the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.
2I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought
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 mine house, and flourishing in my palace:
5I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions
of my head troubled me.
6Therefore made I
a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.
7Then came in the magicians, the astrologers,
the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation
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 before him
I told the dream, saying,
master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me
the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.
10Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth,
and the height thereof was great.
grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:
12The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat
for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh
was fed of it.
13I saw in the visions of my
head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;
14He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves,
and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:
15Nevertheless leave the stump of his 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 heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts
in the grass of the earth:
16Let his heart
be changed from man's, and let a beast's heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.
17This matter 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 ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever
he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.
dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the
wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy
gods is in thee.
19Then Daniel, whose name
was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not
the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that
hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.
tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the
21Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit
thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of
the heaven had their habitation:
22It is thou,
O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end
of the earth.
23And whereas the king saw a
watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the
roots thereof 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 heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;
24This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High,
which is come upon my lord the king:
they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass
as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most
High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.
26And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee,
after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy
to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.
this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.
the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
30The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom
by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?
the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The
kingdom is departed from thee.
shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen,
and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever
33The same hour was the thing fulfilled
upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till
his hairs were grown like eagles' feathers, and his nails like birds' claws.
34And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding
returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting
dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among
the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?
36At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom,
mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom,
and excellent majesty was added unto me.
I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those
that walk in pride he is able to abase.