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was their leader from the first; and from the first
Daniel in the Train of

Nebuchadnezzar
BY EUGENE N. FLANDRIN, THE ITALIAN ARTIST AND

ANTIQUARIAN, DIED 1876.
Now at the end of the days that the king had said he
should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought
them in before Nebuchadnezzar."-Daniel, 1, 18.

VOR three years the four Hebrew lads studied in

the palace school of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel

they distinguished themselves by loyalty to their earlier training, their race and religion. They refused to eat the meats supplied to them; for these, according to Hebraic law, were “unclean”; neither would they touch the wine. The official in charge of them feared that this would bring discredit upon him; they would look thin and pale compared to the other youths of the palace. So the officer pleaded with Daniel, till the lad, strong already in confidence in God, proposed a test. Let him

and his comrades be given nothing but pulse and water during ten days, while the other lads feasted on the wine and meats. This was done; “And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat."

After three years, Daniel and his comrades had so outstripped all the others of the school, that they were specially selected to stand before King Nebuchadnezzar. “And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm."

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EZEKIEL XLIII—THE ALTAR MEASURED

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they may be ashamed of their iniquities: and let them measure the pattern.

11 And if they be ashamed of all that they have done, shew them the form of the house, and the fashion thereof, and the goings out thereof, and the comings in thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and all the forms thereof, and all the laws thereof: and write it in their sight, that they may keep the whole form thereof, and all the ordinances thereof, and do them.

12 This is the law of the house; Upon the top of the mountain the whole limit thereof round about shall be most holy. Behold, this is the law of the house.

13 | And these are the measures of the altar after the cubits: The cubit is a cubit and an hand breadth; even the bottom shall be a cubit, and the breadth a cubit, and the border thereof by the edge thereof round about shall be a span: and this shall be the higher place of the altar.

14 And from the bottom upon the ground even to the lower settle shall be two cubits, and the breadth one cubit; and from the lesser settle even to the greater settle shall be four cubits, and the breadth one cubit.

15 So the altar shall be four cubits; and from the altar and upward shall be four horns.

16 And the altar shall be twelve cubits long, twelve broad, square in the four squares thereof.

17 And the settle shall be fourteen cubits long and fourteen broad in the four squares thereof; and the border about it shall be half a cubit; and the bottom thereof shall be a cubit about; and his stairs shall look toward the east.

18 | And he said unto me, Son of man, thus saith the Lord God; These are the ordinances of the altar in the day when they shall make it, to offer burnt offerings thereon, and to sprinkle blood thereon.

19 And thou shalt give to the priests the Levites that be of the seed of Zadok, which approach unto me, to minister unto me, saith the Lord God, a young bullock for a sin offering.

20 And thou shalt take of the blood thereof, and put it on the four horns of it, and on the four corners of the settle, and upon the border round about: thus shalt thou cleanse and purge

it. 21 Thou shalt take the bullock also of the sin offering, and he shall burn it in the appointed place of the house, without the sanctuary.

22 And on the second day thou shait offer a kid of the goats without blemish for a sin offering; and they shall cleanse the altar, as they did cleanse it with the bullock.

23 When thou hast made an end of cleansing it, thou shalt offer a young bullock without blemish, and a ram out of the flock without blemish.

24 And thou shalt offer them before the LORD, and the priests

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