2:24 Then Daniel went in to see 1 Arioch (whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon). He came 2 and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Escort me 3 to the king, and I will disclose the interpretation to him!” 4
2:25 So Arioch quickly ushered Daniel into the king’s presence, saying to him, “I 5 have found a man from the captives of Judah who can make known the interpretation to the king.” 2:26 The king then asked Daniel (whose name was also Belteshazzar), “Are you able to make known to me the dream that I saw, as well as its interpretation?” 2:27 Daniel replied to the king, “The mystery that the king is asking about is such that no wise men, astrologers, magicians, or diviners can possibly disclose it to the king.
1 tc The MT has עַל עַל (’al ’al, “he entered upon”). Several medieval Hebrew
2 tc The LXX and Vulgate, along with one medieval Hebrew
4 tn Aram “the king.”
5 sn Arioch’s claim is self-serving and exaggerated. It is Daniel who came to him, and not the other way around. By claiming to have found one capable of solving the king’s dilemma, Arioch probably hoped to ingratiate himself to the king.