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And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves ° with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

2:43 seed of men. The change of character and directions suggested by the change in the image from legs to feet apparently marks the rapid rise to dominance of the “seed of men” in the two divisions of the old empire of Rome. In the West, the American revolution was the first of many republics and democracies. In the East, the later emergence of communism had similar implications, but this also gave way to kingdoms “partly strong and partly broken,” continual conflict between totalitarianism and populism in the various nations.

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