Daniel 2:4 Index

"Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriach, 'O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation.'"

"Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriach"

  • The royal family and the ruling class of the empire were Aramaic-speaking Chaldeans originating from southern Mesopotamia. It is therefore not surprising to find that the king's courtiers spoke to him in Aramaic and not in Babylonia, the tongue of the native population of Babylon. The Aramaeans were an important branch of the Semitic peoples, and their language included many dialects. (4BC 767)

"Tell they servants the dream"

  • In whatever else the ancient magicians and astrologers may have been efficient, they seem to have been thoroughly schooled in the art of drawing out sufficient information to form a basis for some shrewd calculation, or of framing their answers in such an ambiguous manner that they would be applicable whichever way the events turned. In the present case, true to their cunning instincts, they called upon the king to make known to them his dream. If they could get full information respecting this, they could easily agree on some interpretation which would not endanger their reputation. They addressed themselves to the king in Syriac, a dialect of the Chaldean language which was used by the educated and cultured classes. (US 30)