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Daniel 2:16

    Daniel 2:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would show the king the interpretation.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would show the king the interpretation.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And Daniel went in and made a request to the king to give him time and he would make clear the sense of his dream to the king.

    Webster's Revision

    And Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would show the king the interpretation.

    World English Bible

    Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would show the king the interpretation.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would appoint him a time, and he would shew the king the interpretation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Daniel 2:16

    That he would give him time - That is, that he might seek unto God for a revelation of the thing. The Chaldeans dared not even to promise this; they would only pledge themselves for the interpretation, provided the king would furnish the dream. Daniel engages both to find the lost dream, and to give the proper interpretation.

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 2:16

    Then Daniel went in ... - Either by himself, or through the medium of some friend. Perhaps all that is meant is not that he actually went into the presence of the monarch, but that he went into the palace, and through the interposition of some high officer of court who had access to the sovereign, desired of him that he would give him time, and that he would make it known. It would rather appear, from Daniel 2:24-25, that the first direct audience which he had with the king was after the thing was made known to him in a night vision, and it would scarcely accord with established Oriental usages that he should go immediately and unceremoniously into the royal presence. A petition, presented through some one who had access to the king, would meet all the circumstances of the case.

    That he would give him time - He did not specify "why" he desired time, though the reason why he did it is plain enough. He wished to lay the matter before God, and to engage his friends in earnest prayer that the dream and the interpretation might be made known to him. This request was granted to him. It may seem remarkable, as no time was allowed to the Chaldeans that they might make inquiry Daniel 2:8, that such a favor should have been granted to Daniel, especially after the execution of the sentence had been commenced; but we are to remember

    (1) that the king would recollect the favor which he had already shown Daniel on good grounds, and the fact that he regarded him as endowed with great wisdom, Daniel 1:19-20.

    (2) Daniel did not ask, as the Chaldeans did, that the king should tell the dream before he undertook to explain it, but he proposed evidently to unfold the whole matter.

    (3) It could not but occur to the king that Daniel had not yet been consulted, and that it was but reasonable that he should have a fair trial now, since it appeared that he was involved in the general sentence.

    (4) The anxiety of the king to understand the dream was so great that he was willing to grasp at "any" hope in order that his perplexities might be relieved; and

    (5) It is not improper to suppose that there may have been a Divine influence on the mind of this monarch, making' him willing to do so simple an act of justice as this, in order that it might be seen and acknowledged that the hand of God was in the whole matter.