Nebuchadrezzar - king of kings - An ancient title among those proud Asiatic despots shahinshah and padshah, titles still in use.
The description of the siege is that of a town invested by land.
Nebuchadrezzar - Jeremiah 21:2 note.
Lift up the buckler - i. e., set a wall of shields, under cover of which the walls could be approached.
Engines of war - Or, his battering ram. “axes” swords. They who would break flown the towers, rush on with their swords to slay the defenders.
Garrisons - pillars, on which stood statues of some protecting god. Compare 2 Kings 10:26.
The siege had been on land, but the victory was to be completed by the subjection of the island-citadel.
This chapter is based on Daniel 4.
Exalted to the pinnacle of worldly honor, and acknowledged even by Inspiration as “a king of kings” (Ezekiel 26:7). Nebuchadnezzar nevertheless at times had ascribed to the favor of Jehovah the glory of his kingdom and the splendor of his reign. Such had been the case after his dream of the great image. His mind had been profoundly influenced by this vision and by the thought that the Babylonian Empire, universal though it was, was finally to fall, and other kingdoms were to bear sway, until at last all earthly powers were to be superseded by a kingdom set up by the God of heaven, which kingdom was never to be destroyed. PK 514.1Read in context »