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Daniel 2

NCV 1 During Nebuchadnezzar's second year as king, he had dreams that bothered him and kept him awake at night. NIV 1 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. NCV 2 So the king called for his fortune-tellers, magicians, wizards, and wise men, because he wanted them to tell him what he had dreamed. They came in and stood in front of the king. NIV 2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, NCV 3 Then the king said to them, "I had a dream that bothers me, and I want to know what it means." NIV 3 he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means. ” NCV 4 The wise men answered the king in the Aramaic language, "O king, live forever! Please tell us, your servants, your dream. Then we will tell you what it means." NIV 4 Then the astrologers answered the king, “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.” NCV 5 King Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "I meant what I said. You must tell me the dream and what it means. If you don't, I will have you torn apart, and I will turn your houses into piles of stones. NIV 5 The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. NCV 6 But if you tell me my dream and its meaning, I will reward you with gifts and great honor. So tell me the dream and what it means." NIV 6 But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.” NCV 7 Again the wise men said to the king, "Tell us, your servants, the dream, and we will tell you what it means." NIV 7 Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.” NCV 8 King Nebuchadnezzar answered, "I know you are trying to get more time, because you know that I meant what I said. NIV 8 Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: NCV 9 If you don't tell me my dream, you will be punished. You have all agreed to tell me lies and wicked things, hoping things will change. Now, tell me the dream so that I will know you can tell me what it really means!" NIV 9 If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.” NCV 10 The wise men answered the king, saying, "No one on earth can do what the king asks! No great and powerful king has ever asked the fortune-tellers, magicians, or wise men to do this; NIV 10 The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. NCV 11 the king is asking something that is too hard. Only the gods could tell the king this, but the gods do not live among people." NIV 11 What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.” NCV 12 When the king heard their answer, he became very angry. He ordered that all the wise men of Babylon be killed. NIV 12 This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. NCV 13 So King Nebuchadnezzar's order to kill the wise men was announced, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to kill them. NIV 13 So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death. NCV 14 Arioch, the commander of the king's guards, was going to kill the wise men of Babylon. But Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and skill, NIV 14 When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. NCV 15 saying, "Why did the king order such a terrible punishment?" Then Arioch explained everything to Daniel. NIV 15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. NCV 16 So Daniel went to King Nebuchadnezzar and asked for an appointment so that he could tell the king what his dream meant. NIV 16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him. NCV 17 Then Daniel went to his house and explained the whole story to his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. NIV 17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. NCV 18 Daniel asked his friends to pray that the God of heaven would show them mercy and help them understand this secret so he and his friends would not be killed with the other wise men of Babylon. NIV 18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. NCV 19 During the night God explained the secret to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven. NIV 19 During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven NCV 20 Daniel said: "Praise God forever and ever, because he has wisdom and power. NIV 20 and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. NCV 21 He changes the times and seasons of the year. He takes away the power of kings and gives their power to new kings. He gives wisdom to those who are wise and knowledge to those who understand. NIV 21 He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. NCV 22 He makes known secrets that are deep and hidden; he knows what is hidden in darkness, and light is all around him. NIV 22 He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. NCV 23 I thank you and praise you, God of my ancestors, because you have given me wisdom and power. You told me what we asked of you; you told us about the king's dream." NIV 23 I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors: You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” NCV 24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, the man King Nebuchadnezzar had chosen to kill the wise men of Babylon. Daniel said to him, "Don't put the wise men of Babylon to death. Take me to the king, and I will tell him what his dream means." NIV 24 Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.” NCV 25 Very quickly Arioch took Daniel to the king and said, "I have found a man among the captives from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means." NIV 25 Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.” NCV 26 The king asked Daniel, who was also called Belteshazzar, "Are you able to tell me what I dreamed and what it means?" NIV 26 The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?” NCV 27 Daniel answered, "No wise man, magician, or fortune-teller can explain to the king the secret he has asked about. NIV 27 Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, NCV 28 But there is a God in heaven who explains secret things, and he has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at a later time. This is your dream, the vision you saw while lying on your bed: NIV 28 but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these: NCV 29 O king, as you were lying there, you thought about things to come. God, who can tell people about secret things, showed you what is going to happen. NIV 29 “As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. NCV 30 God also told this secret to me, not because I have greater wisdom than any other living person, but so that you may know what it means. In that way you will understand what went through your mind. NIV 30 As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. NCV 31 "O king, in your dream you saw a huge, shiny, and frightening statue in front of you. NIV 31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. NCV 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold. Its chest and arms were made of silver. Its stomach and the upper part of its legs were made of bronze. NIV 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, NCV 33 The lower part of the legs were made of iron, while its feet were made partly of iron and partly of baked clay. NIV 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. NCV 34 While you were looking at the statue, you saw a rock cut free, but no human being touched the rock. It hit the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. NIV 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. NCV 35 Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold broke to pieces at the same time. They became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summertime; the wind blew them away, and there was nothing left. Then the rock that hit the statue became a very large mountain that filled the whole earth. NIV 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces 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. NCV 36 "That was your dream. Now we will tell the king what it means. NIV 36 “This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. NCV 37 O king, you are the greatest king. God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory. NIV 37 Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; NCV 38 Wherever people, wild animals, and birds live, God made you ruler over them. King Nebuchadnezzar, you are the head of gold on that statue. NIV 38 in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold. NCV 39 "Another kingdom will come after you, but it will not be as great as yours. Next a third kingdom, the bronze part, will rule over the earth. NIV 39 “After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. NCV 40 Then there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron. In the same way that iron crushes and smashes things to pieces, the fourth kingdom will smash and crush all the other kingdoms. NIV 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. NCV 41 "You saw that the statue's feet and toes were partly baked clay and partly iron. That means the fourth kingdom will be a divided kingdom. It will have some of the strength of iron in it, just as you saw iron was mixed with clay. NIV 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. NCV 42 The toes of the statue were partly iron and partly clay. So the fourth kingdom will be partly strong like iron and partly breakable like clay. NIV 42 As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. NCV 43 You saw the iron mixed with clay, but iron and clay do not hold together. In the same way the people of the fourth kingdom will be a mixture, but they will not be united as one people. NIV 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. NCV 44 "During the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up another kingdom that will never be destroyed or given to another group of people. This kingdom will crush all the other kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will continue forever. NIV 44 “In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. NCV 45 "King Nebuchadnezzar, you saw a rock cut from a mountain, but no human being touched it. The rock broke the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold to pieces. In this way the great God showed you what will happen. The dream is true, and you can trust this explanation." NIV 45 This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. “The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.” NCV 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell facedown on the ground in front of Daniel. The king honored him and commanded that an offering and incense be presented to him. NIV 46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. NCV 47 Then the king said to Daniel, "Truly I know your God is the greatest of all gods, the Lord of all the kings. He tells people about things they cannot know. I know this is true, because you were able to tell these secret things to me." NIV 47 The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.” NCV 48 Then the king gave Daniel many gifts plus an important position in his kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar made him ruler over the whole area of Babylon and put him in charge of all the wise men of Babylon. NIV 48 Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. NCV 49 Daniel asked the king to make Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego leaders over the area of Babylon, so the king did as Daniel asked. Daniel himself became one of the people who stayed at the royal court. NIV 49 Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.

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