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Notes on the Book of Daniel: Chapter 2, part 1

Posted by lehunt on June 24, 2015

Chapter 2:

v. 8: I suspect that Daniel went to a court official at first rather than to the king himself (v. 16) since the issue of time seemed a sore spot to Nebuchadnezzar.

vs. 15-16: Verse 16 says that Daniel asked the king for time, but Arioch’s introduction of Daniel to the king (v. 26) seems to assume that the king does not know of Daniel’s proposal.  Arioch says, “I have found a man of the captives of Judah, who will make known to the king the interpretation.”  I think, therefore, that Daniel does not literally meet the king face to face in v. 16.  Daniel probably went to another official at Arioch’s suggestion, and this official told Arioch in the name of the king to put off the execution of Daniel and company.  I would say that Arioch himself took responsibility for the decision to stay the execution (as the steward does in1:11) but for the fact that v. 16 seems to be the record an action subsequent to Daniel’s talk with Arioch.

v. 27: I get the impression that everyone was shocked at the severity of Nebuchadnezzar’s decree, hence the willingness of Arioch to delay its execution and his apparent enthusiasm to bring Daniel before the king (v. 25).  Daniel is also concerned here for the other wise men.  He is careful to take up their argument that what the king asks is impossible (and so the wise men do not deserve death)

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