14 For God speaks time and again,
but a person may not notice it.
15 In a dream, a vision(A) in the night,
when deep sleep falls on people(B)
as they slumber on their beds,
16 He uncovers their ears(C) at that time
and terrifies them[a] with warnings,

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Footnotes

  1. Job 33:16 LXX; MT reads and seals

Faithfulness Rewarded

17 God gave these four young men knowledge and understanding(A) in every kind of literature and wisdom. Daniel also understood visions and dreams(B) of every kind.

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams(A) that troubled him, and sleep deserted him.(B)

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I had a dream, and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me.(A) So I issued a decree(B) to bring all the wise men of Babylon to me in order that they might make the dream’s interpretation known to me.(C) When the diviner-priests, mediums, Chaldeans, and astrologers came in, I told them the dream, but they could not make its interpretation known to me.(D)

Finally Daniel, named Belteshazzar(E) after the name of my god—and the spirit of the holy gods is in him(F)—came before me. I told him the dream: “Belteshazzar, head of the diviners, because I know that you have a spirit of the holy gods(G) and that no mystery puzzles you,(H) explain to me the visions of my dream that I saw, and its interpretation.

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God’s Promise of His Spirit

28 [a] After this(A)
I will pour out My Spirit(B) on all humanity;(C)
then your sons and your daughters will prophesy,
your old men will have dreams,
and your young men will see visions.

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Footnotes

  1. Joel 2:28 Jl 3:1 in Hb

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