Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000689
00:14 Hi, and welcome back to His Words Are Life,
00:17 I'm Kelly Mowrer and today we're be reading
00:19 in the book of Daniel together but first lets pray,
00:23 Dear Heavenly Father thank you so much
00:26 for this opportunity to read theses stories
00:29 that show us so much of your greatness please ah,
00:34 quiet our minds to any distractions right now
00:37 and maybe see your glory in the name of Jesus. Amen.
00:42 We're coming to the end of the story
00:46 in Daniel Chapter 4
00:49 as narrated by King of Nebuchadnezzar
00:51 he is telling about how he became as a beast of the field
00:56 because he had setting his heart
00:58 that Babylon was a kingdom that he have made
01:00 and the God of heaven humbled him
01:03 and at the end of that at the conclusion
01:05 that Nebuchadnezzar recognizes the most high God
01:10 as a creator of everything and the giver of kingdoms.
01:14 We're picking up in the middle of Nebuchadnezzar's
01:18 final declaration of understanding
01:21 beginning in Daniel 4 with verse 35
01:25 and this is a King James Version.
01:29 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed
01:32 as nothing, and he doeth according to his will
01:37 in the army of heaven,
01:38 and among the inhabitants of the earth,
01:40 and none can stay his hand,
01:42 or say unto him, What doest thou?
01:46 At the same time my reason returned unto me,
01:50 and for the glory of my kingdom,
01:51 mine honour and brightness returned unto me,
01:54 and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me,
01:58 and I was established in my kingdom,
02:01 and excellent majesty was added unto me.
02:05 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol
02:09 and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth,
02:13 and his ways judgment,
02:15 and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.
02:21 Continuing with Daniel Chapter 5
02:23 and this is the King James Version.
02:26 Belshazzar the king made a great feast
02:30 to a thousand of his lords,
02:33 and drank wine before the thousand.
02:35 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine,
02:38 commanded to bring the golden
02:40 and silver vessels which his father
02:42 Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple
02:45 which was in Jerusalem,
02:47 that the king, and his princes,
02:48 his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
02:52 Then they brought the golden vessels
02:53 that were taken out of the temple
02:55 of the house of God which was at Jerusalem,
02:58 and the king, and his princes,
03:00 his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.
03:04 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold,
03:07 and of silver, of brass,
03:10 of iron, of wood, and of stone.
03:12 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand,
03:17 and wrote over against the candlestick
03:19 upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace,
03:23 and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.
03:28 Then the king's countenance was changed,
03:30 and his thoughts troubled him,
03:31 so that the joints of his loins were loosed,
03:34 and his knees smote one against another.
03:37 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers,
03:40 the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers.
03:42 And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon,
03:44 Whosoever shall read this writing,
03:46 and shew me the interpretation thereof,
03:48 shall be clothed with scarlet,
03:49 and have a chain of gold about his neck,
03:50 and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
03:54 Then came in all the king's wise men,
03:56 but they could not read the writing,
03:58 nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.
04:02 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled,
04:05 and his countenance was changed in him,
04:08 and his lords were astonied.
04:11 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king
04:14 and his lords, came into the banquet house,
04:17 and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever,
04:20 let not thy thoughts trouble thee,
04:22 nor let thy countenance be changed.
04:25 There is a man in thy kingdom,
04:27 in whom is the spirit of the holy gods,
04:30 and in the days of thy father light
04:32 and understanding and wisdom,
04:34 like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him,
04:37 whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father,
04:39 the king, I say, thy father,
04:40 made master of the magicians,
04:42 astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.
04:45 For as much as an excellent spirit,
04:48 and knowledge, and understanding,
04:50 interpreting of dreams,
04:52 and shewing of hard sentences,
04:54 and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel,
04:58 whom the king named Belteshazzar,
05:01 now let Daniel be called,
05:02 and he will shew the interpretation.
05:05 Then was Daniel brought in before the king.
05:08 And the king spake and said unto Daniel,
05:10 Art thou that Daniel,
05:12 which art of the children of the captivity of Judah,
05:14 whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
05:17 I have even heard of thee,
05:18 that the spirit of the gods is in thee,
05:20 and that light and understanding
05:21 and excellent wisdom is found in thee.
05:24 And now the wise men, the astrologers,
05:26 have been brought in before me,
05:28 that they should read this writing,
05:29 and make known unto me the interpretation thereof,
05:32 but they could not show the interpretation
05:33 of the thing, And I have heard of thee,
05:36 that thou canst make interpretations,
05:39 and dissolve doubts,
05:41 now if thou canst read the writing,
05:43 and make known to me the interpretation thereof,
05:46 thou shalt be clothed with scarlet,
05:49 and have a chain of gold about thy neck,
05:51 and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.
05:55 Then Daniel answered and said before the king,
05:58 Let thy gifts be to thyself,
06:00 and give thy rewards to another,
06:03 yet I will read the writing unto the king,
06:06 and make known to him the interpretation.
06:09 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar
06:14 thy father a kingdom, and majesty,
06:17 and glory, and honour,
06:19 And for the majesty that he gave him,
06:21 all people, nations, and languages,
06:23 trembled and feared before him,
06:26 whom he would he slew,
06:28 and whom he would he kept alive,
06:30 and whom he would he set up,
06:32 and whom he would he put down.
06:35 But when his heart was lifted up,
06:37 and his mind hardened in pride,
06:41 he was deposed from his kingly throne,
06:44 and they took his glory from him.
06:46 And he was driven from the sons of men,
06:48 and his heart was made like the beasts,
06:50 and his dwelling was with the wild asses,
06:53 they fed him with grass like oxen,
06:55 and his body was wet with the dew of heaven,
06:58 till he knew that the most high God
07:01 ruled in the kingdom of men,
07:03 and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
07:07 And thou his son, O Belshazzar,
07:10 hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this.
07:15 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven,
07:19 and they have brought the vessels of his house
07:21 before thee, and thou, and thy lords,
07:23 thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them,
07:28 and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold,
07:31 of brass, iron, wood, and stone,
07:34 which see not, nor hear, nor know,
07:39 and the God in whose hand thy breath is,
07:44 and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified.
07:50 Then was the part of the hand sent from him,
07:54 and this writing was written.
07:57 And this is the writing that was written,
08:00 mene, mene, tekel, upharsin.
08:05 This is the interpretation of the thing, mene,
08:08 God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
08:12 tekel, Thou art weighed in the balances,
08:16 and art found wanting.
08:19 peres, Thy kingdom is divided,
08:23 and given to the Medes and Persians.
08:27 Then commanded Belshazzar,
08:28 and they clothed Daniel with scarlet,
08:30 and put a chain of gold about his neck,
08:32 and made a proclamation concerning him,
08:34 that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
08:38 In that night was Belshazzar
08:40 the king of the Chaldeans slain.
08:43 And Darius the Median took the kingdom,
08:47 being about threescore and two years old.
08:51 Continuing in Daniel Chapter 6
08:53 this is the King James Version.
08:56 It pleased Darius to set over the kingdom an hundred
09:00 and twenty princes, which should be over
09:03 the whole kingdom, And over these three presidents,
09:07 of whom Daniel was first,
09:09 that the princes might give accounts unto them,
09:13 and the king should have no damage.
09:16 Then this Daniel was preferred
09:18 above the presidents and princes,
09:20 because an excellent spirit was in him,
09:23 and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.
09:27 Then the presidents and princes
09:29 sought to find occasion against Daniel
09:32 concerning the kingdom,
09:34 but they could find none occasion nor fault,
09:37 forasmuch as he was faithful,
09:39 neither was there any error or fault found in him.
09:43 Then said these men,
09:45 We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel,
09:48 except we find it against him
09:51 concerning the law of his God.
09:54 Then these presidents and princes
09:56 assembled together to the king,
09:58 and said thus unto him,
10:02 King Darius, live for ever.
10:04 All the presidents of the kingdom,
10:07 the governors, and the princes,
10:09 the counsellors, and the captains,
10:10 have consulted together to establish a royal statute,
10:14 and to make a firm decree,
10:17 that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God
10:21 or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king,
10:25 he shall be cast into the den of lions.
10:28 Now, O king, establish the decree,
10:31 and sign the writing, that it be not changed,
10:34 according to the law of the Medes
10:36 and Persians, which altereth not.
10:40 Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree.
10:45 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed,
10:49 he went into his house,
10:51 and his windows being open
10:53 in his chamber toward Jerusalem,
10:55 he kneeled upon his knees three times a day,
10:58 and prayed, and gave thanks before his God,
11:03 as he did aforetime.
11:05 Then these men assembled,
11:07 and found Daniel praying
11:08 and making supplication before his God.
11:11 Then they came near,
11:12 and spake before the king concerning the king's decree,
11:17 Hast thou not signed a decree,
11:19 that every man that shall ask a petition of any God
11:22 or man within thirty days, save of thee,
11:25 O king, shall be cast into the den of lions?
11:28 The king answered and said,
11:30 The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes
11:32 and Persians, which altereth not.
11:35 Then answered they and said before the king,
11:38 That Daniel, which is of the children
11:41 of the captivity of Judah, regardeth not the,
11:44 O king, nor the decree that thou hast signed,
11:47 but maketh his petition three times a day.
11:52 Then the king, when he heard these words,
11:54 was sore displeased with himself,
11:57 and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him,
12:02 and he laboured till the going down
12:04 of the sun to deliver him.
12:08 Then these men assembled unto the king,
12:10 and said unto the king, Know,
12:12 O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is,
12:16 That no decree nor statute which the king
12:19 establisheth may be changed.
12:23 Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel,
12:26 and cast him into the den of lions.
12:29 Now the king spake and said unto Daniel,
12:32 Thy God whom thou servest continually,
12:36 he will deliver thee.
12:39 And a stone was brought,
12:40 and laid upon the mouth of the den,
12:43 and the king sealed it with his own signet,
12:45 and with the signet of his lords,
12:48 that the purpose might not be changed concerning Daniel.
12:52 Then the king went to his palace,
12:54 and passed the night fasting,
12:58 neither were instruments of musick brought before him,
13:00 and his sleep went from him.
13:04 Then the king arose very early in the morning,
13:06 and went in haste unto the den of lions.
13:09 And when he came to the den,
13:11 he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel,
13:14 and the king spake and said to Daniel,
13:16 O Daniel, servant of the living God,
13:19 is thy God, whom thou servest continually,
13:23 able to deliver thee from the lions?
13:27 Then said Daniel unto the king,
13:28 O king, live for ever.
13:30 My God hath sent his angel,
13:33 and hath shut the lions' mouths,
13:35 that they have not hurt me,
13:36 forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me,
13:40 and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.
13:45 Then was the king exceeding glad for him,
13:48 and commanded that they should
13:49 take Daniel up out of the den.
13:52 So Daniel was taken up out of the den,
13:54 and no manner of hurt was found upon him,
13:58 because he believed in his God.
14:02 And the king commanded,
14:03 and they brought those men which had accused Daniel,
14:07 and they cast them into the den of lions,
14:09 them, their children, and their wives,
14:11 and the lions had the mastery of them,
14:14 and brake all their bones in pieces
14:16 or ever they came at the bottom of the den.
14:19 Then king Darius wrote unto all people,
14:23 nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth,
14:26 Peace be multiplied unto you.
14:29 I make a decree,
14:31 That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble
14:35 and fear before the God of Daniel.