19 “Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.’ Belteshazzar replied, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries!20 The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth21 and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged—22 it is you, O king; for you have become great and grown strong, and your [a]majesty has become great and reached to the sky and your dominion to the end of the earth.23 In that the king saw an angelic watcher, a holy one, descending from heaven and saying, “Chop down the tree and destroy it; yet leave the stump [b]with its roots in the ground, but with a band of iron and bronze around it in the new grass of the field, and let him be drenched with the dew of heaven, and let [c]him share with the beasts of the field until seven [d]periods of time pass over him,”24 this is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king:25 that you be driven away from mankind and your dwelling place be with the beasts of the field, and you be given grass to eat like cattle and be drenched with the dew of heaven; and seven [e]periods of time will pass over you, until you recognize that the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind and bestows it on whomever He wishes.26 And in that it was commanded to leave the stump [f]with the roots of the tree, your kingdom will be [g]assured to you after you recognize that it isHeaven that rules.27 Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: [h]break away now from your sins by doing righteousness and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’
The Vision Fulfilled
28 “All thishappened to Nebuchadnezzar the king.29 Twelve months later he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon.30 The king [i]reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal [j]residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’
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