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Daniel 4:27

ESV Therefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you: break off your sins by practicing righteousness, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the oppressed, that there may perhaps be a lengthening of your prosperity.”
NIV Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed. It may be that then your prosperity will continue.'
NASB Therefore, O king, may my advice be pleasing to you: wipe away your sin by doing righteousness, and your wrongdoings by showing mercy to the poor, in case there may be a prolonging of your prosperity.’
CSB Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity."
NLT '‘King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right. Break from your wicked past and be merciful to the poor. Perhaps then you will continue to prosper.’
KJV Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity.

What does Daniel 4:27 mean?

As a man of God, Daniel delivered a true interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream (Daniel 4:24–26), despite the Babylonian king's infamously vindictive nature (Daniel 2:5; 3:19–20). Yet Daniel does not stop there. He boldly advises the king to free himself from enslavement to sin, turning instead to God. He suggests that Nebuchadnezzar should turn away from doing harm to others and instead show compassion—in the hopes that God might delay a while before bringing this judgment.

The first part of Daniel's counsel refers to Nebuchadnezzar's relationship to God. The second part refers to his relationship to people. The repentant believer enjoys the privilege of being righteous in God's sight (2 Corinthians 5:21), but he also bears the responsibility to do good to everyone as he has opportunity to do so (Galatians 6:10). Jesus taught: "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven" (Matthew 5:16).

Scripture does not record the king's reaction to this staggering display of fearlessness and integrity. This grit is characteristic of Daniel. When he was still young, he committed himself not to eat defiled food despite the orders of his captors (Daniel 1:8). Here, he has the nerve to tell Nebuchadnezzar—a violent, vengeful, tyrant—to stop sinning and get right with God. Later, Daniel will defy a law against praying to God by doing so in front of his open windows (Daniel 6:10).
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