Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Daniel 2

1 Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar's reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; a and his spirit was so troubled that b his sleep left him. 2 c Then the king gave the command to call the magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans to tell the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 3 And the king said to them, "I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to 1 know the dream." 4 Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, d "O 2 king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation." 5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, "My 3 decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be e cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. 6 f "However, if you tell the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts, rewards, and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation." 7 They answered again and said, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation." 8 The king answered and said, "I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm: 9 "if you do not make known the dream to me, there is only one decree for you! For you have agreed to speak lying and corrupt words before me till the 4 time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can 5 give me its interpretation." 10 The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, "There is not a man on earth who can tell the king's matter; therefore no king, lord, or ruler has ever asked such things of any magician, astrologer, or Chaldean. 11 "It is a 6 difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king g except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh."

12 For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13 So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought h Daniel and his companions, to kill them. 14 Then with counsel and wisdom Daniel answered Arioch, the captain of the king's guard, who had gone out to kill the wise men of Babylon; 15 he answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, "Why is the decree from the king so 7 urgent?" Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel. 16 So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation.

  1. Cross References
    Genesis 40:5 - 8
    Then the butler and the baker of the king of Eg...
    Genesis 41:1
    Then it came to pass, at the end of two full ye...
    Genesis 41:8
    Now it came to pass in the morning that his spi...
    Job 33:15 - 17
    In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep...
    Daniel 2:3
    And the king said to them, "I have had a dream,...
    Daniel 4:5
    I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the tho...
  2. Cross References
    Esther 6:1
    That night the king could not sleep. So one was commanded to bring the book of the records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king.
    Daniel 6:18
    Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 41:8
    Now it came to pass in the morning that his spi...
    Exodus 7:11
    But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the so...
    Isaiah 47:12
    Stand now with your enchantments And the multit...
    Isaiah 47:13
    You are wearied in the multitude of your counse...
    Daniel 1:20
    And in all matters of wisdom and understanding ...
    Daniel 2:10
    The Chaldeans answered the king, and said, "The...
    Daniel 2:27
    Daniel answered in the presence of the king, an...
    Daniel 4:6
    Therefore I issued a decree to bring in all the...
    Daniel 5:7
    The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologer...
  4. Cross References
    1 Kings 1:31
    Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the earth, and paid homage to the king, and said, "Let my lord King David live forever!
    Daniel 3:9
    They spoke and said to King Nebuchadnezzar, "O king, live forever!
    Daniel 5:10
    The queen, because of the words of the king and his lords, came to the banquet hall. The queen spoke, saying, "O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance change.
    Daniel 6:6
    So these governors and satraps thronged before the king, and said thus to him: "King Darius, live forever!
    Daniel 6:21
    Then Daniel said to the king, "O king, live forever!
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 10:27
    Then they broke down the sacred pillar of Baal, and tore down the temple of Baal and made it a refuse dump to this day.
    Ezra 6:11
    Also I issue a decree that whoever alters this edict, let a timber be pulled from his house and erected, and let him be hanged on it; and let his house be made a refuse heap because of this.
    Daniel 3:29
    "Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation, or language which speaks anything amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego' shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made an ash heap; because there is no other God who can deliver like this."
  6. Cross References
    Daniel 5:16
    "And I have heard of you, that you can give interpretations and explain enigmas. Now if you can read the writing and make known to me its interpretation, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold around your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom."
  7. Cross References
    Genesis 41:39
    Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.
    Daniel 5:11
    There is a man in your kingdom in whom is the Spirit of the Holy God. And in the days of your father, light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, were found in him; and King Nebuchadnezzar your father - your father the king - made him chief of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers.
  8. Cross References
    Daniel 1:19
    Then the king interviewed them, and among them all none was found like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah; therefore they served before the king.
    Daniel 1:20
    And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.
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