King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and men of every language,1 who live in all the world: May you prosper greatly!22
It is my pleasure to tell you about the miraculous signs3 and wonders that the Most High God4 has performed for me.
How great are his signs, how mighty his wonders!5 His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion endures6 from generation to generation.
I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home in my palace, contented7 and prosperous.
I had a dream8 that made me afraid. As I was lying in my bed,9 the images and visions that passed through my mind10 terrified me.116
So I commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be brought before me to interpret12 the dream for me.
When the magicians,13 enchanters, astrologersa and diviners14 came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me.158
Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar,16 after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods17 is in him.)