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Daniel 2:29

ESV To you, O king, as you lay in bed came thoughts of what would be after this, and he who reveals mysteries made known to you what is to be.
NIV "As Your Majesty was lying there, your mind turned to things to come, and the revealer of mysteries showed you what is going to happen.
NASB As for you, O king, while on your bed your thoughts turned to what would take place in the future; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will take place.
CSB Your Majesty, while you were in your bed, thoughts came to your mind about what will happen in the future. The revealer of mysteries has let you know what will happen.
NLT While Your Majesty was sleeping, you dreamed about coming events. He who reveals secrets has shown you what is going to happen.
KJV As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.
NKJV As for you, O king, thoughts came to your mind while on your bed, about what would come to pass after this; and He who reveals secrets has made known to you what will be.

What does Daniel 2:29 mean?

This portion of the book of Daniel (Daniel 2:4—7:28) is written in Aramaic, rather than in Hebrew. Since the prophecies and miracles this part records are about the non-Jewish people—the Gentiles—it makes sense they would be recorded in their common language. As Daniel noted (Daniel 2:27–28), the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream comes from God and God alone. What the king saw (Daniel 2:1–3) was a glimpse of the future. Daniel's privilege is to be how the Lord gives this information to Nebuchadnezzar (Daniel 2:30).

Nebuchadnezzar gained the throne and great power over Southwest Asia. He was regarded as a strong king who held absolute sway over his subjects. Perhaps he'd begun to reflect on what would happen to his kingdom. God opened the future in the form of a dream. Yet, the king did not understand what he saw. Daniel, on the other hand, was allowed to see both the vision and the meaning (Daniel 2:17–19). This aligns with the idea that God, not human intellect, reveals the most important pieces of wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:4).

Visions and dreams are only occasionally used by God when speaking to people. The Lord offers information, primarily, through Jesus Christ (John 1:17; Hebrews 1:1–2) and His written Word (2 Timothy 3:16; 1 Corinthians 4:6), illuminated by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:6–16; Ephesians 1:17–21).
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