(每日读经11/13) 但以理书 - Daniel 2.1-23
And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him.
And the king ordered the call for the magicians, conjurers, sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to declare to the king his dreams; and they came in and stood before the king.
And the king said to them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit is troubled to know the dream.
Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, O king, live forever! Tell the dream to your servants, and we will declare the interpretation.
The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The command from me is published: If you do not make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you shall be cut into pieces and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
But if you declare the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive gifts and a reward and much honor from me. Therefore declare the dream and its interpretation to me.
They answered a second time and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will declare the interpretation.
The king answered and said, I know for certain that you are trying to buy time because you have seen that the command from me is published.
But if you do not make the dream known to me, there is but one decree for you; for you have agreed together to speak false and corrupt words before me until the time is changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I will know that you can declare its interpretation to me.
The Chaldeans answered before the king and said, There is not a man upon the earth who can declare the matter for the king, because no great king or ruler has ever asked any magician, conjurer, or Chaldean for something like this.
And the thing that the king asks is rare, and there is no one else who can declare it before the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
Because of this the king was angry and very furious, and he gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions so that they might be slain.
Then Daniel responded in counsel and with discretion to Arioch, the captain of the king's bodyguard, who had gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon.
He answered and said to Arioch, the king's commander, Why is the decree from before the king so harsh? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
Daniel then went in and sought from the king that he would give him a time to declare the interpretation to the king.
Then Daniel went to his house and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,
That they might request compassions from before the God of the heavens concerning this mystery so that Daniel and his companions would not be destroyed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Then the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of the heavens.
Daniel answered and said, Let the name of God Be blessed from eternity to eternity, For wisdom and might are His.
And it is He who changes the times and seasons; He deposes kings and causes kings to ascend. He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals the deep things and the hidden things; He knows what is obscured in the darkness, And the light dwells with Him.
To You, O God of my fathers, I render thanks and praise, For You have given me wisdom and might; And You have now made known to me what we requested of You, For You have made known the king's matter to us.