The answer of the advisors made the king so angry and
furious that he ordered the execution of all the wise men of
Babylon, including Daniel and his three friends. “This” at the
beginning of verse 12 might refer to:
- The king’s disappointment in not having the dream
- The king’s confirmation of his suspicions about
- The king’s faith in his god Marduk being shaken.
- The king’s reaction to the audacity of these
frauds to criticize him.
No law, no judge, no jury—the will or whim of this king
governed all things. One can imagine the unsettling effect
of this hasty execution on
the subjects of the
kingdom. It is of no consequence to Satan that many should
be killed in accomplishing his ends. Usually the decisions
made when infuriated are folly. In the heat of the moment,
Nebuchadnezzar would foolishly wipe out his future. He
could do without the Chaldeans, but not without Daniel!
It is noteworthy that Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael
and Azariah were not among the advisors. Apparently, they
had separated themselves from the pagan religious leaders
In a cooler state of mind,
Nebuchadnezzar would have realized that his wisest
advisors were not present. Fury blurs one’s ability to