|Daniel 2:36-43 |
36 This is the dream; and we will tell its interpretation to the king.
37 You, O king, are a king of kings for the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
38 And wherever the children of men dwell, he has given you the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven, and has made you ruler over them all. You are this head of gold.
39 And after you shall arise another kingdom inferior [the Medo-Persian] to you, and another third kingdom of bronze [Alexander the Great of Greece], which shall bear rule over all the earth.
40 And the fourth kingdom [Roman Empire] shall be as strong as iron; and as iron breaks in pieces and subdues all things, so it shall crush all these [other kingdoms], crushing and breaking them into pieces.
41 And whereas you saw 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 you saw 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 you saw iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with other seeds of men [in their domain]; but they shall not be a united people, even as iron is not mixed with clay.