"After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.140
Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron--for iron breaks and smashes everything--and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.241
Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.
And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.
"In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush3 all those kingdoms4 and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.545
This is the meaning of the vision of the rock6 cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands7--a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. "The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future.8 The dream is true9 and the interpretation is trustworthy."
Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate10 before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering11 and incense be presented to him.
The king said to Daniel, "Surely your God is the God of gods12 and the Lord of kings13 and a revealer of mysteries,14 for you were able to reveal this mystery.15"
Then the king placed Daniel in a high16 position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men.1749
Moreover, at Daniel's request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon,18 while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.19