Daniel 2 describes a dream of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who later conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Trou-
bled by his dream, he demanded that his wise men tell him both the dream and its interpretation, or else be dismembered and disgraced.
As one of several young Hebrews taken captive and trained by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel faced certain death if he failed to obey the king’s command. Requesting more time, he and his three friends met together to beseech God for wisdom.