In Daniel chapter 4 we read about King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel’s interpretation of the dream, and of King Nebuchadnezzar’s great affliction. God uses many ways to call sinners to Himself, and suffering is one of those ways. Affliction is not at all pleasant, but the Lord can use affliction to draw a person to faith and repentance. It was God’s mercy that sent the affliction. King Nebuchadnezzar was not destroyed when the Lord afflicted him, he was humbled.
Daniel 4:24 This is the interpretation, O king, and this is the decree of the most High, which is come upon my lord the king:
Daniel 4:25 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 whomsoever he will.
Daniel 4:26 And whereas they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; thy kingdom shall be sure unto thee, after that thou shalt have known that the heavens do rule.
Daniel 4:27 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 thy tranquility.
John Wesley’s Commentary:
If it may be-Daniel was not certain of pardon for him, nor did he altogether despair of it. With what wisdom and tenderness does he speak: and yet with what plainness?
Daniel 4:34 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:
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