|1. In the second year of his reign,
Nebuchadnasser had a dream,* which razed* his spirit and left him
2. And the king ordered that the magicians, the seers,
the magi and the Chaldeans be summoned to reveal to the king his dream, so
they came and stood before the king.
3. And the king said to them, "I saw a dream and my spirit is forlorn to understand the dream."
4. And the Chaldeans spoke before the king in Aramaic.** and said, "Long live the king!* Tell your servants the dream and we will reveal its meaning."*
5. The king replied and said to the Chaldeans, "I tell you truthfully,* if you do not reveal to me the dream and its meaning, you shall be immediately* put to death and your houses plundered.
6. "However, if you reveal to me the dream and its meaning, you shall receive great gifts, riches and honor from me; just reveal to me the dream and its meaning."
7. They replied again and said, "O, king, just tell us, your servants, the dream and we shall reveal its meaning."
8. The king replied and said, "I know truly that you are asking for time, because you can see that my words are true.
9. "That if you cannot reveal the dream to me, it constitutes the same thing; you will come up with some lies and empty words that you will conjure* up before me until the time [itself reveals the outcome of my dream.] But, now, tell me the dream, so I will know that you can also interpret it."*
10. The Chaldeans replied and said before the king, "There is neither a human on earth who can reveal the king's dream,* nor has there ever been any great ruler who has ever asked such a question* of any magician, seer or Chaldean.
11. "What the king demands is difficult,* there is no human that can reveal it before the king, except for the gods that do not dwell with those in the flesh."*
12. The king was then enraged and with great anger, he said, "Get rid of all the wise men of Babylon."
13. And the order went out to kill the wise men; they wanted to kill Daniel and his friends also.
14. Then Daniel took counsel and became informed and said to Arioch, chief of the king's army, who went out to kill the wise men of Babylon,
15. "Why did the king issue this command?"* And Arioch revealed the manifestation to Daniel.
16. And Daniel asked the king to give him an appointment* and he would reveal the meaning of the dream to the king.*
17. Then Daniel went to his home and explained everything* to his friends, Hananiah, Mishach and Azariah.
18. And they prayed for mercy before the God of Heaven regarding the king's command,* so as they may not kill* Daniel and his friends with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19. Then in a nightly vision, the dream and its meaning,* were revealed, and Daniel blessed the God of Heaven.
20. Daniel responded and said, "May the name of the Lord be blessed, from the beginning of the universe to the end of the universe,* for wisdom and greatness* belong to him.
21. "And he changes the seasons and the times, he allows kings to pass on and raises other kings in their places,* he gives wisdom to the wise and makes known to the knowledgeable their knowledge.*
22. "And he reveals the deep and the hidden, and he knows what is in the dark, for the light is within him.
23. "To you, the God of my ancestors, I confess and glorify, as you have given me the wisdom and the greatness, and now you have made known to us what we begged of you, and you have made known to me what the king demands."*
24. And in that very hour, Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had ordered to kill the wise men of Babylon. He went and said, "Do not kill* the wise men of Babylon, except let me enter before the king and I will reveal to the king his vision."*
25. Then Arioch rushed Daniel before the king, and said to him, "I found a man from the offspring of Judah who can tell the king the dream's meaning."*
26. The king replied and said to Daniel, whom he had named Belteshazar, "Can you reveal* to me the dream that I saw and its meaning?"
27. Daniel replied and said before the king, "The revelation* that the king asks for, no wise men, magi, magicians, nor seers, can reveal to the king.
28. "Except it is the God of Heaven that can reveal the dream,* and make known to Nebuchadnasser, the king, what will transpire in the Final Days, your dream and your waking vision, in your night chamber is this:
29. "You, the king, your own thoughts rose in your heart, regarding what shall transpire in the End, and the Revealer of Mysteries* made known to you what will happen.
30. "And I, it was not that there was more wisdom in me than all of them, that I should make its meaning known to the king and so that what you feel you should know in your heart.
31. "You, the king, were gazing and, behold, a great figure, very impressive, stood before you in a frightening vision.
32. "Its head [was made] of fine gold; its neck, upper chest and arms [were made] of silver; its stomach and thighs [were made] of bronze.
33. "His legs [were made] of iron; his feet, some of them [were made] of iron, some of them of fired clay.
34. "And you saw a loose* stone not [made] by hands, and it struck the figure on its iron and clay toes and it pulverized them.
35. "And all the iron, bronze, clay, silver and gold were pulverized entirely and became like the chaff that is scattered in the summer, carried off by a persistent wind* and nothing of it remains, but the stone that struck the figure became a mountain and all the earth became full of it.*
36. "This was the dream and I shall explain its meaning to the king.
37. "You, the king, are the king of kings, God in the Highest gave you a powerful* kingdom and honor.
38. "And he put in your hands every country where people* live, the birds of the sky and the creatures of the wilderness, and he gave you authority over all of them -- that is the head of gold.
39. "And after you there will rise a kingdom that is weaker* than yours, and the kingdom after that, that is the third -- which is [made] of bronze -- it will rule over the whole earth.*
40. "And the fourth kingdom will be sharp* as iron, and as iron strikes* and smashes everything, it will overrun and encompass all.
41. "And the feet and toes that you saw, some [made] of fired clay and some [made] of iron -- the kingdoms will be divided, and [the division] will be from the iron -- as you saw the iron mixed with the fired clay.
42. "Therefore, the toes,* some of which were of iron and some of which of clay, means that some of the kingdoms will be mighty and some will be broken.
43. "And the iron that you saw mixed with the fired mud, that is how they shall mix, the offspring of man, and they will not hold on to each other, like iron that does not mix with mud.
44. "And in the Days* of these kings, the God of Heaven shall raise an Eternal Kingdom,* [a kingdom] that will never be relinquished,* and no other nation's kingdom shall be spared, except she shall smash and put to the sword all these kingdoms and she shall stand forever.*
45. "Whence you saw the stone that was hewn from the mountain, a stone not made by hands, that smashed the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the stone -- the Great God declared to you what shall transpire in the Final Days -- true is the dream and faithful is its meaning."*
46. Then King Nebuchadnasser fell on his face* and worshipped Daniel and ordered that incense* and sacrifices be offered to him.
47. The king replied and said to Daniel, "Undoubtedly your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and the Revealer of Mysteries,* who enabled you to reveal this matter."*
48. Then the king gave Daniel a high position and many gifts and he gave him authority over all the land of Babylon and made him the head of all the generals and the wise men of Babylon.*
49. And Daniel asked the king to place Shadrach, Mishach and Abednego in charge of all the servants of the City of Babylon; and Daniel became the king's Chief of Staff.*
*2:1.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "In the second year of his kingdom, of Nebuchadnasser, there dreamed Nebuchadnasser a dream."
*2:1.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Transposed."
*2:1.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "State of sleepiness came over him."
*2:4.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Aramaicly."
*2:4.2 Note: If Daniel was recorded in Aramaic, and most, if not all, Western theologians agree on this, why does the passage say that the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic? The answer to this question is this: the Chaldeans spoke to the king in their own dialect and not in Ashurit, the dialect of Nineveh. The Book of Daniel, like all the Scriptures were originated in Ashurit, which today is designated as "Ancient Aramaic."
*2:4.3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "King, to the end of the universe may he live." Or, "King, forever, [may he] live."
*2:4.4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And its melting down we will show."
*2:5.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The manifestation of which I speak is true."
*2:5.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Right now, right now."
*2:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Opine and say."
*2:9.2 Note: As I indicated in FN 2:4.3, according to popular belief, the Book of Daniel was originated in Aramaic -- if that is the case, then why didn't the Western translators allow the Syriac translators to do the translating? Instead you will find that the 19th Century Syriac [modern Aramaic] version of the Bible follows the Western translations of this passage, as well as the rest of the Book of Daniel.
*2:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
*2:10.2 Lit Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
*2:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the manifestation that the king asks is heavy."
*2:11.2 In other words: "Demonic spirits."
*2:15 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Over what this command goes out against from before the king?"
*2:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
*2:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And its meltdown to the king he would show."
*2:17 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Revealed the manifestation."
*2:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermon."
*2:19 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermon."
*2:20.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "forever and ever."
*2:20.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Giantness."
*2:21.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Passes kings and raises kings."
*2:21.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Education."
*2:23 Lit. Ar. id.: "Manifestation."
*2:24.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Oblivionate."
*2:24.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the meltdown to the king I will show."
*2:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Make known its meltdown."
*2:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "Show me."
*2:27 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermon."
*2:28 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermon."
*2:29 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermons."
*2:34.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Circumcised."
*2:34.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Smashed them well."
*2:35.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Recurring spirit."
*2:35.2 Note: The prophesy regarding Jesus who was the stone that smashed the kingdoms of the world, and the faith in His Name became like a mountain that spread throughout the world.
*2:37 Lit. Ar. id.: "Conquering."
*2:38 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Children of Man."
*2:39.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Softer," or "gentler."
*2:39.2 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "become a world empire."
*2:40.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Cutting."
*2:40.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "... on the head."
*2:42 Lit. Ar. id.: "Fingers of the foot."
*2:44.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Their Days."
*2:44.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "To [the end of] the universes."
*2:44.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Ruined."
*2:44.4 Lit. Ar. id.: "To [the end of] the universes."
*2:45 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "The dream is genuine and its outcome assured."
*2:46.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Faces."
*2:46.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Incenses."
*2:47.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermons."
*2:47.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sermons."
*2:48 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Then the king lordified Daniel, and presents aplenty he gave him, and authorized him over the whole land of Bawil and raised him as head over all the lords of powers and all the wise men of Bawil."
*2:49 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "He was by the door of the king," or "by the entrance of the king."
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