Daniel 4:20
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New International Version
The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, with its top touching the sky, visible to the whole earth,

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

English Standard Version
The tree you saw, which grew and became strong, so that its top reached to heaven, and it was visible to the end of the whole earth,

New American Standard Bible
'The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth

King James Bible
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The tree you saw, which grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth,

International Standard Version
The tree that you saw, which grew large and strong until its top reached the sky and became visible to the whole earth

NET Bible
The tree that you saw that grew large and strong, whose top reached to the sky, and which could be seen in all the land,

New Heart English Bible
The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and its sight to all the earth;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You saw an oak tree grow and become strong enough and tall enough to reach the sky. It could be seen everywhere on earth.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

New American Standard 1977
‘The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth,

Jubilee Bible 2000
The tree that thou didst see, which grew and made himself strong, whose height reached unto the heaven and the sight thereof to all the earth;

King James 2000 Bible
The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and its sight to all the earth;

American King James Version
The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

American Standard Version
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The tree which thou sawest which was high and strong, whose height reached to the skies, and the sight thereof into all tire earth:

Darby Bible Translation
The tree that thou sawest, which grew and was strong, whose height reached unto the heavens, and the sight of it to all the earth;

English Revised Version
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

Webster's Bible Translation
The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose hight reached to the heaven, and the sight of it to all the earth;

World English Bible
The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the sky, and its sight to all the earth;

Young's Literal Translation
The tree that thou hast seen, that hath become great and strong, and its height doth reach to the heavens, and its vision to all the land,
Study Bible
Daniel Interprets the Second Dream
19"Then Daniel, whose name is Belteshazzar, was appalled for a while as his thoughts alarmed him. The king responded and said, 'Belteshazzar, do not let the dream or its interpretation alarm you.' Belteshazzar replied, 'My lord, if only the dream applied to those who hate you and its interpretation to your adversaries! 20The tree that you saw, which became large and grew strong, whose height reached to the sky and was visible to all the earth 21and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged--…
Cross References
Ezekiel 31:3
Behold, Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon With beautiful branches and forest shade, And very high, And its top was among the clouds.

Daniel 4:10
Now 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.

Daniel 4:21
and whose foliage was beautiful and its fruit abundant, and in which was food for all, under which the beasts of the field dwelt and in whose branches the birds of the sky lodged--
Treasury of Scripture

The tree that you saw, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached to the heaven, and the sight thereof to all the earth;

Daniel 4:10-12 Thus were the visions of my head in my bed; I saw, and behold a tree …

Ezekiel 31:3,16 Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and …

(20) It should be noticed that both in this and in the following verse the description of the tree given in Daniel 4:11-12 is curtailed. It was observed that, on the contrary, there was an expansion of details in the interpretation of the former dream. (See Note on Daniel 4:23.)

Verses 20-22. - The tree that thou sawest, which grew, and was strong, whose height reached unto the heaven, an the sight thereof to all the earth; whose leaves were fair, and the fruit thereof much, and in it was meat for all; under which the beasts of the field dwelt, and upon whose branches the fowls of the heaven had their habitation: it is thou, O king, that art grown and become strong: for thy greatness is grown, and reacheth unto heaven, and thy dominion to the end of the earth. The Septuagint Version here differs very considerably in wording from the above, but not in sense, "Thou, O king, art this tree planted in the earth, the appearance of which was great, and all the birds of the heaven made their nests in it: the strength of the earth and of the nations, and of all tongues to the ends of the earth, and all the provinces (χῶραι) serve thee. And that tree was exalted and neared the heaven, and its breadth (κῦτος) touched the clouds. Thou, O king, wast exalted above all men that are upon the face of the whole earth, and thine heart has been [literally, 'was'] lifted up with pride and strength over those things which pertain to the Holy One and his angels, and thy works are manifest, because thou hast laid waste the house of the living God on account of the sins of the consecrated people." The latter portion of this contains plain evidence of interpolation. Had there been anything of that sort in the original Daniel, it would not have disappeared from the Massoretic text. This addition reveals the mental attitude of the Jews of the Maccabean period to foreign oppressors. The fact that the whole atmosphere of the primitive Daniel differs so much from this is an indirect evidence of its genuineness. If one looks at the Septuagint rendering of these three verses, there seem evidences of an early origin. The first verse is clearly an instance in which the text behind the Septuagint is superior to that of the Massoretic; the latter is obviously filled out from ver. 11. The statement of Nebuchadnezzar's greatness in ver. 22 (14 Septuagint, 18 Massoretic) may be somewhat the result of paraphrase. The fifteenth verse, according to the LXX., which is paralleled by Tischeudorf with ver. 19 of the Massoretic, is really another version of the preceding verses, probably slightly modified to give the resulting text the appearance of being continuous. Theodotion bears a very close resemblance to the Massoretic text, only he has κύτος, "breadth," instead of ὅρασις. The Peshitta differs but little, though still a little, from the Massoretic text. Instead of rendering, "meat for all," it has, "for all flesh." According to both recensions of the text, Daniel repeats, either in substance or with verbal exactness, the description Nebuchadnezzar had himself given of the tree of his vision, but applies it to the monarch. To us the terms of the description of Nebuchadnezzar's power are exaggerated; but we must bear in mind that the manners of an Oriental court are different from those of Western nations. It is not unlike the boastful language of Nebuchadnezzar in the Standard Inscription. The monarch's dominion was vast, but it had been given him, and that he did not recognize, and hence the judgment that came upon him. The tree which thou sawest, In these two verses is related part of the dream, which respects the flourishing estate of Nebuchadnezzar and his kingdom; See Gill on Daniel 4:10, Daniel 4:11, Daniel 4:12. 20. The tree is the king. The branches, the princes. The leaves, the soldiers. The fruits, the revenues. The shadow, the protection afforded to dependent states.4:19-27 Daniel was struck with amazement and terror at so heavy a judgment coming upon so great a prince, and gives advice with tenderness and respect. It is necessary, in repentance, that we not only cease to do evil, but learn to do good. Though it might not wholly prevent the judgment, yet the trouble may be longer before it comes, or shorter when it does come. And everlasting misery will be escaped by all who repent and turn to God.
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