1Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all the peoples, nations, and
languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders that the Most High God
has worked toward me.
3How great are his signs! and how mighty are his
wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from
generation to generation.
4I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at rest in my house,
and flourishing in my palace.
5I saw a dream which made me afraid; and
the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they
might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
7Then came in the
magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers; and I told the
dream before them; but they did not make known to me the interpretation of
8But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was
Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of
the holy gods: and I told the dream before him, saying,
9Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of
the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of
my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation of it.
10Thus were the
visions of my head on my bed: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the
earth; and the height of it was great.
11The tree grew, and was strong,
and the height of it reached to the sky, and the sight of it to the end of
all the earth.
12The leaves of it were beautiful, and the fruit of it
much, and in it was food for all: the animals of the field had shadow under
it, and the birds of the sky lived in the branches of it, and all flesh was
fed from it.
13I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and behold, a
watcher and a holy one came down from the sky.
14He cried aloud, and said
thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and
scatter its fruit: let the animals get away from under it, and the fowls from
15Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth,
even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let
it be wet with the dew of the sky: and let his portion be with the animals in
the grass of the earth:
16let his heart be changed from man’s, and let an
animal’s heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him.
sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the
holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in
the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever he will, and sets up over it the
lowest of men.
18This dream I, king Nebuchadnezzar, have seen; and you,
Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation, because all the wise men of my
kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are
able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.
19Then Daniel, whose
name was Belteshazzar, was stricken mute for a while, and his thoughts
troubled him. The king answered, Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream, or the
interpretation, trouble you. Belteshazzar answered, My lord, the dream be to
those who hate you, and the interpretation of it to your adversaries.
20The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached
to the sky, and the sight of it to all the earth;
21whose leaves were
beautiful, and the fruit of it much, and in it was food for all; under which
the animals of the field lived, and on whose branches the birds of the sky
had their habitation:
22it is you, O king, that are grown and become
strong; for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the sky, and your
dominion to the end of the earth.
23Whereas the king saw a watcher and a
holy one coming down from the sky, and saying, Hew down the tree, and destroy
it; nevertheless leave the stump of the roots of it in the earth, even with a
band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field, and let it be wet
with the dew of the sky: and let his portion be with the animals of the
field, until seven times pass over him;
24this is the interpretation, O
king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which is come on my lord the
25that you shall be driven from men, and your dwelling shall be
with the animals of the field, and you shall be made to eat grass as oxen,
and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over
you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives
it to whoever he will.
26Whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the
roots of the tree; your kingdom shall be sure to you, after that you shall
have known that the heavens do rule.
27Therefore, O king, let my counsel
be acceptable to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your
iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if there may be a lengthening of
28All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzar.
the end of twelve months he was walking in the royal palace of Babylon.
30The king spoke and said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built
for the royal dwelling place, by the might of my power and for the glory of
31While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice
from the sky, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The
kingdom is departed from you:
32and you shall be driven from men; and
they dwelling shall be with the animals of the field; you shall be made to
eat grass as oxen; and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that
the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever he will.
33The same hour was the thing fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzar: and he was
driven from men, and ate grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of
the sky, until his hair was grown like eagles’ feathers, and his
nails like birds’ claws.
34At the end of the days I,
Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to
me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored him who lives
forever; for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom from
generation to generation.
35All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed
as nothing; and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and
among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or tell him,
What do you?
36At the same time my understanding returned to me; and for
the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned to me; and my
counselors and my lords sought to me; and I was established in my kingdom,
and excellent greatness was added to me.
37Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise
and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all his works are truth, and his
ways justice; and those who walk in pride he is able to abase.