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Daniel cast into the hons' 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 T 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 17 And a stone was brought, and laid none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he upon the mouth of the den; and the king was faithful, neither was there any error sealed it with his own signet, and with the or fault found in him. signet of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
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.
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 firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any god or man for thirty days, save of thee, 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;
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.
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 and his windows being open in his cham- take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel ber towards 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. aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of 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 bottom of the den.
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 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 he three times a day. worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, 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. Inations, and languages, should serve him: IN 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 kingof his head upon his bed: then he wrote the dom, that which shall not be destroyed. dream, and told the sum of the matters.
2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea. 3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.
15 TI Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me.
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 earth.
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 21 I beheld, and the same horn made the beasts that were before it; and it had war with the saints, and prevailed against ten horns. 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 TI 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 12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, and to destroy it unto the end. they had their dominion taken away: yet 27 And the kingdom and dominion, and their lives were prolonged for a season and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people 13 I saw in the night visions, and be- of the saints of the Most High, whose kinghold, one like the Son of man came with dom is an everlasting kingdom, and all the clouds of heaven, and came to the An-dominions shall serve and obey him. cient of days, and they brought him near 28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. before him. 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:
the sanctuary and the host to be trodden
IN the third year of the reign of king Bel- under foot?
shazzar a vision appeared unto me, even 14 And he said unto me, Unto two thouunto me Daniel, after that which appeared sand and three hundred days; then shall unto me at the first. the sanctuary be cleansed.
16 And I heard a man's voice between
2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to 15¶ And it came to pass, when 1, even I pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the palace, which is in the province of the meaning, then behold, there stood beElam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by fore me as the appearance of a man. the river of Ulai. 3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, and behold, there stood before the river a Gabriel, make this man to understand the ram which had two horns: and the two vision. horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.
17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon 4 saw the ram pushing westward, and my face: but he said unto me, Understand, northward, and southward; so that no O son of man: for at the time of the end 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 towards and became great. the ground: but he touched me, and set
5 And as 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. 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 be toward the south, and towards 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.
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 his sanctuary was cast down.
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.
27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I 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 Chaldeans;
saint which spake, How long shall be the 2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and understood by 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.
Of the seventy weeks.
16 TO Lord, according to all thy rightcame to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the eousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city desolations of Jerusalem. Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to all that are about us.
3 And I set my face unto the Lord GoD, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:
4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, 17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the 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 sancand to them that keep his commandments; tuary that is desolate, for the Lord's sake. 18 O my God, incline thine ear, and 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 righteousservants the prophets, which spake in thy nesses, but for thy great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O 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 racl, that are near, and that are far off of my people Israel, and presenting my God; through all the countries whither thou hast supplication before the LORD my God for driven them, because of their trespass that the holy mountain of 21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, 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; 23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
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.
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, cousness, and to seal up the vision and which he spake against us, and against our prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven from the going forth of the commandment hath not been done as hath been done upon to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, Jerusalem. and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
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.
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 works which he doeth: for we obeyed not with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 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 the renown, as at this day; we have sin- the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations, he shall make ned, we have done wickedly. 667
Damel beholds a vision.
The overthrow of Persia.
t desolate, even until the consummation, unto me, I set my face toward the ground, and that determined shall be poured upon and I became dumb. the desolate.
16 And behold, one like the similitude of the sons of men touched my lips: then
the third year of Cyrus king of Persia I opened my mouth, and spake, and said
name was called Belteshazzar; and the thing was true, but the time appointed was long and he understood the thing, and had understanding of the vision.
2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks.
3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.
by the vision my sorrows are turned upon me, and I have retained no strength.
17 For how can the servant of this my lord talk with this my lord? for as for me, straightway there remained no strength in me, neither is there breath left in me.
18 Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened me,
19 And said, O man greatly beloved, 4 And in the four and twentieth day of fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, the first month, as I was by the side of the be strong. And when he had spoken unto great river, which is Hiddekel; me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and look-lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me. ed, and behold a certain man clothed in 20 Then said he, Knowest thou wherelinen, whose loins were girded with fine fore I come unto thee? and now will I regold of Uphaz: turn to fight with the prince of Persia: and
6 His body also was like the beryl, and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of his face as the appearance of lightning, and Grecia shall come.
his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and 21 But I will shew thee that which is his feet like in colour to polished brass, and noted in the scripture of truth: and there the voice of his words like the voice of a is none that holdeth with me in these multitude. things, but Michael your prince. CHAP. XI.
7 And I Daniel alone saw the vision: for the men that were with me saw not the
vision; but a great quaking fell upon them, so that they fled to hide themselves.
ALSO I, in the first year of Darius the
Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.
8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw 2 And now will I shew thee the truth. this great vision, and there remained no Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings strength in me: for my comeliness was in Persia; and the fourth shall be far richer turned in me into corruption, and I retain- than they all: and by his strength through ed no strength. his riches he shall stir up all against the
9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: realm of Grecia. and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground.
10 T And behold, a hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands,
3 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.
4 And when he shall stand up, his kingdom shall be broken, and shall be divided toward the four winds of heaven; and not 11 And he said unto me, O Daniel, a to his posterity, nor according to his doman greatly beloved, understand the words minion which he ruled: for his kingdom that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: shall be pluckedup, even for others besides for unto thee am I now sent. And when he those.
had spoken this word unto me, I stood 5 T And the king of the south shall be trembling. strong, and one of his princes; and he shall 12 Then said he unto me, Fear not, be strong above him, and have dominion; Daniel: for from the first day that thou his dominion shall be a great dominion. didst set thine heart to understand, and to 6 And in the end of years they shall join chasten thyself before thy God, thy words themselves together; for the king's daughwere heard, and I am come for thy words. ter of the south shall come to the king of 13 But the prince of the kingdom of the north to make an agreement: but she Persia withstood me one and twenty days: shall not retain the power of the arm; neibut lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, ther shall he stand, nor his arm: but she came to help me; and I remained there shall be given up, and they that brought with the kings of Persia. her, and he that begat her, and he that
14 Now I am come to make thee under-strengthened her in these times. stand what shall befall thy people in the lat- 7 But out of a branch of her roots shall terdays: for yet the vision is for many days. one stand up in his estate, which soll 15 And when he had spoken such words come with an army, and shall enter into