Daniel 4:22 Index
"It is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth."
Research Material

"It is thou, O king..."

  • Without holding the king in suspense for any length of time, Daniel plainly and clearly announced to him --- though he no doubt already surmised it --- that the tree represented the king himself. (4BC 791-792)

"...for thy greatness is grown..."

  • The members of our churches need to be converted, that they may understand what the love of Jesus means,—the love that He revealed in His life of meekness and lowliness. Profession without practice is of no value. Position can not gain for us salvation. Nebuchadnezzar was the ruler of the greatest of earth's kingdoms, but his greatness did not give him acceptance with God. In a moment his power was taken from him. (Australasian Union Conference Record article "Words of Counsel" November 15, 1903)

"...unto heaven..."

  • To some, the terms by which the prophet described Nebuchadnezzar's greatens may seem exaggerated, but we must bear in mind that Daniel used Oriental court language and idioms, to which both he and the king were accustomed. These terms are remarkably similar to the boastful language of Nebuchadnezzar, exhibited in various of the king's inscriptions discovered by archeologists. They also resemble the words employed by Nebuchadnezzar's Assyrian predecessors and other Oriental monarchs. (4BC 792)