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4 ^f And they shall build lip the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
5 And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6 But ye shall be named the priests of the Lord: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: ye shall eat the riches of the Gentil s, and in their glory shall ye boast yourselves.
7 ^f For your shame ye shall have double; and for conifusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be onto them.
8 For I the Lord love judgment, I hate robbery for burntoffering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them that they are the seed which the Lord hath blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lor D, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bride-groom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself wi\bi her jewels.
11 For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nation'
The Book of DANIEL.
1 Jehoiakim's captivity. 8 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, refusing the king's portion, do prosper with pulse and water.
1N the third year of the reign of Jehoiukim king of Judah, came Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon unto Jerusalem,
and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakitn king of Judah into his hand, with part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the vessels into the treasure-house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpeoaz '(be master of his -eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well-favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, aud whem they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the kiug.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshaoh; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.
8 «j But Daniel purposed in his heart that lie would not defile himself witli the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender Jove with the prince of the eunuchs.
J0 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath, appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall yo make me en-> danger my head to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set oyer Daniel, Hananiah, Mishacl, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, aud water to drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
1 j And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did cat the portion of the king's meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and, the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, (jod gave them knowledge. and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had under-: standing in all visions and dreams.
18 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.
39 And the king communed with them* and among them all was found none like Daniel, llananiuh, Mishai I, ami Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
C0 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 ziere in all his reahn.
21 Au<I Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus. . •
I Nebuchadnezzar furgetteth his dream. 14 Daniel findeth
it. 31 T/te dream, 3li and interpretation,
AND in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
5 The king answered, and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from nie: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill:
G But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards, and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again, and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation pf it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew ine the interpretation thereof.
10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, ai\d said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there js none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with fiVsh.
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12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 ^f Then Daniel answered with cofuisel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. .
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azanah his companions; \
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; thai Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night Vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons, he- re-i moveth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to theni that know under-i standing:
22 lie revealeth the deep and secret things: he knowelh wl ;ii is in the darkness, and the light dwellith with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my father*, who bast given me wisdom and might, and hast made knownunto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter. 'v.
24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whpm the^ king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of