Daniel 2

The King’s Forgotten Dream

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 him
left him.
Then the king
Lit said to call
gave orders to call in the
Or soothsayer priests
g magicians, the conjurers, the sorcerers and the
Or master astrologers, and so throughout the ch
Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king.
The king said to them, “I
Lit dreamed
j had a dream and my spirit
Lit was troubled
is anxious to
Lit know
understand the dream.”

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.”
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.
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.” They answered a second time and said, “Let the king u tell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation.” The king replied, “I know for certain that you are
Lit buying
bargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that
V 5, note 1
the command from me is firm,
that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is only x one
Or law
decree for you. For you have agreed together to speak lying and corrupt
Lit word
words before me until the
Lit time
situation 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 the
the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter
Lit of
for 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 rare
difficult, and there is no one else who could declare it
Lit before
to 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
Or law
decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they looked for am Daniel and his friends to
Lit be killed
kill them.

14 Then Daniel replied with discretion and discernment to ao Arioch, the captain of the king’s
Or executioners
bodyguard, 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
Or law
decree from the king so
Or harsh
urgent?” 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 him
give 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 Daniel

19 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 up
establishes kings;
He gives bc wisdom to wise men
And knowledge to
Lit knowers
men 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 king
into the king’s presence, and I will declare the interpretation to the king.”

25 Then Arioch hurriedly bm brought Daniel
Lit in before the king
into 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 priests
magicians 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 head
in your mind while on your bed.
29 As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts
Lit came up
turned to what would take place
Lit after this
in 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 is
residing 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 know
understand the ce thoughts of your
Lit heart

The King’s Dream

31 You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and
Lit its splendor was surpassing
of 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 were
continued 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 one
all 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 Kingdom

36 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 sovereignty
kingdom, 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 Greece

39 After you there will arise another kingdom inferior to you, then another third kingdom of bronze, which will rule over all the earth.


40 “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 mud
common 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 mud
common clay, they will combine with one another
Or with
in the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, even as iron does not combine with pottery.

The Divine Kingdom

44 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 to
left 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 this
in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

Daniel Promoted

46 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 prefects
prefect 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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