The head of the statue was pure gold, its chest and arms were silver, its stomach and thighs were bronze,
its legs were iron, and its feet were partly iron and partly fired clay.
As you were watching, a stone broke off without a hand touching it,a struck the statue on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them.
Then the iron, the fired clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were shattered and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors. The wind carried them away, and not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.
"This was the dream; now we will tell the king its interpretation.
Your Majesty, you are king of kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and glory.
Wherever people live-or wild animals, or birds of the air-He has handed them over to you and made you ruler over them all.b You are the head of gold.
"After you, there will arise another kingdom, inferior to yours, and then another, a third kingdom, of bronze, which will rule the whole earth.
A fourth kingdom will be as strong as iron; for iron crushes and shatters everything, and like iron that smashes, it will crush and smash all the others.c41
You saw the feet and toes, partly of a potter's fired clay and partly of iron-it will be a divided kingdom, though some of the strength of iron will be in it. You saw the iron mixed with clay,
and that the toes of the feet were part iron and part fired clay-part of the kingdom will be strong, and part will be brittle.
You saw the iron mixed with clay-the peoples will mix with one anotherd but will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with fired clay.