Daniel 9 – The Seventy Weeks of Daniel A. It did not come from angels, but from God. ", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. God's promises are to encourage our prayers, not to make them needless; and when we see the performance of them approaching, we should more earnestly plead them with God. The nature of the king's strange malady is readily identified by a number of writers as "lycanthropy,"[30] a strange form of insanity in which the victim imagines that he is a beast and adopts a form of behavior appropriate to such a delusion. They do not take a poll to find out the prevailing opinion on things. ), To them that hate thee.—A delicate way of expressing his hopes for the best. Communicators of God’s truth should tell the unvarnished truth about God. But, as I have already said, while the faithful are afraid though they feel God to be propitious, yet the impious sleep in their security, and are unmoved and unterrified by any threats. 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. 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. 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. Daniel 5:13-31 Daniel Interprets The Handwriting. 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. (Jeremiah 29:7.) Belteshazzar replied, ‘My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries! Belteshazzar replied, 'My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries! He did not want to bear bad news; nevertheless, Daniel faithfully interpreted the dream to him. Daniel 9:1-4. 19 Then Daniel, whose name was p Belteshazzar, was s dismayed for a while, and t his thoughts alarmed him. They will do it with discretion, but they will do it. Daniel was concerned due to what he saw in Babylon; it discomforted him. In a proclamation to "all people," and one designed to honour the God of the Hebrews, Nebuchadnezzar would naturally use the Hebrew name (derived from God, 'Eel (Hebrew #410), the name by which the prophet was best known among his countrymen) as well as the Gentile name by which he was known in the Chaldean empire. "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. Daniel - was astonied for one hour - He saw the design of the dream, and he felt the great delicacy of interpreting it. Daniel 4:19. He knew the meaning of this dream and how well Nebuchadnezzar deserved what was to come upon him. Daniel 4:19-27 Daniel Explains Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream. 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. The king spake and said … - Perceiving that the dream had, as he had probably apprehended, a fearful significancy, and that Daniel hesitated about explaining its meaning. “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. 1. Why then is he frightened? The prayer of Daniel. 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. Benson Commentary Daniel 4:19. No communicator of God’s truth should pull any punches. He would not seem to be willing even to speak of so fearful calamities as he saw were coming upon the king. "[34] Note that the plural is used here, "the heavens do rule." Here it would seem to mean a short time. Revelation (chapters 4-19), is an exposition of what will take place during this period. 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. The king's edict here used both the Hebrew name and the Babylonian name of Daniel; and critics seize this as a grounds for destructive remarks; but, on the other hand, this use of both names is exactly what should have been expected. Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream - Nebuchadnezzar the king, To all peoples, nations, and languages that dwell in all the earth: Peace be multiplied to you. He did not want to bear bad news; nevertheless, Daniel. 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. Daniel 4:28-37 Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation. The sympathy, then, was right in his condoling with his king and being silent for about an hour. He is one of the people that you brought from Judah.’ Meanwhile, we must remark, how variously the Prophets were affected when God uses them in denouncing his approaching judgments. Then Daniel—was astonished for one hour— Stood in silent astonishment for nearly an hour. The king responded and said, ‘Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.' Such is the example which the Prophet sets before us in the king of Babylon. 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. 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. 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. The Antichrist stops all worship of the one true God at the middle of the 7 years of tribulation (one week). This, doubtless, arose from his consideration of the extraordinary and affecting circumstances of the dream, as appears from the latter part of the verse. Adam Clarke gives us the name of that regent. "This verse reveals the heart of Daniel as well as any in the entire book of Daniel. Aware of the interpretation of the dream Daniel was very upset, and his concern was clear to Nebuchadnezzar. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine adversaries. The AV translation "for one hour" ( Daniel 4:19) describes a brief period of time better rendered "for a while" (NASB, et al.). It is the language of an Oriental; language uttered at a court, where only the words of respect were heard. 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. Daniel 6:18-28 Daniel Saved From The Lions. Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes or that President John Kennedy would have memorialized his sexual escapades in the White House? Daniel begins to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream starting at verse 19. sha "ah = a moment, as Daniel 4:33; Daniel 3:6, Daniel 3:15; Daniel 5:5. El}, “God,” the name by which the prophet was best known among his countrymen), as well as the Gentile name by which he was known in the Chaldean empire. "Thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shall have known that the heavens do rule" (Daniel 4:26). Questions for Discussion and Thinking Further follow the verse-by- verse International Bible Lesson Commentary.Study Hints for Discussion and Expressions similar to this occur not unfrequently in ancient writings. Daniel 4:19. The dream dumbfounded Daniel. (1-2) Introduction: Daniel’s reason for prayer. Troubled him — Because he fore-saw such troubles coming upon the king for whom he had a high reverence. Nebuchadnezzar had derived the knowledge of the meaning of his dream from one who was a Hebrew, and it was natural, therefore, in order that it might be known by whom the dream had been interpreted, that he should so designate him that it would be understood by all. Daniel 7:1-14 Daniel’s Vision of The Four Beasts. ‘Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was upset for a while and his thoughts troubled him. They have the general meaning that, "The king would be in such a state as to be treated like a beast; he would be removed from his ordinary abode, and become a miserable and neglected outcast."[29]. He can tell the king what his dream means. 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. He knew the meaning of this dream and how well Nebuchadnezzar deserved what was to come upon him. 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. Neither should a teller of truth be audacious but true to truth. 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. The king answered and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation trouble thee. But he was a soldier who had faced many hardships and he wanted to know the worst. The AV translation "for one hour" ( Daniel 4:19 ) describes a brief period of time better rendered "for a while" (NASB, et al. 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. That is, Daniel was fixed in thought, and maintained a profound silence until the king addressed him. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee - Let such things as are foreboded by the dream happen to your enemies rather than to you. Though this king were a tyrant, and an enemy of God and his people, yet the prophet is grieved for him, and prayed for him that God would avert his judgments from him, and lay them rather upon his enemies, Jeremiah 29:7. Tellers of truth represent light in the darkness. 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. by Grant Richison | Mar 5, 2002 | Daniel | 0 comments, “Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for a time, and his thoughts troubled him. answered and said. The king said, Let not the dream trouble thee — Whatsoever it be that thou understandest from the dream, tell it freely without fear. 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. Daniel learned from the books of the prophets, especially from Jeremiah, that the desolation of Jerusalem would continue seventy years, which were drawing to a close. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar -, Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee -, "Thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shall have known that the heavens do rule", Then Daniel (whose name was Belteshazzar) was astonied for one hour, 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. It was clear to him that Daniel did not want to tell him its meaning, and it confirmed his worst fears. See Habakkuk 3:16. Daniel 4:1 "Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the … 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. "Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was stricken dumb for awhile, and his thoughts troubled him. He was not puzzled by the difficulties of it. (19) Hour.—Literally, moment. 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. The wish here is not so much against others, as for the king: a common formula (2 Samuel 18:32). Daniel 4:19 Then Daniel, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. Ver. The Vulgate renders it, cæpit intra seipsum tacitus cogitare, he began to consider in silence within himself, or silently reflected on the particulars of the dream just related. | Powered by WordPress. 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. Daniel had not hesitated to interpret the king"s first dream ( Daniel 2:27-28). 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. 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. 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. Our own viewpoint is that, since the visitation upon Nebuchadnezzar was a heaven sent punishment, it might not have been any particular disease with which men are familiar. See note on Deuteronomy 1:41. This merely implies that he did not desire that these things should come upon 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. Daniel answered, The dream be to them that hate thee — May the ill it portends happen to thy enemies. But if and when that should happen, the enemies of the Word would not stop denying it. Nebuchadnezzar the king, unto all people, nations, and languages, that dwell in all the earth; Peace … Daniel said to Arioch, ‘Do not kill the wise men in Babylon. King Nebuchadnezzar,To the nations and peoples of every language, who live His thoughts troubled him, because he foresaw such tragical things coming upon the king, for whom he had such reverence for the high favours and honours he had conferred on him, and he was afraid to declare them; these things coming upon him while he was acted by a Spirit of prophecy, doubled his consternation, and troubled his thoughts, Daniel 10:16,17. See the note at Daniel 1:7. Daniel 4:19. Despite that, however, the king did publish the decree which we have before us in the historic Book of Daniel; and this writer believes, along with a great many other conservative scholars, that the discoveries in the ancient Babylonian area my yet reveal a copy of this very decree. God’s viewpoint is not easy to take sometimes. 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.". But the LXX. Daniel 4:19 "Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. This chapter is unique in all scripture. 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.”. Your email address will not be published. Of special interest is the evidence of mutual love and respect between Daniel and the king in Daniel 4:19. {See Trapp on "Habakkuk 3:16"} But they who tremble not in time of threatening, shall be crushed to pieces in time of punishing. Then I will tell the king what his dream means.’ v25 Then Arioch quickly took Daniel to the king. Ea fere est improbarum securitas; the godly, who have less cause, are frightened often, when the wicked are hardened. [Note: Feinberg, p56.]. Nebuchadnezza. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. 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. 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. The destructive critics gleefully remark that, "The silence of the inscriptions is inexplicable! 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. Then Daniel (whose name was Belteshazzar) was astonied for one hour,.... Not at the difficulty of interpreting the dream, which was plain and easy to him; but at the sad and shocking things he saw plainly by the dream were coming upon the king: and though he was a wicked prince, and justly deserved such treatment; and thus he continued for the space of an hour like one thunder struck, filled with amazement, quite stupid, dumb, and silent: and his thoughts troubled him; both about what should befall the king, and how he should make it known to him: the king spake and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee: he saw by his countenance the confusion he was in, and imagined there was something in the dream which portended evil, and made him backward to relate it; and therefore encouraged him to tell it, be it what it would: Belteshazzar answered and said, my lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies; which is as if he had said, I could have wished, had it been the will of God, that what is signified by the dream might have befallen not the king, but his enemies; this he said, not merely as a courtier, but as one that heartily wished and prayed for his peace and prosperity; and to show that he had no ill will to the king in the interpretation of the dream, but was his hearty faithful servant and minister; and yet suggests that something very dreadful and distressing was intended for him; and hereby he prepared him the better to receive it. Nevertheless, Daniel"s heart was concerned for the king and grieved over what he had to tell him. Belteshazzar said — What address and how excellent a spirit is shewn in this short preface. So the king said, 'Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its meaning alarm you.' Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. They tell the truth. And his thoughts troubled him - The thoughts which passed through his mind respecting the fearful import of the dream. 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. (19-26) Daniel explains the rise and coming fall of Nebuchadnezzar. God was just about ready to release them. the dream be to them that hate thee — We are to desire the prosperity of those under whose authority God‘s providence has placed us (Jeremiah 29:7). 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. (a). As Daniel was not afraid to say, “You are the man,” neither should we be afraid. 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! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation. Daniel was reticent to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s second dream because of the negative implications on the king. (Comp. 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