he answered Arioch the king’s captain, “Why is the decree from the king so urgent?” Then Arioch made the thing known to Daniel. Bible other translations

“urgent.” The Aramaic word can also mean “harsh,” but in the context, the fact that Nebuchadnezzar thought the wise men had conspired to make up lies about his dream would explain the harshness, but why the need to act so hastily? What had gotten the king so stirred up? Daniel did not ask the death sentence be reduced if it was warranted, but rather that the speed of executing the decree was modified and he was given some time to seek God.

Commentary for: Daniel 2:15