"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.130
As for me, this mystery has been revealed2 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,3 awesome4 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.
While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands.5 It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed6 them.735
Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away8 without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain9 and filled the whole earth.1036
"This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king.1137
You, O king, are the king of kings.12 The God of heaven has given you dominion13 and power and might and glory;
in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all.14 You are that head of gold.
"After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.15