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The meaning and origin of the expression: A Daniel come to judgement

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What's the meaning of the phrase 'A Daniel come to judgement'?

Someone who makes a wise judgement about something that has previously proven difficult to resolve.

What's the origin of the phrase 'A Daniel come to judgement'?

This phrase doubtless alludes to the Biblical character Daniel, who was attributed with having fine powers of judgement. In Daniel 5:14 (King James Version) we have:

I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

The origin of 'A Daniel come to judgement'The first use of the phrase as we now know it is from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice, 1596:

A Daniel come to judgment! yea, a Daniel!
O wise young judge, how I do honour thee!

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