Daniel 2:35

Hebrew Bible

33 Its legs were of iron; its feet were partly of iron and partly of clay. 34 You were watching as a stone was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its iron and clay feet, breaking them in pieces. 35 Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth. 36 This was the dream. Now we will set forth before the king its interpretation. 37 “You, O king, are the king of kings. The God of heaven has granted you sovereignty, power, strength, and honor.

1 Enoch 52:2


1 After those days in that place where I had seen all the hidden visions—carried off in a whirlwind, taken westward— 2 My eyes beheld all the secret celestial things that are to come: a mountain of iron, copper, silver, gold, soft metal, and lead. 3 I asked the angel accompanying me, 'What are these things I have seen in secret?' 4 He replied, 'All that you have seen shall support the reign of His Anointed, empowering him greatly upon the earth.'

 Notes and References

"... Although there is no identity of wording in the two texts, the following parallels should point to a Daniel 2 background. (1) There is a vision of future world kingdoms (1 Enoch 52:2; Daniel 2:31-45), (2) which are portrayed by metals, although the kingdoms are represented in Daniel as four metallic sections of a colossus and in Enoch as six metallic mountains. (3) The vision of these kingdoms is 'revealed' as a 'secret' or 'mystery' (1 Enoch 52:2-3, 5; Daniel 2:18-19, 28-30, 47) which (4) involves their simultaneous and utter destruction by a messianic figure (1 Enoch 52:6-9; Daniel 2:34-35, 44-45). (5) A final common element is the establishment of a divine kingdom which succeeds the world kingdoms (1 Enoch 52:4; Daniel 2:35, 44). The idea that these kingdoms 'shall serve the dominion of His Anointed' (verse 4) could well be a supplement from Daniel 7:14a. How these kingdoms will serve the Messiah and yet also subsequently be destroyed is not clear, although it may be that those among these kingdoms who have submitted to the messianic reign are pictured in verse 4. The portrayal of the earthly kingdoms as 'mountains' may have been thought of because the 'mountain' of Daniel 2:35 also represents a kingdom (i.e., a divine kingdom; compare Daniel 2:44). Especially striking is the fact that the 'revealed mystery' can be considered an eschatological mystery, as in Daniel 2, since it concerns God's defeat of the world kingdoms and the establishment of the divine kingdom. Thus, the Daniel 2 background stands behind the creative picture of 1 Enoch 52:2-6, although it is not certain whether there has been direct dependence on Daniel itself or on a Daniel tradition. Perhaps the extent of creativity points to the latter option ..."

Beale, G. K. The Use of Daniel in Jewish Apocalyptic Literature and in the Revelation of St. John (pp. 106-108) Wipf & Stock, 1984

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