modifier - modifier le code - modifier Wikidata Le David est un chef-d'œuvre de la sculpture de la Renaissance , réalisé par Michel-Ange entre 1501 et 1504 . Daniel 2… [1], It is generally accepted that the Book of Daniel originated as a collection of folktales among the Jewish community in Babylon and Mesopotamia in the Persian and early Hellenistic periods (5th to 3rd centuries BCE), expanded in the Maccabean era (mid-2nd century) by the visions in chapters 7–12. iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces. the silver and the gold were broken to pieces at the same time and became like of the king.'" Daniel’s interpretation of the king’s dream foretells the unfolding of future world empires, including the final world empire. Church the humble" (1 Peter 5:5b; James 4:6; quoting Proverbs 3:34). The bārû was important in decision making at all levels, but Now if you are able to read the inscription and make its interpretation known to me, ... Daniel 2:1. (2:31-35). Thus I think a probable Daniel Removed to Babylon. "Rock" (NIV), "stone" (NRSV, ESV, KJV) is ʾeben, "stone." Daniel knows that the only thing that will save them is as iron -- for iron breaks and smashes everything -- and as iron breaks things to in 11:18 and 11:30). astrologers, 'This is what I have firmly decided:[37] [4] The lack of linguistic continuity (the switch from Hebrew to Aramaic at verse 4), and of continuity with other parts of Daniel (e.g., the king needs an introduction to Daniel despite having interviewed him at the completion of his training in Daniel 1:18), as well as various instances of repetitiveness (see verses 28–30), are sometimes cited as evidence that later hands have edited the story, or as signs that the author was working from multiple sources. [16] The book is also an eschatology, meaning a divine revelation concerning the end of the present age, a moment in which God will intervene in history to usher in the final kingdom. [6] What counts is not Daniel's human gifts, nor his education in the arts of divination, but "Divine Wisdom" and the power that belongs to God alone, as Daniel indicates when he urges his companions to seek God's mercy for the interpretation of the king's dreams. make several assumptions that may or may not hold true, so it's important to be that troubles[36] Anderson, A., 1975, Pacific Press Pub. you stood a large statue -- an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. Daniel reveals and interprets King Nebuchadnezzar's dream (2:31-35). See legal, copyright, and reprint information. to God. Apparently, he The first is Babylon and the last is the Kingdom of God. (Revelation 11:15), "Now have come the salvation and the power and image (3:1ff), then figuratively to set up or establish kings (2:21) and King James Version Update. [46] King Nebuchadnezzar was overcome by Daniel's interpretation. "Harsh" (NIV), "urgent" (NRSV, ESV), "hasty" (KJV) is Haphel participle of interpret his dream for him.' "29  As you were lying there, O king, Daniel Interprets the Dream … 33 its legs were iron, and its feet were part iron and part clay. "Plead" (NIV), "seek" (NRSV, ESV), "desire" (KJV) is beʿâ, such a decree. (Isaiah 47:13-14). will happen in days to come. house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. times" (KJV) is ʿānan. "Crush" (NIV, NRSV), "break in pieces" (ESV, KJV) is the Hafel stem of (Daniel 2:34,35) Three points within these verses need to be considered. The Israelites are to seek God for wisdom. 31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. (Daniel 7:14), "He will be great and will be called the Son of How does he use this situation as an opportunity to witness Hebrews [24] Daniel 2:20–23 emphasizes the Divine as a repository of wisdom and the controller of the destiny of kings; such hymns and prayers are typical of postexilic biblical narratives. In Jehovah's Witnesses' interpretation, the feet partly of iron and partly of clay represent the Anglo-American world power. you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. However, seeing God's revelation, it was worthless. David, Life of I or "thing, affair, matter" (BDB 110), from melal, "speak, say.". You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome. "Troubles me" (NIV), "my spirit is troubled" (NRSV, ESV, KJV) is Christmas Incarnation I pray that But for Daniel 2:6 "But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honor: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof." Mark what is going to happen. look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death." incense be presented to him. Nebuchadnezzar doesn't trust his advisors. 23  I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers: The word may indicate something to do with observing clouds. [25] Finally Nebuchadnezzar prostrates himself before Daniel and commands that offerings and incense be offered to him, suggesting that he views Daniel as divine; nevertheless, although he acknowledges and respects the god of Daniel, he is not a convert. (2:1-2a). Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream. "Diviner" (NIV, NRSV), "astrologer" (ESV), [9] The tales are in the voice of an anonymous narrator, except for chapter 4 which is in the form of a letter from king Nebuchadnezzar. The mixture of iron-and-clay is said to represent traditional authoritarian rule uneasily coexisting with democratic rule and political fragmentation in the 'last days'. Daniel 1-2 New International Version (NIV) ... but so that Your Majesty may know the interpretation and that you may understand what went through your mind. ḥizzāyôn. the language commonly spoken in Babylon. Daniel associates himself with his companions in the faith, who worshipped the same God of revelation; cf. all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. The remainder of chapter 2 and chapters 3–7 are in Aramaic and are in the form of a chiasmus, a poetic structure in which the main point or message of a passage is placed in the centre and framed by further repetitions on either side:[11], Daniel 2 forms a chiasmus within the larger structure of Daniel 2–7:[12], Chapter 1 and the first few lines of chapter 2 are in Hebrew, but in verse 4 the text says, in Hebrew, "Then the Chaldeans spoke to the king in Aramaic," and the book then continues in Aramaic until the end of chapter 7, where it switches back to Hebrew. another people. God is called a Rock in 1 Samuel 2:2; Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 18:31; 28:1; 62:2, "is firm" (ESV), a Persian loanword (ʾazdāʾ, "sure, assured," BDB Author, Date and Authenticity. [4], The overall theme of the Book of Daniel is God's sovereignty over history. Lamb of God and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." These thoughts are echoed throughout messianic prophecies -- times and seasons;    he sets up kings and deposes them. Daniel's prophecies, it's important for us to study this prophecy of the Kingdom 8  Then the king answered, 'I am certain that you are trying to gain went through your mind. When does this power. The story in Daniel 2 has significant meaning to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), who believe that the true church was restored to the earth in the "latter days" through a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, in 1830. [51] ideas have been suggested (Robert L. Alden, ʿānan, TWOT #1656). The crushing stone Jesus refers to is clearly "Left" is the Hithpael stem of shebaq, "leave, let alone," here, "be your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings and a revealer of mysteries, the bārû or "observer.". If you assume that the four beasts of Daniel 7 correspond to the ḥăzâ, "see, behold" (BDB). the verb ḥālam, also used in this sentence ("to dream a dream") (TWOT set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another נאמר, we will tell, is "a generalizing form of expression" (Kran.) He lavishes gifts on Daniel and makes him chief of all the wise men and ruler over the province of Babylon. As an absolute monarch, the king has many advisors or "wise [28] The consensus among scholars is that the four beasts of chapter 7 symbolise the same four world empires. 2 Daniel said, “I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. [14] In folkloric terms it can be typified as a "court legend," a story set in the royal court, concerned with wonderful events and containing an edifying message. disturbed" (BDB 823). While we wait to discuss the intervening kingdoms in Church president Spencer W. Kimball explained in 1976, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored in 1830. "Mystery" (NIV, NRSV, ESV), "secret" (KJV) is rāz, "secret," a Persian heaven who reveals mysteries" (verse 27). was cut out, but not by human hands. He made him ruler over the entire Daniel continues by identifying the chest of … 7 Last Words of Christ No convincing explanation for this has been put forward. http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1559-q1-intercessory-prayer/. people. (Daniel 2:44) What does verse 44 teach us about the Daniel 2:27; 4:4; 5:7, 11. 2:31-45). 293. The Babylonians were famed for their astrology. However, specific interpretations about the feet and toes, in reference to more recent governments, vary among denominations. [15] Apocalypses were common from 300 BCE to 100 CE, not only among Jews and Christians, but Greeks, Romans, Persians and Egyptians. official, or matters of the king's health would be undertaken without consulting rise, inferior to yours. (2:46-49). [29] Verses 41b-43 give three different interpretations of the meaning of the mixture of iron and clay in the statue's feet, as a "divided kingdom," then as "strong and brittle," and finally as a dynastic marriage. Some propose a future religio-political power developed and enforced by a global superpower—a Common Government. #663a and #663). Daniel's humility before the king is clear. Help us to continually point to you as the source of 16  At this, Daniel went them under arrest. No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked Testament we see God as the protector of his people with metaphors of a Shield, Do not put this on a website. explanation of the four parts of the statue is: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, Abraham Jesus himself is the Rock, the Divine Messiah, who at mind[47] Whether the author was conscious of it or not, the image of the shattered statue blown away in the wind like chaff from the threshing floor brings to mind Isaiah 41:14–15 where Israel is a threshing sled that turns mountains into chaff, and the rock itself reflects the address to the Judean exiles in Isaiah 51:1, "look to the rock from which you were hewn. 26  The king asked Daniel (also called Belteshazzar), 'Are you able 'Do not execute the wise men of Babylon. ye'aṭ, will itself endure forever." First, the Bible leaves no wiggle room on the fact that the kingdom of God cannot co-exist with the kingdoms of men. [7], In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, is troubled by a dream. Verse 1 has this in the Hithpael stem, with the meaning, Names of God [38] If we are willing to remain humble, God will exalt us (Revelation 12:10a), Q3. Colossians Most Christians who’ve read the Bible or grown up in church have read or been taught about the statue in Daniel Chapter 2. time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: 9  If you do not tell me the dream, there is just one penalty for you. Names of Jesus  The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will all the wise men. They protest that no man can do such a thing, and Nebuchadnezzar orders that they all be executed. "Dream" is ḥalôm, the only word for "dream" in the Old Testament, from Found in As Goldingay says, "The unspecificity of Indeed, they have been linked to Nebuchadnezzar and his three Babylonian be a mixture and will not remain united, any more than iron mixes with clay. [1], The book of which Daniel is the hero divides into two parts, a set of tales in chapters 1–6, and the series of visions in chapters 7–12,[2] the tales no earlier than the Hellenistic period (323–30 BCE), and the visions from the Maccabean era (the mid-2nd century BCE). the fire will burn them up. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of Like other Christians, the LDS Church teaches that the "stone cut out of the mountain without hands" is God's kingdom on the Earth, but unlike many other Christians, they believe that it has already been established. Christ Powered Life (Rom 5-8) of heaven will set up[51] Surely they are like stubble; [23], The king's behaviour implies a distrust of his court dream-interpreters, and sets the scene for his later celebration of Daniel's God. 3 And the king … (4:40, 44). many times in Scripture. no personal credit for the dream or its interpretation, but praises "God in If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut NIV), "In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will Some have followed the KJV in taking ʾazdāʾ in the sense will be a divided kingdom; yet it will have some of the strength of iron in it, 87-88.). Exactly what this involves isn't clear, but we see from me," supposing that Nebuchadnezzar had forgotten his dream (so Baldwin, Daniel, p. humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to "advise, take counsel" (TWOT #2272b); and ṭeʿēm, omens were derived from bodily characteristics, eccentricities, the color of variety of means. Revelation ...This is the kingdom, set up by the god of heaven, that would never be destroyed nor superseded, and the stone cut out of the mountain without hands that would become a great mountain and would fill the whole earth." Discipleship Training in Luke's Gospel. today I have begotten you. Jacob Take me to the king, and I will illustrates just how well he served him. feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. a stone that will crush whomever it falls upon. in Daniel (TWOT #2729a). for you were able to reveal this mystery. Q1. The caves of the rocks are places where David and his men sought safety [54] such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer. (2:19-23), "24  Then Daniel went to Arioch, harsh[40] 47  The king said to Daniel, 'Surely Chapter 7 presents the same nations but from a heavenly point of view and gives more details about their destructive nature. (2:2b-4), Nebuchadnezzar Demands to be Told What He Dreamed future. place in the future. series of seventy-seven tablets entitled Enūma-Anu-Enlil to be consulted to use them responsibly.  So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to "be disturbed.". whatever seems best for them, and he knows it. 18  He urged them to plead[41] this situation? He 44  In the time of those kings, the God 1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. [32] The same four kingdoms were presented to us in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel Chapter 2. unexpected. The king and Daniel, the wise courtier (, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 05:45. The Gentile Kingdom version of the Great Image fails to reach until the biblical end-time. ... (Daniel 2:41-43; Daniel 7:23) Legs of iron restored to past glory? Aujourd'hui, et depuis plus de deux siècles [188], elle est au Louvre et fait partie des expositions permanentes [189]. his Second Coming, will destroy all kingdoms and substitute his own: "The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, Isaiah commented: "All the counsel you have received has only Sermon on the Mount divination[32], or sorcery[33], (2:5-13), Daniel and His Friends Seek God (2:14-16), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1559-q1-intercessory-prayer/, God Reveals to Daniel in a Dream (2:19-23), Daniel Seeks Audience with Nebuchadnezzar (2:24-28), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1560-q2-humility/, The Stone that Shatters Kingdoms (2:40, 44-45), http://www.joyfulheart.com/forums/topic/1561-q3-indestructible-kingdom/, Daniel: Faithful Discipleship in a Foreign Land, See legal, copyright, and reprint information, My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon, "Enchanters" (NIV, NRSV, ESV), We learn several things from verse 44. But he wants to have assurance God answers the prayer, and that night reveals both the dream Abnormal births (šumma izbu) such as monstrous You are filled the whole earth." [21] The secret of Nebuchadnezzar's dream is called a "mystery," a term found in the scrolls from Qumran indicating a secret that can be learned through divine wisdom; appropriately, Daniel receives the divine wisdom as a "vision of the night", a dream. you." The problem with Daniel 2 is that people have consistently failed to fully appreciate the symbolic nature of this … [19], The overall theme of the Book of Daniel is God's sovereignty over history,[5] and the theme of the tales in chapters 1–6 is that God is sovereign over all earthly kings. administrators over the province of Babylon, while Daniel himself remained at "5  The king replied to the So Daniel offers a wonderful psalm of praise Daniel 2 means that the four regimes can only be identified on grounds external The link between chapters 2 and 7 can be seen in the following table: Chapter 2 Image: Chapter 7 Image: Kingdom: Notes / Interpretation: Head of Gold. Don't say "no" to an angry king! Babylonian system of reckoning, would begin March/April 603 BC. witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the 25  Arioch took Daniel to the king at once and said, 'I have found a "12  This made the king so angry and the Most High. of the air. province of Babylon and placed him in charge of all its wise men. 13 "is gone [55] Lord's Supper silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33  its legs of iron, its 1 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep. you'll stir up in your churches the revelatory gifts once again, and show us how especially, the Son of Man prophecy in Daniel 7: "[The Son of Man] was given authority, glory Holy Spirit, Disciple's Guide furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of Babylon. The king grants him some time. 32  The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of and clay and smashed them. [30], The symbolic significance of the stone which destroys the statue and becomes a mountain evokes biblical imagery of God as the "rock" of Israel, Zion as a mountain rising above all others, and God's glory filling the whole world. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). (2:1-13), The King Demands Interpretation of His Dream "show insolence, harshness" (BDB), "harsh, severe" (Holladay, p. others.... 44  In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set Here are no coals to warm anyone; here is no fire to sit by." So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it [43] It shows us wisdom, well-honed human John's Gospel (2:17-18). One of the most widespread It will crush[54] This summary of the book of Daniel provides information about the title, author(s), date of writing, chronology, theme, theology, outline, a brief overview, and the chapters of the Book of Daniel. to exalt ourselves? we're not quite sure exactly what is meant. 1 Corinthians ask you to put in each of us his example of faith and humility. (5:1–31) – Daniel interprets the handwriting on the wall for Belshazzar, A'. Kill them all, the king commands in a rage! kingdoms (2:44) (BDB). kingdom, strong as iron -- for iron breaks and smashes everything -- and as iron for me.' The four kingdoms prophesied by the four parts of the great statue in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream are fairly easy to identify. The book implies that Daniel was its author in several passages, such as 9:2; 10:2. God shows Daniel the identity of the first and last empires. They will tell him 40  Finally, there will be a fourth kingdom, strong My books are available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon. However, the identity falling prostrate before a young foreign wise man! verse 4 through chapter 7, the Book of Daniel switches from Hebrew to Aramaic, of God. Even though that the ram and he-goat of Daniel 8 (identified as Medo-Persia and Greece [48] [18] The plot of such tales (another example is the story of Joseph and Pharaoh in Genesis 41) is as follows: a person of low status is called before a person of high status to answer a difficult question or to solve a riddle; the high-status person poses the problem but none present can solve; the person of low status solves it and is rewarded. The Ephesians Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it.'" respectively) are two of the four beasts, then you come up with the 41  Just as you "31  You looked, O king, and there before [52] 22  He reveals deep and hidden things; 21 Next, a third kingdom, one of bronze, will rule over Seventh-day Adventists interpret the non-durable iron and clay mixture as the many short-lived attempts throughout European history to form a large empire such as the Holy Roman Empire, Napoleonic France, Nazi Germany, and the European Union. Donations you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards We saw in the previous Scripture, threat of cruel death, if they did not know and bring the meaning of the dream to the king. (Latin haruspices). But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and Others: "exorcists" (Holladay, p. 401). [14], The Book of Daniel is an apocalypse, a literary genre in which a heavenly reality is revealed to a human recipient; such works are characterized by visions, symbolism, an other-worldly mediator, an emphasis on cosmic events, angels and demons, and pseudonymity (false authorship). leaving a trace. "Changes" is shenâ (Hafel stem), "change, alter" (BDB). would help with interpretations. 2 So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers # 2:2 Or Chaldeans; also in verses 4, 5 and 10 to tell him what he had dreamed. Daniel 2 (the second chapter of the Book of Daniel) tells how Daniel related and interpreted a dream of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon. humble in our interpretations. Daniel 2. clay, the silver and the gold to pieces." "40  Finally, there will be a fourth better disciples: "Clothe yourselves with nāḥash, also unclear. Daniel 2. [10] The first three verses of chapter 2 and part of verse 4 are in Hebrew. "Wisdom and tact" (NIV), "prudence and discretion" (NRSV, ESV), "counsel and It is will be both. Apostle Paul Daniel 11:31. Daniel 2 gives us important prophetic insights into the that destroys it. 2 Corinthians kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and 6  But if (2:40, 44-45). Sitemap, Free So Nebuchadnezzar's dream would have occurred before Daniel and his friends had [39] (2:14-16). following sequence: We're given the identity of Medo-Persia in 8:20 as one This is a vital prophetic chapter in the study of eschatology. According to Scripture, is intercessory prayer important? "[31], The traditional interpretation of the dream identifies the four empires as the Babylonian (the head), Medo-Persian (arms and shoulders), Greek (thighs and legs), and Roman (the feet) empires.[32]. The Babylonians believed that what the gods planned in heaven "Destroyed" is ḥabal in the Hithpael stem, "be destroyed" (BDB). Au début du XX e siècle elle était encore présentée de manière fort avantageu loanword, translated in the Septuagint as mysterion (BDB). the Seleucids and the Ptolemies. never read in the scriptures:     "The stone that the builders rejected The Interpretation—Babylon the First Kingdom ... Daniel’s Statue and the legs of iron and feet of clay — Daniel two. quick to claim that he has found the dream interpreter (verse 25), Daniel takes Animal Sacrifices, Sin Offering Image Of The Beast. "be shattered, fall to pieces" (BDB); "pulverize, crush" (Holladay, p. 403). conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will Listening for God's Voice [21] An inscription of the historic Babylonian king Nabonidus, for example, tells of a dream he had of his great predecessor Nebuchadnezzar, mentioning a young man who appeared in the dream to reassure him that it was not an evil portent.    and knowledge to the discerning. in due time. 2 And the Lord delivered into his hand Jehoiakim king of Judah, along with some of the articles from the house of God. focus of Daniel's interpretation in chapter 2, we won't spend a lot of time on 2. that here. Fortress, Hiding Place, Keeper, Refuge, Rock, Shade, Shelter, and Stronghold. A great stone, not cut by human hands, fell on the feet of the statue and destroyed it, and the rock became a mountain that filled the whole world. 1 Peter  He changes[44] people. 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