At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.
Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.118
He urged them to plead for mercy2 from the God of heaven3 concerning this mystery,4 so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
During the night the mystery5 was revealed to Daniel in a vision.6 Then Daniel praised the God of heaven720
and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;8 wisdom and power9 are his.
He changes times and seasons;10 he sets up kings11 and deposes12 them. He gives wisdom13 to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.1422
He reveals deep and hidden things;15 he knows what lies in darkness,16 and light17 dwells with him.
I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers:18 You have given me wisdom19 and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.20"
Then Daniel went to Arioch,21 whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him."
Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, "I have found a man among the exiles22 from Judah23 who can tell the king what his dream means."
The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar),24 "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?"