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His face turned pale. He was so afraid that his legs became weak. And his knees were knocking together.

The king sent for those who try to figure things out by using magic. He also sent for those who study the heavens. All of them were wise men in Babylon. Then the king spoke to them. He said, “I want one of you to read this writing. I want you to tell me what it means. Whoever does this will be dressed in purple clothes. A gold chain will be put around his neck. And he will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”

Then all the king’s wise men came in. But they couldn’t read the writing. They couldn’t tell him what it meant.

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