Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.1 It may be that then your prosperity2 will continue.3"
All this happened4 to King Nebuchadnezzar.
Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,
he said, "Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory5 of my majesty?"631
The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, "This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.732
You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like cattle. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes."833
Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like cattle. His body was drenched9 with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.1034
At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity11 was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.12 His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom13 endures from generation to generation.1435
All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing.15 He does as he pleases16 with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back17 his hand18 or say to him: "What have you done?"1936
At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom.20 My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt21 and glorify22 the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just.23 And those who walk in pride24 he is able to humble.25