1 In the third
year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah came Nebuchadnezzar
king of Babylon unto Jerusalem, and besieged it.
2 And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, with
part of the vessels of the house of God: which he carried into
the land of Shinar to the house of his god; and he brought the
vessels into the treasure house of his god.
3 And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs,
that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and
of the king's seed, and of the princes;
4 Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful
in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science,
and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace,
and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the
5 And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's
meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three
years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.
6 Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah,
Mishael, and Azariah:
7 Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave
unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach;
and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.
8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile
himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine
which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the
eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
9 Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with
the prince of the eunuchs.
10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my
lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink:
for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children
which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endanger my head
to the king.
11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs
had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,
12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them
give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and
the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the
king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten
15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer
and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the
portion of the king's meat.
16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the
wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.
17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill
in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in
all visions and dreams.
18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should
bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in
19 And the king communed with them; and among them all was found
none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore
stood they before the king.
20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the
king enquired of them, he found them ten times better than all
the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.
21 And Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.
1 And in the second
year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams,
wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers,
and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his
dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my
spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live
for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is
gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with
the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your
houses shall be made a dunghill.
6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof,
ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore
shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants
the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would
gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is
but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt
words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore
tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the
10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is
not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore
there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at
any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there
is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods,
whose dwelling is not with flesh.
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded
to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain;
and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the
captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the
wise men of Babylon:
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is
the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing
known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would
give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to
Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning
this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with
the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.
Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for
ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings,
and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge
to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what
is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,
who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto
me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known
unto us the king's matter.
24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained
to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto
him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before
the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and
said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah,
that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar,
Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen,
and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The
secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and
maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the
latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy
bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon
thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any
wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes
that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that
thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great
image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and
the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms
of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands,
which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay,
and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the
gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of
the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away,
that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the
image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof
before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven
hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of
the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine
hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this
head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee,
and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over
all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch
as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron
that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters'
clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there
shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou
sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of
clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall
mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave
one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set
up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom
shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces
and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the
mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron,
the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God
hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter:
and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped
Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and
sweet odours unto him.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is,
that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer
of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many
great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon,
and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon:
but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore
cubits, and the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in
the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
2 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the princes,
the governors, and the captains, the judges, the treasurers,
the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers of the provinces,
to come to the dedication of the image which Nebuchadnezzar
the king had set up.
3 Then the princes, the governors, and captains, the judges,
the treasurers, the counsellers, the sheriffs, and all the rulers
of the provinces, were gathered together unto the dedication
of the image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up; and they
stood before the image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
4 Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people,
nations, and languages,
5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute,
harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick,
ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar
the king hath set up:
6 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same
hour be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
7 Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound
of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds
of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell
down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the
king had set up.
8 Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and accused
9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live
10 Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall
hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery,
and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship
the golden image:
11 And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth, that he should
be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.
12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs
of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego;
these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy
gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. Then they brought these men
before the king.
14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abed-nego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship
the golden image which I have set up?
15 Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of
the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and
all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the image which
I have made; well: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the
same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who
is that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the
king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in
17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us
from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of
thine hand, O king.
18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not
serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast
19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his
visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego:
therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the
furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army
to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into
the burning fiery furnace.
21 Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and
their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the
midst of the burning fiery furnace.
22 Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and
the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those
men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego.
23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell
down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in
haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellers, Did not we
cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered
and said unto the king, True, O king.
25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in
the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of
the fourth is like the Son of God.
26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning
fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego,
ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither.
Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst
of the fire.
27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's
counsellers, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose
bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head
singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire
had passed on them.
28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and
delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed
the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not
serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
29 Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and
language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach,
Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses
shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that
can deliver after this sort.
30 Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego,
in the province of Babylon.