Daniel 4:15 Index
"Nevertheless leave the stump of his roots in the earth, even with a band of iron and brass, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be wet with the dew of heaven, and let his portion be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:"
Research Material

"...leave the stump..." (Job 14:8; Isaiah 11:1)

  • The ultimate sprouting of this root-stump (Job 14:7-9) typified... the restoration of Nebuchadnezzar from his sickness... (4BC 790)
  • Great as was Nebuchadnezzar's kingdom, it had grow from a small beginning. Gradually the principles upon which it was founded -- principles much older than the king, for they originated with Lucifer, and were a perversion of heavenly truths -- had taken root. In government it was the most rigid monarchy; the king held the lives of his subjects in his hands. Slaves bowed before him in abject subjugation; exorbitant taxes were forced from subject provinces; crowed heads were laid low and men enslaved that the king of Babylon might revel in the wealth of the world. The seeds of that form of government were sown wherever Babylon established her power, and as she sowed, so she, as well as others, have reaped. When Babylon fell, the principles by which she had controlled others were in turn applied to her. Wherever there is tyranny in government in any nation of the earth to-day, it is an offshoot of that root which filled the earth, the stump of which was allowed to remain until the end of time. (SHN 62-63)
  • Wherever Babylon laid hand in conquest, the principles of her religion were implanted. The vilest forms of worship were practiced in that kingdom with all its outward glory. The heart was rotten. The mystery of iniquity held full say, hidden by the outward glitter of gold. The mysteries of Greece in a later day were but a repetition of the Babylonian mysteries. From the golden cup which she held in her hand, and which was a familiar symbol in Babylonian secret societies, she made all nations drunk with the wine of her fornication.... Nations and peoples to-day, unconscious of their origin, are perpetuating Babylonian religious customs when they celebrate Christmas with feasting, lighted candles, holly, and mistletoe. It is in commemoration of Babylonian heathen gods that they eat eggs on Easter; and even the wild capers of Hallowe'en repeat the mysteries of Babylon. The root was not destroyed; her religious principles have sprung up afresh in every generation and borne fruit in every country. (SNH 63)
  • The influence of Babylon in educational lines was no less marked than her influence in government and religion, and the educational root of the tree was as vigorous as the others. We are in the habit of tracing the educational system of the world to Greece or Egypt; its principles are older than Greece. They belong to Babylon. The prominence given this phase of Babylonian life by the Spirit of God in the book of Daniel, and the fact that the leading educators and educational institutions of the world were brought in direct contact with the more simple principles of true education every time the Hebrews met the Chaldeans and wise men, shows the place which education occupies both in the false kingdoms of which Babylon is a type, and in the true, which the Hebrew government represented. The so-called "higher education" of to-day, which exalts the science of the world above the science of salvation; which sends forth students bearing worldly credentials, but not recognized in the books of heaven, students who love display, who are filled with pride, selfishness, and self-esteem, -- this education is a plant which has sprung from the broad root which supported the tree representing the Babylonian dominion. (SNH 63-64)
  • Seeds of truth had been planted in Babylon. The Holy Watcher sought constantly for the growth of a tree which would bring life. All nations were gathered under the influence of Babylon in hopes that they might there be fed with fruit which would prove to be the bread of life; but instead, it was a mixture of good and evil, which poisoned the consumer. (SNH 64)
  • The leaves of the tree were fair to look upon, and might have been for the healing of the nations; but the very order they exhaled, intoxicated and led to excess. So with the plant which has sprung from those hidden roots. It may be fair to look upon, its fruit may be so sweet that the eater can not be persuaded that it is not truth, but the wisdom of God will stand long after that of the world has been destroyed. We should watch and guard against the evils which spring from the Babylonian root. (SNH 64-65)

"...with a band of iron and brass..."

  • ...consider (the bands) as indicating the care that would be exercised in preserving it. (4BC 790)