Daniel 2:8
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New International Version
Then the king answered, "I am certain that you are trying to gain time, because you realize that this is what I have firmly decided:

New Living Translation
The king replied, "I know what you are doing! You're stalling for time because you know I am serious when I say,

English Standard Version
The king answered and said, “I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see that the word from me is firm—

New American Standard Bible
The king replied, "I know for certain that you are bargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that the command from me is firm,

King James Bible
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The king replied, "I know for certain you are trying to gain some time, because you see that my word is final.

International Standard Version
The king responded, "I'm convinced that you're stalling for time because you're aware of what I've commanded.

NET Bible
The king replied, "I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The king replied, "I'm sure you're trying to buy some time because you know that I meant what I said.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain time because ye see the thing is gone from my memory.

King James 2000 Bible
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that you would gain the time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

American King James Version
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that you would gain the time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

American Standard Version
The king answered and said, I know of a certainty that ye would gain time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The king answered, and said: I know for certain that you seek to gain time, since you know that the thing is gone from me.

Darby Bible Translation
The king answered and said, I know of a certainty that ye would gain time, because ye see the word is gone forth from me;

English Revised Version
The king answered and said, I know of a certain that ye would gain time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

Webster's Bible Translation
The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.

World English Bible
The king answered, I know of a certainty that you would gain time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

Young's Literal Translation
The king hath answered and said, 'Of a truth I know that time ye are gaining, because that ye have seen that the thing is gone from me,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

2:1-13 The greatest men are most open to cares and troubles of mind, which disturb their repose in the night, while the sleep of the labouring man is sweet and sound. We know not the uneasiness of many who live in great pomp, and, as others vainly think, in pleasure also. The king said that his learned men must tell him the dream itself, or they should all be put to death as deceivers. Men are more eager to ask as to future events, than to learn the way of salvation or the path of duty; yet foreknowledge of future events increases anxiety and trouble. Those who deceived, by pretending to do what they could not do, were sentenced to death, for not being able to do what they did not pretend to.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. The versions here do not differ in any essential point. The king now becomes certain of the treasonable purpose of the soothsayers. The word zeban means not so much "gain" as "purchase," "barter." To the king the meaning of their obstinate refusal to submit to his requirements is that they know that some great advantage may be gained by the king, or some great disaster forefended, if he only knows the meaning of this dream, and that if the king does not submit to them and yield up his decree, and, putting his pride under his feet, tell them the dream, the time when its revelation may be taken advantage of may be passed. In these matters everything was supposed to depend on the thing to be done being done precisely at the right conjunction of the planets. His last utterance seems almost to rise to agony, "Because ye see the thing is fixed away from me!" We have the same word (azda) translated here, as in the fifth verse, "gone." As we saw above, its real meaning is rather "fixed," "settled," "determined." His decree had gone out, and he would not - nay, so strongly had he willed at that it was as it' he could not - alter his decision. It has been regarded as bearing on this passage that St. Paul (Ephesians 5:16) uses the same word as that by which the Greek versions translate zeban, "redeeming the time, because the days are evil." The meaning of the apostle is to some extent in contrast to that here. Believers are, as it were, to purchase the time from the evil days. Nebuchadnezzar thought the astrologers were, as it were, meaning by their delays to buy the auspicious moment for the kingdom from under his feet. It is a mistaken idea that he thought they merely wished to gain time. It would I seem, from what we read further of his treatment of Daniel's request lot time, that, had they merely asked for time, Nebuchadnezzar would have granted their request. He had staked his faith in their ability to unfold any mystery on this one test, and they seemed to him obstinately to refuse to submit to it. To believe them unable to reveal the truth that he wished, would be to overturn all the fabric of his faith in the religion of his fathers; therefore, with all the strength of a strong man. and all the blind faith of a fanatic, he will not acknowledge the inability of the soothsayers to tell him his dream; it must be obstinacy, he thinks, that prevents the soothsayers telling him, and that obstinacy must have a sinister purpose. There is a clause in the Septuagint completing this verse, but it is not parallel with any clause in the Massoretic text: "Then just as I have ordered, thus shall it be." This probably is an alternative rendering. Azda is taken in what is now regarded as its meaning - "that which is fixed," or "decreed," in which case this final clause might be rendered, "What is fixed from me is a decree;" and of this the above-mentioned clause is a somewhat free rendering. This interpretation of the clause confirms our view of the situation.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The king answered and said, I know of certainty,.... I see plainly and clearly what you are at, and am fully assured you mean nothing, but that

ye would gain the time: or buy (f), or redeem time, as in Ephesians 5:16, prolong time, put off the answer to longer time; spin out time, as people do in buying and selling; or have it in their possession and power when to answer; and so by gaining time, or being master of it, might hope something would turn up to their advantage, and extricate them out of their present difficulties:

because ye see the thing is gone from me; the dream he could not remember; or because the decree was certain which he had determined concerning them; See Gill on Daniel 2:5.

(f) "quod tempus vos emitis", Pagninus, Munster; "ementes", Montanus; "vos tempus redimere", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

8. gain … time—literally, "buy." Compare Eph 5:16; Col 4:5, where the sense is somewhat different.

the thing is gone from me—(See on [1082]Da 2:5).

Daniel 2:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Nebuchadnezzar's Dream
7They answered a second time and said, "Let the king tell the dream to his servants, and we will declare the interpretation." 8The king replied, "I know for certain that you are bargaining for time, inasmuch as you have seen that the command from me is firm, 9that if you do not make the dream known to me, there is only one decree for you. For you have agreed together to speak lying and corrupt words before me until the situation is changed; therefore tell me the dream, that I may know that you can declare to me its interpretation."…
Cross References
Daniel 2:7
Once more they replied, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it."

Daniel 2:9
If you do not tell me the dream, there is only one penalty for you. You have conspired to tell me misleading and wicked things, hoping the situation will change. So then, tell me the dream, and I will know that you can interpret it for me."
Treasury of Scripture

The king answered and said, I know of certainty that you would gain the time, because you see the thing is gone from me.

gain. Chal. buy.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Colossians 4:5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.

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