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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.

45 * Forasmuch, as thou * See Dan. vii. Revel. xii. sawest that the Stone was cut out of the Mountain without HANDS, and that it brake in Pieces the IRON, the Brass, the CLAY, the SILVER, and the GOLD; the Great God - hath made known to the King, what shall come to PASS hereafter and the Dream is certain, and the Interpretation thereof sure. , :46 Then the King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his Face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they lhould offer an Oblation and sweet Odours unto him.

47 The King answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a Truth it is, that your God is a God of Gods, and a LORD of Kings, and a Revealer of Secrets, seeing thou couldst reveal this Secret.

48 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 Governours over all the wise Men of Babylon.

49 Then Daniel requested of the King, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego over the Affairs of the Province of Babylon: but Daniel sate in the Gate of the

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It is generally agreed, that the Image seen by Nebuchadnezzar in his Dream, was the Representation of the four great Monarchies; the golden Head representing the Chaldean Empire ; the Breast and Arms of Silver, the Medo-perlian ; the Thighs of Brass, the Greek or Macedonian ; the Legs of Iron, the Roman Empire.

And that the Toes of this Image, being a Mixture of Iron and Clay, is the Representation of the ten Kingdoms that arose upon the Ruins of the Roman Empire, who all subjeđed their Authority to the Controul of the Papal Supremacy; and that the Stone cut out of the Mountain without Hands, which smote the Image upon his Feet, is the Representation of the Messiahs Kingdom, which should break in Pieces and conlumc all these Kingdoms, and which should ftand for ever.

The same thing is revealed to Daniel under the Emblem of four savage Beafts. See Dan, vii, and Rev. xiii. and xvii,

CH A P. III. .. Nebuchadnezzar dedicateth a golden Image in Dura. 8 Sha

drach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are accused for not worshipping the Image. 13 They being threatned make a good Con

fesion. feffion. 19 God delivereth them out of the Furnace. 26 Ne. buchadnezzar seeing the Miracle, blesseth God.

Ver. I NEBUCHADNEZZAR the King made an

Image of Gold, whose Height was threescore Cubits, and the Breadth thereof fix Cubits : he set it up in the Plain of Dura, in the Province of Babylon.

2. Then Nebuchadnezzar fent to gather together the Revel. xiii, 1 And I stood upon the

Sand of the Sea, and saw a Beaft rise Princes, and all the Rulers of

up out of the Sea, having SEVEN the Provinces, to come to Heads, and TEN Horns, and upon the Dedication of the IMAGE his Horns ten CROWNs, and upon

his Heads the Name of BLASPHEMY. he had set up.

12 And he exerciserh all the Pow3 And they stood before the er of the First Beast before him,

and causeth the Earth, and them that Image.

dwell therein to WORSHIP the FIRST 4 4. Then an Herauld cried Bes

Then an rierauid cried Beast, whose deadly Wound was aloud, To you it is com- healed. manded, O People, Nations, 1 Bennie Narinne 14 Saying to them that dwell on

the Earth, that they should make ao and Languages.

IMAGE to the Beast which had the 5 That at what Time ye Wound by the Sword, and did

live. hear all kinds of Musick, ye

Is And he had Power to give Life fall down and worship the unto the Image of the Beast, that golden Image that Nebuchad- the Image of the Beast fhould both nezzar the King hath fet up.

speak, and cause that as many as

would not wORSHIP che IMAGE of the 6 And whoso falleth not Bcast, should be killed. down and worshippeth, nhall the same Hour be cast into the midst of a burning FIERY FURNACE.

7 Therefore all the People, the Nations and the Languages fell down and WORSHIPPED the GOLDEN IMAGE.

8 Wherefore at that Time certain Chaldeans came near and accused the Jews, saying to the Kiug,

12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast fet over the Affairs of the Province of Babylon: these Men, O King, have not regarded thee, they serve not thy Gods, nor .WORSHIP the golden IMĄGE which thou hast set up.

13 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 true, do not ye serve my Gods, nor worship the golden Image which I have set up? 15 Now if ye fall down and worship the Image which I

have made, well: but if ye WORSHIP NOT, ye shall be caft the same Hour into the midst of a burning fiery Furnace ; and who is that God, that shall deliver you out of my Hands:

16 They answered and said to the King, O Nebuchad. nezzar, we are not CAREFUL to answer thee in this Mat, ter. · 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 WILL NOT SERVE thy Gods, nor WORSHIP the golden IMAGE which thou hast set up.

19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of Fury, and the Form of his Vifage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abeg-nego: therefore, he spake and commanded, that they should heat the Furnace one seven TIMES more than it was wont to be heat.

20 And he commanded the most mighty Men that were in his Army, to bind, and cast them into the burning fiery Furnace.

21 Then these Men were bound in their Coats, their Hosen, and their Hats, and their other Garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery Furnace.

22 Therefore because the King's Commandment was urgent, and the Furnace exceeding hot, the Flame of the Fire SLEW those Men that took THEM up.

2€ And these three Men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery Furnace.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the King was ASTONIED, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his Counsellors, Did not we cast three Men BOUND into the midst of the Fire? They answered and said unto the King, True, O

28 wone me the fore, he against all of fun

King.

25 d He answered and said, d lsa. xliii. 1 But now thus faith Lo. I see FOUR MEN cob, and he that formed thee, o Icame near to the Mouth of BURNT ; neither shall the FLAME kino

the LORD that created thee, o JaLoose, WALKING in the rael, Fear not: før I have redeemed midit of the Fire, and they thee, I have called thee by thy Name,

thou art mine. have no HURT ; and the 2 When thou passeft through the FORM of the FOURTH is Waters, I will be with thee, and like the Son of God.

through the Rivers they shalt not o

verflow thee: when thou WALKEST 26 Then Nebuchadnezzar through the Fire, thou ihalt not be

came

forn Furnace dle upon thee. the burning fiery Furnace, wie

, 3 For I am the LORD thy God, the and spake and said, Shadrach, Holy one of Israel thy SAVIOUR. Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye in the miraculous Deliverance of

Hebrew Captives was literally fulfilServants of the moit nigh led the Prophecy in Isaiah. GOD, come forth and come hither, Then they came forth of the midst of the Fire.

27 And the Princes, 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 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 liave 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, Nation, and Language, which speak any thing amiss against THE God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in Pieces, and their Houses shall be made a Dunghill, because there is no OTHER God that can deliver after this Sort.

30 Then the King promoted Shadrach, Mcshach, and Abed-nego, in the Province of Babylon.

It may be conjeâured that this Haughty Prince was so illated with the Vifion of his being the Head of all those great Empires that were to succeed him, that he dire&s an Image to be formed after the Model of what he had seen in his Dream, and commands all his Subje&s to fall down and worChip it.

What the Head of this golden Image attempted, was, by the succeeding Empires often praaised, a glorious Army of Martyrs being sacrificed both under the Pagan and Papal Empires; who by a Divine Fortitude triumph'd even in the Flames, over all the Rage of their cruel Persecutors.

CHA P. IV. i Nebuchadnezzar confesseth God's Kingdom. 4 Maketb Ree

lation of his Dream, which the Magicians could not interpret. 8 Daniel heareth the Dream. 19 He interprets it. 28 The

Story of the Event. Ver. 1. N EBUCHADNEZZAR the King, unto all

TV People, Nations, and Languages that dwell in

all

all the Earth, Peace be multiplied unto you.

2 I thought it good to shew the SIGNS and WONDERS that the High God hath wrought toward me.

3. • How GREAT are his Signs! and how MIGHTY are of the Glory of thy Kingdom, and

Pfal. cxlv. in They Ihall speak his WONDERS! his King- talk of thy Power. DOM is an everlasting King. 12 To make known to the Sons of

Men, his nighty Ads, and the glodom, and his DOMINION 1S rious Majesty of his Kingdom. from Generation to Genera- 13 Thy Kingdom is an everlasting tion.

Kingdom, and thy Dominion codu. 4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at reth throughout all Gencrations. 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 wife Men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the Interpretation of the Dream.

7 Then came in the Magicians, the Astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the Soothsayers: and I told the Dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the Interpretation thereof.

8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, in whom is the Spirit of the holy Gods, and before him I told the Dream, saying,

9 O Belteshazzar, Master of the Magicians, because I know that the Spirit of the Holy God is in thee, and no Secret troubleth thee, tell me the Visions of my Dream that I have seen, and the Interpretation thereof.

10 Thus were the Visions of mine Head in my Bed; I faw, and behold a Tree in the midst of the Earth, and the Height thereof was great.

11 The Tree grew, and was strong, and the Height thereof reached unto Heaven, and the Sight thereof to the End of all the Earth.

12 The Leaves thereof were fair, and the Fruit thereof much, and in it was Meat for all: the Beasts of the Field had Shadow under it, and the Fowls of the Heaven dwelt in the Boughs thereof, and all Flesh was fed of it.

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 aloud, and said thus, Hew down the Tree, and cut off his Branches, shake off his Leaves, and scatter K k k k

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