Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream1 In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; a his spirit was troubled, and b his sleep left him. 2 Then the king commanded that c the magicians, d the enchanters, the e sorcerers, and f the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and g stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and h my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” 4 Then i the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, ▼
▼ The text from this point to the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaick “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” 5 The king answered and said to l the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be m torn limb from limb, n and your o houses shall be laid in ruins. 6 But if you show the dream and its interpretation, p you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. q Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.” 8 The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to r gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm— 9 if you do not make the dream known to me, s there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till t the times change. u Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” 10 v The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or w Chaldean. 11 The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except x the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” 12 Because of this the king was angry and y very furious, and z commanded that all aa the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. 13 So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought ab Daniel and his companions, to kill them. 14 Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to ac Arioch, the ad captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. 15 He declared ▼
▼ Aramaic answered and said; also verse 26to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king af so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. 16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.
God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream17 Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to ag Hananiah ah Mishael, and ai Azariah, his companions, 18 aj and told them to seek mercy from the ak God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not al be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in am a vision of the night. Then Daniel an blessed the ao God of heaven. 20 Daniel answered and said: ap “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
aq to whom belong wisdom and might.
21 ar He changes times and seasons;
as he removes kings and sets up kings;
at he gives wisdom to the wise
au and knowledge to those who have understanding;
22 av he reveals deep and hidden things;
aw he knows what is in the darkness,
ax and the light dwells with him.
23 To you, O ay God of my fathers,
az I give thanks and praise,
for ba you have given me wisdom and might,
and have now made known to me what bb we asked of you,
for you have made known to us the king’s matter.”
24 Therefore Daniel went in to bc Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; bring me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation.” 25 Then bd Arioch brought in Daniel before the king be in haste and said thus to him: “I have found bf among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” 26 The king declared to Daniel, bg whose name was Belteshazzar, bh “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men bi enchanters bj magicians, or bk astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, 28 but bl there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar bm what will be in the latter days. Your dream and bn the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: 29 To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, bo and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. 30 But bp as for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because of any wisdom that I have more than all the living, but in order that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that bq you may know the thoughts of your mind.
Daniel Interprets the Dream31 “You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening. 32 br The head of this image was of fine gold bs its chest and arms of silver, its middle and bt thighs of bronze, 33 bu its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 As you looked, a stone was cut out bv by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and bw broke them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became bx like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that by not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became bz a great mountain ca and filled the whole earth. 36 “This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation. 37 You, O king cb the king of kings, to whom cc the God of heaven cd has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, 38 and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, ce the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are cf the head of gold. 39 cg Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom ch of bronze ci which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And cj there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron ck breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall cl break and crush all these. 41 And as you saw cm the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the cn firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. 43 As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, ▼
▼ Aramaic by the seed of menbut they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of those kings cp the God of heaven will set up cq a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. cr It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and cs it shall stand forever, 45 just as ct you saw that cu a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that cv it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A cw great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.”
Daniel Is Promoted46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar cx fell upon his face and cy paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that cz an offering and da incense be offered up to him. 47 The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your db God is God of gods and dc Lord of kings, and dd a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great de gifts, and made him ruler over the whole df province of Babylon and dg chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 Daniel made a request of the king, and he dh appointed di Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of dj the province of Babylon. But Daniel dk remained at the king’s court.
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