“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.
For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on 1 it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God.
Then his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “I will once more shake not only the earth but heaven too.” 1
with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality and the earth’s inhabitants got drunk with the wine of her immorality.” 1
Judah replied, “What can we say 1 to my lord? What can we speak? How can we clear ourselves? 2 God has exposed the sin of your servants! 3 We are now my lord’s slaves, we and the one in whose possession the cup was found.”
Nations will take them and bring them back to their own place. Then the family of Jacob will make foreigners their servants as they settle in the Lord’s land. 1 They will make their captors captives and rule over the ones who oppressed them.
“At that time Michael, the great prince who watches over your people, 1 will arise. 2 There will be a time of distress unlike any other from the nation’s beginning 3 up to that time. But at that time your own people, all those whose names are 4 found written in the book, will escape.
So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice 1 to see who will get it.” 2 This took place 3 to fulfill the scripture that says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they threw dice.” 4 So the soldiers did these things.
Then Daniel (whose name is also Belteshazzar) was upset for a brief time; 1 his thoughts were alarming him. The king said, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream and its interpretation alarm you.” But Belteshazzar replied, “Sir, 2 if only the dream were for your enemies and its interpretation applied to your adversaries!
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. You brought before you the vessels from his temple, and you and your nobles, together with your wives and concubines, drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone – gods 1 that cannot see or hear or comprehend! But you have not glorified the God who has in his control 2 your very breath and all your ways!