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17 This order is announced by the observers, and the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over human kingdoms and grants them to whomever he desires, and he places the least important of men over them.’

18 “This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Belteshazzar, tell me its meaning, since none of the advisors[a] in my kingdom can tell me its interpretation. But you are able to do so[b] because the spirit of the holy gods is in you.”

Daniel’s Interpretation

19 Then Daniel (also known as Belteshazzar) was greatly troubled for a while and was terrified by his thoughts. The king said, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream or its meaning terrify you.”

Belteshazzar responded, “Your majesty, if only[c] the dream were about your enemies and its meaning about those who oppose you!

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  1. Daniel 4:18 Lit. the wise men
  2. Daniel 4:18 The Aram. lacks to do so
  3. Daniel 4:19 The Aram. lacks if only

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