"In the visions I saw while lying in my bed,1 I looked, and there before me was a messenger,a a holy one,2 coming down from heaven.
He called in a loud voice: 'Cut down the tree3 and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.415
But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. " 'Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth.
Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven timesb pass by for him.517
" 'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High6 is sovereign7 over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest8 of men.'