Daniel 2:10 Index
"The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, 'There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.'"

"There is not a man upon the earth that can shew the king's matter:"

  • The Chaldeans were compelled to acknowledge their inability to reveal the dream. They told the king that he was asking for something that was beyond human power to reveal, and that no king had ever made such an unreasonable request of any of his subjects. (4BC 768)
  • Some have severely censured Nebuchadnezzar in this matter, as acting the part of a heartless, unreasonable tyrant. But what did these magicians profess to be able to do? -- To reveal hidden things, to foretell events, to make known mysteries entirely beyond human foresight and penetration, and to do this by aid of supernatural agencies. There was therefore nothing unjust in Nebuchadnezzar's demand that they should make known his dream. When they declared that none but the gods whose dwelling was not with flesh could make known the king's matter, it was a tacit acknowledgment that they had no communication with these gods, and knew nothing beyond what human wisdom and discernment could reveal."For this cause the king was angry and very furious." (Daniel 2:12). He saw that he and all his people were being made the victims of deception... we cannot but feel a hearty sympathy with him in his condemnation of a class of miserable impostors. The king would be no party to dishonesty or deception. (US 31-32)
  • Nebuchadnezzar, now thoroughly aroused and angered by the apparent perfidy of those in whom he had trusted.... Filled with fear for the consequences of their failure, the magicians endeavored to show the king that his request was unreasonable and his test beyond that which had ever been required of any man. (PK 492-493)