Eliakim son of Hilkiah, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
So he read it before the plaza in front of the Water Gate from dawn till noon 1 before the men and women and those children who could understand. 2 All the people were eager to hear 3 the book of the law.
“Now the rest of the people – the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple attendants, and all those who have separated themselves from the neighboring peoples 1 because of the law of God, along with their wives, their sons, and their daughters, all of whom are able to understand –
Eliakim, Shebna, and Joah said to the chief adviser, “Speak to your servants in Aramaic, 1 for we understand it. Don’t speak with us in the Judahite dialect 2 in the hearing of the people who are on the wall.”
The Lord answered, 1 “This will happen 2 because my people are foolish. They do not know me. They are like children who have no sense. 3 They have no understanding. They are skilled at doing evil. They do not know how to do good.”
If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
So he approached the place where I was standing. As he came, I felt terrified and fell flat on the ground. 1 Then he said to me, “Understand, son of man, 2 that the vision pertains to the time of the end.”
Who is wise? Let him discern 1 these things! Who is discerning? Let him understand them! For the ways of the Lord are right; the godly walk in them, but in them the rebellious stumble.
He 1 said, “You have been given 2 the opportunity to know 3 the secrets 4 of the kingdom of God, 5 but for others they are in parables, so that although they see they may not see, and although they hear they may not understand. 6
ת (Tav) Listen to my cry for help, 1 O Lord! Give me insight by your word!
The Lord is the one who 1 by his power made the earth. He is the one who by his wisdom established the world. And by his understanding he spread out the skies.
The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he has fully carried out his intended purposes. In days to come you will come to understand this. 1
While I, Daniel, was watching the vision, I sought to understand it. Now one who appeared to be a man was standing before me.