The astrologers1 answered the king, "There is not a man on earth who can do what the king asks! No king, however great and mighty, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or astrologer.211
What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods,3 and they do not live among men."
This made the king so angry and furious4 that he ordered the execution5 of all the wise men of Babylon.
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.614
When Arioch, the commander of the king's guard, had gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact.
He asked the king's officer, "Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?" Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel.
At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.
Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.718
He urged them to plead for mercy8 from the God of heaven9 concerning this mystery,10 so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.
During the night the mystery11 was revealed to Daniel in a vision.12 Then Daniel praised the God of heaven1320
and said: "Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever;14 wisdom and power15 are his.