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Daniel 5:11-12

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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  5:12 Thus there was found in this man Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar, an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and skill to interpret 5  dreams, solve riddles, and decipher knotty problems. 6  Now summon 7  Daniel, and he will disclose the interpretation.”

Daniel 5:14

Context
5:14 I have heard about you, how there is a spirit of the gods in you, and how you have 8  insight, discernment, and extraordinary wisdom.

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.

5 tc The translation reads מִפְשַׁר (mifshar) rather than the MT מְפַשַּׁר (mÿfashar) and later in the verse reads וּמִשְׁרֵא (mishre’) rather than the MT וּמְשָׁרֵא (mÿshare’). The Masoretes have understood these Aramaic forms to be participles, but they are more likely to be vocalized as infinitives. As such, they have an epexegetical function in the syntax of their clause.

6 tn Aram “to loose knots.”

7 tn Aram “let [Daniel] be summoned.”

8 tn Aram “there has been found in you.”



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