Daniel Interprets Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

21 In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Daniel 2:1

Commentary on Daniel 2:1-13

(Read Daniel 2:1-13)

The greatest men are most open to cares and troubles of mind, which disturb their repose in the night, while the sleep of the labouring man is sweet and sound. We know not the uneasiness of many who live in great pomp, and, as others vainly think, in pleasure also. The king said that his learned men must tell him the dream itself, or they should all be put to death as deceivers. Men are more eager to ask as to future events, than to learn the way of salvation or the path of duty; yet foreknowledge of future events increases anxiety and trouble. Those who deceived, by pretending to do what they could not do, were sentenced to death, for not being able to do what they did not pretend to.