D A N I E L.
It was said (ch. i. 17) that Daniel had
understanding in dreams; and here we have an early and eminent
instance of it, which soon made him famous in the court of Babylon,
as Joseph by the same means came to be so in the court of Egypt.
This chapter is a history, but it is the history of a prophecy, by
a dream and the interpretation of it. Pharaoh's dream, and Joseph's
interpretation of it, related only to the years of plenty and
famine and the interest of God's Israel in them; but
Nebuchadnezzar's dream here, and Daniel's interpretation of that,
look much higher, to the four monarchies, and the concerns of
Israel in them, and the kingdom of the Messiah, which should be set
up in the world upon the ruins of them. In this chapter we have, I.
The great perplexity that Nebuchadnezzar was put into by a dream
which he had forgotten, and his command to the magicians to tell
him what it was, which they could not pretend to do, ver. 1-11. II. Orders given for the
destroying of all the wise men of Babylon, and of Daniel among the
rest, with his fellows, ver.
12-15. III. The discovery of this secret to him, in
answer to prayer, and the thanksgiving he offered up to God
thereupon, ver. 16-23.
IV. His admission to the king, and the discovery he made to him
both of his dream and of the interpretation of it, ver. 24-45. V. The great honour
which Nebuchadnezzar put upon Daniel, in recompence for this
service, and the preferment of his companions with him, ver. 46-49.