The king replied to the astrologers, "This is what I have firmly decided:1 If you do not tell me what my dream was and interpret it, I will have you cut into pieces2 and your houses turned into piles of rubble.36
But if you tell me the dream and explain it, you will receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor.4 So tell me the dream and interpret it for me."
Once more they replied, "Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will interpret it."
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:
If you do not tell me the dream, there is just one penalty5 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."610
The astrologers7 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.811
What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods,9 and they do not live among men."
This made the king so angry and furious10 that he ordered the execution11 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.1214
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.