King Nebuchadnezzar to all peoples, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth:Peace be multiplied to you! It has seemed good to me to show the signs and wonders thatthe Most High God has done for me.
How great are his signs,
how mighty his wonders!
His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and his dominion endures from generation to generation.
I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at ease in my house and prospering in my palace. I saw a dreamthat made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me. SoI made a decree that all the wise men of Babylon should be brought before me, that theymight make known to me the interpretation of the dream. Then the magicians, theenchanters, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers came in, and I told them the dream, butthey could not make known to me its interpretation. At last Daniel came in before me—hewho was named Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of theholy gods—and I told him the dream, saying, “O Belteshazzar, chief of the magicians,because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and that no mystery is too difficultfor you, tell me the visions of my dream that I saw and their interpretation. The visions ofmy head as I lay in bed were these: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth, andits height was great. The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, andit was visible to the end of the whole earth. Its leaves were beautiful and its fruitabundant, and in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, and thebirds of the heavens lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
“I saw in the visions of my head as I lay in bed, and behold, a watcher, a holy one, camedown from heaven. He proclaimed aloud and said thus: ‘Chop down the tree and lop off itsbranches, strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the beasts flee from under it and thebirds from its branches. But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, bound with a band ofiron and bronze, amid the tender grass of the field. Let him be wet with the dew of heaven.Let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth. Let his mind be changed from aman’s, and let a beast’s mind be given to him; and let seven periods of time pass over him.The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, the decision by the word of the holy ones, tothe end that the living may know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives itto whom he will and sets over it the lowliest of men.’ This dream I, King Nebuchadnezzar,saw. And you, O Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because all the wise men of mykingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation, but you are able, for thespirit of the holy gods is in you.”
Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was dismayed for a while, and histhoughts alarmed him. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream orthe interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dreambe for those who hate you and its interpretation for your enemies! The tree you saw,which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to theend of the whole earth, whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in whichwas food for all, under which beasts of the field found shade, and in whose branches thebirds of the heavens lived— it is you, O king, who have grown and become strong. Yourgreatness has grown and reaches to heaven, and your dominion to the ends of the earth.And because the king saw a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven and saying,‘Chop down the tree and destroy it, but leave the stump of its roots in the earth, boundwith a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field, and let him be wet with thedew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven periods of timepass over him,’ this is the interpretation, O king: It is a decree of the Most High, which hascome upon my lord the king, that you shall be driven from among men, and your dwellingshall be with the beasts of the field. You shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and you shallbe wet with the dew of heaven, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, till you knowthat the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will. And as it wascommanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be confirmedfor you from the time that you know that Heaven rules. Therefore, O king, let my counselbe acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquitiesby showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of yourprosperity.”
All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end of twelve months he was walkingon the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, and the king answered and said, “Is not thisgreat Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for theglory of my majesty?” While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voicefrom heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departedfrom you, and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with thebeasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of timeshall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and givesit to whom he will.” Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He wasdriven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew ofheaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.
At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reasonreturned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who livesforever,
for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
and among the inhabitants of the earth;
and none can stay his hand
or say to him, “What have you done?”
At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. Now I,Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.