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Daniel 4:30 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The king spake and said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for the royal dwelling-place, by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— 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?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “The king reflected and said, ‘Is this not Babylon the great, which I myself have built as a royal residence by the might of my power and for the glory of my majesty?’
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The king spoke, 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 honor of my majesty?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— the king spoke 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 glory of my majesty?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— the king spake and said, Is not, this, Babylon the great,—which, I myself, have built as the home of the kingdom, by the might of my power, and for the dignity of my majesty?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— the king hath answered and said, Is not this that great Babylon that I have built, for the house of the kingdom, in the might of my strength, and for the glory of mine honour?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And the king answered, and said: Is not this the great Babylon, which I have built, to be the seat of the kingdom, by the strength of my power, and in the glory of my excellence?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The King spake, and said, Is not this great Babylon, that I haue built for the house of the kingdome, by the might of my power, and for the honour of my maiestie?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— the king answered and said, Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for a royal residence, by the might of my power, for the honour of my glory?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The king spake, and said, Is not this great Bavel, that I have built for the house of the kingdom by the might of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The king 4430
{4430} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4428; a king.
spake, 6032
{6032} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6030.
<8750> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 141
and said, 560
{0560} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0559.
<8750> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 141
Is not 3809
{3809} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3808.
this 1668
{1668} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H2088; this.
[1932] Standard
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1931.
great 7229
{7229} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H7227.
Bävel בָּבֶל, 895
{0895} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0894.
that x1768
(1768) Complement
(Chaldee); apparently for H1668; that, used as relative, conjugational, and especially (with preposition) in adverbial phrases; also as a preposition of.
I 576
{0576} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0589; I.
have built 1124
{1124} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1129; to build.
<8754> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 231
for the house 1005
{1005} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1004.
of the kingdom 4437
{4437} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4438; dominion (abstractly or concretely).
by the might 8632
{8632} Prime
(Chaldee), corresponding to H8633; power.
of my power, 2632
{2632} Prime
(Chaldee); from H2631; strength.
and for the honour 3367
{3367} Prime
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3366.
of my majesty? 1923
{1923} Prime
(Chaldee); from H1922; magnificence.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Daniel 4:30

_ _ Babylon, that I have built — Herodotus ascribes the building of Babylon to Semiramis and Nitocris, his informant under the Persian dynasty giving him the Assyrian and Persian account. Berosus and Abydenus give the Babylonian account, namely, that Nebuchadnezzar added much to the old city, built a splendid palace and city walls. Herodotus, the so-called “father of history,” does not even mention Nebuchadnezzar. (Nitocris, to whom he attributes the beautifying of Babylon, seems to have been Nebuchadnezzar’s wife). Hence infidels have doubted the Scripture account. But the latter is proved by thousands of bricks on the plain, the inscriptions of which have been deciphered, each marked “Nebuchadnezzar, the son of Nabopolassar.” “Built,” that is, restored and enlarged (2 Chronicles 11:5, 2 Chronicles 11:6). It is curious, all the bricks have been found with the stamped face downwards. Scarcely a figure in stone, or tablet, has been dug out of the rubbish heaps of Babylon, whereas Nineveh abounds in them; fulfilling Jeremiah 51:37, “Babylon shall become heaps.” The “I” is emphatic, by which he puts himself in the place of God; so the “my ... my.” He impiously opposes his might to God’s, as though God’s threat, uttered a year before, could never come to pass. He would be more than man; God, therefore, justly, makes him less than man. An acting over again of the fall; Adam, once lord of the world and the very beasts (Genesis 1:28; so Nebuchadnezzar Daniel 2:38), would be a god (Genesis 3:5); therefore he must die like the beasts (Psalms 82:6; Psalms 49:12). The second Adam restores the forfeited inheritance (Psalms 8:4-8).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Daniel 4:28-33.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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Is not:

Daniel 5:20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:
Psalms 73:8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly [concerning] oppression: they speak loftily.
Proverbs 16:18 Pride [goeth] before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Habakkuk 1:15-16 They take up all of them with the angle, they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag: therefore they rejoice and are glad. ... Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag; because by them their portion [is] fat, and their meat plenteous.
Habakkuk 2:4-5 Behold, his soul [which] is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith. ... Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, [he is] a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and [is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:
Luke 12:19-20 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, [and] be merry. ... But God said unto him, [Thou] fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luke 14:11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
1 Peter 5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.


Genesis 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
Genesis 11:2-9 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. ... Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
Revelation 16:19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell: and great Babylon came in remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.
Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead [was] a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
Revelation 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
Revelation 18:21 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast [it] into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.


1 Chronicles 29:12-14 Both riches and honour [come] of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand [is] power and might; and in thine hand [it is] to make great, and to give strength unto all. ... But who [am] I, and what [is] my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things [come] of thee, and of thine own have we given thee.
2 Chronicles 2:5-6 And the house which I build [is] great: for great [is] our God above all gods. ... But who is able to build him an house, seeing the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him? who [am] I then, that I should build him an house, save only to burn sacrifice before him?
Isaiah 10:8-15 For he saith, [Are] not my princes altogether kings? ... Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? [or] shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake [itself] against them that lift it up, [or] as if the staff should lift up [itself, as if it were] no wood.
Isaiah 37:24-25 By thy servants hast thou reproached the Lord, and hast said, By the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the sides of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, [and] the choice fir trees thereof: and I will enter into the height of his border, [and] the forest of his Carmel. ... I have digged, and drunk water; and with the sole of my feet have I dried up all the rivers of the besieged places.
Ezekiel 28:2-5 Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart [is] lifted up, and thou hast said, I [am] a God, I sit [in] the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou [art] a man, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God: ... By thy great wisdom [and] by thy traffick hast thou increased thy riches, and thine heart is lifted up because of thy riches:
Ezekiel 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river [is] mine own, and I have made [it] for myself.

and for:

Daniel 5:18-19 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: ... And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down.
Esther 1:4 When he shewed the riches of his glorious kingdom and the honour of his excellent majesty many days, [even] an hundred and fourscore days.
Psalms 49:20 Man [that is] in honour, and understandeth not, is like the beasts [that] perish.
Psalms 104:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty.
Psalms 145:5-12 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. ... To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
Revelation 21:24-26 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. ... And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
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Gn 10:10; 11:2. 1Ch 29:12. 2Ch 2:5. Es 1:4. Ps 49:20; 73:8; 104:1; 145:5. Pv 16:18. Is 10:8; 37:24. Ezk 28:2; 29:3. Dn 5:18, 20. Hab 1:15; 2:4. Lk 12:19; 14:11. 1Co 10:31. 1P 5:5. Rv 16:19; 17:5; 18:10, 21; 21:24.

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