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 BEL AND THE DRAGON OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611

Bel and the Dragon

The Book of Bel and the Dragon [in Daniel]
The History of the Destruction of Bel and the Dragon,
Cut off from the end of Daniel.
{1:1} And king Astyages was gathered to his fathers, and
Cyrus of Persia received his kingdom.
{1:2} And Daniel conversed with the king, and was
honoured above all his friends.
{1:3} Now the Babylons had an idol, called Bel, and there
were spent upon him every day twelve great measures of
fine flour, and forty sheep, and six vessels of wine.
{1:4} And the king worshipped it and went daily to adore
it: but Daniel worshipped his own God. And the king said
unto him, Why dost not thou worship Bel?
{1:5} Who answered and said, Because I may not worship
idols made with hands, but the living God, who hath created
the heaven and the earth, and hath sovereignty over all flesh.
{1:6} Then said the king unto him, Thinkest thou not that
Bel is a living God? seest thou not how much he eateth and
drinketh every day?
{1:7} Then Daniel smiled, and said, O king, be not
deceived: for this is but clay within, and brass without, and
did never eat or drink any thing.
{1:8} So the king was wroth, and called for his priests,
and said unto them, If ye tell me not who this is that
devoureth these expences, ye shall die.
{1:9} But if ye can certify me that Bel devoureth them,
then Daniel shall die: for he hath spoken blasphemy against
Bel. And Daniel said unto the king, Let it be according to
thy word.
{1:10} Now the priests of Bel were threescore and ten,
beside their wives and children. And the king went with
Daniel into the temple of Bel.
{1:11} So Bel’s priests said, Lo, we go out: but thou, O
king, set on the meat, and make ready the wine, and shut the
door fast and seal it with thine own signet;
{1:12} And to morrow when thou comest in, if thou
findest not that Bel hath eaten up all, we will suffer death:
or else Daniel, that speaketh falsely against us.
{1:13} And they little regarded it: for under the table they
had made a privy entrance, whereby they entered in
continually, and consumed those things.
{1:14} So when they were gone forth, the king set meats
before Bel. Now Daniel had commanded his servants to
bring ashes, and those they strewed throughout all the
temple in the presence of the king alone: then went they out,
and shut the door, and sealed it with the king’s signet, and
so departed.
{1:15} Now in the night came the priests with their wives
and children, as they were wont to do, and did eat and
drinck up all.
{1:16} In the morning betime the king arose, and Daniel
with him.
{1:17} And the king said, Daniel, are the seals whole?
And he said, Yea, O king, they be whole.
{1:18} And as soon as he had opened the dour, the king
looked upon the table, and cried with a loud voice, Great art
thou, O Bel, and with thee is no deceit at all.
{1:19} Then laughed Daniel, and held the king that he
should not go in, and said, Behold now the pavement, and
mark well whose footsteps are these.
{1:20} And the king said, I see the footsteps of men,
women, and children. And then the king was angry,
{1:21} And took the priests with their wives and children,
who shewed him the privy doors, where they came in, and
consumed such things as were upon the table.
{1:22} Therefore the king slew them, and delivered Bel
into Daniel’s power, who destroyed him and his temple.
{1:23} And in that same place there was a great dragon,
which they of Babylon worshipped.
{1:24} And the king said unto Daniel, Wilt thou also say
that this is of brass? lo, he liveth, he eateth and drinketh;
thou canst not say that he is no living god: therefore
worship him.
{1:25} Then said Daniel unto the king, I will worship the
Lord my God: for he is the living God.
{1:26} But give me leave, O king, and I shall slay this
dragon without sword or staff. The king said, I give thee
leave.
{1:27} Then Daniel took pitch, and fat, and hair, and did
seethe them together, and made lumps thereof: this he put in
the dragon’s mouth, and so the dragon burst in sunder : and
Daniel said, Lo, these are the gods ye worship.
{1:28} When they of Babylon heard that, they took great
indignation, and conspired against the king, saying, The
king is become a Jew, and he hath destroyed Bel, he hath
slain the dragon, and put the priests to death.
{1:29} So they came to the king, and said, Deliver us
Daniel, or else we will destroy thee and thine house.
{1:30} Now when the king saw that they pressed him
sore, being constrained, he delivered Daniel unto them:
{1:31} Who cast him into the lions’ den: where he was six
days.
{1:32} And in the den there were seven lions, and they
had given them every day two carcases, and two sheep:
which then were not given to them, to the intent they might
devour Daniel.
{1:33} Now there was in Jewry a prophet, called
Habbacuc, who had made pottage, and had broken bread in
a bowl, and was going into the field, for to bring it to the
reapers.
{1:34} But the angel of the Lord said unto Habbacuc, Go,
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carry the dinner that thou hast into Babylon unto Daniel,
who is in the lions’ den.
{1:35} And Habbacuc said, Lord, I never saw Babylon;
neither do I know where the den is.
{1:36} Then the angel of the Lord took him by the crown,
and bare him by the hair of his head, and through the
vehemency of his spirit set him in Babylon over the den.
{1:37} And Habbacuc cried, saying, O Daniel, Daniel,
take the dinner which God hath sent thee.
{1:38} And Daniel said, Thou hast remembered me, O
God: neither hast thou forsaken them that seek thee and love
thee.
{1:39} So Daniel arose, and did eat: and the angel of the
Lord set Habbacuc in his own place again immediately.
{1:40} Upon the seventh day the king went to bewail
Daniel: and when he came to the den, he looked in, and
behold, Daniel was sitting.
{1:41} Then cried the king with a loud voice, saying,
Great art Lord God of Daniel, and there is none other beside
thee.
{1:42} And he drew him out, and cast those that were the
cause of his destruction into the den: and they were
devoured in a moment before his face.
APOCRYPHA
Bel and the Dragon OF THE KING JAMES BIBLE 1611

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