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into* the burning fiery surnace.

2 r Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery surnace.

22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the surnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire flew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.

23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery surnace.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up in haste, and spake and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and laid unto the king, True, O king.

25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the son of God.

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery surnace, and spake and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and A


bed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire.

27 And the princes, governors and captains, 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 spake and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have- changed the king's word, and yielded theit 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 G»d that can deliver after this fort.

30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach,


and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.

Chap V.

BElshazzar the king made a great seast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his sather 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 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God, which was at Jerusalem; and the king and his princes, his wives and his concubines drank in them.

4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and

his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and the king spake and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and mall be; third ruler in the kingdom.

8 Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonished.

10 f Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet-house, and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed.

11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods, and in the days of thy sather light and understanding and wif

H h 2 dom dom like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy sather, the king, /say, thy sather made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;

12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king; and the king spake and said' unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my sather brought out of Jewry?

14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding, and excellent wisdom is found in thee. .

15 And now the wise men, the astrologers have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not

shew the interpretation of the thing.

16 And I have heard of 'thee that thou canst make

interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

17 f. Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thy self, and give thy rewards to another, yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy sather a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour.

19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations and languages trembled and seared before him: whom he would he stew, and whom he would he kept alive, and whom he would he set up, and whom he .would he put down..

20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from


him. 1* .'

21 And he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild anes: they sed him with grass'"like oxen, arid his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointed over it whomsoever he will.

22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this:

23 But hast lifted up thy- self against the Lord of heaven, and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines have drunk wine in them, and thou hast praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whole are all thy ways, hast thou not glorilied.

24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him, and this writing was written.

25 f And this is the writing that was written, MEME, MENE, TEKEL


26 This is the interpretation of the thing; M E N E, God hath numbered thy kingdom, and sinished it.

27 TEKEL, thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

2# PE RE S, tny kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and thgy clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his pieck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

Chap. VI.

IT pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

2 And over these, three presidents, (of whom Daniel was first) that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king should have no damage.

3 Then this Daniel was H h 3 preserred,

preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

4. Then the presidents and princes sought to sind occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom, but they could sind none occasion nor sault: forasmuch as he was saithsul, neither was there any error or sault found in him.

5 Then said these men, We shall not sind any occasion against this Daniel, except we sind it against him concerning the law of his God.

6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.

7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors and the captains have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a sirm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing; that it be not changed, according to the law of the

Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.

10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying, and making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree, Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered, and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel, which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not thee, Q king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but makefh

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