Daniel Chapter 4

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Daniel 4

1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace be multiplied unto you.

2 I thought it good to shew the signs and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me.

3 How great are his signs! and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generation to generation.

4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:

5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream.

7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

8 But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my God, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,

9 O Belteshazzar, master of the magicians, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in thee, and no secret troubleth thee, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and the interpretation thereof.

10 Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.

11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

12 The leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all: the beasts of the field had shadow under it, and the fowls of the heaven dwelt in the boughs thereof, and all flesh was fed of it.

13 I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven;

14 He cried aloud, and said thus, Hew down the tree, and cut off his branches, shake off his leaves, and scatter his fruit: let the beasts get away from under it, and the fowls from his branches:

15 Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:

16 Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him; and let seven times pass over him.

17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now thou, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, forasmuch as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known unto me the interpretation: but thou art able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in thee.

19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.

20 The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

21 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation:

22 It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth.

23 And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him;

24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:

25 That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

28 thoughts on “Daniel Chapter 4

  1. 27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

    The warning came. It wasn’t subtle at all. God revealed his plan to the ears of the wicked king. He saw the dream, and he felt the fear. He had 12 months time to break off his sins by righteousness, and his iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor.

    Instead this man, addicted to entertainment, and spiritualism chose to continue on as if nothing happened. Iniquity is the root of pride. Before we can ever say we are great, and should be exalted we turn ourselves away from following the will of God. We choose to take control of our lives, and our steps.

    The word says the steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord. This is why humility is so important. If we can always keep in our minds it is about him we won’t fall to pride.

    After 7 long years that put the kingdom of Babylon in distress wondering what to do about their animalistic ruler, the King finally looks up to heaven and gets it.

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

  2. The beginning of this chapter began with a dream. Nebuchadnezzar didn’t have a care in the world; until something shook him scared. The middle of the chapter revealed an answer to a dream that upset and terrified the revealer/interpreter. He could only advice the king as verse 27 MSG says “So, king, take my advice: Make a clean break with your sins and start living for others. Quit your wicked life and look after the needs of the down-and-out. Then you will continue to have a good life.” The end of the chapter shows us “The Loss and Regaining of a Mind and a Kingdom” as the caption reads in the MSG version. We must be very careful not to lift ourselves above what we have been blessed with, thinking that we brought it about. For it is only by God’s grace and mercy that it abounds in our life. Nebuchadnezzar realized this in verse 37 NLT “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.”

  3. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
    Just like today backsliders will look up at the heavens and realize its time to come home. That there is only one true God Jesus. So always pray for the backsliders

  4. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

    35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

    36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    PRAISE AND HONOUR GOD

    God will not allow his honor to be given to another. Nebuchadnezzar in earlier verses, even after Daniel told him humility might hold off the wrath of God, boasted of his kingdom and what he had built. No one builds anything, God builds and we might be privileged enough to be A worker in his great kingdom.
    After the affliction God placed on Nebuchadnezzar he realized God was the ruler of the earth. He lifted up whom he will and he brought down whom he will.
    We should be thankful that after God was finished with Nebuchadnezzar he was ready to give God the honor he deserved. God has mercy on Nebuchadnezzar. Because he is a merciful God.
    Now let us praise and honor God today!!!

  5. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    “His ways judgment” really caught my eye this morning. This verse is giving us some characteristics of God. He is the King of heaven, He is Truth and His way is judgment or His actions are right.

    This made me think about two things.
    1. Are my works good works of truth?
    2. If I am judged by my ways or actions are they in alinement with righteousness?

  6. I, Mine, My…. When you hear those words, soon destruction follows.

    30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

    Pride, self sufficiency, self boast, will take you to self destruction.

    But repentance will take you to salvation. Rev. 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

    HERE IS THE TESTIMONY OF KING NEBUCHADNEZZAR…
    34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

    35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

    36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

  7. THE KEY TO CONVERSION

    27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

    REPENTANCE

    The only evidence we have for true, sincere repentance is the fruit of righteousness in our lives. Sin is broken by righteous living, by replace a sinful nature with a GOD pleasing righteousness nature. By replacing sinful thoughts with pure, holy, righteous thoughts, by replacing selfishish deeds with selfless acts of kindness through serving others and by giving to and assisting the poor.

    Proverbs 19:17 He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

    Too often he rich take advantage of the poor because they have no resources for defense. However as we find in Proverbs and Daniel along other scripture references, the LORD defends the poor. When we show mercy or have pity on the poor (NOT the LAZY). We find FAVOR in the eyes of the LORD.

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  8. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

  9. Vs.4, “I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:”
    Vs.5, “I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.”

    Nebuchadnezzar was taking it easy (getting comfortable) in his palace, without a care in the world. Then he had a bad dream that scared him.

    This passage of scripture made me think how when things are going good in life (without a care in the world), that we start getting comfortable in our walk with the Lord. This can be a scary place to be in.

    1 Cor. 10:12 says, “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”

    God has a way of waking us up, when life gets a little to comfortable.

  10. 34 “After this time had passed, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven. My sanity returned, and I praised and worshiped the Most High and honored the one who lives forever. His rule is everlasting, and his kingdom is eternal.
    35 All the people of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, ‘What do you mean by doing these things?’
    36 “When my sanity returned to me, so did my honor and glory and kingdom. My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored as head of my kingdom, with even greater honor than before.
    37 “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and glorify and honor the King of heaven. All his acts are just and true, and he is able to humble the proud.” (NLT)

    Praise be to our Almighty God!

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    7 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

    (1Pe 4:8) And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

    Whenever we feel like we’ve failed God, we should love others and help others and according to the scripture we will receive more grace and more mercy

  12. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    Nebuchadnezzar chose to make a change in his life. He new no matter what God has the power to everything.

    Lord you are the maker of heaven and earth, and everything in it.
    Glory to God in the hightest and Peace to his people on earth.
    Lord I bless and honor your Holy name Jesus.

  13. To be made low

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    It took awhile for the King to get the picture, but he did. The Lord is the King of Heaven and he has a way of showing himself strong.

    Sometimes, we halt the plan of God with our pride. We think we can actually make it in this life on our own. God has a way to bring us to our knees. Let’s fall on our knees willingly without waiting until God smashes us with his thumb.

  14. My God is awesome! He can move mountains in the blink of an eye and will do anything His children ask Him on His time and in His will. Thank you Jesus for everything!!

  15. Sometimes you have to go through the valley before you reach your destination. God allows us to go through test for a reason. It’s not because he takes joy in our struggle or sorrow. I know that when ever God sends a test my way, it’s because he wants me to gain something from it once I pass. I know that I will come out stronger than when I started the test. Going through the valley is just a stepping stone for your victory.

  16. 27 Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

    28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.

    29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.

    30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

    31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee.

    32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will.

    33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

    34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

    If king Nebuchadnezzar would just listen to God the first time when he warned him he would not have to go through so much headache. Serving God we realize that we should just listen to what God say to do. Obedience is better than sacrifice. We need to set our pride to the side and know that Gods plan is always better than our plan even though it may not always feel good or isn’t the easiest thing to do.

  17. 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me.
    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    I pray that the Lord always shows us mercy when our ways become displeasing to him. He could wipe us off the face of this earth due to pride & selfishness but here he shows mercy & allows the King to go through a storm but restores him. We must search inward when the storm comes to see if it’s correction or to build faith.

  18. This chapter illustrates pride. The Nebuchadnezzar’s pride was costly. Pride is costly, regardless of one’s stature; “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall”. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

    Pride cometh before a fall! Rest assured that when a man thinks he stand in his own power he will be reminded The Lord is the keeper of our mind, body, & spirit without him we are nothing.

  20. When you’d britches get too big, God can bring you back down to size. Nebuchadnezzar was humbled even when he didn’t want to be. Then he truly knew that God was in control not Nebuchadnezzar. We need to be careful that we are not so full of ourselves that we loose sight of the importance of God.

  21. Pride

    37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.

    Pride can be very sneaky. It can slip in quietly and disguise itself amongst religious activity so that it is hard to detect. A fall should not be our only indicator of pride, as pride was already present before the fall. God warned the king but apparently he didn’t heed it. If we will allow God, He can reveal to us where pride is in our lives and help us dismantle it’s reign in us. He is able to abase us both the hard way and the easy way, the choice is ours.

    James 4:5-10
    5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

  22. King Neb has so much to be proud of! He has built Babylon ino a city of great power and has constructed magnificent buildings and flower gardens. During his reign Babylon is probably the most important city in the ancient world. And king Neb knows it. But his heart is still cold toward God. The king claims that the wealth and beauty of his kingdom are for his glory and majesty. His pride pushes him over the edge. Now he will suffer the consequences.

    Insidious pride still corrupts people today, just as it did Neb. Without flinching, we think of all we’ve accomplished, all we’ve gained, and we can fail to give the glory to whom it is due. The road’s the same as the one Neb walked here. It doesn’t lead to life but destruction.

    Proverbs 16: 18
    Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

  23. The dream that the King had was warning to him of things to come, however sad they were. God prepares us for situations we are going to fast if we are sensitive to him. Not always pleasant at time, but His promises that He is with us alway even unto the ends of the earth can provide us with the confidence that if He brings us to it, He will bring us through it.

  24. 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:

    One thing he remembered…like psalmist said, from whence cometh my help…

    Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills,from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord,which made heaven and earth.

  25. The Interpretation of king Neb-u-chad-nez’-zar dream by Daniel 22. It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong

    ; for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominionto the end of the earth. 23. And whereas the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of the roots thereof in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over him; 24. This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king: 25. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee,till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 26. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sureunto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.

  26. When you have accomplished so much in your life and gotten to place of stature such as a King, it’s easier to lose sight of who put you there to begin with and who gave you so much in your life. When we lose sight on these things, is when the spirit of pride can find a hole, a chink in your spiritual armor and find a way into your life.

    We have to be careful remain humble before God and repent of our sins as it says in Job 4:17-19

    17. Shall mortal man be more than just God? Shall a man be more than his maker? 18. Behold he put no trust in his servants and his angels he charged with folly. 19. How much less in them that dwell in houses of Clay whose foundation is in dust which are crushed before the moth?

    When you do not, you come out of God’s blessing and became vulnerable, cause God can not protect if you don’t stay in his will. The King had to pay the price for his arrogance and was reduced to mere memory of the past.

    But thank you Jesus, even when you are down to point where you feel like noone can help and you have sinned too much for God to forgive. All if you have to do is look up and call upon his name and he will deliver you.

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