Da:2:3: And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
Da:2:4: Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.
Da:2:5: The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
Da:2:6: But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
Da:2:7: They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
Da:2:8: The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
Da:2:9: But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree 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 shew me the interpretation thereof.
Da:2:10: The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king’s matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
Da:2:11: And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.
Da:2:12: For this cause the king was angry and very furious, and commanded to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
Da:2:13: And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.
Da:2:14: Then Daniel answered with counsel and wisdom to Arioch the captain of the king’s guard, which was gone forth to slay the wise men of Babylon:
Da:2:15: He answered and said to Arioch the king’s captain, Why is the decree so hasty from the king? Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel.
Da:2:16: Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
Da:2:17: Then Daniel went to his house, and made the thing known to Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, his companions:
Da:2:18: That they would desire mercies of the God of heaven concerning this secret; that Daniel and his fellows should not perish with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
Da:2:19: Then was the secret revealed unto Daniel in a night vision. Then Daniel blessed the God of heaven.
Da:2:20: Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his:
Da:2:21: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:
Da:2:22: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.
Da:2:23: I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the king’s matter.
Da:2:24: Therefore Daniel went in unto Arioch, whom the king had ordained to destroy the wise men of Babylon: he went and said thus unto him; Destroy not the wise men of Babylon: bring me in before the king, and I will shew unto the king the interpretation.
Da:2:25: Then Arioch brought in Daniel before the king in haste and said thus unto him, I have found a man of the captives of Judah, that will make known unto the king the interpretation.