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2 “It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the aMost High God has done for me.
3 “How great are His asigns
And how mighty are His wonders!
His bkingdom is an everlasting kingdom
And His dominion is from generation to generation.
6 “So I gave orders to abring into my presence all the wise men of Babylon, that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
9 ‘O Belteshazzar, achief of the magicians, since I know that ba spirit of the holy gods is in you and cno mystery baffles you, dtell me the visions of my dream which I have seen, along with its interpretation.
And its height areached to the sky,
And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
12 ‘Its foliage was abeautiful and its fruit abundant,
And in it was food for all.
And the dbirds of the sky dwelt in its branches,
And all 1living creatures fed themselves from it.
“aChop down the tree and cut off its branches,
Strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit;
Let the bbeasts flee from under it
And the birds from its branches.
But with a band of iron and bronze around it
In the new grass of the field;
And let him be drenched with the dew of heaven,
And let 2him share with the beasts in the grass of the earth.
16 “Let his 1mind be changed from that of a man
And let a beast’s 1mind be given to him,
And the decision is a command of the holy ones,
In order that the living may aknow
That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind,
And bbestows it on whom He wishes
And sets over it the clowliest of men.”
18 ‘This is the dream which I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me its interpretation, inasmuch as none of the awise men of my kingdom is able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for a bspirit of the holy gods is in you.’
19 “Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his athoughts alarmed him. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not blet the dream or its interpretation alarm you.’ Belteshazzar replied, ‘cMy lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to dyour adversaries!
20 ‘The atree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth
23 ‘In that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, “aChop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump 1with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the new grass of the field, and let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let 2him share with the beasts of the field until bseven 3periods of time pass over him,”
24 this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has acome upon my lord the king:
25 that you be adriven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven 1periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the bMost High is ruler over the realm of mankind and cbestows it on whomever He wishes.
27 ‘Therefore, O king, may my aadvice be pleasing to you: 1bbreak away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by cshowing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a dprolonging of your prosperity.’
28 “All this ahappened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.
29 “aTwelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.
32 and ayou will be driven away from mankind, and your dwelling place will be with the beasts of the field. You will be given grass to eat like cattle, and bseven 1periods of time will pass over you until you recognize that the cMost High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.’
33 “Immediately the word concerning Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled; and he was adriven away from mankind and began eating grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws.
For His dominion is an ceverlasting dominion,
And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
35 “aAll the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
But bHe does according to His will in the host of heaven
And among the inhabitants of earth;
Or say to Him, ‘dWhat have You done?’
36 “At that time my 1areason returned to me. And my majesty and bsplendor were 2restored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my 3sovereignty, and surpassing cgreatness was added to me.
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