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:
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.
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;
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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That ye would gain the time - The king means either that they wished to prolong the time that he might recollect it, or get indifferent about it; or that they might invent something in the place of it; or make their escape to save their lives, after having packed up their valuables. See Daniel 2:9.
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Once more they replied, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it."
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."
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