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

that tl)c iHost i)i9l) rulcti) in tl]c Uingbom of men, anb giuctl]
it to tDl)omsoct)cr l)e U3iU, anb scttcti) up oner it tl)e basest ot"

ntcn. 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.

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. 13elteshazzar answered, and said, My lord, the dream
be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine
enemies. The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong,
whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all
the earth ; 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 habi-
tation : it is thou, king, that art grown and become strong : for



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Daniel, xl.
3.'), 30.



thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy domin-
ion to the end of tlie earth. And whereas the king saw a watclier
and an holy one coining 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 ; this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree
of the Most High, which is come upon mv lord tlie king: \[]at

tl)cn oljall brine tl]cc from men, anb tl]ij bujcUing slbill be luit!)
ti)cl)castG of tl)c ficlb, anb tl)cn sl]a!l make tl)e"e to eat graso
as oxen, nub tl]en 6l)aU loet tl)ce toitl) U)e bcro of Ijc'atien,
anb seiien times sljall pass oner tl)ce, till thou know that the
Most Hio-h ruleth in the kino-doin of men, and o-iveth it to whomso-
ever he will. 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. 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 tranquillity.

All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the
kingdom of Babylon. The king spake, and said. Is not tin's 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 ? While
the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven,
saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken : Tlie kingdom
is departed from thee : 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. The same hour was the thing
fulfilled upon Nebuchatlnezzar : and 1)C Voas brinetl from men,

nub bib eat grass as oun, anb l)is bobn lu.is inel luitl) tl)c
beto of l)canen, till l)is Ijairsiuere groran like eagles' fcatl)ers,

anb l)is nails like birbs' claU3S. And at the end of th.' days I
Nchiichadiirzzar lifted up miin.- eyes unto heaven, and mine under-
standing returned unto me, and I blessed the Mo.^t High, and I
praised and honoured him that liveth forever, whose dominion is
an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to
generation : and all the inhabitants of the eaith are reputed as
nothing: and l)e boetl) accorbiug to l)is xuill in the army of
heaven, and aiiKnig the iiiliabilants <>( {Iv earth : and none can stay

his hand, or saij uiito l)im, U)l)at boest tljou '?

And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and
to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end : be-
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ing to his will ; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself
above every god, and shall speak mavvellous things against the God
of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished : for
that that is determined shall be done.

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince
which standeth for the children of thy people : and there shall be
a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even
to that same time : and at that time thy people shall be delivered,

ciKvx) one tl)at sljall be fonnb rorittcn in tl)c book.

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel : for the words are closed
up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified,
and made white, and tried ; but the wicked shall do wickedly : and
none of tl)C toickcb sljall nnbcrstanb ; but the wise shall un-
derstand.

The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the
Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and
children of whoredoms ; for the land hath committed great whore-
dom, departing from the Lord. So he went and took Gomer the
daughter of Diblaim ; which conceived, and bare him a son. And
the Lord said unto him. Call his name Jezreel ; for yet a little
while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of
Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of
Israel in the valley of Jezi-eel.

And she conceived again, and bare a daughter. And God

said unto him. Call l)cr nomc €o-rul)amal}:' for S roill no more
l)awc mcrcn n^jon tlic liousc of JJsracl; but I will utterly take
them away.'" But 5 ujill i)avc mcrcn mow tl)e Ijousc of jju-

bul), find will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save
them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horse-
men.

Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and

bare a son. Then said God, (jTall l)is name Co-ammi;" for ge
axe not mn people, anb 3 will not be nour ©ob.

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the
name of the Lord shall be delivered : for in mount Zion and in
Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath said, anb in tl)e
remnant roliom tl)e £orb sl)all rail.

Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me ; and behold, he
formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the
latter growth ; and lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mow-
ings. And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of
eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord God, forgive, I
beseech thee : by whom shall Jacob arise ? for he is small. The
Lord repented for this : It shall not be, saith the Lord. Thus hath
the Lord God shewed unto me : and behold, the Lord God called



Dan. xlf. 1.



PaTiiel,
Xii. S), 10.



Hoseii, i. ;;-9.



1 Tliat is,
JVot having-
obtained ma—
cy.



2 lliat is,
JVbJ my peo-
ple.

Joel, ii. 32.



Amos,
vii. 1-9,

fuid
vlii. 1, 2.



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Amos,
vlii. Jl,12.



Amos,
ix. 8, 9.



Hab^kkuk,
ii. I - !, 13.



Zech.iii.1,2.



Zcch.iv. 1-7.



to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a
part. Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee : by whom
sliall Jacob arise ? for he is small. The Lord repented for this :
This also shall not be, saith the Lord God. Thus he shewed me :
and behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with
a plumb-line in his hand. And the Lord said unto me, Amos, what
seest thou ? and I said, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord, Be-
hold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel : 3

toill not ogaiiT pass bn tljcm am more : and the high places of

Isaac shall be desohite, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid
waste ; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the

sword Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me ;

and behold a basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what
seest thou ? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said
the Lord unto me, (J^I)c Cltb is COtllC upon my people of Israel; J[

ujUI not again ijass bn tl)cm anjimore.

Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a
famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the Lord : and they shall wander from sea
to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and
fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful king-
dom, and I will destroy it from ofi" the fiice of the earth ; sailing
tl)at 3 mill not uttcrln bcstron tljc l)onsc of Jacob, saith the

Lord. For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel
among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not
the least grain fall upon the earth.

Wo to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth
a city by iniquity! liehold, is it not of tl)C i!orb Of |)OStS

tl]at tl)c people sl)all labonr in tl)c vein tire, and the people
shall weary themselvtes for very vanity ?

And he shewed me Joshua the liigh priest standing before
the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to
resist him. And the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord lehuke thee,
Satan; even the Lord tl)at IjatI) cl)OSCn JJcvusalcm rebuke
thee : is not this a brand plucked out of the fire ^

And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked
me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep, and said unto me.
What seest thou? And I sai<l, 1 liave looked, and behold a can-
dlestick, all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven
lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lam])s, which are
upon the top thereof: and two olive-trees by it, one up<.)n the
right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
So 1 answerorl and .spake to the angel tliat talked with me, say-
ing, What are these, my lord ? Then the angel that talked with
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and I said, No, my lord. Then he answered and spake unto me,
saving. This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying.
Not by might, nor by power, bnt bjl IttTI Gpivil, saith tlie Lord of
hosts. Who art thou, O great mountain ? before Zerubbabel thou
shalt become a plain : nnb lic sl)all bring forti) tl]c l)cabstone
ll)crcof ujitl) sljoiuings, crniug, ©race, grace, unto it.

And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to de-
stroy all the nations that come against "Jerusalem. QVnb 3 toiU
poiiv upon tl)c l)ousc of Dauib, m\b upon tlic inl}abitants of
Jerusalem, tlje spirit of grace anii of supplications : and

they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall
mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in
bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his first-born.

Awake, O sword, against my Shejiherd, and against the man
that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts : smite the Shepherd,
and the sheep shall be scattered ; and I will turn mine hand upon
the little ones. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land,
saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut otf and die ; but

t\)c tl)irb sljall be left tl}crein. ^nb S toill briug tl)e tljirb

part tl)roitgl) tl)C fire, and will refine them as silver is refined,
and will try them as gold is tried : they shall call on my name,
and I will hear them : I will say, It is my peop»le ; and they shall
say. The Lord is my God.

The burden of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi.
I have loved you, saith the Lord. Yet ye say, AVherein hast thou

loved us ? tbas not (!:sau Jacob's brotl)cr ? saitl) tl)c Corb :
jiet 3 loueb Jacob, anb J Ijateb (Esau, and laid his mountains

and his heritao-e waste for the drao-ons of the wilderness. Whereas
Edom saith. We are impoverished, but we will return and build
the desolate places ; thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall build,
but I will throw down ; and they shall call them. The border of
wickedness, and. The people against whom the Lord hath indigna-
tion forever. And your eyes shall see, and ye shall say, The Lord
will be magnified from the border of Israel.

And Mary said. My soul doth magnify the Lord, and ray spirit
hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he hath regarded the low
estate of his handmaiden : for behold, from henceforth all genera-
tions shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath done to
me great things ; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on
them that fear him, from generation to generation. He hath shew-
ed strength with his arm ; he hath scattered the proud in the im-
agination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their
seats, and exalted them of low degree. £)C Ijatl) ftlleb tljC buugrn

raitl) goob tljings, anb tlje rid) l)e l)atl) sent emntn avium.

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh
into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by



Zechariah,
xii. 9, 10.



Zecliariah,
xiii. 7-9.



Mai. i. 1-5.



Luke,
i. 4t>-53.



John, i.9-13.



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John, iii. 3-8.



Luke,
iv. 16-30.



him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and
his own received liini not. l')ut as many as received him, tO t!)Cnt
giioe i)c poxacx to become ll)c sons of t*?ob, even to them that
believe on his name: which were born, not of blooli, lior of tl)C

mill of tl)c flcsl), nor of tl]c toill of man, but of &oh.

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto
thee. Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of
God. Nicodemus saith unto him. How can a man be born when he
is old ? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and
be born ? Jesus answered. Verily, verily, I say unto thee. Except a
man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh ; and
that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said
unto thee. Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth udI) CVC it
iistCtl), and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst nut tell
whence it cometh, and whither it goeth : SO is CUCril OUC ll)at is

born of tl)c Gpirit.

And he came to Xazareth, where he had been brought up:
and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath-
day, and stood up for to read. And there was delivered unto him
the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the
book, he found the place where it was written. The Spirit of the
Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel
to the poor ; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach
deliverance to the captives, and recovei'ing of sight to the blind, to
set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year
of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister,
and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the syna-
gogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them,
This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears. And all bare him
witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out
of his mouth. And they said. Is not this Jcjseph's son ?

And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb,
Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Cai)er-
naum, do also here^ in thy country. And he said, Verily I say unto
you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. But I tell you of
a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the
heaven was sliut up three years and six mouths, when great famine
was throughout all the laud: blU lUttO nOUC of tl)Cm IMtlS (!;liilS

sent, sauc unto Gareptn, a citn of Giiion, unto a inoman tl)at

tDilS a roiboU). And many l.-p'Ms were in Isiat'l in the tin\.' of

p:iis.iw tlir propii.'t ; anb none of tl)cm loas clcanscb, stunng
Xiuinuin tl)c Gnrian.

And all tliev in the synaffoirue, when they heard these things,
were fillfil with wrath, and rose up, and thrust him out ot the city,
and led him unto the brov/ of the hill, whereon their city wjis



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built, that tliey might cast him down headlong. But he passing-
through the midst of them went his way.

And he goeth up into a mountain, and oalleth unto him toljOItt
l)C BOOUlb : and they came unto him. And he ordained twelve,
that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth
to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out
devils.

At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, because tl)OU l)ast l)ib tljCSC tl)ing0
from l\)c toisc iinb |]rnbcnt, anb Ijust rcncalcb tl^cm unto
babes. Even so, Father, for SO it sccmcb goob in tl)n sigljt.

And when much people were gathered together, and were come
to him out of every city, he spake by a parable :

A sower went out to sow his seed : and as he sowed, some fell by
the wayside ; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air de-
voured it. And some fell upon a rock ; and as soon as it was sprung
up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture. And some fell
among thorns ; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it.
And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bear fruit an
hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, ^c tljClt
l)ntl) cars to Ijcar, let Ijim licar.

And his disciples asked him, sa3nng, What might this parable
be ? And he said, Unto nou it is giucn to know the mysteries
of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing
they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.

And he said unto them. Unto you it is given to know the
mystery of the kingdom of God : but unto them that are without,
all these things are done in parables : that seeing they may see,
and not peroeive ; and hearing they may hear, and not undei-stand ;

lest at anx) time tlicn sljoulb be conuertcb, anb tlieir sins
sl)onlb be forgiucn tl)em,

And the disciples came, and said imto him, "V^^iy speakest thou
mito them in parables ? He answered and said unto them, Because
it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of
heaven, blXt to tljcm it is not tliuen. For whosoever hath, to him
shall be given, and he shall have mure abundance : but toljOSOeuer

\)at\) nol, from l)im sljall be taUen atoan even tl)at l)c l)att).

Therefore speak I to them in parables : because they seeing see
not ; and hearing they hear not ; neither do they understand. And
in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing
ye shall hear, and shall not understand ; and seeing ye shall see,
and shall not j^erceive : for this people's heart is waxed gross, and
their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed ; lest
at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their
ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be con-
verted, and I should heal them.



ISfark,
iii. 13-15.



Matthew,
xi. 25, ii6.



Luke,
viii. 4-10.



Mark,
iv. 11, i-2.



Matthew,
xiii. 10-15.



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John,
vi. 37, 33-45.



John,
vi. 61-71.



Matthew,
XV. 10-14.



John,
viil, 21-'24.



^11 tl)at tllC i^atljcr giuctl) mc shall come to me ; and him that

Cometh to me I will in no wise cast out And

this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all tDl)icl) l]C
IjatI) gioctl tnc I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again
at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that
every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have
everlasting life : and I will raise him up at the last day. The Jews
then murmured at him, because he said, I am the bread which came
down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus the son of
Joseph, whose father and mother we know ? how is it then that he
saitli, I came down from heaven? Jesus therefore answered and
said unto them, Murmur not among yourselves, ^o mitU CiTll

come t0 mc, cjcrcpt tijc £atl)cx m\)ici) \)al\) scut mc braro liim :

and I will raise him up at the last day. It is written in llic proph-
ets. And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that
hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at
it, he said unto them. Doth this offend you ? What and if ye shall
see the Son of man ascend up where he was before ? It is the
Spirit that quickeueth ; the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that
I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. But there are
some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning
who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And
he said. Therefore said I unto you, that no man £an COmc UlltO

me, except it tocre giucn unto l)im of mn i^atl)cr.

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked
no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also
go away ? Then Simon Peter answered him. Lord, to whom shall
we go ? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and
are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. Jesus
answered them, {^avc not H rl)05en nott tiDcluc, onb one of J]OU

is a bcnil? He spake of Judas Iscariut the .son of Siiuou : for he
it was that should betray him, being one of the twelve.

And he called the multitude, and said unto them. Hear, and
understand : not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man ;
but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the
Pharisees w^ere offended after they heard this saying? But he an-
swer.'.! and sail], Qrncrn phint, toljici) mn l)cat)cnln i^atl)ci- IjatI)
not plantcb, sl)aU be rOOtci) up. Let them alone : they be blind
leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall
fall into the ditch.

Tlion said .Tesus again unto them, I go my way, axib 11C sljuU

seek mc, anh sl)aU bic in nour sins : whither I go, ye cannot
come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith.
Whither I go, ye caimot come. And he said unto them, Ye are
from l)eneath ; I am from above : ye are of this world ; I am nut



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of this world. I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your
sins : for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things
from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes :
even so. Father ; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from
his birth.

And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this
man, or his parents, that he was born blind ? Jesus answered,
Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents : but tl)iU tljetUOvks

of (<3ob sljoulii be miibe manifest in l)im

Jesus heard that they had cast him out : and when he had found
him, he said unto him. Dost thou believe on the Son of God ? He an-
swered and said. Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him ?
And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he
that talketh with thee. And he said, Lord, I believe. And he
worshipped him.

And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world;
that they which see not might see, aub tijat tl)C!} toljicl) see migl)t
be inube blinb. And some of the Pharisees which were with him
heard these words, and said unto him. Are we blind also ? Jesus
said unto them. If ye were blind, ye should have no sin : but now
ye say, We see ; therefore your sin remaineth.

Now a certain man was sick, named Lazarus, of Bethany, the
town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was that Mary which
anointed the Lord with ointment, and wiped his feet with her
hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) Therefore his sister sent
unto him, saying. Lord, behold, he whom thou lovest is sick. When
Jesus heard that, he said. This sickness is not unto death, but for
tl)C glorjl of (0ob, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.

Now Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus. When
he had heard therefore that he was sick, he abode two days still in
the same place where he was. Then after that saith he to his dis-
ciples. Let us go into Judea again.

Then said one unto him. Lord, are there few that be saved ?
And he said unto them. Strive to enter in at the strait gate : for



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