Daniel 2:46 Index
"Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him."
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"...Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face..." (Genesis 17:3; 2 Samuel 9:6; 14:4)

  • Such an expressions of respect are frequently noted in the Old Testament. (4BC 776)
  • Nebuchadnezzar felt that he could accept this interpretation as a divine revelation; for to Daniel had been revealed every detail of the dream. The solemn truths conveyed by the interpretation of this vision of the night made a deep impression on the sovereign's mind, and in humility and awe he “fell upon his face, and worshipped.” ...Nebuchadnezzar saw clearly the difference between the wisdom of God and the wisdom of the most learned men of his kingdom  (4BC 1169)
  • We must return to the palace of Nebuchadnezzar, and to Daniel, as he stands in the presence of the king. He has made known to the monarch the dream and its interpretation, while the courtiers and the baffled soothsayers and astrologers waited in silent awe and wonder. (US 68-69)

"...and worshipped Daniel..."

  • As yet Nebuchadnezzar knew but little of the true God, and even less of how to worship Him. Thus far his acquaintance with God was limited to what he had seen of the divine character reflected in the life of Daniel and to what Daniel had told him of God. It is entirely possible that Nebuchadnezzar, seeing in Daniel the living representative of "the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh" (Daniel 2:11), intended the acts of worship he accorded Daniel to be in honor of Daniel's God. With his limited knowledge of the true God, Nebuchadnezzar was doubtless doing the best he knew at the time to express his thankfulness and to honor the One whose wisdom and power had been so impressively demonstrated. (4BC 777)

"...they should offer an oblation..."

  • A bloodless offering. (4BC 777)

"...they should offer... sweet odours..."

  • Incense. (4BC 777)