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Nebuchadnezzar
Nebuchadnezzar Origination: William Blake: inventor, delineator, printer, colorist Composition Date: 1795 Print Date: c. 1804-05 Note: The characteristics of the color printing indicate that this impression is the first one printed c. 1804-05.

Nebuchadnezzar acknowledges God’s dominion

4:1 Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
the king, to all people, nations, and languages, that lives in all the earth; Peaceשָׁלוֹם
Transliteration šālôm Pronunciation shaw-lome’ shalom – completeness, soundness, welfare, peace, be well, prosperity For more info click here
be multiplied to you.
4:2 I thought it good to show the signs
and miracles that the high Elahאֱלָהּ
Transliteration: ‘ĕlâ Pronunciation: el-aw’ pl. Elim or Elohim; Imperial Aramaic: אלהא‏ is the Aramaic word for God and the absolute singular form of אלהא‏, ʾilāhā. The origin of the word is from Proto-Semitic and is thus cognate to the Hebrew, Arabic, Akkadian, and other Semitic languages’ words for god. For more info click here See also click here
has done with me.
4:3 How great are His signs! and how mighty are His miracles! His kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion [is] from generation to generation.
4:4 I Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
was at rest in my house, and flourishing in my palace:

Nebuchadnezzar relates a dream


4:5 I saw a dream that terrified me, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.
4:6 So made I a decree to bring in all the wise men of Babylon before me, that they might make known to me the meaning of the dream.
4:7 Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told them my dream; but they didn’t make known to me the meaning of it.
4:8 But at the last Danielדניאל
Meaning Judge Of God, God Is My Judge From the verb דין, to judge or govern, and the word אל (‘el), God. For more info click here
came in before me, whose name [was] Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying,
4:9 O Belteshazzar, great magician, because I know that the spirit of the holy gods is in you, and no secret troubles you, tell me the visions of my dream that I have seen, and its meaning.
4:10 So were the visions of my head in my bed; I was looking, and saw a tree in the middle of the earth, and the its height was great.
4:11 The tree grew, and was strong, and the height of it reached to the sky, and the sight of it to the end of all the earth:
4:12 The leaves of it were fair, and the fruit was plentiful, and its food was for all: the beasts of the field had shade under it, and the birds of the sky lived in the branches of it, and all flesh was fed from it.
4:13 I looking in the visions of my head on my bed, and observed, a watcher a holy one descended from Heaven;
4:14 He shouted aloud, and said this, Cut down the tree, and cut off its branches, shake off its leaves, and scatter its fruit: let the beasts get out from under it, and the birds from its branches:
4:15 But leave the stump of its roots in the earth, [secured] with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be washed with the dew of the heavens, and let its share be with the beasts in the grass of the earth:
4:16 Let his heart be altered from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given to him; and let seven times pass over him.
4:17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the commanded by the word of the holy ones: so that
the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever he will, and sets up the lowest of men over it .
4:18 This dream I king Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare the meaning of it, since all the wise men of my kingdom aren’t able to make
the meaning known to me: but you are able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.

Daniel’s tells the meaning of the dream


4:19 Then Danielדניאל
Meaning Judge Of God, God Is My Judge From the verb דין, to judge or govern, and the word אל (‘el), God. For more info click here
, whose name was Belteshazzar, was astonished for one hour, and his thoughts troubled him. The king spoke, and said, Belteshazzar, don’t let the dream, or the meaning of it, trouble you. Belteshazzar answered and said, My lord, the dream is to those that hate you, and the meaning is to your enemies.
4:20 The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the heavens, and its sight to all the earth;
4:21 Whose leaves were fair, and its fruit plentiful, and food for all [being] in it; under which the beasts of the field lived, and upon whose branches the birds of the sky had their lived:
4:22 It is you, O king, that have grown and become strong: for your greatness is grown, and reaches to the heavens, and your rule to the end of the earth.
4:23 And as the king saw a watcher and an holy one coming down from Heaven, and saying, cut the tree down, and destroy it; yet leave the stump of its roots in the earth, [secured] with a band of iron and bronze, in the tender grass of the field; and let it be washed with the dew of heaven, and let its share be with the beasts of the field, till seven times pass over it;
4:24 This is the meaning, O king, and this is the decree of the Most High, which is come on my lord the king:
4:25 That
you shall be driven from men, and you shall live with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you to eat grass as oxen, and they shall washed you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He wills.
4:26 And as they commanded to leave the stump of the tree roots; your kingdom shall be loyal to you, after that you shall have realized that Heaven rules.
4:27 So, O king, let my advice be satisfactory to you, and break off your sins by righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor; if it may be a prolonging of your tranquillity.

The dream fulfilled


4:28 All this came on the king Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
.
4:29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon.
4:30 The king spoke, and said, Isn’t this the great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honor of my majesty?
4:31 While he was still speaking,
a voice came down from Heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
, to you it is proclaimed; The kingdom has been taken from you.
4:32 And you shall be driven from men, and you shall live with the beasts of the field: you shall fed with grass like oxen, and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High [is] ruler in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever He wills.
4:33 At that moment was the thing fulfilled on Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
: and he was driven from men, and he ate grass like oxen, and his body was washed with the dew of the heavens, until his hair had grown like eagles’ [feathers], and his nails like birds’ [claws].
4:34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
lifted up my eyes to Heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honored Him who lives forever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:
4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are presumed like nothing: and He does according to His will among the army of Heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can strike His hand, or say to Him, What are you doing?
4:36 At the same time my reason returned to me; and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and brightness returned to me; and my counselors and my nobles sought me [out]; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.
4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzarנְבוּכַדְנֶאצַּר
Transliteration nᵊḇûḵaḏne’ṣṣar Pronunciation neb-oo-kad-nets-tsar’ Nebuchadnezzar II also spelled Nebuchadrezzar II was the second Neo-Babylonian emperor, ruling from the death of his father Nabopolassar in 605 BC to his own death in 562 BC. Historically known as Nebuchadnezzar the Great, he is typically regarded as the empire’s greatest king For more info click here
praise and raise up and honor the King of Heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride He is able to humble.

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