Daniel 2: Nebuchadnezzar's Dream

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 176–177

Many people in the world are eager to give us advice. Daniel 2 teaches that King Nebuchadnezzar asked his magicians and astrologers for advice, but there was only one who could tell him the truth. Notice how this story is similar to what happened to Joseph in Egypt, in Genesis 41:14–43.Nebuchadnezzar’s dream has special importance to us because it prophesies of the establishment of the kingdom of God in the latter days.
Daniel interpreting Nebuchadnezzar's dream

Understanding the Scriptures

Daniel 2

His sleep brake from him (v. 1)He could not sleep 
Magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, Chaldeans (v. 2)People who pretend to do magic and know the future and the meaning of dreams 
Gain the time (v. 8)Stall for time 
Chaff (v. 35)The outer shell of a kernel of grain (such as wheat or barley) 
Inferior (v. 39)Not as great 
Cleave one to another (v. 43)Stick together 
Consume (v. 44)Take the place of 
Offer an oblation and sweet odours (v. 46)Offered a sacrifice to God and burned incense 
Sat at the gate of the king (v. 49)Stayed with the king as an advisor 

Daniel 2:45—“The Stone Was Cut out of the Mountain without Hands”

Daniel explained that, unlike all other kingdoms, the kingdom of God, represented by the stone, would be set up by God. “Without hands” means without man’s hands.

Studying the Scriptures

Do activities A and B as you study Daniel 2.

Activity A iconFinish These Sentences

  1. 1.

    Before the astrologers and magicians could interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, he said they first had to …

  2. 2.

    Daniel found out the meaning of the king’s dream …

  3. 3.

    Daniel told the king he got the interpretation …

  4. 4.

    After Daniel told the king the interpretation …

Activity B Scripture Mastery iconScripture Mastery—Daniel 2:44–45

  1. 1.

    Daniel 2:44–45 symbolizes the Church in the latter days, which is the kingdom of God on earth. Draw a design for a poster that represents the ideas in these two verses. Write an explanation of your drawing on the back of the poster.

  2. 2.

    Read Doctrine and Covenants 65:1–2, 5–6 and write about how the Church is like the stone Daniel saw and about what has happened to the Church since it began with six members in 1830.

  3. 3.

    Using the diagram in the “Understanding the Scriptures” section, you may want to mark the meanings of the symbols in your scriptures.