So the king commanded that the magicians, the enchanters, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans be summoned to tell the king his dreams. When they came in and stood before the king,
he said to them, "I have had such a dream that my spirit is troubled by the desire to understand it."
The Chaldeans said to the king (in Aramaic), a "O king, live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will reveal the interpretation."
The king answered the Chaldeans, "This is a public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and your houses shall be laid in ruins.
But if you do tell me the dream and its interpretation, you shall receive from me gifts and rewards and great honor. Therefore tell me the dream and its interpretation."
They answered a second time, "Let the king first tell his servants the dream, then we can give its interpretation."
The king answered, "I know with certainty that you are trying to gain time, because you see I have firmly decreed:
if you do not tell me the dream, there is but one verdict for you. You have agreed to speak lying and misleading words to me until things take a turn. Therefore, tell me the dream, and I shall know that you can give me its interpretation."
The Chaldeans answered the king, "There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean.
The thing that the king is asking is too difficult, and no one can reveal it to the king except the gods, whose dwelling is not with mortals."
Because of this the king flew into a violent rage and commanded that all the wise men of Babylon be destroyed.
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