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24 “And(A) I will repay Babylon
And all the inhabitants of Chaldea
For all the evil they have done
In Zion in your sight,” says the Lord.

25 “Behold, I am against you, (B)O destroying mountain,
Who destroys all the earth,” says the Lord.
“And I will stretch out My hand against you,
Roll you down from the rocks,
(C)And make you a burnt mountain.

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34 You watched while a stone was cut out (A)without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 (B)Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became (C)like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that (D)no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image (E)became a great mountain (F)and filled the whole earth.

36 “This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. 37 (G)You, O king, are a king of kings. (H)For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 (I)and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all—(J)you are this head of gold. 39 But after you shall arise (K)another kingdom (L)inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40 And (M)the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others. 41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay. 42 And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, (N)so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly [a]fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings (O)the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (P)which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; (Q)it shall [b]break in pieces and [c]consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 (R)Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.”

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Footnotes

  1. Daniel 2:42 Or brittle
  2. Daniel 2:44 Or crush
  3. Daniel 2:44 Lit. put an end to

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