1: "Nebuchadnezzar the king, to all the peoples, nations, and languages, who dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you.
2: "It has seemed good to me to reveal the signs and wonders which the Most High God has worked toward me.
3: How great are his signs and how mighty are his wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and his dominion is from generation to generation.
4: "I, Nebuchadnezzar, was at peace in my house and flourishing in my palace.
5: I saw a dream which made me afraid; and the thoughts on my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
6: Therefore I made a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, so that they might make known to me the interpretation of the dream.
7: Then the magicians, the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers came in; and I told the dream to them, but they didn't make known to me its interpretation.
8: But at last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and I told the dream to him, saying:
9: 'Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream which I have seen and its interpretation.
10: Thus were the visions of my head on my bed: I saw, and behold, a tree in the midst of the earth and its height was great.
11: The tree grew and was strong and its height reached to the sky and its sight to the end of all the earth.
12: The leaves of it were beautiful and its fruit plentiful, and in it was food for all; the animals of the field had shadow under it, and the birds of the sky lived in its branches, and all flesh was fed from it.
13: I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from the sky.
14: "'He cried aloud, and said thus, "Cut down the tree and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves and scatter its fruit; let the animals get away from under it and the birds from its branches.
15: Nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of the sky; and let his portion be with the animals in the grass of the earth.
16: Let his heart be changed from man's, and let an animal's heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him.
17: This sentence is by decree of the watchers, and this demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he will and sets up over it the lowest of men."
18: This dream I, king Nebuchadnezzar, have seen; and you, Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation; but you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.'"
19: Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stricken mute for a while and his thoughts troubled him. The king answered, "Belteshazzar, don't let the dream or the interpretation trouble you." Belteshazzar answered, "My lord, the dream is for those who hate you and its interpretation is for your adversaries.
20: The tree that you saw, which grew and was strong, whose height reached to the sky and its sight to all the earth,
21: whose leaves were beautiful and its fruit plentiful, and in it was food for all; under which the animals of the field lived, and on whose branches the birds of the sky had their habitation;
22: it is you, O king, who has grown and become strong; for your greatness is grown and reaches to the sky, and your dominion to the end of the earth.
23: Whereas the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from the sky, and saying, 'Cut down the tree, and destroy it; nevertheless leave the stump of its roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field, and let it be wet with the dew of the sky; and let his portion be with the animals of the field, until seven times pass over him.'
24: "This is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which has come upon my lord the king,
25: that you shall be driven from men and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field and you shall be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet with the dew of the sky, and seven times shall pass over you; until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he will.
26: Whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree, your kingdom shall be safeguarded for you, after you have understood that the heavens rule.
27: Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you and break away from your sins by means of righteousness, and from your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; so that there may be a lengthening of your tranquility."
28: All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzar.
29: At the end of twelve months he was walking in the royal palace of Babylon.
30: The king spoke and said, "Is this not great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling place by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?"
31: While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice from the sky, saying, "O king Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom is separated from you,
32: and you shall be driven from men; and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field; you shall be made to eat grass as oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men and gives it to whomever he will."
33: The same hour this was fulfilled for Nebuchadnezzar; and he was driven from men, and ate grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of the sky, until his hair was grown like eagles' feathers and his nails like birds' claws.
34: "At the end of the days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted up my eyes to heaven and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High and I praised and honored him who lives forever; for his dominion is an everlasting dominion and his kingdom from generation to generation.
35: All the inhabitants of the earth count as nothing; and he does according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, 'What are you doing?'
36: At the same time my understanding returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and brightness returned to me; and my counselors and my lords searched for me; and I was established in my kingdom and excellent greatness was added to me.
37: Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven; for all his works are Truth and his ways Justice; and those who walk in pride, he is able to abase."