Daniel 4:1-18

Nebuchadnezzar Praises God

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Ch 3:31 in Aramaic
King Nebuchadnezzar to all b  peoples, nations, and languages c  that dwell in all the earth: d  Peace be multiplied to you!
2It has seemed good to me to show the e  signs and wonders that the f  Most High God has done for me.

3 How great are g  his signs,
how mighty his h  wonders!
i  His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
j  and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream

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Ch 4:1 in Aramaic
I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace.
5I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and l  the visions of my head alarmed me. 6So m  I made a decree that n  all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream. 7Then o  the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, but p  they could not make known to me its interpretation. 8At last Daniel came in before me—he who was named q  Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is r  the spirit of the holy gods
Or  Spirit of the holy God; also verses 9, 18
—and I told him the dream, saying,
9“O Belteshazzar t  chief of the magicians, because I know that u  the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no v  mystery is too difficult for you, tell me w  the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. 10 x  The visions of my head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and y  behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great. 11 z  The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth. 12 aa  Its leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in it was food for all. ab  The beasts of the field found shade under it, and ac  the birds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.

13“I saw in ad  the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold ae  a watcher af  a holy one, came down from heaven. 14He ag  proclaimed aloud and said thus: ah  Chop down the tree and ai  lop off its branches, aj  strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. ak  Let the beasts flee from under it and the birds from its branches. 15But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band of iron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven. Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. 16Let his mind be changed from a man’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; al  and let seven periods of time am  pass over him. 17The sentence is by the decree of an  the watchers, the decision by the word of ao  the holy ones, to the end that the living may know that the Most High ap  rules the kingdom of men aq  and gives it to whom he will and ar  sets over it the lowliest of men.’ 18This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. And you, O as  Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because at  all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for au  the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

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