1: In the third year of the reign of Jehoi'akim
king of Judah, Nebuchadnez'zar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged
2: And the Lord gave Jehoi'akim king of Judah into his hand, with
some of the vessels of the house of God; and he brought them to the land of
Shinar, to the house of his god, and placed the vessels in the treasury of his
3: Then the king commanded Ash'penaz, his chief eunuch, to bring
some of the people of Israel, both of the royal family and of the nobility,
4: youths without blemish, handsome and skilful in all wisdom,
endowed with knowledge, understanding learning, and competent to serve in the
king's palace, and to teach them the letters and language of the Chalde'ans.
5: The king assigned them a daily portion of the rich food which the
king ate, and of the wine which he drank. They were to be educated for three
years, and at the end of that time they were to stand before the king.
6: Among these were Daniel, Hanani'ah, Mish'a-el, and Azari'ah of the
tribe of Judah.
7: And the chief of the eunuchs gave them names:
Daniel he called Belteshaz'zar, Hanani'ah he called Shadrach, Mish'a-el he
called Meshach, and Azari'ah he called Abed'nego.
8: But Daniel
resolved that he would not defile himself with the king's rich food, or with the
wine which he drank; therefore he asked the chief of the eunuchs to allow him
not to defile himself.
9: And God gave Daniel favor and compassion in
the sight of the chief of the eunuchs;
10: and the chief of the
eunuchs said to Daniel, "I fear lest my lord the king, who appointed your food
and your drink, should see that you were in poorer condition than the youths who
are of your own age. So you would endanger my head with the king."
11: Then Daniel said to the steward whom the chief of the eunuchs had
appointed over Daniel, Hanani'ah, Mish'a-el, and Azari'ah;
your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to
13: Then let our appearance and the appearance of the youths
who eat the king's rich food be observed by you, and according to what you see
deal with your servants."
14: So he hearkened to them in this matter,
and tested them for ten days.
15: At the end of ten days it was seen
that they were better in appearance and fatter in flesh than all the youths who
ate the king's rich food.
16: So the steward took away their rich
food and the wine they were to drink, and gave them vegetables.
As for these four youths, God gave them learning and skill in all letters and
wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
At the end of the time, when the king had commanded that they should be brought
in, the chief of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnez'zar.
19: And the king spoke with them, and among them all none was found
like Daniel, Hanani'ah, Mish'a-el, and Azari'ah; therefore they stood before the
20: And in every matter of wisdom and understanding concerning
which the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the
magicians and enchanters that were in all his kingdom.
21: And Daniel
continued until the first year of King Cyrus.
1: In the second year of the reign of
Nebuchadnez'zar, Nebuchadnez'zar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled, and
his sleep left him.
2: Then the king commanded that the magicians,
the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chalde'ans be summoned, to tell the king
his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.
3: And the
king said to them, "I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream."
4: Then the Chalde'ans said to the king, "O king, live for ever! Tell
your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation."
king answered the Chalde'ans, "The word from me is sure: if you do not make
known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb,
and your houses shall be laid in ruins.
6: But if you show the dream
and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great
honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation."
answered a second time, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will
show its interpretation."
8: The king answered, "I know with
certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from
me is sure
9: that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is
but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words
before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know
that you can show me its interpretation."
10: The Chalde'ans answered
the king, "There is not a man on earth who can meet the king's demand; for no
great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or
11: The thing that the king asks is difficult, and none
can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh."
12: Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and
commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed.
13: So the
decree went forth that the wise men were to be slain, and they sought Daniel and
his companions, to slay them.
14: Then Daniel replied with prudence
and discretion to Ar'i-och, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to
slay the wise men of Babylon;
15: he said to Ar'i-och, the king's
captain, "Why is the decree of the king so severe?" Then Ar'i-och made the
matter known to Daniel.
16: And Daniel went in and besought the king
to appoint him a time, that he might show to the king the interpretation.
17: Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to
Hanani'ah, Mish'a-el, and Azari'ah, his companions,
18: and told them
to seek mercy of the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and
his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19: Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night.
Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20: Daniel said: "Blessed be
the name of God for ever and ever. to whom belong wisdom and might.
21: He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings;
he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22: he reveals deep and mysterious things; he knows what is in the
darkness, and the light dwells with him.
23: To thee, O God of my
fathers, I give thanks and praise, for thou hast given me wisdom and strength,
and hast now made known to me what we asked of thee, for thou hast made known to
us the king's matter."
24: Therefore Daniel went in to Ar'i-och, whom
the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and said thus
to him, "Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king,
and I will show the king the interpretation."
25: Then Ar'i-och
brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus to him: "I have found
among the exiles from Judah a man who can make known to the king the
26: The king said to Daniel, whose name was
Belteshaz'zar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and
27: Daniel answered the king, "No wise men,
enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery which the
king has asked,
28: but there is a God in heaven who reveals
mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnez'zar what will be in the
latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are
29: To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what
would be hereafter, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to
30: But as for me, not because of any wisdom that I have more
than all the living has this mystery been revealed to me, but in order that the
interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts
of your mind.
31: "You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This
image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance
32: The head of this image was of fine gold, its
breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34: As you
looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it smote the image on its feet
of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces;
35: then the iron, the
clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces,
and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried
them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck
the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
"This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation.
37: You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has
given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory,
into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the sons of men, the beasts
of the field, and the birds of the air, making you rule over them all -- you are
the head of gold.
39: After you shall arise another kingdom inferior
to you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.
40: And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron
breaks to pieces and shatters all things; and like iron which crushes, it shall
break and crush all these.
41: And as you saw the feet and toes
partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom; but
some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the
42: And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and
partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.
43: As you saw the iron mixed with miry clay, so they will mix with
one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not
mix with clay.
44: And in the days of those kings the God of heaven
will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor shall its sovereignty
be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring
them to an end, and it shall stand for ever;
45: just as you saw that
a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces
the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made
known to the king what shall be hereafter. The dream is certain, and its
46: Then King Nebuchadnez'zar fell upon his
face, and did homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be
offered up to him.
47: The king said to Daniel, "Truly, your God is
God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been
able to reveal this mystery."
48: Then the king gave Daniel high
honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of
Babylon, and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
Daniel made request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed'nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel remained at
the king's court.
1: King Nebuchadnez'zar made an image of gold,
whose height was sixty cubits and its breadth six cubits. He set it up on the
plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.
2: Then King
Nebuchadnez'zar sent to assemble the satraps, the prefects, and the governors,
the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates, and all the
officials of the provinces to come to the dedication of the image which King
Nebuchadnez'zar had set up.
3: Then the satraps, the prefects, and
the governors, the counselors, the treasurers, the justices, the magistrates,
and all the officials of the provinces, were assembled for the dedication of the
image that King Nebuchadnez'zar had set up; and they stood before the image that
Nebuchadnez'zar had set up.
4: And the herald proclaimed aloud, "You
are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages,
5: that when you
hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of
music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King
Nebuchadnez'zar has set up;
6: and whoever does not fall down and
worship shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace."
Therefore, as soon as all the peoples heard the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre,
trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, all the peoples, nations, and
languages fell down and worshiped the golden image which King Nebuchadnez'zar
had set up.
8: Therefore at that time certain Chalde'ans came forward
and maliciously accused the Jews.
9: They said to King
Nebuchadnez'zar, "O king, live for ever!
10: You, O king, have made a
decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon,
harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden
11: and whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast
into a burning fiery furnace.
12: There are certain Jews whom you
have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abed'nego. These men, O king, pay no heed to you; they do not serve your
gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."
Nebuchadnez'zar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego
be brought. Then they brought these men before the king.
Nebuchadnez'zar said to them, "Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego,
that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image which I have set up?
15: Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe,
lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, to fall down and worship
the image which I have made, well and good; but if you do not worship, you shall
immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace; and who is the god that will
deliver you out of my hands?"
16: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego
answered the king, "O Nebuchadnez'zar, we have no need to answer you in this
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 your hand, O king.
18: But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve
your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up."
Then Nebuchadnez'zar was full of fury, and the expression of his face was
changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego. He ordered the furnace heated
seven times more than it was wont to be heated.
20: And he ordered
certain mighty men of 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 mantles, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and
they were cast into the burning fiery furnace.
22: Because the king's
order was strict and the furnace very hot, the flame of the fire slew those men
who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego.
23: And these three
men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, fell bound into the burning fiery
24: Then King Nebuchadnez'zar was astonished and rose up in
haste. He said to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the
fire?" They answered the king, "True, O king."
25: He answered, "But
I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt;
and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods."
Nebuchadnez'zar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace and said,
"Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego, servants of the Most High God, come forth,
and come here!" Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego came out from the fire.
27: And the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king's
counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over
the bodies of those men; the hair of their heads was not singed, their mantles
were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.
Nebuchadnez'zar said, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego,
who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set
at nought the king's command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and
worship any god except their own God.
29: Therefore I make a decree:
Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego shall be torn limb from limb, and their houses
laid in ruins; for there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way."
30: Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed'nego in the
province of Babylon.
1: King Nebuchadnez'zar to all peoples, nations,
and languages, that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you!
2: It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the
Most High God has wrought toward me.
3: How great are his signs, how
mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is
from generation to generation.
4: I, Nebuchadnez'zar, was at ease in
my house and prospering in my palace.
5: I had a dream which made me
afraid; as I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me.
6: Therefore I made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should
be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the
7: Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chalde'ans, and the
astrologers came in; and I told them the dream, but they could not make known to
me its interpretation.
8: At last Daniel came in before me -- he who
was named Belteshaz'zar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of
the holy gods -- and I told him the dream, saying,
Belteshaz'zar, chief of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the
holy gods is in you and that no mystery is difficult for you, here is the dream
which I saw; tell me its interpretation.
10: The visions of my head
as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth;
and its height was great.
11: The tree grew and became strong, and
its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
12: Its leaves were fair and its fruit abundant, and in it was food
for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and the birds of the air
dwelt in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
13: "I saw in
the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, came
down from heaven.
14: He cried aloud and said thus, `Hew down the
tree and cut off its branches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit; let
the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches.
But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and
bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of
heaven; let his lot be with the beasts in the grass of the earth;
let his mind be changed from a man's, and let a beast's mind be given to him;
and let seven times pass over him.
17: The sentence is by the decree
of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, to the end that the
living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men, and gives it to
whom he will, and sets over it the lowliest of men.'
18: This dream
I, King Nebuchadnez'zar, saw. And you, O Belteshaz'zar, declare the
interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make
known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for the spirit of the holy
gods is in you."
19: Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshaz'zar, was
dismayed for a moment, and his thoughts alarmed him. The king said,
"Belteshaz'zar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you."
Belteshaz'zar answered, "My lord, may the dream be for those who hate you and
its interpretation for your enemies!
20: The tree you saw, which grew
and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the
end of the whole earth;
21: whose leaves were fair and its fruit
abundant, and in which was food for all; under which beasts of the field found
shade, and in whose branches the birds of the air dwelt --
22: it is
you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Your greatness has grown and
reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth.
And whereas the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and
saying, `Hew down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in
the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the
field; and let him be wet with the dew of heaven; and let his lot be with the
beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him';
24: this is the
interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which has come upon my
lord the king,
25: that you shall be driven from among men, and your
dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field; you shall be made to eat grass
like an ox, and you shall be wet with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall
pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men, and
gives it to whom he will.
26: And as it was commanded to leave the
stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be sure for you from the time
that you know that Heaven rules.
27: Therefore, O king, let my
counsel be acceptable to you; break off your sins by practicing righteousness,
and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be
a lengthening of your tranquillity."
28: All this came upon King
29: At the end of twelve months he was walking on
the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
30: and the king said, "Is
not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal
residence and for the glory of my majesty?"
31: While the words were
still in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, "O King
Nebuchadnez'zar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you,
32: and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall
be with the beasts of the field; and you shall be made to eat grass like an ox;
and seven times shall pass over you, until you have learned that the Most High
rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will."
Immediately the word was fulfilled upon Nebuchadnez'zar. He was driven from
among men, and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven
till his hair grew as long as eagles' feathers, and his nails were like birds'
34: At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnez'zar, lifted my eyes
to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and
praised and honored him who lives for ever; for his dominion is an everlasting
dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing; and he does according
to his will in the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and
none can stay his hand or say to him, "What doest thou?"
36: At the
same time my reason returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty
and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was
established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me.
37: Now I, Nebuchadnez'zar, praise and extol and honor the King of
heaven; for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in
pride he is able to abase.
1: King Belshaz'zar made a great feast for a
thousand of his lords, and drank wine in front of the thousand.
Belshaz'zar, when he tasted the wine, commanded that the vessels of gold and of
silver which Nebuchadnez'zar his father had taken out of the temple in Jerusalem
be brought, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might
drink from them.
3: Then they brought in the golden and silver
vessels which had been taken out of the temple, the house of God in Jerusalem;
and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
4: They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze,
iron, wood, and stone.
5: Immediately the fingers of a man's hand
appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace, opposite the
lampstand; and the king saw the hand as it wrote.
6: Then the king's
color changed, and his thoughts alarmed him; his limbs gave way, and his knees
7: The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters,
the Chalde'ans, and the astrologers. The king said to the wise men of Babylon,
"Whoever reads this writing, and shows me its interpretation, shall be clothed
with purple, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third
ruler in the kingdom."
8: Then all the king's wise men came in, but
they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.
9: Then King Belshaz'zar was greatly alarmed, and his color changed;
and his lords were perplexed.
10: The queen, because of the words of
the king and his lords, came into the banqueting hall; and the queen said, "O
king, live for ever! Let not your thoughts alarm you or your color change.
11: There is in your kingdom a man in whom is the spirit of the holy
gods. In the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the
wisdom of the gods, were found in him, and King Nebuchadnez'zar, your father,
made him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chalde'ans, and astrologers,
12: because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to
interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel,
whom the king named Belteshaz'zar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show
13: Then Daniel was brought in before the king.
The king said to Daniel, "You are that Daniel, one of the exiles of Judah, whom
the king my father brought from Judah.
14: I have heard of you that
the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and that light and understanding and
excellent wisdom are found in you.
15: Now the wise men, the
enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known
to me its interpretation; but they could not show the interpretation of the
16: But I have heard that you can give interpretations and
solve problems. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its
interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple, and have a chain of gold about
your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Daniel answered before the king, "Let your gifts be for yourself, and give your
rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing to the king and make
known to him the interpretation.
18: O king, the Most High God gave
Nebuchadnez'zar your father kingship and greatness and glory and majesty;
19: and because of the greatness that he gave him, all peoples,
nations, and languages trembled and feared before him; whom he would he slew,
and whom he would he kept alive; whom he would he raised up, and whom he would
he put down.
20: But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit was
hardened so that he dealt proudly, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and
his glory was taken from him;
21: he was driven from among men, and
his mind was made like that of a beast, and his dwelling was with the wild
asses; he was fed grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven,
until he knew that the Most High God rules the kingdom of men, and sets over it
whom he will.
22: And you his son, Belshaz'zar, have not humbled your
heart, though you knew all this,
23: but you have lifted up yourself
against the Lord of heaven; and the vessels of his house have been brought in
before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk
wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze,
iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know, but the God in whose
hand is your breath, and whose are all your ways, you have not honored.
24: "Then from his presence the hand was sent, and this writing was
25: And this is the writing that was inscribed: MENE,
MENE, TEKEL, and PARSIN.
26: This is the interpretation of the
matter: MENE, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an
27: TEKEL, you have been weighed in the balances and found
28: PERES, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes
29: Then Belshaz'zar commanded, and Daniel was clothed
with purple, a chain of gold was put about his neck, and proclamation was made
concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
That very night Belshaz'zar the Chalde'an king was slain.
Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
1: It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom a
hundred and twenty satraps, to be throughout the whole kingdom;
and over them three presidents, of whom Daniel was one, to whom these satraps
should give account, so that the king might suffer no loss.
this Daniel became distinguished above all the other presidents and satraps,
because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king planned to set him over the
4: Then the presidents and the satraps sought to find
a ground for complaint against Daniel with regard to the kingdom; but they could
find no ground for complaint or any fault, because he was faithful, and no error
or fault was found in him.
5: Then these men said, "We shall not find
any ground for complaint against this Daniel unless we find it in connection
with the law of his God."
6: Then these presidents and satraps came
by agreement to the king and said to him, "O King Darius, live for ever!
7: All the presidents of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps,
the counselors and the governors are agreed that the king should establish an
ordinance and enforce an interdict, that whoever makes petition to any god or
man for thirty days, except to you, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions.
8: Now, O king, establish the interdict and sign the document, so
that it cannot be changed, according to the law of the Medes and the Persians,
which cannot be revoked."
9: Therefore King Darius signed the
document and interdict.
10: When Daniel knew that the document had
been signed, he went to his house where he had windows in his upper chamber open
toward Jerusalem; and he got down upon his knees three times a day and prayed
and gave thanks before his God, as he had done previously.
these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication
before his God.
12: Then they came near and said before the king,
concerning the interdict, "O king! Did you not sign an interdict, that any man
who makes petition to any god or man within thirty days except to you, O king,
shall be cast into the den of lions?" The king answered, "The thing stands fast,
according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be revoked."
13: Then they answered before the king, "That Daniel, who is one of
the exiles from Judah, pays no heed to you, O king, or the interdict you have
signed, but makes his petition three times a day."
14: Then the king,
when he heard these words, was much distressed, and set his mind to deliver
Daniel; and he labored till the sun went down to rescue him.
these men came by agreement to the king, and said to the king, "Know, O king,
that it is a law of the Medes and Persians that no interdict or ordinance which
the king establishes can be changed."
16: Then the king commanded,
and Daniel was brought and cast into the den of lions. The king said to Daniel,
"May your God, whom you serve continually, deliver you!"
17: And a
stone was brought and laid upon the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it
with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be
changed concerning Daniel.
18: Then the king went to his palace, and
spent the night fasting; no diversions were brought to him, and sleep fled from
19: Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to
the den of lions.
20: When he came near to the den where Daniel was,
he cried out in a tone of anguish and said to Daniel, "O Daniel, servant of the
living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you
from the lions?"
21: Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live for
22: My God sent his angel and shut the lions' mouths, and they
have not hurt me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you,
O king, I have done no wrong."
23: Then the king was exceedingly
glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken
up out of the den, and no kind of hurt was found upon him, because he had
trusted in his God.
24: And the king commanded, and those men who had
accused Daniel were brought and cast into the den of lions -- they, their
children, and their wives; and before they reached the bottom of the den the
lions overpowered them and broke all their bones in pieces.
King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all
the earth: "Peace be multiplied to you.
26: I make a decree, that in
all my royal dominion men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel, for he is
the living God, enduring for ever; his kingdom shall never be destroyed, and his
dominion shall be to the end.
27: He delivers and rescues, he works
signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, he who has saved Daniel from the power
of the lions."
28: So this Daniel prospered during the reign of
Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.
1: In the first year of Belshaz'zar king of
Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head as he lay in his bed. Then
he wrote down the dream, and told the sum of the matter.
said, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were
stirring up the great sea.
3: And four great beasts came up out of
the sea, different from one another.
4: The first was like a lion and
had eagles' wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was
lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the
mind of a man was given to it.
5: And behold, another beast, a second
one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth
between its teeth; and it was told, `Arise, devour much flesh.'
After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird
on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it.
7: After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast,
terrible and dreadful and exceedingly strong; and it had great iron teeth; it
devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was
different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.
8: I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them
another horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked
up by the roots; and behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and
a mouth speaking great things.
9: As I looked, thrones were placed
and one that was ancient of days took his seat; his raiment was white as snow,
and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames, its wheels
were burning fire.
10: A stream of fire issued and came forth from
before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand
stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.
11: I looked then because of the sound of the great words which the
horn was speaking. And as I looked, the beast was slain, and its body destroyed
and given over to be burned with fire.
12: As for the rest of the
beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives were prolonged for a
season and a time.
13: I saw in the night visions, and behold, with
the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the
Ancient of Days and was presented before him.
14: And to him was
given dominion and glory and kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass
away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.
15: "As for
me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious and the visions of my head alarmed
16: I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the
truth concerning all this. So he told me, and made known to me the
interpretation of the things.
17: `These four great beasts are four
kings who shall arise out of the earth.
18: But the saints of the
Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, for ever
19: "Then I desired to know the truth concerning the
fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrible, with
its teeth of iron and claws of bronze; and which devoured and broke in pieces,
and stamped the residue with its feet;
20: and concerning the ten
horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up and before which
three of them fell, the horn which had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things,
and which seemed greater than its fellows.
21: As I looked, this horn
made war with the saints, and prevailed over them,
22: until the
Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for the saints of the Most High,
and the time came when the saints received the kingdom.
23: "Thus he
said: `As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which
shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth,
and trample it down, and break it to pieces.
24: As for the ten
horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after
them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three
25: He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear
out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the
law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, two times, and half a
26: But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall
be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end.
27: And the
kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole
heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; their
kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey
28: "Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my
thoughts greatly alarmed me, and my color changed; but I kept the matter in my
1: In the third year of the reign of King
Belshaz'zar a vision appeared to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at
2: And I saw in the vision; and when I saw, I was in Susa
the capital, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in the vision, and I
was at the river U'lai.
3: I raised my eyes and saw, and behold, a
ram standing on the bank of the river. It had two horns; and both horns were
high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher one came up last.
4: I saw the ram charging westward and northward and southward; no
beast could stand before him, and there was no one who could rescue from his
power; he did as he pleased and magnified himself.
5: As I was
considering, behold, a he-goat came from the west across the face of the whole
earth, without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between
6: He came to the ram with the two horns, which I had seen
standing on the bank of the river, and he ran at him in his mighty wrath.
7: I saw him come close to the ram, and he was enraged against him
and struck the ram and broke his two horns; and the ram had no power to stand
before him, but he cast him down to the ground and trampled upon him; and there
was no one who could rescue the ram from his power.
8: Then the
he-goat magnified himself exceedingly; but when he was strong, the great horn
was broken, and instead of it there came up four conspicuous horns toward the
four winds of heaven.
9: Out of one of them came forth a little horn,
which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the
10: It grew great, even to the host of heaven; and
some of the host of the stars it cast down to the ground, and trampled upon
11: It magnified itself, even up to the Prince of the host; and
the continual burnt offering was taken away from him, and the place of his
sanctuary was overthrown.
12: And the host was given over to it
together with the continual burnt offering through transgression; and truth was
cast down to the ground, and the horn acted and prospered.
13: Then I
heard a holy one speaking; and another holy one said to the one that spoke, "For
how long is the vision concerning the continual burnt offering, the
transgression that makes desolate, and the giving over of the sanctuary and host
to be trampled under foot?"
14: And he said to him, "For two thousand
and three hundred evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary shall be restored to
its rightful state."
15: When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I
sought to understand it; and behold, there stood before me one having the
appearance of a man.
16: And I heard a man's voice between the banks
of the U'lai, and it called, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision."
17: So he came near where I stood; and when he came, I was frightened
and fell upon my face. But he said to me, "Understand, O son of man, that the
vision is for the time of the end."
18: As he was speaking to me, I
fell into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and set me
on my feet.
19: He said, "Behold, I will make known to you what shall
be at the latter end of the indignation; for it pertains to the appointed time
of the end.
20: As for the ram which you saw with the two horns,
these are the kings of Media and Persia.
21: And the he-goat is the
king of Greece; and the great horn between his eyes is the first king.
22: As for the horn that was broken, in place of which four others
arose, four kingdoms shall arise from his nation, but not with his power.
23: And at the latter end of their rule, when the transgressors have
reached their full measure, a king of bold countenance, one who understands
riddles, shall arise.
24: His power shall be great, and he shall
cause fearful destruction, and shall succeed in what he does, and destroy mighty
men and the people of the saints.
25: By his cunning he shall make
deceit prosper under his hand, and in his own mind he shall magnify himself.
Without warning he shall destroy many; and he shall even rise up against the
Prince of princes; but, by no human hand, he shall be broken.
vision of the evenings and the mornings which has been told is true; but seal up
the vision, for it pertains to many days hence."
27: And I, Daniel,
was overcome and lay sick for some days; then I rose and went about the king's
business; but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it.
1: In the first year of Darius the son of
Ahasu-e'rus, by birth a Mede, who became king over the realm of the Chalde'ans
2: in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the
books the number of years which, according to the word of the LORD to Jeremiah
the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely,
3: Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him
by prayer and supplications with fasting and sackcloth and ashes.
I prayed to the LORD my God and made confession, saying, "O Lord, the great and
terrible God, who keepest covenant and steadfast love with those who love him
and keep his commandments,
5: we have sinned and done wrong and acted
wickedly and rebelled, turning aside from thy commandments and ordinances;
6: we have not listened to thy servants the prophets, who spoke in
thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of
7: To thee, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us
confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of
Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those that are near and those that are far away,
in all the lands to which thou hast driven them, because of the treachery which
they have committed against thee.
8: To us, O Lord, belongs confusion
of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have
sinned against thee.
9: To the Lord our God belong mercy and
forgiveness; because we have rebelled against him,
10: and have not
obeyed the voice of the LORD our God by following his laws, which he set before
us by his servants the prophets.
11: All Israel has transgressed thy
law and turned aside, refusing to obey thy voice. And the curse and oath which
are written in the law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out upon us,
because we have sinned against him.
12: He has confirmed his words,
which he spoke against us and against our rulers who ruled us, by bringing upon
us a great calamity; for under the whole heaven there has not been done the like
of what has been done against Jerusalem.
13: As it is written in the
law of Moses, all this calamity has come upon us, yet we have not entreated the
favor of the LORD our God, turning from our iniquities and giving heed to thy
14: Therefore the LORD has kept ready the calamity and has
brought it upon us; for the LORD our God is righteous in all the works which he
has done, and we have not obeyed his voice.
15: And now, O Lord our
God, who didst bring thy people out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and
hast made thee a name, as at this day, we have sinned, we have done wickedly.
16: O Lord, according to all thy righteous acts, let thy anger and
thy wrath turn away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy hill; because for our
sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people have
become a byword among all who are round about us.
17: Now therefore,
O our God, hearken to the prayer of thy servant and to his supplications, and
for thy own sake, O Lord, cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary, which is
18: O my God, incline thy ear and hear; open thy eyes and
behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name; for we do not
present our supplications before thee on the ground of our righteousness, but on
the ground of thy great mercy.
19: O LORD, hear; O LORD, forgive; O
LORD, give heed and act; delay not, for thy own sake, O my God, because thy city
and thy people are called by thy name."
20: While I was speaking and
praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my
supplication before the LORD my God for the holy hill of my God;
while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision
at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice.
22: He came and he said to me, "O Daniel, I have now come out to give
you wisdom and understanding.
23: At the beginning of your
supplications a word went forth, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are
greatly beloved; therefore consider the word and understand the vision.
24: "Seventy weeks of years are decreed concerning your people and
your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone
for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and
prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.
25: Know therefore and
understand that from the going forth of the word to restore and build Jerusalem
to the coming of an anointed one, a prince, there shall be seven weeks. Then for
sixty-two weeks it shall be built again with squares and moat, but in a troubled
26: And after the sixty-two weeks, an anointed one shall be cut
off, and shall have nothing; and the people of the prince who is to come shall
destroy the city and the sanctuary. Its end shall come with a flood, and to the
end there shall be war; desolations are decreed.
27: And he shall
make a strong covenant with many for one week; and for half of the week he shall
cause sacrifice and offering to cease; and upon the wing of abominations shall
come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the
1: In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a word
was revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshaz'zar. And the word was true, and
it was a great conflict. And he understood the word and had understanding of the
2: In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks.
3: I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I
anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.
4: On the
twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great
river, that is, the Tigris,
5: I lifted up my eyes and looked, and
behold, a man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with gold of Uphaz.
6: His body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of
lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of
burnished bronze, and the sound of his words like the noise of a multitude.
7: And I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, for the men who were with me
did not see the vision, but a great trembling fell upon them, and they fled to
8: So I was left alone and saw this great vision,
and no strength was left in me; my radiant appearance was fearfully changed, and
I retained no strength.
9: Then I heard the sound of his words; and
when I heard the sound of his words, I fell on my face in a deep sleep with my
face to the ground.
10: And behold, a hand touched me and set me
trembling on my hands and knees.
11: And he said to me, "O Daniel,
man greatly beloved, give heed to the words that I speak to you, and stand
upright, for now I have been sent to you." While he was speaking this word to
me, I stood up trembling.
12: Then he said to me, "Fear not, Daniel,
for from the first day that you set your mind to understand and humbled yourself
before your God, your words have been heard, and I have come because of your
13: The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me
twenty-one days; but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, so I
left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia
14: and came
to make you understand what is to befall your people in the latter days. For the
vision is for days yet to come."
15: When he had spoken to me
according to these words, I turned my face toward the ground and was dumb.
16: And behold, one in the likeness of the sons of men touched my
lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke. I said to him who stood before me, "O my
lord, by reason of the vision pains have come upon me, and I retain no strength.
17: How can my lord's servant talk with my lord? For now no strength
remains in me, and no breath is left in me."
18: Again one having the
appearance of a man touched me and strengthened me.
19: And he said,
"O man greatly beloved, fear not, peace be with you; be strong and of good
courage." And when he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, "Let my lord
speak, for you have strengthened me."
20: Then he said, "Do you know
why I have come to you? But now I will return to fight against the prince of
Persia; and when I am through with him, lo, the prince of Greece will come.
21: But I will tell you what is inscribed in the book of truth: there
is none who contends by my side against these except Michael, your prince.
1: And as for me, in the first year of Darius the
Mede, I stood up to confirm and strengthen him.
2: "And now I will
show you the truth. Behold, three more kings shall arise in Persia; and a fourth
shall be far richer than all of them; and when he has become strong through his
riches, he shall stir up all against the kingdom of Greece.
3: Then a
mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion and do according to
4: And when he has arisen, his kingdom shall be broken and
divided toward the four winds of heaven, but not to his posterity, nor according
to the dominion with which he ruled; for his kingdom shall be plucked up and go
to others besides these.
5: "Then the king of the south shall be
strong, but one of his princes shall be stronger than he and his dominion shall
be a great dominion.
6: After some years they shall make an alliance,
and the daughter of the king of the south shall come to the king of the north to
make peace; but she shall not retain the strength of her arm, and he and his
offspring shall not endure; but she shall be given up, and her attendants, her
child, and he who got possession of her.
7: "In those times a branch
from her roots shall arise in his place; he shall come against the army and
enter the fortress of the king of the north, and he shall deal with them and
8: He shall also carry off to Egypt their gods with
their molten images and with their precious vessels of silver and of gold; and
for some years he shall refrain from attacking the king of the north.
9: Then the latter shall come into the realm of the king of the south
but shall return into his own land.
10: "His sons shall wage war and
assemble a multitude of great forces, which shall come on and overflow and pass
through, and again shall carry the war as far as his fortress.
Then the king of the south, moved with anger, shall come out and fight with the
king of the north; and he shall raise a great multitude, but it shall be given
into his hand.
12: And when the multitude is taken, his heart shall
be exalted, and he shall cast down tens of thousands, but he shall not prevail.
13: For the king of the north shall again raise a multitude, greater
than the former; and after some years he shall come on with a great army and
14: "In those times many shall rise against the
king of the south; and the men of violence among your own people shall lift
themselves up in order to fulfil the vision; but they shall fail.
Then the king of the north shall come and throw up siegeworks, and take a
well-fortified city. And the forces of the south shall not stand, or even his
picked troops, for there shall be no strength to stand.
16: But he
who comes against him shall do according to his own will, and none shall stand
before him; and he shall stand in the glorious land, and all of it shall be in
17: He shall set his face to come with the strength of his
whole kingdom, and he shall bring terms of peace and perform them. He shall give
him the daughter of women to destroy the kingdom; but it shall not stand or be
to his advantage.
18: Afterward he shall turn his face to the
coastlands, and shall take many of them; but a commander shall put an end to his
insolence; indeed he shall turn his insolence back upon him.
he shall turn his face back toward the fortresses of his own land; but he shall
stumble and fall, and shall not be found.
20: "Then shall arise in
his place one who shall send an exactor of tribute through the glory of the
kingdom; but within a few days he shall be broken, neither in anger nor in
21: In his place shall arise a contemptible person to whom
royal majesty has not been given; he shall come in without warning and obtain
the kingdom by flatteries.
22: Armies shall be utterly swept away
before him and broken, and the prince of the covenant also.
from the time that an alliance is made with him he shall act deceitfully; and he
shall become strong with a small people.
24: Without warning he shall
come into the richest parts of the province; and he shall do what neither his
fathers nor his fathers' fathers have done, scattering among them plunder,
spoil, and goods. He shall devise plans against strongholds, but only for a
25: And he shall stir up his power and his courage against the
king of the south with a great army; and the king of the south shall wage war
with an exceedingly great and mighty army; but he shall not stand, for plots
shall be devised against him.
26: Even those who eat his rich food
shall be his undoing; his army shall be swept away, and many shall fall down
27: And as for the two kings, their minds shall be bent on
mischief; they shall speak lies at the same table, but to no avail; for the end
is yet to be at the time appointed.
28: And he shall return to his
land with great substance, but his heart shall be set against the holy covenant.
And he shall work his will, and return to his own land.
29: "At the
time appointed he shall return and come into the south; but it shall not be this
time as it was before.
30: For ships of Kittim shall come against
him, and he shall be afraid and withdraw, and shall turn back and be enraged and
take action against the holy covenant. He shall turn back and give heed to those
who forsake the holy covenant.
31: Forces from him shall appear and
profane the temple and fortress, and shall take away the continual burnt
offering. And they shall set up the abomination that makes desolate.
32: He shall seduce with flattery those who violate the covenant; but
the people who know their God shall stand firm and take action.
And those among the people who are wise shall make many understand, though they
shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plunder, for some days.
34: When they fall, they shall receive a little help. And many shall
join themselves to them with flattery;
35: and some of those who are
wise shall fall, to refine and to cleanse them and to make them white, until the
time of the end, for it is yet for the time appointed.
36: "And the
king shall do according to his will; he shall exalt himself and magnify himself
above every god, and shall speak astonishing things against the God of gods. He
shall prosper till the indignation is accomplished; for what is determined shall
37: He shall give no heed to the gods of his fathers, or to
the one beloved by women; he shall not give heed to any other god, for he shall
magnify himself above all.
38: He shall honor the god of fortresses
instead of these; a god whom his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold
and silver, with precious stones and costly gifts.
39: He shall deal
with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god; those who
acknowledge him he shall magnify with honor. He shall make them rulers over many
and shall divide the land for a price.
40: "At the time of the end
the king of the south shall attack him; but the king of the north shall rush
upon him like a whirlwind, with chariots and horsemen, and with many ships; and
he shall come into countries and shall overflow and pass through.
He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but
these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the
42: He shall stretch out his hand against the countries,
and the land of Egypt shall not escape.
43: He shall become ruler of
the treasures of gold and of silver, and all the precious things of Egypt; and
the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall follow in his train.
tidings from the east and the north shall alarm him, and he shall go forth with
great fury to exterminate and utterly destroy many.
45: And he shall
pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he
shall come to his end, with none to help him.
1: "At that time shall arise Michael, the great
prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such
as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your
people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the
2: And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall
awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
3: And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the
firmament; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and
4: But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, until
the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
5: Then I Daniel looked, and behold, two others stood, one on this
bank of the stream and one on that bank of the stream.
6: And I said
to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the stream, "How long
shall it be till the end of these wonders?"
7: The man clothed in
linen, who was above the waters of the stream, raised his right hand and his
left hand toward heaven; and I heard him swear by him who lives for ever that it
would be for a time, two times, and half a time; and that when the shattering of
the power of the holy people comes to an end all these things would be
8: I heard, but I did not understand. Then I said, "O
my lord, what shall be the issue of these things?"
9: He said, "Go
your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the
10: Many shall purify themselves, and make themselves white, and
be refined; but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall
understand; but those who are wise shall understand.
11: And from the
time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that
makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.
12: Blessed is he who waits and comes to the thousand three hundred
and thirty-five days.
13: But go your way till the end; and you shall
rest, and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days."