In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams;1 his mind was troubled2 and he could not sleep.32
So the king summoned the magicians,4 enchanters, sorcerers5 and astrologersa6 to tell him what he had dreamed.7 When they came in and stood before the king,
he said to them, "I have had a dream that troubles8 me and I want to know what it means.b "
Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic,c9 "O king, live forever!10 Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it."
The king replied to the astrologers, "This is what I have firmly decided:11 If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces12 and your houses turned into piles of rubble.136
But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor.14 So tell me the dream and interpret it for me."
Once more they replied, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it."
Then the king answered, "I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided:
If you do not tell me the dream, there is just one penalty15 for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me."1610
The astrologers17 answered the king, "There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.1811
What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods,19 and they do not live among men."
This made the king so angry and furious20 that he ordered the execution21 of all the wise men of Babylon.
So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.22