The book of Daniel constantly refers to Aramaic words like “mystery” (רז; raz), “vision” (חזו; hezev), and “dream” (חלום; halom). Nebuchadnezzar summons diviners and magicians to reveal (גלה; galah) these things, but many of them are unsuccessful in their attempts. What they don’t see is that revelation is a divine prerogative. Only the Most High God can reveal true wisdom.

Daniel’s song of praise highlights the revelatory nature of wisdom: “Daniel spoke and said, ‘Blessed be the name of God from everlasting to everlasting, for wisdom (חכמתא; hokhmata) and might are His.’ And He changes the times and the seasons, He removes kings and He sets up kings, He gives wisdom to the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding.’ He reveals (גלא; gale’) the deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness and the light dwells with Him.” (Dan 2:20-22)

God revealed the mystery of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream to Daniel; the mystery of the divine kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar didn’t forget his dream and he asked his diviners and magicians to interpret it. If they could tell him his dream, he knew that they had true wisdom. But they fell short. It was only due to God’s revelation to Daniel that Nebuchadnezzar would understand the mysteries behind his dreams.

Here in Daniel 2 we see the contrast between the abilities of humanity and the power of God. No diviner, no magician, no Chaldean, could ever possess the knowledge of the divine… unless the Lord imparted it to them. Daniel received this wisdom not for his benefit, but for the king’s benefit in making the interpretation known and relieving his discomfort. Daniel 2:30 says, “But as for me, this secret is not revealed to me for any wisdom that I have more than any living, but to the intent that the interpretation may be made known to the king, and that you may know the thoughts of your heart.”

Thus, it is God who uncovers the mysteries, who uncovers the secret things for which the diviners and magicians couldn’t muster an explanation. This is because true wisdom is a mystery and true revelation is only in the realm of God.



  1. It all depends what kind of wisdom a person seek. We all want some kind of wisdom and it is formed by the experiences in life. There is a higher, lower, worldly and spiritual wisdom. The wisdom I truly seek at my age is only found in Christ. Too many NT verses write about this kind of wisdom. 1Co 2:7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. Eph 1:17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him. As Dr Ashley wrote in her last sentence....true wisdom is a mystery and true revelation is only in the realm of God.
  2. yes ,it is amazing that God is so intelligent as to conceal the traces of his power to the wiseset of this world while at the same time lets himself to se easily spot by anyone whom he chose .
  3. A true seeker after wisdom trust that this creator of all this will find you and reveal much, Daniel recognized such a representee, and asked, What is all this I see about anyway?
  4. It's factual that Yahweh is the Elohim of all wisdom, thus he chooses from the most unassuming and unpredictable of his creation to bring forth his works, in Daniel, in Joseph among many others. Regardless of how powerful human becomes, Yahweh uses men of earthly insignirfance to establish his glory.
  5. The Good News revealed to the simple. The Father and the Son. Matthew 11-25-27, Luke 10:21-22.
    Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you; I will tell you great mysteries of which you know nothing. Glory to God! Praise the Lord! Amen!
  6. Even today, if one will seek intimate closeness and to walk24/7 with our Father, He will share precious jewels of wisdom and understanding ! Iendeavour to walk and talk daily with my Father,l am not claiming anything for myself only that l am an instrument of my father, as He
  7. "What is the difference between learning and wisdom?" a student asked. "Learning," said the professor, is obtained by attending lectures given by others or reading books others have written. Wisdom is obtained by reading the book that is you.
  8. True wisedom is knowledge of the self, after that all one has to do is keep himself or herself clean and all things will be revealed to him.or her.
  9. Thank You for this insight. I followed each of the links connected to this article, i felt a need to do this in order to get the complete message you intended to share. The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me during this study and led me to other scriptures that allowed me to personally apply the message to my life. The fullness of the wisdom of YHVH and the extent to which He would go to impart His wisdom to us - is a miracle of grace. I thank Him for His Mercy and Grace!


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