Daniel 2:5

The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if you will not make known unto me the dream, with its interpretation, you shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made an ash heap.
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George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Put. Chaldean, "torn to pieces, and your house become infamous places "(Calmet) Protestant, "a dunghill "(Haydock) Such cruel punishments were not uncommon. (1 Esdras vi. 11.) (Calmet) Bessus was torn in pieces by the relations of Darius; (Diod. xvii.) and the Persians generally cut off some member of criminals. (Brisson ii.)

Hippolytus of Rome

AD 235
The thing is gone from me. For this purpose was the vision concealed from the king, that he who was chosen of God., viz., Daniel, might be shown to be a prophet. For when things concealed from some are revealed by an other, he who tells them is of necessity shown to be a prophet.


AD 420
He threatened punishment and offered rewards, in order that if they should be able to tell him the dream, he might therefore believe also that which was uncertain, namely the meaning of the dream. But if they should be unable to tell the king what he in his mental confusion could not recall, they would also lose claim to trustworthiness in the interpretation they might give. At last there follows the statement:

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation - 2 Peter 1:20

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