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Daniel 3:8-9

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3:8 Now 1  at that time certain 2  Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against 3  the Jews. 3:9 They said 4  to King Nebuchadnezzar, “O king, live forever! 5 

1 tc This expression is absent in Theodotion.

2 tn Aram “men.”

3 tn Aram “ate the pieces of.” This is a rather vivid idiom for slander.

4 tn Aram “answered and said,” a common Aramaic idiom that occurs repeatedly in this chapter.

5 sn O king, live forever! is a comment of typical court courtesy that is not necessarily indicative of the real sentiments of the speaker. Ancient oriental court protocol could sometimes require a certain amount of hypocrisy.



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