Daniel 2:16

16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.

Daniel 2:16 in Other Translations

16 Then Daniel went in, and desired of the king that he would give him time, and that he would shew the king the interpretation.
16 And Daniel went in and requested the king to appoint him a time, that he might show the interpretation to the king.
16 Daniel went at once to see the king and requested more time to tell the king what the dream meant.
16 Daniel went to the king and asked for a little time so that he could interpret the dream.
16 So Daniel went and asked the king to give him some time, so that he could give the king the interpretation.

Daniel 2:16 Meaning and Commentary

Daniel 2:16

Then Daniel went in
Or "went up" F14; to the king's palace, which might be built on an eminence; or into his chamber, where he probably was; or in some upper room, very likely introduced by Arioch; and which was a bold and daring action in them both: in Arioch, to cease from doing his orders, and entering into the king's presence before he had; and in Daniel, to appear before him, having the name of a wise man, when the king was in such a fury; all which was owing to the providence of God, that wrought upon the heart of Arioch, to listen to what Daniel said, and inspired them both with courage to go in to the king: and desired of the king that he would give him time;
not two or three days, but only that night, till morning, as Saadiah observes; and this with a view not to read books, or study any art; or, by reasoning with himself, or conversation with others, to get knowledge; but to pray to God: and that he would show the king the interpretation;
that is, of his dream, and the dream itself; being persuaded in his own mind that God would hear his prayers, and make it known to him. The king granted him his request, though he upbraided the wise men of their design to gain time; but perhaps, upon the sight of Daniel, he remembered him again, and how superior in wisdom he was to all his magicians and wise men; and besides, Daniel gave him hope, yea, assurance, of showing his dream, and the interpretation of it, which his mind was very eager after; but chiefly this subsiding of his wrath, and his indulging Daniel in his request, were owing to the overruling providence of God.


F14 (le) "ascendit", Gejerus.

Daniel 2:16 In-Context

14 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.
15 He asked the king’s officer, “Why did the king issue such a harsh decree?” Arioch then explained the matter to Daniel.
16 At this, Daniel went in to the king and asked for time, so that he might interpret the dream for him.
17 Then Daniel returned to his house and explained the matter to his friends Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah.
18 He urged them to plead for mercy from the God of heaven concerning this mystery, so that he and his friends might not be executed with the rest of the wise men of Babylon.