One night during the second year of his reign, a Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that disturbed him so much that he couldn't sleep.
He called in his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers, b and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed. As they stood before the king,
he said, "I have had a dream that troubles me. Tell me what I dreamed, for I must know what it means."
Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, c "Long live the king! Tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means."
But the king said to the astrologers, "I am serious about this. If you don't tell me what my dream was and what it means, you will be torn limb from limb, and your houses will be demolished into heaps of rubble!
But if you tell me what I dreamed and what the dream means, I will give you many wonderful gifts and honors. Just tell me the dream and what it means!"
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)