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to the intent that I may shew them unto thee art thou brought hither. Mark well therefore all that I say unto thee concerning the house of the Lord: and all that thou seest declare thou unto the house of Israel.
Then he brought me unto the door of the house; and behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward (for the forefront of the house was toward the east); and the waters came down from under, from the right side of the house, on the south side of the altar. And when the man went forth eastward with the line in his hand, he measured a thousand cubits, and he caused me to pass through the waters, waters that were to the ankles. Again he measured a thousand, and caused me to pass through the waters, waters that were to the knees. Again he measured a thousand, and caused me to pass through the waters, waters that were to the loins. Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass through: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed through. And behold, upon the banks of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.
Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this? These waters issue forth toward the eastern region, and they shall go down into the desert: and they shall go toward the sea: into the sea shall the waters go which were made to issue forth. And it shall come to pass, that every living creature, in every place whither the waters come, shall live; for these waters are come thither that all things may be healed and live. And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow every tree for food, whose leaf shall not wither, neither shall the fruit thereof fail: it shall bring forth new fruit every month, because the waters thereof issue out of the sanctuary; and the fruit thereof shall be for food, and the leaf thereof for healing.
THE BOOK OF DANIEL
Now it came to pass, when Nebuchadnezzar had besieged Jerusalem and taken captive the people, that the king spake unto the master of his household, that he should bring in certain of the children of Israel, even of the blood royal and of the nobles; youths in whom was no blemish, but well-favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and endued with knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability to stand in the king's palace; and that he should teach them the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans. And the king appointed for them a daily portion of the king's dainties, and of the wine which he drank, and that they should be nourished three years; that at the end thereof they should stand before the king.
Now among those that were chosen were Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; and before them the steward set the king's portion, as it was appointed. But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the king's dainties, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the steward that he might not defile himself. But the steward said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your food and your drink; for why should he see your faces worse looking than the other youths that are of your own age? Then said Daniel to the steward, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenances of the youths that eat of the king's dainties; and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. So the steward hearkened unto them in this matter, and proved them ten days. And at the end of the ten days their countenances appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh, than all the youths that did eat of the king's dainties. So the steward took away their dainties, and the wine that they should drink, and gave them pulse.
Now at the end of the time which the king had appointed for bringing the youths in, the master of the household brought them all in before Nebuchadnezzar. And the king communed with them; and in every matter of wisdom and understanding, concerning which the king inquired of them, among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.
DANIEL II, VII
In those days Nebuchadnezzar the king dreamed dreams; and his spirit was troubled, and his sleep went from him. And when there was none found that could make known the king's dream, Daniel was brought before the king; and he said:
Thou, 0 king, sawest, and, behold, a great image. This image, which was mighty, and whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the aspect thereof was terrible. As for this image, its head was of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its middle and its thighs of brass, its legs of iron, its feet part of iron, and part of clay. Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon its feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them in pieces. Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken in pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing-floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
This is the dream: now will we tell the interpretation thereof. Thou, O king, art the head of gold. And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee; and another third kingdom of brass. And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron, forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things. And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom. And whereas thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the sons of men; but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron doth not mingle with clay. And whereas thou sawest that a stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron,