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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 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.
“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
The king replied, “I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.
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
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.
So they approached the king and said to him, 1 “Did you not issue an edict to the effect that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to any god or human other than to you, O king, would be thrown into a den of lions?” The king replied, “That is correct, 2 according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which cannot be changed.”