1And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.2Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.3And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.4Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.5The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.6But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.7They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.8The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.9But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.10The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king' matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.11And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.12For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.13And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.14Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king' guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:15He answered and said to Arioch the king' captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.16Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.17Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:18That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.19Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.20Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:21And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:22He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.23I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king' matter.24Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.25Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.26The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?27Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men , the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;28But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;29As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.30But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.31Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.32This image' head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,33His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.34Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.35Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.36This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.37Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.38And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.39And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.40And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things : and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.41And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters'clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.42And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.43And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.44And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.45Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.46Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.47The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is , that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.48Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.49Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
English Standard Version
1In the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his spirit was troubled, and his sleep left him. (Ge 41:8; Es 6:1; Da 4:5; Da 5:9; Da 6:18)2Then the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. So they came in and stood before the king. (De 18:10; 2Ch 33:6; Isa 47:9; Isa 47:12; Da 1:4; Da 1:5; Da 1:20)3And the king said to them, “I had a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.” (Da 2:1)4Then the Chaldeans said to the king in Aramaic, “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.” (1Ki 1:31; Da 2:2; Da 3:9; Da 5:10; Da 6:6; Da 6:21)5The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “The word from me is firm: if you do not make known to me the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins. (2Ki 10:27; Ezr 6:11; Da 2:2; Da 3:29)6But if you show the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.” (Da 2:7; Da 2:9; Da 5:7; Da 5:16)7They answered a second time and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show its interpretation.”8The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm— (Eph 5:16; Col 4:5)9if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one sentence for you. You have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the times change. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.” (Es 4:11; Da 2:6; Da 2:7; Da 2:21; Da 7:25)10The 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 Chaldean. (Da 1:4)11The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.” (Da 5:11; Da 5:14)12Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed. (Da 2:24; Da 3:19; Da 4:6)13So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them. (Da 1:4)14Then Daniel replied with prudence and discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon. (Ge 37:36; Da 2:24)15He declared to Arioch, the king’s captain, “Why is the decree of the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the matter known to Daniel. (Da 3:22)16And 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 Dream
17Then Daniel went to his house and made the matter known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, (Da 1:6)18and told them to seek mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that Daniel and his companions might not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. (Da 2:12; Da 2:19; Da 2:24; Da 2:28; Da 2:37; Da 2:44; Mt 18:19; Re 11:13)19Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision of the night. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven. (Nu 12:6; Jos 22:33; Job 33:15; Da 2:18)20Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. (1Ch 29:10; Ps 72:18; Ps 113:2; Ps 115:18; Isa 28:29; Lu 1:68)21He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding; (Job 12:18; Ps 75:7; Da 1:17; Da 2:9; Da 4:17; Da 5:20; Da 7:25; Ro 13:1)22he reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. (Job 12:22; Ps 25:14; Ps 139:12; Am 4:13; Joh 1:4; 1Ti 6:16; Heb 4:13; Jas 1:17; 1Jo 1:5)23To you, O God of my fathers, I give thanks and praise, for you have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, for you have made known to us the king’s matter.” (De 26:7; 1Ch 12:17; 1Ch 29:18; Da 1:17; Da 2:18; Da 2:20; Da 6:10)24Therefore Daniel went in to 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.” (Da 2:14)25Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus to him: “I have found among the exiles from Judah a man who will make known to the king the interpretation.” (Ezr 4:1; Ezr 6:16; Ezr 6:19; Ezr 10:7; Ezr 10:16; Da 2:24; Da 3:24; Da 5:13)26The king declared to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?” (Da 1:7; Da 5:16)27Daniel answered the king and said, “No wise men, enchanters, magicians, or astrologers can show to the king the mystery that the king has asked, (Da 1:20; Da 4:7; Da 5:7)28but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream and the visions of your head as you lay in bed are these: (Da 2:22; Da 4:5; Da 7:15; Da 10:14; Ho 3:5)29To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be. (Da 2:45)30But 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 you may know the thoughts of your mind. (Ge 41:16; Ec 3:18; Ac 3:12)
Daniel Interprets the Dream
31“You saw, O king, and behold, a great image. This image, mighty and of exceeding brightness, stood before you, and its appearance was frightening.32The head of this image was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its middle and thighs of bronze, (Da 2:38; Da 2:39)33its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay. (Da 2:40)34As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. (Job 34:20; Isa 8:9; La 4:6; Da 2:35; Da 2:40; Da 2:44; Da 8:25; Mt 21:44; Lu 20:18; 2Co 5:1)35Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold, all together were broken in pieces, and became like the chaff of the summer threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth. (Ps 1:4; Ps 80:9; Isa 2:2; Re 20:11)36“This was the dream. Now we will tell the king its interpretation.37You, O king, the king of kings, to whom the God of heaven has given the kingdom, the power, and the might, and the glory, (Ezr 1:2; Ezr 7:12; Eze 26:7; Da 2:19; Da 2:21; Da 5:18)38and into whose hand he has given, wherever they dwell, the children of man, the beasts of the field, and the birds of the heavens, making you rule over them all—you are the head of gold. (Jer 27:6; Da 2:32; Da 4:21)39Another kingdom inferior to you shall arise after you, and yet a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. (Da 2:32; Da 2:38; Da 5:28; Da 5:31; Da 7:6)40And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. (Da 2:34; Da 7:7; Da 7:23)41And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. (Da 2:33; Da 2:40)42And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle.43As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.44And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall the kingdom be left to another people. It shall break in pieces all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever, (Isa 60:12; Da 2:19; Da 2:34; Da 4:3; Da 4:34; Da 6:26; Da 7:14; Da 7:27; Mic 4:7; Mt 3:2; Lu 1:33; Joh 18:36)45just as you saw that a stone was cut from a mountain by no human hand, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold. A great God has made known to the king what shall be after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation sure.” (Isa 28:16; Da 2:28; Da 2:34; Da 2:44)
Daniel Is Promoted
46Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him. (2Sa 14:22; Ezr 6:10; Mt 8:2; Ac 10:25; Ac 14:13)47The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.” (De 10:17; Da 2:22; 1Ti 6:15; Re 17:14; Re 19:16)48Then the king gave Daniel high honors and many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon and chief prefect over all the wise men of Babylon. (Es 1:1; Da 2:6; Da 3:1; Da 3:12; Da 3:30; Da 4:9; Da 5:11)49Daniel made a request of the king, and he appointed Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego over the affairs of the province of Babylon. But Daniel remained at the king’s court. (Es 2:19; Da 1:7; Da 2:48; Da 3:12)