The King’s Forgotten Dream1 Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar ▼
▼ Lit dreamed dreams, b had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his c sleep ▼
▼ Lit was gone upon himleft him. 2 Then the king ▼
▼ Lit said to callgave orders to call in the ▼
▼ Or soothsayer priests, g magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the ▼
▼ Or master astrologers, and so throughout the chChaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. 3 The king said to them, “I ▼
▼ Lit dreamed, j had a dream and my spirit ▼
▼ Lit was troubledis anxious to ▼
▼ Lit knowunderstand the dream.” 4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in ▼
▼ The text is in Aramaic from here through 7:28, n Aramaic: o “O king, live forever! p Tell the dream to your servants, and we will declare the interpretation.” 5 The king replied to the Chaldeans ▼
▼ Another reading is The word has gone from me“The command from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be ▼
▼ Lit made into limbs, s torn limb from limb and your houses will be made a rubbish heap. 6 “But if you declare the dream and its interpretation, you will receive from me t gifts and a reward and great honor; therefore declare to me the dream and its interpretation.” 7 They answered a second time and said, “Let the king u tell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation.” 8 The king replied, “I know for certain that you are ▼
▼ Lit buyingbargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that ▼
▼ V 5, note 1the command from me is firm, 9 that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is only x one ▼ decree for you. For you have agreed together to speak lying and corrupt ▼
▼ Lit wordwords before me until the ▼
▼ Lit timesituation is changed; therefore tell me the dream, that I may ab know that you can declare to me its interpretation.” 10 The Chaldeans answered ▼
▼ Lit before thethe king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter ▼
▼ Lit offor the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any ▼
▼ Or soothsayer priest, af magician, conjurer or Chaldean. 11 “Moreover, the thing which the king demands is ▼
▼ Or raredifficult, and there is no one else who could declare it ▼
▼ Lit beforeto the king except ai gods, whose aj dwelling place is not with mortal flesh.” 12 Because of this the king became ak indignant and very furious and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the ▼ decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they looked for am Daniel and his friends to ▼
▼ Lit be killedkill them. 14 Then Daniel replied with discretion and discernment to ao Arioch, the captain of the king’s ▼
▼ Or executionersbodyguard, who had gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon; 15 he said to Arioch, the king’s commander, “For what reason is the ▼ decree from the king so ▼
▼ Or harshurgent?” Then Arioch informed Daniel about the matter. 16 So Daniel went in and requested of the king that he would ▼
▼ Or appoint a time for himgive him time, in order that he might declare the interpretation to the king. 17 Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends at Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter, 18 so that they might au request compassion from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his friends would not be av destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
The Secret Is Revealed to Daniel19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night aw vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven; 20 Daniel said, “Let the name of God be ax blessed forever and ever,
For ay wisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who az changes the times and the epochs;
He ba removes kings and ▼
▼ Or sets upestablishes kings;
He gives bc wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to ▼
▼ Lit knowersmen of understanding.
22 “It is He who be reveals the profound and hidden things;
bf He knows what is in the darkness,
And the bg light dwells with Him.
23 “To You, O bh God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,
For You have given me bi wisdom and power;
Even now You have made known to me what we bj requested of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s matter.”
24 Therefore, Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon; he went and spoke to him as follows: bk “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon! Take me ▼
▼ Lit in before the kinginto the king’s presence, and I will declare the interpretation to the king.” 25 Then Arioch hurriedly bm brought Daniel ▼
▼ Lit in before the kinginto the king’s presence and spoke to him as follows: “I have found a man among the ▼
▼ Lit sons of the exile of, bp exiles from Judah who can make the interpretation known to the king!” 26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was bq Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?” 27 Daniel answered before the king and said, “As for the mystery about which the king has inquired, neither br wise men, conjurers ▼
▼ Or soothsayer priestsmagicians nor diviners are able to declare it to the king. 28 “However, there is a bt God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the ▼
▼ Lit end of the days, bv latter days. This was your dream and the bw visions ▼
▼ Lit of your headin your mind while on your bed. 29 “As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts ▼
▼ Lit came upturned to what would take place ▼
▼ Lit after thisin the future; and ca He who reveals mysteries has made known to you what will take place. 30 “But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any cb wisdom ▼
▼ Lit which isresiding in me more than in any other living man, but for the purpose of making the interpretation known to the king, and that you may ▼
▼ Lit knowunderstand the ce thoughts of your ▼
▼ Lit heartmind.
The King’s Dream31 “You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and ▼
▼ Lit its splendor was surpassingof extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was ch awesome. 32 “The ci head of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 “You ▼
▼ Lit werecontinued looking until a ck stone was cut out cl without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and cm crushed them. 35 “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed ▼
▼ Lit like oneall at the same time and became co like chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that cp not a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great cq mountain and filled the whole earth.
The Interpretation— Babylon the First Kingdom36 “This was the dream; now we will tell cr its interpretation before the king. 37 “You, O king, are the cs king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the ▼
▼ Or sovereigntykingdom, the cu power, the strength and the glory; 38 and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the cv beasts of the field, or the birds of the sky, He has given them into your hand and has caused you to rule over them all. You are the head of gold.
Medo-Persia and Greece39 “After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.
Rome40 “Then there will be a cw fourth kingdom as strong as iron; inasmuch as iron crushes and shatters all things, so, like iron that breaks in pieces, it will crush and break all these in pieces. 41 “In that you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it will be a divided kingdom; but it will have in it the toughness of iron, inasmuch as you saw the iron mixed with ▼
▼ Lit clay of mudcommon clay. 42 “As the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of pottery, so some of the kingdom will be strong and part of it will be brittle. 43 “And in that you saw the iron mixed with ▼
▼ Lit clay of mudcommon clay, they will combine with one another ▼
▼ Or within the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.
The Divine Kingdom44 “In the days of those kings the da God of heaven will db set up a dc kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be ▼
▼ Or passed on toleft for another people; it will de crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever. 45 “Inasmuch as you saw that a df stone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the dg great God has made known to the king what dh will take place ▼
▼ Lit after thisin the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
Daniel Promoted46 Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did dj homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and ▼
▼ Lit sweet odors, dl fragrant incense. 47 The king answered Daniel and said, “Surely dm your God is a dn God of gods and a Lord of kings and a do revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” 48 Then the king ▼
▼ Lit made great, dq promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts, and he made him ruler over the whole dr province of Babylon and chief ▼
▼ Lit of the prefectsprefect over all the wise men of Babylon. 49 And Daniel made request of the king, and he dt appointed du Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego over the administration of the province of Babylon, while Daniel was at the king’s ▼
▼ Lit gate, dw court.
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