31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.(A) 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”(B)

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched(C) with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.(D)

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity(E) was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.(F)

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
    his kingdom(G) endures from generation to generation.(H)

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27 He rescues and he saves;(A)
    he performs signs and wonders(B)
    in the heavens and on the earth.
He has rescued Daniel
    from the power of the lions.”(C)

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28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus[a](A) the Persian.(B)

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  1. Daniel 6:28 Or Darius, that is, the reign of Cyrus

“This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:

“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed(A) me to build(B) a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.

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And in any locality where survivors(A) may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold,(B) with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings(C) for the temple of God(D) in Jerusalem.’”(E)

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12 Artaxerxes, king of kings,(A)

To Ezra the priest, teacher of the Law of the God of heaven:


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18 I also told them about the gracious hand of my God on me(A) and what the king had said to me.

They replied, “Let us start rebuilding.” So they began this good work.

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