Daniel 5:8
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New International Version
Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.


New American Standard Bible
Then all the king's wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.


King James Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
So all the king's wise men came in, but none could read the inscription or make its interpretation known to him.


International Standard Version
Then all the king's advisors came in, but they were unable to read the writing or tell the king what it meant.


American Standard Version
Then came in all the king's wise men; but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.


Douay-Rheims Bible
Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could neither read the writing, nor declare the interpretation to the king.


Darby Bible Translation
Then came in all the king's wise men, but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation.


Young's Literal Translation
Then coming up are all the wise men of the king, and they are not able to read the writing, and the interpretation to make known to the king;
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Context
The Handwriting on the Wall

5In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick on the plaster of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 7The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whoever shall read this writing, and show me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. 8Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonished. 10Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spoke and said, O king, live for ever: let not your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance be changed: 11There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar your father, the king, I say, your father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12For as much as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation.
Cross References
Genesis 41:8
And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them to Pharaoh.


Jeremiah 50:35
A sword is on the Chaldeans, said the LORD, and on the inhabitants of Babylon, and on her princes, and on her wise men.


Daniel 2:27
Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king has demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, show to the king;


Daniel 4:7
Then came in the magicians, the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers: and I told the dream before them; but they did not make known to me the interpretation thereof.


Daniel 4:18
This dream I king Nebuchadnezzar have seen. Now you, O Belteshazzar, declare the interpretation thereof, for as much as all the wise men of my kingdom are not able to make known to me the interpretation: but you are able; for the spirit of the holy gods is in you.


Daniel 5:15
And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing:


Daniel 5:7
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