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For this cause the king was angry and very furious, Wrath and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. of the And the decree went forth that the wise men should King be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

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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: he answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch 10 made the thing known to Daniel. Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing 15 known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions: that they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. Daniel answered and said,

Blessed be the name of God

For ever and ever:

For wisdom and might are his :

And he changeth the times and the seasons:
He removeth kings, and setteth up kings:
He giveth wisdom unto the wise,

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And knowledge to them that know understanding:
He revealeth the deep and secret things:

He knoweth what is in the darkness,
And the light dwelleth with him.
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.

Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the 15 wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.

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 make known unto the king the interpretation.

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? 25 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; but there is a God in

heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the The king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Dream & Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy its Interbed, are these; As for thee, O king, thy thoughts pretation came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come 5 to pass hereafter : and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass. But as for me, this 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.

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Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 15 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were 20 of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: 25 and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.

The Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God Dream of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and its Inter- strength, and glory. And wheresoever the children pretation of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of 5 the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all.

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Thou art this head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all 10 the earth. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's 15 clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, 20 and partly broken. And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

And in the days of these kings shall the God of 25 heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the

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mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces Gratitude the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; of the the great God hath made known to the king what King of shall come to pass hereafter : : and the dream is certain, Babylon and the interpretation thereof sure.

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Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord 10 of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.

Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors 15 over all the wise men of Babylon. Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.

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* Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold,
whose height was threescore cubits, and the breadth
thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura,
in the province of Babylon. Then Nebuchadnezzar
the king sent to gather together the princes, the
governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers, 25
the counsellors, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the
provinces, to come to the dedication of the image

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