Daniel 5:12
New International Version
He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar, was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

New Living Translation
This man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, has exceptional ability and is filled with divine knowledge and understanding. He can interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.”

English Standard Version
because an excellent spirit, knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.”

Berean Study Bible
did this because Daniel, the one he named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, as well as knowledge, understanding, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Summon Daniel, therefore, and he will give you the interpretation.”

King James Bible
Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

New King James Version
Inasmuch as an excellent spirit, knowledge, understanding, interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining enigmas were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, now let Daniel be called, and he will give the interpretation.”

New American Standard Bible
This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of riddles, and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”

NASB 1995
“This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”

NASB 1977
This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas, and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned, and he will declare the interpretation.”

Amplified Bible
It was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, the ability to interpret dreams, clarify riddles, and solve complex problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called and he will give the interpretation.”

Christian Standard Bible
did this because Daniel, the one the king named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and intelligence, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems. Therefore, summon Daniel, and he will give the interpretation.”

Holman Christian Standard Bible
did this because Daniel, the one the king named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and perception, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve problems. Therefore, summon Daniel, and he will give the interpretation.”

American Standard Version
forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because the Spirit and knowledge and superabundant understanding were found in him, he interpreted our dreams and he seized the empire and he solved enigmas Daniel whom the King named Beltshatsar; therefore let Daniel be called and he will show the interpretation”

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For there is an excellent spirit in him, and sense and understanding in him, interpreting dreams as he does, and answering hard questions, and solving difficulties: it is Daniel, and the king gave him the name of Baltasar: now then let him be called, and he shall tell thee the interpretation of the writing.

Contemporary English Version
He also changed the man's name from Daniel to Belteshazzar. Not only is he wise and intelligent, but he can explain dreams and riddles and solve difficult problems. Send for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because a greater spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, and interpretation of dreams, and shewing of secrets, and resolving of difficult things, were found in him, that is, in Daniel: whom the king named Baltarsar. Now therefore let Daniel be called for, and he will tell the interpretation.

English Revised Version
forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

Good News Translation
He has unusual ability and is wise and skillful in interpreting dreams, solving riddles, and explaining mysteries; so send for this man Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar, and he will tell you what all this means."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
This Daniel (who had been renamed Belteshazzar) was found to have knowledge, judgment, and an extraordinary spirit. He has the ability to interpret dreams, solve riddles, and untangle problems. Now, call Daniel, and he will tell [you] what it means."

International Standard Version
because he was found to have an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and understanding, along with an ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. His name is Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar. Call for Daniel, and he will reveal the meaning of the writing."

JPS Tanakh 1917
forasmuch as a surpassing spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and declaring of riddles, and loosing of knots, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will declare the interpretation.'

Literal Standard Version
because that an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of enigmas, and loosing of knots was found in him, in Daniel, whose name the king made Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and the interpretation he shows.”

NET Bible
Thus there was found in this man Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar, an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and skill to interpret dreams, solve riddles, and decipher knotty problems. Now summon Daniel, and he will disclose the interpretation."

New Heart English Bible
because an extraordinary spirit, and knowledge, and understanding to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve knotty problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation."

World English Bible
because an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of dark sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.

Young's Literal Translation
because that an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of enigmas, and loosing of knots was found in him, in Daniel, whose name the king made Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and the interpretation he doth show.'

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Handwriting on the Wall
11There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods in him. In the days of your father he was found to have insight, intelligence, and wisdom like that of the gods. Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers, and diviners. Your own father, the king, 12did this because Daniel, the one he named Belteshazzar, was found to have an extraordinary spirit, as well as knowledge, understanding, and the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles, and solve difficult problems. Summon Daniel, therefore, and he will give you the interpretation.”

Cross References
Ezekiel 28:3
Behold, you are wiser than Daniel; no secret is hidden from you!

Daniel 1:7
The chief official gave them new names: To Daniel he gave the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.

Daniel 2:26
The king responded to Daniel, whose name was Belteshazzar, "Are you able to tell me what I saw in the dream, as well as its interpretation?"

Daniel 4:8
But at last, into my presence came Daniel (whose name is Belteshazzar after the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods). And I told him the dream:

Daniel 5:14
I have heard that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that you have insight, intelligence, and extraordinary wisdom.

Daniel 6:3
Soon, by his extraordinary spirit, Daniel distinguished himself among the administrators and satraps. So the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.


Treasury of Scripture

For as much as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.

an excellent.

Daniel 5:14
I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

Daniel 6:3
Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

Psalm 16:3
But to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

interpreting of.

Daniel 5:16
And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

1 Kings 10:1-3
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions…

2 Chronicles 9:1,2
And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart…

whom.

Daniel 1:7
Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abednego.

Daniel 4:8,19
But at the last Daniel came in before me, whose name was Belteshazzar, according to the name of my god, and in whom is the spirit of the holy gods: and before him I told the dream, saying, …









(12) Forasmuch as.--The effect of these words is to combine the two facts mentioned in Daniel 5:11, and to make the advice at the end of this verse more forcible. "Because Daniel is a wise man, and has proved his wisdom in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, therefore send for him now."

Dissolving of doubts.--See marginal alternative; and for an illustration comp. Records of the Past, vol. iii., p. 141.



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
did this
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3606: The whole, all, any, every

because
קֳבֵ֡ל (qo·ḇêl)
Preposition
Strong's 6903: In front of, before, because of, because that

Daniel,
בְּדָ֣נִיֵּ֔אל (bə·ḏā·nî·yêl)
Preposition-b | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1841: Daniel -- 'God is my judge', an Israelite leader in Babylon

the one
דִּֽי־ (dî-)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 1768: Who, which, that, because

[he]
מַלְכָּ֥א (mal·kā)
Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 4430: A king

named
שָׂם־ (śām-)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7761: To set, make

Belteshazzar,
בֵּלְטְשַׁאצַּ֑ר (bê·lə·ṭə·šaṣ·ṣar)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1096: Belteshazzar -- Babylonian name of Daniel

was found
הִשְׁתְּכַ֤חַת (hiš·tə·ḵa·ḥaṯ)
Verb - Hitpael - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7912: To discover

to have an extraordinary
יַתִּירָ֡ה (yat·tî·rāh)
Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 3493: Preeminent, surpassing

spirit,
ר֣וּחַ ׀ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's 7308: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

as well as knowledge,
וּמַנְדַּ֡ע (ū·man·da‘)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4486: Knowledge, the power of knowing

understanding,
וְשָׂכְלְתָנ֡וּ (wə·śā·ḵə·lə·ṯā·nū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 7924: Intelligence

and the ability to interpret
מְפַשַּׁ֣ר (mə·p̄aš·šar)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 6590: To interpret

dreams,
חֶלְמִין֩ (ḥel·mîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 2493: A dream

explain
וַֽאַֽחֲוָיַ֨ת (wa·’a·ḥă·wā·yaṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 263: A declaring

riddles,
אֲחִידָ֜ן (’ă·ḥî·ḏān)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 280: An enigma

and solve
וּמְשָׁרֵ֣א (ū·mə·šā·rê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8271: To free, separate, to unravel, commence, to reside

difficult problems.
קִטְרִ֗ין (qiṭ·rîn)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 7001: A knot, a riddle, a vertebra

Summon
יִתְקְרֵ֖י (yiṯ·qə·rê)
Verb - Hitpael - Imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's 7123: To call, read out or aloud

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

therefore,
כְּעַ֛ן (kə·‘an)
Adverb
Strong's 3705: Now

and he will give you
יְהַֽחֲוֵֽה׃ (yə·ha·ḥă·wêh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 2324: To show

the interpretation.?
וּפִשְׁרָ֥ה (ū·p̄iš·rāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular determinate
Strong's 6591: An interpretation


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