Daniel 4:11
Parallel Verses
New International Version
The tree grew large and strong and its top touched the sky; it was visible to the ends of the earth.

New Living Translation
The tree grew very tall and strong, reaching high into the heavens for all the world to see.

English Standard Version
The tree grew and became strong, and its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth.

New American Standard Bible
The tree grew large and became strong And its height reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth.

King James Bible
The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tree grew large and strong; its top reached to the sky, and it was visible to the ends of the earth.

International Standard Version
The tree grew large, became strong, and its top reached the sky. It could be seen to the ends of the earth.

NET Bible
The tree grew large and strong. Its top reached far into the sky; it could be seen from the borders of all the land.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The tree grew, and it became strong enough and tall enough to reach the sky. It could be seen everywhere on earth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tree grew and made itself strong, and its height reached unto heaven, and its sight to the end of all the earth:

King James 2000 Bible
The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached unto heaven, and its sight to the end of all the earth:

American King James Version
The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached to heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

American Standard Version
The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tree was great, and strong: and the height thereof reached unto heaven: the sight thereof was even to the ends of all the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached unto the heavens, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth.

English Revised Version
The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
The tree grew, and was strong, and its hight reached to heaven, and the sight of it to the end of all the earth:

World English Bible
The tree grew, and was strong, and its height reached to the sky, and its sight to the end of all the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
become great hath the tree, yea, strong, and its height doth reach to the heavens, and its vision to the end of the whole land;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

4:1-18 The beginning and end of this chapter lead us to hope, that Nebuchadnezzar was a monument of the power of Divine grace, and of the riches of Divine mercy. After he was recovered from his madness, he told to distant places, and wrote down for future ages, how God had justly humbled and graciously restored him. When a sinner comes to himself, he will promote the welfare of others, by making known the wondrous mercy of God. Nebuchadnezzar, before he related the Divine judgments upon him for his pride, told the warnings he had in a dream or vision. The meaning was explained to him. The person signified, was to be put down from honour, and to be deprived of the use of his reason seven years. This is surely the sorest of all temporal judgments. Whatever outward affliction God is pleased to lay upon us, we have cause to bear it patiently, and to be thankful that he continues the use of our reason, and the peace of our consciences. Yet if the Lord should see fit by such means to keep a sinner from multiplying crimes, or a believer from dishonouring his name, even the dreadful prevention would be far preferable to the evil conduct. God has determined it, as a righteous Judge, and the angels in heaven applaud. Not that the great God needs the counsel or concurrence of the angels, but it denotes the solemnity of this sentence. The demand is by the word of the holy ones, God's suffering people: when the oppressed cry to God, he will hear. Let us diligently seek blessings which can never be taken from us, and especially beware of pride and forgetfulness of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth. This verse is transposed in the Septuagint with the following verse, and is rendered, "And its appearance (ὅρασις) was great, and its top approached to the heavens, and its breadth (κύτος, equivalent to 'branches') filled (πληροῦν) to the clouds all things beneath the heaven and the sun and the moon were, and dwelt in it, and enlightened all the earth." The addition in the last clause is a singular and picturesque one to one standing beneath a spreading tree; sun and moon might pierce with their rays through some thin points in the foliage, but they would seem never to get beyond the widespread branches of the tree, and therefore it would be but a poetical mode of statement to say, "the sun and moon dwelt amid the branches." At the same time, it is not impossible that there was some astronomical legend of the sun and moon and the tree of life. If this proclamation was originally written in cuneiform, there might easily be some difficulty at times in deciphering and fixing in which of a dozen possible senses a given word must be taken. The variation is beyond the region of mere ordinary blundering in Aramaic. On the other hand, it seems too picturesque for the work of a commonplace interpolator. Theodotion in the main agrees with the Massoretic, but instead of "sight thereof," he has "breadth (κότος) thereof," reading some such word as path-ootheh instead of hazotheh. The Peshitta is in close agreement with the received text. To those who, like the Babylonian, believed the earth to he a vast plain, it was not inconceivable that a tree should be so high as to be seen over the whole earth. It is a very suitable symbol of a great world-empire. At the same time, we must remember that the great variation in this verse in the Septuagint makes its authenticity somewhat doubtful.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The tree grew, and was strong,.... Grew higher and broader, taller and thicker, increased in boughs and branches, and became strong and stable, that no winds nor storms could move it: this shows the increasing power of Nebuchadnezzar, the enlargement of his dominions, and the stability of his empire:

and the height thereof reached unto heaven; higher than any on earth; expressive of his dominion over all nations and people of the earth; or of his ambition of deity itself; and so Saadiah illustrates it by Isaiah 14:14. "I will ascend above the heights of the clouds &c.":

and the sight thereof to the end of the earth: being so high, it was seen afar off; the fame of this great monarch reached to the ends of the earth; the eyes of all were turned to him; some looking upon him with wonder, others with envy.



Daniel 4:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Nebuchadnezzar's Dream of a Great Tree
10Now these were the visions in my mind as I lay on my bed: I was looking, and behold, there was a tree in the midst of the earth and its height was great. 11The tree grew large and became strong And its height reached to the sky, And it was visible to the end of the whole earth. 12Its foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, And in it was food for all. The beasts of the field found shade under it, And the birds of the sky dwelt in its branches, And all living creatures fed themselves from it.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 9:1
Hear, Israel: You are now about to cross the Jordan to go in and dispossess nations greater and stronger than you, with large cities that have walls up to the sky.

Ezekiel 31:5
So it towered higher than all the trees of the field; its boughs increased and its branches grew long, spreading because of abundant waters.

Daniel 4:21
with beautiful leaves and abundant fruit, providing food for all, giving shelter to the wild animals, and having nesting places in its branches for the birds--

Daniel 4:22
Your Majesty, you are that tree! You have become great and strong; your greatness has grown until it reaches the sky, and your dominion extends to distant parts of the earth.
Treasury of Scripture

The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached to heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth:

reached.

Daniel 4:21,22 Whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was …

Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top …

Deuteronomy 9:1 Hear, O Israel: You are to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to …

Matthew 11:23 And you, Capernaum, which are exalted to heaven, shall be brought …

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