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“This is the conclusion of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my thoughts troubled me greatly, and the color drained from my face. 1 But I kept the matter to myself.” 2
This is the interpretation of the words: 1 As for mene 2 – God has numbered your kingdom’s days and brought it to an end.
Then Daniel went to his home and informed his friends Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah of the matter.
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.
The king replied 1 to the wise men, “My decision is firm. 2 If you do not inform me of both the dream and its interpretation, you will be dismembered 3 and your homes reduced to rubble!
He inquired of Arioch the king’s deputy, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” 1 Then Arioch informed Daniel about the matter.
While these words were still on the king’s lips, 1 a voice came down from heaven: “It is hereby announced to you, 2 King Nebuchadnezzar, that your kingdom has been removed from you!
Now the wise men and 1 astrologers were brought before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation. But they were unable to disclose the interpretation of the message.
In the first 1 year of King Belshazzar of Babylon, Daniel had 2 a dream filled with visions 3 while he was lying on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream in summary fashion. 4
I approached one of those standing nearby and asked him about the meaning 1 of all this. So he spoke with me and revealed 2 to me the interpretation of the vision: 3
He will speak words against the Most High. He will harass 1 the holy ones of the Most High continually. His intention 2 will be to change times established by law. 3 They will be delivered into his hand For a time, times, 4 and half a time.
The king replied, “I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.
If you don’t inform me of the dream, there is only one thing that is going to happen to you. 1 For you have agreed among yourselves to report to me something false and deceitful 2 until such time as things might change. So tell me the dream, and I will have confidence 3 that you can disclose its interpretation.”
What the king is asking is too difficult, and no one exists who can disclose it to the king, except for the gods – but they don’t live among mortals!” 1
O God of my fathers, I acknowledge and glorify you, for you have bestowed wisdom and power on me. Now you have enabled me to understand what I 1 requested from you. For you have enabled me to understand the king’s dilemma.” 2
But since the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace was so excessively hot, the men who escorted 1 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed 2 by the leaping flames. 3
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
Due to the noise 1 caused by the king and his nobles, the queen mother 2 then entered the banquet room. She 3 said, “O king, live forever! Don’t be alarmed! Don’t be shaken!
When the king heard this, 1 he was very upset and began thinking about 2 how he might rescue Daniel. Until late afternoon 3 he was struggling to find a way to rescue him.
“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.