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and what we desired of thee: for thou hast noro the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. made known unto us the king's matter So they came and stood before the king. 24 | Therefore, Daniel went in unto Ariocli,

3 And the king said unto them, I have dream-wliom the king had ordained to destroy the ed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus the dream.

unto him; Deatroy not the wise mon of Ralıy. 4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Sy- lon: bring me in wefore the king, and I will riac, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the shew unto the king the interpretation. dream, and we will shew the interpretation. 25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make found a man of the captives of Judah, that will tion thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your 26 The king answered and to ; houses shall be made a dunghill.

whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to 6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpre- make kuown unto me the dream which I have tation thereof, ye shall receive of me gitts and seen, and the interpretation thereof? rewards and great honour: therefore, shew me 27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, the dream, and the interpretation thereof. and said, The secret which the king hath de7 They answered again and said, Let the king manded cannot che rise men, the astrologers, the

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0 as excellent, stond before thee ; and the form. N EBUCHA DINEZZARE the king made an

Interpretation of the dream.

CHAP, III. Nebuchadnezzar's decree disregardech magicians, the soothsayers, slew unto the king;led that they slrould offer an oblation and sweet

28 But, there is a God in heaven that revealeth odours unto him. secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebu. 47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, chadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gnds, Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrete, Lhy bed, are these ;

seeing thou couldest reveal this secret. 29 As for thee, O'king, thy thoughts came into 48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to and gave him many great gifts, and made hiin pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and inaketh known to thee what shall come to pass. chief of the governors over all the wise men of

30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to Babylon. que for any wisdom that I have more than any 49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he living, but for their sakes that shall make known set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the the interpretation to the king, and that thou affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel nightest know the thoughts of thy heart. sat in the gate of the king. 31 [ Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great

CHAP. III. image. This great image, whose brightness

The golden image set up. thereof was terrible.

gold, whose 32 This image's head was of fine gold, his score cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his he set it up in the plain of Dira, in the province thighs of brass,

of Babylon. 33 His legs of iron, his fect part of iron and 2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather part of clay.

together the princes, the governors, and the cap34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out tains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, without hands, which smote the image upon his the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinccs, feei that were of iron and clay, and brake them to come to the dedication of the image which to pieces.

Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the 3 Then the princes, the governors, and capsilver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, tains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, and became like the chaff of the summer thresh- the sheriff's, and all the rulers of the provinces, ing-fioors; and the wind carried them away, were gathered together unto the dedication of that no place was found for them: and the the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had stone that smote the image became a great set up; and they stood before the image that inountain, and filled the whole earth.

Nebuchadnezzar had set up. 36 This is the dream; and we will tell the 4 Then a herald cried aloud, To you it is cominterpretation thereof before the king.

manded, O people, nations, and languages, 37 I'hou, O king, art a king of kings: for the 5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, cornet, flute, harp, sackout, psaltery, dulcimer, power, and strength, and glory.

and all kinds of music, ye fall down and wor38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, ship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the the beasts of the field and the fowls of the hea- king hath set up. ven hath he given into thy hand, and hath 6 And whoso falleth not down and worship Jaade thee ruler over them all. Thou art this peth shall the same hour be cast into the midst head of gold.

of a burning fiery furnace. 39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom 7 Therefore, at that time, when all the people inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sack brass, wl

sliall bear rule over all the earth. but, psaltery, and all kinds of music, all the peo40 And the fourth kingdomn shall be strong as ple, the nations, and the languages, fell down iron : forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and and worshipped the golden image that Nebu subdueth ail things: and as iron that breaketh chadnezzar the king had set up. all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans

41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, caine near, and accused the Jews. part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the king- 9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchaddom shall be divided; but there shall be in it or nezzar, o king, live for ever. the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou 10 Thou, o king, hast made a decree, that sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

every man that shall hear the sound of the cor42 And as the toes of the feet were part of net, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be and all kinds of music, shall fall down and worparily strong, and partly broken.

ship the golden image: 43 And whereas ihou sawest iron mixed with 11 And whoso falleth not down and worshipmiry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the peth, that he should be cast into the midst of a weed of men : but they shall not cleave one to burning fiery furnace. another, even as iron is not mixed with clay. 12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast 44 And in the days of these kings shall the God set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these ine", be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left O king, have not regarded thee: they serve nuk to other people, but it shall break in pieces and thy gods, nor worship the golden image which consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand thou hast set up. for eyer.

13 | Then Nebuchadnezzar in his raga and 45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Mexjach, was cut out of the mountain without hands, and and Abed-nego. Then they brought these uch that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the before the king. clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God 14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, hatli made known to the king what shall come Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedto pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the the interpretation thereof sure.

golden image which I have set up? 46 ^ Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upou 15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye his face, and worshipped Daniel, and command-hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sack

Eladrack, &c. delivered from the furnace. DANIEL. Nebuchadnezzar's dream interpretca but, psaltery, and dulciiner, and all kinds of 3 How great are his signs! and how mighty music, ye fall down and worship the image are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting which I have made, kell:

but if ye worship not, kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of generation. a burning fiery fumace; and who is that God 4 11 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in my house, that shall deliver you out of my hands ? and flourishing in my palace:

16 Shadrach, Meshach,and Abed-nego, answer- 5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and ed and said to the king, o Nebuchadnezzar, we the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my are not careful to answer thee in this matter. head troubled me.

17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able 6 Therefore made 1 a decree to bring in all the to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and wise men of Babylon before me, that they might he will deliver us out of thy hand, o king. make known unlo me the interpretation of the

18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, dream. that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the 7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, golden image which thou hast set up.

the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told 19 | Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, the dream before them; but they did not make and the form of his visage was changed against known unto me the interpretation thereof. Shadrach, Meshach, ad Abed-nego: therefore 8 1 But at the last Daniel came in before me, he spake, and commanded that they should heat whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the the furnace one seven times more than it was name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of wont to be heated.

the holy gods: and before him I told the dream 20 And he conīmanded the most mighty men saying, that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Me- 90 Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, be. shach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the cause I know that the spirit of the holy gods is burning fiery furnace.

in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the A Then these men were bound in their coats, visions of my dream that I have seen, and the their hosen, and their hats, and their other gar- interpretation thereof. ments, and were cast into the midst of the 10 Thus were the visions of my head in my bed ; burning fiery furnace.

I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, 22 Therefore because the king's commandment and the height thereof was great. was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the 11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height fame of the fire slew those men that took up thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-uego.

to the end of all the earth: 23. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, 12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the of the burning fiery furnace.

beasts of the field bad shadow under it, and the 4 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was aston- fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, ished, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said and all flesh was fed of it. unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men 13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and behold, a watcher and a holy one came dowo and said unto the king, True, Oking.

from heaven; 25 He answered and said, Lo, I sec four men 14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the luose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they tree, and cutoff bis branches, shake off his leaves, have no hurt, and the form of the fourth is like and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away the Son of God.

from under it, and the fowls from his branches. 26 ! Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the 15 Nevertheless, leave the stump of his roots in mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet ye servants of the most high God, come forth, with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and with the beasts in the grass of the earth. Abedi-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. 16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let

27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven the king's counsellors, being gathered together, times pass over him. saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had 17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, no power, nor was a hair of their head singed, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: neither were their coats changed, nor the smell to the intent that the living may know that the of fire had passed on them.

Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and over it the basest of men. Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and deliver- 18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have ed his servants that trusted in him, and have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the inchanged the king's word, and yielded their bo-terpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise dies, that they might not serve nor worship any men of my kingdom are not able to make known god, except their own God.

unto me the interpretation : but thou art able;. 29 Therefore, I make a decree, That every peo- for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee. ple, nation, and language, which speak any thing 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Beiteshazamiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, zar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their troubled hiin. The king spake, and said, Beltehouses shall be made a dunghill : because there shazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation is no other god that can deliver after this sort. thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered, 30 Then

the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and said, My lord, the dream be to them that haté and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon. thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine eneCHAP. IV.

mies. Nebuchadnezzar's dream. 20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and

heaple, nations, and languages, that dwell in all ven, and the sight thereof to all the earth; the earth ; Peace be multiplied unto you. 21 W'hose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof

2 I thought it good to shew the signs and won- much, and in it was meat for all; under which ders iliat the high God hath wrought toward me. the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose

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CHAP. V.

The handwriting on the wall. branches the fowls of the heaven had their habi

CHAP. V. tation:

Belshazzar's impious feast. 22. It is thou, o king, that art stown and abed BELSHAZZAR the king made a great ferase

of his wine reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the before the thousand. end of the earth.

2 Belshazzar, while nie tasted the wine, com23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and a manded to bring the golden and silver vessels holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken oue Hlew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave of the temple which was iu Jerusalem ; that the the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even king, and his princes, his wives, and his concuwith a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass bines, might drink therein. of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of were taken out of the temple

of the house of God the field, till seven times pass over him ; which was at Jerusalem ; and the king, ond hig

24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this princes, his wives, and his concubines drana is the decree of the Most High, which is come in them. upon my lord the king :

4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, 25 That they shali drive thee from men, and thy and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and stone. they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and 5 1 In the same hour came forth fingers of a they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and man's hand, and wrote over against the candleseven times shall pass over thee, till thou know stick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, palace: and the king saw the part of the hand and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

that wrote. 26 And whereas they cominanded to leave the 6 Then the king's countenance was changed, stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints sure unto thce, after that thou shalt have known of his loins were loosed, and his knees snote that the heavens do rule.

one against another. 97 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be ac- 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astroloceptable unto thee, and break offthy sins by right- gers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And eousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy the king spake and said to the wise men of Bato the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy bylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and tranquillity:

shew'ine the interpretation thereof, shall be 28 11 All this came upon the king Nebuchad- clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of goll nezzar

a!rout his neck, and shall be the third rer ia 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the kingdom. the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

8 Then came in all the king's wise men : but 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great they could not read the writing, nor make known Babylon, that I have built for the house of the to the king the interpretation thereof. kingdom by the might of my power, and for the 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, honour of my majesty ?

and his countenance was changed in him, and 31 While the word was in the king's mouth, bis lords were astonied. there fell a voice from heaven, saying, Oking 10 1 Now, the queen by reason of the words Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The king- of the king and his lords came into the banquetdon is departed from thee:

house: and the queen spake and said, I king, 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy live for ever : let not thy thoughts trouble thee, dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field : nor let thy countenance be changed : they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know the spirit of the holy gods ; and in the days of that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, thy father light and understanding and wisdom, and giveth it to whomsoever be will.

like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; 33 'The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, king, I say, thy father, inade master of the and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wei magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and sooth- ' with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown sayers: like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowclaus.

ledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnez- and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of zar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine doubts, were found in the same Daniel, wliom understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be the Most High, and I praised and honoured him called, and he will shew the interpretation. that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an ever- 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. lasting dominion, and his kingdom is from gen- And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art eration to generation :

thou that Daniel, which art of the children of 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are re- the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father puted as nothing: and he doeth according to his brought out of Jewry? will in the army of heaven, and among the in- 14 I have even heard of thes that the spirit of habitants of the earth: and none can stay his the gods is in thee, and tha: \ght and underhand, or say unto him, What doest thou ? standing and excellent wisdom is found in the

36 At the same time my reason returned unto 15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have me: and for the glory of my kingdom, mine ho- been brought in before me, that they should read nour and brightness returned unio me; and my this writing, and make known unto me the in. counselors and my lords sought unto me; and 1 terpretation thereof: but they could not shew was established in my kingdom, and excellent the interpretation of the thing : majesty was added unto me.

16 And I have leard of thee, that thou canst 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now horour the King of heaven, all whose works are if thou canst read the writing, and make known truth, and his ways judgment: and those that to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be walk in pride le is able to abaze.

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