the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell
in 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 his wonders! his
kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his 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.
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, whose name was Belteshazzar,
according to the name of my god, and 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 gods 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 saw, and
behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof
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 his fruit:
let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his
15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots 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 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, 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 answered 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
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 art 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
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 drive thee from men, and thy dwelling 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
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 lengthening of
28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the
kingdom of Babylon.
30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that
I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my
power, and for the honour of my majesty?
31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice
from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken;
The kingdom is departed from thee.
32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall
be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat
grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou
know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth
it to whomsoever he will.
33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:
and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his
body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown
like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine
eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and
I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that
liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing:
and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can 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 counsellers and my lords sought unto me; and I was
established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto
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.
1 Belshazzar the
king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank
wine before the thousand.
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 princes, his wives, and his concubines, might
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
4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver,
of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote
over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of
the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that
6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts
troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and
his knees smote one against another.
7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans,
and the soothsayers. 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
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
unto 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, 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 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 he gave him, all people, nations,
and languages, trembled 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 heart 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 whomsoever
22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart,
though thou knewest all this;
23 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 the hand sent from him; and this writing
25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL,
26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered
thy kingdom, and finished it.
27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and
29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet,
and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation
concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.
31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore
and two years old.
1 It pleased Darius
to set over the kingdom an hundred and twenty princes, which
should be over the whole kingdom;
2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first:
that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king
should have no damage.
3 Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,
because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought
to set him over the whole realm.
4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against
Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion
nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any
error or fault found in him.
5 Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against
this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law
of his God.
6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the
king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever.
7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the
princes, the counsellers, and the captains, have consulted together
to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that
whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty
days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of
8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that
it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians,
which altereth not.
9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went
into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward
Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and
prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.
11 Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making
supplication before his God.
12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning
the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every
man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty
days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?
The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to
the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.
13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel,
which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth
not thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but
maketh his petition three times a day.
14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased
with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him: and
he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver him.
15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the
king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is,
That no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be
16 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast
him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto
Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver
17 And a stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den;
and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet
of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning
18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting:
neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his
sleep went from him.
19 Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in
haste unto the den of lions.
20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice
unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O Daniel,
servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest continually,
able to deliver thee from the lions?
21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live for ever.
22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths,
that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency
was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no
23 Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that
they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken
up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
because he believed in his God.
24 And the king commanded, and they brought those men which
had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,
them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the
mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever
they came at the bottom of the den.
25 Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages,
that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men
tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living
God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall
not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders
in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power
of the lions.
28 So this Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius, and in the
reign of Cyrus the Persian.