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Daniel 5:7-8

5:7 The king called out loudly 1  to summon 2  the astrologers, wise men, and diviners. The king proclaimed 3  to the wise men of Babylon that anyone who could read this inscription and disclose its interpretation would be clothed in purple 4  and have a golden collar 5  placed on his neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.

5:8 So all the king’s wise men came in, but they were unable to read the writing or to make known its 6  interpretation to the king.

Daniel 5:17

Daniel Interprets the Handwriting on the Wall

5:17 But Daniel replied to the king, “Keep your gifts, and give your rewards to someone else! However, I will read the writing for the king and make known its 7  interpretation.

1 tn Aram “in strength.”

2 tn Aram “cause to enter.”

3 tn Aram “answered and said.”

4 sn Purple was a color associated with royalty in the ancient world.

5 tn The term translated “golden collar” here probably refers to something more substantial than merely a gold chain (cf. NIV, NCV, NRSV, NLT) or necklace (cf. NASB).

6 tc Read וּפִשְׁרֵהּ (ufishreh) with the Qere rather than וּפִשְׁרָא (ufishra’) of the Kethib.

7 tn Or “the.”

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