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harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, them that hate thee, and the inter-, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down pretation thereof to thine enemies. and worship the image which I have The tree that thou sawest, which grew, made; well: but if ye worship not, and was strong, whose height reached ye shall be cast the same hour into the unto the heaven, and the sight thereof midst of a burning fiery furnace : and to all the earth ; whose leaves were who is that God that shall deliver you fair, and the fruit thereof much, and out of my hands ?

in it was meat for all; under which Ry. At Thy. p. cl.

the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon Lesson II.

whose branches the fowls of heaven

had their habitation ; it is thou, O SHADRACH, Meshach, and Abed

king, that art grown and become nego, answered and said to the king, o Nebuchadnezzar, we are pot and reacheth unto heaven, and thy

strong: for thy greatness is grown, careful to answer thee in this matter. dominion to the end of the earth. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning

Ry. He hath. p. cli. fiery furnace, and he will deliver us

Lesson II. out of thine hand, o king. But if not, be it known unto thee, o king, AN

ND whereas the king saw a watcher that we will not serve thy gods, nor from heaven, and saying, Hew the

and an holy one coming down worship the golden image which thou' tree down, and destroy it ; yet leave hast set up: Then was Nebuchad- the stump of the roots thereof in the nezzar full of fury, and the form of his earth, even with a band of iron and visage was changed against Shadrach, brass, in the tender grass of the field; Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he and let it be wet with the dew of spake, and commanded that they heaven, and let his portion be with should heat the furnaceone seven times the beasts of the field, till seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

pass over him ; this is the interpretaRy. Gird about. p. cli.

tion, O king, and this is the decree of Lesson III.

the most High, which is come upon THEN these men were bound in my lord the king: that they shall

their coats, their hosen, and their drive thee from men, and they dwelling hats, and their other garments, and shall be with the beasts of the field, were cast into the midst of the burn- and they shall make thee to eat grass ing fiery furnace. Therefore because as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the king's commandment was urgent, the dew of heaven. and the furnace exceeding hot, the Ry. I am straitened. p. cl. flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed

Lesson III. nego. And these three men, Shadi SEVEN times shall pass mover the rach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burn- ruleth in the kingdom of men, and ing fiery furnace. And they walked giveth it to whomsoever he will. in the midst of the fire, praising God, And whereas they commanded to and blessing the LORD.

leave the stump of the tree roots ; Ry. On a sinful. p. cli.

thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, WEDNESDAY.

after that thou shalt have known that

the heavens do rule. Wherefore, O Of Daniel the Prophet.

king, let my counsel be acceptable Lesson I. Chap. iv.

unto thee, and break off thy sins BELTESHAZZAR answered and by righteousness, and thine iniquities

said, My lord, the dream be to by shewing mercy to the poor; if it VOL. II.


may be a lengthening of thy tran- have heard of thee, that thou canst quillity. All this came upon the king make interpretations, and dissolve Nebuchadnezzar.

doubts : now if thou canst read the Ry. My God. p. cl.

writing, and make known to me the

interpretation thereof, thou shalt be THURSDAY.

clothed with scarlet, and have a chain Of Daniel the Prophet. of gold about thy neck, and shalt be Lesson I. Chap. v.

the third ruler in the kingdom. Then BELSHAZZAR the king made a Daniel answered and said before the

great feast to a thousand of his king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and lords, and drank wine before the give thy rewards to another; yet I thousand. Belshazzar, whiles he will read the writing unto the king, tasted the wine, commanded to bring and make known to him the interprethe golden and silver vessels which his tation. father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out

Ry. Look down. p. cxlvüi. of the temple which was in Jerusalem;

Lesson III. that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might AND this is the writing that was

written, Mene, Mene, Then they brought Upharsin.

Tekel, drink therein.

This is the interpretathe golden vessels that were taken out tion of the thing: Mene; God hath of the temple of the house of God numbered thy kingdom, and finished which was at Jerusalem ; and the

it. king, and his princes, his wives, and balances, and art found wanting,

Tekel; thou art weighed in the his concubines drank in them. They Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, given to the Medes and Persians.

Then commanded Belshazzar, and of wood, and of stone. In the same they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the can. and made a proclamation concerning

put a chain of gold about his neck, dlestick upon the plaister of the wall of him, that he should be the third ruler the king's palace : and the king saw in the kingdom. In that night was the part of the hand that wrote. Then Belshazzar the king

of the Chaldeans the king's countenance was changed, slain. And Darius the Median took and his thoughts troubled him.

the kingdom, being about threescore Ry. I saw the LORD. p. cxlviii.

and two years old. Lesson II.

Rz. Behold. p. cxlviii. THEN was Daniel brought in before

FRIDAY. the king. And the king spake

Of Daniel the Prophet. and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of

Lesson I. Chap. vi. the captivity of Judah, whom the king THEN these men assembled, and my father brought out of Jewry? I found Daniel praying and making have even heard of thee, that the supplication before his God. Then spirit of the gods is in thee, and that they came near, and spake before the light and understanding and excellent king concerning the king's decree; wisdom is found in thee. And now Hast thou not signed a decree, that the wise men, the astrologers, have every man that shall ask a petition of been brought in before me, that they any God or man within thirty days, should read this writing and make save of thee, O king, shall be cast known unto me the interpretation into the den of lions ? The king anthereof: but they could not shew the swered and said, The thing is true, interpretation of the thing: and I l'according to the law of the Medes and

Persians, which altereth not. Then burt me : forasmuch as before him answered they and said before the innocency was found in me: and also king, That Daniel, which is of the before thee, O king, have I done no children of the captivity of Judah, burt. Then was the king exceeding regardeth not thee, o king, nor the glad for him, and commanded that decree that thou hast signed, but they should take Daniel up out of the maketh his petition three times a day, den. So Daniel was taken up out of Then the king, when he heard these the den, and no manner of hurt was words, was sore displeased with him- found upon him, because he believed self, and set his heart on Daniel to in his God. And the king comdeliver him: and he laboured till the manded, and they brought those men going down of the sun to deliver him. which had accused Daniel, and they Then these men assembled unto the cast them into the den of lions, them, king, and said unto the king, Know, their children, and their wives; and O king, that the law of the Medes the lions had the mastery of them, and and Persians is, That no decree nor brake all their bones in pieces or ever statute which the king establisheth they came at the bottom of the den. may be changed.

Rz. We looked. p. cxlix.
Ry. I have set. p. cxlix.

Lesson II.

Of Daniel the Prophet. THEN the king commanded, and Lesson I. Chap. ix. him into the den of lions. Now the In the first year of Darius the son

of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the king spake and said unto Daniel, Medes, which was made king over the Thy God whom thou servest continu- realm of the Chaldeans; in the first ally, he will deliver thee. And a year of his reign I Daniel understood stone was brought, and laid upon the by books the number of the years, mouth of the den; and the king whereof the word of the LORD came to sealed it with his own signet, and Jeremiah the prophet, that he would with the signet of his lords ; that the accomplish seventy years in the desopurpose might not be changed con- lations of Jerusalem. And I set my cerning Daniel. Then the king went face unto the LORD God, to seek by to his palace, and passed the night prayer and supplications, with fasting, fasting: neither were instruments of and sackcloth, and ashes : and I musick brought before him: and his prayed unto the LORD my God, and sleep went from him. Then the king made my confession, and said, O LORD, arose very early in the morning, and the great and dreadful God, keeping went in haste unto the den of lions. the covenant and mercy to them that And when he came to the den, he love him, and to them that keep his cried with a lamentable voice unto commandments; we have sinned, and Daniel: and the king spake and said have committed iniquity, and have to Daniel, O Daniel, servant of the done wickedly, and have rebelled, even living God, is thy God, whom thou by departing from thy precepts and servest continually, able to deliver from thy judgments. thee from the lions ?

Ry. Blessed are. p. cxlix.
Ry. With Thine. p. oxlix.

Lesson II.
Lesson III.

YEA, whiles I was speaking in
HEN said Daniel unto the king: prayer, even the man Gabriel,

O king, live for ever. My GOD whom I had seen in the vision at the hath sent his angel, and bath shut beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, the lions' mouths, that they have not touched me about the time of the




evening oblation. And he informed the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, me, and talked with me, and said, O and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in Daniel, I am now come forth to give the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, thee skill and understanding. At the king of Israel. The beginning of the beginning of thy supplications the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the commandment came forth, and I am LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto come to shew thee; for thou art thee a wife of whoredoms and children greatly beloved : therefore understand of whoredoms: for the land hath the matter, and consider the vision. committed great whoredom, departing Seventy weeks are determined upon from the LORD. So he went and took thy people and upon thy holy city, to Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; finish the transgression, and to make which conceived, and bare him & an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in Ry. I saw. p. cxlviii. everlasting righteousness, and to seal

Lesson II. up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

ND the LORD said unto him, Call Ry. I am straitened. p. d.

his name Jezreel ; for yet a little

while, and I will avenge the blood of Lesson III.

Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and KN NOW therefore and understand, will cause to cease the kingdom of the

that from the going forth of the house of Israel. And it shall come to commandment to restore and to build pass at that day, that I will break the Jerusalem unto the Messiah the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel. Prince shall be seven weeks, and And she conceived again, and bare a threescore and two weeks: the street daughter. And God said unto him, shall be built again, and the wall, Call her name Lo-ruhamah: for i even in troublous times. And after will no more have mercy upon the threescore and two weeks shall Messiah house of Israel; but I will utterly be cut off, but not for himself: and take them away. But I will have the people of the prince that shall mercy upon the house of Judah, and come shall destroy the city and the will save them by the LORD their GOD, sanctuary; and the end thereof shall and will not save them by bow, nor be with a flood, and unto the end of by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor the war desolations are determined. by horsemen. And he shall confirm the covenant Ry. Look down. p. cxlviii. with many for one week: and in the

Lesson III. midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and Now when she had weaned Lo

ruhamah, she conceived, and for the overspreading of abominations bare a son. Then said God, Call his he shall make it desolate, even until name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my the consummation, and that deter- people, and I will not be your God. mined shall be poured upon the Yet the number of the children of desolate.

Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, Ry. My God. p. cl.



numbered ; and it shall come to pass, FIRST NOCTURN.

that in the place where it was said

unto them, Yo are not my people, Here beginneth the Book of Hosea the there it shall be said unto them, Prophet.

Ye are the of the living Lesson I. Chap. i.

God. Then shall the children of THE word of the LORD that came Judah and the children of Israel be

into Hosea, the son of Beeri, in gathered together, and appoint them



selves one head, and they shall come they die will pass to their own place,) up out of the land : for great shall be the prophet also testifies when he the day of Jezreel.

says, that, The children of Israel shall Ry. Behold. p. exlviii.

abide many days without a king, and

without a prince, and without a sacriSECOND NOCTURN.

fice, without an altar, without , a From the Book of S. Augustine the priesthood, and without teraphim. Bishop, on the City of God. Who does not see that such is now the Lesson IV.

condition of the Jews ? Book 18. Chap. 28.

Rp. We looked. p. cxlix.

Rp. vii. Blessed are. p. cxlix. The prophet Hosea, on account of the depth of his sayings, requires the

Rp. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. more labour to penetrate his meaning.

MONDAY. But something is to be drawn from

Of Hosea the Prophet. this, and to be placed here as a promise for us. And it shall come

Lesson I. Chap. iv. to pass, he says, that in the place HEAR the word of the LORD, ye where it was said unto them, Ye are

children of Israel: for the LORD not my people, there it shall be said unto hath a controversy with the inhabitants them, Ye are the sons of the living God. of the land, because there is no truth, This testimony of the prophet con- nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in cerning the calling of the Gentiles, the land. By swearing, and lying, who formerly did not belong to God, and killing, and stealing, and comwas understood even by the Apostles. mitting adultery, they break out, and Ry. I have. p. cxlix.

blood toucheth blood. Therefore shall Lesson V.

the land mourn, and every one that

dwelleth therein shall languish, with AND, because the Gentiles are the beasts of the field, and with the

spiritually among the children of fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the Abraham, and are therefore rightly sea also shall be taken away. called Israel, therefore he proceeds, Rz. He hath. p. cl. saying, Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be

Lesson II. gathered together, and appoint them. YET let no man strive, nor reprove selves one head, and they shall come

another: for thy people are as up out of the land. If we wish to they that strive with the priest. expound this, the freshness of the Therefore shalt thou fall in the day, prophet's words will be impaired. and the prophet also shall fall with However we may call to mind the thee in the night, and I will destroy corner stone and the two walls, the thy mother. My people are destroyed one, Jews, the other, Gentiles; the one, for lack of knowledge : because thou called the sons of Judah, the other, the hast rejected knowledge, I will also sons of Israel, leaning together upon reject thee, that thou shalt be no one and the same prince; and they priest to me: seeing thou hast for. may be recognised as they go up in the gotten the law of thy God, I will also land.

forget thy children.
Ry. With Thine. p.

Ry. I am straitened. p. cl.
Lesson VI.

Lesson III.
But that those carnal Israelites AS they were increased, so they

who now will not believe in sinned against me : therefore will CHRIST will hereafter believe, that is, I change their glory into shame. in their children, (for they truly when They eat up the sin of my people, and

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