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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Daniel 2:1-13

We meet with a great difficulty in the date of this story; it is said to be in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Dan. 2:1. Now Daniel was carried to Babylon in his first year, and, it should seem, he was three years under tutors and governors before he was presented to the king, Dan. 1:5. How then could this happen in the second year? Perhaps, though three years were appointed for the education of other children, yet Daniel was so forward that he was taken into business when he... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Daniel 2:8

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 F6 די עדנא אנתון זבנין "quod tempus vos emitis", Pagninus, Munster; "ementes", Montanus; "vos tempus redimere", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. , 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... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 2:8

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 . read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Daniel 2:8

Verse 8 The king’s exception now follows: — I know, says he, that ye would gain time, since you are aware that the matter has gone from me, or the word has been pronounced, if we adopt the former sense. The king here accuses them of more disgraceful cunning, since the Magi have nothing to offer, and so desire to escape as soon as they know that the king has lost all remembrance of his dream. It is just as if he had said — You promised me to be sure interpreters of my dream, but this is false;... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:1-13

The revelation lost. "My spirit was troubled to know the dream" ( Daniel 2:3 ). Since the word "and," at the beginning of this chapter, links it with Daniel 1:21 , i.e. Daniel's public life with Daniel's preparation, it may be well here to notice what his preparation had been. 1 . At home, and the associations of Jerusalem. 2 . Knowledge of previous revelations (see Daniel 9:2 ). 3 . Moral victory at a crisis of history. 4 . Experience of life at one of its great... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:1-13

The failure and discomfiture of falsehood. As every drop of water on the surface of the hills has a tendency to flow towards the ocean, as every step of the racer moves towards the goal, so every event in every kingdom points toward the establishment of Messiah's empire. The exile of the Jews, though apparently a retrograde movement in the spiritual machinery; the special education of Daniel and his companions; the heathen monarch's dream; the discomfiture of the magicians;—all these, and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:1-49

EXPOSITION DANIEL FIRST BECOMES DISTINGUISHED . read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:2-18

Character revealed by trial. Critical moments are tests of character, In this incident the leading features of three distinct classes of character are clearly revealed. I. THE CONDUCT OF NEBUCHADNEZZAR REVEALS THE EVIL CHARACTER or TYRANNY . 1 . It is selfish. Though the charge of a vast empire is entrusted to him, the king exercises, is irresponsible power of life and death simply for his own convenience. 2 . It is unreasonable. Nebuchadnezzar not only... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Daniel 2:8

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... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Daniel 2:8

The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time - Margin, “buy.” The Chaldee word זבנין zâbenı̂yn (from זבן zeban) means, to get for oneself, buy, gain, procure. Greek, ἐξαγοράζετε exagorazete - “that ye redeem time;” and so the Vulgate - quod tempus redimitis. The idea is, that they saw that they could not comply with his requisition, and that their asking him Daniel 2:7 to state the dream was only a pretext for delay, in the hope that in the interval some device... read more

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