Daniel 2:30 Index
"'But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but for their sakes that shall make known the interpretation to the king, and that thou mightest know the thoughts of thy heart.'"
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"...But as for me..."

  • Daniel first disclaimed all credit for the interpretation, and then he sought to modify the king's natural feelings of pride in being thus noticed by the God of heaven. He informed him that although the dream had been given to him, it was not for his sake alone that the interpretation was sent, but also for their sakes through whom it should be given. Ah! God had some servants there, and it was for them that He was working. They were of more value in His sight than the mightiest kings and potentates of earth. (US 37)
  • ...God is generous in appointing prophets.... When Daniel served in Babylon as God's ambassador to the royal palace, God had two other prophets in service also. Jeremiah, who was older than Daniel, worked in Palestine and later in Egypt (Jeremiah 29:1; Jeremiah 43:4-8). Ezekiel was apparently about the same age as Daniel; and he lived in a Jewish settlement near Nippur on the important irrigation canal, Nar Kabari, know in the Bible as the River Chebar (Ezekiel 1:1; Ezekiel 43:3).... The sixteen Bible prophets from Isaiah to Malachi are well known. Less well known are numerous other prophets in the Bible, such as Gad the seer (I Chronicles 29:29), and Huldah the woman prophet (2 Chronicles 34:22). Often, as in Daniel's day, God supplied more than one prophet at a time. Micah served at the same time as Isaiah, for example (Micah 1:1; Isaiah 1:1). In the New Testament the four daughters of Philip all served as prophets at the same time (Acts 21:8, 9), as did Agabus, Judas, Silas, and others (Acts 15:22; Acts 21:10). Once, in the Old Testament, God put His Spirit into seventy prophets on the same day (Numbers 11:14, 25).... During the great crisis of the exile God used not only Daniel in Babylon but Ezekiel also. In addition He inspired Jeremiah with prophetic messages first in Judea and later in Egypt, after certain rebellious Jews forced a reluctant Jeremiah to go with them.... Now, we know that Daniel was acquainted with Jeremiah (Daniel 9:1, 2; Jeremiah 29:10). he may also have been have been acquainted with his other contemporary prophet, Ezekiel. The town of Nippur, where Ezekiel... lived, was only 50 miles southeast of Babylon. (NOTE: We have to remember that 50 miles in Daniel's day and age was a two day trip in each direction.) (MM 69)

"...make known the interpretation to the king..."

  • These four metallic divisions, Daniel plainly declared, signified four consecutive world powers beginning with Nebuchadnezzar's empire. And back of these four empires God's hand was disclosed, amid the scenes, working out His divine purpose through the course of history. Like the metals, each succeeding kingdom was less magnificent but stronger than the preceding, until the iron and brittle clay -- the mixture of strong and weak divisions of the fourth empire -- refused to cohere. Then the stone -- a new power from without, not originated by man -- smote those divided kingdoms with sudden violence and shattered the whole, ending man's rule and making way for God's eternal kingdom, which supersedes it. That was the prophetic picture. (Froom 39)