The Matter Gone

We open with the account of the king Nebuchadnezzar waking after a troubling dream which he can not recall. He asks his court's wise men to give him the correct interpretation of the dream, yet can not tell them the dream itself: He commands they be killed if they are so unable, he would recognise the correct interpretation by the man that can tell him the dream itself. The chapter begins thus;

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Dan ch2:v1-11
Dan 2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep broke from him.
Dan 2:2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king.
Dan 2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
Dan 2:4 Then spoke the Chaldeans to the king in Syriac, O king, live forever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.
Dan 2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill.
Dan 2:6 But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honor: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.
Dan 2:7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it.
Dan 2:8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me.
Dan 2:9 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 show me the interpretation thereof.
Dan 2:10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king 's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean.
Dan 2:11 And it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can show it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh.

Now we immediately see a three cycle in the text of the kings sleep (sleep to dream to wake...) During one period of the cycle the king demands his wise men tell him the dream and the interpretation. We also have that the dream itself occurred through the cycle, presumably in a left hand octal (as God does not as yet give him an answer, the king is not an Israelite) and that the King has a fourfold dream, and each element of the dream (as a fixed truth or floating unity) has been replaced in him by the empty set. Then, as the dream reaches its "fourth seal" or "pale horse" conclusion in self-inconsistency, the logical thread of the dream has escaped the king, and he woke troubled.

So, we have the static subgroup of the king's sleep cycle and the four floating positions of unity upon which the king had (carnally) whilst sleeping "hurt the oil or wine" to rub out what were the four earthy elements in the octal to the empty set. The King woke upon realising the dream was of the spirit called in revelation "Death" and was immediately troubled - hence the narrative.

The wise men can not tell the king the interpretation without the dream, and come in four groups (magicians, astrologers, sorcerers and Chaldeans). The king offers a trio of rewards (gifts, rewards and great honour) as a static subgroup over the wise men in their four (null) groups (each group has no knowledge of the four unity elements in the dream now lost) so they represent the contradictory method of the pale horse with "Death" in complete inconsistency. If they had the ability to interpret, would they not be able to tell the dream to begin with? The king certainly believes so.

The king commands that if they can not give the dream and interpretation, they should be cut in pieces and their families spoiled and their lines snuffed out (made a dunghill). A clear reference to rewarding like for like, that they in their four groups are made dead as the empty set of their consensus and that hell will follow after in that their memory will be hated.

The king knows that they would try to buy themselves more time to answer and would prepare deceitful statements and try to dialogue to consensus (replacing "Death" with a fifth balance "Hell" in consensus). The wise men again ask for the king for the dream but the king does not know the matter.

The wise men are given a little space to answer, within which they played for time (until the time changes) to come up with an answer, presumeably until the repeat of the three cycle of the kings sleep. They replace the empty fourfold dialectic with a new fixed position (a fifth, or a new first) arrived at by consensus: that no wise man anywhere could tell the king his dream, that therefore by strength of numbers the matter was impossible, in effect pointing to the king and saying it is the kings fault and only the gods could know. (No wonder the king commanded them to be killed.)

Now, strength of numbers does not vote a fact true or false, neither does the lack of knowledge of truth mean that an event never happened. The wise men are in effect stating that such a problem has never been set to any court wise man before, and they immediately try to begin a new dialogue on the basis that perhaps the king would prefer to ask the gods with them the facilitators (to continue in their positions.)

Important to note are the octals in view. The static subgroup of the left hand of the first being the kings three-cycle of sleep, dream, wake... with the four earthy or floating unity elements now lost from the dream. Also, there is an right hand octal of three rewards (as static subgroup and three cycle) for the four groups of wise men whom are uninspired and can not answer the king, (They’re reasoning dialectically also to confusion as {} and in consensus have no answer but to lie, as the king expected.) Then, there is also the consensus reply that they then posit (there are now three groups remaining) the new position that the king petition the gods instead. In effect, their consensus position is a new octal with a new fixed unity, and there are then three groups to preserve the symmetry of the newer octal in the text. (The sorcerers have vanished!).

So we see that there is a limit to the extent to which the wise men can dialectically reason before some part (the sorcerers) are themselves contradicted or excluded.

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