Daniel 4:36

36 At the same time 1my reason returned to me, and for 2the glory of my kingdom, 3my majesty and splendor returned to me. 4My counselors and 5my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was 6added to me.

Daniel 4:36 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 4:36

At the same time my reason returned unto me
Or, "my understanding" F17; this he repeats, not only to express the certainty of it, but the sense he had of the greatness of the favour, and of which what he said at this time is a full proof:

and for the glory of my kingdom mine honour and brightness returned
unto me:
or "form" F18, as the Septuagint; his majestic form, that royal majesty, that appeared in his countenance formerly, returned again; which graced him as a king, and made for the glory of his kingdom, and the administration of his office. Jarchi renders it, "and to the glory of my kingdom I returned"; and to the same purpose the Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and Arabic versions. This whole clause is wanting in the Syriac version. Jarchi interprets "brightness" of the form of his countenance; and Jacchiades of the light of it, the sparkling lustre and majesty of it. A strange change and alteration this!

And my counsellors and my lords sought unto me;
who very likely had the administration of government in their hands during this time; and as the dream, and the interpretation, were publicly known, and they had seen the first part of it fulfilled in the king's madness and miserable state, they had reason to believe the latter part also, and therefore waited for the accomplishment of it at the end of seven years; when they sought for him, and sought unto him, very probably by the direction of Daniel, who was at the head of them; and this may be the reason why another prince was not set upon the throne, because they expected his return to it at the expiration of these years; and in the mean while held the reins of government in their own hands, but now delivered them up to him:

and I was established in my kingdom;
as Daniel had told him, in the interpretation of his dream, that his kingdom should be sure to him, ( Daniel 4:26 ) :

and excellent majesty was added unto me;
or, more majesty F19; he had more honour and grandeur than he had before; more respect was shown him, and homage paid him: his latter end, like Job's, was greater than his beginning.


F17 (yednm) "intellectus meus", Cocceius, Michaelis.
F18 (ywyz) , (h morfh mou) , Sept.; "forma mea", Tigurine version, "figura mea", Munster.
F19 (aryty wbr) "magnificentia amplior", Pagninus, Montanus; "amplitudo major", Junius & Tremellius; "magnificentia major", Piscator; "majestas amplior seu major", Michaelis.

Daniel 4:36 In-Context

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever, for his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35 all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, and he does according to his will among the host of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand or say to him, "What have you done?"
36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me.
37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

Cross References 6

  • 1. ver. 34
  • 2. [ver. 30; Daniel 5:18]
  • 3. [ver. 30; Daniel 5:18]
  • 4. Daniel 3:24; Daniel 6:7
  • 5. Daniel 5:1; Daniel 6:17
  • 6. [Job 42:12; Matthew 6:33]
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