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.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
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;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They could not read the writing - Because it was in the pure Hebrew, not the Chaldean character. See below.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
but. Because, probably, it was written in the ancient Hebrew or Samaritan character.
LibraryMene, Tekel, Peres
'Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another: yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18. O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19. And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; …
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The Life and Death of Mr. Badman,
In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
"A sword against the Babylonians!" declares the LORD-- "against those who live in Babylon and against her officials and wise men!
Daniel replied, "No wise man, enchanter, magician or diviner can explain to the king the mystery he has asked about,
When the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners came, I told them the dream, but they could not interpret it for me.
"This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, had. Now, Belteshazzar, tell me what it means, for none of the wise men in my kingdom can interpret it for me. But you can, because the spirit of the holy gods is in you."
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.
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