Daniel 5:15
New International Version
The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.

New Living Translation
My wise men and enchanters have tried to read the words on the wall and tell me their meaning, but they cannot do it.

English Standard Version
Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not show the interpretation of the matter.

Berean Study Bible
Now the wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this inscription and interpret it for me, but they could not give its interpretation.

King James Bible
And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:

New King James Version
Now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, but they could not give the interpretation of the thing.

New American Standard Bible
Just now the wise men and the sorcerers were brought in before me to read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not declare the interpretation of the message.

NASB 1995
"Just now the wise men and the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not declare the interpretation of the message.

NASB 1977
“Just now the wise men and the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not declare the interpretation of the message.

Amplified Bible
Now the wise men and the enchanters, were brought in before me so that they might read this writing and reveal its meaning to me, but they could not give the interpretation of the message.

Christian Standard Bible
Now the wise men and mediums were brought before me to read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not give its interpretation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now the wise men and mediums were brought before me to read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could not give its interpretation.

American Standard Version
And now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof; but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Sorcerer Enchanters entered before me that they would read this writing and would show me its interpretation, and they were unable to make known the interpretation of the words to me

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And now, the wise men, magicians, and soothsayers, have come in before me, to read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation: but they could not tell it me.

Contemporary English Version
Neither my advisors nor the men who talk with the spirits of the dead could read this writing or tell me what it means.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And now the wise men the magicians have come in before me, to read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof: and they could not declare to me the meaning of this writing.

English Revised Version
And now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing.

Good News Translation
The advisers and magicians were brought in to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not discover the meaning.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The wise advisers and the psychics were brought to me to read this writing and tell me its meaning. But they couldn't tell me its meaning.

International Standard Version
Take note that the advisors and enchanters were brought before me to read the writing and explain its meaning, but they were unable to do so.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof; but they could not declare the interpretation of the thing.

Literal Standard Version
And now, caused to come up before me have been the wise men, the enchanters, that they may read this writing, and its interpretation to cause me to know: and they are not able to show the interpretation of the thing:

NET Bible
Now the wise men and astrologers were brought before me to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation. But they were unable to disclose the interpretation of the message.

New Heart English Bible
Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me its interpretation; but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.

World English Bible
Now the wise men, the enchanters, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me its interpretation; but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, caused to come up before me have been the wise men, the enchanters, that this writing they may read, and its interpretation to cause me to know: and they are not able to shew the interpretation of the thing:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Daniel Interprets the Handwriting
14I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that you have insight, intelligence, and extraordinary wisdom. 15Now the wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this inscription and interpret it for me, but they could not give its interpretation. 16But I have heard about you, that you are able to give interpretations and solve difficult problems. Therefore, if you can read this inscription and give me its interpretation, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck, and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”…

Cross References
Isaiah 47:12
So take your stand with your spells and with your many sorceries, with which you have wearied yourself from your youth. Perhaps you will succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror!

Daniel 4:18
This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me the interpretation, because none of the wise men of my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you are able, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you."

Daniel 5:7
The king called out for the enchanters, astrologers, and diviners to be brought in, and he said to these wise men of Babylon, "Whoever reads this inscription and tells me its interpretation will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck, and he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."

Daniel 5:8
So all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or interpret it for him.

Daniel 5:14
I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that you have insight, intelligence, and extraordinary wisdom.


Treasury of Scripture

And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing:

Daniel 5:7,8
The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom…

Daniel 2:3-11
And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream…

Isaiah 29:10-12
For the LORD hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered…









(15) The thing--i.e., the whole of this miraculous transaction.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Now
וּכְעַ֞ן (ū·ḵə·‘an)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb
Strong's 3705: Now

the wise men
חַכִּֽימַיָּא֙ (ḥak·kî·may·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's 2445: Wise, a Magian

and enchanters
אָֽשְׁפַיָּ֔א (’ā·šə·p̄ay·yā)
Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's 826: A conjurer, enchanter

were brought
הֻעַ֣לּוּ (hu·‘al·lū)
Verb - Hofal - Perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5954: To enter, to introduce

before me
קָֽדָמַ֗י (qā·ḏā·may)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's 6925: Before

to read
יִקְר֔וֹן (yiq·rō·wn)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7123: To call, read out or aloud

this
דְנָה֙ (ḏə·nāh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's 1836: This

inscription
כְתָבָ֤ה (ḵə·ṯā·ḇāh)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 3792: Something written, a writing, record, book

and interpret it
וּפִשְׁרֵ֖הּ (ū·p̄iš·rêh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's 6591: An interpretation

for me,
לְהוֹדָעֻתַ֑נִי (lə·hō·w·ḏā·‘u·ṯa·nî)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3046: To know

but they could
כָהֲלִ֥ין (ḵā·hă·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 3546: To be able

not
וְלָֽא־ (wə·lā-)
Conjunctive waw | Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3809: Not, no

give
לְהַחֲוָיָֽה׃ (lə·ha·ḥă·wā·yāh)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 2324: To show

its
מִלְּתָ֖א (mil·lə·ṯā)
Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's 4406: A word, command, discourse, subject

interpretation.
פְּשַֽׁר־ (pə·šar-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6591: An interpretation


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