Now in the secondyear of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzara1haddreams; and his spirit was troubled and his 2sleepbleft him.
Then the kingcgaveorders to call in the d3magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the eChaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stoodbefore the king.
The kingsaid to them, "I f4had a dream and my spiritgis anxious to hunderstand the dream."
Then the Chaldeansspoke to the king in i5Aramaic: "6O king, liveforever! 7Tell the dream to your servants, and we will declare the interpretation."
The kingreplied to the Chaldeans, "jThe command from me is firm: if you do not makeknown to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be k8tornlimb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbishheap.
"But if you declare the dream and its interpretation, you will receive from me 9gifts and a reward and greathonor; thereforedeclare to me the dream and its interpretation."
They answered a secondtime and said, "Let the king10tell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation."
The kingreplied, "I know for certain that you are lbargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that mthe command from me is firm,
that if you do not make the dreamknown to me, there is only 11onendecree for you. For you have agreedtogether to speaklying and corruptowordsbefore me until the psituation is changed; thereforetell me the dream, that I may 12know that you can declare to me its interpretation."
The Chaldeansansweredqthe king and said, "There is not a man on earthwhocoulddeclare the matterrfor the king, inasmuch as nogreatking or ruler has ever askedanything like this of anys13magician, conjurer or Chaldean.
"Moreover, the thingwhich the kingdemands is tdifficult, and there is nooneelsewho could declare it uto the kingexcept14gods, whose15dwellingplace is not with mortal flesh."
12Because of this the kingbecame16indignant and veryfurious and gaveorders to destroyall the wisemen of Babylon.
So the vdecreewentforth that the wisemen should be slain; and they looked for 17Daniel and his friends to wkill them.
14ThenDanielreplied with discretion and discernment to 18Arioch, the captain of the king'sxbodyguard, who had goneforth to slay the wisemen of Babylon;
he said to Arioch, the king'scommander, "For whatreason is the ydecree from the king so zurgent?" ThenAriochinformedDaniel about the matter.
So Danielwent in and requested of the king that he would aagive him time, in order that he might declare the interpretation to the king.
17ThenDanielwent to his house and informed his friends, 19Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter,
so that they might 20requestcompassion from the God of heavenconcerningthismystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be 21destroyed with the rest of the wisemen of Babylon.
19Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night22vision. ThenDanielblessed the God of heaven;
20Danielsaid, "Let the name of God be 23blessedforever and ever, For 24wisdom and power belong to Him.
"It is He who 25changes the times and the epochs; He 26removeskings and bbestablisheskings; He gives27wisdom to wisemen And knowledge to ccmen of understanding.
"It is He who 28reveals the profound and hiddenthings; 29He knowswhat is in the darkness, And the 30lightdwells with Him.
"To You, O 31God of my fathers, I givethanks and praise, For You have given me 32wisdom and power; Even now You have madeknown to me what we 33requested of You, For You have madeknown to us the king'smatter."
24Therefore , Danielwent in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wisemen of Babylon; he went and spoke to him as follows: "34Do not destroy the wisemen of Babylon! Take me ddinto the king'spresence, and I will declare the interpretation to the king."
25ThenAriochhurriedly35broughtDanieleeinto the king'spresence and spoke to him as follows: "I have found a manamong the ff36exiles from Judahwho can make the interpretationknown to the king!"
The kingsaid to Daniel, whosename was 37Belteshazzar, "Are you able to makeknown to me the dreamwhich I have seen and its interpretation?"
27Danielansweredbefore the king and said, "As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither38wisemen, conjurers, ggmagicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king.
28"However, there is a 39God in heavenwhorevealsmysteries, and He has madeknown to KingNebuchadnezzarwhat will takeplace in the hh40latterdays. This was your dream and the 41visionsiiin your mind while on your bed.
"As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughtsjjturned to what would takeplacekkin the future; and 42He who revealsmysteries has madeknown to you what will takeplace.
"But as for me, thismysteryhas not been revealed to me for any 43wisdomllresiding in me morethan in any other livingman, but for the purpose of making the interpretationknown to the king, and that you may mmunderstand the 44thoughts of your nnmind.
"You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a singlegreatstatue; that statue, which was large and ooof extraordinarysplendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was 45awesome.
"The 46head of that statue was made of finegold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze,
its legs of iron, its feetpartly of iron and partly of clay.
"You ppcontinuedlookinguntil a 47stone was cut out 48withouthands, 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 crushedqqall at the sametime and became50like chaff from the summerthreshingfloors; and the windcarried them away so that 51not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statuebecame a great52mountain and filled the wholeearth.
36"This was the dream; now we will tell53its interpretationbefore the king.
"You, O king, are the 54king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the rrkingdom, the 55power, the strength and the glory;
and wherever the sons of mendwell, 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.
"Then there will be a 57fourthkingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as ironcrushes and shattersallthings, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and breakallthese in pieces.
"In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter'sclay and partly of iron, it will be a dividedkingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the ironmixed with sscommonclay.
"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.
"And in that you saw the ironmixed with ttcommonclay, they will combine with one another uuin the seed of men; but they will not adhere to oneanother , even as iron does not combine with pottery.
"In the days of thosekings the 58God of heaven will 59set up a 60kingdomwhich will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be vvleft for anotherpeople; it will 61crush and put an end to allthesekingdoms, but it will itselfendureforever.
45"Inasmuch as you saw that a 62stone was cut out of the mountainwithouthands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the 63greatGod has madeknown to the kingwhat64will takeplacewwin the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy."
46ThenKingNebuchadnezzarfell on his face and did65homage to Daniel, and gaveorders to present to him an offering and xx66fragrantincense.
The kingansweredDaniel and said, "Surely67your God is a 68God of gods and a Lord of kings and a 69revealer of mysteries, since you have beenable to revealthismystery."
48Then the kingyy70promotedDaniel and gave him manygreatgifts, and he made him rulerover the whole71province of Babylon and chiefzzprefectoverall the wisemen of Babylon.
And Danielmaderequest of the king, and he 72appointed73Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-negoover the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel was at the king's5274court.