27:5 “I made the earth and the people and animals on it by my mighty power and great strength, 1 and I give it to whomever I see fit. 2 27:6 I have at this time placed all these nations of yours under the power 3 of my servant, 4 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have even made all the wild animals subject to him. 5
3 tn Heb “have given…into the hand of.”
5 tn Heb “I have given…to him to serve him.” The verb “give” in this syntactical situation is functioning like the Hiphil stem, i.e., as a causative. See Dan 1:9 for parallel usage. For the usage of “serve” meaning “be subject to” compare 2 Sam 22:44 and BDB 713 s.v. עָבַד 3.
sn This statement is rhetorical, emphasizing the totality of Nebuchadnezzar’s dominion. Neither here nor in Dan 2:38 is it to be understood literally.