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his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king when he heard these words, was fore displeased wrth himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun, to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, that no decree nor statute which the king establisheth, may he changed.
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions: now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee.
17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night sasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him, and his fleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose yery early in the morning,
and went in haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel, and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions mouths that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den: so Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.
24 IT And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den os lions, them, their children, and their wives ; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bot
H h 4 torn tom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and . languages that dwell in all the earth, Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, that in every dominion of my kingdom, men tremble and sear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and ftedsast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion Jhall he even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and refcueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
IN the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;
2 In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in
the desolations of Jerusalem.
3 % And I set my face unto the Lord God to seek by prayer and supplications with sasting, and sackcloth, and ashes.
4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my consession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadsul God, keeping the covenant, and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments:
5 We have sinned and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts, and from thy judgments.
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name, to our kings, our princes, and our sathers, and to all the people of the land.
7 O Lord, righteousness bclongetb unto thee, but unto us consusion of saces, as at this day: to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel that .are near, and that are sar off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass, that they have, trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us bthngtth consusion of sace, to our
Icings, to our princes, and to cur sathers, because we have sinned against thee.
9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have re
. belled against him.
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to w?lk in his laws which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing that they might not obey thy voice, therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.
12 And he hath confirmed his words which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done, as hath been done upon Jerusalem.
13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us : yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.
14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil,
and brought it upon us: for the Lord cur God is righteous in all his works which he doeth : for we obeyed not his voice.
15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and halt gotten thee renown as at this day: we have fumed, we have done wickedly.
16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, lee thine anger and thy suiy be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our sathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to ail that are about us.
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, and cause thy sace to shine upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.
18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eye?, and behold our desolations, and the citv, which is called bytny name: for wo do not present our supplications before thee for our righteoufnelles, but for thy great mercies.
19 0 Lord hear, O Lord
forgive, O Lord hearken and do, deser not for thine own lake, O my God: for thy city, and thy people, are called by thy name.
20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and consessing my sin, and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God, for the holy mountain of my God:
21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me-, and talked with me, and said,
0 Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and
1 am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people, and upon thy holy city, to iinish the transgression, and Co make an end of sins, and
to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint tke most holy.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, unto the Messiah the prince, Jhall be seven weeks; and threescore and two weeks the streets shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Mefliah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come, shall destroy the city, and the sanctuary, and the end thereof Jhall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
The Wisdom of SotOMON.
LOVE righteousness, ye that be judges of the earth; think of the Lord with a good (heart,) and in simplicity of heart seek him.
2 For he will be found of them that tempt him not: and sheweth himself unto such as do not distrust him.
3 For froward thoughts separate from God: and his power, when it is tried, reproveth the unwise.
f For into a malicious wisdom shall not enter: nor dwell in the body that is subject unto sin.
5 For the holy spirit of discipline will flee deceit, and
remove from thoughts that are without understanding, and will not abide when unrighteousness cometh in.
6 For wisdom is a loving spirit: and will not acquit a blasphemer of his words: for God is witness of his reins, and a true beholder of his hear t, and a hearer of his tongue.
7 For the Spirit of the Lord silleth the world: and that which containeth all things, hath knowledge of the voice.
8 Therefore he that speaketh unrighteous things, cannot be hid: neither shall vengeance, when it puniflieth, pass by him.