Then Nebuchadnezzar approached the door of the furnace of blazing fire. He called out, 1 “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, servants of the most high God, come out! Come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego emerged from the fire. 2
“This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its 1 interpretation, for none of the wise men in 2 my kingdom are able to make known to me the interpretation. But you can do so, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.”
Now in that very moment 1 this pronouncement about 2 Nebuchadnezzar came true. 3 He was driven from human society, he ate grass like oxen, and his body became damp with the dew of the sky, until his hair became long like an eagle’s feathers, and his nails like a bird’s claws. 4
But at the end of the appointed time 1 I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up 2 toward heaven, and my sanity returned to me. I extolled the Most High, and I praised and glorified the one who lives forever. For his authority is an everlasting authority, and his kingdom extends from one generation to the next.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, for all his deeds are right and his ways are just. He is able to bring down those who live 1 in pride.
While under the influence 1 of the wine, Belshazzar issued an order to bring in the gold and silver vessels – the ones that Nebuchadnezzar his father 2 had confiscated 3 from the temple in Jerusalem 4 – so that the king and his nobles, together with his wives and his concubines, could drink from them. 5
Even the gold and silver vessels of the temple of God that Nebuchadnezzar had taken from the temple in Jerusalem and had brought to the palace 1 of Babylon – even those things King Cyrus brought from the palace of Babylon and presented 2 to a man by the name of Sheshbazzar whom he had appointed as governor.
Nebuchadnezzar exclaimed, 1 “Praised be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who has sent forth his angel 2 and has rescued his servants who trusted in him, ignoring 3 the edict of the king and giving up their bodies rather than 4 serve or pay homage to any god other than their God!