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Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

19 Then Daniel (whose name is also Belteshazzar) was upset for a brief time;[a] his thoughts were alarming him. The king said, “Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream and its interpretation alarm you.” But Belteshazzar replied, “Sir,[b] if only the dream were for your enemies and its interpretation applied to your adversaries! 20 The tree that you saw that grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky, and that could be seen[c] in all the land, 21 whose foliage was attractive and its fruit plentiful, and from which there was food available for all, under whose branches wild animals[d] used to live, and in whose branches birds of the sky used to nest—

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 4:19 tn Aram “about one hour.” The expression refers idiomatically to a brief period of time of undetermined length.
  2. Daniel 4:19 tn Aram “my lord.”
  3. Daniel 4:20 tn Aram “its sight.”
  4. Daniel 4:21 tn Aram “the beasts of the field” (also in vv. 23, 25, 32).

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