Arioch brings Daniel to the king (Dan 2:25-2:25)

“Then Arioch quickly

Brought Daniel

Before the king.

He said to the king.

‘I have found

Among the exiles

From Judah

A man who can tell

The king

The interpretation.’”

Arioch quickly responded to Daniel. He brought him right away to the king. Then he told the king that he had found this Judean exile who was willing to give an interpretation to his dream.

The king insists that they should know the dream (Dan 2:8-2:9)

“The king answered.

‘I know with certainty

That you are trying

To gain time.

You see

That I have firmly

Decreed it.

If you do not

Tell me the dream

There is but one verdict

For you.

You have agreed

To speak lying words

To me.

You have agreed

To speak misleading words

To me,

Until things take a turn.

Therefore,

Tell me the dream!

Then I shall know

That you can give me

Its interpretation.’”

The king would not budge. He responded to the Chaldeans that they were only trying to gain time. They had to tell him the dream first. Otherwise, they might come up with some lying and misleading words. He wanted them to tell him his dream or else they would die. Then, after they explained the dream, he might be willing to accept their interpretation.

Interpreting the dream of Mordecai (Greek text only)

“Mordecai saw in this dream what God had determined to do. After he awoke he had it on his mind. He sought all day to understand it in every detail.”

Part of every dream was the idea that God was communicating with a holy person through a dream. Interpreting dreams was a big deal. That is what made Joseph in Genesis, chapters 40-41, become an important person in Egypt.