Chapter four is very unique for it was written by
Nebuchadnezzar himself—a Gentile! It is the king’s own
testimony of how God saved him. No doubt, Daniel had copied it
from the state papers of Babylon and preserved it in the
original language. The king began where every testimony
should—by giving God the glory. These are the words of a saved
King Nebuchadnezzar, To the peoples, nations and
men of every language, who live in all the world: May you
prosper greatly! It is my pleasure to tell you about the
miraculous signs and wonders that the Most High God has
performed for me. How great are his signs, how mighty his
wonders! His kingdom is an eternal kingdom; his dominion
endures from generation to generation.
introduction of his testimony is actually a conclusion! These
words grow out of the king’s personal experience. He
acknowledged that the Most High God had performed miraculous
signs and wonders for him, such as the dream of dreams; the
amazing deliverance of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego from the
fiery furnace accompanied by the appearance of the
preincarnate Christ; and the events described in this chapter.
They surpass all human power.
We are not surprised by
the apostle Paul’s greeting of peace, but Nebuchadnezzar’s?
“May you prosper greatly!” literally reads in the Aramaic
“Peace multiplied to you.” These are strange words from the
mouth of this mighty king, who had spent his life in warfare,
suppression, and enslavement of people in order to build his
world empire to satisfy his ego and pride. This greeting of
peace comes from a man with a changed heart.
Aramaic (shelam, “peace”) is equivalent
to the Hebrew word for peace (shalom). The OT and NT
writers view peace as a gift from God and the meaning of
salvation is closely related to it in passages like Psalm
85:9-11 and Romans 5:1. Nebuchadnezzar wanted his subjects to
experience the peace of the Most High God.
acknowledged that God is the eternal King, His dominion is
everlasting, and every generation is a proof of His
all-governing influence. How did the king arrive at such
knowledge? Proverbs 9:10!
Nebuchadnezzar could never
be accused of being private with his faith. He broadcasted it