|Daniel 2 |
1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, with which his spirit was troubled, and his sleep broke from him.
2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, so that they would tell to the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
3 And the king said to them, "I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream."
4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Syriack, "O king, live forever. Tell your servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation."
5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, "The dream is gone from me. If you will not make known to me the dream, along its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
6 But if you show the dream, and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore show me the dream and its interpretation.
7 They answered again and said, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it."
8 The king answered and said, "I knew for certain that you try to gain time because you see the thing is gone from me and my decision is firm.
9 But if you will not make known to me the dream, there is but one decree for you for you have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, until time has changed [my mind]. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can show me its interpretation.
10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, "There is not a man upon the earth who can show the king's dream. Therefore there is not a king, lord, or ruler, who has ever asked such things from any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean.
11 And it is a rare thing that the king requires, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose do not dwell in the flesh."
12 For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and he commanded the destruction of 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 had gone 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 explained the thing known to Daniel.
16 Then Daniel went in, and asked of the king that if he would give him time, he would show 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 request the mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed to Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
20 Daniel answered and said, "Blessed be the name of God forever and ever for wisdom and might are his.
21 He changes the times and the seasons; he removes kings, and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to those who know understanding.
22 He reveals the deep and secret things; he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him.
23 I thank you, and praise you, O you God of my fathers, who has given me wisdom and might, and has made known to me now what we desired of you for you have now made known to us the king's matter."
24 Therefore Daniel went in to Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said this to him: "Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; take me in before the king, and I will show the king the interpretation."
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said to him, "I have found a man of the captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are you able to make known to me the dream that I have seen and its interpretation?"
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, "The secret, which the king has demanded, cannot be shown to the king by the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers;
28 But there is a God in heaven that reveals secrets and makes known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, are these;
29 As for you, O king, your thoughts came into your mind upon your bed what should come to pass in the future; and he who reveals secrets, made known to you 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 other living man, but for our sakes, who shall make known the interpretation to the king, and so that you might know the thoughts of your heart.
31 You, O king, saw, and beheld a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before you; and the form of it 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 You saw until that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and broke 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 threshing floors; and the wind carried them away, so that no place was found for them; and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.1 [Christ is that mountain, and he fills the whole earth plus the heavens.]
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.
44 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed2; 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 forever.
45 Forasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold. The great God has made known to the king what shall come to pass in the future; and the dream is certain, and its interpretation sure."
46 Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors to him.
47 The king answered Daniel, and said to him, "Of a truth it is, that your God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, seeing you could 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 Abednego, over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in the gate of the king.
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1 The stone that smote the other kingdoms is Christ; and the other kingdoms are all chaff. The stone, Christ, eventually fills the whole earth. From George Fox's Doctrines:
Now, the covering cast over all people, and the veil cast over all nations, the Lord is destroying, and the earth shall be full of his knowledge, and not only full, but covered with the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea, the prophecy of Isaiah 40:4 comes to be fulfilled, and the preaching of [John the Baptist, son of] Zacharias in Luke 3:5, ‘every valley shall be filled, [mark, every valley,] and every mountain and hill shall be brought low, (mark, every mountain) and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough shall be made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’
And does not Daniel say, ‘this stone, cut out of the mountain without hands, smote the image of gold, silver, brass, iron, and clay, and broke them all to pieces, that they became like the chaff of the threshing-floor, and the wind blew them away, that there was no place found for them?’ And this precious and elect stone, Christ Jesus, that smote this image, became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth; so this stone was without the handiwork of man, and breaks the image to pieces, that the wind drives them away, so that there is no place found for them in the earth; and this glorious stone fills the whole earth.
Now, if the earth is filled with this stone, there is nothing wanting; for God's promise was, that the seed of the woman should bruise the serpent's head,’ who is the god of the world, that lies in wickedness; and all is concluded under sin; and all sin is of the devil; for he sinned from the beginning: ‘For this purpose the Son of God is revealed [in us], that he might destroy [in us] the works [sin] of the devil.’ 1 John 3:8.
2 God shall set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed. It shall stand forever. This is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Christ:
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from this time forward even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. Isa 9:6-8
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