The head of the statue was made of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs were of bronze,
its legs were of iron, and its feet were a combination of iron and clay.
But as you watched, a rock was cut from a mountain by supernatural means. a It struck the feet of iron and clay, smashing them to bits.
The whole statue collapsed into a heap of iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. The pieces were crushed as small as chaff on a threshing floor, and the wind blew them all away without a trace. But the rock that knocked the statue down became a great mountain that covered the whole earth.
"That was the dream; now I will tell Your Majesty what it means.
Your Majesty, you are a king over many kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.
He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the animals and birds under your control. You are the head of gold.
"But after your kingdom comes to an end, another great kingdom, inferior to yours, will rise to take your place. After that kingdom has fallen, yet a third great kingdom, represented by the bronze belly and thighs, will rise to rule the world.
Following that kingdom, there will be a fourth great kingdom, as strong as iron. That kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires, just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes.
The feet and toes you saw that were a combination of iron and clay show that this kingdom will be divided.
Some parts of it will be as strong as iron, and others as weak as clay.
This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But this will not succeed, just as iron and clay do not mix.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)