King Nebuchadnezzar to everyone, everywhere - every race, color, and creed: "Peace and prosperity to all!
It is my privilege to report to you the gracious miracles that the High God has done for me.
"His miracles are staggering, his wonders are surprising. His kingdom lasts and lasts, his sovereign rule goes on forever.
"I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at home taking it easy in my palace, without a care in the world.
But as I was stretched out on my bed I had a dream that scared me - a nightmare that shook me.
I sent for all the wise men of Babylon so that they could interpret the dream for me.
When they were all assembled - magicians, enchanters, fortunetellers, witches - I told them the dream. None could tell me what it meant.
"And then Daniel came in. His Babylonian name is Belteshazzar, named after my god, a man full of the divine Holy Spirit. I told him my dream.
"'Belteshazzar,' I said, 'chief of the magicians, I know that you are a man full of the divine Holy Spirit and that there is no mystery that you can't solve. Listen to this dream that I had and interpret it for me.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)