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King Belshazzar 1 prepared a great banquet 2 for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in front of 3 them all. 4
and the rest of nations whom the great and noble Ashurbanipal 1 deported and settled in the cities 2 of Samaria and other places in Trans-Euphrates. 3
Then Daniel spoke with prudent counsel 1 to Arioch, who was in charge of the king’s executioners and who had gone out to execute the wise men of Babylon.
“You, O king, were watching as a great statue – one 1 of impressive size and extraordinary brightness – was standing before you. Its appearance caused alarm.
The king uttered these words: “Is this not the great Babylon that I have built for a royal residence 1 by my own mighty strength 2 and for my majestic honor?”
Daniel explained: 1 “I was watching in my vision during the night as 2 the four winds of the sky 3 were stirring up the great sea. 4
Let it be known to the king that we have gone to the province of Judah, to the temple of the great God. It is being built with large stones, 1 and timbers are being placed in the walls. This work is being done with all diligence and is prospering in their hands.
They responded to us in the following way: ‘We are servants of the God of heaven and earth. We are rebuilding the temple which was previously built many years ago. A great king 1 of Israel built it and completed it.
The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret, 1 for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested such a thing from any magician, astrologer, or wise man.
You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. 1 The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.”
Then the king elevated Daniel to high position and bestowed on him many marvelous gifts. He granted him authority over the entire province of Babylon and made him the main prefect over all the wise men of Babylon.
saying, “Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, in whom I know there to be a spirit of the holy gods and whom no mystery baffles, consider 1 my dream that I saw and set forth its interpretation!
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
I also wanted to know 1 the meaning of the ten horns on its head, and of that other horn which came up and before which three others fell. This was the horn that had eyes 2 and a mouth speaking arrogant things, whose appearance was more formidable than the others. 3
Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction 1 and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth.