1 In anno secundo regni Nabu chodonosor vidit Nabuchodo nosor somnium, et conterritus est spiritus eius, et somnus eius fugit ab eo.
2 Praecepit autem rex, ut convocarentur harioli et magi et malefici et Chaldaei et indicarent regi somnia sua; qui cum venissent, steterunt coram rege.
3 Et dixit ad eos rex: "Vidi somnium, et spiritus meus conterritus est, ut intellegat somnium".
4 Responderuntque Chaldaei regi Aramaice: "Rex, in sempiternum vive! Dic somnium servis tuis, et interpretationem eius indicabimus".
5 Et respondens rex ait Chaldaeis: "Sermo recessit a me. Nisi indicaveritis mihi somnium et coniecturam eius, in frusta concidemini, et domus vestrae in sterquilinium ponentur;
6 si autem somnium et coniecturam eius narraveritis, praemia et dona et honorem multum accipietis a me. Somnium igitur et interpretationem eius indicate mihi".
7 Responderunt secundo atque dixerunt: "Rex somnium dicat servis suis, et interpretationem illius indicabimus".
8 Respondit rex et ait: "Certe novi quia tempus redimitis, scientes quod recesserit a me sermo.
9 Si ergo somnium non indicaveritis mihi, una est de vobis sententia. Et verbum fallax et deceptione plenum composuistis, ut loquamini mihi, donec tempus pertranseat; somnium itaque dicite mihi, ut sciam quod interpretationem eius loquamini mihi".
10 Respondentes ergo Chaldaei coram rege dixerunt: "Non est homo super terram qui sermonem regis possit indicare; quapropter neque regum quisquam magnus et potens verbum huiuscemodi sciscitatur ab omni hariolo et mago et Chaldaeo.
11 Sermo enim, quem tu quaeris, rex, gravis est, nec reperietur quisquam qui indicet illum in conspectu regis, exceptis diis, quorum non est cum hominibus conversatio".
12 Quo audito, rex in furore et in ira magna praecepit, ut perirent omnes sapientes Babylonis.
13 Et egressa sententia, ut sapientes interficerentur, quaerebantur Daniel et socii eius, ut perirent.
14 Tunc Daniel interrogavit cum consilio et prudentia Arioch, principem militiae regis, qui egressus fuerat ad interficiendos sapientes Babylonis;
15 respondens dixit ad Arioch, qui a rege potestatem acceperat, quam ob causam tam crudelis sententia a facie esset regis egressa. Cum ergo rem indicasset Arioch Danieli,
16 Daniel ingressus rogavit regem, ut tempus daret sibi ad solutionem indicandam regi;
17 et ingressus est domum suam Ananiaeque, Misaeli et Azariae sociis suis indicavit negotium,
18 ut quaererent misericordiam a facie Dei caeli super sacramento isto et non perirent Daniel et socii eius cum ceteris sapientibus Babylonis.
19 Tunc Danieli per visionem nocte mysterium revelatum est, et benedixit Daniel Deo caeli
20 et locutus Daniel ait: "Sit nomen Dei benedictum a saeculo et usque in saeculum, quia sapientia et fortitudo eius sunt;
21 et ipse mutat tempora et aetates, transfert atque constituit reges, dat sapientiam sapientibus et scientiam intellegentibus disciplinam:
22 ipse revelat profunda et abscondita et novit in tenebris constituta, et lux cum eo inhabitat,
23 Tibi, Deus patrum meorum, confiteor teque laudo, quia sapientiam et fortitudinem dedisti mihi et nunc ostendisti mihi, quae rogavimus te, quia sermonem regis aperuisti nobis".
24 Propterea Daniel, ingressus ad Arioch, quem constituerat rex, ut perderet sapientes Babylonis, sic ei locutus est: "Sapientes Babylonis ne perdas; introduc me in conspectu regis et solutionem regi enarrabo".
25 Tunc Arioch festinus introduxit Danielem ad regem et dixit ei: "Inveni hominem de filiis transmigrationis Iudae, qui solutionem regi annuntiet".
26 Respondit rex et dixit Danieli, cuius nomen erat Baltassar: "Putasne vere potes mihi indicare somnium, quod vidi, et interpretationem eius?".
27 Et respondens Daniel coram rege ait: "Mysterium, quod rex interrogat, sapientes, magi et harioli et haruspices non queunt indicare regi;
28 sed est Deus in caelo revelans mysteria, qui indicavit tibi, rex Nabuchodonosor, quae ventura sunt in novissimis temporibus. Somnium tuum et visiones capitis tui in cubili tuo huiuscemodi sunt:
29 Tu, rex, cogitare coepisti in strato tuo quid esset futurum post haec; et, qui revelat mysteria, ostendit tibi, quae ventura sunt.
30 Mihi quoque non in sapientia, quae est in me plus quam in cunctis viventibus, sacramentum hoc revelatum est, sed ut interpretatio regi manifesta fieret, et cogitationes mentis tuae scires.
31 Tu, rex, videbas, et ecce statua una grandis: statua illa magna et statura sublimis stabat contra te, et intuitus eius erat terribilis.
32 Huius statuae caput ex auro optimo erat, pectus autem et brachia de argento, porro venter et femora ex aere,
33 tibiae autem ferreae, pedum quaedam pars erat ferrea, quaedam autem fictilis.
34 Videbas ita, donec abscissus est lapis sine manibus et percussit statuam in pedibus eius ferreis et fictilibus et comminuit eos;
35 tunc contrita sunt pariter ferrum, testa, aes, argentum et aurum, et fuerunt quasi folliculus ex areis aestivis, et rapuit ea ventus, nullusque locus inventus est eis; lapis autem, qui percusserat statuam, factus est mons magnus et implevit universam terram.
36 Hoc est somnium; interpretationem quoque eius dicemus coram te, rex.
37 Tu rex regum es, et Deus caeli regnum et fortitudinem et imperium et gloriam dedit tibi;
38 et omnia, in quibus habitant filii hominum et bestiae agri volucresque caeli, dedit in manu tua et te dominum universorum constituit: tu es caput aureum.
39 Et post te consurget regnum aliud minus te et regnum tertium aliud aereum, quod imperabit universae terrae.
40 Et regnum quartum erit robustum velut ferrum; quomodo ferrum comminuit et domat omnia, et sicut ferrum comminuens conteret et comminuet omnia haec.
41 Porro quia vidisti pedum et digitorum partem testae figuli et partem ferream, regnum divisum erit; et robur ferri erit ei, secundum quod vidisti ferrum mixtum testae ex luto.
42 Et digitos pedum ex parte ferreos et ex parte fictiles, ex parte regnum erit solidum et ex parte contritum.
43 Quod autem vidisti ferrum mixtum testae ex luto, commiscebuntur quidem humano semine, sed non adhaerebunt sibi, sicuti ferrum misceri non potest testae.
44 In diebus autem regnorum illorum suscitabit Deus caeli regnum, quod in aeternum non dissipabitur, et regnum populo alteri non tradetur: comminuet et consumet universa regna haec, et ipsum stabit in aeternum.
45 Secundum quod vidisti quod de monte abscisus est lapis sine manibus et comminuit testam et ferrum et aes et argentum et aurum, Deus magnus ostendit regi, quae ventura sunt postea; et verum est somnium et fidelis interpretatio eius".
46 Tunc rex Nabuchodonosor cecidit in faciem suam et Danielem adoravit et hostias et incensum praecepit, ut sacrificarent ei.
47 Loquens ergo rex ait Danieli: "Vere Deus vester Deus deorum est et Dominus regum et revelans mysteria, quoniam potuisti aperire sacramentum hoc".
48 Tunc rex Danielem in sublime extulit et munera multa et magna dedit ei et constituit eum principem super omnes provincias Babylonis et principem praefectorum super cunctos sapientes Babylonis.
49 Daniel autem postulavit a rege et constituit super opera provinciae Babylonis Sedrac, Misac et Abdenago; ipse autem Daniel erat in foribus regis.
King James Version
1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
6 But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
10 ¶ The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 ¶ Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 ¶ Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
24 ¶ Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
30 But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.
31 ¶ Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible.
32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass,
33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.
35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
36 ¶ This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king.
37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken.
43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever.
45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
46 ¶ Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
47 The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing thou couldest reveal this secret.
48 Then the king made Daniel a great man, and gave him many great gifts, and made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon.
49 Then Daniel requested of the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon: but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.