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.
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.”
3 tn Heb “said.” So also in v. 12.
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.”