Daniel 2:13
New International Version
So the decree was issued to put the wise men to death, and men were sent to look for Daniel and his friends to put them to death.

New Living Translation
And because of the king's decree, men were sent to find and kill Daniel and his friends.

English Standard Version
So the decree went out, and the wise men were about to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions, to kill them.

Berean Study Bible
So the decree went out that the wise men were to be executed, and men went to look for Daniel and his friends to execute them.

New American Standard Bible
So the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them.

King James Bible
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

Christian Standard Bible
The decree was issued that the wise men were to be executed, and they searched for Daniel and his friends, to execute them.

Good News Translation
So the order was issued for all of them to be killed, including Daniel and his friends.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The decree was issued that the wise men were to be executed, and they searched for Daniel and his friends, to execute them.

International Standard Version
When the order went out to kill the advisors, they searched for Daniel and his friends to kill them, too.

NET Bible
So a decree went out, and the wise men were about to be executed. They also sought Daniel and his friends so that they could be executed.

New Heart English Bible
So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be killed; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be killed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So a decree was issued that the wise advisers were to be killed, and some men were sent to find Daniel and his friends and kill them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

New American Standard 1977
So the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they looked for Daniel and his friends to kill them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the decree went forth, and the wise men were taken to be slain, and they sought Daniel and his fellows to kill them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

American King James Version
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

American Standard Version
So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
So the decree went forth, and they began to slay the wise men; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to slay them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the decree being gone forth, the wise men were slain: and Daniel and his companions were sought for, to be put to death.

Darby Bible Translation
And the decree went forth that the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to slay them.

English Revised Version
So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

World English Bible
So the decree went forth, and the wise men were to be slain; and they sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.

Young's Literal Translation
And the sentence hath gone forth, and the wise men are being slain, and they have sought Daniel and his companions to be slain.
Study Bible
Nebuchadnezzar's Dream
12This response made the king so angry and furious that he gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon. 13So the decree went out that the wise men were to be executed, and men went to look for Daniel and his friends to execute them.
Cross References
Daniel 1:19
And the king spoke with them, and among all the young men he found no one equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. So they entered the king's service.

Daniel 1:20
In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king consulted them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his entire kingdom.

Daniel 2:24
Therefore Daniel went to Arioch, whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon, and said to him, "Do not execute the wise men of Babylon! Bring me before the king, and I will give him the interpretation."

Daniel 5:19
Because of the greatness that He bestowed on him, all peoples, nations, and men of every language trembled in fear before him. He killed whom he wished and kept alive whom he wished; he exalted whom he wished and humbled whom he wished.

Treasury of Scripture

And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain; and they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain.

the decree.

Daniel 6:9-15
Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree…

Esther 3:12-15
Then were the king's scribes called on the thirteenth day of the first month, and there was written according to all that Haman had commanded unto the king's lieutenants, and to the governors that were over every province, and to the rulers of every people of every province according to the writing thereof, and to every people after their language; in the name of king Ahasuerus was it written, and sealed with the king's ring…

Psalm 94:20
Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

and they.

Daniel 1:19,20
And the king communed with them; and among them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king…

Daniel 6:12
Then they came near, and spake before the king concerning the king's decree; Hast thou not signed a decree, that every man that shall ask a petition of any God or man within thirty days, save of thee, O king, shall be cast into the den of lions? The king answered and said, The thing is true, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.







Lexicon
So the decree
וְדָתָ֣א (wə·ḏā·ṯā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular determinate
Strong's Hebrew 1882: A royal edict, statute

went out
נֶפְקַ֔ת (nep̄·qaṯ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5312: To go or come out or forth

that the wise men
וְחַכִּֽימַיָּ֖א (wə·ḥak·kî·may·yā)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural determinate
Strong's Hebrew 2445: Wise, a Magian

were to be executed,
מִֽתְקַטְּלִ֑ין (miṯ·qaṭ·ṭə·lîn)
Verb - Hitpael - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6992: To kill

and men went to look for
וּבְע֛וֹ (ū·ḇə·‘ōw)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1156: To seek, ask

Daniel
דָּנִיֵּ֥אל (dā·nî·yêl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1841: Daniel -- 'God is my judge', an Israelite leader in Babylon

and his friends
וְחַבְר֖וֹהִי (wə·ḥaḇ·rō·w·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2269: Fellow, comrade

to execute them.
לְהִתְקְטָלָֽה׃ (lə·hiṯ·qə·ṭā·lāh)
Preposition-l | Verb - Hitpael - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 6992: To kill
Verse 13. - And the decree went forth that the wise men should be slain. As the Aramaic stands, it might be translated as does Professor Fuller, "And the decree went forth, and the wise men were being slain;" the ו of co-ordination maybe regarded as here used of Subordination. Further, the use of the participle for the preterite is not by any means uncommon in Daniel, certainly mainly in the principal clause, as in ver. 5 of the present chapter. Noldeke, in his 'Syriac Grammar,' 278a, gives examples of the passive participle being used as here in the subordinate clause. The Septuagint is very condensed, but possibly drawn from a similar text, only such extreme condensation is unlike the translator elsewhere. It is possible that some part of the פְּקַד. (peqad), "to decree," was used, perhaps the participle hithpael. It is possible that the verb qetal was in the infinitive. Theodotion renders, "And the decree went forth, and the wise men were slain." This, though a possible translation, does not fit what we find represented to be the circumstances, as ver. 24 seems to assume that the wise men were not yet destroyed. On the other hand, it would be hardly possible to imagine the king allowing these wise men who had refused to answer his question, to go out of his presence in safety and unbound. It would seem more natural to imagine that they were carried off to prison, and that all the soothsaying class were intended to be gathered together in prison, in order that the vengeance of the king might be more appallingly manifest. The sentence looks at first sight to us as too savage to be true, but just as savage proofs of vengeance were given by Asshurbanipal. And they sought Daniel and his fellows to be slain. The Septuagint translation of this clause is somewhat paraphrastic, "And Daniel was sought for and all those with him in order to be put to death." The want of an antecedent to fix the nominative of the verb probably led to the sentence assuming its present mould; but "all" seems to have no word to occasion it. Theodotion follows the Massoretic text closely; so also does the Peshitta. It is clear from this that Daniel and his companions had not been summoned into the royal presence when the question concerning the dream was put to the wise men. This would seem to contradict the statement of Daniel 1:19, "Therefore stood they" - to wit these Hebrew youths - "before the king." Their position was probably like those who had passed the examination for the Indian Civil Service - they are accepted, but they have still a season of study, and then, after they go out to India, they occupy only subordinate situations at first. While permited to enter the ranks of the soothsayers and astrologers to the court, they were placed at first only in the lower grades, and would have to rise by degrees, and in ordinary circumstances a long time would elapse before they would be summoned into the immediate presence of the sovereign. On the reading of the LXX., Daniel and his friends would not, because they were Jews, and not Chaldeans. One has only to turn to the Talumdic tales to see how unlike this reasonable position is to the ordinary Jewish fictitious narrative. The Book of Daniel is not nearly prodigal enough in wonders to be a representative of the Jewish Midrash. It is further clear that the decree of the king went beyond those who had actually been in his council-chamber on that merest-able day. The idea of the king probably was that the treason which he had found in the heads of the various classes of Chaldean soothsayers would have permeated all the members. Babylonian and foreign, as well; therefore he orders them all to suffer a common fate. Wieseler's hypothesis, that this event took place close to the end of the three years of study which had been assigned to these youths, would suit the statement of events which we find here; although it is not necessary, yet on this assumption, the succession of events as narrated in this chapter becomes perfectly natural. 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.
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