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Daniel 7:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man; and a man's heart was given to it.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “The first [was] like a lion and had [the] wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The first [was] like a lion, and had eagles' wings: I beheld till its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till its wings were plucked; and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon two feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The foremost, like a lion, having, the wings of an eagle,—I looked until the wings thereof, were torn out, and it was lifted up from the earth, and, upon its feet, like a man, was it caused to stand, and, the heart of a man, was given to it.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The first [is] like a lion, and it hath an eagle's wings. I was seeing till that its wings have been plucked, and it hath been lifted up from the earth, and on feet as a man it hath been caused to stand, and a heart of man is given to it.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The first was like a lioness, and had the wings of an eagle: I beheld till her wings were plucked off, and she was lifted up from the earth, and stood upon her feet as a man, and the heart of a man was given to her.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The first [was] like a Lyon, and [had] Eagles wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were pluckt, and it was lifted vp from the earth, and made stand vpon the feete as a man, and a mans heart was giuen to it.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— The first [was] as a lioness, and her wings as an eagle's; I beheld until her wings were plucked, ands she was lifted off from the earth, and she stood on human feet, and a man's heart was given to her.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— The first [was] like a lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The first 6933
{6933} Prime
קַדְמָי
qadmay
{kad-mah'-ee}
(Chaldee); from a root corresponding to H6923; first.
[was] like a lion, 744
{0744} Prime
אַרְיֵה
'aryeh
{ar-yay'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0738.
and had eagle's 5403
{5403} Prime
נְשַׁר
n@shar
{nesh-ar'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5404; an eagle.
x1768
(1768) Complement
דִּי
diy
{dee}
(Chaldee); apparently for H1668; that, used as relative, conjugational, and especially (with preposition) in adverbial phrases; also as a preposition of.
wings: 1611
{1611} Prime
גַּף
gaph
{gaf}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1610.
I beheld 1934
{1934} Prime
הַוָא
hava'
{hav-aw'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1933; to exist; used in a great variety of applications (especially in connection with other words).
2370
{2370} Prime
חַזָא
chaza'
{khaz-aw'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H2372; to gaze upon; mentally to dream, be usual (that is, seem).
z8754
<8754> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 231
z8751
<8751> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Participle Active (See H8814)
Count - 72
till 5705
{5705} Prime
עַד
`ad
{ad}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5704.
x1768
(1768) Complement
דִּי
diy
{dee}
(Chaldee); apparently for H1668; that, used as relative, conjugational, and especially (with preposition) in adverbial phrases; also as a preposition of.
the wings 1611
{1611} Prime
גַּף
gaph
{gaf}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H1610.
thereof were plucked, 4804
{4804} Prime
מְרַט
m@rat
{mer-at'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4803; to pull off.
z8760
<8760> Grammar
Stem - Peil (See H8839)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 7
and it was lifted up 5191
{5191} Prime
נְטַל
n@tal
{net-al'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5190; to raise.
z8760
<8760> Grammar
Stem - Peil (See H8839)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 7
from 4481
{4481} Prime
מִן
min
{min}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H4480.
the earth, 772
{0772} Prime
אֲרַע
'ara`
{ar-ah'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0776; the earth; by implication (figuratively) low.
and made stand 6966
{6966} Prime
קוּם
quwm
{koom}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H6965.
z8717
<8717> Grammar
Stem - Hophal (See H8825)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 123
upon 5922
{5922} Prime
עַל
`al
{al}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H5921.
the feet 7271
{7271} Prime
רֶגֶל
r@gal
{reg-al'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H7272.
as a man, 606
{0606} Prime
אֱנָשׁ
'enash
{en-awsh'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0582; a man.
and a man's 606
{0606} Prime
אֱנָשׁ
'enash
{en-awsh'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H0582; a man.
heart 3825
{3825} Prime
לְבַב
l@bab
{leb-ab'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3824.
was given 3052
{3052} Prime
יְהָב
y@hab
{yeh-hab'}
(Chaldee); corresponding to H3051.
z8753
<8753> Grammar
Stem - Peal (See H8837)
Mood - Participle Peil (See H8815)
Count - 12
to it.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Daniel 7:4

_ _ lion — the symbol of strength and courage; chief among the kingdoms, as the lion among the beasts. Nebuchadnezzar is called “the lion” (Jeremiah 4:7).

_ _ eagle’s wings — denoting a widespread and rapidly acquired (Isaiah 46:11; Jeremiah 4:13; Lamentations 4:19; Habakkuk 1:6) empire (Jeremiah 48:40).

_ _ plucked — Its ability for widespread conquests passed away under Evil-merodach, etc. [Grotius]; rather, during Nebuchadnezzar’s privation of his throne, while deranged.

_ _ it was lifted up from the earth — that is, from its groveling bestiality.

_ _ made stand ... as a man — So long as Nebuchadnezzar, in haughty pride, relied on his own strength, he forfeited the true dignity of man, and was therefore degraded to be with the beasts. Daniel 4:16 : “Let his heart be changed from man’s, and let a beast’s heart be given unto him.” But after he learned by this sore discipline that “the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men” (Daniel 4:35, Daniel 4:36), the change took place in him, “a man’s heart is given to him; instead of his former beast’s heart, he attains man’s true position, namely, to be consciously dependent on God.” Compare Psalms 9:20.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Daniel 7:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Daniel 7:4

The first — This was the Chaldean, or Assyrian; whose seat was first at Babylon, afterwards at Nineveh, and then at Babylon again. Eagle's wings — They were swift, over — running many countries, and brought their monarchy to a prodigious height in a short time. The wings were plucked — Which was first done in stopping the career of their victories, and afterwards in casting them out of their kingdom. A man's heart — They lost their lion — like courage, and became faint and cowardly like other men.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Daniel 7:4

The first [was] like a (c) lion, and had eagle's wings: I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made stand upon the feet as a man, and a man's heart was given to it.

(c) Meaning the Assyrian and Chaldean empire, which was most strong and fierce in power, and most soon to come to their authority, as though they had wings to fly: yet their wings were pulled off by the Persians, and they went on their feet, and were made like other men, which is meant here by man's heart.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
like:

Deuteronomy 28:49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, [as swift] as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;
2 Samuel 1:23 Saul and Jonathan [were] lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions.
Isaiah 5:28-29 Whose arrows [are] sharp, and all their bows bent, their horses' hoofs shall be counted like flint, and their wheels like a whirlwind: ... Their roaring [shall be] like a lion, they shall roar like young lions: yea, they shall roar, and lay hold of the prey, and shall carry [it] away safe, and none shall deliver [it].
Jeremiah 4:7 The lion is come up from his thicket, and the destroyer of the Gentiles is on his way; he is gone forth from his place to make thy land desolate; [and] thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant.
Jeremiah 4:13 Behold, he shall come up as clouds, and his chariots [shall be] as a whirlwind: his horses are swifter than eagles. Woe unto us! for we are spoiled.
Jeremiah 25:38 He hath forsaken his covert, as the lion: for their land is desolate because of the fierceness of the oppressor, and because of his fierce anger.
Jeremiah 48:40 For thus saith the LORD; Behold, he shall fly as an eagle, and shall spread his wings over Moab.
Lamentations 4:19 Our persecutors are swifter than the eagles of the heaven: they pursued us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
Ezekiel 17:3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
Habakkuk 1:6-8 For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, [that] bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces [that are] not theirs. ... Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves: and their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from far; they shall fly as the eagle [that] hasteth to eat.
Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

the wings:

Daniel 4:31-33 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. ... 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].
Jeremiah 50:30-32 Therefore shall her young men fall in the streets, and all her men of war shall be cut off in that day, saith the LORD. ... And the most proud shall stumble and fall, and none shall raise him up: and I will kindle a fire in his cities, and it shall devour all round about him.

and it:
or, wherewith it, etc

lifted:

Daniel 4:30 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?
Daniel 5:18-23 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: ... But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
Isaiah 14:13-17 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: ... [That] made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; [that] opened not the house of his prisoners?
Jeremiah 25:9-26 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, saith the LORD, and Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will bring them against this land, and against the inhabitants thereof, and against all these nations round about, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, and an hissing, and perpetual desolations. ... And all the kings of the north, far and near, one with another, and all the kingdoms of the world, which [are] upon the face of the earth: and the king of Sheshach shall drink after them.
Habakkuk 2:5-10 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: ... Thou hast consulted shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned [against] thy soul.

and a:

Daniel 4:32 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.
Daniel 4:36 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.
Job 25:6 How much less man, [that is] a worm? and the son of man, [which is] a worm?
Psalms 9:20 Put them in fear, O LORD: [that] the nations may know themselves [to be but] men. Selah.
Ezekiel 28:2 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:
Ezekiel 28:9 Wilt thou yet say before him that slayeth thee, I [am] God? but thou [shalt be] a man, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee.
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