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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Daniel 2:31-45

Daniel here gives full satisfaction to Nebuchadnezzar concerning his dream and the interpretation of it. That great prince had been kind to this poor prophet in his maintenance and education; he had been brought up at the king's cost, preferred at court, and the land of his captivity had hereby been made much easier to him than to others of his brethren. And now the king is abundantly repaid for all the expense he had been at upon him; and for receiving this prophet, though not in the name of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 2:44

And in the days of these kings , &c.; Not of the Babylonian, Persian, and Grecian kings; nor, indeed, of the old Roman kings, or emperors; but in the days of these ten kings, or kingdoms, into which the Roman empire is divided, signified by the ten toes, of different power and strength. Indeed the kingdom of Christ began to be set up in the times of Augustus Caesar, under whom Christ was born; and of Tiberius, under whom he was crucified; and was continued and increased in the reigns of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 2:44

A kingdom which shall never be destroyed - The extensive and extending empire of Christ. Shall not be left to other people - All the preceding empires have swallowed up each other successively; but this shall remain to the end of the world. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 2:44

Verse 44 The Jews agree with us in thinking this passage cannot be otherwise understood than of the perpetual reign of Christ, and willingly and eagerly ascribe to the glory of their own nation whatever is written everywhere throughout the Scriptures; nay, they often cry down many testimonies of Scripture for the purpose of boasting in their own privileges. They do not therefore deny the dream to have been sent to King Nebuchadnezzar concerning Christ’s kingdom; but they differ from us, in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:1-49


Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:31-45

The image and the stone. The king's dream as interpreted by Daniel shadows forth the history of successive monarchies, and the final overthrow of them by a greater unearthly kingdom. On the face of it it teaches the broad lesson that history is made by higher destinies than the will of kings; that it is determined beforehand according to a Divine scheme. The character of the successive monarchies, and the part they take in the general order of events, is expressed by the appearance of the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:34-45

The everlasting kingdom. "And the stone that smote the image," etc. ( Daniel 2:35 ). We shall assume, what is certain, that the "stone' is the image of the kingdom of the Son of God. I. ITS CHARACTERISTICS . 1 . The mediatorial action of the Son of God is of the nature of kingly rule. (See and weigh the meaning well of Ephesians 1:22 , Ephesians 1:23 .) 2 . The kingdom was supernatural in its origin. Here may well be discussed the now present doctrine that the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:44-45

And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never he destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever, Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:44-45

The establishment of a permanent kingdom. It is worth while to note the period in which this new kingdom was destined to arise. "In the days of these," i.e. Roman, "kings." God had chosen to defer the visible manifestation of his kingdom until men had learnt the folly and the crime of attempting to do without him. We of this age are permitted to see the exact fulfilment of these words. Verily our God is a God of truth. I. OBSERVE THE FOUNDER OF THIS NEW ' KINGDOM . When... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Daniel 2:44

And in the days of these kings - Margin, “their.” The reading in the text “these kings” - is the more correct. The Vulgate renders this, “in the days of these kingdoms.” The natural and obvious sense of the passage is, that during the continuance of the kingdoms above-mentioned, or before they should finally pass away, that is, before the last one should become extinct, another kingdom would be established on the earth which would be perpetual. Before the succession of universal monarchies... read more

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