1aNebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every blanguage that live in all the earth : "May your c1peaceabound !
"It has seemedgood to me to declare the signs and wonderswhich the 2MostHighGod has done for me.
3"Howgreat are His 3signs And howmighty are His wonders ! His 4kingdom is an everlastingkingdom And His dominion is from generation to generation.
"dI, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and 5flourishing in my palace.
"I saw a 6dream and it made me fearful ; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the 7visionsein my mindkeptalarming me.
"So I gaveorders to 8bring into my presenceall the wisemen of Babylon, that they might makeknown to me the interpretation of the dream.
7"Then the f9magicians, the conjurers, the gChaldeans and the divinerscame in and I related the dreamhto them, but they could not make its 10interpretationknown to me.
"But finallyDanielcame in before me, whosename is 11Belteshazzar according to the name of my god, and in whom is i12a spirit of the holygods ; and I related the dreamjto him, saying,
'O Belteshazzar, 13chief of the magicians, since I know that 14a spirit of the holygods is in you and 15nomysterybaffles you, 16tell me the visions of my dreamwhich I have seen, along with its interpretation.
'Now these were the 17visionskin my mind as I lay on my bed : I was looking, and behold, there was a 18tree in the midst of the learth and its height was great.
'The treegrewlarge and becamestrong And its height19reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the wholeearth.
'Its foliage was 20beautiful and its fruitabundant, And in it was food for all. The 21beasts of the fieldfound22shadeunder it, And the 23birds of the skydwelt in its branches, And allmlivingcreaturesfed themselves from it.
'I was looking in the 24visionsnin my mind as I lay on my bed, and behold, 25an angelic watcher, a 26holyone, descended from heaven.
'He shouted out and spoke as follows : "27Chopdown the tree and cutoff its branches, Stripoff its foliage and scatter its fruit ; Let the 28beastsflee from under it And the birds from its branches.
15"Yet29leave the stumpowith its roots in the ground, But with a band of iron and bronze around it In the newgrass of the field ; And let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, And let phim share with the beasts in the grass of the earth.
"Let his qmind be changed from that of a man And let a beast'srmind be given to him, And let 30sevensperiods of timepassover him.
"This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers And the decision is a command of the holyones, In order that the living may 31know That the MostHigh is ruler over the realm of mankind, And 32bestows it on whom He wishes And setsover it the 33lowliest of men."
18'This is the dream which I, KingNebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, inasmuch as none of the 34wisemen of my kingdom is able to makeknown to me the interpretation ; but you are able, for a 35spirit of the holygods is in you.'
19"ThenDaniel, whosename is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his 36thoughtsalarmed him. The kingresponded and said, 'Belteshazzar, do not 37let the dream or its interpretationalarm you.' Belteshazzarreplied, '38My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to 39your adversaries !
'The 40tree that you saw, whichbecamelarge and grewstrong, whose heightreached to the sky and was visible to all the earth21
and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruitabundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the fielddwelt and in whose branches the birds of the skylodged -
it is 41you, O king ; for you have becomegreat and grownstrong, and your tmajesty has becomegreat and reached to the sky and your 42dominion to the end of the earth.
'In that the kingsaw an angelic watcher, a holyone, descending from heaven and saying, "43Chopdown the tree and destroy it; yetleave the stumpuwith its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the newgrass of the field, and let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let vhim share with the beasts of the fielduntil44sevenwperiods of timepassover him,"
24this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the MostHigh, which has 45come upon my lord the king :
that you be 46drivenaway from mankind and your dwellingplace be with the beasts of the field, and you be givengrass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven ; and sevenxperiods of time will passover you, until you recognize that the 47MostHigh is ruler over the realm of mankind and 48bestows it on whomever He wishes.
'And in that it was commanded to 49leave the stumpywith the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be zassured to you after you recognize that it is 50Heaven that rules.
27'Therefore, O king, may my 51advice be pleasing to you: aa52breakaway now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by 53showingmercy to the poor, in case there may be a 54prolonging of your prosperity.'
28"All this 55happened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.
"56Twelvemonthslater he was walking on the roof of the royalpalace of Babylon.
"The kingbbreflected and said, 'Is this not Babylon the 57great, which I myself have built as a royalccresidence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty ?'
31"While the word was in the king'smouth, a voiceddcame from heaven, saying, 'KingNebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared : eesovereignty has beenremoved from you,
and 58you will be drivenaway from mankind, and your dwellingplace will be with the beasts of the field. You will be givengrass to eat like cattle, and 59sevenffperiods of time will passover you until you recognize that the 60MostHigh is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.'
33"Immediately the wordconcerningNebuchadnezzar was fulfilled ; and he was 61drivenaway from mankind and began eatinggrass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heavenuntil his hair had grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.
"But at the end of ggthat period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my hhreasonreturned to me, and I blessed the 62MostHigh and praised and honored63Him wholivesforever ; For His dominion is an 64everlastingdominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
"65All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But 66He doesaccording to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth ; And 67no one can iiwardoff His hand Or say to Him, '68What have You done ?'
"At that time my jj69reasonreturned to me. And my majesty and 70splendor were kkrestored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my llsovereignty, and surpassing71greatness was added to me.
37"Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of 72heaven, for 73all His works are mmtrue and His waysnnjust, and He is able to humble those who74walk in pride."