Parallel Verses

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.

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.

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.

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 angelic watchers
And the decision is a command of the holy ones,
So that the living may know [without any doubt]
That the Most High [God] rules over the kingdom of mankind
And He bestows it on whomever He desires
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.

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 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 heart be changed from man's, and let the heart of an animal be given to him. And let seven times pass over him. 17 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. 18 I, King Nebuchadnezzar, have seen this dream. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare its meaning, because all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make the meaning known to me. But you are able, for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.


Cross References

Daniel 4:25

They shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. And they shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will.

1 Samuel 2:8

He raises up the poor out of the dust; He lifts up the needy from the dunghill to set them among princes; yea, He causes them to inherit a throne of honor; for to Jehovah are the pillars of the earth; and He sets the habitable world on them.

Jeremiah 27:5-7

I have made the earth, man, and the animals on the face of the earth, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed right to Me.

Daniel 2:21

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

Daniel 11:21

And a despised one shall stand up in his place, and they shall not give to him the honor of the king; but he will enter while at ease and seize the kingdom by intrigues.

Psalm 9:16

Jehovah is known. He has executed judgment; the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. A meditation. Selah.

Daniel 5:18-21

O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honor.

Exodus 9:16

And for this I have made you stand, to make you see My power, to declare My name in all the land.

1 Kings 21:25

But there was none like Ahab, who sold himself to work wickedness in the sight of Jehovah, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up.

1 Kings 22:19-20

And he said, Hear therefore the Word of Jehovah: I saw Jehovah sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing by Him on His right hand and on His left.

2 Kings 21:6-18

And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times and used fortune-tellers. And he dealt with familiar spirits and wizards. He worked much wickedness in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke Him to anger.

2 Chronicles 28:22

And in the time of his distress he trespassed even more against Jehovah, this King Ahaz.

Psalm 12:8

The wicked walk on every side, when vileness is praised by the sons of men.

Psalm 75:6-7

For lifting up comes neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south.

Psalm 83:17-18

Let them be ashamed and troubled forever; yea, let them be put to shame, and lost;

Psalm 113:7-8

He raises up the poor out of the dust, and lifts the needy out of the dunghill,

Isaiah 6:3

And one cried to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is Jehovah of Hosts; the whole earth full of His glory.

Isaiah 6:8

And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me!

Ezekiel 7:24

And I will bring the most evil of the nations, and they shall possess their houses. I will also make the pomp of the strong to cease; and their holy places shall be defiled.

Ezekiel 25:17

And I will execute great vengeance on them with rebukes; and they shall know that I am Jehovah, when I shall lay My vengeance on them.

Daniel 4:8-9

But at last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods. And I told the dream before him, saying,

Daniel 4:13-14

I saw in the visions of my head on my bed, and behold, a watcher and a holy one came down from Heaven.

Daniel 4:32-35

And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the animals of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen, and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He will.

1 Corinthians 1:28

and God has chosen the base things of the world, and things which are despised, and things which are not, in order to bring to nothing things that are;

1 Timothy 5:21

I charge you before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you guard these things without prejudice, doing nothing by partiality.

Revelation 4:8

And each one of the four living creatures had six wings about him, and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.

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