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Daniel 2:13

    Daniel 2:13 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So the order went out that the wise men were to be put to death; and they were looking for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

    Webster's Revision

    So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

    World English Bible

    So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

    Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 2:13

    They sought Daniel and his fellows - As the decree stated that all the wise men of Babylon should be slain, the four young Hebrews, being reputed among the wisest, were considered as sentenced to death also.

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 2:13

    And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain - The original here will bear a somewhat different translation, meaning, "the decree went forth, "and" the wise men were slain;" that is, the execution of the sentence was actually commenced. So the Vulgate: Et egressa sententia, sapientes interficiebantur. So also the Greek version: καὶ οἱ σοφοί ἀπεκτέννοντο kai hoi sophoi apektennonto - "and the wise men were slain." This seems to me to be the more probable interpretation, and better to suit the connection. Then it would mean that they had actually begun to execute the decree, and that in the prosecution of their bloody work they sought out Daniel and his companions, and that by his influence with Arioch the execution of the sentence was arrested.

    And they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain - His three companions Daniel 1:6, who probably had not been among those who were summoned to court to explain the matter. Had they been consulted at first, the issuing of the decree would have been prevented, but it seems to have been the design of Providence to give the fairest trial of the ability of these sages, and to allow matters to come to a crisis, in order to show that what was done was wholly beyond human power.