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Daniel 2:18-23

2:18 He asked them to pray for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery so that he 1  and his friends would not be destroyed along with the rest of the wise men of Babylon. 2:19 Then in a night vision the mystery was revealed to Daniel. So Daniel praised 2  the God of heaven, 2:20 saying, 3 

“Let the name of God 4  be praised 5  forever and ever,

for wisdom and power belong to him.

2:21 He changes times and seasons,

deposing some kings

and establishing others. 6 

He gives wisdom to the wise;

he imparts knowledge to those with understanding; 7 

2:22 he reveals deep and hidden things.

He knows what is in the darkness,

and light resides with him.

2:23 O God of my fathers, I acknowledge and glorify you,

for you have bestowed wisdom and power on me.

Now you have enabled me to understand what I 8  requested from you.

For you have enabled me to understand the king’s dilemma.” 9 

1 tn Aram “Daniel.” The proper name is redundant here in English, and has not been included in the translation.

2 tn Or “blessed.”

3 tn Aram “Daniel answered and said.”

4 sn As is often the case in the Bible, here the name represents the person.

5 tn Or “blessed.”

6 tn Aram “kings.”

7 tn Aram “the knowers of understanding.”

8 tn Aram “we.” Various explanations have been offered for the plural, but it is probably best understood as the editorial plural; so also with “me” later in this verse.

9 tn Aram “the word of the king.”

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