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5 The king replied to the Chaldeans, “1The command from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you will be 2atorn 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 agifts 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 atell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation.”
9 that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is only aone 1decree for you. For you have agreed together to speak lying and corrupt 2words before me until the 3situation is changed; therefore tell me the dream, that I may bknow that you can declare to me its interpretation.”
10 The Chaldeans answered 1the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who could declare the matter 2for the king, inasmuch as no great king or ruler has ever asked anything like this of any 3amagician, conjurer or Chaldean.
12 Because of this the king became aindignant and very furious and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
16 So Daniel went in and requested of the king that he would 1give him time, in order that he might declare the interpretation to the king.
17 Then Daniel went to his house and informed his friends, aHananiah, Mishael and Azariah, about the matter,
19 Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night avision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven;
“Let the name of God be ablessed forever and ever,
For bwisdom and power belong to Him.
21 “It is He who achanges the times and the epochs;
He gives cwisdom to wise men
And knowledge to 2men of understanding.
22 “It is He who areveals the profound and hidden things;
bHe knows what is in the darkness,
And the clight dwells with Him.
23 “To You, O aGod of my fathers, I give thanks and praise,
For You have given me bwisdom and power;
Even now You have made known to me what we crequested 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: “aDo not destroy the wise men of Babylon! Take me 1into the king’s presence, and I will declare the interpretation to the king.”
26 The king said to Daniel, whose name was aBelteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen and its interpretation?”
28 “However, there is a aGod in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will take place in the 1blatter days. This was your dream and the cvisions 2in your mind while on your bed.
30 “But as for me, this mystery has not been revealed to me for any awisdom 1residing 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 2understand the bthoughts of your 3mind.
32 “The ahead of that statue was made of fine gold, its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze,
35 “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were crushed 1all at the same time and became alike chaff from the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away so that bnot a trace of them was found. But the stone that struck the statue became a great cmountain and filled the whole earth.
36 “This was the dream; now we will tell aits interpretation before the king.
38 and wherever the sons of men dwell, or the abeasts 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.
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 afourth 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 1common clay.
44 “In the days of those kings the aGod of heaven will bset up a ckingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be 1left for another people; it will dcrush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.
45 “Inasmuch as you saw that a astone was cut out of the mountain without hands and that it crushed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold, the bgreat God has made known to the king what cwill take place 1in the future; so the dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”
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