Daniel 5:8
New International Version
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.

New Living Translation
But when all the king’s wise men had come in, none of them could read the writing or tell him what it meant.

English Standard Version
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or make known to the king the interpretation.

Berean Study Bible
So all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or interpret it for him.

King James Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

New King James Version
Now all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing, or make known to the king its interpretation.

New American Standard Bible
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.

NASB 1995
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.

NASB 1977
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.

Amplified Bible
Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or reveal to the king its interpretation.

Christian Standard Bible
So all the king’s wise men came in, but none could read the inscription or make its interpretation known to him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So all the king’s wise men came in, but none could read the inscription or make its interpretation known to him.

American Standard Version
Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Then the Wise Men of the King were entering, and they were unable to read the writing and to make its translation known to the King

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known the interpretation to the king.

Contemporary English Version
All of King Belshazzar's highest officials came in, but not one of them could read the writing or tell what it meant,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could neither read the writing, nor declare the interpretation to the king.

English Revised Version
Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

Good News Translation
The royal advisers came forward, but none of them could read the writing or tell the king what it meant.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All the king's wise advisers came, but they couldn't read the writing or tell the king its meaning.

International Standard Version
Then all the king's advisors came in, but they were unable to read the writing or tell the king what it meant.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

Literal Standard Version
Then all the wise men of the king are coming up, and they are not able to read the writing, and to make known the interpretation to the king;

NET Bible
So all the king's wise men came in, but they were unable to read the writing or to make known its interpretation to the king.

New Heart English Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

World English Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.

Young's Literal Translation
Then coming up are all the wise men of the king, and they are not able to read the writing, and the interpretation to make known to the king;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Handwriting on the Wall
7The 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.” 8So all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or interpret it for him. 9Then King Belshazzar became even more terrified, his face grew even more pale, and his nobles were bewildered.…

Cross References
Genesis 41:8
In the morning his spirit was troubled, so he summoned all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.

Jeremiah 50:35
A sword is against the Chaldeans, declares the LORD, against those who live in Babylon, and against her officials and wise men.

Daniel 2:27
Daniel answered the king, "No wise man, enchanter, medium, or magician can explain to the king the mystery of which he inquires.

Daniel 4:7
When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and diviners came in, I told them the dream, and they could not interpret it for me.

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 5:15
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.


Treasury of Scripture

Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

but.

Daniel 2:27
Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king;

Daniel 4:7
Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known unto me the interpretation thereof.

Genesis 41:8
And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.









(8) Then--i.e., after the king had addressed the wise men whom he had summoned. But why could not they read an inscription which Daniel deciphered at first sight? It has been conjectured (1) that the character was old Semitic, or one which the wise men did not know; (2) that the language of the inscription was unknown to them; (3) that the words were written in vertical columns, and the wise men endeavoured to read them horizontally. The only true explanation is to be found in the supernatural character of the inscription, and in the inspiration of Daniel. In this way God asserts Himself against the false wisdom of the heathens.

Verse 8. - Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. As we have already said, the Septuagint here repeats the list of wise men. and omits "the Chaldeans." If the word "Chaldean" had been in the text originally, the fact that astrologers were frequently called Chaldeans would render it unlikely that the word should be omitted. Whereas from this very ground it was a word specially apt to be added on the margin, and once on the margin it would easily drop into the text. Even in the case of the Massoretic text, there seems to be a repetition here. It is certainly more obvious in the Septuagint text. The verse according to the Septuagint is, "And there entered in the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the astrologers, and were not able to announce the interpretation of the writing." Theodotion agrees here with the received text; the Peshitta omits "all." The only way in which we can escape the idea of this being a repetition is by holding that the word "all" is emphatic. The omission of the word "all" from the Peshitta is against this. It is to be observed that in the Septuagint there is no reference to "reading the writing;" it is only to announce the interpretation.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
So
אֱדַ֙יִן֙ (’ĕ·ḏa·yin)
Adverb
Strong's 116: Then, thereupon

all
כֹּ֖ל (kōl)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3606: The whole, all, any, every

the king’s
מַלְכָּ֑א (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 4430: A king

wise men
חַכִּימֵ֣י (ḥak·kî·mê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 2445: Wise, a Magian

came in,
עָֽלִּ֔ין (‘āl·lîn)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 5954: To enter, to introduce

but they could
כָהֲלִ֤ין (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

read
לְמִקְרֵ֔א (lə·miq·rê)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's 7123: To call, read out or aloud

the inscription
כְּתָבָא֙ (kə·ṯā·ḇā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 3792: Something written, a writing, record, book

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

for [him].
לְמַלְכָּֽא׃ (lə·mal·kā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 4430: A king


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