A Christ Filled Life/Getting to Know Jesus
The Dream is Fulfilled – Daniel 4:29) 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? Proverbs 16:18; Isaiah 26:10. 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. Acts 12:23. 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? Job 34:29; Isaiah 45:9. 36) At the same time my reason retuned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me, and my counselors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. Job 42:12. 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.
Quest Study Bible/Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary – v1 Chapter 4 appears to be an official proclamation from the king. But does it belong in the Bible since it reflects the king’s belief in many gods? Yes, because it exalts the true God–a remarkable statement coming from a pagan ruler.v13 A messenger, a holy one. This apparently, was an angel, vv. 17, 23. v19 It is necessary, in repentance, that we not only cease to do evil, but learn to do good. What were Nebuchadnezzar’s sins? In addition to attacking other nations and killing and torturing or deporting their people, the king kept his own citizens in relative poverty. He spent huge sums on elaborate building projects–including, according to tradition the famed Hanging Gardens of Babylon. Excavations have shown that the king’s palace was enormous, surrounded by a series of thickly fortified walls, while most of the populace lived in one story mud brick houses. v28-37 Pride and self-conceit are sins that beset great men. Nebuchadnezzar would be more than a man, but God justly makes him less than a man. It is thought that he did not live more than a year after his restoration. Thus the Lord knows how to give grace and consolation to the humble, brokenhearted sinner who calls upon Him. Praise God!