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A ND in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from hira.

2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.

4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation,

5 The king answered, and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut ii| pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill:

6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards, and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

7 They answered again, and said, I^et the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation pf it.

8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from pie.

9 T5ut if ye will not make known unto me the dream, 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 ine the interpretation thereof.

10 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, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.

11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there js none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

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12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slairt; and they sought Daniel aqd his fellows to be slain.

14 % Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth, to slay the wise men of Babylon:

15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.

16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that hp 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 fiot 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 c.hangeth the times and the seasons, he' re-i moveth kings, and setteth up kings: he giyeth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to thenj that know under-i standing:

22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelloth with him.

23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known/ unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.

24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whpm the' king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of

Babylon; 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 nuke known unto the king the interpretation.

26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, 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 maketli known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter 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 revealcth secrete maketh known to thee what shall come

• to pass.

30 But as for me, the 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 ©as excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.

32 This images's head tpas of tine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass.

33 His legs of iron, his feet part pf iron, and part of clay.

34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to-pieces.

35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold, broken to-pieces together, and became like the

chaff the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall corne unto thee;

6 The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the'Lord.

7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.

8 Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? ••,': .

9 Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sous from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.

10 And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the gentiles, and that their kings may be bought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee, shall perish: yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the firWee, the pine-tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despise thee shall bow •themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 ^f Whereas thou hast been forsaken and haled, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

13 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and S shall fhe iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the "old; 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 fell 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 couldest reveal this secret.

48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the w hole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the, wise men of Babylon.

4M Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Sha drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the, king.

CHAP. III.

1 Nebuchadnezzar dedicateth a golden image in Dura, 8 Shadrach, Meshuch, and Abed-nego are accused, 19 and delivered.

"VT Ebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits, and tlre breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

C Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together (he priuces, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.

3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges, the treasurers, the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up. And they stood before the image that Nebuchad* uezzar had set up.

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