(Again, remember that Daniel and those with him are included in this. Even though Daniel hasn’t even been made aware of the
dream. They knew nothing about any of this.)
13 And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
14 Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king's guard, which was gone forth to slay the
wise men of Babylon:
(Always counsel with God.)
15 He answered and said to Arioch the king's captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing
known to Daniel.
(This is the first time Daniel has heard of the trouble with the dream. God is in complete control.)
16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the
(Not only will Daniel show the king the interpretation, he will also tell him what the dream itself was.)
17 Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
(Always communicate. If God gives something to one of His children, it should be shared with all of His children. God will
always give us a way out when we work together. Seek His counsel.)
18 That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish
with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
19 Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
(God answered his prayer so Daniel thanked God first thing. Don’t ever forget to thank Him for His blesings. Daniel didn’t
come up with the answer, God gave it to him.)
20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
(True wisdom only comes from God.)
21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and
knowledge to them that know understanding:
(To know understanding is to have common sense. If you don’t have common sense, then God may not give you knowledge.
Without common sense, knowledge is useless.)
22 He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
(As God gives you a light, then reflect it back to others who love Him.)
23 I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto
me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king's matter.
24 Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said
thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
25 Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste, and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah,
that will make known unto the king the interpretation.
26 The king answered and said to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, Art thou able to make known unto me the dream
which I have seen, and the interpretation thereof?
(We know that Daniel can give the interpretation of the dream because God gave it to him. Don’t ever forget to give God the
27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the
astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;
28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter
days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;
(Notice that Daniel does not take credit for this. He gives God full credit. He wasn’t on an ego trip.)
29 As for thee, O king, thy thoughts came into thy mind upon thy bed, what should come to pass hereafter: and he that revealeth
secrets maketh known to thee what shall come to pass.