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9 But if ye •will not make known unto me the Dreamy

there is but one Decree for you: for ye have prepared lying, and corrupt Words to speak before me, till the Time be changed: therefore tell me the Dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the Interpretation thereof.

io The Chaldeans answered before the King, and said, There is not a Man upon the Earth that can shew the King's Matter: therefore there is no King, that asked such Things at any Magician, or Astrologer, or Chaldean.

11 And it is a rare Thing that the King requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the King, except the Gods, whose Dwelling is not with Flesh.

12 For this Cause the King was angry and very surious, and commanded to destroy all the wise Men of Babylon.

13 And the Decree went forth, and they sought Daniel and his Fellows to be slain.

14 Then Daniel answered with Counsel and Wi&om to Arioch Captain of the King's Guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise Men of Babylon.

15 He answered and said to Arioch, Why is the Decree so hasty from the King? then Arioch made the Things known to Daniel.

16 Then Daniel went in, and defired of the King, that he would give him Time, and that he would shew the King the Interpretation.

17 Then Daniel went to his House, and made the Thing known to Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah his Companions.

18 That they would Desire Mercies of the God of Heaven concerning this Secret; that Daniel and his Fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise Men of Babylon.

19 Then was the Secret revealed unto Daniel in a Night Vision: then Daniel blessed the God of Heaven.

20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the Name of God for ever and ever: for Wisdom and Might are his.

21 * And he changeth the

Times and the Seasons: he • 7«* x" 17 He leadetb coun&tRemoveth Kings, and Set- ^^J^?*** *"* TMkah ,te

TETH up Kings: he giveth is Heloofeththe Bond of Kings,

Wisdom unto the Wise, and »nd gi"Jeth theu Loyns with a Gir

Knowledge to them that know dl% He lcadcth Princaway spon.

Understanding. ed, and overrhtoweth the Mighty.

22 He revealelh the deep 21 He P°1"«ll contempt upon j r „*r,L" 1 1 Princes, and wcakncth the Sucnjjtli

and secret Things, he know- o{ the Mighty> "* u

e.h what is in the Darkness,

and and the Light dwelleth with 22 HediscOTereth deep Things out

slim. °f Darkness, and bringeth out to

x .1 w »i,,_ „_ J _„:/- Light the Shadow of Death.

23 I thank thee and praise f, He encteascth the Nations, and

thee, O thou God of my destroyeth them: he enlargeth the Fathers, who hast given me Nations, andstiaitneththem again. Wisdom and Might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee.

24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, and said unto him, Destroy not rhe wise Men of Babylon: bring me in before the King, and I will shew unto the King the Interpretation.

25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the King in Haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a Man of the Captives of Judah, that will make known unto the King the Interpretation.

26 The King said to Daniel, Art thou able to make known unto me the Dream which I have seen, and the Interpretation thereof?

27 Daniel answered in the Presence of the King, and said, The Secret which the King hath demanded, cannot the wise Men, the Astrologers, the Magicians, the Soothsayers shew unto the King;

28 But there is a God in Heaven that revealeth SeCrets, and maketh known to the King Nebuchadnezzar, what shall be in the Later Days. Thy Dream, and the Visions of thy Head upon thy Bed, are these;

29 As for thee, O King, thy Thoughts came into thy Mind, upon thy Bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that Revealeth Secrets maketh Known unto thee, what shall Come To Pass.

30 But as for me, this Secret is not revealed to me, for any Wisdom that I have more than any Living, but for their Sakes that shall make known the Interpretation to the King, and that thou mightest know the Thoughts of thy Heart.

31 Thou, O King, sawest, and behold, a great Image: this great Image whose Brightness was excellent, stood before thee, and the Form thereof was Terrible.

32 This Image's Head was of fine Gold, his Breast and his Arms of Silver, his Belly and his Thighs of Brass.

3 3 His Legs of Iron, his Feet part of Iron and part of Clay.

34 Thou sawest till that a Stone was cut out without

I i i i 2 Hands,

Hands, which Smote the Image upon his Feet that were of Iron and Clay, and break them to Pieces.

35 b Then was the Iron,

♦viapiav the Rra« the k P/«/. ii. i Why do the Heathen the Clay, tne Brass , tne iagCj aad the people .m . z Tiia

Silver and the Ltold bro- Thing?

ken to Pieces together, and * The Kings of the Earth set ihem

• in ,t..7v.... _c selves, and the Rulers take Counlcl

became like the Chaff of together> aglinst the LoRI)> and a.

the Summer-threshing Floors, gainst his anointed.

and the Wind carried them a- „ » Thou (halt break them with a

j_ . ni r J R-on of Iton, thou shalt dash them

way, that no Place was found ^ Pieces ljke a Pottei.s VefliK

for them: and the Stone fs*i- i. i The ungodly ate like

that smote the Image became a «whe chiS "^ck the wind diiveth *

great Mountain, and Filled v*7' the whole Earth.

36 This is the Dream, and we will tell the Interpretation thereof before the King.

37 Thou, O King, art a King of Kings: for the God of Heaven hath given thee a Kingdom, Power, and Strength, and Glory.

38 And wheresoever the Children of Men dwell, the Beasts of the Field, and the Fowls of the Heaven bath he given into thine Hand, and hath made thee Ruler over them .all, thou art this Head of Gold.

39 And after thee shall arise another Kingdom inferiour to thee, and another Third Kingdom of Brass, which shall bear Rule over the Earth.

40 And the Fourth Kingdom shall be Strong as Iron: forasmuch as Iron breaketh in Pieces, and subdueth all Things: and as Iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in Pieces and bruise.

41 And whereas thou fawest the Feet and Toes part of Potters 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 fawest the Iron Mixed with miry Clay.

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.

43 And whereas thou fawest Iron mixed with miry Clay, they shall Mingle themselves with the Seed of Men: but they shall not Cieave one to another, even as Iron is not mixed with Clay.

44 And in the Days of these Kings shall the God of Heaven set up a Kingdom, which shalt 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.

45 * Forasmuch, as thou * ** D»n. vii. Revel, xiii. 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; the Great God hath made known to the King, what shall come to Pass hereafter and the Dream is certain, and the Interpretation thereof sure.

46 Then the King Nebuchadnezzar sell upon his Face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an Oblation and sweet Odours unto him.

47 The King answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a Truth it is, that your God is a God of Gods, and a Lord of Kings, and a Revealer of Secrets, seeing thou couldst reveal this Secret.

48 Then the King made Daniel a great Man, and gave him many great Gifts, and made him Ruler over the whole Province of Babylon, and chief of the Governours over all the wife Men of Babylon.

49 Then Daniel requested of the King, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego over the Affairs of the Province of Babylon: but Daniel fate in the Gate of the King.

It is generally agreed, that the Image seen by Nebuchadnezzar in his Dream, was the Representation of the four great Monarchies; the golden Head representing the Chaldean Empire; the Breast and Arms of Silver, the Medo-persian > the Thighs of Brass, the Greek or Macedonian; the Legs of Iron, the Roman Empire.

And that the Toes of this Image, being a Mixture of Iron and Clay, is rhe Representation of the ten Kingdoms that arose upon the Ruins of the Roman Empire, who all subjected their Authority to the Controul of the Papal Supremacy; and that the Stone cut out of the Mountain without Hands, which smote the Image upon his Feet, is the Representation of the Messiahs Kingdom, which should break in Pieces and consume all these Kingdoms, and which should stand for ever.

The fame Thing is revealed to Daniel under the Emblem of fout savage Beasts. See Dan. vii. and Rev. xiii. and xvii.

Chap. in.

I Nebuchadnezzar dedlcatetb a golden Image in Dura. 8 Shadrach, Mejhach, and Abed-nego are accused for not worflipping the Image. 13 They being threatned make a good Con

fejion. session. 19 God delivereth them oat os the Furnace. 26 Nebuchadnezzar seeing the Mrack, blesseth God.

Ver. iT^TEBUCHADNEZZAR the King made an .LN 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.

2 c Then Nebuchadnezzar

sent to gather together the '*»»»'• riii. 1 And iftood upon the Princes, and all the Rulers of TM£ £ £• £ t»J-*

the Provinces, to come to Heads, and Teh Horns, and upon

the Dedication of the Image £• H°tm* ^rc*ow"*' *Dd upoa

. •.!/•» bis Heads the Nameof Blasphemy. he had set up. it And he exetciserb all the Pow

3 And they stood before the er of the Phut Beast before him, Image and caoseth the Eanh, aad them thit

<tm- tr u • J <*we11 thetein to Worship the First

4 I hen an Merauld Cried Beast . whose deadly Wound was

aloud, To you it is com- healed.

TTunHwl s» Pennle Nations 14 Saying to them that dwell oa

manded, U feople, INatlOns, theElIth, that they Could make an

and Languages. Image to the Beast which had the

5 That at what Time ye Wound by the Sword, and d.d hear all kinds of Mufick, ye u^f And be had Po«t to gire Lift fall down and worship the onto the Image of the Beist, that

colden Image that Nebuchad- «he Image of the Beast <hoaid both

., Tr. . -u r . Ipeak, and cause that as many as

nezzar the King hath set up. „rould not w0RSHIP thc lMA0I 0£ the

6 And whoso falleth not Beast, should be killed, down and worshippeth, shall

the same Hour be cast into thc midst of a burning Fiery Furnace.

7 Therefore all the People, the Nations and the Languages fell down and Worshipped the Golden Image.

8 Wherefore at that Time certain Chaldeans came near and accused the Jews, saying to the Kiug,

12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the Affairs of the Province of Babylon: these Men, O King, have not regarded thee, they Serve not thy Gods, nor Worship the golden Image which thou hast set up.

13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his Rage and Fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Mefhach, and Abed-nego: then they brought these Men before the King.

14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it tnie, do not ye serve my Gods, nor worship the golden Image which I have set up?

15 Now if ye fall down and worship the Image which I

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