He changes times and seasons;1 he sets up kings2 and deposes3 them. He gives wisdom4 to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.522
He reveals deep and hidden things;6 he knows what lies in darkness,7 and light8 dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:9 You have given me wisdom10 and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.11"
Then Daniel went to Arioch,12 whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him."
Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, "I have found a man among the exiles13 from Judah14 who can tell the king what his dream means."
The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar),15 "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?"
Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,1628
but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.17 He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.18 Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind19 as you lay on your bed20 are these:2129
"As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.2230
As for me, this mystery has been revealed23 to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.
"You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue--an enormous, dazzling statue,24 awesome25 in appearance.
The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands.26 It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed27 them.2835
Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away29 without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain30 and filled the whole earth.3136
"This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king.3237
You, O king, are the king of kings.33 The God of heaven has given you dominion34 and power and might and glory;
in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all.35 You are that head of gold.