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Daniel 2:34

ESV As you looked, a stone was cut out by no human hand, and it struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces.
NIV While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them.
NASB You continued watching until a stone was broken off without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay, and crushed them.
CSB As you were watching, a stone broke off without a hand touching it, struck the statue on its feet of iron and fired clay, and crushed them.
NLT As you watched, a rock was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands. It struck the feet of iron and clay, smashing them to bits.
KJV Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces.

What does Daniel 2:34 mean?

Daniel further reveals what the king saw in his dream (Daniel 2:1–3). He has described a massive statue made of various materials: gold, silver, bronze, iron, and clay (Daniel 2:31–33). These are arranged from most to least valuable, and heaviest to lightest. However, they also grow stronger, until the brittle clay.

Next, the king dreamt of a stone, or possibly a boulder. Since it is said to grow later, the initial size may have been small (Daniel 2:35). This impacts the statue on the feet, which are made of mixed clay and iron. Iron is strong, but clay is brittle, and the two materials do not bond to one another. So, the base of the statue is shattered and the entire image will collapse. In fact, the statue's pieces will break so completely that the remains are blown away by the wind (Daniel 2:35).

Without a doubt, this powerful stone has a divine origin, implied by the fact that a human being did not create it. The various parts of the statue each represent kingdoms of the earth, and Daniel will go on to explain (Daniel 2:36). God is directly involved in the rise and fall of kings and kingdoms. Psalm 75:7 says, "it is God who executes judgment, putting down one and lifting up another." The apostle Paul writes in Romans 13:1, "There is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God."
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