Nebuchadnezzar the king to all the peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in the whole earth: May your peace abound!
It pleases me to declare the signs and wonders that God the Most High has done for me.
How great are His signs, And how mighty are His wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation.
I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and was flourishing in my palace.
I saw a dream and it frightened me, and the imaginings upon my bed and the visions of my head alarmed me.
Therefore I made the decree to bring before me all the wise men of Babylon that they might make the interpretation of the dream known to me.
Then the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans, and diviners came in, and I told the dream to them; but they could not make its interpretation known to me.
But at last there came in before me Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is a spirit of the holy gods; and I told the dream to him, saying,
O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians, because I know that a spirit of the holy gods is in you and no mystery troubles you, here are the visions of my dream that I have seen; now tell me its interpretation.
Now these were the visions of my head upon my bed: I was watching and there was a tree in the midst of the earth, and its height was great.
The tree grew great and became strong, And its height reached to heaven, And the sight of it to the end of all the earth.
Its foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, And the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches; And all flesh fed from it.
I was watching in the visions of my head upon my bed, and there was a watcher, indeed, a holy one, coming down from heaven.
He cried out loudly and spoke in this way, Cut down the tree and cut off its branches; Strip off its foliage and scatter its fruit; Let the beasts flee from under it, And the birds from its branches.
Yet leave its stump of roots In the earth, But with an iron and bronze band around it, In the tender grass of the field; And let him be wet with the dew of heaven, And let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth;
Let his mind be changed from that of a man's, And let a beast's mind be given to him; And let seven periods of time pass over him.
This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the decision is a command of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High is the Ruler over the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever He wills and sets up over it the lowliest of men.
This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen. Now you, Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, inasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make the interpretation known to me; but you are able, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.