Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified1 him. So the king said, "Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you."2 Belteshazzar answered, "My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries!
The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth,
with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the beasts of the field, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds of the air3--
you, O king, are that tree!4 You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.523
"You, O king, saw a messenger, a holy one,6 coming down from heaven and saying, 'Cut down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump, bound with iron and bronze, in the grass of the field, while its roots remain in the ground. Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven; let him live like the wild animals, until seven times pass by for him.'7824
"This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree9 the Most High has issued against my lord the king:
You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle and be drenched10 with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High11 is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.1226
The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots13 means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.1427
Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.15 It may be that then your prosperity16 will continue.17"