(The Scriptures)
The Book of the Prophet Daniel
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In the third year of the reign of Jehoakim king of Judah, came Nabuchodonosor king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it:
and the Lord|LORDE| delivered Jehoakim the king of Judah into his hand, with certain ornaments of the house of God, which he carried away into the land of Sennar, to the house of his god, and there brought them into his gods treasury.
And the king spake unto Asphanaz the chief chamberlain, that he should bring him certain of the children of Israel, that were come of the king's seed and of princes,
young springalds without any blemish, but fair and well favoured, instructed in all wisdom, cunning and understanding: which were able to stand in the king's palace, to read and to learn for to speak Caldeish.
Unto these the king appointed a certain portion of his own meat, and of the wine, which he drank himself, so to nourish them three years: that afterward they might stand before the king.
Among these now were certain of the children of Judah: namely Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Azarias.
Unto these the chief chamberlain gave other names, and called Daniel, Balthasar: Ananias, Sidrach: Misael, Misach, and Asarias, Abednago.
But Daniel was at a point with himself, that he would not be defiled thorow the king's meat, nor the wine which he drunk. And this he desired of the chief chamberlain, lest he should defile himself.
So God gave Daniel favour and grace before the chief chamberlain,
that he said unto him: I am afraid of my lord the king, which hath appointed you your meat and drink: lest he spy your faces to be worse liking than the other springalds of your age, and so ye shall make me lose|loose| my head unto the king.
Then Daniel answered Melassar, whom the chief chamberlain had set over Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Asarias, and said:
O prove but ten days with thy servants, and let us have pottage to eat, and water to drink:
Then look upon our faces, and theirs that eat of the king's meat. And as thou seest, so deal with thy servants.
So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.
And after the ten days, their faces were better liking and fatter, than all the young springalds, which ate of the king's meat.
Thus Melassar took away their meat and wine, and gave them pottage therefore.
God gave now these four springalds cunning and learning in all scripture and wisdom: but unto Daniel specially, he gave understanding of all visions and dreams.
Now when the time was expired, that the king had appointed to bring in these young springalds unto him: the chief chamberlain brought them before Nabuchodonosor,
and the king communed with them. But among them all were found none such as Daniel, Ananias, Misael, and Asarias.
Therefore stood they before the king which in all wisdom and matters of understanding, that he enquired of them, found them ten times better, than all the soothsayers and charmers, that were in all his realm.
And Daniel abode still, unto the first year of king Cyrus.
In the second year of the reign of Nabuchodnosor, had Nabuchodnosor a dream, where thorow his spirit was vexed, and his sleep brake from him.
Then the king commanded to call together all the soothsayers, charmers, witches and Caldees, for to shew the king his dream. So they came, and stood before the king.
And the king said unto them: I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was so troubled therewith, that I have clean forgotten, what I dreamed.
Upon this the Caldees answered the king in the Syrians speech: O king, God save thy life forever. Shew thy servants the dream, and we shall shew thee, what it meaneth.
The king gave the Caldees their answer, and said: It is gone from me: If ye will not make me understand the dream with the interpretation thereof, ye shall die, and your houses shall be prised.
But if ye tell me the dream and the meaning thereof, ye shall have of me gifts, rewards and great honour: only, shew me the dream, and the signification of it.
They answered again, and said: the king must shew his servants the dream, and so shall we declare what it meaneth.
Then the king answered, saying: I perceive of a truth, that ye do but prolong the time: for so much as ye see, that the thing is gone from me.
Therefore, if ye will not tell me the dream, ye shall all have one judgement: But ye feign|fayne| and dissemble with vain words, which ye speak before me, to put off the time. Therefore tell me the dream, and so shall I know, if ye can shew me, what it meaneth.
Upon this, the Caldees gave answer before the king, and said: There is no man upon earth, that can tell the thing, which the king speaketh of: Yea there is neither king, prince, nor lord,|LORDE| that ever asked such things at a soothsayer, charmer, or Caldeer:
for it is a very hard matter, that the king requireth. Neither is there any, that can certify the king thereof, except the Gods: whose dwelling is not among the creatures.
For the which cause the king was wroth with great indignation, and commanded to destroy all the wise men at Babylon:
and the proclamation went forth, that the wise men should be slain. They sought also to slay Daniel with his companions.
Then Daniel enquired Arioch the king's steward, of the judgement and sentence, that was gone forth already to kill such as were wise at Babylon.
He answered, and said to Arioch being then the king's deputy:|debite| Why hath the king proclaimed so cruel a sentence? So Arioch told Daniel the matter.
Upon this, went Daniel up, and desired the king, that he might have leisure, to shew the king the interpretation:
and then came he home again and shewed the thing unto Ananias, Misael, and Asarias his companions:
that they should beseech the God of heaven for grace in this secret, that Daniel and his fellows with others such as were wise in Babylon, perished not.
Then was the mystery shewed unto Daniel in a vision by night. And Daniel praised the God of heaven.
Daniel also cried aloud, and said: O that the name of God might be praised for ever and ever, for wisdom and strength are his own:
he changeth the times and ages: he putteth down kings, he setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and understanding to those that understand,
he openeth the deep secrets: he knoweth the thing that lieth in darkness, for the light dwelleth with him.
I thank thee, and pray thee, O thou God of my fathers, that thou hast lent me wisdom and strength, and hast shewed me the thing, that we desired of thee, for thou hast opened the king's matter unto me.
Upon this went Daniel in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise at Babylon: he went unto him, and said: destroy not such as are wise in Babylon, but bring me in unto the king, and I shall shew the king the interpretation.
Then Arioch brought Daniel into the king in all the haste, and said unto him: I have found a man among the prisoners of Judah, that shall shew the king the interpretation.
Then answered the king, and said unto Daniel, whose name was Balthasar: Art thou he, that canst shew me the dream, which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
Daniel answered the king to his face, and said: As for this secret, for the which the king maketh inquisition: it is neither the wise, the sorcerer, the charmer nor the devil conjurer, that can certify the king of it:
Only God in heaven can open secrets, and he it is, that sheweth the king Nabuchodnosor, what is for to come in the latter days. Thy dream, and that which thou hast seen in thine head upon thy bed, is this:
O king, thou didst cast in thy mind, what should come hereafter: So he that is the opener of mysteries, telleth thee, what is for to come.
As for me, this secret is not shewed me, for any wisdom that I have, more than any other living: but only that I might shew the king the interpretation, that he might know the thoughts of his own heart.
Thou king sawest, and behold: there stood before thee a great Image, whose figure was marvelous great, and his visage grim.
The image head was of fine gold, his breast and arms of silver, his body and loins were of copper,
his legs were of iron, his feet were part of iron, and part of earth.
This thou sawest, till the time that (without any hands) there was hewn of a stone which smote the image upon the feet, that were both of iron and earth, and brake them to powder:|poulder|
Then was the iron, the earth, the copper, the silver and gold broken altogether in pieces: and became like the chaff of corn, that the wind bloweth away from the summer floors, that they can no more be found. But the stone that smote the Image, became a great mountain, which fulfilleth the whole earth:
This is the dream. And now will we shew before the king, what it meaneth.
O king, thou art a king of kings: For the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, riches, strength, and majesty:
And hath delivered thee all things, that are among the children of men: the beasts of the field, and the fowls under the heaven, and given thee dominion over them all. Thou art that golden head.
After thee there shall arise another kingdom, which shall be less than thine. The third kingdom shall be like copper, and have domination in all lands.
The fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron. For like as iron bruiseth and breaketh all things: Yea even as iron beateth everything down, so shall it beat down and destroy.
Where as thou sawest the feet and toes, part of earth and part of iron: that is a divided kingdom, which nevertheless shall have some of the iron ground mixt with it, for so much as thou hast seen the iron mixt with the clay.
The toes of the feet that were part of iron and part of clay, signifieth: that it shall be a kingdom partly strong and partly weak.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixt with clay: they shall mingle themselves with the seed of simple people: and yet not continue one with another, like as iron will not be soldered with a potsherd.
In the days of these kings, shall the God of heaven set up an everlasting kingdom, which shall not perish, and his kingdom shall not be given over to another people: Yea the same shall break and destroy all these kingdoms, but it shall endure for ever.
And where as thou sawest, that without any hands there was cut out of the mount a stone, which brake the iron, the copper, the earth, the silver and gold in pieces: by that hath the great God shewed the king, what will come after this. This is a true dream, and the interpretation of it is sure.
Then the king Nabuchodnosor fell down upon his face, and bowed himself unto Daniel, and commanded that they should offer meatofferings and sweet odours unto him.
The king answered Daniel, and said: Yea of a truth your God is a God above all gods, and Lord|LORDE| above all kings, and an opener of secrets: seeing thou canst discover this mystery.
So the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many and great gifts. He made him ruler of all the countries of Babylon, and lord of all the nobles, that were at Babylon.
Now Daniel intreated the king for Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, so that he made them rulers over all the offices in the land of Babylon: But Daniel himself remained still in the court by the king.
Nabuchodonosor the king caused a golden Image to be made, which was sixty cubits high, and six cubits thick. This he made to be set up in the field of Dura, in the land of Babylon
and sent out to gather together the dukes, lords and nobles, the judges and officers, the deputies|debites| and shreves, with all the rulers of the land: that they might come to the dedication of the Image which Nabuchodonosor the king had set up.
So the dukes, lords and nobles, the judges and officers, deputies|debites| and shreves with all the rulers of the land gathered them together, and came unto the dedicating of the Image that Nabuchodonosor the king had set up. Now when they stood before the Image, which Nabuchodonosor had set up,
the bedel cried out with all his might: O ye people, kindreds and tongues, to you be it said:
that when ye hear the noise of the trumpets, which shall be blown, with harps, shawmes Psalteries, Symphonies and all manner of Music: ye fall down and worship the golden Image, that Nabuchodonosor the king hath set up.
Who so then falleth not down and boweth himself, shall even the same hour be cast in to an hot burning oven.
Therefore, when all the folk heard the noise of the trumpets, that were blown, with the harps, shawmes, Psalteries, Symphonies and all kind of Melody: then all the people, kindreds and nations fell down, and bowed themselves unto the golden Image, that Nabuchodonosor the king had set up.
Now were there certain men of the Caldees, that went even then and accused the Jews,
and said unto the king Nabuchodonosor: O king, God save thy life for ever.
Thou being king hast given a commandment, that all men when they hear noise of the trumpets, harps, shawmes psalteries, symphonies and all the other melodies: shall fall down and bow themselves toward the golden Image:
whoso then fell not down and worshipped not, that he should be cast in to an hot burning oven.
Now are there certain Jews, whom thou hast set over the offices of the land of Babylon: namely, Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago. These men, (O king) regard not thy commandment, yea they will not serve thy Gods, nor bow themselves to the golden Image, that thou hast set up.
Then Nabuchodonosor in a cruel wrath and displeasure, commanded that Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago should be brought unto him. So these men were brought before the king.
Then Nabuchodonosor spake unto them, and said: what? O Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, will not ye serve my Gods? nor bow yourselves to the golden Image, that I have set up?
well, be ready hereafter, when ye hear the noise of the trumpets blow with the harps, shawmes psalteries, symphonies and all the other melodies: that ye fall down, and worship the Image which I have made. But if ye worship it not, ye shall be cast immediately in to an hot burning oven. Let see, what God is there, that may deliver you out of my hands?
Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, answered the king, an said: O Nabuchodonosor, we ought not to consent unto thee in this matter, for why:
our God whom we serve, is able to keep us from the hot burning oven (O king) and can right well deliver us out of thy hands:
And though he will not, yet shalt thou know (O king) that we will not serve thy Gods, nor do reverence to the Image, which thou hast set up.
Then was Nabuchodonosor full of indignation, so that the countenance of his face changed upon Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago. Therefore he charged and commanded, that the oven should be made seven times hotter, than it was wont to be:
and spake unto the strongest worthies that were in his house, for to bind Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, and to cast them in to the hot burning oven.
So these men were bound in their coats, hosen, shoes with their other garments, and cast in to the hot burning oven.
For the king's commandment was so straight, and the oven was exceeding hot. As for the men that put in Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, the flame of the fire destroyed them.
And these three men, Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago fell down in the hot burning oven, being fast bound.

And they walked in the middest of the flame, praysing God and magnifying the LORD.
Azarias stood up and praid on this maner: even in the middest of the fire opened he his mouth, and said:
Blessed be thou (O LORD God of our fathers) right worthy to be praised and honoured is that name of thine for evermore:
For thou art righteous in all the thinges that thou hast done to us: Yea faithfull are all thy works, thy ways are right, and all thy judgementes true.
In all the things that thou hast brought upon us, and upon the holy city of our fathers (even Ierusalem) thou hast executed true judgement: yea according to right and equity hast thou brought all these things upon us, because of our sins.
For why? we have offended and done wickedly, departing from thee:
In all things haue we trespassed, and not obeyed thy commandments, nor kept them, neither done as thou hast bidden us, that we might prosper.
Wherefore all that thou hast brought upon us, and every thing that thou hast done to us, thou hast done them in true judgement:
As in delivering us into the hands of our enemies, among ungodly and wicked abhominations, and to an unrighteous king, yea the most froward upon earth.
And now we may not open our mouths, we are become a shame and reproof unto thy servants, and to them that worship thee.
Yet for thy names sake (we beseche thee) give us not up for ever, break not thy covenaunt,
and take not away thy mercy from us for thy beloved Abraham's sake, for thy servant Isaac's sake, and for thy holy Israel's sake:
To whom thou hast spoken and promised that thou wouldest multiply their seed as the stars of heaven, and as the sand that lieth upon the sea shore.
For we (O LORD) are become less than any people, and be kept, under this day, in all the world, because of our sins.
So that now we have neither prince, duke prophet, burnt offering, sacrifice, oblation, incense, nor sanctuary before thee.
Nevertheless, in a contrite heart and an humble spirit let us be received, that we may obtain thy mercy.
Like as in the burnt offering of rams and bullocks, and like as in thousands of fat lambs: so let our offering be in thy sight this day, that it may please thee: for there is no confusion unto them that put their trust in thee.
And now we folow thee with all our heart, we fear thee, and seek thy face.
Put us not to shame: but deal with us after thy loving kindness, and according to the multitude of thy mercies.
Deliver us by thy miracles (O LORD) and get thy name an honour: that all they which do thy servants evil, may be confounded:
Let them be ashamed thorow thy almighty power, and let their strength be broken:
that they may know, how that thou only art the LORD God, and honour worthy thorowout all the world.
And the kings servants that put them in ceased not to make the oven hot with wild fire, dry straw, pitch and fagots:
So that the flame went out of the oven upon a fourty and nine cubits:
Yea it took away, and brent up those Chaldees, that it gat hold upon beside the oven.
But the angel of the LORD came down into the oven to Azariah and his felows, and smote the flame of the fire out of the oven,
And made the middest of the oven, as it had been a cold wind blowing: so that the fire neither touched them, grieved them, nor did them hurt.
Then these three (as out of one mouth) praised, honoured, and blessed God in the furnace, saying:
Blessed be thou, O LORD God of our fathers: for thou art praise and honour worthy, yea and to be magnified for evermore.
Blessed be the holy name of thy glory, for it is worthy to be praised and magnified for ever.
Blessed be thou in the throne of thy kingdom, for above all thou art worthy to be praysed, yea and more than worthy to be magnified for ever.
Blessed be thou in the throne of thy kingdom, for above all thou art worthy to be well spoken of, and to be more than magnified for ever.
Blessed be thou, that lookest thorow the deep, and sittest upon the Cherubims: for thou art worthy to be praised, and above all to be magnified for ever.
Blessed be thou in the firmament of heaven: for thou art praise and honour worthy for ever.
O all ye works of the LORD, speak good of the LORD, praise him and set him up for ever.
O ye angels of the LORD, speak good of the LORD, praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye heavens, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye waters that be above the firmament, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye powers of the LORD, speak good of the LORD, praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye Sonne and Moon, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye stars of heaven, speak good of the LORD: praise him and set him up for ever.
O ye showers and dew, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye winds of God, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye fire and heat speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye winter and summer, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye dews and frosts, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye frost and cold, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye ice and snow, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye nights and days: speak good of the LORD: praise him and set him up for ever.
O ye light and darkeness, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye lightnings and clouds, speak good of the LORD: praise him and set him up for ever.
O let the earth speak good of the LORD: yea let it praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye mountains and hills, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye green things upon the earth, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye wells, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye seas and floods, speak good of the LORD: praise him and set him up for ever.
O ye whales and that live in the waters, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye fouls of the air, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O all ye beastes and cattle, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye children of men, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O let Israel speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye priests of the LORD, speak good of the LORD, praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye servants of the LORD, speak good of the LORD: praise him and set him up for ever.
O ye spirits and souls of the righteous, speak good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O ye holy and humble men of heart, speak ye good of the LORD: praise him, and set him up for ever.
O Ananias, Azarias, and Misael speak ye good of the LORD, praise ye him, and set him up for ever. Which hath delivered us from the hell, kept us from the hand of death, rid us from the middest of the burning flame, and saved us even in the middest of the fire.
O give thanks therefore unto the LORD: for he is kind hearted, and his mercy endureth for ever.
O all devout men, speak ye good of the LORD, even the God of all goddes: O praise him, and give him thanks, for his mercy endureth world without end.
Then Nabuchodonosor the king marveled, and stood up in all haste: he spake unto his counsel and said: did not ye cast these three men bound into the fire? They answered, and said unto the king: Yea O king.
He answered and said: Lo, for all that, yet do I see four men going loose|lowse| in the middest of the fire, and nothing corrupt: and the fourth is like an angel|the son of God| to look upon.
Upon this went Nabuchodonosor unto the mouth of the hot burning oven: he spake also, and said: O Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, ye servants of the high|hye| God: go forth, and come hither. And so Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, went out of the fire.
Then the dukes, lords and nobles, and the king's counsel came together to see these men, upon whom the fire had no manner of power in their bodies: in so much that the very hair of their head was not burnt, and their clothes unchanged: Yea there was no smell of fire felt upon them.
Then spake Nabuchodonosor, and said: Blessed be the God of Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago: which hath sent his angel, and defended his servants, that put their trust in him: that have altered the king's commandment: and jeoperdy their bodies there upon: rather than they would serve or worship any other god, except their own God only.
Therefore I will and command, that all people, kindreds and tongues, which speak any blasphemy against the God of Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, shall die and their houses shall be prised: Because, there is no God that may save, as this.
So the king promoted Sidrach, Misach, and Abednago, in the land of Babylon.
Nabuchodonosor king, unto all people, kindreds and tongues that dwell upon the whole earth: peace be multiplied among you,
I thought it good to shew the tokens and marvelous works, that the high God hath wrought upon me.
O how great are his tokens, and how mighty are his wonders? His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his power lasteth for ever and ever.
I Nabuchodonosor being at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace,
saw a dream, which made me afraid: and the thoughts that I had upon my bed, with the visions of mine head, troubled me.
Then sent I out a commission, that all they which were of wisdom at Babylon should be brought before me, to tell me the interpretation of the dream.
So there came the soothsayers, charmers, Caldees and conjurers of devils: to whom I told the dream, but what it be tokened, they could not shew me:
till at the last, there came one Daniel (other wise called Balthasar, according to the name of my God) which hath the spirit of the holy Gods, in him: to whom I told the dream, saying:
O Balthasar, thou prince of southsayers:|saythsayyers| For so much as I know, that thou hast the spirit of the holy Gods,|goddes| and no secret is hid from thee: tell me therefore, what the vision of my dream (that I have seen) may signify.
I saw a vision in my head upon my bed: and behold, there stood a tree upon the ground,
which was very high, great and mighty: the height|highth| reached unto the heaven, and the breadth extended to all the ends of the earth:
his leaves were fair, he had very much fruit, so that every man had enough to eat therein. The beasts of the field had shadows under it, and the fowls of the air dwelt in the boughs thereof. Shortly, all creatures fed of it.
I saw in my head a vision upon my bed: and behold, a watcher|(even an holy angel)| came down from heaven,
and cried mightily, saying: Hew down the tree, break off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit abroad: that all the beasts may get them away from under him, and the fowls from his branches.
Nevertheless leave the ground of his root still in the earth, and bind him upon the plain field, with chains of iron and steel. With the dew of heaven shall he be wet, and he shall have his part in the herbs of the ground with other wild beasts.
That man's heart of his shall be taken from him, and a beast's heart shall be given him, till seven years be come and gone upon him.
This errand of the watcher, is a commandment grounded and sought out in the counsel of him, that is most holy: to learn men for to understand, that the highest|hyest| hath power over the kingdoms of men, and giveth them, to whom it liketh him, and bringeth the very outcasts of men over them.
This is the dream, that I king Nabuchodonosor have seen. Therefore O Balthasar, tell thou me what it signifieth: for so much as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to shew me, what it meaneth. But thou canst do it, for the spirit of the holy Gods is in thee.
Then Daniel (whose name was Balthasar) held his peace by the space of an hour and his thoughts troubled him. So the king spake, and said: O Balthasar, let neither the dream nor the interpretation thereof fear thee. Balthasar answered saying: O my lord,|LORDE| this dream happen to thine enemies, and the interpretation to thine adversaries.
As for the tree that thou sawest which was so great and mighty, whose height reached unto the heaven, and his breadth in to all the world:
whose leaves were fair, and the fruit much: under the which the beasts of the field had their habitation, and upon whose branches the fowls of the air did sit.
Even thou (O king) art the tree, great and strong. Thy greatness increaseth, and reacheth unto the heaven, so doth thy power to the ends of the earth.
But where as the king saw a watcher even an holy angel, that came down from heaven, and said: hew down the tree, and destroy it: yet leave the ground of the root in the earth: and bind him upon the plain field with chains of iron and steel: He shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and his part shall be with the beasts of the field, till seven years be come and gone upon him:
This (O king) is the interpretation, yea it is the very device of him, that is highest of all, and it toucheth my lord|LORDE| the king.
Thou shalt be cast out from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: with grass shalt thou be fed like an ox. Thou must be wet with the dew of the heaven: yea seven years shall come, and go upon thee, till thou know, that the highest hath power upon the kingdoms of men, and giveth them to whom he list.
Moreover, where as it was said, that the root of the tree should be left still in the ground: it betokeneth, that thy kingdom shall remain whole unto thee, after thou hast learned to know, that the power cometh from heaven.
Wherefore, O king, be content with my counsel, that thou mayest lose|lowse| thy sins with righteousness, and thine offenses with mercy to poor people: for such things shall prolong thy peace.
All these things touche the king Nabuchodonosor.
So after twelve months, the king walked up and down in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon,
and said: This is the great city of Babylon, which I myself (with my power and strength) have made a king's court, for the honour of my majesty.
While these words were yet in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying: O king Nabuchodonosor, to thee be it spoken: Thy kingdom is departed from thee,
thou shalt be cast out of men's company: thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, so that thou shalt eat grass like as an ox, till seven years be come and gone over thee: even until thou knowest, that the highest|hyest| hath power upon the kingdoms of men, and that he may give them, unto whom it pleaseth him.
The very same hour was this matter fulfilled upon Nabuchodonosor: so that he was cast out of men's company, and ate grass like an ox; His body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were as great as Aegles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
When this time was past, I Nabuchodonosor lift up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding was restored unto me again. Then gave I thanks to the highest. I magnified and praised him that liveth for evermore, whose power endureth alway, and his kingdom from one generation to another:
in comparison of whom all they that dwell upon the earth, are to be reputed as nothing. He handleth according to his will, among the powers of heaven and among the inhabiters of the earth: and there is none that may resist his hand, or say: what doest thou?
At the same time was mine understanding given me again, and I was restored to the honour of my kingdom, to my dignity, and to my own shape again. My great estates and princes sought unto me, and I was set in my kingdom again, so that I had yet greater worship.
Then did I Nabuchodonosor, love, magnify and praise the King of heaven: for all his works are true, and his ways right. As for those that go on proudly, he is able to bring them down.
King Balthazar made a great banquet to his thousand lords: with all these thousand he made great cheer,
and when he was drunken with wine, he commanded to bring him the golden and silver vessels, which his father Nabuchodonosor had taken out of the temple at Jerusalem: that the king and his lords with his queen and concubines might drink thereout.
So they brought the golden vessel, that was taken out of the temple of the Lord's|LORDES| house at Jerusalem. Then the king and his lords with his queen and concubines drunk out of them.
They drunk wine, and praised their Idols of gold, silver, copper, iron, wood and stone.
In the very same hour there appeared fingers, as it had been of a man's hand writing, right over against the candlestick upon the plain wall in the king's palace: and the king saw the palm of the hand that wrote.
Then changed the king his countenance, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his body shook, and his knees smote one against another.
Wherefore the king cried mightily, that they should bring him the charmers, Caldees and the conjurers of devils. The king spake also to the wise men of Babylon, and said: Who so can read this writing, and shew me the plain meaning thereof: shall be clothed with purple, have a chain of gold about his neck, and rule the third part of my kingdom.
Upon this, came all the king's wise men: but they could neither read the writing, nor shew the king what it signified.
Then was the king sore afraid in so much, that his color changed, and his lords were sore vexed.
So by reason of this matter, that had happened to the king and his lords, the queen went up herself into the banquet house, and spake unto the king, saying: O king, God save thy life forever: Let not the|yi| thoughts trouble thee, and let not thy countenance be changed.
For why: there is a man in thy kingdom, that hath the spirit of the holy gods within him, as it was seen in thy father's days. He hath understanding and wisdom like the gods; Yea the king Nabuchodonosor thy father made this man chief of the soothsayers, charmers, Caldees and devil conjurers:
because that such an abundant spirit, knowledge and wisdom, to expound dreams, open secrets, and to declare hard doubts, was found in him: Yea even in Daniel, whom the king named Balthazar. Let this same Daniel be sent for, and he shall tell, what it meaneth.
Then was Daniel brought before the king. So the king spake unto Daniel, and said: Art thou that Daniel, one of the prisoners of Juda whom my father the king brought out of Jewry?
I have heard speak of thee, that thou hast the spirit of the holy gods, experience and understanding, and that there hath been great wisdom found in thee.
Now have there been brought me, wise and conjuring charmers, to read this writing, and to shew me the meaning thereof: but they could not tell me, what this matter signified.
Then heard I say, that thou can expound dark things, and declare hard doubts. Well then, if thou can read this writing, and shew me the meaning thereof: thou shalt be clothed with purple, have a chain of gold about thy neck, and rule the third part of my kingdom.
Daniel answered, and said before the king: As for thy rewards, keep them to thyself, or give thy rich gifts to another: yet not the less, I will read the writing unto the king, and shew him the interpretation thereof.
O king, God the highest|hyest| gave unto Nabuchodonosor thy father, the dignity of a king, with worship and honor:
So that all people, kindreds and tongues stood in awe and fear of him, by reason of the high estate, that he had sent him. For why: he slew whom he would: he smote, whom it pleased him. Again: whom he would he set up: and whom he list, he put down.
But because his heart was so proud, and his stomach set so fast unto wilfulness: he was deposed from his kingly throne, and his majesty was taken from him.
He was shot out from among men, his heart was like a beasts heart, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: he was fain to eat grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven: till he knew, that the highest|hyest| had power upon the kingdoms of men, and setteth over them, whom he list.
And thou his son (O Balthazar) for all this, hast not submitted thine heart, though thou knewest all these things:
but hast magnified thyself above the Lord|LORDE| of heaven, so that the vessels of his house were brought before thee: that thou, and thy lords, with thy queen and concubines, might drink wine thereout: and hast praised the Idols of silver and gold, copper and iron, of wood and stone: As for the God in whose hand consisteth thy breath and all thy ways: thou hast not loved him.
Therefore is the palm of this hand sent hither from him, to token up this writing.
And this is the scripture, that is written up: Mane, Thetel, Phares.
Now the interpretation of the thing is this: Mane, God hath numbered the|thy| kingdom, and brought it to an end:
Thetel, thou art weighed in the balance, and art found to light:
Phares, thy kingdom is dealt in parts, and given to the Medes and Perses.
Then commanded Balthazar, to clothe Daniel with purple, to hang a chain of gold about his neck, and to make a proclamation concerning him: that he should be the ruler of the third part of his kingdom.
The very same night was Balthazar the king of the Caldees slain,
and Darius out of Medea took in the kingdom, being sixty two year of age.
It pleased Darius to set over his kingdom an hundredth and twenty lords, which should be in all his kingdom about.
Above these he set three princes (of whom Daniel was one) that the lords might give accomptes unto them, and the king to be undiseased.
But Daniel exceeded all these princes and lords, for the spirit of God was plenteous in him: so that the king was minded to set him over the whole realm.
Wherefore the princes and lords sought, to pick out in Daniel some quarrel against the kingdom: yet could they find none occasion nor fault upon him. For why: he was so faithful, that there was no blame nor dishonesty found in him.
Then said these men: we will get no quarrel against this Daniel, except it be in the law of his God.
Upon this, went the princes and lords together unto the king, and said thus unto him: King Darius God save thy life forever;
All the great estates of the realm: as the princes, dukes, senators and judges, are determined to put out a commandment of the king, and to make a sure statute: namely, that who so desireth any petition, either of any god or man (within this thirty days) except it be only of thee, O king: the same person may be cast into the lions' den.
Wherefore, O king, confirm thou this statute, and make a writing: that the thing which the Medes and Perses have ordained|ordeyned| be not altered nor broken.
So Darius made the writing, and confirmed it.
Now when Daniel understood that the writing was made, he went into his house: and the windows of his hall toward Jerusalem stood open. There kneeled he down upon his knees, three times a day: there he made his petition, and praised his God, like as his manner was to do afore time.
Then these men made search, and found Daniel making his petition and praying unto his God.
So they came to the king, and spake before him concerning his commandment, saying: O king, hast thou not subscribed the statute, that within thirty days who so requireth his petition of any god or man, but only of thyself, O king, he shall be cast into the den of the lions? The king answered, and said: it is true. It must be as a law of the Medes and Perses, that may not be broken.
Then answered they, and said unto the king: Daniel one of the prisoners of Judah, O king, regardeth neither thee nor thy statute, that thou hast made, but maketh his petition three times a day.
When the king heard these words, he was sore grieved, and would have excused Daniel, to deliver him, and put off the matter, unto the Sun went down, to the intent that he might save him.
These men perceiving the king's mind, said unto him: know this (O king) that the law of the Medes and Perses is, that the commandment and statute which the king maketh, may not be altered.
Then the king had them bring Daniel, and cast him into the Lions' den. The king also spake unto Daniel, and said: thy God whom thou alway servest, even he shall defend thee.
And there was brought a stone, and laid upon the hole of the den: this the king sealed with his own ring, and with the signet of his princes: that the king's commandment concerning Daniel, should not be broken.
So the king went in to his palace, and kept him sober all night, so that there was no table spread before him, neither could he take any sleep.
But by times in the morning, at the break of the day, the king arose, and went in all haste unto the den of the Lions.
Now as he came nye unto the den, he cried with a piteous voice unto Daniel: Yea the king spake, and said to Daniel: O Daniel, thou servant of the living God, is not thy God, whom thou alway servest, able to deliver thee from the lions?
Daniel said unto the king: O king, God save thy life for ever.
My God hath sent his angel, which hath shut the lions' mouths, so that they might not hurt me. For why: mine unguiltiness is found out before him. And as for thee, O king, I never offended thee.
Then was the king exceeding glad, and commanded to take Daniel out of the den. So Daniel was brought out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him; For he put his trust in his God.
And as for those men which had accused Daniel, the king commanded to bring them, and to cast them in the Lions' den: them, their children, and their wives. So the Lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones asunder, or ever they came at the ground.
After this, wrote king Darius unto all people kindreds and tongues, that dwelt in all lands: peace be multiplied with you.
My commandment is, in all my dominion and kingdom, that men fear and stand in awe of Daniel's God. For he is the living God, which abideth ever: his kingdom shall not fail and his power is everlasting.
It is he that delivereth and saveth: he doth wonders and marvelous works, in heaven and in earth: he hath preserved Daniel from the power of the Lions.
This Daniel prospered in the reign of Darius and Cirus of Persia.
In the first year of Balthazar king of Babylon, saw Daniel a dream, and a vision was in his head upon his bed. Which dream he wrote, and the sum of the matter is this:
Daniel spake and said: I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the sea,
and four great beasts came up from the sea, one unlike another.
The first was as a lion, and yet had he Aegle's wings. I saw, that his wings were plucked from him, and he taken away from the earth: that he stood upon his feet as a man, and that there was given him a man's heart.
Behold, the second beast was like a bear, and stood upon the one side. Among his teeth in his mouth he had three great long teeth, and it was said unto him: Arise, eat up, much flesh.
Then I looked, and behold, there was another like unto a leopard: this had wings as a fowl, even four upon the back. This beast had four heads, and there was power given him.
After this I saw in a vision by night, and behold, the fourth beast was grim and horrible, and marvelous strong. It had great iron teeth, it devoured and destroyed, and stamped the residue under feet. It was far unlike the other beasts that were before it: for it had ten horns, whereof I took good heed.
And behold, there came up among them, another like horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked away. Behold, this horn had eyes like a man, and a mouth speaking presumptuous things.
I looked till the seats were prepared, and till the old aged sat him down. His clothing was white as snow, and the hairs of his head like the pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as the burning fire.
There drew forth a fiery stream, and went out from him. A thousand times a thousand served him. Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him. The judgment was set, and the books opened.
Then took I heed there unto, because of the voice of the proud words, which the|that| horn spake. I beheld, till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed, and given over to be brent in the fire.
As for the power of the other beasts also, it was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a time and season.
I saw in a vision by night, and behold, there came one in the clouds of heaven like the son of a man, which went unto the old aged, before whom they brought him:
Then gave he him power and dignity regal, that all people, tribes and tongues should serve him: His power is an everlasting power, which shall never be put down: and his kingdom endureth uncorrupt.
My heart was vexed, and I Daniel had a troubled spirit within me, and the visions of my head made me afraid:
till I gat me to one of them that stood by, to know the truth, concerning all these things. So he told me, and made me understand the interpretation of these things.
These four great beasts, are four kings which shall arise out of the earth.
These shall take in the kingdom of the saints of the most highest, and possess it still more and more for a long season.
After this I required diligently to know the truth, concerning the fourth beast, which was so far unlike the other beasts, and so horrible: whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass: which devoured and destroyed, and stamped the residue under his feet.
I desired also to know the truth, as touching the ten horns that he had upon his head, and this other which came up afterward, before whose face there fell down three: which horn had eyes and a mouth that spake presumptuous things, and looked with a grimmer visage than his fellows.
I beheld, and the same horn made battle against the saints, yea and gat the victory of them
till the time that the old aged came, that the judgement was given to the chiefest saints: and till the time, that the saints had the kingdom in possession.
He gave me this answer: That fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth: it shall be more than all other kingdoms, it shall devour, tread down, and destroy all other lands.
The ten horns, are ten kings that shall arise out of that kingdom, after whom there shall stand up another, which shall be greater than the first.
He shall subdue three kings, and shall speak words against the highest|hyest| of all: he shall destroy the saints of the most highest,|hyest| and think, that he may change times and laws. They shall be given under his power, until a time, two times, and a half a time.
But the judgement shall be kept, so that his power shall be taken from him, for he shall be destroyed, and perish at the last.
As for the kingdom, power and all might that is under the heaven: it shall be given to the holy people of the most highest, whose kingdom is everlasting, yea all powers shall serve and obey him.
Thus far extend the words. Nevertheless, I Daniel was so vexed in my thoughts, that my countenance changed, but the words I kept still in my heart.
In the third year of the reign of king Balthazar, there appeared a vision unto me Daniel, after that I had seen the first.
I saw in a vision, and when I saw it, I was at Susis in the chief city, which lieth in the land of Elam, and in the vision me thought I was by the river of Ulai.
Then I looked up, and saw, and behold, there stood before the river, a ram, which had horns: and these horns were high, but one was higher than another, and the highest|hyest| came up last.
I saw that this ram pushed with his horns, against the west, against the north and against the south: so that no beasts might stand before him, nor defend them from his power: but he did as him listed, and waxed greatly.
I took heed unto this, and then came there an he goat from the west over the whole earth, and touched not the ground. This goat had a marvelous goodly horn betwixt his eyes,
and came unto the ram, that had the two horns (whom I had seen afore by the river side) and ran fiercely upon him with his might.
I saw him draw nye unto the ram, being very fierce upon him: yea he gave him such a stroke, that he brake his two horns: Neither had the ram so much strength as to stand before him: but he cast|kest| him down, trod him under his feet: and no man was able to deliver the ram out of his power.
The goat waxed exceedingly great, and when he was at the strongest, his great horn was broken also. Then grew there other four such like in the stead, toward the four winds of the heaven.
Yea out of one of the least of these horns, there came up yet another horn, which waxed marvelous great: toward the south, toward the east, and toward the fair pleasant land.
It grew up to the host of heaven, whereof it did cast some down to the ground, and of the stars also, and trod them under feet.
Yea it grew up unto the prince of the host, from whom the daily offering was taken, and the place of his Sanctuary casten down.
And a certain season was given unto it, against the daily offering (because of wickedness) that it might cast down the verity to the ground, and so to prosper in all things, that it went about.
Upon this I heard one of the saints speaking, which saint said unto one that asked this question: How long shall this vision of the daily sacrifice and of the wasting abomination endure: that the Sanctuary and the power shall so be trodden under foot?
And he answered him: Unto the evening and the morning, even two thousand and three hundredth days: then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed again.
Now when I Daniel had seen this vision, and sought for the understanding of it: behold, there stood before me a thing like unto a man.
And I heard a man's voice in the river of Ulai, which cried, and said: O Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.
So he came, and stood by me. But I was afraid at his coming, and fell down upon my face. Then said he unto me: O thou son of man, mark well, for in the last time shall this vision be fulfilled.
Now as he was speaking unto me, I waxed faint, so that I sunk down to the ground. But he took hold upon me, and set me up again,
saying: Behold I will shew thee, what shall happen in the last wrath: for in the time appointed it shall be fulfilled.
The ram which thou sawest with the two horns, is the king of the Medes and Perses:
but the goat is the king of Greek land: the great horn that stood betwixt his eyes, that is the principal king.
But where as it brake, and four other rose up in the stead: it signifieth, that out of this people shall stand up four kingdoms, but not so mighty as it.
After these kingdoms (while ungodliness is a growing) there shall arise a king of an unshamefast face, which shall be wise in dark speakings.
He shall be mighty and strong, but not in his own strength. He shall destroy above measure, and all that he goeth about, shall prosper: he shall slay the strong and holy people.
And thorow his craftiness, falsity shall prosper in his hand, his heart shall be proud, and many one shall be|he| put to death in his wealthiness: He shall stand up against the Prince of Princes, but he shall be destroyed without hand.
And this vision that is shewed unto thee, is as sure as the evening and the morning. Therefore write thou upon this sight, for it will be long or it come to pass.
Upon this was I Daniel very faint, so that I lay sick certain days: but when I rose up, I went about the king's business, and marveled at the vision, nevertheless no man knew of it.
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, which was of the seed of the Medes, and was made king over the realm of the Caldees:
Yea even in the first year of his reign, I Daniel desired to know the yearly number out of the books, whereof the LORD spake unto Jeremy the Prophet: that Jerusalem should lie waste seventy years:
and I turned me unto God the Lord,|LORDE| for to pray and make mine intercession, with fasting, sack cloth and ashes,
I prayed before the LORD my God, and knowledged, saying: O Lord,|LORDE| thou great and fearful God, thou that keepest covenant and mercy with them, which love thee, and do thy commandments:
We have sinned, we have offended, we have been disobedient and gone back: yea we have departed from all thy precepts and judgments.
We would never follow thy servants the Prophets, that spake in thy name to our kings and princes, to our forefathers, and to all the people of the land.
O Lord,|LORDE| righteousness belongeth unto thee, unto us pertaineth nothing but open shame: as it is come to pass this day unto every man of Judah, and to them that dwell at Jerusalem: Yea unto all Israel, whether they be far or nye: thorowout all lands: wherein thou hast strowed them, because of the offenses that they had done against thee.
Yea O Lord,|LORDE| unto us, to our kings and princes, to our forefathers: even to us all, that have offended thee, belongeth open shame.
But unto thee O Lord|LORDE| our God, pertaineth mercy and forgiveness. As for us, we are gone back from him,
and have not obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he laid before us by his servants the Prophets:
Yea all Israel have transgressed, and gone back from thy law, so that they have not hearkened unto thy voice. Wherefore the curse and oath, that is written in the law of Moses the servant of God (against whom we have offended) is poured upon us.
And he hath performed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us: to bring upon us such a great plague, as never was under heaven, like as it is now come to pass in Jerusalem.
Yea all this plague, as it is written in the law of Moses, is come upon us. Yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn again from our wickedness, and to be learned in thy verity.|verity|
Therefore hath the LORD made haste, to bring this plague upon us: for the LORD our God is righteous, in all his works which he doth: for why, we would not hearken unto his voice.
And now, O Lord|LORDE| our God, thou that with a mighty hand hast brought thy people out of Egypt, to get thyself a name, which remaineth this day: we have sinned,
O Lord,|LORDE| and done wickedly against all thy righteousness: Yet let thy wrothful displeasure be turned away (I beseech thee) from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy hill. And why? for our sins' sake, and for the wickedness of our forefathers is Jerusalem and thy people abhorred, of all them that are about us.
Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and his intercession. O let thy face shine over thy Sanctuary, that lieth waste.
O my God, incline|enclyne| thine ear, and hearken (at the least for thine own sake) open thine eyes: behold, how we be desolated, yea and the city also, which is called after thy name: for we do not cast our prayers before thee in our own righteousnesses, no, but only in thy great mercies.
O Lord, hear: O forgive Lord, O Lord consider, tarry not over long: but for thine own sake do it. O my God: for thy city and thy people is called after thy name.
As I was yet speaking at my prayers, knowledging mine own sins, and the sins of my people, making so mine intercession before the LORD my God, for the holy hill's sake of my God:
Yea while I was yet speaking in my prayer, behold, the man Gabriel, (whom I had seen afore in the vision) came flying to me, and touched me about the offering time in the evening.
He informed me, and spake unto me: O Daniel said he, I am now come, to make thee understand it:
For as soon as thou beganest to make thy prayer, it was so devised, and therefore am I come to shew thee. And why? For thou art a man greatly beloved. Wherefore, ponder the matter well, that thou mayest learn, to understand the vision.
Seventy weeks are determined over thy people, and over the holy city: that the wickedness may be consumed, that the sin may have an end, that the offense may be reconciled, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, to fulfill the visions and the Prophets, and to anoint the most holy one.
Understand this then, and mark it well: that from the time it shall be concluded, to go and repair Jerusalem again, unto Christ (or the anointed) Prince: there shall be seven weeks. Then shall the streets and walls be builded again sixty two weeks, but with hard troublous time.
After these sixty two weeks, shall Christ be slain, and they shall have no pleasure in him. Then shall there come a people with the prince, and destroy the city and the Sanctuary: and his end shall come as the water flood. But the desolation shall continue till the end of the battle.
He shall make a strong bond with many, for the space of a week: and when the week is half gone, he shall put down the slain and meat offering. And in the temple there shall be an abominable desolation, till it have destroyed all. And it is concluded, that this wasting shall continue unto the end.
CHAP. 10
In the third year of king Cyrus of Persia, there was shewed unto Daniel (otherwise called Balthasar) a matter, yea a true matter, but it is yet a long time unto it. He understood the matter well, and perceived what the vision was.
At the same time, I Daniel mourned for the space of three weeks,
so that I had no lust to eat bread: as for flesh and wine, there came none within my mouth: No, I did not once anoint myself, till the whole three weeks were out.
Upon the twenty fourth day of the first month, I was by the great flood called Tigris:
I lift up mine eyes, and looked: and behold, a man clothed in linen,|lining| whose loins were girded up with fine gold of Araby:
His body was like the Chrisolite stone, his face (to look upon) was like lightning, his eyes as the flame of fire, his arms and feet were like fair glistering metal, but the voice of his words was like the voice of a multitude.
I Daniel alone saw this vision, the men that were with me, saw it not: but a great fearfulness fell upon them, so that they fled away, and hid themselves.
I was left there myself alone, and saw this great vision, so long till there remained no more strength within me: Yea I lost my colour clean, I wasted away, and my strength was gone.
Yet heard I the voice of his words: and as soon as I heard it, faintness came upon me, and I fell down flat to the ground upon my face.
And behold an hand touched me, which set me up upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands,
saying unto me: O Daniel, thou well beloved man: take good heed of the words, that I shall say unto thee, and stand{stode} right up, for unto thee am I now sent. And when he had said these words, I stood up trembling.
Then said he unto me: fear not, Daniel: for why since the first day that thou set thine heart to understand, and didst chasten thyself before thy God: thy words have been heard. And I had come unto thee, when thou beganest to speak
had not the prince over the kingdom of the Perses withstand me twenty one days. But lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, him have I left by the king of Persia,
and am come to shew thee, what shall happen unto thy people in the latter days: For it will be long yet or the vision be fulfilled.
Now when he had spoken these words unto me, I cast|kest| down my head to the ground and held my tongue.
Behold, there touched my lips one very like unto a man. Then opened I my mouth, and said unto him, that stood before me: O my lord, my joints are lowsed in the vision, and there is no more strength within me:
How may my lord's servant then talk with my lord? seeing there is no strength in me, so that I can not take my breath?
Upon this there touched me again, one much like a man, and comforted me,
saying: O thou man so well beloved, fear not: be content, take a good heart unto thee, and be strong. So when he had spoken unto me, I recovered, and said: Speak on my lord, for thou hast refreshed me.
Then said he: knowest thou wherefore I am come unto thee? now will I go again to fight with the prince of the Perses: As soon as I go forth, lo, the prince of Greklande shall come.
Nevertheless, I will shew thee the thing, that is fast noted in the scripture of truth. And as for all yonder matters, there is none that helpeth me in them, but Michael your prince.
CHAP. 11
And in the first year of Darius of Medea, I stood by him, to comfort him and to strength him,
and now will I shew thee the truth. Behold, there shall stand up yet three kings in Persia, but the fourth shall be far richer than they all. And when he is in the chiefest power of his riches, he shall provoke every man against the realm of Greekland.
Then shall there arise yet a mighty king, that shall rule with great dominion, and do what him list.
And as soon as his kingdom cometh up, it shall be destroyed, and divided toward the four winds of the heaven. They that come after him, shall not have such power and dominion as he: but his kingdom shall be scattered, yea even among other than those.
And the king of the south shall be mightier, than his other princes. Against him there shall one make himself strong, and shall rule his dominion with great power.
But after certain years they shall be joined together, and the king's daughter of the south shall come to the king of the North, for to make friendship, but she shall not obtain the power of that arm, neither shall she be able to endure thorow his might: but she, and such as brought her, yea and he that begat her, and comforted her for his time, shall be delivered up.
Out of the branches of her root, there shall stand one up in his stead: which with power of armies shall go thorow the king's land of the north, and handle him according to his strength. As for their Idols and princes, with their costly Jewels of gold and silver,
he shall carry them away captives into Egypt, and he shall prevail against the king of the north certain years.
And when he is come into the king's realm of the south, he shall be fain to turn again in to his own land.
Wherefore his sons shall be displeased, and shall gather together a mighty great host of people: and one of them shall come, and go thorow like a water flood:|flowed| then shall he return, and go forth with defying and boasting|boosting| unto his own land.
Then the king of the south shall be angry, and shall come forth to fight against the king of the north: Yea he shall bring a great multitude of people together, and a great heap shall be given into his hand.
These shall he carry away with great pride, for so much as he hath cast down so many thousands, nevertheless he shall not prevail.
For the king of the north shall gather (of the new) a greater heap of people than afore, and come forth (after a certain time and years) with a mighty host and exceeding great good.
At the same time there shall many stand up against the king of the south, so that the wicked children of thy people also shall exalt themselves (to fulfill the vision) and then fall.
So the king of the north shall come to lay siege, and to take the strong fenced cities: And the power of them of the south shall not be able to abide him, and the best men of the people shall not be so strong, as to resist him.
Shortly, when he cometh, he shall handle him as he list, and no man shall be so hardy as to stand against him. He shall stand{stode} in the pleasant country, which thorow him shall be destroyed.
He shall set his face with all his power to obtain his kingdom, and to be like it. Yea that shall he do, and give him unto the daughters among women, to destroy him. But he shall fail, neither shall he obtain his purpose.
After this shall he set his face unto the Isles, and take many of them. A prince shall stop{stoppe} him, to do him a shame, beside the confusion that else shall come unto him.
Thus shall he turn again to his own land, stumble, and fall, and be no more found:
so that he that came upon him and did him violence, shall stand in his place, and have a pleasant kingdom: and after few days he shall be destroyed, and that neither in wrath, nor in battle.
In his stead there shall arise a vile person, not holden worthy of a king's dignity: this shall come in craftily, and obtain the kingdom with fair words:
he shall fight against the armies of the mighty (and destroy them) yea and against the prince of the covenant.
So after that he hath take truce with him, he shall handle deceitfully: that he may get up, and overcome him with a small flock:
and so with craftiness to get him to the fattest place of the land, and to deal otherwise, then either his fathers or grandfathers did. For he shall destroy the thing, that they had robbed and spoiled, yea and all their substance: imagining thoughts against the strong holds, and that for a time.
His power and heat shall be stirred up with a great army against the king of the south: where thorow the king of the south shall be moved then unto battle, with a great mighty host also. Nevertheless, he shall not be able to stand, for they shall conspire against him.
Yea they that eat of his meat, shall hurt him: so that his host shall fall, and many be slain down.
These two kings shall be minded to do mischief, and talk of deceit at one table: but they shall not prosper: for why, the end shall not come yet, unto the time appointed.
Then shall he go home again into his own land with great good, and set his heart against the holy covenant, he shall be busy against it, and then return home.
At the time appointed he shall come again, and go toward the south: So shall it happen otherwise then at the first, yet once again.
And why? the ships of Cithum shall come upon him, that he may be smitten and turn again: that he may take indignation against the covenant of holiness, to meddle against it. Yea he shall turn him, and draw such unto him, as leave the holy covenant.
He shall set mighty men to unhallow the Sanctuary of strength, and to put down the daily offering, and to set up the abominable desolation.
And such as break the covenant shall he flatter with fair words. But the people that will know their God, shall have the overhand and prosper.
Those also that have understanding among the people shall inform|enfourme| the multitude: and for a long season, they shall be persecuted with sword, with fire, with captivity and with the taking away of their goods.
Now when they fall, they shall be set up with a little help: but many shall cleave unto them fainedly.
Yea some of those which have understanding shall be persecuted also: that they may be tried, purified, and cleansed, till the time be out: for there is yet another time appointed.
The king shall do what him list, he shall exalt and magnify him self against all, that is God. Yea he shall speak marvelous things against the God of all gods, wherein he shall prosper, so long till the wrath be fulfilled, for the conclusion is devised already.
He shall not regard the God of his fathers, but his lust shall be upon women: Yea he shall not care for any God, for he shall magnify himself above all.
In his place shall he worship the mighty Idols: and the God whom his fathers knew not, shall he honour with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant jewels.
This shall he do, seeking help and succour at the mighty Idols and strange gods. Such as receive him, and take him for God, he shall give them great worship and power: yea and make them lords of the multitude, and give them the land with rewards.
In the latter time, shall the king of the south strive with him: and the king of the north in like manner shall come against him with chariots, horsemen and with a great navy of ships. He shall come into the lands, destroy and go thorow:
he shall enter also in to the fair pleasant land. Many cities and countries shall decay, except Edom, Moab and the best of the children of Ammon, which shall escape from his hand.
He shall stretch forth his hands upon the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape him.
For thorow his going in, he shall have dominion over the treasures of silver and gold, and over all the precious jewels of Egypt, Lybia and Ethiopia.
Nevertheless the tidings out of the East and the north shall trouble him, for the which cause he shall go forth to destroy and curse a great multitude.
The tents of his palace shall he pitch betwixt the two seas, upon the hill of the noble Sanctuary, for he shall come to the end of it, and then shall no man help him.
CHAP. 12
The time will come also, that the great prince Michael, which standeth on thy people side, shall arise up, for there shall come a time of trouble, such as never was, since there began to be any people, unto that same time. Then shall thy people be delivered, yea all those that be found written in the book.
Many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to perpetual shame and reproof.
The wise (such as have taught other) shall glister, as the shining of heaven: and those that have instruct the multitude unto Godliness, shall be as the stars, world without end.
And thou O Daniel, shut up these words, and seal the book, till the last time. Many shall go about here and there, and then shall knowledge increase.
So I Daniel looked, and behold, there stood other two: one upon this shore of the water, the other upon yonder side.
And one of them said unto him, which was clothed in linen,|lining| and stood above upon the waters of the flood; How long shall it be to the end of these wonderous works?
Then heard I the man with the linen|lining| clothes, which stood above upon the waters of the flood: when he held up his right and left hand unto heaven, and sware by him which liveth for ever: that it shall tarry for a time, two times and half a time: when the power of the holy people is clean scattered abroad, then shall all these things be fulfilled.
I heard it well, but I understood it not. Then said I: O my Lord, what shall happen after that?
He answered: Go thy way Daniel, for the words shall be closed up and sealed, till the last time:
and many shall be purified, cleansed and tried. But the ungodly shall live wickedly, and those wicked (as many as they be) shall have no understanding. As for such as have understanding, they shall regard it.
And from the time forth that the daily offering shall be put down and the abominable desolation set up, there shall be a thousand two hundredth and ninety days.
O well is him, that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundredth and thirty five days.
Go thou thy way now, till it be ended: take thy rest, and bide in thy lot, till the days have an end.

There dwelt a man in Babylon, called Ioachim,
that toke a wife whose name was Susanna, the daughter of Helchiak, a very fair woman, and such one as feared God.
Her father and mother also were godly people, and taught their daughter according to the law of Moyses.
Now Ioachim (her husband) was a great rich man, and had a fair orchard joyning unto his house: and to him resorted the Iewes commonly, because he was a man of reputation among them.
The same year were there made two judges, such as the LORD speaketh of: All the wickedness of Babylon commeth from the elders (that is) from the judges which seem to rule the people.
These came oft to Ioachim's house: and all such as had any thing to do in the law, came thither unto them.
Now when the people departed away at noon, Susanna went into her husband's orchard, to walk.
The two elders seeing this, that she went in daily, and walked, they burned for lust to her,
yea, they were almost out of their wits, and cast down their eyes, that they should not see heaven, nor remember, that God is a righteous judge.
For they were both wounded with the love of her, neither durst one shew another his grief:
And for shame, they durst not tell her their inordinate lust, that they woulde fain have had to do with her:
Yet they layed wait for her earnestly from day to day, that they might (at the least) have a sight of her.
And the one said to the other: Up, let us go home, for it is dinner time. So they went their way from her.
When they returned again, they came together, enquiring out the matter betwixt them selves: yea, the one told the other of his wicked lust: Then appointed they a time, when they might take Susanna alone.
It happened also that they spied out a convenient time, when she went forth to walk (as her manner was) and no body with her, but two maidens, and thought to wash her self in the garden, for it was an hot season.
And there was not one person there, except the two elders, that had hid them selves, to behold her.
So she said to her maidens: Go fet me oil and sope, and shut the orchard door, that I may wash me.
And they did as she bade them, and shut the orchard door, and went out them selves at a back door, to fet the thing that she had commanded: but Susanna knew not, that the elders lay there hid within.
Now when the maidens were gone forth, the two elders gat them up: and ran upon her, saying:
Now the orchard doors are shut, that no man can see us: we have a lust unto thee, therefore consent unto us, and lie with us:
If thou wilt not, we shall bring a testimonial against thee: that there was a young fellow with thee, and that thou hast sent away thy maidens from thee for the same cause.
Susanna sighed, and said: Alas. I am in trouble on every side. Though I follow your mind, it will be my death: and if I consent not unto you, I can not escape your hands.
Well, it is better for me, to fall into your hand without the deed doing, then to sin in the sight of the LORD:
and with that, she cried out with a loud voice: the elders also cried out against her.
Then ran there one to the orchard door, and smote it open.
Now when the servants of the house heard the cry in the orchard they rushed in at the back door, to see what the matter was.
So when the elders told them, the servants were greatly ashamed for why, there was never such a report made of Susanna.
On the morrow after came the people to Ioachim her husband, and the two elders came also full of mischevious imaginations against Susanna, to bring her unto death,
and spake thus before the people: Send for Susanna the daughter of Helchias, Ioachim's wife. And immediately they sent for her.
So she came with her father and mother, her children and all her kindred.
Now Susanna was a tender person, and marvelous fair of face.
Therefore the wicked men commanded to take off her clothes from her face (for she was covered) that at the least they might so be satisfied in her beauty.
Then her friends, yea, and all they that knew her, began to weep.
These two elders stood up in the middest of the people, and layed their hands upon the head of Susanna,
Which wept, and looked up toward heaven: for her heart had a sure trust in the LORD.
And the elders said: As we were walking in the orchard alone, this woman came in with her two maidens: whom she sent away from her, and sparred the orchard doors:
With that a young fellow (which there was hid) came unto her, and lay with her.
As for us, we stood in a corner of the orchard: and when we saw this wickedness, we ran to her, and perceived, that they had meddled together.
But we could not hold him, for he was stronger than we. Thus he opened the door and gat him away.
Now when we had taken this woman, we asked her, what young fellow this was, but she would not tell us. This is the matter, and we be witnesses of the same.
The common sort believed them, as those that were the elders and judges of the people, and so they condemned her to death.
Susanna cried out with a loud voice and said: O everlasting God, thou searcher of secrets, thou that knowest all things before they come to pass:
Thou wottest, that they have born false witness against me: and behold, I must die, wheras I never did any such things, as these men have maliciously invented against me.
And the LORD heard her voice.
For when she was led forth to death, the LORD raised up the spirit of a young child, whose name was Daniel
which cried with a loud voice, I am clean from this blood.
Then all the people turned toward him, and said: What mean these words that thou hast spoken?
Daniel stood in the middest of them, and said: are ye such fools, O ye children of Israel, that ye can not discern? Ye have here condemned a daughter of Israel unto death, and know not the trueth, wherefore:
Go sit in judgement again: for they have spoken false witness against her.
Wherefore the people turned again in all the haste. And the elders (that is, the principal heads) said unto him: Come sit down here among us, and shew us this matter, seeing God hath given thee as great honour as an elder.
And Daniel said unto them: Put these two aside one from another, and then shall I hear them.
When they were put asunder one from another, he called one of them and said unto him: O thou old cankered earl that hast used thy wickedness so long: thine ungratious deeds which thou hast done afore, are now come to light.
For thou hast given false judgements, thou hast oppressed the innocent, and letten the guilty go free: where as yet the LORD saith: The innocent and righteous see thou slay not.
Well then, if thou hast seen her, tell me under what tree sawest thou them talking together? He answered: under a Mulberry tree.
And Daniel said: Very well, now thou liest even upon thine head. Lo the messenger of the LORD hath received the sentence of him, to cut thee in two.
Then put he him aside, and called for the other, and said unto him: O thou seed of Canaan, but not of Iuda: Faireness hath deceived thee, and lust hath subverted thine heart.
Thus dealt ye afore with the daughters of Israel, and they (for fear) consented unto you: but the daughter of Iuda would not abide your wickedness.
Now tell me then under what tree diddest thou take them, speaking together? He answered: under a Pomegranate tree.
Then said Daniel unto him: Very well, now thou liest also even upon thine head: the messenger of the LORD standeth waiting with the sword to cut thee in two, and slay you both.
With that, all the whole multitude gave a great shout, and praised God, which alway delivered them that put their trust in him.
And they came upon the two elders (whom Daniel had convict with their own mouth) that they had given false witness)
and dealt with them even likewise as they would have done with their neighbours, yea they did according to the law of Moyses, and put them to death: Thus the innocent blood was saved the same day.
Then Helchiah and his wife praised God for their daughter Susanna, with Ioachim her husband, and all the kinred: that there was no dishonesty found in her.
From that day forth was Daniel had in great reputation in the sight of the people.
[And king Astiages was laid with his fathers, and Cyrus of Persia raigned in his stead.]
[Daniel did eat at the king's table, and was had in reverence above all his friends.]
There was at Babylon an image, called Bel: and there were spent upon him every day twelve cakes, fourty sheep, and six great pots of wine.
Him did the king worship him self, and went daily to honour him, but Daniel worshipped his own God: And the king said unto him, why doest not thou worship Bel?
He answered and said: Because I may not worship things that be made with hands, but the living God which made heaven and earth, and hath power upon all flesh.
The king said unto him: thinkest thou not that Bel is a living God? Or seest thou not how much he eateth and drinketh every day?
Daniel smiled and said: O king deceive not thy self: this is but made of clay within, and of metal without, neither eateth he ever any thing.
Then the king was wroth, and called for his priests, and said unto them: If ye tell me not who is this, that eateth up these expences, ye shall die:
But if ye can certify me, that Bel eateth them, then Daniel shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy against Bel. And Daniel said unto the king: let it so be, according as thou hast said.
The priests of Bel were threescore and ten, besides their wives and children: And the king went with Daniel into the temple of Bel.
So Bel's priestes said: Lo, we will go out: and set thou the meat there (O king) and pour in the wine, then shut the door fast, and seal it with thine own signet:
And to morow when thou commest in, if thou findest not, that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer death: or else Daniel, that hath lied upon us.
The priests thought them selves sure enough: for under the alter they had made a privy entrance, and there went they in ever, and did eat up what there was.
So when they were gone forth, the king set meats before Bel. Now Daniel had commanded his servantes to bring ashes, and these he sifted throughout all the temple, that the king might see: then went they out and sparred the door, sealing it with the kings signet, and so departed.
In the night came the priests, with their wives and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and drink up all.
In the morning betimes at the break of the day the king arose, and Daniel with him.
And the king said: Daniel, are the seals whole yet? He answered: yea O king, they be whole.
Now as soon as he had opened the door, the king looked unto the alter, and cried with a loud voice: Great art thou O Bel, and with thee is no deceit.
Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he should not go in, and said: Beholde the pavement, mark well whose footesteps are these?
The king said: I see the footesteps of men, women, and children.
Therefore the king was angry, and took the priests, with their wives and children: and they shewed him the privy doors where they came in, and did eat up such things as were upon the alter:
For the which cause the king slew them, and delivered Bel into Daniel's power, which destroyed him and his temple.
And in that same place there was a great Dragon, which they of Babylon worshipped.
And the king said unto Daniel, Sayest thou that this is but a god of brasse also? Lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh, so that thou canst not say that he is no living God: therefor worship him.
Daniel said unto the king: I will worship the LORD my God, he is the true living God: as for this, he is not the God of life.
But give me leave (O king) and I shall destroy this Dragon without sword or staff. The king said: I give thee leave.
Then Daniel took pitch, fat and heary wool, and did set them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in the Dragon's mouth, and so the Dragon burst in sunder. And Daniel said: Lo, there is he whom ye worshipped,
When they of Babylon heard that, they took great indignation, and gathered them together against the king, saying: The king is become a Iewe, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath slain the Dragon, and put the priests to death.
So they came to the king, and said: Let us have Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.
Now when the king saw that they rushed in so sore upon him, and that necessity constrained him, he delivered Daniel unto them:
Which cast him into the lion's den, where he was six days.
In the den there were seven lions, and they had given them every day two bodies and two sheepe: which then were not given them, to the intent that they might devour Daniel.
There was in Iewry a prophet called Habacuc, which had made potage, and broken bread in a boul, and was going into the field for to bring it to the reapers.
But the angel of the LORD said unto Habacuc: Go cary the meat that thou hast, into Babylon unto Daniel, which is in the lion's den.
And Habacuc said: LORD, I never saw Babylon, and as for the den I know it not.
Then the angel of the LORD took him by the top, and bare him by the hair of the head, and through a mighty wind set him in Babylon upon the den.
And Habacuc cried, saying: O Daniel thou servant of God, have, take the breakfast that God hath sent thee.
And Daniel said: O God, hast thou thought upon me? well, thou never failest them that love thee.
So Daniel arose and did eat. And the angel of the LORD set Habacuc in his own place again immediately.
Upon the seventh day, the king went to beweep Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and behold, Daniel sat, in the middest of the lions.
The cried the king with a loud voice, saying: Great art thou O LORD God of Daniel, and there is none other besides thee.
And he drew him out of the lion's den, and cast those that were the cause of his destruction into the den, and they were devoured in a moment before his face.
After this, wrote the king unto all people, kinreds and tongues, that dwelt in all countries,
saying: peace be multiplied with you: My commandment is in all the dominion of my realm, that men fear and stand in awe of Daniel's God, for he is the living God, which endureth ever:
His kingdom abideth uncorrupt, and his power is everlasting:
It is he that can deliver and save, he doth wonders and marvelous works in heaven and in earth: for he hath saved Daniel from the power of the lions.

The ende of the Prophecy of Daniel