20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding that the king consulted them about, he found them ten times[a](A) better than all the magicians and mediums(B) in his entire kingdom.

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  1. 1:20 Lit hands

20 and declared:

May the name of God
be praised forever and ever,(A)
for wisdom(B) and power belong to him.
21 He changes the times and seasons;
he removes kings and establishes kings.(C)
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to those
who have understanding.(D)
22 He reveals the deep and hidden things;
he knows what is in the darkness,(E)
and light dwells with him.(F)
23 I offer thanks and praise to you,
God of my ancestors,(G)
because you have given me
wisdom and power.
And now you have let me know
what we asked of you,
for you have let us know(H)
the king’s mystery.[a]

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  1. 2:23 Lit matter

28 But there is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and he has let King Nebuchadnezzar know what will happen in the last days.(A) Your dream and the visions that came into your mind as you lay in bed(B) were these:

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11 There is a man in your kingdom who has a spirit of the holy gods in him.(A) In the days of your predecessor he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods. Your predecessor, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. Your own predecessor, the king, 12 did this because Daniel, the one the king named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and intelligence, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems.[a](B) Therefore, summon Daniel, and he will give the interpretation.”

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  1. 5:12 Lit and untie knots; also in v. 16

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