Daniel 2:27 Index
Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, 'The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king,'"
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"...cannot the wise men..."

  • Daniel had no desire to exalt himself above the wise men. he aimed, rather, to impress upon the king the futility of trusting his wise men for counsel and help. He hoped to turn the king's eyes to the great God in heaven, the God whom Daniel worshiped, the God of the Hebrews, whose people had been conquered by the king. (4BC 770)
  • The king himself was highly educated, for it was he who examined the students on the completion of their course (of study). (Daniel 1:18). Babylon was proud of her educational system; she trusted to it for salvation, but it was the cause of her ruin. "Thy wisdom and they knowledge, it hath caused thee to turn away." (Isaiah 47:10) God Himself speaks, saying: : "Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?" (1 Corinthians 1:20). In the Babylonian court this was exemplified. Nebuchadnezzar and his counselors -- the wise men, astrologers, and soothsayers, -- on one side, represented the education of the world. Daniel, a youth, not over twenty-one years of age, a Hebrew and a slave, was chosen by God to confound the wisdom of the mighty. (SNH 33)
  • Daniel declared plainly that the wise men, the astrologers, the soothsayers, and the magicians could not make know this secret. It was beyond their power. Therefore the king should not be angry with them, no put confidence in their vain superstitions. (US 37)
  • Before Daniel was the king in his glory; around him stood the very teachers with whom he had studied three years. At this time were exemplified the words of the psalmist: "I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Thy testimonies are my meditations. I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts." (Psalms 119:99-100) (SNH 36)
  • My brethren, the recent productions in the papers reveal a blindness of spiritual discernment. When the eyes have been enlightened with the spiritual eyesight, then we shall see altogether clearly. The things of time and sense that now attract attention will lose their value, for there will be disclosed to men eternal interests. As God made known His will to the Hebrew captives, to those who were most separate from the customs and practices of a world lying in wickedness, so will the Lord communicate light from heaven to all who will appreciate a “Thus saith the Lord.” To them He will express His mind. Those who are least bound up with worldly ideas, are the most separate from display, and vanity, and pride, and love of promotion, who stand forth as His peculiar people, zealous of good works,—to these He will reveal the meaning of His word. The very first exhibition of God's power to the Hebrew captives was in showing the defective wisdom of the great ones of the earth. The wisdom of men is foolishness with God. The magicians revealed their ignorance of the light before the Lord revealed His wisdom as supreme. The wisdom of human agents who had misappropriated their God-given talents, God showed to be foolishness. (CW 101-102)


  • ...the general accepted meaning is "the decider," or "the determiners [of destiny]." From the position of the stars, by various arts of computation and diving, these soothsayers thought they could determine the future. (4BC 770)