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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, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation thereof trouble thee. Belteshazzar answere and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, ai the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was stro whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight the to all the earth;
21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof muc!. in it was meat for all ; under which the beasts of the dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the hear their habitation : .
22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven dominion to the end of the earth.
23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and ar coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the i and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots the earth, even with a band of iron and brass in the ter the field; and let it be wet with the dew of bear his portion be with the beasts of the field, till ser over him ;
24 This is the interpretation, king, and the of the most High, which is come upon my lo.
25 That they shall drive thee from men, ling shall be with the beasts of the field, ani
heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth : and none con stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou ?
36 At the same time my reason returned unto me ; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and mny lords sought unto me; and I was established in my' kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise, and extol, and honour the king of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment : and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
CHAP. V. 1 Belshazzar's impious feast. á A. hand-writing troubleth
him. 17 Dariel reproveth him, 25 and interpreteth the
writing. B Elshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his
lords, and drank wine before the thousamd. 2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem ; that the king and his priuces, his wives and his concubines might drink therein.
3. Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem ; and the king and his princes, his wives and his concubines drank in them.
4. They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver; of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 4 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king's palace : and the king saw the part of the land that wrote.
6- Then the king's countenance was changed, and his Whoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees sinote one against another.
7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the sonthsayers. And the king spake and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
8 Then came in all the king's wise men : but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house : and the queen spake, and said, O king, live for ever : let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed :
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods, and in the days of thy father light and understanding, and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him ; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers ;
12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
14 I have even heard of thee that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light, and understanding, and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known into me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
16 And I have heard of thee that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts : now if thou canst read the Writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, 02
thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.
17 I Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: > 19. And for the majesty that,le gave him, all people, na
tions and languages, trenabled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. + 20 But when his hcart was lifted up, and his mind hardened - in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him;
..21 And he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses : they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was : wet with 'the dew of heaven, till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whoisoever he will.
22 And thou, his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this ;
123 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven, and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou and thy lords, thy wives and thy concubines have drunk wine in them, and thou hast praised the gods of silver and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know : and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
24 Then was the part of ihe hand sent from him, and this writing was written.
25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHIARSIN.
26 This is the interpretation of the thing : MENE; God Lath numbered tlay, kingdom and finished it.