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The Stone Unhewn by Hands

Nebuchadnezzar dreamt of "a great image ... whose brightness was excellent ... This 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 ..." Then "a stone was cut out without hands [from a mountain], which [stone] smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces." Daniel interpreted the dream: the statue represents a succession of kingdoms, beginning with Nebuchadnezzar's own, and the stone "a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."


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