Due to the greatness that he bestowed on him, all peoples, nations, and language groups were trembling with fear 1 before him. He killed whom he wished, he spared 2 whom he wished, he exalted whom he wished, and he brought low whom he wished.
“As for you, O king, while you were in your bed your thoughts turned to future things. 1 The revealer of mysteries has made known to you what will take place.
In that the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, the latter stages of this kingdom will be partly strong and partly fragile.
I was watching in the night visions, “And with 1 the clouds of the sky 2 one like a son of man 3 was approaching. He went up to the Ancient of Days and was escorted 4 before him.
(4:1) 1 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was relaxing in my home, 2 living luxuriously 3 in my palace.
Exercise appropriate caution so that there is no negligence in this matter. Why should danger increase to the point that kings sustain damage?”
so that they may be offering incense to the God of heaven and may be praying for the good fortune of the king and his family. 1
After twelve months, he happened to be walking around on the battlements 1 of the royal palace of Babylon.
While I was watching, that horn began to wage war against the holy ones and was defeating 1 them,
Everyone who does not observe both the law of your God and the law of the king will be completely 1 liable to the appropriate penalty, whether it is death or banishment or confiscation of property or detainment in prison.”
In that you were seeing feet and toes 1 partly of wet clay 2 and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with wet clay. 3
And 1 in that you saw iron mixed with wet clay, so people will be mixed 2 with one another 3 without adhering to one another, just as 4 iron does not mix with clay.
Over them would be three supervisors, one of whom was Daniel. These satraps were accountable 1 to them, so that the king’s interests might not incur damage.
“Then I kept on watching because of the arrogant words of the horn that was speaking. I was watching 1 until the beast was killed and its body destroyed and thrown into 2 the flaming fire.
Powerful kings have been over Jerusalem who ruled throughout the entire Trans-Euphrates 1 and who were the beneficiaries of 2 tribute, custom, and toll.
So the work on the temple of God in Jerusalem came to a halt. It remained halted until the second year of the reign of King Darius of Persia. 1
But God was watching over 1 the elders of Judah, and they were not stopped 2 until a report could be dispatched 3 to Darius and a letter could be sent back concerning this.
“Now Tattenai governor of Trans-Euphrates, Shethar Bozenai, and their colleagues, the officials of Trans-Euphrates – all of you stay far away from there!
saying, 1 “Let the name of God 2 be praised 3 forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him.
“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.