“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.
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.”
saying, 1 “Let the name of God 2 be praised 3 forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to him.
But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we don’t serve your gods, and we will not pay homage to the golden statue that you have erected.”
Then, on Belshazzar’s orders, 1 Daniel was clothed in purple, a golden collar was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed third ruler in the kingdom.
Now 1 let the king be aware that the Jews who came up to us from you have gone to Jerusalem. They are rebuilding that rebellious and odious city. 2 They are completing its walls and repairing its foundations.
Let the king also be aware that if this city is built and its walls are completed, no more tax, custom, or toll will be paid, and the royal treasury 1 will suffer loss.
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.
Whatever is needed – whether oxen or rams or lambs or burnt offerings for the God of heaven or wheat or salt or wine or oil, as required by 1 the priests who are in Jerusalem – must be given to them daily without any neglect,
Everything that the God of heaven has required should be precisely done for the temple of the God of heaven. Why should there be wrath 1 against the empire of the king and his sons?
However, there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, 1 and he has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in the times to come. 2 The dream and the visions you had while lying on your bed 3 are as follows.
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
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.”
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.