Daniel 4:25 Index
"That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whosoever He will."
Research Material

"...with the beasts..."

  • Although the words of the heavenly messenger clearly implied doom of some kind, to ascertain the nature of the judgment was beyond the skill of the magicians. The reason for the king's expulsion from society is not stated, though probably understood by the king. That the judgment was insanity can be concluded not only from the general remarks of this verse describing his future status but also from the statement that his "understanding returned" Daniel 4:34. (4BC 792)

"...and seven times shall pass over thee..."

  • Daniel said that Nebuchadnezzar would remain in this condition until "seven times," or seven years, had passed by. His uncut, uncombed hair would mat together till it looked like eagle feathers. His fingernails would grow long and coarse, like claws. But like the stump left in the ground, his right to rule would survive; and as soon as he came to his right mind and admitted God's lordship, his kingdom would be restored to him. (MM 60)