Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of World Kingdoms


Dan. 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar,

[1] Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith

[a.] his spirit was troubled, and

[b.] his sleep brake from him.



2:16 Then

[1] Daniel went in, and

[a.] desired of the king that he would give him time, and

[11.] that he would show the king the interpretation.

2:17 Then

[2] Daniel went to his house, and

[a.] made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:

2:18 [11.] That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven

[aa.] concerning this secret;

[12.] that Daniel and his fellows should not perish

[aa.] with the rest of the wise [men] of Babylon.


2:19 Then was [after prayer]

[1] the secret revealed unto Daniel

[a.] in a night vision.

[2] Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.


2:20 Daniel answered and said,

[1] Blessed be the name of God

[a.] for ever and ever: for

[2] wisdom [is His] and

[3] might are [is] his:

2:21 And

[4] he changeth the times and

[5] [he changeth]the seasons [c/p. Dan. 7:25]:

[6] he removeth kings, and

[7] [he] setteth up kings:

[8] he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and

[9] [he giveth] knowledge to them that know understanding:

2:22 [10] He revealeth the deep [things] and

[11] [he revealeth the] secret things:

[12] he knoweth what [is] in the darkness, and

[13] the light dwelleth with him.


2:23 I

[1] thank thee, and

[2] praise thee, O thou God of my fathers,

[a.] who hast given me wisdom and might, and

[b.] hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee [answered prayer]:

[11.] for thou hast [now] made known unto us the king's matter.



Nebuchadnezzar's vision is for the latter days


2:26 The king answered and said to Daniel,

[1] whose name [was] Belteshazzar,

[a.] Art thou able to make known unto me

[11.] the dream which I have seen, and

[12.] the interpretation thereof?


2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said,

[1] The secret which the king hath demanded

[a.] cannot [these cannot reveal the secret]

[11.] the wise [men],

[12.] the astrologers,

[13.] the magicians,

[14.] the soothsayers,

show unto the king;

2:28 But

[2] there is a God in heaven

[a.] that revealeth secrets, and

[b.] [that] maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar

[1.] what shall be in the latter days (vs. Dan. 10:14).

[3] Thy

[a.] dream, and the

[b.] visions of thy head

[11.] upon thy bed,

are these [God will speak to a king about his kingdom] ;


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