Daniel 4:11 Index
"The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:"
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"The tree grew . . . "

  • To understand these things,—to understand that “righteousness exalteth a nation” (Proverbs 14:34); that “the throne is established by righteousness” and “upholden by mercy” (Proverbs 16:12; 20:28); to recognize the outworking of these principles in the manifestation of His power who “removeth kings, and setteth up kings” (Daniel 2:21), — this is to understand the philosophy of history... In the word of God only is this clearly set forth. Here it is shown that the strength of nations, as of individuals, is not found in the opportunities or facilities that appear to make them invincible; it is not found in their boasted greatness. It is measured by the fidelity with which they fulfill God's purpose... An illustration of this truth is found in the history of ancient Babylon. To Nebuchadnezzar the king the true object of national government was represented under the figure of a great tree, whose height “reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth: the leaves thereof were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all;” under its shadow the beasts of the field dwelt, and among its branches the birds of the air had their habitation. (Daniel 4:11, 12). This representation shows the character of a government that fulfills God's purpose — a government that protects and upbuilds the nation... God exalted Babylon that it might fulfill this purpose. Prosperity attended the nation until it reached a height of wealth and power that has never since been equaled—fitly represented in the Scriptures by the inspired symbol, a “head of gold.” (Daniel 2:38). (Ed 175)