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Daniel 4:11

    Daniel 4:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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 (ASV)

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

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And the tree became tall and strong, stretching up to heaven, and to be seen from the ends of the earth:

    Webster's Revision

    The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof 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.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

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

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 4:11

    The tree grew - Or the tree was "great" - רבה rebâh. It does not mean that the tree grew while he was looking at it so as to reach to the heaven, but that it stood before him in all its glory, its top reaching to the sky, and its branches extending afar.

    And was strong - It was well-proportioned, with a trunk adapted to its height, and to the mass of boughs and foliage which it bore. The strength here refers to its trunk, and to the fact that it seemed fixed firmly in the earth.

    And the height thereof reached unto heaven - To the sky; to the region of the clouds. The comparison of trees reaching to heaven is common in Greek and Latin authors. - Grotius. Compare Virgil's description of Fame.

    "Mox sese attollit in auras,

    Ingrediturque solo, et caput inter nubila condit." -

    "AEn. iv. 176

    And the sight thereof to the end of all the earth - It could be seen, or was visible in all parts of the earth. The Greek here for "sight" is κῦτος kutos, "breadth, capaciousness." Herodotus ("Polymnia") describes a vision remarkably similar to this, as indicative of a wide and universal monarchy, respecting Xerxes:

    "After these things there was a third vision in his sleep, which the magicians (μάγοι magoi) hearing of, said that it pertained to all the earth, and denoted that all men would be subject to him. The vision was this: Xerxes seemed to be crowned with a branch of laurel, and the branches of laurel seemed to extend through all the earth." The vision which Nebuchadnezzar had here, of a tree so conspicuous as to be seen from any part of the world, was one that would be naturally applied to a sovereign having a universal sway.