2:21 He changes times and seasons,
deposing some kings
and establishing others. 1
He gives wisdom to the wise;
he imparts knowledge to those with understanding; 2
4:25 You will be driven 3 from human society, 4 and you will live 5 with the wild animals. You will be fed 6 grass like oxen, 7 and you will become damp with the dew of the sky. Seven periods of time will pass by for you, before 8 you understand that the Most High is ruler over human kingdoms and gives them to whomever he wishes.
1 tn Aram “kings.”
2 tn Aram “the knowers of understanding.”
6 tn Or perhaps “be made to eat.”
7 sn Nebuchadnezzar’s insanity has features that are associated with the mental disorder known as boanthropy, in which the person so afflicted imagines himself to be an ox or a similar animal and behaves accordingly.
8 tn Aram “until.”