Daniel 5:17

Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.
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Aquinas Study Bible

AD 2017
Daniel was not in the habit of selling divine things, or taking payment from human beings for the divine mysteries; so he was willing to give him knowledge of the unknown without charge. (Theodoret of Cyrus)

George Leo Haydock

AD 1849
Another. He does not refuse the offers, but civilly replies that he will give satisfaction without regard to any recompense.


AD 420
We should follow the example of a man like Daniel, who despised the honor and gifts of a king, and who without any reward even in that early day followed the Gospel injunction: "Freely have ye received, freely give." And besides, when one is announcing sad tidings, it is unbecoming for him willingly to accept gifts.

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

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