Parallel Verses

Holman Bible

This word is by decree of the observers;
the matter is a command from the holy ones.
This is so the living will know
that the Most High is ruler
over the kingdom of men.
He gives it to anyone He wants
and sets the lowliest of men over it.

New American Standard Bible

"This sentence is by the decree of the angelic watchers And the decision is a command of the holy ones, In order that the living may know That the Most High is ruler over the realm of mankind, And bestows it on whom He wishes And sets over it the lowliest of men."

King James Version

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

International Standard Version

This order is announced by the observers, and the holy ones declare the verdict, so that the living may know that the Most High is sovereign over human kingdoms and grants them to whomever he desires, and he places the least important of men over them.'

A Conservative Version

The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over i

American Standard Version

The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the lowest of men.

Amplified

This sentence is by the decree of the [heavenly] watchers and the decision is by the word of the holy ones, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High [God] rules the kingdom of mankind and gives it to whomever He will and sets over it the humblest and lowliest of men.

Bible in Basic English

This order is fixed by the watchers, and the decision is by the word of the holy ones: so that the living may be certain that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and gives it to any man at his pleasure, lifting up over it the lowest of men.

Darby Translation

This sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the decision by the word of the holy ones: that the living may know that the Most High ruleth over the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

By sentence of the watchmen is the matter resolved, and the case by the word of the holy ones to the intent that the living may know that the most High takes rule over the kingdom of men and gives it to whoever he will and sets up over it the man who is the lowest.

Julia Smith Translation

The word by the decree of the watchers, and the saying of the holy ones is the question: for the reason that the living shall know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and to whom that he will, he will give it, and he will raise up over it the low of men.

King James 2000

This sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the decision by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowliest of men.

Lexham Expanded Bible

The sentence [is] by [the] decree of [the] watchers, and the decision [by] [the] command of [the] holy [ones], {in order that} the living will know that the Most High [is] sovereign over [the] kingdom of humankind, and {to whomever} he wills he gives it, and he [even] sets [the] humblest of men over it."

Modern King James verseion

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones, so that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will, and sets up over it the lowest of men.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

This errand of the watcher, is a commandment grounded and sought out, in the counsel of him that is most holy: to learn men for to understand, that the highest hath power over the kingdoms of men; and giveth them to whom it liketh him, and bringeth the very outcasts of men over them.'

NET Bible

This announcement is by the decree of the sentinels; this decision is by the pronouncement of the holy ones, so that those who are alive may understand that the Most High has authority over human kingdoms, and he bestows them on whomever he wishes. He establishes over them even the lowliest of human beings.'

New Heart English Bible

The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whoever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men.

The Emphasized Bible

By the decree of the watchers, is the thing, and by the mandate of the holy ones, the matter: to the intent that the living, may get to know, that the Most High, hath dominion, over the kingdom of men, and, to whomsoever he pleaseth, he giveth it, and, one low among men, he setteth up over it.

Webster

This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

World English Bible

The sentence is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones; to the intent that the living may know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever he will, and sets up over it the lowest of men.

Youngs Literal Translation

by the decree of the sifters is the sentence, and by the saying of the holy ones the requirement, to the intent that the living may know that the Most High is ruler in the kingdom of men, and to whom He willeth He giveth it, and the lowest of men He doth raise up over it.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
פּתגּם 
Pithgam (Aramaic) 
Usage: 6

is by the decree
גּזרה 
G@zerah (Aramaic) 
Usage: 2

of the watchers
עיר 
`iyr (Aramaic) 
Usage: 3

and the demand
שׁאלא 
Sh@'ela' (Aramaic) 
Usage: 1

by the word
מאמר 
me'mar (Aramaic) 
Usage: 2

of the holy ones
קדּישׁ 
Qaddiysh (Aramaic) 
Usage: 13

to
עד 
`ad (Aramaic) 
till, until, unto, ever, for, to, but at, even, hitherto , mastery , on, within
Usage: 35

the intent
דּברה 
Dibrah (Aramaic) 
Usage: 2

that the living
חי 
Chay (Aramaic) 
Usage: 7

ידע 
Y@da` (Aramaic) 
Usage: 49

that the most High
עלּי 
`illay (Aramaic) 
Usage: 10

שׁלּיט 
Shalliyt (Aramaic) 
Usage: 10

in the kingdom
מלכוּ 
Malkuw (Aramaic) 
Usage: 57

of men
אנשׁ אנשׁ 
'enash (Aramaic) 
Usage: 25

and giveth
נתן 
N@than (Aramaic) 
Usage: 7

it to whomsoever
מן 
man (Aramaic) 
Usage: 10

he will
צבא 
Ts@ba' (Aramaic) 
will, his will
Usage: 10

and setteth up
קוּם 
Quwm (Aramaic) 
Usage: 35

על 
`al (Aramaic) 
Usage: 102

it the basest
שׁפל 
Sh@phal (Aramaic) 
Usage: 1

Devotionals

Devotionals containing Daniel 4:17

References

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Context Readings

The Dream And The King's Search For An Interpreter

16 Let his mind be changed from that of a man,
and let him be given the mind of an animal
for seven periods of time.
17 This word is by decree of the observers;
the matter is a command from the holy ones.
This is so the living will know
that the Most High is ruler
over the kingdom of men.
He gives it to anyone He wants
and sets the lowliest of men over it.
18 This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because none of the wise men of my kingdom can make the interpretation known to me. But you can, because you have the spirit of the holy gods.”


Cross References

Daniel 4:25

You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals. You will feed on grass like cattle and be drenched with dew from the sky for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants.

1 Samuel 2:8

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile.
He seats them with noblemen
and gives them a throne of honor.
For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;
He has set the world on them.

Jeremiah 27:5-7

By My great strength and outstretched arm, I made the earth, and the people, and animals on the face of the earth. I give it to anyone I please.

Daniel 2:21

He changes the times and seasons;
He removes kings and establishes kings.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those
who have understanding.

Daniel 11:21

“In his place a despised person will arise; royal honors will not be given to him, but he will come during a time of peace and seize the kingdom by intrigue.

Psalm 9:16

The Lord has revealed Himself;
He has executed justice,
striking down the wicked
by the work of their hands.Higgaion. Selah

Daniel 5:18-21

Your Majesty, the Most High God gave sovereignty, greatness, glory, and majesty to your predecessor Nebuchadnezzar.

Exodus 9:16

However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.

1 Kings 21:25

Still, there was no one like Ahab, who devoted himself to do what was evil in the Lord’s sight, because his wife Jezebel incited him.

1 Kings 22:19-20

Then Micaiah said, “Therefore, hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on His throne, and the whole heavenly host was standing by Him at His right hand and at His left hand.

2 Kings 21:6-18

He made his son pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and divination, and consulted mediums and spiritists. He did a great amount of evil in the Lord’s sight, provoking Him.

2 Chronicles 28:22

At the time of his distress, King Ahaz himself became more unfaithful to the Lord.

Psalm 12:8

The wicked wander everywhere,
and what is worthless is exalted by the human race.

Psalm 75:6-7

Exaltation does not come
from the east, the west, or the desert,

Psalm 83:17-18

Let them be put to shame and terrified forever;
let them perish in disgrace.

Psalm 113:7-8

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the garbage pile

Isaiah 6:3

And one called to another:Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts;
His glory fills the whole earth.

Isaiah 6:8

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying:Who should I send?
Who will go for Us?I said:Here I am. Send me.

Ezekiel 7:24

So I will bring the most evil of nations
to take possession of their houses.
I will put an end to the pride of the strong,
and their sacred places will be profaned.

Ezekiel 25:17

I will execute great vengeance against them with furious rebukes. They will know that I am Yahweh when I take My vengeance on them.”

Daniel 4:8-9

Finally Daniel, named Belteshazzar after the name of my god—and the spirit of the holy gods is in him—came before me. I told him the dream:

Daniel 4:13-14

“As I was lying in my bed, I also saw in the visions of my mind an observer, a holy one, coming down from heaven.

Daniel 4:32-35

You will be driven away from people to live with the wild animals, and you will feed on grass like cattle for seven periods of time, until you acknowledge that the Most High is ruler over the kingdom of men, and He gives it to anyone He wants.”

1 Corinthians 1:28

God has chosen what is insignificant and despised in the world—what is viewed as nothing—to bring to nothing what is viewed as something,

1 Timothy 5:21

I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels to observe these things without prejudice, doing nothing out of favoritism.

Revelation 4:8

Each of the four living creatures had six wings; they were covered with eyes around and inside. Day and night they never stop, saying:Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God, the Almighty,
who was, who is, and who is coming.

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