Daniel 2:32-43 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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32 The head of the statue was made of fine gold, its chest and arms were of silver, its belly and thighs were of bronze, 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze,
33 its legs were of iron, and its feet were a combination of iron and clay. 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay.
34 But as you watched, a rock was cut from a mountain by supernatural means. It struck the feet of iron and clay, smashing them to bits. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
35 The whole statue collapsed into a heap of iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold. The pieces were crushed as small as chaff on a threshing floor, and the wind blew them all away without a trace. But the rock that knocked the statue down became a great mountain that covered the whole earth." 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
36 "That was the dream; now I will tell Your Majesty what it means. 36 "This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king.
37 Your Majesty, you are a king over many kings. The God of heaven has given you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor. 37 You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory;
38 He has made you the ruler over all the inhabited world and has put even the animals and birds under your control. You are the head of gold." 38 in your hands he has placed mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds of the air. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.
39 "But after your kingdom comes to an end, another great kingdom, inferior to yours, will rise to take your place. After that kingdom has fallen, yet a third great kingdom, represented by the bronze belly and thighs, will rise to rule the world. 39 "After you, another kingdom will rise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth.
40 Following that kingdom, there will be a fourth great kingdom, as strong as iron. That kingdom will smash and crush all previous empires, just as iron smashes and crushes everything it strikes. 40 Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron--for iron breaks and smashes everything--and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others.
41 The feet and toes you saw that were a combination of iron and clay show that this kingdom will be divided. 41 Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay.
42 Some parts of it will be as strong as iron, and others as weak as clay. 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle.
43 This mixture of iron and clay also shows that these kingdoms will try to strengthen themselves by forming alliances with each other through intermarriage. But this will not succeed, just as iron and clay do not mix. 43 And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.