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“Prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men
of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
MATTHEW SMITH, ESQUIRE,
COCKERMOUTH, IN CUMBERLAND,
THIS WORK IS INSCRIBED,
AS A TESTIMONY OF THE
SINCEREST ESTEEM AND GRATITUDE,
"DANIEL was a descendant of the Kings of Judah. He is related to have been born at upper Bethoron, which was in the territory of Ephraim. He was carried away captive to Babylon, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim, A. M. 3398; probably in the eighteenth, or twentieth year of his age; and on account of his birth, wisdom, and accomplishments, was selected to stand in the presence of Nebuchadnezzar; so that in him, and his companions, was fulfilled that prophecy, in which Isaiah declared to Hezekiah that his issue should be eunuchs in the palace of the King of Babylon"a.
The character of Daniel is one of the most perfect recorded in the sacred Scriptures; for whether we consider him as a man, or as a Prophet and servant of the true God, or as a faithful minister to his prince, we shall find every thing to admire and esteem. In early life he was so renowned for his WISDOM, as to be held in the greatest estimation among men; for his wisdom was spoken of by way of proverb through all the East. And hence God, by Ezekiel (xxviii. 3.) "particularly upbraideth Ithobal, then King of Tyre, with the a Gray. p. 405. Ed. 5th.