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By Jeff A. Benner

The name Daniel is pronounced Dah-nee-eyl in the Hebrew text of the Bible. This name is composed of two words - דני (dah-nee) and אל (eyl). The Hebrew word דן (dahn) means a judge. When the letter י (iy) is placed after a noun, the noun becomes first person possessive hence, דני (dah-nee) means "my judge." The word אל (eyl) literally means one of power and authority but is usually translated as "God." When these two words are combined into the proper name Daniel it means "my judge is God."

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