Psalms 132:3

3“I will not enter my house or get into my bed,

3Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house,

nor go up into my bed;

Psalms 132:6

6We heard that the ark was in Ephrathah;b

we found it in the fields of Jaar.


we heard of it at Ephratah:

we found it in the fields of the wood.

Psalms 132:10

10For the sake of Your servant David,

10For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

Psalms 132:11



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House Of God


From (1) the noun בית (beth), house, and (2) the word אל (‘el), God.

Related names

• Via בית (beth): Abel-beth-maacah, Atroth-beth-joab, Beth, Beth-anath, Beth-anoth, Bethany, Beth-arabah, Beth-arbel, Beth-ashbea, Beth-aven, Beth-barah, Beth-biri, Beth-car, Beth-dagon, Beth-diblathaim, Beth-emek, Bethesda, Beth-ezel, Beth-gader, Beth-gamul, Beth-gilgal, Beth-haccerem, Beth-haram, Beth-hoglah, Beth-horon, Beth-jeshimoth, Beth-le-aphrah, Beth-lebaoth, Bethlehem, Beth-marcaboth, Beth-millo, Beth-nimrah, Beth-pazzez, Beth-pelet, Beth-peor, Bethphage, Beth-rapha, Beth-rehob, Bethsaida, Beth-shan, Beth-shean, Beth-shemesh, Beth-shittah, Beth-tappuah, Bethuel, Beth-zur, El-bethel, Elonbeth-hanan

• Via אל (‘el): See the ‘browse by form’ menu for a long list of ‘el-names.


we heard of it at Ephratah:

we found it in the fields of the wood.






From the verb פרה (para), to be fruitful.

From the verb אפר (‘pr), to be depleted.

Related names

• Via פרה (para): Caleb-ephrathah, Ephraim, Ephrath, Euphrates, Parah, Parat, Parvaim, Pharpar, Piram, Purah

• Via אפר (‘pr): Ophir

• The masculine noun פר (par) denotes a young bull, and that almost exclusively as sacrificial animal. Its masculine form is פרים (same as Purim) or פרי (meaning ‘bulls of‘), and note that the latter form is spelled the same as the word meaning fruit (see below).

• The feminine equivalent פרה (para), meaning cow or heifer (Numbers 19:1, 1 Samuel 6:7, Isaiah 11:7). Note the similarity between this noun and the verb פרה (para; see below).

• The feminine noun פורה (pura), meaning winepress (Isaiah 63:3 and Haggai 2:16 only).

• The masculine noun פרור (parur), meaning boiling pot (Numbers 11:8, Judges 6:19 and 1 Samuel 2:14 only).

The form פרא (pr’) occurs on rare occasions as alternate spelling of the verb פרה (para), but it also occurs as the masculine noun פרא (pere’), meaning wild donkey. Where this noun comes from is unclear, and thus also what a donkey literally represented to the Hebrews. The angel of YHWH called Ishmael a donkey of a man (or the donkey-of-man; Genesis 16:12), while Zophar the Naamathite declared that an idiot will become intelligent when a donkey’s foal would be born a man (Job 11:12).

Hosea uses the donkey as image of loneliness, powerlessness and promiscuity (Hosea 8:9). Jeremiah describes the donkey as one accustomed to wilderness and passionate in heat (Jeremiah 2:24), and panting for air and food (Jeremiah 14:6), and according to Isaiah, donkeys love to roam abandoned palaces and cities (Isaiah 32:14).

Job too uses the donkey as image of one who searches the wilderness for food (Job 24:5), but also seems to suggest that a donkey takes his grass for granted (Job 6:5). In his response, YHWH challenges Job to say who set the donkey free, and loosened the bands of the wild ass (ערוד, ‘arod; Job 39:5). And the Psalmist declares that the donkey quenches his thirst with the water that YHWH provides (Psalm 104:11).

The verb פרה (para) means either to bear fruit or produce in case of vegetation (Isaiah 32:12), or to be fruitful in case of humans or animals (Genesis 26:22, Jeremiah 3:16). It occurs 29 times in the Bible.

This verb’s sole derivative is the masculine noun פרי (peri), meaning produce of any kind (Genesis 4:3), fruit (2 Kings 19:20), offspring in case of animals or humans, and consequence – of actions (Isaiah 3:10, Hosea 10:13), of thoughts (Jeremiah 6:19), labor (Proverbs 31:16), works (Psalm 104:12), wisdom (Proverbs 8:19), of speech (Proverbs 18:21).

It should be noted that our words fruit and fruitfulness only approximate the meaning and compass of the Hebrew words פרה (para) and פרי (peri). And when the noun פרי (peri) is used for someone’s children, there’s nothing figurative of metaphorical going on. It’s all held within the regular meaning of these words.

The verb פרר (parar) generally reflects the undoing of a previously established agreement. Almost half of the more than fifty occurrences of our verb conveys the “breaking” or “violating” of a covenant, usually the covenant between God and man (Jeremiah 11:10, Judges 2:1) but also between just men (Isaiah 33:8). Other agreements or agreeablenesses that can be frustrated are: counsel (2 Samuel 15:34), vows (Numbers 30:9), reverential fear (Job 15:4), commandments (Ezra 9:14), even God’s judgment (Job 40:8).

In the Hebrew language of the Bible, there are three roots of the form פרר (prr), one real root and one loanword of the form פור (pwr), one root of the form פרה (prh) and one פרא (pr’). Officially these roots have nothing to do with each other, but on a poet’s pallet, they would certainly represent closely resembling hues.

Also note the obvious similarities with the roots פרץ (paras), meaning to break (through), פרש (paras and parash), meaning to spread out or declare, and פרס (paras), meaning to break in two or divide.

Linguists distinguish between two separate roots אפר (‘pr), but at close inspection, these two may have been experienced as quite related by a Hebrew audience.

The Hebrew root אפר (‘pr I) is possibly comparable to verbs in other languages that mean to leap or be agile. Its sole extant derivative is the masculine noun אפר (‘eper), meaning ashes (BDB Theological Dictionary wonders: “as light, flying?”). This decidedly negative word indicates worthlessness (Isaiah 44:20), disgust (Job 30:19), misery (Psalm 102:9), shame (2 Samuel 13:19) or humiliation (Genesis 18:27). Ashes in the Bible also serve as a symbol of mourning (Isaiah 61:3, Job 2:8).

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The LORD Has Chosen Zion

A song of ascents.

Remember David and All his Affliction


remember on behalf of David

all the hardships he endured,

1A Song of degrees.


remember David,

and all his afflictions:

2how he swore an oath to the LORD,

and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:

2How he sware unto the LORD,

and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;

3“I will not enter my house or get into my bed,

3Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house,

nor go up into my bed;

4I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,

4I will not give sleep to mine eyes,

or slumber to mine eyelids,

5until I find a place for the LORD,

a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.a

5Until I find out a place for the LORD,

an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

6We heard that the ark was in Ephrathah;b

we found it in the fields of Jaar.


we heard of it at Ephratah:

we found it in the fields of the wood.

There are two different names in the Hebrew Bible that transliterated to English both become the name Jair. We’ll call them Jair I (יאיר) and Jair II (יעיר):


For a meaning of this name Jair, Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads He Will Enlighten or He Will Diffuse Light. BDB Theological Dictionary suggests He Enlightens or One Giving Light. NOBSE Study Bible Name List acknowledges no difference between the two versions and reads He Enlightens for both.

Alfred Jones (Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names) translates the second part of the name Jaare-oregim with Weavers, and looking for a fitting translation for the first part, figures that the core meaning of the combined root יער may have something to do with the many-colored crowns of trees in a forest: a tapestry. For Jair (יעיר), which he figures is the expanded version of Jaare (יער), he proposes a rather curious He Will Embroider.

BDB Theological Dictionary, on the other hand, thinks that the first part of the name Jaare-oregim is a scribal error for Jair, and relates the name Jair to the verb עור (‘ur I), meaning to awake or rouse oneself:

7Let us go to His dwelling place;

let us worship at His footstool.

7We will go into his tabernacles:

we will worship at his footstool.



to Your resting place,

You and the ark of Your strength.



into thy rest; thou,

and the ark of thy strength.

9May Your priests be clothed with righteousness,

and Your saints shout for joy.

9Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness;

and let thy saints shout for joy.

10For the sake of Your servant David,

10For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

11The LORD swore an oath to David,

a promise He will not revoke:

11The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David;

he will not turn from it;

Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.

“One of your descendants

I will place on your throne.c

12If your sons keep

My covenant and the testimony I will teach them,

then their sons will also sit on your throne forever and ever.”

12If thy children will keep

my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them,

their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

13For the LORD has chosen Zion;

He has desired it for His home:

13For the LORD hath chosen Zion;

he hath desired it for his habitation.

14“This is My resting place forever and ever;

here I will dwell,

for I have desired this home.

14This is my rest for ever:

here will I dwell;

for I have desired it.

15I will bless her with abundant provisions;

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

15I will abundantly bless her provision:

I will satisfy her poor with bread.

16I will clothe her priests with salvation,

and her saints will sing out in joy.

16I will also clothe her priests with salvation:

and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

17There I will make a horn (Her) grow for David;

I have prepared a lamp for My anointed one.

17There will I make the horn (Her) of David to bud:

I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

18I will clothe his enemies with shame,

but the crown upon him will gleam.”

18His enemies will I clothe with shame:

but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Fear Not Zion!

Greeks 5461

enlighten, illuminate, make to see.

From phos; to shed rays, i.e. To shine or (transitively) to brighten up (literally or figuratively) — enlighten, illuminate, (bring to, give) light, make to see.

see GREEK phos

Hebrews 3988

Ma’al 75 occurrences

unfaithful or treacherous act

unfaithful or treacherous act, trespass.


Of how much sorer punishment,

suppose ye,

shall he be thought worthy,

who hath trodden under foot the Son of God,

and hath counted the blood of the covenant,

wherewith he was sanctified,

an unholy thing,

and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?

— Hebrews 10:29

He croucheth, and humbleth himself,

that the poor may fall by his strong ones.

The wicked, through the pride of his countenance,

will not seek after God:

God is not in all his thoughts.

Yet they say,

The LORD shall not see,

neither shall the God of Jacob regard it.


Let God’s Enemies Be Scattered!

1{To the chief Musician, A Psalm or Song of David.} Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee before him.

2As smoke is driven away, so drive them away: as wax melteth before the fire, so let the wicked perish at the presence of God.

3But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.

4Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him.

5A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

6God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

7O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah:

8The earth shook, the heavens also dropped at the presence of God: even Sinai itself was moved at the presence of God, the God of Israel.

9Thou, O God, didst send a plentiful rain, whereby thou didst confirm thine inheritance, when it was weary.

10Thy congregation hath dwelt therein: thou, O God, hast prepared of thy goodness for the poor.

11The Lord gave the word: great was the company of those that published it.

12Kings of armies did flee apace: and she that tarried at home divided the spoil.

13Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

14When the Almighty scattered kings in it, it was white as snow in Salmon.

15The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan.

16Why leap ye, ye high hills? this is the hill which God desireth to dwell in; yea, the LORD will dwell in it for ever.

17The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place.

18Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.

19Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.

20He that is our God is the God of salvation; and unto GOD the Lord belong the issues from death.

21But God shall wound the head of his enemies, and the hairy scalp of such an one as goeth on still in his trespasses.

22The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea:

23That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same.

24They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.

25The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels.

26Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel.

27There is little Benjamin with their ruler, the princes of Judah and their council, the princes of Zebulun, and the princes of Naphtali.

28Thy God hath commanded thy strength: strengthen, O God, that which thou hast wrought for us.

29Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee.

30Rebuke the company of spearmen, the multitude of the bulls, with the calves of the people, till every one submit himself with pieces of silver: scatter thou the people that delight in war.

31Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

32Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah:

33To him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, he doth send out his voice, and that a mighty voice.

34Ascribe ye strength unto God: his excellency is over Israel, and his strength is in the clouds.

35O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed be God.


David’s Righteous Branch

1Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD. 2Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD. 3And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the LORD.

5Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; 8But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Lying Prophets

9Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.

10For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their force is not right.

11For both prophet and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.

12Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery ways in the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I will bring evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith the LORD.

13And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

14I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

15Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

16Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

17They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

18For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

19Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

20The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.

21I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

22But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

23Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off?

24Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

25I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed. 26How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; 27Which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbour, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. 28The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. 29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour. 31Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

False Oracles

33And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, What is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith the LORD. 34And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house. 35Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, and every one to his brother, What hath the LORD answered? and, What hath the LORD spoken? 36And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for every man’s word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God. 37Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken? 38But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD; 39Therefore, behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: 40And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.


God’s Judgment on the Nations

1Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.

2Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?

3I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.

4For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come.

5And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me.

6And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

God’s Mercies Recalled

7I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.

8For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.

9In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.

10But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their enemy, and he fought against them.

11Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his holy Spirit within him?

12That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name?

13That led them through the deep, as an horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble?

14As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name.

Prayer for Mercy

15Look down from heaven, and behold from the habitation of thy holiness and of thy glory: where is thy zeal and thy strength, the sounding of thy bowels and of thy mercies toward me? are they restrained?

16Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O LORD, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

17O LORD, why hast thou made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear? Return for thy servants’ sake, the tribes of thine inheritance.

18The people of thy holiness have possessed it but a little while: our adversaries have trodden down thy sanctuary.

19We are thine: thou never barest rule over them; they were not called by thy name.


Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

1Now in the second year of Nebuchadnezzar’s reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was so troubled that his sleep left him. 2Then 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. 3And the king said to them, “I have had a dream, and my spirit is anxious to [a]know the dream.”

4Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic, “O[b] king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will give the interpretation.”

5The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, “My [c]decision is firm: if you do not make known the dream to me, and its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap. 6However, 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.”

7They answered again and said, “Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will give its interpretation.”

8The king answered and said, “I know for certain that you would gain time, because you see that my decision is firm: 9if 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 [d]time has changed. Therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can [e]give me its interpretation.”

10The 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. 11It is a [f]difficult thing that the king requests, and there is no other who can tell it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.”

12For this reason the king was angry and very furious, and gave the command to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13So the decree went out, and they began killing the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.

God Reveals Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream

14Then 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; 15he answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so [g]urgent?” Then Arioch made the decision known to Daniel.

16So Daniel went in and asked the king to give him time, that he might tell the king the interpretation. 17Then Daniel went to his house, and made the decision known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions, 18that they might seek mercies from the God of heaven concerning this secret, so that Daniel and his companions might not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 19Then the secret was revealed to Daniel in a night vision. So Daniel blessed the God of heaven.

20Daniel answered and said:

“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
21And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
22He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.

23“I thank You and praise You,
O God of my fathers;
You have given me wisdom and might,
And have now made known to me what we asked of You,
For You have made known to us the king’s [h]demand.”

Daniel Explains the Dream

24Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon. He went and said thus to him: “Do not destroy the wise men of Babylon; take me before the king, and I will tell the king the interpretation.”

25Then Arioch quickly brought Daniel before the king, and said thus to him, “I have found a man of the [i]captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.”

26The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, “Are you able to make known to me the dream which I have seen, and its interpretation?”

27Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, “The secret which the king has demanded, the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, and the soothsayers cannot declare to the king. 28But there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets, and He has made known to King Nebuchadnezzar what will be in the latter days. Your dream, and the visions of your head upon your bed, were these: 29As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be. 30But as for me, this secret has not been revealed to me because I have more wisdom than anyone living, but for our sakes who make known the interpretation to the king, and that you may [j]know the thoughts of your heart.

31“You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32This image’s head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and [k]thighs of bronze, 33its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of [l]clay. 34You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.

36“This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. 37You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38and 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—you are this head of gold. 39But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. 40And 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. 41Whereas 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. 42And as the toes of the feet were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly [m]fragile. 43As 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. 44And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall [n]break in pieces and [o]consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45Inasmuch 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.”

Daniel and His Friends Promoted

46Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face, prostrate before Daniel, and commanded that they should present an offering and incense to him. 47The king answered Daniel, and said, “Truly your God is the God of gods, the Lord of kings, and a revealer of secrets, since you could reveal this secret.” 48Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many great gifts; and he made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, and chief administrator over all the wise men of Babylon. 49Also Daniel petitioned the king, and he set Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego over the affairs of the province of Babylon; but Daniel sat in [p]the gate of the king.