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Daniel 5:11

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5:11 There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1  insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2  of the gods. 3  King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4 

1 tn Aram “[there were] discovered to be in him.”

2 tn Aram “wisdom like the wisdom.” This would be redundant in terms of English style.

3 tc Theodotion lacks the phrase “and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods.”

4 tc The MT includes a redundant reference to “your father the king” at the end of v. 11. None of the attempts to explain this phrase as original are very convincing. The present translation deletes the phrase, following Theodotion and the Syriac.



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