Daniel 2 Commentary

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Daniel 2:1-6

The King of Babylon has a dream and demands that his wisemen not only tell him what it meant, but also tell him what he saw in the dream.

Daniel 2:7-13

The wisemen tell the king that only gods can accomplish this task. Because of their failure, the king orders that all the wisemen be killed.

Daniel 2:14-16

Daniel seeks an audience with the king so that he might, with wisdom from God, interpret the dream

Daniel 2:17-23

Daniel seeks wisdom from God and gives thanks when it is given to him.

Daniel 2:24-30

Before interpreting the dream, Daniel tells the king that it is only because of the one true God that he is able to explain it to him.

Daniel 2:31-35

Daniel describes the king's dream: an extravagant statue made of precious metals. A rock destroyed the statue and grew into a mountain.

Daniel 2:36-38

Each piece of the statue in the dream represents a present or future kingdom on earth.

Daniel 2:39

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream reveals that after Babylon, an inferior kingdom will rise to prominence (Medo-Persia), and then a third kingdom will rise (Greece), ruling over all the earth.

Daniel 2:40-43

Daniel explains the fourth kingdom (Rome), which will crush the kingdoms before it.

Daniel 2:44-45

After the fourth kingdom, God will set up His eternal kingdom.

Daniel 2:46-49

Nebuchadnezzar professes God as the God of gods and rewards Daniel and his friends for the interpretation of his dream.