Shadrach, Mishael's to Meshach, and Azariah's to Abednego.
At the end of
three years, all the Hebrew children were brought in to
Nebuchadnezzar. He spoke with them and questioned them and found
none like Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. He kept
them in his court to serve him, and in all matters of wisdom and
understanding he found them ten times wiser than all the magicians
and astrologers in his kingdom.
Nebuchadnezzar had a dream that troubled him deeply. He called all
his wise men, magicians, and astrologers to him. They said:
"Tell us your dream, O king, and we will tell you the meaning
Nebuchadnezzar could not remember the dream. He threatened to kill
the wise men if they failed to tell him both the dream and its
meaning. They protested loudly that no king ever had asked such a
thing before and that there was no magician, no sorcerer, no
astrologer in all the kingdom who could do it.
The king was
furious and ordered that all the wise men in Babylon be slain, and
the guards searched for them throughout the land. When they came
to Daniel, he wanted to know why the king had given such an order.
When he heard the story, he went to the king and said that, given
a little time, he would interpret the dream. The king agreed.
Daniel went home
to his house to tell his three friends. They all prayed to God
that He might recall to them the king's dream, and that night, in
a vision, God revealed the secret to Daniel.
In the morning
they thanked and praised God. Then Daniel went before the king and
said, "The wise men cannot know the dream you had or what it
means, but there is a God in heaven who can, and He has shown it
dream you saw a bright, terrible image. His head was of gold, his
chest and arms were silver, his stomach and thighs brass, his legs
and feet part of iron and part of clay.
saw a great stone thrown at his feet - and they were broken in
pieces. When the feet broke all the rest, the gold, silver, and
all, crumbled and was blown away in the wind. And nothing remained
but the stone, which became a great mountain and filled the whole
The king was
amazed, for that had been his dream.
continued: "That was your dream, and now we shall tell you
given you power, strength and glory, and has made you a mighty
ruler. You are the head of gold. After you there shall be lesser
kingdoms. Those are the silver and the brass. Where you saw iron
and clay, the kingdom shall be divided - partly strong and parlty
"In that day
the divided kingdom shall not be left to other kings, but it shall
be consumed. And God shall set up a kingdom which shall never be
destroyed, and it shall stand forever."
was so amazed and impressed that he fell on his face before Daniel
and said, "Truly your God is a great God, a Lord of kings and
a revealer of secrets, since you were able to tell me all
In his gratitude
he gave Daniel many rich gifts, and made him chief governor over
all the wise men of Babylon.