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Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges the supremacy of Daniel's god, raises Daniel over all his wise men, and places Daniel and his companions over the province of Babylon.Daniel's companions Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refuse to bow to King Nebuchadnezzar's golden statue and are thrown into a fiery furnace.The Ancient of Days judges and destroys the beast, and "one like a son of man" is given everlasting kingship over the entire world.A divine being explains that the four beasts represent four kings, but that "the holy ones of the Most High" would receive the everlasting kingdom.
But God shuts up the mouths of the lions, and the next morning Darius rejoices to find him unharmed.
The king casts Daniel's accusers into the lions' pit together with their wives and children to be instantly devoured, while he himself acknowledges Daniel's God as he whose kingdom shall never be destroyed.
The fourth, a beast with ten horns, devours the whole earth, treading it down and crushing it, and a further small horn appears and uproots three of the earlier horns.
Nebuchadnezzar is astonished to see a fourth figure in the furnace with the three, one "with the appearance like a son of the gods." So the king called the three to come out of the fire, and blessed the God of Israel, and decreed that any who blasphemed against him should be torn limb from limb.
Nebuchadnezzar recounts a dream of a huge tree that is suddenly cut down at the command of a heavenly messenger. The tree is Nebuchadnezzar himself, who for seven years will lose his mind and live like a wild beast.