Nebuchadnezzar’s pride and confidence in himself led God to take steps to humble him. We all need humbling from time to time, don’t we?

BibleGateway: Daniel 4:28-37

ESV Text: Daniel 4:28-37

Daniel 4:28–37 (Listen)

Nebuchadnezzar’s Humiliation

28 All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 and the king answered and said, “Is not this great Babylon, which I have built by my mighty power as a royal residence and for the glory of my majesty?” 31 While the words were still in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, “O King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: The kingdom has departed from you, 32 and you shall be driven from among men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. And you shall be made to eat grass like an ox, and seven periods of time shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules the kingdom of men and gives it to whom he will.” 33 Immediately the word was fulfilled against Nebuchadnezzar. He was driven from among men and ate grass like an ox, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair grew as long as eagles’ feathers, and his nails were like birds’ claws.

Nebuchadnezzar Restored

34 At the end of the days I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my reason returned to me, and I blessed the Most High, and praised and honored him who lives forever,


  for his dominion is an everlasting dominion,
    and his kingdom endures from generation to generation;
35   all the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing,
    and he does according to his will among the host of heaven
    and among the inhabitants of the earth;
  and none can stay his hand
    or say to him, “What have you done?”

36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my majesty and splendor returned to me. My counselors and my lords sought me, and I was established in my kingdom, and still more greatness was added to me. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, for all his works are right and his ways are just; and those who walk in pride he is able to humble.

(ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 4

     28 All this came upon the king Nebuchadnezzar. 29 At the end of twelve months he walked in the palace of the kingdom of Babylon. 30 The king spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty? 31 While the word was in the king’s mouth, there fell a voice from heaven, saying, O king Nebuchadnezzar, to thee it is spoken; The kingdom is departed from thee. 32 And they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field: they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and seven times shall pass over thee, until thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. 33 The same hour was the thing fulfilled upon Nebuchadnezzar: and he was driven from men, and did eat grass as oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, till his hairs were grown like eagles’ feathers, and his nails like birds’ claws.

     34 And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: 35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? 36 At the same time my reason returned unto me; and for the glory of my kingdom, mine honour and brightness returned unto me; and my counsellors and my lords sought unto me; and I was established in my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added unto me. 37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and those that walk in pride he is able to abase.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 420:
My Jesus, as Thou Wilt

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. My Jesus, as Thou wilt; 
Oh, may Thy will be mine! 
Into Thy hand of love 
I would my all resign. 
Through sorrow or through joy 
Conduct me as Thine own 
And help me still to say, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

2. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
If needy here and poor, 
Give me Thy people’s bread, 
Thy Word, so rich and sure. 
This manna from above 
Let my soul feed upon; 
And if all else should fail, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

3. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
Though seen by many a tear, 
Let not my star of hope 
Grow dim or disappear. 
Since Thou on earth hast wept 
And sorrowed oft alone, 
If I must weep with Thee, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

4. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
When death itself draws nigh, 
Unto Thy wounded side 
For refuge I would fly 
And, clinging to Thee, go 
Where Thou before hast gone. 
My times are in Thy hand: 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 

5. My Jesus, as Thou wilt. 
All shall be well for me; 
Each changing future scene 
I gladly trust with Thee. 
Thus to my home above 
I travel calmly on 
And sing in life or death, 
My Lord, Thy will be done. 


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