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Daniel 4:5

ESV I saw a dream that made me afraid. As I lay in bed the fancies and the visions of my head alarmed me.
NIV I had a dream that made me afraid. As I was lying in bed, the images and visions that passed through my mind terrified me.
NASB I saw a dream and it startled me; and these appearances as I lay on my bed and the visions in my mind kept alarming me.
CSB I had a dream, and it frightened me; while in my bed, the images and visions in my mind alarmed me.
NLT But one night I had a dream that frightened me; I saw visions that terrified me as I lay in my bed.
KJV I saw a dream which made me afraid, and the thoughts upon my bed and the visions of my head troubled me.

What does Daniel 4:5 mean?

King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon recalls having a frightening dream. This is the second time Nebuchadnezzar had a troubling dream. Daniel chapter 2 describes the first experience. Both dreams portrayed future events (Daniel 2:29; 4:24–25).

The Bible presents several instances in which dreams transmitted divine revelation. God issued warnings to Abimelech and Laban (Genesis 20; 31:24), and Pilate's wife's dream was the basis for her warning Pilate to have nothing to do with Jesus (Matthew 27:19). He communicated this way to Jacob (Genesis 28:12; 31:10–13), to Solomon (1 Kings 3:5), and to Joseph, Mary's husband (Matthew 1:20). With the completion of the New Testament, dreams are no longer necessary means for God to communicate His will. Second Timothy 3:16–17 indicates that the written Word, the Scriptures, are inspired by the Lord and useful for everything we must know about Him. They teach believers what they ought to believe and how they ought to live. As believers study and obey the Scriptures, they develop spiritual maturity and become effective servants of God. God can, of course, still communicate to people in dreams. But it is important to base one's understanding of any dream on the revealed truth of Scripture.
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