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Who is the "we" in Daniel 2:36? Daniel + ?

"We will tell the king the interpretation."

Clarify Share Report Asked April 13 2021 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
In my opinion, when Daniel (who had been re-named Belteshazzar by King Nebuchadnezzar's chief official, Ashpenaz (Daniel 1:7)) used the term "we", he was referring not only to himself, but also his three friends from the tribe of Judah, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah (whom Ashpenaz had similarly re-named as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego), since it was through them that Daniel had learned of King Nebuchadezzar's decree that the astrologers of Babylon were to be put to death for being unable to interpret the king's dream.

This enabled all four of them to pray to God for revelation of the meaning of the king's dream, and it was to Daniel that the meaning was revealed in a dream of his own (although by saying "we", Daniel was properly crediting his friends for their role in the situation, just as he did in Daniel 2:23-24, where he spoke of the revelation as having been made to all four of them, even though only he had had the dream). (This was why the king promoted all four of them, as noted in Daniel 2:49)

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My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
Though the "we" very well could be the editorial "we" for "I," I don't believe that is the case here. 

I believe that Daniel meant that God and he would tell the interpretation. I base my answer on Daniel 2:23 and Daniel 2:28. After all, are not all Christians co-workers with God? Could it not have been possible that Daniel and God were coworkers, too?

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