Daniel 5:30; Daniel Deals Plainly with Belshazzar; Interpreting of the Writing on the Wall; The death of the king; Reason enough he had to tremble, for he was just falling into the hands of the ‘king of terrors’; Note, Death comes as a snare upon those whose hearts are overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness. B.C. 538

Daniel Deals Plainly with Belshazzar; Interpreting of the Writing on the Wall. B. C. 538. Daniel 5:30 30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.   31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old. Here is, 1. The death of the king. Reason enough he had to tremble, for he was just falling into the hands of the king of terrors, v. 30. In that night, when his Continue Reading

Daniel 5:10-29; Daniel Brought before Beshazzar; The high character the Queen Mother gives of Daniel: He is a man in whom is the spirit of the holy gods, who has something in him more than human, not only the spirit of a man, which, in all, is the candle of the Lord, but a divine spirit; And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN; Sinners that are resolved to go on in sin are well enough pleased with gods that neither see, nor hear, nor know, for then they may sin securely; but they will find, to their confusion, that though those are the gods they choose those are not the gods they must be judged by, but One to whom all things are naked and open. B.C. 538

Daniel Brought before Belshazzar. B. C. 538. Daniel 5:10-29 10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:   11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, Continue Reading

Daniel 5:1-9; Belshazzar’s Feast; The Hand-writing on the Wall; See how the king affronted God, and put contempt upon Him; See how God affrighted the king, and struck a terror upon him; “That divine hand that had written the two tables for a law to His people now writes the doom of Babel and Belshazzar upon the wall”; Note, The terror of an awakened convinced conscience may justly be increased by the utter insufficiency of all creatures to give it ease or satisfaction. B.C. 538

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 5 The destruction of the kingdom of Babylon had been long and often foretold when it was at a distance; in this chapter we have it accomplished, and a prediction of it the very same night that it was accomplished. Belshazzar now reigned in Babylon; some compute he had reigned seventeen years, others but three; we have here the story of his exit and the period of his kingdom. We must know that about two years before Continue Reading

Daniel 4:34-37; Nebuchadnezzar Restored; We have here Nebuchadnezzar’s recovery from his distraction, and his return to his right mind, at the end of the days prefixed, that is, of the seven years; So long he continued a monument of God’s justice and a trophy of his victory over the children of pride, and he was made more so by being struck mad than if he had been in an instrant struck dead with a thunderbolt; yet it was a mercy to him that he was kept alive, for while there is life there is hope that we may yet praise God, as he did here. B.C. 562

Nebuchadnezzar Restored. B. C. 562. Daniel 4:34-37 34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:   35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he Continue Reading

Daniel 4:28-33; Nebuchadnezzar Driven among Beasts; He is deprived of his honour as a man; He loses his reason, and by that means loses his dominion; On a sudden he fell stark mad, distracted in the highest degree that ever any man was; His understanding and memory were gone, and all the faculties of a rational soul broken, so that he became a perfect brute in the shape of a man; Let us see here how God resists the proud, and delights to abase them and put contempt upon them; Nebuchadnezzar would be more than a man, and therefore God justly makes him less than a man, and puts him upon a level with the beasts who set up for a rival with his Maker. B.C. 569

Nebuchadnezzar Driven among Beasts. B. C. 569. Daniel 4:28-33 28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar.   29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.   30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?   31 While the word was in the king's mouth, there fell a voice Continue Reading

Daniel 4:19-27; Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream Interpreted; The close of the interpretation is the pious counsel which Daniel, as a prophet, gave the king; Note, The mere probability of preventing a temporal judgment is inducement enough to a work so good in itself as the leaving off of our sins and reforming of our lives, much more the certainty of preventing our eternal ruin. “That will be a healing of thy error” (or so some read it); “thus the quarrel will be taken up, and all will be well again.” B.C. 570

Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Interpreted. B. C. 570. Daniel 4:19-27 19 Then Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonied for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spake, and said, Belteshazzar, let not the dream, or the interpretation thereof, trouble thee. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream be to them that hate thee, and the interpretation thereof to thine enemies.   20 The tree that thou Continue Reading

Daniel 4:4-18; Nebuchadnezzar’s Second Dream; Nebuchadnezzar Relates his dream; The court he made to Daniel, to engage him to expound his dream to him; The sentence was passed upon it by an angel, whom he saw come done from heaven, and heard proclaim this sentence aloud; This angel is here called ‘a watcher, or watchman’, not only because angels by their nature are spirits, and therefore neither slumber nor sleep, but because by their office they are ‘ministering spirits, and attend continually to their ministrations, watching all opportunites of serving their great Master; they as ‘watchers, encamp round those that fear God, to deliver them’; When God gives us general warnings of His judgments we should be desirous to understand His mind in them, to hear ‘the Lord’s voice crying in the city.’ B.C. 570

Nebuchadnezzar's Second Dream; Nebuchadnezzar Relates His Dream. B. C. 570. Daniel 4:4-18 4 I Nebuchadnezzar was at rest in mine house, and flourishing in my palace:   5 I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.   6 Therefore made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known unto me the interpretation of the dream. Continue Reading

Daniel 4:1-3; Nebuchadnezzar Magnifies God: The penman of this chapter is Nebuchadnezzar himself; the story here recorded concerning him is given in his own words; Nebuchadnezzar was as daring a rival with God Almighty for the sovereignty as perhaps any mortal man ever was; but here he fairly owns himself conquered, and gives it under his hand that the God of Israel is above him; He now owns that there is a God that governs the world and has a universal, incontestable, absolute dominion in and over all the affairs of the children of men; And it is the glory of this Kingdom that is everlasting. B.C. 570

D A N I E L. CHAPTER 4 The penman of this chapter is Nebuchadnezzar himself: the story here recorded concerning him is given us in his own words, as he himself drew it up and published it; but Daniel, a prophet, by inspiration, inserts it in his history, and so it has become a part of sacred writ and a very memorable part. Nebuchadnezzar was as daring a rival with God Almighty for the sovereignty as perhaps any mortal man ever was; but Continue Reading

Daniel 3:28-30; Nebuchadnezzar Gives Glory to God; Nebuchadnezzar Honours God; Note, It is the wisdom of princes to prefer and employ men of stedfastness in religion; for those are most likely to be faithful to them who are faithful to God, and it is likely to be well with them when God’s favourites are made theirs. B.C. 587

Nebuchadnezzar Gives Glory to God; Nebuchadnezzar Honours God. B. C. 587. Daniel 3:28-30 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.   29 Therefore I make a decree, That Continue Reading

Daniel 3:19-27; The Three Hebrews in the Furnace; Deliverance from the Furnace; “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God;” The Chaldeans worshipped the fire, as a sort of image of the sun, so that, in restraining the fire now, God put contempt, not only upon their king, but upon their god too, and showed that His voice divides the flames of fire as well as the floods of water Ps. 29:7, when He pleases to make a way for His people through the midst of it; It is our God only that is ‘the consuming fire’ Heb. 12:29; other fire, if He but speak the word, shall not consume. B.C. 587

The Three Hebrews in the Furnace; Deliverance from the Furnace. B. C. 587. Daniel 3:19-27 19 Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.   20 And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, Continue Reading