Daniel 2:5 Index
"The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, 'The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.'"

"The thing is gone from me"

  • The historic events related in the king's dream were of consequence to him; but the dream was taken from him, that the wise men by their claimed understanding of mysteries, should not place upon it a false interpretation. The lessons taught in it were given by God for those who live in our day. The inability of the wise men to tell the dream, is a representation of the wise men of the present day, who have not discernment and learning and knowledge from the Most High, and therefore are unable to understand the prophecies. The most learned in the world's lore, who are not watching to hear what God says in His word, and opening their hearts to receive that word and give it to others, are not representatives of His. It is not the great and learned men of the earth, kings and nobles, who will receive the truth unto eternal life, though it will be brought to them.... So we see that the highest line of earthly education may be obtained, and yet the men possessing it may be ignorant of the first principles which would make them subjects of the kingdom of God. Human learning cannot qualify for that kingdom. The subjects of Christ's kingdom are not made thus by forms and ceremonies, by a large study of books. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou has sent.” (John 7:3). The members of Christ's kingdom are members of His body, of which He himself is the head. They are the elect sons of God, “a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people,” (1 Peter 2:9) that they should show forth the praises of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light. (FE 412-413)

"if ye will not make it known"

  • These verses contain the record of the desperate struggle between the wise men and the king. The former sought some avenue of escape, since they were caught on their own ground. The king was determined that they should make known his dream, which was no more than should be expected from their profession. (US 31)

"ye shall be cut in pieces"

  • Such cruelty as is here depicted was common in the ancient world. The Assyrians and Babylonians were notorious for the severity and barbarity of their treatment of offenders. Ashurbanipal reports that he cut in pieces rebel rulers. (4BC 768)

"your houses shall be made a dunghill"

  • Turned into a public privy. (4BC 768)
  • Nebuchadnezzar is not joking, and no one dare ignore his threats. The Assyrians and Babylonians were well known in antiquity for their cruelty. Cutting up the bodies of enemies and burning their houses was common practice in ancient Mesopotamia. Since Chaldeans are charlatans and liars, the king will have all the wise men executed (Daniel 2:14). (JBD 26)