The King's Forgotten Dream

1 Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar 1had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his 2sleep left him.
2 Then the king gave orders to call in the 3magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.
3 The king said to them, "I 4had a dream and my spirit is anxious to understand the dream."
4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in 5Aramaic: "6O king, live forever! 7Tell the dream to your servants, and we will declare the interpretation."
5 The king replied to the Chaldeans, "The command from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be 8torn limb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbish heap.
6 "But if you declare the dream and its interpretation, you will receive from me 9gifts and a reward and great honor; therefore declare to me the dream and its interpretation."
7 They answered a second time and said, "Let the king 10tell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation."
8 The king replied, "I know for certain that you are bargaining for time, inasmuch * * as you have seen that the command from me is firm,
9 that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is only 11one decree for you. For you have agreed together to speak lying and corrupt words before me until * the situation is changed; therefore tell me the dream, that I may 12know that you can declare to me its interpretation."
10 The Chaldeans answered the king and said, "There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter for the king, inasmuch * * as no * great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any 13magician, conjurer or Chaldean.
11 "Moreover, the thing which the king demands is difficult, and there is no one else who could declare it to the king except 14gods, whose 15dwelling place is not with mortal flesh."
13 So the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they looked for 17Daniel and his friends to kill them.
15 he said to Arioch, the king's commander, "For what reason * is the decree from the king so urgent?" Then Arioch informed Daniel about the matter.
16 So Daniel went in and requested of the king that he would give him time, in order that he might declare the interpretation to the king.
17 Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, 19Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter,
18 so that they might 20request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be 21destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

The Secret Is Revealed to Daniel

20 Daniel said, "Let the name of God be 23blessed forever and ever, For 24wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 "It is He who 25changes the times and the epochs; He 26removes kings and establishes kings; He gives 27wisdom to wise men And knowledge to men of understanding.
22 "It is He who 28reveals the profound and hidden things; 29He knows what is in the darkness, And the 30light dwells with Him.
23 "To You, O 31God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, For You have given me 32wisdom and power; Even now You have made known to me what we 33requested of You, For You have made known to us the king's matter."
24 Therefore * *, Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and spoke to him as follows: "34Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon! Take me into the king's presence, and I will declare the interpretation to the king."
25 Then Arioch hurriedly 35brought Daniel into the king's presence and spoke to him as follows: "I have found a man among * the 36exiles * from Judah who can make the interpretation known to the king!"
26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was 37Belteshazzar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?"
27 Daniel answered before the king and said, "As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither 38wise men, conjurers, magicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king.
28 "However, there is a 39God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the 40latter days. This was your dream and the 41visions in your mind while on your bed.
29 "As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and 42He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place.
30 "But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any 43wisdom residing in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may understand the 44thoughts of your mind.

The King's Dream

31 "You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was 45awesome.
32 "The 46head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze,
33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.
34 "You continued looking until * a 47stone was cut out 48without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and 49crushed them.
35 "Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed all at the same time and became 50like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that 51not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great 52mountain and filled the whole earth.

The Interpretation--Babylon the First Kingdom

36 "This was the dream; now we will tell 53its interpretation before the king.
37 "You, O king, are the 54king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the 55power, the strength and the glory;
38 and wherever * the sons of men dwell, or the 56beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold.

Medo-Persia and Greece

39 "After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.

Rome

40 "Then there will be a 57fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch * * as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces.
41 "In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch * * as you saw the iron mixed with common clay.
42 "As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some * of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle.
43 "And in that you saw the iron mixed with common clay, they will combine with one another in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one * another *, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

The Divine Kingdom

44 "In the days of those kings the 58God of heaven will 59set up a 60kingdom which will never * be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will 61crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.
45 "Inasmuch * * as you saw that a 62stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the 63great God has made known to the king what 64will take place in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy."

Daniel Promoted

47 The king answered Daniel and said, "Surely * * 67your God is a 68God of gods and a Lord of kings and a 69revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery."
49 And Daniel made request of the king, and he 72appointed 73Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel was at the king's 74court.