O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose
brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof
image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver,
his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part
of iron and part of clay.
Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which
smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and
brake them to pieces.
was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver and the gold broken
to pieces together, and became like the chaff
of the summer threshing- floors;
the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them; and
the stone that smote the image became a great mountain and filled
the whole earth.
is the dream, and we will tell the interpretation thereof before
O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee
a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory.
[There the Gentile kingdoms, or powers that be, were
ordained of God.]
wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and
the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath
made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee [silver],
and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all
the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron
breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things; and as iron that
breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise.
whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potter's clay and
part of iron, the kingdom shall be mixed; but there shall be in it
of the strength of the iron: forasmuch as thou sawest the iron
mixed with the miry clay.
as the toes of the feet were part of iron and part of clay, so the
kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle."
stone cut out of a mountain represents the kingdom of God...