Daniel 2 ©
Nebuchadnezzar forgetting his dream requireth of the Chaldeans by threats and promises to make it known to him. They acknowledge their inability; all the wise men are sentenced to die. Daniel obtaineth some respite; the dream is revealed to him; he blesseth God: he stayeth the decree, and is brought to the king. The dream, and the interpretation. The honours paid to Daniel; his own and his friends' advancement.
And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
The 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 2cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would 4gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but jone decree for you: kfor ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the ltime be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I mshall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
¶The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to wHananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
xThat they would desire mercies 7of the God of heaven concerning this secret; 8that Daniel and his fellows yshould not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
And che changeth the times and the seasons: he dremoveth kings, and setteth up kings: ehe giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
hI thank thee, and praise thee, O thou iGod of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and jhast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
¶Therefore Daniel kwent in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; lDestroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, 9I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
But othere is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and 10maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be pin the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
As for thee, O king, thy thoughts 11came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and qhe that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
But as for me, rthis secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, 12but sfor their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became zlike the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that ano place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image bbecame a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
And 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 fhead of gold.
gAnd after thee shall arise hanother kingdom inferior to thee, and ianother third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly 16broken.
And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave 17one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
And in 18the days of these kings shall the God of heaven lset up a kingdom, mwhich shall never be destroyed: and the 19kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall nbreak in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
Forasmuch as thou sawest that othe stone was cut out of the mountain 20without 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 21hereafter: and the dream is pcertain, and the interpretation thereof sure.