Daniel 4:4 Index
  "I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:"
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"...at rest in mine house..."

  • This phrase indicates that the king was now in undisturbed possession of his kingdom. Therefore the events of this chapter belong to the last half of his reign of 42 years. The king was "flourishing in his palace" in Babylon, and like the foolish rich man in the parable, whose fields had produced abundantly (Luke 12:16-21), forgot his responsibility to the one in whom he owed his greatness. (4BC 788)
  • Having conquered the world, Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in his house, when one night he dreamed a dream. Success had followed him wherever he turned. At his feet bowed the representatives of all nations. Into his coffers flowed the wealth of the east and the west, the north and the south. About him was clustered the wit and learning of the age. Libraries were at his command, and art flourished. Why should not king Nebuchadnezzar flourish in his kingdom? (SNH 59)