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Daniel 2 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:1 - Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:2 - Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:3 - And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to know the dream.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:4 - Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic,[fn] “O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:5 - The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:6 - “However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:7 - They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:8 - The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm:

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:9 - “if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:10 - The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, “There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:11 - It is a difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:12 - For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:13 - So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:14 - Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king’s guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:15 - he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:16 - So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:17 - Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:18 - that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:19 - Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:20 - Daniel answered and said:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:21 - And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:22 - He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:23 - “I thank You and praise You,
O God of my fathers;
You have given me wisdom and might,
And have now made known to me what we asked of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s demand.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:24 - Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:25 - Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the captives[fn] of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:26 - The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:27 - Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:28 - “But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these:

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:29 - “As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:30 - “But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:31 - “You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:32 - “This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs[fn] of bronze,

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:33 - “its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.[fn]

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:34 - “You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:35 - “Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:36 - “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:37 - “You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory;

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:38 - “and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—you are this head of gold.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:39 - “But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:40 - “And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:41 - “Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:42 - “And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:43 - “As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:44 - “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:45 - “Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:46 - Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:47 - The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.”

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:48 - Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon.

Unchecked Copy BoxDan 2:49 - Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate[fn] of the king.
NKJV Footnotes
The original language of Daniel 2:4b through 7:28 is Aramaic.
Literally of the sons of the captivity
Or sides
Or baked clay, and so in verses 34, 35, and 42
That is, the king’s court

NKJV

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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