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Daniel 4:1 "Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the … Daniel adds the cause of his grief, — O my lord, he says, may the dream be for thine enemies, and its interpretation to thy foes! Thus Jeremiah had before exhorted the Jewish captives at Babylon to wish and pray for the prosperity of the government under which they lived. Daniel was reticent to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream because of the negative implications on the king. The king spake. Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. But truth must be spoken, however it be taken. 19. We have already noted that Daniel 4:24,25 were designed to correct the king's notion about the source of the decree against him. sha "ah = a moment, as Daniel 4:33; Daniel 3:6, Daniel 3:15; Daniel 5:5. So the king spoke, and said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you.” Daniel 4:19. Daniel 7:1-14 Daniel’s Vision of The Four Beasts. Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream - Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. And I refer this to the sorrow which the holy Prophet had endured from that horrible punishment which God had shewn under a figure; nor ought it to seem surprising for Daniel to be grievously afflicted on account of the calamity of the king of Babylon; for although he was a cruel tyrant, and had harassed and all but destroyed God’s Church, yet since he was under his Sway, he was bound to pray for him. So Philo brings in Joseph prefacing to the interpretation of Pharaoh’s baker’s dream, Utinam tale somnium non vidisses, &c., I would, sir, you had not so dreamed; but since you have, I mast deal plainly with you. (a). Daniel 3:6. But he was a soldier who had faced many hardships and he wanted to know the worst. Benson Commentary Daniel 4:19. The king answered and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation trouble thee. Daniel 6:1-17 Daniel And The Lions Den. Daniel 4:1 Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the … Then I will tell the king what his dream means.’ v25 Then Arioch quickly took Daniel to the king. Daniel Interprets the Second Dream. answered and said. See the note at Daniel 1:7. Daniel 4:18 : Daniel 4:20 >> The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. So he assured Daniel that he could tell him the truth without fear, at which Daniel pointed out that what he had to say was really what his enemies and those who hated him would want to say. It was clear to him that Daniel did not want to tell him its meaning, and it confirmed his worst fears. For though Nebuchadnezzar was an idolater, a persecutor, and oppressor of the people of God, yet he was Daniel’s prince, and therefore, though he foresees, and is now going to foretel, ill concerning him, he dares not wish ill to him. Daniel 6:18-28 Daniel Saved From The Lions. {See Trapp on "Habakkuk 3:16"} But they who tremble not in time of threatening, shall be crushed to pieces in time of punishing. It was composed under the authority of a pagan. The sympathy, then, was right in his condoling with his king and being silent for about an hour. Whatever was the length of time that Nebuchadnezzar was deprived of his throne, the government of Babylon would have been taken care of by a regent. Whenever God appointed his Prophets the heralds of severe calamities, they were affected in two ways; on the one side, they condoled with those miserable men whose destruction they saw at hand, and still they boldly announced what had been divinely commanded; and thus their sorrow never hindered them from discharging their duty freely and consistently. It is the language of an Oriental; language uttered at a court, where only the words of respect were heard. Nebuchadnezzar sensed that Daniel was struggling with how he would tell the king the … Was astonied - Was astonished. Daniel, after a certain pause makes this mannerly preamble to the interpretation of the dream, which could not be very pleasing. Expressions similar to this occur not unfrequently in ancient writings. Daniel 9:1-4. Belteshazzar answered, 'My lord, if only the dream applied to your enemies and its meaning to your adversaries!" "Thou shalt be driven from men ..." The description here of the king's condition during the days of his punishment should not be pressed as to details. He is one of the people that you brought from Judah.’ Daniel 4:19. My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee.] There is not, in this, anything necessarily implying a hatred of the enemies of the king, or any wish that calamity should come upon them; it is the expression of an earnest desire that such an affliction might not come upon him. In Daniel’s case we see both these feelings. So the king said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.” Nebuchadnezzar in this passage is so utterly unlike Antiochus Epiphanes that it must ever remain a mystery why critical scholars are always mentioning Antiochus and the need of the people for encouragement in those times, as being pertinent in any manner whatever to this prophecy. No entry exists in Forerunner Commentary for Daniel 4:19. Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar - Daniel 4:8. This language, however, should not be rigidly interpreted. Chaldee. Revelation (chapters 4-19), is an exposition of what will take place during this period. For one hour - It is not possible to designate the exact time denoted by the word “hour” - שׁעה shâ‛âh According to Gesenius (“Lex.”), it means moment of time; properly, a look, a glance, a wink of the eye - German, “augenblick.” In Arabic the word means both a moment and an hour. This was the distinctive feature of the true prophets of God: though they often had to predict judgments, they were nevertheless grieved when any of God"s creatures were chastised. Thus Horace, b. iii. Ver. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream [be] to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies. It was widely used later, as in Luke 15:18. Others think he was in an ecstasy; but this seems to suit better because he does not simply speak of being astonished, but even disturbed and terrified in his thoughts. Your email address will not be published. Daniel"s initial reluctance to tell the king the interpretation must have been due to the bad news itself, or to the potentially harmful consequences to Daniel for telling it to the king. Nevertheless at his insistence he would tell him its meaning. He did not want to bear bad news; nevertheless, Daniel faithfully interpreted the dream to him. Astonied - overwhelmed with awe at the terrible import of the dream. When Daniel prayed this, Judah had been scattered for about 70 years, and they were just about ready to go back to the Promised Land. This, doubtless, arose from his consideration of the extraordinary and affecting circumstances of the dream, as appears from the latter part of the verse. "Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stricken dumb for awhile, and his thoughts troubled him. Nevertheless, Daniel"s heart was concerned for the king and grieved over what he had to tell him. Daniel 5:13-31 Daniel Interprets The Handwriting. Daniel 9:4-19 NRSV Easy-Print Commentary Daniel 9:4-19 NRSV Easy-Print Large Print Commentary New Revised Standard Version Student Study Handout for Daniel 9:4-19 Audio Edition with New International Version Audio Edition Daniel 9:4-19 NIV Commentary Teacher Study Hints for Thinking Further him; this is the interpretation, O king, and it is the decree of the Most High, which is come upon my lord the king: that thou shalt be driven from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and thou shalt be made to eat grass as oxen, and shall be wet 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. [Note: Feinberg, p56.]. Daniel 4:19-27 New International Version (NIV) Daniel Interprets the Dream 19 Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. Neither should a teller of truth be audacious but true to truth. They knew him to be the executor of God’s just vengeance, and also to be their sovereign and lawful ruler. Daniel 4:19 "Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. Note the change of speakers. ). This was the distinctive feature of the true prophets of God: though they often had to predict judgments, they were nevertheless grieved when any of God"s creatures were chastised." one hour — the original means often “a moment,” or “short time,” as in Daniel 3:6, Daniel 3:15. let not the dream  …  trouble thee — Many despots would have punished a prophet who dared to foretell his overthrow. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation. Daniel 4:19-27 Daniel Explains Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream. He knew the meaning of this dream and how well Nebuchadnezzar deserved what was to come upon him. Daniel begins to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream starting at verse 19. read απηνεωθη, obstupefactus fuit, he was amazed, or confounded. Perhaps he supposed that he hesitated because he apprehended danger to himself if he should express his thoughts, and the king therefore assured him of safety, and encouraged him to declare the full meaning of the vision, whatever that might be. Belteshazzar replied, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries! Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Communicators of God’s truth should tell the unvarnished truth about God. 1. In Daniel 3:6, Daniel 3:15, it evidently means immediately. The words are spoken by the figure called euphemismus, according to which any displeasing or ungrateful thing is signified by a more soft and agreeable mode of expression: see a like instance, 1 Samuel 25:22. To this it may be replied, that although in ordinary intercourse with him in Babylon, in addressing him as an officer of state under the Chaldean government, he would undoubtedly be mentioned only by that name; yet, in a proclamation like this, both the names by which he was known would be used - the one to identify him among his own countrymen, the other among the Chaldeans. But the LXX. This merely implies that he did not desire that these things should come upon him. Daniel 5:1-12 King Belshazzar’s Banquet. Daniel ... Belteshazzar - the use of the Hebrew as well as the Chaldee name, so far from being an objection, as some have made it, is an undesigned mark of genuineness. This proclamation was designed for people of all classes, and ranks, and tongues Daniel 4:1; it was intended to make known the supremacy of the God worshipped by the Hebrews. King Nebuchadnezzar,To the nations and peoples of every language, who live Let not the dream trouble thee — Speak out, let the event be what it will. And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the roots of the tree; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shall have known that the heavens do rule.". (Read Daniel 4:19-27) Daniel was struck with amazement and terror at so heavy a judgment coming upon so great a prince, and gives advice with tenderness and respect. As Daniel was not afraid to say, “You are the man,” neither should we be afraid. Then Daniel—was astonished for one hour— Stood in silent astonishment for nearly an hour. But if and when that should happen, the enemies of the Word would not stop denying it. And when the king commands him to be of good courage and not to be disturbed, we have here depicted the security of those who do not apprehend the wrath of God. Belteshazzar, he says, let not thy thoughts disturb thee; let not the dream and its interpretation frighten thee/ Yet Daniel was afraid for his sake. The wish here is not so much against others, as for the king: a common formula (2 Samuel 18:32). “Such rhetorical embellishments are pointed at no individuals, have nothing in them of malice or ill-will, and may be presumed to be free from any imputation of a want of charity.” — Wintle. Nevertheless, Daniel"s heart was concerned for the king and grieved over what he had to tell him. Then Daniel was astonied for one hour — “Stood in silent astonishment for nearly an hour,” both at the surprising circumstances of the judgment denounced against the king, and likewise out of a tender regard and respect for his person, who had bestowed so many favours upon him. For these two reasons they suffer sorrow and pain. 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. Was astonished for an hour.] Daniel said to Arioch, ‘Do not kill the wise men in Babylon. Daniel thus expresses his dutiful concern for the safety of the king’s person and government. (19) Hour.—Literally, moment. This was the reason why he suffered so much sorrow from that sad oracle. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Sensing Daniel"s uneasiness, Nebuchadnezzar encouraged the prophet to relate the interpretation without fear of punishment. (Jeremiah 29:7.) or that President John Kennedy would have memorialized his sexual escapades in the White House? "[34] Note that the plural is used here, "the heavens do rule." Do they suppose that Senator Ted Kennedy would have a monument erected to his escapade at Chappaquiddick? At the close of seventy years it was lawful for the pious worshippers of God to beg him to free them; but until the time predicted by the Prophet had elapsed, it was not lawful either to indulge in hatred against the king, or to invoke God’s wrath upon him. How can anyone on earth suppose that Nebuchadnezzar would have erected a monument to his status while in the throes of that awful malady? Daniel answered, The dream be to them that hate thee — May the ill it portends happen to thy enemies. The word “astonied,” now gone out of use, several times occurs in the common version; Ezra 9:3; Job 17:8; Job 18:20; Ezekiel 4:17; Daniel 3:24; Daniel 4:19; Daniel 5:9. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine adversaries. Adam Clarke gives us the name of that regent. He did not want to bear bad news; nevertheless, Daniel. Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar. My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee. | Powered by WordPress. But, on the other hand, Daniel shews the impossibility of his being changed or softened by any sentiment of pity, and thus turned from his intended course: "Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. “Such rhetorical embellishments are pointed at no individuals, have nothing in them of malice or ill-will, are used as marks of respect to the ruling powers, and may be presumed to be free from any imputation of a want of charity.” - Wintle, in loc. He can tell the king what his dream means. Daniel 9:4-19 New Revised Standard Version January 21, 2018 The International Bible Lesson (Uniform Sunday School Lessons Series) for Sunday, January 21, 2018, is from Daniel 9:4-19 (Some will only study Daniel 9:4- 8 & 15-19). But the impious, even when God openly addresses and threatens them, are not moved, but remain stupid, or openly deride his power and treat his threats as fabulous, till they feel them seriously. The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar and he was driven from men and did eat grass as the 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. So the king spoke, and said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, may the dream concern those who hate you, and its interpretation concern your enemies! Here it would seem to mean a short time. Then Daniel was astonied for one hour — “Stood in silent astonishment for nearly an hour,” both at the surprising circumstances of the judgment denounced against the king, and likewise out of a tender regard and respect for his person, who had bestowed so many favours upon him. Take me to the king. Daniel 9:4-19 4] I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed: "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands, 5] we have sinned and done wrong. Daniel was reticent to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream because of the negative implications on the king. Such is the example which the Prophet sets before us in the king of Babylon. 4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 5 we have sinned and done wrong. A dissenting view was quoted by Thomson from a famed British medical doctor, David Yellowlees, of the University of Glasgow: This quotation has been included here not from any personal acceptance of it as true, but as a matter of general interest. The dream dumbfounded Daniel. The Antichrist stops all worship of the one true God at the middle of the 7 years of tribulation (one week). The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or the interpretation trouble you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, the dream be to those who hate you, and its interpretation to your enemies.”. (Comp. If it must come on any, such was his respect for the sovereign, and such his desire for his welfare and prosperitry, that he preferred that it should fall upon those who were his enemies, and who hated him. Daniel had not hesitated to interpret the king"s first dream ( Daniel 2:27-28). They do not take a poll to find out the prevailing opinion on things. The AV translation "for one hour" ( Daniel 4:19 ) describes a brief period of time better rendered "for a while" (NASB, et al. No communicator of God’s truth should pull any punches. So the king said, 'Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.' The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Let us learn, therefore, from the Prophet’s example, to pray for blessings on our enemies who desire to destroy us, and especially to pray for tyrants if it please God to subject us to their lust; for although they are unworthy of any of the feelings of humanity, yet we must modestly bear their yoke, because they could not be our governors without God’s permission; and not only for wrath, as Paul admonishes us, but for conscience’ sake, (Romans 13:5,) otherwise we should not only rebel against them, but against God himself. "[33] Such a remark is based on the fact that none of the monuments or inscriptions uncovered from the mud of Mesopotamia have any report of king Nebuchadnezzar's terrible malady. (19-26) Daniel explains the rise and coming fall of Nebuchadnezzar. It was not good news. The prayer of Daniel. Meanwhile, we must remark, how variously the Prophets were affected when God uses them in denouncing his approaching judgments. He was not puzzled by the difficulties of it. Daniel begins to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream starting at verse 19. We simply do not know what it was. He would not seem to be willing even to speak of so fearful calamities as he saw were coming upon the king. He felt for the king, and for the nation; and with what force and delicacy does he express the general portent; "The dream to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies!". But God had deafly taught the Jews this, by means of Jeremiah, Pray ye for the prosperous state of Babylon, because your peace shall be in it. We are not to suppose that this continued during the space of time which we call an hour, but he was silent until Nebuchadnezzar addressed him. Daniel was concerned due to what he saw in Babylon; it discomforted him. The Prophet is terrified, and yet he is free from all evil; for God does not threaten him, nay, the very punishment which he sees prepared for the king, afforded the hope of future deliverance. God was just about ready to release them. ode 27: “Di meliora piis, erroremque liostibus ilium.”. No honest preachers or teachers tell people just what they want to hear. Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream starting at verse 19. This chapter continues the story of how the mighty ruler Nebuchadnezzar came to capitulate to the God of the captives he brought back from Judea. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.' See note on Deuteronomy 1:41. Ea fere est improbarum securitas; the godly, who have less cause, are frightened often, when the wicked are hardened. He knew the meaning of this dream and how well Nebuchadnezzar deserved what was to come upon him. If they do not tell the truth, few will trust their word. So the king spoke, and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation trouble you.’ Belteshazzar answered and said, ‘My lord, may the dream concern those who hate you, and its interpretation concern your enemies!’. God’s viewpoint is not easy to take sometimes. The king answered and said, “Belteshazzar, let not the dream or the interpretation alarm you.” Belteshazzar answered and said, “My lord, u may the dream be for those who hate you u and its interpretation for your enemies! They tell the truth. This, doubtless, arose from his consideration of the extraordinary and affecting circumstances of the dream, as appears from the latter part of the verse. In fact the kingdom of heaven as written in the Greek New Testament is actually, "The royal majesty of the heavens has approached"[35] (Matthew 3:2). The king said, Let not the dream trouble thee — Whatsoever it be that thou understandest from the dream, tell it freely without fear. 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. They will do it with discretion, but they will do it. The seventieth week will end when Christ returns to the earth to establish His kingdom (Rev. Daniel 4:19-37 The Dead End Street Called Pride - 2; Daniel 5:1-31 The Dead End Street Called Pride - 3; Daniel 6:1-28 How to Live with Pagans and Maintain Your Witness; Daniel 7:1-8; 24-28 Hang on, Brother, the King is Coming; Daniel 7:8-25 The Rise, Reign and Ruin of the Little Horn; Daniel 7:9-14 Thy Kingdom Come It has been objected that the mention in this edict of “both” the names by which Daniel was known is an improbable circumstance; that a pagan monarch would only have referred to him by the name by which he was known in Babylon - the name which he had himself conferred on him in honor of the god (“Belus”) after whom he was called. And whereas the king saw a watcher and a holy one coming down from heaven, and saying, Hew down the tree, and destroy it; nevertheless 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. Read Introduction to Daniel “Then the king instructed Ashpenaz, the master of his eunuchs, to bring some of the children of Israel and some of the king’s descendants and some of the nobles, 4 young men in whom there was no blemish, but good-looking, gifted in all wisdom, possessing knowledge and quick to understand, who had ability to serve in the king’s palace, and whom they might … Daniel 4:19-27 Daniel apparently immediately understood what the dream meant and for one hour in amazement pondered over the giving Nebuchadnezzar the interpretation. Which name he took no felicity at all in, but the contrary. (1-2) Introduction: Daniel’s reason for prayer. It was the language of courtesy and of respect; it showed that he had no desire that any calamity should befall the monarch, and that he had no wish for the success of his enemies. He said, ‘I have found a man. That is, Daniel was fixed in thought, and maintained a profound silence until the king addressed him. This attitude of the principal characters here is proof that no writer in the days of Antiochus had anything to do with the composition of the prophecy of Daniel. 19:11-21). Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream of a Tree # :0 In Aramaic texts 4:1-3 is numbered 3:31-33, and 4:4-37 is numbered 4:1-34. 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