1. Shalmaneser - King of Assyria.

Hebrew Word: Shalman'ecer.

Hebrew Meaning: Fire worshipper.

 

Term Happenings.

1. Shalmaneser the King of Assyria comes against King Hoshea

of Judah, for his sins and abominations; and makes him his

servant.

2 KINGS 17:1-3

“In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah began Hoshea the son

of Elah, to reign in Samaria over Israel nine years.

2 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, but not

as the kings of Israel that were before him.

3 Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria; and Hoshea

became his servant, and gave him presents.”

 

2. Shalmaneser the King of Assyria locks King Hoshea in prison.

2 KINGS 17:4

And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea: for he had

sent messengers to So king of Egypt, and brought no present to

the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the

king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison.”

 

3. Shalmaneser the King of Assyria takes Samaria and carries

away all Israel, due to their iniquity.

2 KINGS 17:5-6

“Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and

went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years.

6 In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria,

and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah

and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the

Medes.”

 

4. Israel had greatly sinned, against Almighty God.

2 KINGS 17:7-12

For so it was, that the children of Israel had sinned against the 

Lord their God, which had brought them up out of the land of

Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had

feared other gods,

8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the Lord cast

out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel,

which they had made.

And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were

not right against the Lord their God, and they built them high

places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the

fenced city.

10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill,

and under every green tree:

11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the

heathen whom the Lord carried away before them; and wrought

wicked things to provoke the Lord to anger:

12 For they served idols, whereof the Lord had said unto them, Ye

shall not do this thing.”

 

5. Almighty God tried so very hard to turn Israel from their sin,

but to no avail.

2 KINGS 17:13-19

Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all

the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your

evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes,

according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and

which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their

necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the

 Lord their God.

15 And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made

with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified against

them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after

the heathen that were round about them, concerning whom the 

Lord had charged them, that they should not do like them.

16 And they left all the commandments of the Lord their God,

and made them molten images, even two calves, and made a

grove, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

17 And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass

through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold

themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to

anger.

18 Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed

them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah

only.

19 Also Judah kept not the commandments of the Lord their God,

but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.”

 

6. The Lord rejected all of Israel.

2 KINGS 17:20-22

And the Lord rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them,

and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast

them out of his sight.

21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made

Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drave Israel from

following the Lord, and made them sin a great sin.

22 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam

which he did; they departed not from them.”

 

7. The Lord removes Israel out of his sight, to Assyria.

2 KINGS 17:23

Until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by

all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of

their own land to Assyria unto this day.”

 

8. The King of Assyria places the Babylonians in Samaria to live.

2 KINGS 17:24

“And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from

Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim,

and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children

of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities

thereof.”

 

9. The Babylonians did not fear the Lord, and the Lord sent

judgment.

2 KINGS 17:25

And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they

feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them,

which slew some of them.”

 

10. The Babylonians sought the King of Assyria for help, in God’s

judgment.

2 KINGS 17:26

“Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations

which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria,

know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath

sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because

they know not the manner of the God of the land.”

 

11. The King of Assyria desires a Priest that was carried away, to

return and to teach the Babylonians about Almighty God.

2 KINGS 17:27-28

Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one

of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go

and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God

of the land.

28 Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from

Samaria came and dwelt in Bethel, and taught them how they

should fear the Lord.”

 

12. The nation refuses to obey God, and continues in their

idolatry.

2 KINGS 17:29-41

Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in

the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made,

every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt.

30 And the men of Babylon made Succothbenoth, and the men

of Cuth made Nergal, and the men of Hamath made Ashima,

31 And the Avites made Nibhaz and Tartak, and the Sepharvites

burnt their children in fire to Adrammelech and Anammelech, the

gods of Sepharvaim.

32 So they feared the Lord, and made unto themselves of the

lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for

them in the houses of the high places.

33 They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the

manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.

34 Unto this day they do after the former manners: they fear not

the Lord, neither do they after their statutes, or after their

ordinances, or after the law and commandment which the Lord 

commanded the children of Jacob, whom he named Israel;

35 With whom the Lord had made a covenant, and charged them,

saying, Ye shall not fear other gods, nor bow yourselves to them,

nor serve them, nor sacrifice to them:

36 But the Lord, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt with

great power and a stretched out arm, him shall ye fear, and him

shall ye worship, and to him shall ye do sacrifice.

37 And the statutes, and the ordinances, and the law, and the

commandment, which he wrote for you, ye shall observe to do

forevermore; and ye shall not fear other gods.

38 And the covenant that I have made with you ye shall not

forget; neither shall ye fear other gods.

39 But the Lord your God ye shall fear; and he shall deliver you

out of the hand of all your enemies.

40 Howbeit they did not hearken, but they did after their former

manner.

41 So these nations feared the Lord, and served their graven

images, both their children, and their children's children: as did

their fathers, so do they unto this day.”

 

2. Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon.

 

Hebrew Word: Nĕbuwkadne'tstsar.

Hebrew Meaning: May Nebo protect the crown.

 

Term Happenings.

1. The Lord used Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon to destroy

Judah, because of their sin.

2 KINGS 24:1-2

“In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and

Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and

rebelled against him.

2 And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and

bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of

the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy

it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his

servants the prophets.”

 

2 KINGS 24:10-17

“At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon

came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged.

11 And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city,

and his servants did besiege it.

12 And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of

Babylon, he, and his mother, and his servants, and his princes,

and his officers: and the king of Babylon took him in the eighth

year of his reign.

13 And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of the 

Lord, and the treasures of the king's house, and cut in pieces all

the vessels of gold which Solomon king of Israel had made in the

temple of the Lord, as the Lord had said.

14 And he carried away all Jerusalem, and all the princes, and all

the mighty men of valour, even ten thousand captives, and all the

craftsmen and smiths: none remained, save the poorest sort of

the people of the land.

15 And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's

mother, and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty of

the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to

Babylon.

16 And all the men of might, even seven thousand, and

craftsmen and smiths a thousand, all that were strong and apt

for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to

Babylon.

17 And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother

king in his stead, and changed his name to Zedekiah.”

 

2 KINGS 25:1-30

“And it came to pass in the ninth year of his reign, in the tenth

month, in the tenth day of the month, that Nebuchadnezzar

king of Babylon came, he, and all his host, against Jerusalem,

and pitched against it; and they built forts against it round about.

2 And the city was besieged unto the eleventh year of king

Zedekiah.

3 And on the ninth day of the fourth month the famine prevailed

in the city, and there was no bread for the people of the land.

4 And the city was broken up, and all the men of war fled by

night by the way of the gate between two walls, which is by the

king's garden: (now the Chaldees were against the city round

about:) and the king went the way toward the plain.

5 And the army of the Chaldees pursued after the king, and

overtook him in the plains of Jericho: and all his army were

scattered from him.

6 So they took the king, and brought him up to the king of

Babylon to Riblah; and they gave judgment upon him.

7 And they slew the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes, and put

out the eyes of Zedekiah, and bound him with fetters of brass,

and carried him to Babylon.

8 And in the fifth month, on the seventh day of the month, which

is the nineteenth year of king Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,

came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, a servant of the king

of Babylon, unto Jerusalem:

9 And he burnt the house of the Lord, and the king's house, and

all the houses of Jerusalem, and every great man's house burnt

he with fire.

10 And all the army of the Chaldees, that were with the captain

of the guard, brake down the walls of Jerusalem round about.

11 Now the rest of the people that were left in the city, and the

fugitives that fell away to the king of Babylon, with the remnant

of the multitude, did Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carry

away.

12 But the captain of the guard left of the poor of the land to be

vinedressers and husbandmen.

13 And the pillars of brass that were in the house of the Lord, and

the bases, and the brasen sea that was in the house of the Lord,

did the Chaldees break in pieces, and carried the brass of them

to Babylon.

14 And the pots, and the shovels, and the snuffers, and the

spoons, and all the vessels of brass wherewith they ministered,

took they away.

15 And the firepans, and the bowls, and such things as were of

gold, in gold, and of silver, in silver, the captain of the guard took

away.

16 The two pillars, one sea, and the bases which Solomon had

made for the house of the Lord; the brass of all these vessels was

without weight.

17 The height of the one pillar was eighteen cubits, and the

chapiter upon it was brass: and the height of the chapiter three

cubits; and the wreathen work, and pomegranates upon the

chapiter round about, all of brass: and like unto these had the

second pillar with wreathen work.

18 And the captain of the guard took Seraiah the chief priest, and

Zephaniah the second priest, and the three keepers of the door:

19 And out of the city he took an officer that was set over the

men of war, and five men of them that were in the king's

presence, which were found in the city, and the principal scribe

of the host, which mustered the people of the land, and

threescore men of the people of the land that were found in the

city:

20 And Nebuzaradan captain of the guard took these, and

brought them to the king of Babylon to Riblah:

21 And the king of Babylon smote them, and slew them at Riblah

in the land of Hamath. So Judah was carried away out of their

land.

22 And as for the people that remained in the land of Judah,

whom Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had left, even over them

he made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, ruler.

23 And when all the captains of the armies, they and their men,

heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah governor,

there came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, even Ishmael the son of

Nethaniah, and Johanan the son of Careah, and Seraiah the son

of Tanhumeth the Netophathite, and Jaazaniah the son of a

Maachathite, they and their men.

24 And Gedaliah sware to them, and to their men, and said unto

them, Fear not to be the servants of the Chaldees: dwell in the

land, and serve the king of Babylon; and it shall be well with you.

25 But it came to pass in the seventh month, that Ishmael the

son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal, came,

and ten men with him, and smote Gedaliah, that he died, and the

Jews and the Chaldees that were with him at Mizpah.

26 And all the people, both small and great, and the captains of

the armies, arose, and came to Egypt: for they were afraid of the

Chaldees.

27 And it came to pass in the seven and thirtieth year of the

captivity of Jehoiachin king of Judah, in the twelfth month, on the

seven and twentieth day of the month, that Evilmerodach king of

Babylon in the year that he began to reign did lift up the head of

Jehoiachin king of Judah out of prison;

28 And he spake kindly to him, and set his throne above the

throne of the kings that were with him in Babylon;

29 And changed his prison garments: and he did eat bread

continually before him all the days of his life.

30 And his allowance was a continual allowance given him of the

king, a daily rate for every day, all the days of his life.”

 

1 CHRONICLES 6:15

“And Jehozadak went into captivity, when the Lord carried away

Judah and Jerusalem by the hand of Nebuchadnezzar.”

 

2 CHRONICLES 36: 5-7

“Jehoiakim was twenty and five years old when he began to reign,

and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem: and he did that which

was evil in the sight of the Lord his God.

Against him came up Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and

bound him in fetters, to carry him to Babylon.

7 Nebuchadnezzar also carried of the vessels of the house of the 

Lord to Babylon, and put them in his temple at Babylon.”

 

2 CHRONICLES 36:9-10

“Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he

reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that

which was evil in the sight of the Lord.

10 And when the year was expired, king Nebuchadnezzar sent,

and brought him to Babylon, with the goodly vessels of the house

of the Lord, and made Zedekiah his brother king over Judah and

Jerusalem.”

 

2 CHRONICLES 36:14-21

“Moreover all the chief of the priests, and the people,

transgressed very much after all the abominations of the heathen;

and polluted the house of the Lord which he had hallowed in

Jerusalem.

15 And the Lord God of their fathers sent to them by his

messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had

compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place:

16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his

words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the Lord 

arose against his people, till there was no remedy.

17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees,

who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their

sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden,

old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his

 hand.

18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and

the treasures of the house of the Lord, and the treasures of the

king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon.

19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of

Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and

destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away

to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until

the reign of the kingdom of Persia:

21 To fulfil the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until

the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay

desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.”

 

NEHEMIAH 7:6

“These are the children of the province, that went up out of the

captivity, of those that had been carried away, whom

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away, and came

again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one unto his city.”

 

ESTHER 2:5-6

"Now in Shushan the palace there was a certain Jew, whose name

was Mordecai, the son of Jair, the son of Shimei, the son of Kish,

a Benjamite;

6 Who had been carried away from Jerusalem with the captivity

which had been carried away with Jeconiah king of Judah, whom

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away."

 

JEREMIAH 27:1-22

“In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king

of Judah came this word unto Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 Thus saith the Lord to me; Make thee bonds and yokes, and put

them upon thy neck,

3 And send them to the king of Edom, and to the king of Moab,

and to the king of the Ammonites, and to the king of Tyrus, and

to the king of Zidon, by the hand of the messengers which come

to Jerusalem unto Zedekiah king of Judah;

4 And command them to say unto their masters, Thus saith the 

Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto your

masters;

5 I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are upon

the ground, by my great power and by my outstretched arm, and

have given it unto whom it seemed meet unto me.

6 And now have I given all these lands into the hand of

Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant; and the beasts

of the field have I given him also to serve him.

7 And all nations shall serve him, and his son, and his son's son,

until the very time of his land come: and then many nations and

great kings shall serve themselves of him.

8 And it shall come to pass, that the nation and kingdom which

will not serve the same Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, and

that will not put their neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon,

that nation will I punish, saith the Lord, with the sword, and with

the famine, and with the pestilence, until I have consumed them

by his hand.

9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners,

nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your

sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the

king of Babylon:

10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your

land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish.

11 But the nations that bring their neck under the yoke of the king

of Babylon, and serve him, those will I let remain still in their

own land, saith the Lord; and they shall till it, and dwell therein.

12 I spake also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these

words, saying, Bring your necks under the yoke of the king of

Babylon, and serve him and his people, and live.

13 Why will ye die, thou and thy people, by the sword, by the

famine, and by the pestilence, as the Lord hath spoken against

the nation that will not serve the king of Babylon?

14 Therefore hearken not unto the words of the prophets that

speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon:

for they prophesy a lie unto you.

15 For I have not sent them, saith the Lord, yet they prophesy a

lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might

perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you.

16 Also I spake to the priests and to all this people, saying, Thus

saith the Lord; Hearken not to the words of your prophets that

prophesy unto you, saying, Behold, the vessels of the Lord's

house shall now shortly be brought again from Babylon: for they

prophesy a lie unto you.

17 Hearken not unto them; serve the king of Babylon, and live:

wherefore should this city be laid waste?

18 But if they be prophets, and if the word of the Lord be with

them, let them now make intercession to the Lord of hosts, that

the vessels which are left in the house of the Lord, and in the

house of the king of Judah, and at Jerusalem, go not to Babylon.

19 For thus saith the Lord of hosts concerning the pillars, and

concerning the sea, and concerning the bases, and concerning

the residue of the vessels that remain in this city.

20 Which Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon took not, when he

carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah

from Jerusalem to Babylon, and all the nobles of Judah and

Jerusalem;

21 Yea, thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, concerning

the vessels that remain in the house of the Lord, and in the house

of the king of Judah and of Jerusalem;

22 They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until

the day that I visit them, saith the Lord; then will I bring them

up, and restore them to this place.”

 

JEREMIAH 34:1-22

“The word which came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, when

Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and all his army, and all the

kingdoms of the earth of his dominion, and all the people, fought

against Jerusalem, and against all the cities thereof, saying,

2 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; Go and speak to

Zedekiah king of Judah, and tell him, Thus saith the Lord;

Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon,

and he shall burn it with fire:

3 And thou shalt not escape out of his hand, but shalt surely be

taken, and delivered into his hand; and thine eyes shall behold

the eyes of the king of Babylon, and he shall speak with thee

mouth to mouth, and thou shalt go to Babylon.

4 Yet hear the word of the Lord, O Zedekiah king of Judah; Thus

saith the Lord of thee, Thou shalt not die by the sword:

5 But thou shalt die in peace: and with the burnings of thy

fathers, the former kings which were before thee, so shall they

burn odours for thee; and they will lament thee, saying, Ah lord!

For I have pronounced the word, saith the Lord.

6 Then Jeremiah the prophet spake all these words unto Zedekiah

king of Judah in Jerusalem,

7 When the king of Babylon's army fought against Jerusalem, and

against all the cities of Judah that were left, against Lachish, and

against Azekah: for these defenced cities remained of the cities

of Judah.

8 This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, after

that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people

which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;

9 That every man should let his manservant, and every man his

maidservant, being an Hebrew or an Hebrewess, go free; that

none should serve himself of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.

10 Now when all the princes, and all the people, which had

entered into the covenant, heard that everyone should let his

manservant, and everyone his maidservant, go free, that none

should serve themselves of them anymore, then they obeyed, and

let them go.

11 But afterward they turned, and caused the servants and the

handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought

them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.

12 Therefore the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Lord,

saying,

13 Thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel; I made a covenant with

your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land

of Egypt, out of the house of bondmen, saying,

14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an

Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath

served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but

your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.

15 And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in

proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made

a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:

16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man

his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at

liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into

subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.

17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearkened unto me,

in proclaiming liberty, everyone to his brother, and every man to

his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord,

to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will

make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

18 And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant,

which have not performed the words of the covenant which they

had made before me, when they cut the calf in twain, and passed

between the parts thereof,

19 The princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the

eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, which

passed between the parts of the calf;

20 I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into

the hand of them that seek their life: and their dead bodies shall

be for meat unto the fowls of the heaven, and to the beasts of the

earth.

21 And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the

hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their

life, and into the hand of the king of Babylon's army, which are

gone up from you.

22 Behold, I will command, saith the Lord, and cause them to

return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it,

and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a

desolation without an inhabitant.”

 

JEREMIAH 39:1-10

“In the ninth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the tenth month,

came Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon and all his army against

Jerusalem, and they besieged it.

2 And in the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in the fourth month, the

ninth day of the month, the city was broken up.

3 And all the princes of the king of Babylon came in, and sat in

the middle gate, even Nergalsharezer, Samgarnebo, Sarsechim,

Rabsaris, Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, with all the residue of the

princes of the king of Babylon.

4 And it came to pass, that when Zedekiah the king of Judah saw

them, and all the men of war, then they fled, and went forth out

of the city by night, by the way of the king's garden, by the gate

betwixt the two walls: and he went out the way of the plain.

5 But the Chaldeans' army pursued after them, and overtook

Zedekiah in the plains of Jericho: and when they had taken him,

they brought him up to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon to Riblah

in the land of Hamath, where he gave judgment upon him.

6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah

before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of

Judah.

7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with

chains, to carry him to Babylon.

8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of

the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.

9 Then Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard carried away captive

into Babylon the remnant of the people that remained in the city,

and those that fell away, that fell to him, with the rest of the

people that remained.

10 But Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard left of the poor of

the people, which had nothing, in the land of Judah, and gave

them vineyards and fields at the same time.”

 

2. God takes care of Jeremiah, his faithful servant.

JEREMIAH 39:11-14

“Now Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon gave charge concerning

Jeremiah to Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard, saying,

12 Take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do

unto him even as he shall say unto thee.

13 So Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard sent, and

Nebushasban, Rabsaris, and Nergalsharezer, Rabmag, and all the

king of Babylon's princes;

14 Even they sent, and took Jeremiah out of the court of the

prison, and committed him unto Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the

son of Shaphan, that he should carry him home: so he dwelt

among the people.”

 

3. The Lord send a letter to the captives in Babylon, by the hand

of Jeremiah.

JEREMIAH 29:1-32

“Now these are the words of the letter that Jeremiah the

prophet sent from Jerusalem unto the residue of the elders

which were carried away captives, and to the priests, and to the

prophets, and to all the people whom Nebuchadnezzar had

carried away captive from Jerusalem to Babylon;

2 (After that Jeconiah the king, and the queen, and the eunuchs,

the princes of Judah and Jerusalem, and the carpenters, and the

smiths, were departed from Jerusalem;)

3 By the hand of Elasah the son of Shaphan, and Gemariah the

son of Hilkiah, (whom Zedekiah king of Judah sent unto Babylon

to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon) saying,

4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are

carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away

from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat

the fruit of them;

6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives

for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they

may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there,

and not diminished.

7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be

carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the

peace thereof shall ye have peace.

8 For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your

prophets and your diviners, that be in the midst of you, deceive

you, neither hearken to your dreams which ye cause to be

dreamed.

9 For they prophesy falsely unto you in my name: I have not sent

them, saith the Lord.

10 For thus saith the Lord, That after seventy years be

accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good

word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the 

Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected

end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me,

and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for

me with all your heart.

14 And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away

your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from

all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord; and I will

bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried

away captive.

15 Because ye have said, The Lord hath raised us up prophets in

Babylon;

16 Know that thus saith the Lord of the king that sitteth upon the

throne of David, and of all the people that dwelleth in this city,

and of your brethren that are not gone forth with you into

captivity;

17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the

sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile

figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.

18 And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine,

and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to

all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment,

and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I

have driven them:

19 Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord,

which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up

early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.

20 Hear ye therefore the word of the Lord, all ye of the captivity,

whom I have sent from Jerusalem to Babylon:

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son

of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy

a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the h

and of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall slay them

before your eyes;

22 And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of

Judah which are in Babylon, saying, The Lord make thee like

Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon roasted in

the fire;

23 Because they have committed villany in Israel, and have

committed adultery with their neighbours' wives, and have

spoken lying words in my name, which I have not commanded

them; even I know, and am a witness, saith the Lord.

24 Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite,

saying,

25 Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying,

Because thou hast sent letters in thy name unto all the people

that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the

priest, and to all the priests, saying,

26 The Lord hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the

priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the Lord, for

every man that is mad, and maketh himself a prophet, that thou

shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.

27 Now therefore why hast thou not reproved Jeremiah of

Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?

28 For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon, saying, This captivity

is long: build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens,

and eat the fruit of them.

29 And Zephaniah the priest read this letter in the ears of

Jeremiah the prophet.

30 Then came the word of the Lord unto Jeremiah, saying,

31 Send to all them of the captivity, saying, Thus saith the Lord

concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah

hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused

you to trust in a lie:

32 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, I will punish Shemaiah

the Nehelamite, and his seed: he shall not have a man to dwell

among this people; neither shall he behold the good that I will

do for my people, saith the Lord; because he hath taught

rebellion against the Lord.”

 

4. King Nebuchadnezzar seeks the excellent, to serve in the

Kings palace.

DANIEL 1:3-4

“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

skillful 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 Chaldeans.”

 

5. Among the contestants for the King’s palace were three young

men from Judah whose names were; Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael,

and Azariah.

DANIEL 1:6

“Now among these were of the children of Judah, Daniel,

Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.”

 

6. King Nebuchadnezzar’s Prince of the eunuchs changed the

young men of Judah’s names to; Belteshazzar, Shadrach,

Meshach and Abednego.

DANIEL 1:7

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

Abednego.”

 

7. God put love in the hearts of the eunuchs, for Daniel.

DANIEL 1:9

“Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love, with

the prince of the eunuchs.”

 

8. King Nebuchadnezzar wanted the young men to be nourished

for three years, with the King’s meat and wine.

DANIEL 1:7

“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.”

 

9. Daniel does not desire to be defiled with the King’s meat and

wine.

DANIEL 1:8

“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.”

 

10. The Prince of the eunuchs does not like Daniels request.

DANIEL 1:10

“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. Daniel continues to pursue the Prince of the eunuchs, with

his desire.

DANIEL 1:11-13

“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.”

 

12. The Prince of the eunuchs agrees to allow Daniel’s request.

DANIEL 1:14

So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten

days.”

 

13. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah’s countenance

appeared more desirable and healthy than the children who ate

the King’s meat, therefore they were given their dietary request.

DANIEL 1:15-16

“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.”

 

14. God gave Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah skill,

wisdom and understanding in visions and dreams.

DANIEL 1:17

“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.”

 

15. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were chosen by King

Nebuchadnezzar to work in his palace.

DANIEL 1:18-19

“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

before Nebuchadnezzar.

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.”

 

16. King Nebuchadnezzar found Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and

Azariah ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers

within his kingdom.

DANIEL 1:20

“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.”

 

17. King Nebuchadnezzar has a disturbing dream.

DANIEL 2:1

“And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar,

Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was

troubled, and his sleep brake from him."

 

18. King Nebuchadnezzar calls for help, to understand his

disturbing dream.

DANIEL 2:2-4

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.

Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live

forever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the

interpretation.”

 

19. King Nebuchadnezzar threatens and promises rewards, to the

one who can tell him his dream.

DANIEL 2:5-6

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 i

nterpretation 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.”

 

20. King Nebuchadnezzar continues in his threats and wrath,

about his dream.

DANIEL 2:7-11

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

interpretation thereof.

10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is

not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: t

herefore 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.”

 

21. King Nebuchadnezzar orders the killing of the wise men of

Babylon, which includes Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.

DANIEL 2:12-13

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.”

 

22. Daniel requests time from King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 2:14-16

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.”

 

23. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah seek God for help, so

they would not perish.

DANIEL 2:17-18

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.”

 

24. God reveals the dream to Daniel, in a night vision.

DANIEL 2:19

Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision.”

 

25. Daniel thanks God for revealing the dream to him.

DANIEL 2:19 -23

“Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God forever

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 i

n 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.”

 

26. Daniel speaks to King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 2:24-30

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 l

atter 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.”

 

27. Daniel reveals the dream to King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 2:31-36

“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 threshing floors; 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.”

 

28. Daniel reveals the interpretation to King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 2:36-45

“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 forever.

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.”

 

29. King Nebuchadnezzar reacts to the revelation of his dream.

DANIEL 2:46-48

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."

 

30.    Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah are now head rulers

over Babylon.

DANIEL 2:49

Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach,

Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of

Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.”

 

31. King Nebuchadnezzar makes an image of gold, and sets it up

in Babylon.

DANIEL 3:1

“Nebuchadnezzar 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.”

 

32. King Nebuchadnezzar calls all the rulers of the province, to

the dedication of the image of gold.

DANIEL 3:2-3

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king sent to gather together the

princes, the governors, and the captains, the judges, the

treasurers, the counsellors, 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 counsellors, 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.”

 

33. A herald announces King Nebuchadnezzar’s desire, that all

worship the image of gold.

DANIEL 3:4-5

Then an herald cried aloud, To you it is commanded, O people,

nations, and languages,

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.”

 

34. The herald then announces the wrath that will be inflicted

upon, the ones who do not worship this image of gold.

DANIEL 3:6

And whoso falleth not down and worshippeth shall the same hour

be cast into the midst of a burning fiery furnace.”

 

35. The people bow down and worship the image of gold.

DANIEL 3:7

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.”

 

36. The Chaldeans accuse Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego;

concerning the worship of the image of gold.

DANIEL 3:8-12

Wherefore at that time certain Chaldeans came near, and

accused the Jews.

9 They spake and said to the king Nebuchadnezzar, O king, live

forever.

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 Abednego;

these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy

gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.”

 

37. King Nebuchadnezzar threatens Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abednego.

DANIEL 3:13-15

Then Nebuchadnezzar in his rage and fury commanded to bring

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men

before the king.

14 Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, Is it true, O

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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?”

 

38. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the threats of

King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 3:16-18

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the

king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this

matter.

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 set up.”

 

39. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego are thrown into the fiery

furnace.

DANIEL 3:19-21

Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage

was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego:

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 Abednego, 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.”

 

40. The fiery furnace kills the men who threw Shadrach, Meshach,

and Abednego into the furnace.

DANIEL 3:22

Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the

furnace exceeding hot, the flames of the fire slew those men that

took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.”

 

41. King Nebuchadnezzar sees four man loose in the fiery furnace,

and one of them like the Son of God.

DANIEL 3:23-25

And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell

down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.

24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonished, and rose up

in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, 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.”

 

42. King Nebuchadnezzar calls Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

out of the fiery furnace.

DANIEL 3:26

Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning

fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and

come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came

forth of the midst of the fire.”

 

43. The people witness the miracle of the unharmed Shadrach,

Meshach, and Abednego.

DANIEL 3:27

And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's

counsellors, 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."

 

44. King Nebuchadnezzar exalts Almighty God, who delivered his

faithful servants Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.

DANIEL 3:28

Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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.”

 

45. King Nebuchadnezzar makes a Kingdom decree, concerning

Almighty God.

DANIEL 3:29

Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and

language, which speak anything amiss against the God of

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, 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.”

 

46. King Nebuchadnezzar promotes Shadrach, Meshach, and

Abednego; in Babylon.

DANIEL 3:30

Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, in

the province of Babylon.”

 

47. King Nebuchadnezzar exalts Almighty God.

DANIEL 4:1-3

“Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and

languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto

you.

2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high

God hath wrought toward me.

3 How great are his signs! And how mighty are his wonders! His

kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from

generation to generation.”

 

48. King Nebuchadnezzar reveals his thoughts.

DANIEL 4:4-8

I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in

my palace:

5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon

my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of

Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the

interpretation of the dream.

7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans,

and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they

did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was

Belteshazzar, according to the name of my God, and in whom is

the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream,

saying.”

 

49. King Nebuchadnezzar reveals his dream.

DANIEL 4:9-18

O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that

the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth

thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the

interpretation thereof.

10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and

behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof

was great.

11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached

unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and

in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under

 it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and

all flesh was fed of it.

13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a

watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;

14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off

his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the

beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even

with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field;

and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be

with the beasts in the grass of the earth:

16 Let his heart be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart

be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand

by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may

know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and

giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest

of men.

18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O

Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all

the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto

me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy

gods is in thee.”

 

50. Daniel reveals the interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s

dream.

DANIEL 4:19-28

Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for

one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and

said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation

thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord,

the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation

thereof to thine enemies.

20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose

height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the

earth;

21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it

was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and

upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their

habitation:

22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy

greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion

to the end of the earth.

23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming

down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy

it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even

with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field;

and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be

with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;

24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the

most High, which is come upon my lord the king:

25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall

be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat

grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven,

and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the

most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to

whomsoever he will.

26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree

roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt

have known that the heavens do rule.

27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee,

and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by

shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy

tranquility.

28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.”

 

51. King Nebuchadnezzar’s pride.

DANIEL 4:29-30

At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the

kingdom of Babylon.

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I

have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my

power, and for the honour of my majesty?”

 

52. A voice from Heaven, speaks to King Nebuchadnezzar.

DANIEL 4:31-32

While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from

heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The

kingdom is departed from thee.

32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be

with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as

oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that

the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to

whomsoever he will."

 

53. King Nebuchadnezzar is judged, by Almighty God.

DANIEL 4:33

The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar:

and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his

body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown

like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws."

 

54. The transformation of King Nebuchadnezzar, by the judgment

of Almighty God.

DANIEL 4:34-37

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes

unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I

blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that

liveth forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and

his kingdom is from generation to generation:

35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing:

and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and

among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand,

or say unto him, What doest thou?

36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the

glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto

me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was

established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added

unto me.

37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King

of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment:

and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

 

3. Belshazzar

 

Aramaic Word: Belsha'tstsar.

Hebrew Meaning: Bel protect the king. 

 

Term Happenings.

1. Belshazzar the King of Babylon had a feast with a thousand of

his lords, and drank wine.

DANIEL 5:1

“Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his

lords, and drank wine before the thousand."

 

2. Belshazzar desires to drink wine from the vessels, from the

temple of the Lord.

DANIEL 5:2-3

Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the

golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had

taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king,

and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink

therein.

3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of

the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the

king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in

them.”

 

3.  Belshazzar drinks wine in the vessels of the Lord’s, and

praises the gods of gold, silver, brass, iron, wood and stone.

DANIEL 5:4

They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of

brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.”

 

4. Belshazzar witnesses a hand writing on the wall.

DANIEL 5:5

In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote

over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the

king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.”

 

5. Belshazzar is overcome with fear.

DANIEL 5:6

Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts

troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his

knees smote one against another.”

 

6. Belshazzar screams for help from his astrologers and

soothsayers.

DANIEL 5:7-9

The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans,

and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise

men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew

me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and

have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler

in the kingdom.

8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read

the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation

thereof.

9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his

countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.”

 

7. The Queen of Babylon suggests to Belshazzar, to bring Daniel;

to interpret the writing on the wall.

Daniel 5:10-12

Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords

came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said,

O king, live forever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let

thy countenance be changed:

11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the

holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding

and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him;

whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy

father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans,

and soothsayers;

12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and

understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard

sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same

Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be

called, and he will shew the interpretation.”

 

8. Daniel is brought before Belshazzar.

DANIEL 5:13-16

Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake

and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the

children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father

brought out of Jewry?

14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in

thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is

found in thee.

15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in

before me, that they should read this writing, and make known

unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the

interpretation of the thing:

16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make

interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the

writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou

shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy

neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.”

 

9. Daniel responds to Belshazzar, revealing the writing on the

wall.

DANIEL 5:17-28

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be

to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the

writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy

father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations,

and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would

he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would

he set up; and whom he would he put down.

20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in

pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his

glory from him:

21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was

made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses:

they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the

dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the

kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he

will.

22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart,

though thou knewest all this;

23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they

have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and

thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in

them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of

brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know:

and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy

ways, hast thou not glorified:

24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing

was written.

25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel,

Upharsin.

26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath

numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found

wanting.

28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and

Persians.”

 

10. Belshazzar clothes Daniel with scarlet and gold, and places

him as the third ruler in the Babylonian kingdom.

DANIEL 5:29

Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with

scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a

proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler

in the kingdom.”

 

11. Belshazzar is killed that evening.

DANIEL 5:30

In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.”

 

12. Darius takes the Kingdom of Babylon.

DANIEL 5:31

And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about

threescore and two years old.”

 

Daniels Dream and Vision

1. Daniel’s dream in the first year of; Belshazzar King of Babylon.

DANIEL 7:1-28

“In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon Daniel had a

dream and visions of his head upon his bed: then he wrote the

dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spake and said, I saw in my vision by night, and,

behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from

another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the

wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth,

and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was

given to it.

5 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it

raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of

it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise,

devour much flesh.

6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had

upon the back of it four wings of a fowl; the beast had also four

heads; and dominion was given to it.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast,

dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great

iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the

residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse 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 little horn, before whom there were three of the

first horns plucked up by the roots: and, behold, in this horn

were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great

things.

9 I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of

days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of

his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame,

and his wheels as burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him:

thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand

times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set,

and the books were opened.

11 I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which

the horn spake: I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his

body destroyed, and given to the burning flame.

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion

taken away: yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of

man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient

of days, and they brought him near before him.

14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom,

that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his

dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away,

and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

15 I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and

the visions of my head troubled me.

16 I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him

the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the

interpretation of the things.

17 These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall

arise out of the earth.

18 But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and

possess the kingdom forever, even

forever and ever.

19 Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was

diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth

were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in

pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet;

20 And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other

which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn

that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose

look was more stout than his fellows.

21 I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and

prevailed against them;

22 Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to

the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints

possessed the kingdom.

23 Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom

upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall

devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in

pieces.

24 And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall

arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse

from the first, and he shall subdue three kings.

25 And he shall speak great words against the most High, and

shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change

times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a

time and times and the dividing of time.

26 But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his

dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.

27 And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the

kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people

of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting

kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.

28 Hitherto is the end of the matter. As for me Daniel, my

cogitations much troubled me, and my countenance changed in

me: but I kept the matter in my heart.”

 

2. Daniel’s vision in the third year of; Belshazzar King of Babylon.

DANIEL 8:1-27

“In the third year of the reign of king Belshazzar a vision

appeared unto me, even unto me Daniel, after that which

appeared unto me at the first.

2 And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I

was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam;

and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.

3 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood

before the river a ram which had two horns: and the two horns

were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher

came up last.

4 I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and

southward; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither

was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did

according to his will, and became great.

5 And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the

west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground:

and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.

6 And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen

standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his

power.

7 And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved

with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two

horns: and there was no power in the ram to stand before him,

but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him:

and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.

8 Therefore the he goat waxed very great: and when he was

strong, the great horn was broken; and for it came up four

notable ones toward the four winds of heaven.

9 And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which waxed

exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and

toward the pleasant land.

10 And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast

down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and

stamped upon them.

11 Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and

by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of the

sanctuary was cast down.

12 And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by

reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground;

and it practiced, and prospered.

13 Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto

that certain saint which spake, How long shall be the vision

concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of

desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden

under foot?

14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred

days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the

vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood

before me as the appearance of a man.

16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which

called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the

vision.

17 So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was

afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand,

O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.

18 Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on

my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me

upright.

19 And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in

the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end

shall be.

20 The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of

Media and Persia.

21 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn

that is between his eyes is the first king.

22 Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four

kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

23 And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the

transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance,

and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

24 And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power:

and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice,

and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people.

25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in

his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace

shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of

princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was

told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for

many days.

27 And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I

rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at

the vision, but none understood it.”

 

4. Darius

    

Aramaic Word: Darĕyavesh.

Aramaic Meaning: Lord

 

Term Happenings.

1. Darius takes the kingdom after the death of Belshazzar.

DANIEL 5:30-31

“In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about

threescore and two years old.”

 

2. Darius chose Daniel to reside as his first president, over his

empire.

DANIEL 6:1-2

“It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred and

twenty princes, which should be over the whole kingdom;

2 And over these three presidents; of whom Daniel was first:

that the princes might give accounts unto them, and the king

should have no damage.”

 

3.  Daniel was preferred above the presidents and rulers, because

an excellent spirit was in him; Daniel was set over the entire realm.

DANIEL 6:3

“Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes,

because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to

set him over the whole realm.”

 

4. The presidents and princes desired to find fault with Daniel.

DANIEL 6:4

“Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against

Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none

occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was

there any error or fault found in him.”

 

5. The presidents and princes have King Darius sign a decree, in

order to remove Daniel.

DANIEL 6:5-9

Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against

this Daniel, except we find it against him concerning the law of

his God.

6 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the

king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live forever.

7 All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the

princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted

together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree,

that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty

days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions.

8 Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it

be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians,

which altereth not.

9 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.”

 

6. Daniel ignores the decree, openly.

DANIEL 6:10

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went

into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber

toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day,

and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did

aforetime.”

 

7. The presidents and rulers witness Daniel praying, and inform

King Darius.

DANIEL 6:10-15

Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and

making supplication before his God.

12 Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning

the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man

that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days,

save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king

answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the

Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

13 Then answered they and said before the king, That Daniel,

which is of the children of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not

thee, O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed, but maketh

his petition three times a day.

14 Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore

displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver

him: and he laboured till the going down of the sun to deliver

him.

15 Then these men assembled unto the king, and said unto the

king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, T

hat no decree nor statute which the king establisheth may be

changed.”

 

8.  Daniel is cast into the lion’s den.

DANIEL 6:16-18

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast

him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto

Daniel, Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver

thee.

17 And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den;

and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet

of his lords; that the purpose might not be changed concerning

Daniel.

18 Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night

fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him:

and his sleep went from him.”

 

9. King Darius finds Daniel alive.

DANIEL 6:19-23

Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in

haste unto the den of lions.

20 And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable

voice unto Daniel: and the king spake and said to Daniel, O

Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God, whom thou servest

continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

21 Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever.

22 My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths,

that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency

was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no

hurt.

23 Then was the king exceedingly glad for him, and commanded

that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was

taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon

him, because he believed in his God.”

 

10. Daniel’s accusers and their families, are cast into the lion’s

den.

DANIEL 6:24

And the king commanded, and they brought those men which

had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions,

them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the

mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever t

hey came at the bottom of the den.”

 

11.  King Darius writes a decree.

DANIEL 6:25 -27

Then king Darius wrote unto all people, nations, and languages,

that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom

men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the

living God, and steadfast forever, and his kingdom that which

shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the

end.

27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and

wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from

the power of the lions.”

 

Gabriel Visits Daniel.

DANIEL 9:1-27

“In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of

the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the

Chaldeans;

2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the

number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to

Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years

in the desolations of Jerusalem.

3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and

supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

4 And I prayed unto the Lord my God, and made my confession,

and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the

covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that

keep his commandments;

5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done

wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts

and from thy judgments:

6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets,

which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our

fathers, and to all the people of the land.

7 Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us

confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to

the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that are near,

and that are far off, through all the countries whither thou hast

driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed

against thee.

8 O Lord, to us belongeth 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 mercies and forgivenesses, though

we have rebelled against him;

10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the Lord our God, to walk

in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing,

that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured

upon us, and the oath that is written in the law of Moses the

servant of God, because we have sinned against him.

12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us,

and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a

great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as

hath been done upon Jerusalem.

13 As it is written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon

us: yet made we not our prayer before the Lord our God, that we

might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

14 Therefore hath the Lord watched upon the evil, and brought it

upon us: for the Lord our God is righteous in all his works which

he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth

out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten

thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done

wickedly.

16 Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let

thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem,

thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of

our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people are become a reproach to

all that are about us.

17 Now therefore, O our God, hear the prayer of thy servant, and

his supplications, and cause thy face to shine upon thy sanctuary

that is desolate, for the Lord's sake.

18 O my God, incline thine ear, and hear; open thine eyes, and

behold our desolations, and the city which is called by thy name:

for we do not present our supplications before thee for our

righteousnesses, but for thy great mercies.

19 O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer

not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people

are called by thy name.

20 And whiles I was speaking, and praying, and confessing my

sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my

supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my

God;

21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel,

whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to

fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel,

I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came

forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved:

therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.

24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy

holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins,

and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting

righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to

anoint the most Holy.

25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of

the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the

Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two

weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in

troublous times.

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off,

but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come

shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall

be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are

determined.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week:

and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the

oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he

shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that

determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”

 

5. Cyrus.

 

Hebrew Word: Kowresh.

Hebrew Meaning: Possess thou the furnace.

 

Term Happenings.

1. The Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus King of Persia to build his

house, in Jerusalem.

EZRA 1:1-4

“Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of

the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the Lord 

stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, that he made a

proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and put it also in

writing, saying,

2 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, The Lord God of heaven hath

given me all the kingdoms of the earth; and he hath charged me

to build him an house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah.

3 Who is there among you of all his people? His God be with

him, and let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and

build the house of the Lord God of Israel, (he is the God,) which

is in Jerusalem.

4 And whosoever remaineth in any place where he sojourneth,

let the men of his place help him with silver, and with gold, and

with goods, and with beasts, beside the freewill offering for the

house of God that is in Jerusalem.”

 

2.  God raised up the people, to build the house of the Lord.

EZRA 1:5-6

“Then rose up the chief of the fathers of Judah and Benjamin,

and the priests, and the Levites, with all them whose spirit God

had raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord which is in

Jerusalem.

6 And all they that were about them strengthened their hands

with vessels of silver, with gold, with goods, and with beasts,

and with precious things, beside all that was willingly offered.”

 

3. King Cyrus returns the vessels of the Lords.

EZRA 1:7-11

“Also Cyrus the king brought forth the vessels of the house of

the Lord, which Nebuchadnezzar had brought forth out of

Jerusalem, and had put them in the house of his gods;

8 Even those did Cyrus king of Persia bring forth by the hand

of Mithredath the treasurer, and numbered them unto

Sheshbazzar, the prince of Judah.

9 And this is the number of them: thirty chargers of gold, a

thousand chargers of silver, nine and twenty knives,

10 Thirty basons of gold, silver basons of a second sort four

hundred and ten, and other vessels a thousand.

11 All the vessels of gold and of silver were five thousand and

four hundred. All these did Sheshbazzar bring up with them of

the captivity that were brought up from Babylon unto

Jerusalem.”

 

4. The House of the Lord is being built, aided by the permission

of King Cyrus of Persia.

EZRA 3:1-7

“And when the seventh month was come, and the children of

Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves

together as one man to Jerusalem.

2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the

priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren,

and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings

thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them

because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt

offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning

and evening.

4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and

offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the

custom, as the duty of every day required;

5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the

new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were

consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill

offering unto the Lord.

6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer

burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of

the Lord was not yet laid.

7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters;

and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them

of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa,

according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia."

 

5. The Israelites must continue to persevere, to build the house

of the Lord.

EZRA 4:1-5

“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the

children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of

Israel;

2 Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers,

and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God,

as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of

Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.

3 But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the

fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us

to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will

build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia

hath commanded us.

4 Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people

of Judah, and troubled them in building,

5 And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose,

all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius

king of Persia.”

 

6. Opponents of the building of the house of the Lord, arrive on

the scene asking questions.

EZRA 5:3

“At the same time came to them Tatnai, governor on this side

the river, and Shetharboznai and their companions, and said

thus unto them, Who hath commanded you to build this house,

and to make up this wall?”

 

7. God pours strength into the workers, to continue through the

opponents; of the house of the Lord.

EZRA 5:5

“But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, that

they could not cause them to cease, till the matter came to

Darius: and then they returned answer by letter concerning

this matter.”

 

8. The opponents of the house of the Lord send King Darius a

letter, asking for the decree of Cyrus King of Persia; regarding

the house of the Lord.

EZRA 5:6-17

“The copy of the letter that Tatnai, governor on this side the

river, and Shetharboznai and his companions the Apharsachites,

which were on this side the river, sent unto Darius the king:

7 They sent a letter unto him, wherein was written thus; Unto

Darius the king, all peace.

8 Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of

Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great

stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast

on, and prospereth in their hands.

9 Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who

commanded you to build this house, and to make up these

walls?

10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might

write the names of the men that were the chief of them.

11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the

servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house

that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of

Israel builded and set up.

12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven

unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the

king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and

carried the people away into Babylon.

13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same

king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God.

14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God,

which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in

Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those

did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they

were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom

he had made governor;

15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into

the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be

builded in his place.

16 Then came the same Sheshbazzar, and laid the foundation of

the house of God which is in Jerusalem: and since that time even

until now hath it been in building, and yet it is not finished.

17 Now therefore, if it seem good to the king, let there be search

made in the king's treasure house, which is there at Babylon,

whether it be so, that a decree was made of Cyrus the king to

build this house of God at Jerusalem, and let the king send his

pleasure to us concerning this matter.”

 

9. King Darius searches and locates King Cyrus’s decree,

concerning the building of the house of the Lord.

EZRA 6:1-5

“Then Darius the king made a decree, and search was made in

the house of the rolls, where the treasures were laid up in

Babylon.

2 And there was found at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the

province of the Medes, a roll, and therein was a record thus

written:

3 In the first year of Cyrus the king the same Cyrus the king

made a decree concerning the house of God at Jerusalem, Let

the house be builded, the place where they offered sacrifices,

and let the foundations thereof be strongly laid; the height

thereof threescore cubits, and the breadth thereof threescore

cubits;

4 With three rows of great stones, and a row of new timber: and

let the expenses be given out of the king's house:

5 And also let the golden and silver vessels of the house of God,

which Nebuchadnezzar took forth out of the temple which is at

Jerusalem, and brought unto Babylon, be restored, and brought

again unto the temple which is at Jerusalem, everyone to his

place, and place them in the house of God.”

 

10. King Darius responds to the opponents.

EZRA 6:5-7

“Now therefore, Tatnai, governor beyond the river, Shetharboznai,

and your companions the Apharsachites, which are beyond the

river, be ye far from thence:

7 Let the work of this house of God alone; let the governor of the

Jews and the elders of the Jews build this house of God in his

place."

 

11.    King Darius make a decree, exacting tribute from the

opponents; for the house of the Lord.

EZRA 6:8-10

Moreover I make a decree what ye shall do to the elders of

these Jews for the building of this house of God: that of the

king's goods, even of the tribute beyond the river, forthwith

expenses be given unto these men, that they be not hindered.

9 And that which they have need of, both young bullocks, and

rams, and lambs, for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven,

wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the appointment of the

priests which are at Jerusalem, let it be given them day by day

without fail:

10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God

of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons."

 

12. King Darius adds another decree.

EZRA 6:11-12

Also I have made a decree, that whosoever shall alter this word,

let timber be pulled down from his house, and being set up, let

him be hanged thereon; and let his house be made a dunghill

for this.

12 And the God that hath caused his name to dwell there destroy

all kings and people, that shall put to their hand to alter and to

destroy this house of God which is at Jerusalem. I Darius have

made a decree; let it be done with speed.”

 

13. The opponents quickly obey, the decree of King Darius.

EZRA 6:13

Then Tatnai, governor on this side the river, Shetharboznai, and

their companions, according to that which Darius the king had

sent, so they did speedily.”

 

14. The Jews build and finish, the house of the Lord.

EZRA 6:14

And the elders of the Jews builded, and they prospered through

the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of

Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the

commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the

commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of

Persia.”

 

15. The Lord speaks of Cyrus King of Persia.

ISAIAH 44:24-28

“Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee

from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that

stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the

earth by myself;

25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners

mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their

knowledge foolish;

26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the

counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt

be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I

will raise up the decayed places thereof:

27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers:

28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all

my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and

to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.”

 

ISAIAH 45:1-8

“Thus saith the Lord to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand

I have holden, to subdue nations before him; and I will loose the

loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates; and the

gates shall not be shut;

2 I will go before thee, and make the crooked places straight: I

will break in pieces the gates of brass, and cut in sunder the

bars of iron:

3 And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden

riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord,

which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel.

4 For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have

even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though

thou hast not known me.

5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside

me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:

6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the

west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is

none else.

7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and

create evil: I the Lord do all these things.

8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour

down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth

salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord 

have created it.”

 

ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

ANN ELIZABETH

REALORON FOUNDER & PRESIDENT

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