The Clear Word 

A Ministry Of Mid-State Ministries  


[6] But if ye shew the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore shew me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
INTERPRETATION: Interpretation means to explain or tell the meaning of; to expound; to translate orally into intelligible or familiar language or terms; to decipher; to define.  Interpretation can be applied especially to language, but also to dreams, signs, conduct, mysteries. An example would be to interpret the Hebrew language to an Englishman.


[7] They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will shew the interpretation of it.
In the realm of contract law, this verse would be the contractual principle of offer and acceptance.  The courtiers tell Nebuchadnezzar that if he would tell them the dream, they will successfully interpret the dream for him.
Also, we see the limitations of the abilities of Nebuchadnezzar's courtiers.  They placed their hopes into a devil that was not going to come through for them.
Nebuchadnezzar was well aware that if them men were truly who they say they are, and should they actually possess the talents which they say they possess, then the king's request should not be outside the realm of possibility for them.


[8] The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
Nebuchadnezzar is not blind.  He is aware that the courtiers are trying to buy time because they cannot perform on the level which the king expects of them.  The courtiers are stalling. 
So here Nebuchadnezzar the king is openly telling the courtiers that he knows they lie to him.  He knows that many times all they try to do is sooth his ego and feed his need for affirmation. 


[9] But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can shew me the interpretation thereof.
Nebuchadnezzar is now verbalizing that which he has been suspicious of all along.  And that being, his own courtiers have been lying to and deceiving him all along.  The king is not blind in that he knows his own court lyes to him and plays up to the needs of his own ego and conceit.  However, the time has now come that these deceptive practices are to be stopped immediately.


[10] 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.
The royal court of Nebuchadnezzar admits and confesses their inabilities and lack of power.  They are also, in their own proud little way, begging Necuchadnezzar for mercy.