Daniel 2:12 Index
"For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon."

"For this cause the king... commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon."

  • The severity of the sentence was not out of keeping with the customs of the times. It was, however, a bold step on the part of the king, because the men whose death he had ordered were the learned classes of society. (4BC 768)
  • At the time when Nebuchadnezzar saw the vision of the great image, he had purposed to destroy the wise men, because he discerned their deceptions, and was convinced that they did not have the learning and power that they claimed to possess. Only by the intercession of Daniel had they been saved from a cruel and ignominious death. (Youth Instructor Article "Lessons from the Life of Daniel" February 2, 1904)
  • The king demanded an interpretation, but the wisest men of the kingdom answered: "There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter.... There is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh." That the pretended knowledge of the wise men of Babylon might be exposed, the Lord had in His providence given Nebuchadnezzar this dream, and then allowed him to gorget the details, while causing him to retain a vivid impression of the vision. The king was angered because the wise men requested him to tell them the dream... That is, they would be able to agree on some interpretation if the king could tell the dream. The king then threatened that if they failed to tell the dream, they should all be destroyed. The wise men urged that the requirement was most unreasonable; but the more they argued, the more furious the king became, and in his anger he finally "commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon." (SNH 34)