But there is a God in heaven, a revealer of mysteries, who has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the days to come! Now this was your dream—this was the vision in your head as you lay in your bed:
“As you lay in bed, Your Majesty, your thoughts turned to what will happen in the future. The revealer of mysteries has revealed to you what will happen.
Now this mystery was revealed to me, not because I have more wisdom than any other living person but so that the dream's meaning might be made known to the king, and so that you might know the thoughts of your own mind.
“Your Majesty, you were looking, and there, rising before you, was a single, massive statue. This statue was huge, shining with dazzling light, and was awesome to see.
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.