New International Version
Since it was customary for the king to consult experts in matters of law and justice, he spoke with the wise men who understood the times
King James Bible
Then the king said to the wise men, which knew the times, (for so was the king's manner toward all that knew law and judgment:
Darby Bible Translation
And the king said to the wise men who knew the times (for so was the king's business [conducted] before all that knew law and judgment;
World English Bible
Then the king said to the wise men, who knew the times, (for it was the king's custom to consult those who knew law and judgment;
Young's Literal Translation
And the king saith to wise men, knowing the times -- for so is the word of the king before all knowing law and judgment,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
To the wise men - Probably the lawyers.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWhether Boasting is Opposed to the virtue of Truth?
Objection 1: It seems that boasting is not opposed to the virtue of truth. For lying is opposed to truth. But it is possible to boast even without lying, as when a man makes a show of his own excellence. Thus it is written (Esther 1:3,4) that Assuerus "made a great feast . . . that he might show the riches of the glory" and "of his kingdom, and the greatness and boasting of his power." Therefore boasting is not opposed to the virtue of truth. Objection 2: Further, boasting is reckoned by Gregory …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
1 Chronicles 12:32
from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do--200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
But when the attendants delivered the king's command, Queen Vashti refused to come. Then the king became furious and burned with anger.
Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you.
So the king summoned the magicians, enchanters, sorcerers and astrologers to tell him what he had dreamed. When they came in and stood before the king,
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