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Daniel 2:1-49

Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

1In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. 2So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers2:2 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 4, 5 and 10 to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king, 3he said to them, “I have had a dream that troubles me and I want to know what it means.2:3 Or was

4Then the astrologers answered the king,2:4 At this point the Hebrew text has in Aramaic, indicating that the text from here through the end of chapter 7 is in Aramaic. “May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

5The king replied to the astrologers, “This is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces and your houses turned into piles of rubble. 6But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. So tell me the dream and interpret it for me.”

7Once more they replied, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it.”

8Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: 9If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”

10The astrologers answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. 11What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans.”

12This made the king so angry and furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. 13So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

14When Arioch, the commander of the king’s guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact. 15He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel. 16At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

17Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 18He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven 20and said:

“Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;

wisdom and power are his.

21He changes times and seasons;

he deposes kings and raises up others.

He gives wisdom to the wise

and knowledge to the discerning.

22He reveals deep and hidden things;

he knows what lies in darkness,

and light dwells with him.

23I thank and praise you, God of my ancestors:

You have given me wisdom and power,

you have made known to me what we asked of you,

you have made known to us the dream of the king.”

Daniel Interprets the Dream

24Then Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to execute the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, “Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. Take me to the king, and I will interpret his dream for him.”

25Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, “I have found a man among the exiles from Judah who can tell the king what his dream means.”

26The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), “Are you able to tell me what I saw in my dream and interpret it?”

27Daniel replied, “No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about, 28but there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries. He has shown King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen in days to come. Your dream and the visions that passed through your mind as you were lying in bed are these:

29“As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen. 30As for me, this mystery has been revealed to me, not because I have greater wisdom than anyone else alive, but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind.

31“Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.

36“This was the dream, and now we will interpret it to the king. 37Your Majesty, you are the king of kings. The God of heaven has given you dominion and power and might and glory; 38in your hands he has placed all mankind and the beasts of the field and the birds in the sky. Wherever they live, he has made you ruler over them all. You are that head of gold.

39“After you, another kingdom will arise, inferior to yours. Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over the whole earth. 40Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron—for iron breaks and smashes everything—and as iron breaks things to pieces, so it will crush and break all the others. 41Just as you saw that the feet and toes were partly of baked clay and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, even as you saw iron mixed with clay. 42As the toes were partly iron and partly clay, so this kingdom will be partly strong and partly brittle. 43And just as you saw the iron mixed with baked clay, so the people will be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay.

44“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. 45This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.

“The great God has shown the king what will take place in the future. The dream is true and its interpretation is trustworthy.”

46Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him. 47The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery.”

48Then the king placed Daniel in a high position and lavished many gifts on him. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. 49Moreover, at Daniel’s request the king appointed Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at the royal court.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

Daniẹli 2:1-49

Àlá Nebukadnessari

1Ní ọdún kejì ìjọba Nebukadnessari, ó lá àlá, èyí tí ó mú kí ọkàn an rẹ̀ dàrú, kò sì le è sùn. 2Nígbà náà ni ọba yára pe àwọn onídán, àwọn aláfọ̀ṣẹ, àwọn oṣó àti àwọn awòràwọ̀; àwọn tó ní ìmọ̀ àti àṣírí i títúmọ̀ ìràwọ̀, ọba pè wọ́n kí wọn wá sọ àlá tí ó lá. Nígbà tí wọ́n dé, tí wọ́n dúró níwájú ọba, 3ọba sì wí fún wọn pé, “Mo ti lá àlá kan èyí tí ó mú kí ọkàn mi dàrú, mo sì fẹ́ mọ ìtumọ̀ àlá náà.”

4Nígbà náà ni àwọn awòràwọ̀ dá ọba lóhùn ní èdè Aramaiki pé, “Kí ọba kí ó pẹ́! Sọ àlá yìí fún àwọn ìránṣẹ́ rẹ àwa yóò sì sọ ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ fún ọ.”

5Ọba dá àwọn awòràwọ̀ lóhùn pé, “Ohun náà ti kúrò lórí mi: tí ẹ̀yin kò bá sọ àlá náà àti ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ fún mi, èmi yóò gé e yín sí wẹ́wẹ́, ilé e yín yóò sì di ààtàn. 6Ṣùgbọ́n tí ẹ̀yin bá sọ àlá náà àti ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ fún mi, èmi yóò fún un yín ní ẹ̀bùn, ọrẹ àti ọláńlá tí ó pọ̀. Nítorí náà, ẹ sọ àlá náà àti ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ fún mi.”

7Lẹ́ẹ̀kan sí i, “Wọ́n tún dáhùn pé, jẹ́ kí ọba sọ àlá náà fún ìránṣẹ́ rẹ̀, àwa yóò sì túmọ̀ rẹ̀.”

8Nígbà náà ni ọba sọ pé, “Èmi mọ̀ dájú wí pé ẹ̀yin fẹ́ fi àkókò ṣòfò nítorí pé ẹ̀yin ti mọ̀ pé nǹkan ti lọ ní orí mi: 9Tí ẹ̀yin kò bá lè sọ àlá mi, ìjìyà kan ṣoṣo ló wà fún un yín. Ẹ̀yin ti gbèrò láti pa irọ́ àti láti sọ àwọn ọ̀rọ̀ ti ó lè si ni lọ́nà fún mi, títí tí nǹkan yóò fi yí wọ́. Nítorí náà ẹ rọ́ àlá náà fún mi, èmi yóò sì mọ̀ pé ẹ lè túmọ̀ rẹ̀ fún mi.”

10Àwọn awòràwọ̀ sì dá ọba lóhùn pé, “Kò sí ènìyàn kan ní ayé tí ó lè sọ nǹkan tí ọba béèrè! Kò sí ọba náà bí ó ti wù kí ó tóbi àti kí ó lágbára tó, tí í béèrè irú nǹkan bẹ́ẹ̀ lọ́wọ́ àwọn onídán tàbí aláfọ̀ṣẹ tàbí awòràwọ̀. 11Nǹkan tí ọba béèrè yìí ṣòro púpọ̀. Kò sí ẹni tí ó lè fihan ọba àfi àwọn òrìṣà, tí wọn kì í gbé láàrín ènìyàn.”

12Èyí mú kí ọba bínú, ó sì kanra, nítorí náà ó pàṣẹ kí a pa gbogbo àwọn amòye Babeli run. 13Nítorí náà àṣẹ yìí jáde lọ wí pé kí a pa àwọn amòye, wọ́n ránṣẹ́ pe Daniẹli pẹ̀lú àwọn ẹlẹgbẹ́ ẹ rẹ̀ láti pa wọ́n.

14Nígbà tí Arioku, olórí àwọn olùṣọ́ ọba, jáde láti lọ pa àwọn amòye Babeli, Daniẹli sọ̀rọ̀ fún un pẹ̀lú ọgbọ́n àti òye. 15Ó béèrè lọ́wọ́ olórí àwọn olùṣọ́ ọba wí pé, “Èéṣe tí àṣẹ ọba fi yá kánkán bẹ́ẹ̀?” Arioku sì ṣe àlàyé ọ̀rọ̀ náà fún Daniẹli. 16Nígbà náà ni Daniẹli wọlé tọ ọba lọ, ó sì tọrọ kí ọba fún òun ní ààyè, òun yóò fi ìtumọ̀ àlá náà hàn fún ọba.

17Nígbà náà ni Daniẹli padà lọ sí ilé e rẹ̀, ó sì sọ fún àwọn ẹlẹgbẹ́ ẹ rẹ̀ Hananiah, Miṣaeli àti Asariah. 18Ó sọ fún wọn pé kí wọn béèrè fún àánú Ọlọ́run, Olúwa ọ̀run, nítorí àṣírí yìí, kí Daniẹli pẹ̀lú àwọn ẹlẹgbẹ́ rẹ̀ má ba ṣègbé pẹ̀lú àwọn ọlọ́gbọ́n Babeli yòókù, tí ó wà ní Babeli. 19Ní òru, àṣírí náà hàn sí Daniẹli ní ojú ìran. Nígbà náà ni Daniẹli fi ògo fún Ọlọ́run ọ̀run 20Daniẹli wí pé:

“Ọpẹ́ ni fún orúkọ Ọlọ́run láé àti láéláé;

tirẹ̀ ni ọgbọ́n àti agbára

21Ó yí ìgbà àti àkókò padà;

ó mú ọba jẹ, ó ń mú wọn kúrò.

Ó fún àwọn amòye ní ọgbọ́n

àti ìmọ̀ fún àwọn tí ó ní òye.

22Ó fi ohun ìjìnlẹ̀ àti àṣírí hàn;

ó mọ ohun tí ó pamọ́ nínú òkùnkùn

àti ní ọ̀dọ̀ rẹ̀ ni ìmọ́lẹ̀ wà

23Mo dúpẹ́, mo sì fi ìyìn fún ọ, ìwọ Ọlọ́run àwọn baba mi:

ó ti fún mi ní ọgbọ́n àti agbára

ó ti fi àwọn nǹkan tí a béèrè lọ́wọ́ rẹ̀ hàn fún mi

nítorí tí ìwọ ti fi àlá ọba hàn wá.”

Daniẹli túmọ̀ àlá

24Nígbà náà ni Daniẹli tọ́ Arioku lọ, ẹni tí ọba yàn láti pa àwọn amòye Babeli run, Daniẹli wí fún un pé, “Má ṣe pa àwọn amòye Babeli run. Mú mi lọ sí ọ̀dọ̀ ọba, èmi yóò sísọ ìtumọ̀ àlá rẹ̀ fún un.”

25Lẹ́sẹ̀kan náà, Arioku yára mú Daniẹli lọ sí iwájú ọba, ó sọ fún ọba pé, “Èmi ti rí ọkùnrin kan lára àwọn àjèjì tí ó wá láti Juda, ẹni tí ó lè sọ ìtumọ̀ àlá náà fún ọba.”

26Ọba béèrè lọ́wọ́ Daniẹli ẹni tí a tún ń pè ní Belṣassari pé, “Ṣé ìwọ lè sọ ohun tí mo rí nínú àlá mi àti ìtumọ̀ ọ rẹ̀ fún mi?”

27Daniẹli dá ọba lóhùn pé, “Kò sí awòràwọ̀ kan, apògèdè, onídán tàbí aláfọ̀ṣẹ tí ó lè ṣe àlàyé àṣírí tí ọba béèrè fún 28ṣùgbọ́n, Ọlọ́run kan ń bẹ ní ọ̀run tí ó ń fi àṣírí hàn. Ó ti fihan ọba Nebukadnessari, ohun tí yóò ṣẹlẹ̀ ní ìkẹyìn ọjọ́. Àlá àti ìran tí o rí nígbà tí o dùbúlẹ̀ lórí ibùsùn rẹ ni ìwọ̀nyí:

29“Ọba, bí ìwọ ṣe sùn sórí ibùsùn rẹ, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ọkàn rẹ ń ro àwọn ohun tó ń bọ̀, olùfihàn àṣírí ń fi ohun tí yóò ṣẹlẹ̀ fún ọ. 30Ṣùgbọ́n fún èmi, a fi àṣírí yìí hàn mí, kì í ṣe pé mo ní ọgbọ́n tí ó pọ̀ ju ti alààyè kankan lọ, ṣùgbọ́n nítorí kí ọba lè mọ ìtumọ̀ àlá àti kí ó lè mọ ohun tí ó wà ní ọkàn rẹ̀.

31“Ìwọ ọba ń wo, ère ńlá kan tí ó dúró níwájú rẹ, ère náà ga, ó sì dára láti wò, ìrísí i rẹ̀ ba ni lẹ́rù jọjọ. 32Orí ère náà jẹ́ kìkì wúrà, àyà rẹ̀ àti ọwọ́ rẹ̀ jẹ́ fàdákà, inú àti ẹ̀gbẹ́ itan rẹ̀ jẹ́ idẹ, 33àwọn ẹsẹ̀ rẹ̀ jẹ́ irin, àwọn àtẹ́lẹsẹ̀ rẹ̀ jẹ́ apá kan irin àti apá kan amọ̀. 34Bí ó ṣe ń wò, òkúta kan wá, tí kò wá láti ọwọ́ ẹnìkankan. Ó kọlu ère náà ní àtẹ́lẹsẹ̀ irin àti amọ̀, ó sì fọ́ wọn sí wẹ́wẹ́. 35Nígbà náà ni irin, amọ̀, idẹ, fàdákà àti wúrà fọ́ sí wẹ́wẹ́ lẹ́sẹ̀kan náà, ó sì dàbí ìyàngbò tí a fẹ́ kúrò lórí ọkà ní àsìkò ẹ̀ẹ̀rùn. Afẹ́fẹ́ gbé gbogbo rẹ̀ lọ láìṣẹ́ku ọ̀kan mọ́, òkúta tí ó fọ́ ère náà sì di òkè ńlá, ó sì gba gbogbo ayé.

36“Èyí ni àlá náà, nígbà yìí ni a ó wá sọ ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ fún ọba. 37Ìwọ ọba jẹ́ ọba àwọn ọba. Ọlọ́run ọ̀run ti fi ìjọba agbára, títóbi àti ògo fún ọ; 38ní ọwọ́ rẹ ló fi gbogbo ènìyàn, àwọn ẹranko igbó àti ẹyẹ ojú ọ̀run sí. Ní ibi gbogbo tí wọ́n ń gbé, ó ti fi ọ́ ṣe olórí i wọn. Ìwọ ni orí wúrà náà.

39“Lẹ́yìn èyí ni ìjọba mìíràn yóò dìde, tí kò ní lágbára tó tìrẹ, lẹ́yìn in rẹ̀, ìjọba kẹta tí yóò dàbí idẹ, èyí tí yóò jẹ ọba lórí i gbogbo ayé. 40Ju gbogbo rẹ̀ lọ, ìjọba kẹrin yóò wà, ìjọba náà yóò lágbára bí irin, gẹ́gẹ́ bí irin ti í fọ́, tó sì ń lọ gbogbo nǹkan àti bí irin ti í fọ́ nǹkan sí wẹ́wẹ́, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni yóò fọ́ tí yóò sì lọ gbogbo àwọn tókù. 41Bí o ṣe rí i tí àtẹ́lẹsẹ̀ àti ọmọ ìka ẹsẹ̀ jẹ́ apá kan amọ̀ àti apá kan irin, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ìjọba yóò ṣe pín; ṣùgbọ́n yóò sì ní agbára irin díẹ̀ nínú rẹ̀, bí ó ṣe rí i tí irin dàpọ̀ mọ́ amọ̀. 42Bí ọmọ ìka ẹsẹ̀ ṣe jẹ́ apá kan irin àti apá kan amọ̀, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ìjọba yìí yóò lágbára lápákan tí kò sì ní lágbára lápákan. 43Gẹ́gẹ́ bí o ti rí i tí irin dàpọ̀ mọ́ amọ̀, báyìí ni àwọn ènìyàn yóò ṣe dàpọ̀ mọ́ ara wọn ní ti ìgbéyàwó, ṣùgbọ́n wọn kò ní wà ní ìṣọ̀kan, bí irin kò ṣe dàpọ̀ mọ́ amọ̀.

44“Ní àsìkò àwọn ọba náà, Ọlọ́run ọ̀run yóò gbé ìjọba èyí tí kò le è bàjẹ́ kalẹ̀, èyí tí a kò ní fi lé ẹlòmíràn lọ́wọ́. Yóò sì run gbogbo ìjọba, yóò sì mú wọn wá sí òpin, ṣùgbọ́n ìjọba yìí yóò dúró láéláé.” 45Gẹ́gẹ́ bí o ṣe rí i pé a gé òkúta láti ara òkè, láì ti ọwọ́ ẹnikẹ́ni wá, òkúta èyí tí ó fọ́ irin, idẹ, amọ̀, fàdákà àti wúrà sí wẹ́wẹ́.

“Ọlọ́run tí ó tóbi ti fihan ọba, ohun tí yóò ṣẹlẹ̀ ní ọjọ́ iwájú. Òtítọ́ ni àlá náà, bẹ́ẹ̀ ni ìtumọ̀ rẹ̀ ṣe é gbẹ́kẹ̀lé.”

46Nígbà náà, ni Nebukadnessari ọba dojúbolẹ̀ níwájú u Daniẹli ó sì fi orí balẹ̀ fún un, ó sì pàṣẹ pé kí wọn kí ó mu ọrẹ àti òórùn tùràrí fún Daniẹli 47Ọba wí fún Daniẹli pé, “Dájúdájú Ọlọ́run rẹ ni Ọlọ́run àwọn ọlọ́run àti Olúwa àwọn ọba gbogbo àti olùfihàn àwọn àṣírí, nítorí tí ìwọ lè fi àṣírí yìí hàn.”

48Nígbà náà ni ọba gbé Daniẹli ga, ó sì fún un ní ẹ̀bùn ńlá tí ó pọ̀. Ó sì fi ṣe olórí i gbogbo agbègbè ìjọba Babeli àti olórí gbogbo àwọn amòye Babeli. 49Daniẹli béèrè lọ́wọ́ ọba, ó sì yan Ṣadraki, Meṣaki, àti Abednego gẹ́gẹ́ bí alábojútó ìgbèríko Babeli ṣùgbọ́n Daniẹli fúnrarẹ̀ wà ní ààfin ọba.