Daniel 2

CHAPTER 2

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

In the [2year 1second] of the kingdom of Nebuchadnezzar, [2dreamed 1Nebuchadnezzar] a dream, and [2was startled 1his spirit], and his sleep went from him. And [3said 1the 2king] to call the enchanters, and the magi, and the administers of potions, and the Chaldeans, to announce to the king the things of his dreams. And they came and stood before the king. And [3said 4to them 1the 2king], I dreamed, and it startled my spirit so as to know the dream. And [3spoke 1the 2Chaldeans] to the king in Syriac, O king, [2into 3the 4eons 1live]! You tell the dream to your servants! and the interpretation of it we shall announce. [3answered 1The 2king] and said to the Chaldeans, The matter [2from 3me 1departed]. If then you should not make known to me the dream and the interpretation of it, [2for 3destruction 1you will be], and your houses shall be torn in pieces. But if the dream and the interpretation of it you should make known to me, gifts and favors without charge, and [2honor 1much] you shall receive from me. Except the dream and the interpretation of it report to me! They answered a second time and said, [2the 3king 1Let] tell the dream to his servants! and the interpretation of it we shall announce. And [3answered 1the 2king] and said, In truth I know that [3time 1you 2buy back], even in so far as you knew that [3departed 4from 5me 1the 2word]. If then the dream you should not announce to me, I know that [4word 1a lying 2and 3corrupt] you agreed to speak before me until the time should go by. [3my dream 1Tell 2to me]! and I shall know that also its interpretation you shall announce to me. 10 Answered again the Chaldeans before the king, and they say, There is not a man upon the dry land who is able [2the 3discourse 4of the 5king 1to make known], in so far as every [2king 1great] and ruler [2matter 1according to such] asked not an enchanter, magus or Chaldean. 11 For the word which the king asks is heavy, and [2no other 1there is] who shall announce it before the king, except the gods, which are not dwelling with any flesh.

The Wise Men Are Destroyed

12 Then the king in rage and [2anger 1much], said to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 And the decree went forth, that the wise men be killed; and they sought Daniel and his friends to do away with. 14 Then Daniel answered counsel and opinion to Arioch the chief guard of the king, who came forth to do away with the wise men of Babylon. 15 And he inquired of him, saying, O Ruler of the king, for what reason came forth the decree which is impudent from in front of the king? [3made known 1And 4the 5saying 2Arioch] to Daniel. 16 And Daniel entered and petitioned the king so as [2time 1to give] to him, and the interpretation of it he should announce to the king.

Daniel and His Friends Pray

17 And Daniel went into his house, and to Hananiah, and to Mishael, and to Azariah his friends [2the 3saying 1to make known]. 18 And [2compassions 1they sought] from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that therefore [4should not 5be destroyed 1Daniel 2and 3his friends] with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then [4to Daniel 5in 7vision 6a night 1the 2mystery 3was uncovered], and [2blessed 3the 4God 5of heaven 1Daniel]. 20 And he said, May it be -- the name of God being blessed from the eon and unto the eon, for the wisdom and the might are his. 21 And he changes seasons and times; he ordains kings, and changes; giving wisdom to the wise, and intelligence to the ones knowing understanding. 22 He uncovers deep and concealed things, knowing the things in the darkness, and the light [2with 3him 1is]. 23 To you, O God of my fathers, I acknowledge and praise, for wisdom and power you gave to me, and made known to me what we petitioned from you; and the matter of the king you made known to me. 24 And Daniel came to Arioch, whom [3appointed 1the 2king] to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, The wise men of Babylon you should not destroy, but bring me before the king, and the interpretation to the king I will announce.

Daniel Interprets the Dream

25 Then Arioch in haste brought Daniel before the king, and said to him, I found a man from out of the sons of the captivity of Judea, one who [2the 3interpretation 4to the 5king 1will announce]. 26 And [3answered 1the 2king] and said to Daniel, of which the name was Belteshazzar, Are you able to announce to me the dream which I beheld, and the interpretation of it? 27 And Daniel answered before the king, and he said, The mystery which the king asks is not of wise men, magi, enchanters, astrologers, to announce to the king. 28 But there is a God in heaven uncovering mysteries, and he made known to king Nebuchadnezzar what must take place at the last of the days. The dream of yours, and the visions of your head upon your bed, is this, 29 You, O king, your thoughts upon your bed ascended to what must take place after these things. And the one uncovering mysteries made known to you what must take place. 30 And to me there is not a wisdom being in me more than all the living; [2this mystery 3was uncovered 1but] because of the interpretation [2to the 3king 1to be made known], that [2the 3thoughts 4of your heart 1you should know].

The Great Image of Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

31 You, O king, viewed. And behold, [3image 1one 2great]. [3image 1That 2great], and the aspect of it was overwhelming, standing before your face; and the vision of it was fearful. 32 An image of which the head was of [2gold 1pure], the hands and the breast and the arms of it silver, the belly and the thighs brass, 33 the legs iron, the feet part somewhat of iron, and part somewhat earthenware. 34 You viewed until [2was shredded 1a stone] from a mountain without hands, and it struck the image upon the feet of iron and earthenware; and it thinned them out unto completion. 35 Then they were thinned out at once -- the potsherd, the iron, the brass, the silver, the gold; and they became as a cloud of dust from the threshing-floor at harvest; and [5lifted them away 1the 2abundance 3of the 4wind], and no place was found for them; and the stone which struck the image became [2mountain 1a great], and it filled all the earth. 36 This is the dream; and the interpretation of it we will tell before the king. 37 You, O king, are king of kings, to whom the God of heaven [7kingdom 2a strong 3and 4fortified 5and 6honorable 1gave]. 38 In every place where [4dwell 1the 2sons 3of men], both wild beasts of the field and birds of heaven he gave into your hand, and he placed you lord of all. You are the head of gold. 39 And after you shall arise [2kingdom 1another] inferior of you, and [2kingdom 1a third] which is the brass, which shall dominate over all the earth. 40 And [2kingdom 1a fourth] which shall be strong as iron, in which manner iron makes fine and tames all things -- so it shall be made fine and be tamed. 41 And that which you beheld of the feet and of the toes, part somewhat earthenware, and part somewhat of iron, [2a kingdom 3divided 1will be]; and some from the root of iron will be in it, in which manner you beheld the iron being intermingled with the potsherd. 42 And the toes of the feet, part somewhat of iron and part somewhat earthenware, part [4somewhat 1of the 2kingdom 3will be] strong, and some from it will be broken. 43 For you beheld the iron being intermingled with the potsherd; [2mixed together 1so they will be] with the seed of men. But they will not be cleaving, this one with this other one, as the iron does not intermingle with the potsherd. 44 And in the days of those kings [4shall raise up 1the 2God 3of heaven] a kingdom, which [3into 4the 5eons 1shall not be 2corrupted]. And his kingdom [4people 3to another 1shall not 2be left], but it shall thin and winnow all the kingdoms, and this one shall rise up into the eons. 45 In which manner you beheld that from a mountain [2was trimmed 1a stone] without hands, and it thinned the potsherd, the iron, the brass, the silver, the gold; the great God made known to the king what must take place after these things. And [3is true 1the 2dream], and [4is trustworthy 1the 2interpretation 3of it].

The King Honors Daniel and His God

46 Then king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and did obeisance to Daniel, and [4of a gift offering 5and 6of a pleasant aroma offering 1said 2to offer a libation 3to him]. 47 And responding the king said to Daniel, In truth your God, he is God of gods, and lord of the kings, and uncovering mysteries, for you were able to uncover this mystery. 48 And [3magnified 1the 2king] Daniel, and [6gifts 3great 4and 5many 1he gave 2to him], and he established him over all the places of Babylon, and ruler of satraps, over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 And Daniel asked of the king, and he placed over the works of the region of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. And Daniel was in the courtyard of the king.
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