About this book
A Bible text and commentary on the book of Daniel. Written by Robert Bryce. Revised March 2007.
The events in the first chapter of this book happened about 605 years before Christ was born. God had told the *Jews that they must obey him. God gave his people a long time to say sorry to him and to obey him. But they did more and more evil things and they gave honour to false gods. So God used a foreign king, Nebuchadnezzar, to punish the *Jews. Nebuchadnezzar was the king of Babylon. Nebuchadnezzar took them away from the country that God had given them. Nebuchadnezzar did not give honour to the real God. He gave honour to false gods. But God still used him to punish the *Jews. In Jeremiah 25:9, 12, God said that Nebuchadnezzar was his servant. But Nebuchadnezzar did not know that. God also said that he would punish the people in Babylon 70 years later. This was because they were wicked too (see Daniel chapter 5). God is in control. He can even use people who do not know him.
The Book of Daniel is in two parts. In the first 6 chapters, we read about Daniel and his friends. They were loyal to God. In the other 6 chapters, we read about Daniel’s dreams. God sent him messages in dreams. God told Daniel what would happen in the future.