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cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of A. C. 570. Babylon.
2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes, 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 Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then an herald cried * aloud, To you fit is command Chald. with ed, O people, nations, and languages,
+ Chald. they 5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, #şdulcimer, and all kinds of mu- 1 os, singing. sick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebu- phony. chadnezzar the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up.
8 q Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near,
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee : Chald. have
set no regard
erted to support them in all their trials, and to deliver them at the appointed time
A.C. 570. they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which
thou hast set up.
13 9 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it Or, pur. *true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye water Exod serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; well : but if ye worship not
, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who is that God that shall deliver you out of
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we
thou hast set up.
form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach,
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were
and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.
cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his I counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
i Chald. mighty of strength.
1 Or, gover-
* Chald, there is no hurt in them.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walk- A.C. 570. ing 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 4 Chald, door. the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-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 their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, na- : Chald, a dotion, and language, which speak Şany thing amiss against or me. the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be 'Chall, error. || cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill : Chald. made because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king * promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Chald. made Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar's second Dream.
was seem'y before me.
DANIEL IV. TO VER, 28.
2 +I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that Chald. It the high God hath wrought toward me.
3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is man everlasting kingdom, and his m ch. ii. 2 dominion is from generation to generation.
4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace :
5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
inte and the
nch. ii. 48.
A.C. 569. 7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chal
deans, and the soothsayers : and I told the dream before
8 9 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose
9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, becanse I know that the spirit of the holy gods
is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have
seen, and the interpretation thereof. *Chald. I was seeing.
10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; *I
thereof was great.
12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof
13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
14 He cried taloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches :
15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof
, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation : but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.
19 ( Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the
+ Chald, with might.
interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered A.C. 569. and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;
21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation :
22 It is thou, O king, that are grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.
23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times
pass over him: 24 This is the interpretation, o king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
25 That they shall o drive thee from men, and thy dwell- och. v. 21, &C. ing shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall
pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots ; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be * a *01, an heal. lengthening of thy
ing of crror,
Madness and Recovery of Nebuchadnezzar.
DANIEL IV. VER. 28, TO THE END. 28 ( All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar 4.
“ The signal judgment inflicted upon Nebuchadnezzar, related in this chapter, with its attendant circumstances, must have impressed all the nations of the east with the conviction that Jehovah was the one true God; that kings and princes were only the instruments of his will in the government of the world. After