“In the second year
Of King Nebuchadnezzar’s reign,
King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed
That his spirit was troubled.
His sleep left him.”
When King Nebuchadnezzar was in his second year of ruling, he had trouble sleeping because of his dreams. The 2nd year of this Babylonian king would have been before the siege of Jerusalem in 603 BCE, 5 years before the first Israelite captivity. Nevertheless, his spirit was troubled so that he could not sleep.