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Daniel 7 So this Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian. In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel saw a dream and visions of his headas he lay in his bed. Then he wrote down the dream and told the sum of the matter. Danieldeclared, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirringup the great sea. And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another.The first was like a lion and had eagles’ wings. Then as I looked its wings were pluckedoff, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man, and themind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It wasraised up on one side. It had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told,‘Arise, devour much flesh.’ After this I looked, and behold, another, like a leopard, withfour wings of a bird on its back. And the beast had four heads, and dominion was given toit. After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrifying and dreadfuland exceedingly strong. It had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces andstamped what was left with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it,and it had ten horns. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among themanother horn, a little one, before which three of the first horns were plucked up by theroots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speakinggreat things. “As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened. “I looked then because of the sound of the great words that the horn was speaking. Andas I looked, the beast was killed, and its body destroyed and given over to be burned withfire. As for the rest of the beasts, their dominion was taken away, but their lives wereprolonged for a season and a time. “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed. “As for me, Daniel, my spirit within me was anxious, and the visions of my headalarmed me. I approached one of those who stood there and asked him the truthconcerning all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of the things.‘These four great beasts are four kings who shall arise out of the earth. But the saints ofthe Most High shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, forever andever.’ “Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from allthe rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and whichdevoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, and about the tenhorns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three ofthem fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemedgreater than its companions. As I looked, this horn made war with the saints andprevailed over them, until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given for thesaints of the Most High, and the time came when the saints possessed the kingdom. “Thus he said: ‘As for the fourth beast, there shall be a fourth kingdom on earth, which shall be different from all the kingdoms, and it shall devour the whole earth, and trample it down, and break it to pieces. As for the ten horns, out of this kingdom ten kings shall arise, and another shall arise after them; he shall be different from the former ones, and shall put down three kings. He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law; and they shall be given into his hand for a time, times, and half a time. But the court shall sit in judgment, and his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and destroyed to the end. And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; his kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom,…
Daniel 4 King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth:Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders thatthe Most High God has done for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation. I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. I saw a dreamthat made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. SoI made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that theymight make known to me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, theenchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, butthey could not make known to me its interpretation. At last Daniel came in before me—hewho was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of theholy gods—and I told him the dream, saying, “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians,because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficultfor you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. The visions ofmy head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, andits height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, andit was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its leaves were beautiful and its fruitabundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and thebirds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it. “I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, camedown from heaven. He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off itsbranches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and thebirds from its branches. But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band ofiron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven.Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. Let his mind be changed from aman’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, tothe end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives itto whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’ This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar,saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of mykingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for thespirit of the holy gods is in you.” Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and histhoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream orthe interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dreambe for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! The tree you saw,which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to theend of the whole earth, whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in whichwas food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches thebirds of the heavens lived— it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Yourgreatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth.And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying,‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, boundwith a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with thedew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of timepass over him,’ this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which hascome upon my lord the king, that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwellingshall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shallbe wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you knowthat the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. And as it wascommanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmedfor you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my counselbe acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquitiesby showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of yourprosperity.” All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months he was walkingon the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, “Is not thisgreat Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for theglory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voicefrom heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departedfrom you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with thebeasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of timeshall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and givesit to whom he will.” Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He wasdriven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew ofheaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws. At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reasonreturned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who livesforever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation; all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, “What have you done?” At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Now I,Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.
Daniel 3 Therefore at that time certain Chaldeans came forward and maliciously accused the Jews. They declared to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! You, O king, have made a decree, that every man who hears the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp,bagpipe, and every kind of music, shall fall down and worship the golden image. And whoever does not fall down and worship shall be cast into a burning fiery furnace. There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the affairs of the province of Babylon: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. These men, O king, pay no attention to you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar in furious rage commanded that Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego be brought. So they brought these men before the king. Nebuchadnezzar answered and said to them, “Is it true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Now if you are ready when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind ofmusic, to fall down and worship the image that I have made, well and good. But if you do not worship, you shall immediately be cast into a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you out of my hands?” Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar,we have no need to answer you in this matter. If this be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king. But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with fury, and the expression of his face was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He ordered the furnace heated seven times more than it was usually heated. And he ordered some of the mighty men of his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace.Then these men were bound in their cloaks, their tunics, their hats, and their other garments, and they were thrown into the burning fiery furnace. Because the king’s order was urgent and the furnace overheated, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell bound into the burning fiery furnace. Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the burning fiery furnace; he declared,“Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego came out from the fire. And the satraps,the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together and saw that the fire had not had any power over the bodies of those men. The hair of their heads was not singed, their cloaks were not harmed, and no smell of fire had come upon them.Nebuchadnezzar answered and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent his angel and delivered his servants, who trusted in him, and set aside the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies rather than serve and worship any god except their own God. Therefore I make a decree: Any people, nation, or language that speaks anything against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego shall be torn limbfrom limb, and their houses laid in ruins, for there is no other god who is able to rescue in this way.” Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the province of Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth:Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God has done for me.
1 Samuel 10:17-27 Now Samuel called the people together to the LORD at Mizpah. And he said to thepeople of Israel, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, ‘I brought up Israel out of Egypt,and I delivered you from the hand of the Egyptians and from the hand of all the kingdomsthat were oppressing you.’ But today you have rejected your God, who saves you from allyour calamities and your distresses, and you have said to him, ‘Set a king over us.’ Nowtherefore present yourselves before the LORD by your tribes and by your thousands.” Then Samuel brought all the tribes of Israel near, and the tribe of Benjamin was takenby lot. He brought the tribe of Benjamin near by its clans, and the clan of the Matrites wastaken by lot; and Saul the son of Kish was taken by lot. But when they sought him, he couldnot be found. So they inquired again of the LORD, “Is there a man still to come?” and theLORD said, “Behold, he has hidden himself among the baggage.” Then they ran and tookhim from there. And when he stood among the people, he was taller than any of the peoplefrom his shoulders upward. And Samuel said to all the people, “Do you see him whom theLORD has chosen? There is none like him among all the people.” And all the peopleshouted, “Long live the king!” Then Samuel told the people the rights and duties of the kingship, and he wrote themin a book and laid it up before the LORD. Then Samuel sent all the people away, each one tohis home. Saul also went to his home at Gibeah, and with him went men of valor whosehearts God had touched. But some worthless fellows said, “How can this man save us?”And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.
Luke 6:39-45 He also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye?You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to takeout the speck that is in your brother’s eye. “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit, for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of his heartproduces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
James 1:19-20 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.