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Daniel provides pastors, students, Sunday school teachers, and lay people a clear and compelling exposition of the text in the context of the Bible’s overarching story—God’s story. The author moves away from “application” language, which has been criticized as being too simplistic, instead encouraging discussion of how Daniel and the Bible can be lived today.

God’s hand steers the events of this chapter, from the defeat of King Jehoiakim to the treatment of Daniel in exile to the success of the Hebrew youth in the king’s court. Although the historical circumstances may have suggested otherwise, the God of Israel had not been defeated. Instead, he was the one in control. The explicit statement “God gave” at three key points in the chapter serves to relativize “military power, political power, and the power of human wisdom.”29 As he did in Genesis 11, the
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