Finally, Daniel came into my presence and I told him the dream. (He is called Belteshazzar,1 after the name of my god, and the spirit of the holy gods2 is in him.)
I said, "Belteshazzar, chief3 of the magicians, I know that the spirit of the holy gods4 is in you, and no mystery is too difficult for you. Here is my dream; interpret it for me.
These are the visions I saw while lying in my bed:5 I looked, and there before me stood a tree in the middle of the land. Its height was enormous.611
The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth.712
Its leaves were beautiful, its fruit abundant, and on it was food for all. Under it the beasts of the field found shelter, and the birds of the air lived in its branches;8 from it every creature was fed.
"In the visions I saw while lying in my bed,9 I looked, and there before me was a messenger,a a holy one,10 coming down from heaven.
He called in a loud voice: 'Cut down the tree11 and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches.1215
But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field. " 'Let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let him live with the animals among the plants of the earth.
Let his mind be changed from that of a man and let him be given the mind of an animal, till seven timesb pass by for him.1317
" 'The decision is announced by messengers, the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High14 is sovereign15 over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes and sets over them the lowliest16 of men.'
"This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me.17 But you can,18 because the spirit of the holy gods19 is in you."20