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Daniel 2:46 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors unto him.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and did homage to Daniel, and gave orders to present to him an offering and fragrant incense.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and worshiped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odors to him.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Then king Nebuchadnezzar fell on his face and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Then, King Nebuchadnezzar, fell upon his face, and, unto Daniel, paid adoration; and, a present and sweet odours, gave he word to pour out unto him.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Then hath king Nebuchadnezzar fallen on his face, and to Daniel he hath done obeisance, and present, and sweet things, he hath said to pour out to him.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Then king Nabuchodonosor fell on his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer in sacrifice to him victims and incense.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Then the King Nebuchadnezzar fell vpon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation, and sweet odours vnto him.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Then king Nebuchadnezzar{gr.Nabuchodonosor} fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniel, and gave orders to offer to him gifts and incense.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Then the king Nevukhadnetztzar fell upon his face, and worshipped Daniyyel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Then 116
{0116} Prime
(Chaldee); of uncertain derivation; then (of time).
the king 4430
{4430} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4428; a king.
Nvanexxar נְבוּכַדנֶאצַּר 5020
{5020} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5019.
fell 5308
{5308} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5307.
<8754> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 231
upon 5922
{5922} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5921.
his face, 600
{0600} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0639 (only in the plural as a singular); the face.
and worshipped 5457
{5457} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5456.
<8754> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 231
Dniyyl דָּנִיֵּאל, 1841
{1841} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1840; Danijel, the Hebrew prophet.
and commanded 560
{0560} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0559.
<8754> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 231
that they should offer 5260
{5260} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5258; to pour out a libation.
<8742> Grammar
Stem - Pael (See H8835)
Mood - Infinitive (See H8812)
Count - 8
an oblation y4504
[4504] Standard
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4503; a sacrificial offering.
(4061) Complement
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4060; tribute in money.
and sweet odours 5208
{5208} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5207; pleasure.
unto him.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Daniel 2:46

_ _ fell upon ... face, and worshipped Daniel — worshipping God in the person of Daniel. Symbolical of the future prostration of the world power before Messiah and His kingdom (Philippians 2:10). As other servants of God refused such honors (Acts 10:25, Acts 10:26; Acts 14:13-15; Revelation 22:8, Revelation 22:9), and Daniel (Daniel 1:8) would not taste defiled food, nor give up prayer to God at the cost of his life (Daniel 6:7, Daniel 6:10), it seems likely that Daniel rejected the proffered divine honors. The word “answered” (Daniel 2:47) implies that Daniel had objected to these honors; and in compliance with his objection, “the king answered, Of a truth, your God is a God of gods.” Daniel had disclaimed all personal merit in Daniel 2:30, giving GOD all the glory (compare Daniel 2:45).

_ _ commanded ... sweet odours — divine honors (Ezra 6:10). It is not said his command was executed.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

Daniel 2:46-49

_ _ One might have expected that when Nebuchadnezzar was contriving to make his own kingdom everlasting he would be enraged at Daniel, who foretold the fall of it and that another kingdom of another nature should be the everlasting kingdom; but, instead of resenting it as an affront, he received it as an oracle, and here we are told what the expressions were of the impressions it made upon him. 1. He was ready to look upon Daniel as a little god. Though he saw him to be a man, yet from this wonderful discovery which he had made both of his secret thoughts, in telling him the dream, and of things to come, in telling him the interpretation of it, he concluded that he had certainly a divinity lodged in him, worthy his adoration; and therefore he fell upon his face and worshipped Daniel, Daniel 2:46. It was the custom of the country by prostration to give honour to kings, because they have something of a divine power in them (I have said, You are gods); and therefore this king, who had often received such veneration from others, now paid the like to Daniel, whom he supposed to have in him a divine knowledge, which he was so struck with an admiration of that he could not contain himself, but forgot both that Daniel was a man and that himself was a king. Thus did God magnify divine revelation and make it honourable, extorting from a proud potentate such a veneration but for one glimpse of it. He worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation to him, and burn incense. Herein he cannot be justified, but may in some measure be excused, when Cornelius was thus ready to worship Peter, and John the angel, who both knew better. But, though it is not here mentioned, yet we have reason to think that Daniel refused these honours that he paid him, and said, as Peter to Cornelius, Stand up, I myself also am a man, or, as the angel to St. John, See thou do it not; for it is not said that the oblation was offered unto him, though the king commanded it, or rather said it, for so the word is. He said, in his haste, Let an oblation be offered to him. And that Daniel did say something to him which turned his eyes and thoughts another way is intimated in what follows (Daniel 2:47), The king answered Daniel. Note, It is possible for those to express a great honour for the ministers of God's word who yet have no true love for the word. Herod feared John, and heard him gladly, and yet went on in his sins, Mark 6:20. 2. He readily acknowledged the God of Daniel to be the great God, the true God, the only living and true God. If Daniel will not suffer himself to be worshipped, he will (as Daniel, it is likely, directed him) worship God, by confessing (Daniel 2:47), Of a truth your God is a God of gods, such a God as there is no other, above all gods in dignity, over all gods in dominion. He is a Lord of kings, from whom they derive their power and to whom they are accountable; and he is both a discoverer and a revealer of secrets; what is most secret he sees and can reveal, and what he has revealed is what was secret and which none but himself could reveal, 1 Corinthians 2:10. 3. He preferred Daniel, made him a great man, Daniel 2:48. God made him a great man indeed when he took him into communion with himself, a greater man than Nebuchadnezzar could make him; but, because God had magnified him, therefore the king magnified him. Does wealth make men great? The king gave him many great gifts; and he had no reason to refuse them, when they all put him into so much the greater capacity of doing good to his brethren in captivity. These gifts were grateful returns for the good services he had done, and not aimed at, nor bargained for, by him, as the rewards of divination were by Balaam. Does power make a man great? He made him ruler over the whole province of Babylon, which no doubt had great influence upon the other provinces; he made him likewise chancellor of the university, chief of the governors over all the wise men of Babylon, to instruct those whom he had thus outdone; and, since they could not do what the king would have them do, they shall be obliged to do what Daniel would have them do. Thus it is fit that the fool should be servant to the wise in heart. Seeing Daniel could reveal this secret (Daniel 2:47), the king thus advanced him. Note, It is the wisdom of princes to advance and employ those who receive divine revelation, and are much conversant with it, who, as Daniel here, show themselves to be well acquainted with the kingdom of heaven. Joseph, like Daniel here, was advanced in the court of the king of Egypt for his interpreting his dreams; and he called him Zaphnath-paaneaha revealer of secrets, as the king of Babylon here calls Daniel; so that the preambles to their patents of honour are the same — for, and in consideration of, their good services done to the crown in revealing secrets. 4. He preferred his companions for his sake, and upon his special instance and request, Daniel 2:49. Daniel himself sat in the gate of the king, as president of the council, chief-justice, or prime-minister of state, or perhaps chamberlain of the household; but he used his interest for his friends as became a good man, and procured places in the government for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Those that helped him with their prayers shall share with him in his honours, such a grateful sense had he even of that service. The preferring of them would be a great stay and help to Daniel in his place and business. And these pious Jews, being thus preferred in Babylon, had great opportunity of serving their brethren in captivity, and of doing them many good offices, which no doubt they were ready to do. Thus, sometimes, before God brings his people into trouble, he prepares it, that it may be easy to them.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Daniel 2:46

That they should offer — This was strange, that so great a monarch should thus worship his vassal, which he did in consternation and admiration. But doubtless Daniel put a stop to it: though he could not hinder the king in his prostration, and in his word of command. And the king being instructed of Daniel, gives God all the glory in the next words.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Daniel 2:46

Then the king Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face, and (b) worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation and sweet odours unto him.

(b) Though this humbling of the king seemed to deserve commendation, yet because he united God's honour with the Prophets, it is to be reproved, and Daniel would have erred, if he allowed it: but it is to his credit that Daniel admonished him of his fault, and did not allow it.

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Luke 17:16 And fell down on [his] face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
Acts 10:25 And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped [him].
Acts 14:13 Then the priest of Jupiter, which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands unto the gates, and would have done sacrifice with the people.
Acts 28:6 Howbeit they looked when he should have swollen, or fallen down dead suddenly: but after they had looked a great while, and saw no harm come to him, they changed their minds, and said that he was a god.
Revelation 11:16 And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Revelation 19:10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See [thou do it] not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
Revelation 22:8 And I John saw these things, and heard [them]. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

and sweet:

Leviticus 26:31 And I will make your cities waste, and bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savour of your sweet odours.
Ezra 6:10 That they may offer sacrifices of sweet savours unto the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king, and of his sons.
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