1:20 In every matter of wisdom and 1 insight the king asked them about, he found them to be ten times 2 better than any of the magicians and astrologers that were in his entire empire.
2:2 The king issued an order 3 to summon the magicians, astrologers, sorcerers, and wise men 4 in order to explain his dreams to him. 5 So they came and awaited the king’s instructions. 6
2:10 The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret, 7 for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested such a thing from any magician, astrologer, or wise man.
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 lacks the conjunction, reading the first word in the phrase as a construct (“wisdom of insight”). While this reading is not impossible, it seems better to follow Theodotion, the Syriac, the Vulgate, and the Sahidic Coptic, all of which have the conjunction.
2 tn Heb “hands.”
4 tn Heb “Chaldeans.” The term Chaldeans (Hebrew כַּשְׂדִּים, kasdim) is used in the book of Daniel both in an ethnic sense and, as here, to refer to a caste of Babylonian wise men and astrologers.
5 tn Heb “to explain to the king his dreams.”
6 tn Heb “stood before the king.”
7 tn Aram “matter, thing.”