Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and men of every language that live in all the earth: "May your apeace abound!
"It has seemed good to me to declare the signs and wonders which the aMost High God has done for me.
"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.
"I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and aflourishing in my palace.
"I saw a adream and it made me fearful; and these fantasies as I lay on my bed and the bvisions in my mind kept alarming me.
"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.
"Then the amagicians, the conjurers, the Chaldeans and the diviners came in and I related the dream to them, but they could not make its binterpretation known to me.
"But finally Daniel came in before me, whose name is aBelteshazzar according to the name of my god, and in whom is ba spirit of the holy gods; and I related the dream to him, saying,
'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.
'Now these were the avisions in my mind as I lay on my bed: I was looking, and behold, there was a btree in the midst of the earth and its height was great.
'The tree grew large and became strong And its height areached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.
'Its foliage was abeautiful and its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The bbeasts of the field found cshade under it, And the dbirds of the sky dwelt in its branches, And all living creatures fed themselves from it.
'I was looking in the avisions in my mind as I lay on my bed, and behold, ban angelic watcher, a choly one, descended from heaven.
'He shouted out and spoke as follows: "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.
"Yet aleave the stump with 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 him share with the beasts in the grass of the earth.
"Let his mind be changed from that of a man And let a beast's mind be given to him, And let aseven periods of time pass over him.
"This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers 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."
'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.'
"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!
'The atree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth
and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged--
it is ayou, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your majesty has become great and reached to the sky and your bdominion to the end of the earth.
'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 with 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 him share with the beasts of the field until bseven periods of time pass over him,"
this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has acome upon my lord the king:
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 periods 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.
'And in that it was commanded to aleave the stump with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be assured to you after you recognize that it is bHeaven that rules.
'Therefore, O king, may my aadvice be pleasing to you: bbreak 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.'
"All this ahappened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.
"aTwelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.
"The king reflected and said, 'Is this not Babylon the agreat, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?'
"While the word was in the king's mouth, a voice came from heaven, saying, 'King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is declared: sovereignty has been removed from you,
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 periods 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.'
"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.
"But at the end of that period, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the aMost High and praised and honored bHim who lives forever; For His dominion is an ceverlasting dominion, And His kingdom endures from generation to generation.
"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; And cno one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, 'dWhat have You done?'
"At that time my areason returned to me. And my majesty and bsplendor were restored to me for the glory of my kingdom, and my counselors and my nobles began seeking me out; so I was reestablished in my sovereignty, and surpassing cgreatness was added to me.
"Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of aheaven, for ball His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who cwalk in pride."