Daniel 4:27 Index
"'Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of they tranquillity.'"
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" . . . let my counsel be . . . "

  • At the end of the interpretation Daniel pleaded with his royal friend.... This counsel to break off his sins and practice righteousness must have added to Nebuchadnezzar's anxiety. When he had completed his great summer palace, he had erected a plaque which called attention to the building's massive security system, "The bad, unrighteous man cometh not within," it declared -- a reference to the palace's safety from burglars and other kinds of criminals. But now Daniel was implying that Nebuchadnezzar, the builder and principle resident of the palace, was himself a bad, unrighteous man. (MM 60)
  • That which you sow you will also reap. The Lord has said, “Them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.” You may suppose that your reasonings are very clear and sharp. Nebuchadnezzar thought the same. Warnings were given him in dreams, and no one of his wise men could interpret them. Daniel alone was found to interpret the dreams of the king, and to add words given him of God, to exhort the king to repentance and reformation. (The Youth's Instructor article "Words to the Young" November 9, 1893)

"...break off thy sins by righteousness..."

  • Here a divine principle is communicated to the proud monarch. God's judgments against men may be averted by repentance and conversion. (Isaiah 38:1, 2, 5; Jeremiah 18:7-10; Jonah 3:1-10). For this reason God announced the impending judgment upon Nebuchadnezzar but gave him a full year in which to repent, and thus avert the threatened calamity (Daniel 4:29). However, the king did not change his way of life, and accordingly brought upon himself the execution of the judgment. By contrast, the Ninevites, given 40 days of respite, took advantage of the opportunity, and they and their city were spared. (Jonah 3:4-10). "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets" (Amos 3:7). God forewarns peoples and nations of their impending doom. He sends a message to the world today, warning of its rapidly approaching end. Few may heed such warnings, but because adequate warning has been given them men will be without excuse in the day of calamity. (4BC 792)
  • Having faithfully interpreted the dream, Daniel urged the proud monarch to repent and turn to God, that by rightdoing he might avert the threatened calamity. (PK 518)
  • Daniel did not stand before king Nebuchadnezzar to glorify human power, to dishonor God by failing to acknowledge his goodness. Had he not acknowledged God as the source of his wisdom, he would have been an unfaithful steward. Those who follow the example set by Daniel will connect with the Lord. They will consult him as a son consults a wise father. Not all human fathers possess wisdom; but God may always be trusted and depended on. With perfect assurance we may commit the keeping of our souls to him as unto a faithful Creator.... Did Daniel's faithful recognition of God before kings, princes, and statesmen detract from his influence? — No. Read his firm, bold testimony, and then follow his example. Let the clear-cut testimony, like a sharp, two-edged sword, cut to the right and to the left. Make appeals that will bring foolish, wandering minds back to God.... After Daniel had given Nebuchadnezzar God's warning in regard to self exaltation, he said to him, “Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be accepted unto thee...". (The Review and Herald article "Give Unto the Lord the Glory Due Unto His Name," September 12, 1899)
  • The power exercised by every ruler on the earth is Heaven-imparted; and upon his use of the power thus bestowed, his success depends. To each the word of the divine Watcher is, “I girded thee, though thou hast not known Me.” (Isaiah 45:5). (Ed 174)
  • Then Daniel exhorted the king, as we have before presented, to break off his sins by righteousness, and his iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. But the light from heaven was not accepted, and did not exert a saving influence upon his character. Those who receive light will either change their course of action, or else the work of the Lord will become less and less palatable, and will finally be set aside. (13MR 64)

"...and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor..."

  • The king admonished to practice righteousness toward all his subjects and to exercise mercy toward the oppressed, the miserable, and the poor (Micah 6:8). These virtues are frequently listed together (Psalms 72:3, 4; Isaiah 11:4). (4BC 792)

"...it may be..." (1 Kings 21:29)

  • When God makes a promise concerning good and evil it is always given on condition. This point is extremely important to those who would understand Bible prophecy. "At what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, or to pull down, and to destroy it; If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them. And at what instant I shall speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it do evil in my sight, that it obey not my voice, then I will repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit them." (KC 56)