He called in his magicians, enchanters, sorcerers, and astrologers, a and he demanded that they tell him what he had dreamed. As they stood before the king,
he said, "I have had a dream that troubles me. Tell me what I dreamed, for I must know what it means."
Then the astrologers answered the king in Aramaic, b "Long live the king! Tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means."
But the king said to the astrologers, "I am serious about this. If you don't tell me what my dream was and what it means, you will be torn limb from limb, and your houses will be demolished into heaps of rubble!
But if you tell me what I dreamed and what the dream means, I will give you many wonderful gifts and honors. Just tell me the dream and what it means!"
They said again, "Please, Your Majesty. Tell us the dream, and we will tell you what it means."
The king replied, "I can see through your trick! You are trying to stall for time because you know I am serious about what I said.
If you don't tell me the dream, you will be condemned. You have conspired to tell me lies in hopes that something will change. But tell me the dream, and then I will know that you can tell me what it means."
The astrologers replied to the king, "There isn't a man alive who can tell Your Majesty his dream! And no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician, enchanter, or astrologer!
This is an impossible thing the king requires. No one except the gods can tell you your dream, and they do not live among people."
The king was furious when he heard this, and he sent out orders to execute all the wise men of Babylon.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)