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of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
Daniel interprets the writing.
17¶ Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, 6 Then the king's countenance was and give thy rewards to another; yet I changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so will read the writing unto the king, and that the joints of his loins were loosed, and make known to him the interpretation. his knees smote one against another. 18 O thou king, the most high God gave 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the sooth- and majesty, and glory, and honour: sayers. And the king spake and said to the 19 And for the majesty that he gave him, wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read all people, nations, and languages, tremthis writing, and shew me the interpreta- bled and feared before him: whom he tion thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, would he slew; and whom he would he and have a chain of gold about his neck, kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. and whom he would he put down.
8 Then came in all the king's wise men: 20 But when his heart was lifted up, but they could not read the writing, nor and his mind hardened in pride, he was make known to the king the interpretation deposed from his kingly throne, and they thereof. took his glory from him:
9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly trou-| 21 And he was driven from the sons of bled, and his countenance was changed in men; and his heart was made like the him, and his lords were astonished. beasts', and his dwelling was with the wild 10 Now, the queen by reason of the asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and words of the king and his lords came into his body was wet with the dew of heaven; the banquet-house and the queen spake till he knew that the most high God ruled and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy in the kingdom of men, and that he apthoughts trouble thee, nor let thy counte- pointeth over it whomsoever he will. nance be changed: 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in not humbled thy heart, though thou whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in knewest all this;
the days of thy father light and understand- 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the ing and wisdom, like the wisdom of the Lord of heaven; and they have brought gods, was found in him; whom the king Ne- the vessels of his house before thee, and buchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy thou, and thy lords, thy wives and thy confather, made master of the magicians, astro-cubines, have drunk wine in them; and logers, Chaldeans, and sooth-sayers: thou hast praised the gods of silver, and 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which knowledge, and understanding, interpret-see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God ing of dreams, and shewing of hard sen- in whose hand thy breath is, and whose tences, and dissolving of doubts, were found are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified. in the same Daniel, whom the king named 24 Then was the part of the hand sent Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, from him; and this writing was written. and he will show the interpretation. 25 And this is the writing that was writ13 Then was Daniel brought in before ten, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARthe king. And the king spake and said SIN. unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which 26 This is the interpretation of the art of the children of the captivity of Ju-thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy dah, whom the king my father brought out kingdom, and finished it. 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.
27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and 15 And now the wise men, the astrolo- they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a gers, have been brought in before me, that chain of gold about his neck, and made a they should read this writing, and make proclamation concerning him, that he known unto me the interpretation thereof: should be the third ruler in the kingdom. but they could not shew the interpretation 30 In that night was Belshazzar the of the thing: king of the Chaldeans slain.
16 And I have heard of thee, that thou 31 And Darius the Median took the kingcanst make interpretations, and dissolve dom, being about threescore and two years doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, old. and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, an have a chain of gold about thy neck,
Tpleased Darius to set over the kingdo a hundred and twenty princes, whic and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom. should be over the whole kingdom;
Damel cast into the lions' den:
He is saved and avenged.
2 And over these three presidents; of 15 Then these men assembled unto the whom Daniel was first: that the princes king, and said unto the king, Know, O might give accounts unto them, and the king, that the law of the Medes and Perking should have no damage. sians is, That no decree nor statute which 3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the king establisheth may be changed. the presidents and princes, because an ex- 16 Then the king commanded, and they cellent spirit was in him; and the king brought Daniel, and cast him into the den thought to set him over the whole realm. of lions. Now the king spake and said 4 Then the presidents and princes unto Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest sought to find occasion against Daniel con- continually, he will deliver thee. cerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.
5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find 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.
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 fasting: neither were instruments of music brought before him: and his sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, 20 And when he came to the den, he and the captains, have consulted together cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel: to establish a royal statute, and to make a and the king spake and said to Daniel, O firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a pe- Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy tition of any god or man for thirty days, God, whom thou servest continually, able save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into to deliver thee from the lions? 21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
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.
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.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the 23 Then was the king exceeding glad writing was signed, he went into his house; for him, and commanded that they should and his windows being open in his cham-take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel ber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon was taken up out of the den, and no manhis knees three times a day, and prayed, ner of hurt was found upon him, because and gave thanks before his God, as he did he believed in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and
11 Then these men assembled, and they brought those men which had accused found Daniel praying and making suppli- Daniel, and they cast them into the den of cation before his God. lions, them, their children, and their wives;
12 Then they came near, and spake be-and the lions had the mastery of them, fore the king concerning the king's decree; and brake all their bones in pieces or ever Hast thou not signed a decree, that every they came at the bottom of the den. man that shall ask a petition of any god or 25 Then king Darius wrote unto all man within thirty days, save of thee, O people, nations, and languages, that dwell king, shall be cast into the den of lions? in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto The king answered and said, The thing is you.
true, according to the law of the Medes 26 I make a decree, That in every doand Persians, which altereth not. minion of my kingdom men tremble and 13 Then answered they and said before fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the the king, That Daniel, which is of the living God, and steadfast for ever, and his children of the captivity of Judah, regard-kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, eth not thee, O king, nor the decree that and his dominion shall be even unto the end thou hast signed, but maketh his petition 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and be three times a day. worketh signs and wonders in heaven and 14 Then the king, when he heard these in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from words, was sore displeased with himself, the power of the lions.
and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: 28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign and he laboured till the going down of the of Darius, and in the reign of Cyrus the sun to deliver him,
Daniel's vision of the four beasts. CHAP. VII.
The vision interpreted. nations, and languages, should serve him: N the first year of Belshazzar king of his dominion is an everlasting dominion, Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions which shall not pass away, and his king. of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dom, that which shall not be destroyed. dream, and told the sum of the matters. 15 Daniel was grieved in my spirit 2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my in the midst of my body, and the visions of vision by night, and behold, the four winds my head troubled me. of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know
4 The first was like a lion, and had the interpretation of the things. eagle's wings; I beheld till the wings there- 17 These great beasts, which are four, of were plucked, and it was lifted up from are four kings, which shall arise out of the the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall 5 And behold another beast, a second, take the kingdom, and possess the kinglike to a bear, and it raised up itself on one dom for ever, even for ever and ever. side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of 19 Then I would know the truth of the it between the teeth of it: and they said fourth beast, which was diverse from all thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth
6 After this, I beheld, and lo, another, were of iron, and his nails of brass; which like a leopard, which had upon the back of devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also the residue with his feet;
four heads; and dominion was given to it. 20 And of the ten horns that were in his 7 After this I saw in the night visions, head, and of the other which came up, and and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and before whom three fell; even of that horn terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake great things, whose look was more stout in pieces, and stamped the residue with than his fellows. the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them;
8 I considered the horns, and behold, 22 Until the Ancient of days came, and there came up among them another little judgment was given to the saints of the horn, before whom there were three of the Most High; and the time came that the first horns plucked up by the roots: and be- saints possessed the kingdom. hold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of 23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall man, and a mouth speaking great things. be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which 9 ¶ I beheld till the thrones were cast shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and down, and the Ancient of days did sit, shall devour the whole earth, and shall whose garment was white as snow, and the tread it down, and break it in pieces. hair of his head like the pure wool: his 24 And the ten horns out of this kingthrone was like the fiery flame, and his dom are ten kings that shall arise: and wheels as burning fire. another shall rise after them; and he shall 10 A fiery stream issued and came forth be diverse from the first, and he shall subfrom before him: thousand thousands mi- due three kings.
nistered unto him, and ten thousand times 25 And he shall speak great words ten thousand stood before him: the judg-against the Most High, and shall wear out ment was set, and the books were opened. the saints of the Most High, and think to 11 I beheld then because of the voice change times and laws: and they shall be of the great words which the horn spake given into his hand until a time and times I beheld even till the beast was slain, and and the dividing of time. his body destroyed, and given to the burn- 26 But the judgment shall sit, and they ing flame. shall take away his dominion to consume and to destroy it unto the end.
12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and
13 I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.
28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my cogitations much 14 And there was given him dominion, troubled me, and my countenance changed and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, in me: but I kept the matter in my heart.
The vision of the ram and goat:
N the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which appeared unto me at the first.
2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.
3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
an interpretation of it. the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot!
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thou sand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.
15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man.
16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end
4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was shall be the vision. there any that could deliver out of his 18 Now as he was speaking with me, I hand; but he did according to his will, was in a deep sleep on my face toward and became great. the ground: but he touched me, and set
5 And as I was considering, behold, a me upright. he-goat came from the west on the face of 19 And he said, Behold, I will make the whole earth, and touched not the thee know what shall be in the last end of ground: and the goat had a notable horn the indignation: for at the time appointed between his eyes. the end shall be.
6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.
20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia.
21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.
7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against 22 Now that being broken, whereas four him, and smote the ram, and brake his two stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand horns: and there was no power in the ram up out of the nation, but not in his power. to stand before him, but he cast him down 23. And in the latter time of their kingto the ground, and stamped upon him: and dom, when the transgressors are come to the there was none that could deliver the ram full, a king of fierce countenance, and unout of his hand. derstanding dark sentences, shall stand up.
8 Therefore, the he-goat waxed very 24 And his power shall be mighty, but great: and when he was strong, the great not by his own power: and he shall destroy horn was broken; and for it,came up four wonderfully, and shall prosper, and pracnotable ones toward the four winds of tise, and shall destroy the mighty and the heaven. holy people.
9 And out of one of them came forth a 25 And through his policy also he shall little horn, which waxed exceeding great, cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he toward the south, and toward the east, shall magnify himself in his heart, and by and toward the pleasant land. peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.
11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of 27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick his sanctuary was cast down. certain days; afterward 1 rose up, and did 12 And a host was given him against the king's business; and I was astonished the daily sacrifice by reason of trans- at the vision, but none understood it. gression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and pros-N the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, 13 ¶ Then I heard one saint speaking, which was made king over the realm of and another saint said unto that certain the Chaldean;
saint which spake, How long shall be the 2 In the first year of his reign Daniel vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and understood books the number of the the transgression of desolation, to give both years, whereof the word of the LORD
Daniel's confession and prayer. CHAP. IX. came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.
Of the seventy weeks.
16 TO Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city 3¶ And I set my face unto the Lord God, Jerusalem, thy holy mountain because to seek by prayer and supplications, with for our sins and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are befasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the 4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, come a reproach to all that are about us. and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the prayer of thy servant, and his supplications, covenant and mercy to them that love him, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanc18 O my God, incline thine ear, and and to them that keep his commandments; tuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and hear; open thine eyes, and behold our dehave rebelled, even by departing from thy solations, and the city which is called by thy name: for we do not present our supprecepts and from thy judgments:
6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy plications before thee for our righteous19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O servants the prophets, which spake in thy nesses, but for thy great mercies. name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land. Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine 7 O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto own sake, Omy God: for thy city and thy thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at people are called by thy name. 20 T And while I was speaking, and this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Is- praying, and confessing my sin, and the sin rael, that are near, and that are far off, of my people Israel, and presenting my through all the countries whither thou hast supplication before the LORD my God for 21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, driven them, because of their trespass that the holy mountain of my God; they have trespassed against thee.
8 O Lord, to us belongeth confusion of even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in face, to our kings, to our princes, and to the vision at the beginning, being caused our fathers, because we have sinned against to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
22 And he informed me, and talked with 9 To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebel-me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. led against him;
10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I beloved: therefore understand the matter, am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly and consider the vision.
11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish poured upon us, and the oath that is writ- the transgression, and to make an end of ten in the law of Moses the servant of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniGod, because we have sinned against him.quity, and to bring in everlasting right12 And he hath confirmed his words, eousness, and to seal up the vision and which he spake against us, and against our prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. 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.
25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for him14 Therefore hath the LORD watched self: and the people of the prince that upon the evil, and brought it upon us for shall come shall destroy the city and the the LORD our God is righteous in all his sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be desolations are determined. works which he doeth: for we obeyed not with a flood, and unto the end of the war his voice.
27 And he shall confirm the covenant 15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of with many for one week: and in the midst Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and thee renown, as at this day; we have sin- the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make 667 ned, we have done wickedly.