ESV Study Bible Outline Daniel

I. Daniel and the Three Friends at the Babylonian Court (1:1-6:28)
  • Prologue (1:1-21)
    1. Daniel and his friends taken into exile (1:1-7)
    2. Daniel and his friends remain undefiled (1:8-16)
    3. Daniel and his friends promoted and preserved (1:17-21)
  • Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a great statue (2:1-49)
    1. The dream and Nebuchadnezzar's threat (2:1-13)
    2. Daniel's response and prayer (2:14-24)
    3. Daniel interprets the dream (2:25-45)
    4. Nebuchadnezzar promotes Daniel (2:46-49)
  • Nebuchadnezzar builds a great statue (3:1-30)
    1. The nations worship Nebuchadnezzar's statue (3:1-7)
    2. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego preserved in the fiery furnace (3:8-29)
    3. Nebuchadnezzar promotes Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (3:30)
  • Nebuchadnezzar's dream of a toppled tree (4:1-37)
    1. Nebuchadnezzar's dream and its interpretation (4:1-27)
    2. Nebuchadnezzar's humbling (4:28-33)
    3. Nebuchadnezzar's exaltation (4:34-37)
  • Belshazzar's feast (5:1-31)
    1. An idolatrous feast (5:1-4)
    2. An unreadable message (5:5-9)
    3. A forgotten interpreter (5:10-12)
    4. A message of judgment (5:13-31)
  • The lion's den (6:1-28)
    1. Daniel promoted (6:1-3)
    2. The administrators plot to remove Daniel (6:4-15)
    3. Daniel preserved in the lion's den (6:16-24)
    4. Darius acknowledges the power of Daniel's God (6:25-27)
    5. Daniel preserved until the end of the exile (6:28)

II. The Visions of Daniel (7:1-12:13)
  • The vision of the four great beasts and the heavenly court (7:1-28)
    1. The four great beasts (7:1-8)
    2. The Ancient of Days judges the beasts (7:9-12)
    3. The coming of the Son of Man (7:13-14)
    4. The interpretation of the vision (7:15-27)
    5. Daniel's response (7:28)
  • The vision of the ram, the goat, and the little horn (8:1-27)
    1. The vision of the ram and the goat (8:1-14)
    2. The interpretation of the vision (8:15-26)
    3. Daniel's response (8:27)
  • Daniel's prayer and its answer (9:1-27)
    1. Daniel's prayer concerning the 70 years (9:1-19)
    2. Gabriel's answer: 70 sevens before the promised redemption (9:20-27)
  • Daniel's vision of the final conflict (10:1-12:13)
    1. A heavenly messenger brings news of heavenly conflict (10:1-11:1)
    2. A detailed vision of future earthly conflicts among nations (11:2-45)
    3. The promise of resurrection to glory or shame (12:1-4)
    4. How long until the end? (12:5-13)