“Then the mystery
In a vision
Of the night.
The God of heaven.”
That evening, Daniel went to bed. In a vision that night, the mystery of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream was revealed to Daniel. He then blessed the God of heaven, not the God of Israel, who is a more universal God.
“We find that the Jews,
Who were consigned to annihilation
By this thrice accursed man,
They are not evildoers.
They are governed by most righteous laws.
They are children of the most high
And mighty living God,
Who has directed the kingdom
Both for us and for our ancestors in the most excellent order.”
Here the Greek text picks up the Jewish situation. The king, and in fact Mordecai, praise the Jewish laws. The Jews are not evil doers. Interesting enough, this seems to indicate that most high and mighty living God of Israel is also the God of Persia. This is the first instance of a more universal God other than the God of the Universe and the God of heaven and earth. This expands the role of the God of Israel into Persia. He also spoke of his ancestors, a very Jewish theme.