Then Daniel went to Arioch,4 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 exiles5 from Judah6 who can tell the king what his dream means."
The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar),7 "Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?"
Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,828
but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries.9 He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come.10 Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind11 as you lay on your bed12 are these:1329
"As you were lying there, O king, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.1430
As for me, this mystery has been revealed15 to me, not because I have greater wisdom than other living men, but so that you, O king, may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.
"You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue--an enormous, dazzling statue,16 awesome17 in appearance.
The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.