The statue's head was made of pure gold; its chest and arms were made from silver; its abdomen and hips were made of bronze.
Its legs were of iron, and its feet were a mixture of iron and clay.
You observed this until a stone was cut, but not by hands; and it smashed the statue's feet of iron and clay and shattered them.
Then all the parts shattered simultaneously—iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. They became like chaff, left on summer threshing floors. The wind lifted them away until no trace of them remained. But the stone that smashed the statue became a mighty mountain, and it filled the entire earth.
“This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its meaning:
You, Your Majesty, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given kingship, power, might, and glory to you!
God has delivered into your care human beings, wild creatures, and birds in the sky—wherever they live—and has made you ruler of all of them. You are the gold head.
But in your place, another kingdom will arise, one inferior to yours, and then a third, bronze kingdom will rule over all the earth.
Then will come a fourth kingdom, mighty like iron. Just as iron shatters and crushes everything; so like an iron that smashes, it will shatter and crush all these others.
As for the feet and toes that you saw, which were a mixture of potter's clay and iron, that signifies a divided kingdom; but it will possess some of the unyielding strength of iron. Even so, you saw the iron mixed with earthy clay
so that the toes were made from a mixture of iron and clay. Part of the kingdom will be mighty, but part of it will be fragile.
Just as you saw the iron mixed with earthy clay, they will join together by intermarrying, but they will not bond to each other, just as iron does not fuse with clay.