wise in heart
If it is a matter of strength, look, He is the Mighty One! If it is a matter of justice, who can summon Him?
Yes, God is mighty, but He despises [no one]; He understands all things.
How countless are Your works, LORD! In wisdom You have made them all; the earth is full of Your creatures.
He made the heavens skillfully. His love is eternal.
and declared: May the name of God be praised forever and ever, for wisdom and power belong to Him.
But at the end of those days, I, Nebuchadnezzar, looked up to heaven, and my sanity returned to me. Then I praised the Most High and honored and glorified Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, and His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are counted as nothing, and He does what He wants with the army of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth. There is no one who can hold back His hand or say to Him, "What have You done?"
At that time my sanity returned to me, and my majesty and splendor returned to me for the glory of my kingdom. My advisers and my nobles sought me out, I was reestablished over my kingdom, and even more greatness came to me.
Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt, and glorify the King of heaven, because all His works are true and His ways are just. And He is able to humble those who walk in pride.
Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments and untraceable His ways!
that He lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding.
and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.
This is so that God's multi-faceted wisdom may now be made known through the church to the rulers and authorities in the heavens.
Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think-- according to the power that works in you--
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy,
to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now, and forever. Amen.
who hath hardened
It would still bring me comfort, and I would leap for joy in unrelenting pain that I have not denied the words of the Holy One.
He wanders about for food, [saying,] "Where is it?" He knows the day of darkness is at hand.
Trouble and distress terrify him, overwhelming him like a king prepared for battle.
For he has stretched out his hand against God and has arrogantly opposed the Almighty.
He rushes headlong at Him with his thick, studded shields.
Though his face is covered with fat and his waistline bulges with it,
Do you have an arm like God's? Can you thunder with a voice like His?
Otherwise, I am going to send all My plagues against you, your officials, and your people. Then you will know there is no one like Me in all the earth.
By now I could have stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with a plague, and you would have been obliterated from the earth.
However, I have let you live for this purpose: to show you My power and to make My name known in all the earth.
You are still acting arrogantly against My people by not letting them go.
I am going to harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them, and I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh, all his army, and his chariots and horsemen.
The Egyptians will know that I am the LORD when I receive glory through Pharaoh, his chariots, and his horsemen."
Happy is the one who is always reverent, but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.
One who becomes stiff-necked, after many reprimands will be broken suddenly-- and without a remedy.
But when his heart was exalted and his spirit became arrogant, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken from him.
He was driven away from people, his mind was like an animal's, he lived with the wild donkeys, he was fed grass like cattle, and his body was drenched with dew from the sky until he acknowledged that the Most High God is ruler over the kingdom of men and sets anyone He wants over it.
"But you his successor, Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, even though you knew all this.
Instead, you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven. The vessels from His house were brought to you, and as you and your nobles, wives, and concubines drank wine from them, you praised the gods made of silver and gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But you have not glorified the God who holds your life-breath in His hand and who controls the whole course of your life.
Therefore, He sent the hand, and this writing was inscribed.
"This is the writing that was inscribed: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN
This is the interpretation of the message: MENE [means that] God has numbered [the days of] your kingdom and brought it to an end.
TEKEL [means that] you have been weighed in the balance and found deficient.
PERES [means that] your kingdom has been divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
Then Belshazzar gave an order, and they clothed Daniel in purple, [placed] a gold chain around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
That very night Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans was killed,
Or are we provoking the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than He?