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Group Title: Dean's scripture library for the young
Title: The life of Daniel, or, The captive of Judah
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Title: The life of Daniel, or, The captive of Judah
Series Title: Dean's scripture library for the young
Alternate Title: Captive of Judah
Prophet Daniel, or, The captives of Judah
Physical Description: 22, <2> p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Corner ( Julia ), 1798-1875 ( Editor )
Dean & Son ( Publisher )
Publisher: Dean and Son
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: 1861?
Copyright Date: 1861
Subject: Bible stories, English -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Hand-colored illustrations -- 1861   ( local )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1861   ( rbgenr )
Pictorial cloth bindings (Binding) -- 1861   ( rbbin )
Bldn -- 1861
Genre: Hand-colored illustrations   ( local )
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Spatial Coverage: England -- London
General Note: Date from inscription.
General Note: Both t.p. and half t.p. engraved and col.
General Note: Illustrations are hand-colored.
General Note: Publisher's advertisement: front endpaper and flyleaf.
General Note: Bound with The life of Samuel / edited by Miss Corner. London : Dean and Son, <1861?> and The history of David, or, The shepherd king / edited by Miss Corner. London : Dean and Son, <1861?>
Statement of Responsibility: edited by Miss Corner.
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;v ~FTER the death of King
- 4 Solomon, the kingdom of
I i Israel became divided into
two kingdoms, as related
in the story of' The DISOBEDIENT
PROPHET.' The larger kingdom
was still called Israel; the smaller one,
Judah; and the capital of the latter
was Jerusalem.
The kings of Israel were very wicked,
and taught the people to worship false
gods; so that the whole nation fell into


idolatry, and paid no attention to the
Prophets, who constantly told them
that God would cause some great ca-
lamity to fall upon them, if they per-
sisted in their evil ways. At length
it happened, as the Prophets had fore-
told ; for God suffered the kingdom to
be conquered by the Assyrians, who
obliged all the Israelites to remove
into Medea and Persia, while they sent
colonies of strangers to settle in the
country; and the descendants of these
people were called Samaritans.
Thus ten of the twelve tribes of Is-
rael were scattered abroad, and the
smaller kingdom of Judah, consisting
of the two tribes of Judah and Ben-
jamin, was all that remained to the
Jews; but this kingdom gained new

strength and power from the number
of fugitives from Israel that sought
refuge there among their brethren.
But the people of Judah fell into
the same sins that had brought so sad
a punishment on the Israelites; so the
Lord said, I will remove Judah also
out of my sight, as I have removed
Israel; and will cast off this city, Je-
rusalem, which I have chosen, and the
house of which I said, My name shall
be there."
Accordingly, God permitted Nebu-
chadnezzar, the King of Babylon, to
lay siege to Jerusalem. The city was
taken, and partly burned down; the
beautiful temple of King Solomon,
the house of which God said, My
name shall be there,' was plundered

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and destroyed; and all the rich and
noble were carried away into captivity,
This event happened about four hun-
dred years after the death of Solomon,
and nearly six hundred years before
the birth of our Saviour. The poor
people were left to cultivate the land,
and rulers were appointed over them;
but they had to pay a yearly tribute
to their conquerors, who considered
them in the light of slaves.
Among the captives that were car-
ried to Babylon, was a youth, named
Daniel, who belonged, it is supposed,
to the royal family; and he was one
of those selected to be educated at the
court of Babylon, to fit them for the
future service of the king, who being
desirous to make them strong and

healthy, sent them, every day, meat
and wine from his own table. Daniel
and three of his companions were es-
pecially favoured, because they were
very handsome, and remarkably cle-
ver, so that they learned quickly what-
ever wastaught them.
Now, these youths were wise enough
to know that it is better, both for the
mind and body, to live on simple fare
than on the rich viands that were pro-
vided for them ; so they persuaded the
chief officer in whose care they were
placed, to give them more simple food,
and let them drink water instead of
wine; and owing to this temperate
way of living, they made greater pro-
gress in learning than those who be-

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came dull and heavy by indulging in
richer fare.
Daniel did not trust in his own abi-
lities, but constantly prayed to the
Lord to make him good and wise, and
God made choice of him, as he had
chosen Samuel, in former times, to be
one of his great prophets, and gave
him the power of foretelling future
events. Now, in these days, there
were many who pretended to this sort
of wisdom, but none really possessed
it, except those who were inspired by
God himself.
It happened that Nebuchadnezzar
had a dream, which caused him great
uneasiness; so he sent for all the as-
trologers, or wise men of Babylon, to
tell him its meaning; but as he had

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forgotten a part of it, he required them
to telJ him the dream, also, which they
could not do. This made the King
angry, and he commanded that all
persons belonging to the class called
wise men, which meant astrologers,
should be put to death.
Now Daniel and his three compan-
ions had studied this kind of learning,
so they were included in the order;
but Daniel trusted that the Lord would
deliver them from this great danger,
and prayed earnestly that they might
be saved.
God never fails to help those who
trust in Him with all their hearts. He
listened to Daniel's prayer, and, in
his sleep, sent him a vision, shewing
him the King's dream, and also its in-


SDaniel telling King Nebuchadnezzar t
what he had dreamed, and explaining the meaning of it.

terpretation or meaning. Daniel arose
in the morning with a glad heart, and
having given thanks to God, he de-
sired to be taken before the King, that
he might interpret his dream. Then
he told Nebuchadnezzar what he had
dreamed, and explained its meaning
to him. And the king saw that his
knowledge was given him by a divine
power, so he bestowed great honours
upon him, and made him the chief
ruler of the city; and 'Daniel sat in
the 'ate of the King." The King's
Ga'e was the court at the entrance of
the palace, where the judges and el-
ders used to sit, every day, to admin-
ister justice; so that to sit in the
King's Gate was a sign that a person
was of high rank and importance.


Daniel sitting with the judges and elders

at the King's Gate, administering justice.
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Daniel continued to be the chief
ruler of Babylon, till the death of Ne-
buchadnezzar, when he probably re-
tired from the court, and lived in pri-
vate, as he is not spoken of again for
some years, whernhe re-appeared on a
very remarkable occasion.
Belshazzar, the son of Nebuchad-
nezzar, who was then king, had in-
vited his nobles to a grand entertain-
ment, and being heated with wine, be-
gan to talk in a very wicked manner,
and "to take the name of the Lord
in vain: And he sent for the sacred
vessels his father had taken from the
Temple, at Jerusalem, to drink out of
them, which he did with profane and
impious expressions. But what was
his dismay, when casting his eyes on


Daniel explaining to King Belshazzar II
Sthe mysterious words which had been written on the wall.




the wall, he saw a hand appear, and
write some words thereon, which he
did not understand. He called for
the wise men of the court, but none
of them could interpret the writing,
which was in a strange language.
Then the queen mother advised him
to send for Daniel, who came and de-
clared the mysterious words to signify
that Belshazzar, for his wickedness,
was on the point of losing his kingdom.
And so it happened, for that very
night the city was attacked and taken
by the Medes and Persians, and the
King was slain.
After this, Daniel was high in fa-
vour with the Persian monarch, Da-
rius, who greatly esteemed him for his
wisdom and goodness, and made him

ruler over the provinces. Then bad
men envied him, and laid a plot for
his destruction. They knew it was
his custom to pray, three times a-day;
so they asked the king to issue a de-
cree, that, for the space of thirty days,
no one should make a petition to the
gods, on pain of being cast into the
den of lions; a punishment which, it
seems, had been lately instituted.
Darius, not suspecting their wicked
design, granted their request; but
when they came and accused Daniel
of praying to his God, as usual, he
was very sorry, for he had no power
to alter his decree, as that would have
been contrary to the laws of the Medes
and Persians. So Daniel was cast into
the den, and a great stone was put over
the mouth of it. 21

He was left there all night; and
early in the morning, Darius went to
the den, feeling some hope that God
might have preserved so good a man;
and great was his joy, when the stone
was removed, to find that he was alive
and unhurt. He then gave orders that
his accusers should be brought and
thrown into the den; when the lions
instantly tore them to pieces.
Daniel was, from that time, treated
with great honour and respect by the
Persian kings, and lived to an extreme
old age, in peace and prosperity.
The history of Daniel bears a great
resemblance to that of Joseph, and
both serve to show the advantage of
keeping strictly to the paths of tem-
perance, piety, and virtue.

The joy of King Darius on finding |

the Prophet Daniel unhurt in the lions' den.

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