Daniel 4:8 Index
But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream.
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" . . . Daniel came in . . . "

  • Chapter 4 of Daniel is probably one of the greatest chapters in the Word of god. Here is recorded a testimony by one of earth's most outstanding kings, telling of his pride, humiliation and conversion. Daniel has been serving as the Prime Minister of Babylon (Daniel 2:48). Through the providence of God, the wise men arrived before Daniel, made their attempt to interpret the dream, and failed. The main purpose of the dream was for Nebuchadnezzar to recognize the God of Heaven as the one who rules over men Only after the Babylonian soothsayers had tried and failed, could Daniel show that his God was the only true God. Daniel came in at last, much to Nebuchadnezzar's relief. The Scriptures makes it quite clear that the king had complete confidence in Daniel and his ability to interpret the dram. (KC 53-54)
  • Daniel was esteemed by the king because of his unswerving integrity, for he was faithful in honoring God at all times and in all places. His wisdom was unexcelled, and neither he nor his fellows would make any compromise to secure positions in the court, or even to preserve life itself, when the honor of God was involved. In the early part of his acquaintance with Daniel, the king had found that he was the only one who could give him relief in his perplexity, and now at a later period, when another perplexing vision is given him, he remembers Daniel. (13MR 63-64)
  • In this idolatrous nation testimony was again borne to the fact that only the servants of God can understand the mysteries of God. In the early days of the king's acquaintance with Daniel, he had found that this man was the only one who could relieve him from perplexity; and now, in this later period of his reign, the king remembers his faithful servant of old,—a servant esteemed because of his unswerving integrity and constant faithfulness. Nebuchadnezzar knew that Daniel's wisdom was unexcelled, and that neither he nor his three fellow captives ever compromised principle in order to secure position in the court, or even to preserve life itself. The skill of his wise men proving ineffectual, the king sent for Daniel to interpret the dream. (The Youth's Instructor article "Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream" November 1, 1904)
  • He who receives Christ by living faith has a living connection with God, and is a vessel unto honor. He carries with him the atmosphere of heaven, which is the grace of God, a treasure that the world cannot buy. He who is in living connection with God may be in humble stations, yet his moral worth is as precious as was that of Joseph and Daniel, who were recognized by heathen kings as men with whom was the Spirit of God (Manuscript 54, 1894). (1BC 1097-1098)

" . . . whose name was Belteshazzar . . . " (Daniel 1:7)

  • Daniel's name had been changed when he first entered the Babylonian court, and to the king and his associates he was known as Belteshazzar, a son of the heathen god Bel, but Daniel himself always retained his own Hebrew name. Years before this, however, the God of Daniel had said, "Bel boweth and Nebo stoopeth;... they could not deliver the burden, but themselves are gone into captivity." (Isaiah 46:1-2). Daniel again had an opportunity of proving the wisdom of his God and the weakness of Babylonian deities. (SNH 59)

"...in whom is the spirit of the holy gods..."

  • (This) expression reveals what it was that had inspired the king with confidence in Daniel's superior power and understanding. It also reveals that Nebuchadnezzar possessed a conception of the nature of the Deity to whom Daniel (served). (4BC 789)
  • Nebuchadnezzar acknowledged the supremacy of the true God over the heathen oracles. (US 82)