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Daniel 2:46

ESV Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him.
NIV Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell prostrate before Daniel and paid him honor and ordered that an offering and incense be presented to him.
NASB Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and paid humble respect to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and incense.
CSB Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell facedown, worshiped Daniel, and gave orders to present an offering and incense to him.
NLT Then King Nebuchadnezzar threw himself down before Daniel and worshiped him, and he commanded his people to offer sacrifices and burn sweet incense before him.
KJV Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

What does Daniel 2:46 mean?

King Nebuchadnezzar demanded proof of supernatural power in response to his troubling dream (Daniel 2:1–3). He reasoned that if his court magicians couldn't tell him what he'd dreamed there was no reason to think they had insight into what a dream meant (Daniel 2:8–9). When the conjurers admitted this, indirectly (Daniel 2:10–11), the enraged king ordered that his entire corps of wise men be killed (2:5, 12–13). Yet Daniel was gifted with a vision from God (Daniel 2:17–19) and answered the king's challenge (Daniel 2:31–45), giving credit to God (Daniel 2:27–30).

The pagan king asked for a demonstration of supernatural power and got exactly what he'd wanted. In response, he bowed and ordered rituals to be performed. This was not necessarily out of respect for Daniel, himself, but in awe of divine power. This may be why Daniel did not correct the king's actions. In several instances, apostles in the New Testament received a similar reaction when nonbelievers saw miraculous events, and they deflected worship from themselves to the Lord (Acts 10:22–26; 14:11–15). Though Nebuchadnezzar credits Daniel's God with power, rather than Daniel (Daniel 2:47), his words imply that God is "only" the best among many deities. The king is not abandoning his pagan beliefs, but he is modifying them in response to what he has seen.

This passage is among those recorded in Aramaic (Daniel 2:4—7:28), the common language of Babylon at the time, emphasizing their importance to Gentile people.
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