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ven, and published this History of himself, and theseSigns and Wonders of the great God, throughout all his Dominions, ver, I-3.

19 Q. What Notice was taken of Daniel in the Time of Belthazzar, the Grandson of Nebuchadnezzar?

A. He was sent for to Court to read and in- . terpret three or four Words which were written upon the Wall by the Apparition of a Hand while Belfhazzar was fcasting, Dan. v. 5–16.

20 Q. What was there in Belshazzar's Feast that eminently provoked God against him?

A. He and his Nobles drank in the holy Veffels that were taken out of the Temple of God, at Jerusalem, and at the same Time they praised their Gods of Gold and Silver, of Wood and Stone, Dan v. 1-4

21 Q What was the Meaning of this Writing against the Wall ?

A. That God had finished Belthazzar's Kingdom, and given it to the Medes and Persians, ver. 25-28.

22 Q. What Honour was done to Daniel ?

A. He was immediately clothed in Scarlet, with a Chain of Gold, and made the third Ruler in the Kingdom, ver. 29.

23. Q: When was this Sentence executed on Belthazzar?

A. He was flain that very Night, by the Army, under the Command of Cyrus the General, who after a long Siege took the City of Babylon,and the Kingdom was translated to Darius the Mede, the Emperor of the Medes and Persians, ver. 30, 31.

24 Q. Did Daniel lose his Preferment by the Change of the Kingdom? A. No; for Darius set Daniel over all the hun

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dred and twenty Princes, and made him first of the three Presidents, Dan. vi. 1-3.

25 Q. How did the Envy of the Presidents and the Princes persecute him on this Occasion ?

A. They knew that Daniel would pray to his God, and they perfuaded King Darius to sign a Decree, that if any Man fhould ask a Petition of any God or Man for thirty Days, besides of the King himself, he should be caft into the Lions Den, ver. 4-9.

26 Q. What did Daniel do when he heard of this Decree?

A. He went to his House, and the Windows being open toward Jerusalem, he prayed to his God three Times a Day, according to his Custom, ver. IO.

27 Q. What was the Confequence of this?

Å. Though the King himself was sorry for his Decree, and tried all Means to save Daniel, yet bis Enemies prevailed to have him cast into the Den of Lions, because the Laws of the Medes and Persians were not to be altered, ver. 11-17.

28 Q. Wherein did the King further shew his Concern for Daniel?

A. He passed the Night without Music or Sleep, he went early to the Lions Den in the Morning, and found Daniel safe, to his great Joy; for God had shut the Mouths of the Lions, that they did him no Hurt, ver. 18-23.

29 Q. Wherein did King Darius manifest his Resentment against the Enemies of Daniel ?

A. He cast them, with their Wives and Chil. dren, into the Den of Lions, who broke all their Bones immediately, ver. 24,

30 Q. What special Regard did Darius fhew to the true God on this Occasion ?

A. He A. He sent a Decree through all Nations, that Men should fear the God of Daniel, ver. 25.

31 Q. What are the other most remarkable Things in the History of Daniel ?

A. The Visions which he saw, the excellent Prayer which he made for the Restoration of the Jews from Captivity, and the other Prophecies which were given him by Angels.

32 Q. What were some of his Visions and Prophecies?

A. Emblems and Representations of the four Monarchies of the World, and of the Kingdom of Chrift; and Predictions concerning future Events among the Jews, and other Nations of the Earth'; some of which are exprefled so plainly, that the Enemies of the Bible suppose them to be written after those Events came to pass, Dan, chapters vii, viii, and xi.

33 Q. What remarkable Answer did Daniel receive to this excellent Prayer of his for the Reftoration of the Jews?

A. TheAngelGabriel was ordered to Aġ swiftly, and to inform him of his own Acceptance with God, of the Commandment of the Kings of Persia to rebuild the holy City; of the Time of the Coming, and the Death of the Messiah, to take away the Sins of Men; and of the second Destruction of Jerusalem, Dan, ix. 20—27.

34 Q. What other eminent Prophecies did Dao niel receive by his Converse with Angels?

A. Besides the various Events relating to this World, he had some Predictions concerning the Christian Church and its Troubles, and the Period of them ; concerning the Resurrection of the Dead, Everlasting Life, and Everlasting Punishment, chap. xii.

C H A P. CH A P. XVIII.

The HISTORY of ESTHER.
HO was Efther? ?

A. A beautiful young Jewish Virgin whose Ancestors were carried Captive by the King of Babylon, in the Days of Jeconiah King of Jus dah, Esther ii. 5, 6.

2 Q. Where was she educated ?

1. She was brought up in Shufhan, the Palace of the King of Persia, by Mordecai her First-cousin, for her Father and Mother were dead, ver. 7.

3 Q. To what Honour was the advanced ?

A.KingAhasuerus took her into his Royal House, and made her Queen in the Room of his former Queen Valhii, ver. 16, 17. Note, This Ahasuerus is supposed by Dr Prideaux,

and that with great Probability, to be that second Artaxerxes, King of Persia, who was called Longimanus; and who, perhaps, being influenced by Esther and Mordecai, gave a Decree for Ezra to promote the Building of the Temple at Jerusalem, after the Captivity in Babylon. See Chap. XIII.

and 40.What was the Occafion of Vashti's Disgrace?

A. When the King had made a most magnificent Feast for all his Nobles and Princes, he fent for Vashti, to thew the Princes her Beauty, and to grace the Festival, but the refused to come, Efher i. 10–12.

5 Q. WhatService did Mordecai do for the King, which laid a Foundation for hisfuture Advancement?

A. He gave Information against two of the Chamberlains who had conspired against the King, upon which they were tried and hanged, Eshers ii. 21-23

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6 Q. Who was made the King's chief Favourite a little after this Time?

A. Haman, of the Seed of Agag the Amalekite, Esher iii. 1, 2.

7 Q. Wherein did Mordecai offend Haman?

A. He refused to bow before him, and do Reverence to him, as the King's Servants did at Court, ver. 2.

8 Q. How did Haman attempt to revenge himself?

A. By persuading the King to send Orders to destroy all the Jews that were in all his Dominions, ver. 6, &C.

9Q. What did Mordecai do on this Occasion?

A. He desired Ether the Queen to venture into the King's Presence, though the were not called, in order to petition the King for the Lives of her People the Jews, Esther iv.

10 Q. Did Esther comply with his Requeft?

1. Though she knew it was Death by the Law to venture into the King's Presence, unlefs he held out his golden Sceptre to her ; yet having first fafted, and prayed to God three Days, and appointed the Jews in Shushan to fast and pray, the ventured to approach the King, Esther v. 1.

11 QWhat Success did Queen Ether find?

A. The King held out his golden Sceptre to her, and promised to grant her Request, even to the half of his Kingdom, ver. v. 1-3.

12Q.What was Ether's firstRequest to the King?

A. That the King and Haman would come to a Banquet which the Queen had prepared for them ; which Request allo lhe repeated the next Day, Esther v. 3—8.

13 Q. How was Haman employed on that Day ?

A He rejoiced at the invitation that Esther gave him, and set up a Gallows for Mordecai fiftyCubits

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