Daniel 4:10 Index
"'Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed; I saw, and beheld a tree in the midst of the earth, and the height thereof was great.'"
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"Thus were the visions of mine head in my bed..."

  • Nebuchadnezzar described his dream again. He said that he had seen a magnificent tree that kept growing and growing until its top seemed visible from all over the earth. Then a "watcher" (Daniel 4:23) appeared, who ordered it felled to the ground and its branches lopped off. But the "watcher" (Daniel 4:23) stipulated that the tree should not be destroyed entirely. Its stump should be left standing among the "tender grass of the field" (Daniel 4:23), he said, and should be secured with a hoop of "iron" and "brass" (Daniel 4:23). (MM 59)

"..I saw, and beheld a tree..."

  • Nebuchadnezzar is recognized as one of the great builders of antiquity. In a very short time he brought Babylon to the place that it was looked upon as the golden kingdom. Proud and haughty, he believed that his kingdom reached to the ends of the earth. Thus God used a tree whose top reached to Heaven and cold be seen from the ends of the earth to represent the kingdom of Babylon. Its leaves brought shelter and its fruit -- for all mankind. The cutting down of the tree, and not uprooting it, but leaving the stump with bands around it showed the kingdom of Babylon would continue. The bands of iron and brass were used by God to show that Babylon's influence would continue even into the kingdoms of Greece and Rome as represented in the image of Daniel 2. In fact, the stump and roots of the tree point to the enduring influence of Babylonian government and paganism upon man until the end of time. That is why the book of Revelation picks up the call to "... come out of Babylon my people" (Revelation 18:1-5). Since the kingdom of Babylon only lasted seventy years and Nebuchadnezzar ruled forty of them, this dream referred to him, but also to the kingdom as a whole. (KC 55)
  • Divine wisdom frequently employs parables and similitudes as vehicles for the transmission of truth. This method is impressive. The imagery tends to enable the recipient to retain the message and its import in his memory longer than if the message had been communicated in any other way.... The ancients were accustomed to seeing a meaning in every extraordinary dream. (4BC 789)
  • The dream, as repeated by the king in Daniel's hearing, is wonderful to contemplate. The tree was a familiar object and a striking symbol. The most magnificent specimens that the world afforded had been transplanted into the Babylonian gardens. The story of Eden and its trees had been handed down by tradition, and the people knew of the tree of life, and also of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The tree seen in the dream was planted in the midst of the earth, and as he watched, the king saw it grow until the top reached heaven, and its boughs stretched to the ends of the earth. Strange that this tree, which grew toward heaven in spite of everything, which was watered by the dews of heaven and fed by God's own sunshine, knew only of the earth and earthly kingdoms! (SNH 59-60)
  • As it had been with the Egyptian tree, so with this: fowls rested i