Who did he answer?

At the end of twelve months, he was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 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?” Daniel 4:29-30 (ESV)

There is no record of anyone speaking to Nebuchadnezzar to which he gave this answer, so why is it recorded that he answered and said? Or can there be an answer without a question?

I’ve thought hard about this verse and one thing comes to mind: The Tempter!

What do you think?

25 thoughts on “Who did he answer?

  1. Thanking God for this reminder on Thanksgiving!

    As I read this message the Lord reminded me of Luke 6:45..”A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

    While we may never really know who Nebuchadnezzar was answering, what he said speaks volumes to ME, and God who not only sees, but also hears, and knows the intent of the heart, took notice as well….

    “While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: “King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you! 32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.” 33 That very hour the word was fulfilled concerning Nebuchadnezzar; he was driven from men and ate grass like oxen; his body was wet with the dew of heaven till his hair had grown like eagles’ feathers and his nails like birds’ claws…

    This is a very powerful reminder to me today, that as the Lord works in and through us, that we NEVER forget of lose sight on the fact that It’s ALL ABOUT HIM! It is He who has made us and NOT we ourselves….The Lord reminded of Deuteronomy 8:11-20 as I read this message!!

    ““Beware that you do not forget the Lord your God by not keeping His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes which I command you today, 12 lest—when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; 13 and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; 14 when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; 15 who led you through that great and terrible wilderness, in which were fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty land where there was no water; who brought water for you out of the flinty rock; 16 who fed you in the wilderness with manna, which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do you good in the end— 17 then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth.’ 18 “And you shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may [h]establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. 19 Then it shall be, if you by any means forget the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish. 20 As the nations which the Lord destroys before you, so you shall perish, because you would not be obedient to the voice of the Lord your God.””

    Thank You Lord for the message and the messenger! What an amazing reminder through this message!! WOW!!

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      1. The apple pie was great. 😊
        I am continually amazed at the depth of God’s Word: unfathomable! Even when we look into the original words and the way they were arranged, there remain so many different facets to Him. Nebuchadnezzar was prompted in one way or another to exclaim about his greatness. God gives us this real-life example so that we may learn. We may learn about pride, or tempting, or giving glory where it is due, or humbling our hearts, or simply the great, infinite power and love of our God.
        I love reading your posts, and hope to be inspired again and again.

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  2. I confess to not knowing much of the Old Testament. I felt the Lord prompt me to start reading it. I’m in Leviticus now and it can be hard to read but I feel like I should read carefully and keep on reading. So I am!

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  3. I looked it up on biblehub.com. It appears that only the ESV translates it as “answered,” and in the interlinear the word was translated “said,” or “spoke” or “uttered.” One translation said “reflected”, so maybe it is more like that. He was thinking to himself, he was reflecting, and then he spoke out loud what he had been contemplating in his mind. So maybe he was answering his own thoughts or his own questions in his own mind. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for this answer, it brings it more into perspective. He answered his thoughts, the same proud thoughts that the Lord cautioned him about. Like Lucifer, he fed those thoughts by answering them and the utterance of those thoughts revealed the pride that brought him down. Much to think about here

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  4. Hello Alethea I have read from 4: 29-37. This gives us a complete understanding of who he was talking with and who drove him out and away from men to live like oxens. He finally accepts God’s word and his rule over us all for us. Yes he was talking with the Tempter at first. You were correct Alethea.


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