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The king answered and said, I know of a certainty that ye would [a]gain time, because ye see [b]the thing is gone from me. But if ye make not known unto me the dream, there is but one law for you; for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can show me the interpretation thereof. 10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king’s matter, forasmuch as no king, [c]lord, or ruler, hath asked such a thing of any magician, or enchanter, or Chaldean.

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  1. Daniel 2:8 Aramaic buy the time.
  2. Daniel 2:8 Or, the word is gone forth from me: that if etc.
  3. Daniel 2:10 Or, be he never so great and powerful, hath etc.

Then the king answered, “I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided: If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty(A) for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me.”(B)

10 The astrologers(C) answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.(D)

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