Sayfadaki görseller
PDF
ePub

32. This Images 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 Jawest 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 filuer, and the gold broken to pieces together, and became like ibe chaff of the summer-threshing-floors, and the wind carried ibem away, that no place was found for then i and the stone that (mote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.

36. This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation shereof before the king.

37. Thou, o king, art a king of kings: for the god of bodo ven bath given thee a kingdom, power, strength, and glory.

38. And wherefoever the children of mex dwell, the beasts of ibe field and fowls of the heaven harl be given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all: thou art this head of gold.

39. And after thee fall arise another kingdom inferior 10 thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.

40. And the fourth kingdom mall be frong as iron : forafmuch as iron breaketh in pieces, and subdueth all thingsand as iron that breaketh all ihefe , fball it break in pieces, and bruise.

41. And whereas thon Sawest the feet and toes, part of porters clay, and part of iron; the kingdom Mall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of iron, forasmuch as thou Sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.

42. And as rhe toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay; so the kingdom Jhall be partly strong, and partly brittle.

43. And whereas thou Sawest iron mixt wich miry.clay, they fall mingle themselves with the feed of men: but they shall

. not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixt with clay.

44. And in the days of these kings Mall 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,

C 2

aad

[ocr errors]

Dan. vij.

from another.

and consume all these kingdorns, and it shall stand for ever.

45. Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the filver, 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.

Ver. 1. In the first year of Belsbazzar king of Babylon, Daniel bad 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 Jeai

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

4. The first was like a lion, and had eagles wings: and I beheld the wings thereof were pluckt, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man; and a mans heart was given to it.

And behold, another beast, a second like to a bear : and it raised up it self on one side, and had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much fiefh.

6. After this I beheld, and lo, another like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl, and 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.

ģ. I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns pluckt up by the roots: and behold, in this horn were syes like the eyes of aman, and a mouth Speaking great things.

9. I beheld, till the thrones were set, and the ancient of days did fit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wooll : his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

5.

A time.

10. A fiery stream issued, and came forth from before him ; thousand ihousands ministred unto him; and ien thousand times ten thousand stood before him : the judgment was set, and the books were opened.

1. 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 destroy'd, and given to the burning frame.

12. As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away; yet their lives were prolonged for a season, and

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 Mall not pass away; and his kingdom that which shall not be destroy'd.

15. Í Daniel was grieved in my Spirit, in the midšt 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 interpreration of the things.

17. These great Beasts, which are four, are four Kings, which fall arise out of the Earth.

18. But the Saints of the most High shall take the Kingdom, and possess the Kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever.

19. Then I would know the truth of the fourth Beast, which was divers 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 born 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 possess’d the Kingdom.

23. Thus

dom

23. Thus he said, The fourth Beast ball be the fourth Kingupon

Earıh, which all be divers from all Kingdoms, and fall devour the whole Earth, and fall tread it down, and break it in pieces.

24. And the ten horns out of this Kingdom are ten Kings that Mall arise, and another piall arise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he fall subdue three Kings.

25. And he shall speak great words against the most High, and Thall wear out the Saints of the most High,

and think to change times and laws: and they mall be given into his hand untıl a time, and times, and a division of time.

26. But the Fudgment shall fit ; and they fall 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, mall be given io the People of the Saints of the most High; whose Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and all dominions Mall 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

beari.

Dan. ij. 38.

Thus having set down the Prophecies themselves, at large, I prove that the Fourth Kingdom is the Roman Empire by the following Arguments.

1. The plain Order and Series of the Kingdoms necessarily implics, that the Fourth must be the Roman. The first is by all own’d to be the Babylonian ; and the Prophet almost tells us so much in express words, Thou art this head of Gold, says Daniel to Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonian Monarch. The sea cond is by all own’d to be the Medo-Persian. And the third is also with the same Unanimity own’d to be the Grecian. Which therefore can we possibly suppose to be the Fourth but the Roman? For as it came most certainly next after the Grecian; so did it as certainly conquer the Grecian, and thereupon succeed it: just as the Grecian had conquered the Medo-Persian, and thereupon succeeded it : and as the zvíedo-Persan had conquered the Babylonian, and thereupon succeeded it.

So that at first View the plain and dired Series of the great Monarchies

of

of the World, fo well known in ancient History, necessarily implies, that the Fourth must be che Roman Empire. And to be sure this Exposition is so obvious and forcible, that nothing. less than fome Atrange prejudices, and deep prepossessions, could ever have prevailid with any to recede from it: infomuch that Mr. Mede, the most Judicious person that ever wrote upon Mede, p. 90. these Matters, ftiles this Series of the Four Monarchies the

A,B,C, the very Alphabet or Fundamental Rudiments of the Prophecies contain'd in the Sacred Writings. And, I confess, I think it to be so much fo, that if once this Proposition be deny'd, I fhall never think it possible for us to understand any Prophecies at all : there being no other poftulata plainer than this to be ever expected in any Writings of this nature, nay indeed, not often in any Writings in the World. But to proceed,

2. The general Description of the Fourth Kingdom can agree to no other, but the Roman Empire. It is evident by all, the Defcriptions of the Fourth Kingdom above, that it was to be more considerable, Itroog, powerful, and vi&torious, than any of the three foregoing: which was exactly true, and notoriously known of the Roman Empire, but not of any other that can polhibly be fupposid to succeed the Gracian, as the Fourth most certainly did. For as to the Succession of the Seleucida, which is the principal, or rather the only poffible pretender, it was most undoubtedly a branch of the Grecian Empire; and, as fuch, ever efteem'd in the Scripture- Dan.viij.7.cc.. Prophecies, and in the ancient Hiltories : and fo.can by no means be opposed to, or be faid to succeed it. Nay, so far was that Kingdom, if it had been bath different from and fücceflive to the Grecian, from the Greatness, and Power, and Success of all the former, that it can by no means compare it self with any one of them; nor indeed did it ever conquer the former Monarchies, as the Fourth is defcribid to have done : and therefore, on all accounts, has no manner of claim to be the Fourth Kingdom in Daniel.

3. The Fourth Kingdom or Monarchy was to be of a different Kind and Form of Government from that of the three preceding. And fince they were all along. abfolute Monarchies, Dan. vij..19.1

and

« ÖncekiDevam »