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Belshazzar’s Feast

1 Belshazzar the king Iheld a great afeast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand. 2 When Belshazzar tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and silver avessels which Nebuchadnezzar his Ifather had taken out of the temple which [was] in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them. 3 Then they brought the gold vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which [was] in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. 4 They adrank the wine and praised the gods of bgold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

[1] ILit made aEs 1:3; Is 22:12-14
[2] IOr forefather, and so throughout the ch a2K 24:13; 25:15; Ezr 1:7-11; Dn 1:2
[4] aIs 42:8; Dn 5:23; Rv 9:20 bPs 115:4; 135:15; Is 40:19, 20; Dn 3:1; Hab 2:19

5 ¶ Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the Iback of the hand that did the writing. 6 Then the king’s Iaface grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his bhip joints went slack and his cknees began knocking together. 7 The king called aloud to bring in the aconjurers, the IChaldeans and the diviners. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, “Any man who can read this inscription and explain its interpretation to me shall be bclothed with purple and [have] a cnecklace of gold around his neck, and have authority as IIdthird [ruler] in the kingdom.” 8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but athey could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly aalarmed, his Ibface grew [even] paler, and his nobles were perplexed.

[5] IOr palm
[6] ILit brightness changed for him aDn 5:9, 10; 7:28 bPs 69:23 cEzk 7:17; 21:7; Na 2:10
[7] IOr master astrologers IIOr a triumvir aIs 44:25; 47:13; Dn 4:6, 7; 5:11, 15 bGn 41:42-44; Dn 5:16, 29 cEzk 16:11 dDn 2:48; 5:16, 29; 6:2, 3
[8] aGn 41:8; Dn 2:27; 4:7; 5:15
[9] ILit brightness was changing upon him aJb 18:11; Is 21:2-4; Jr 6:24; Dn 2:1; 5:6 bIs 13:6-8

10 ¶ The queen entered the banquet Ihall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, “aO king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your IIface be pale. 11 There is a aman in your kingdom in whom is Ia bspirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar, your father, your father IIcthe king, appointed him chief of the IIImagicians, conjurers, IVChaldeans [and] diviners. 12 [This was] because an aextraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named bBelteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”

[10] ILit house IILit brightness be changed aDn 3:9; 6:6
[11] IOr possibly the Spirit of the holy God IIOr O king IIIOr soothsayer priests IVOr master astrologers aGn 41:11-15; Dn 2:47 bDn 4:8, 9, 18; 5:14 cDn 2:48
[12] aDn 5:14; 6:3 bDn 1:7; 4:8

Daniel Interprets Handwriting on the Wall

13 ¶ Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the Iaexiles from Judah, whom my father the king bbrought from Judah? 14 Now I have heard about you that Ia spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. 15 Just now the awise men [and] the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they bcould not declare the interpretation of the Imessage. 16 But I personally have heard about you, that you are able to give interpretations and solve difficult problems. Now if you are able to read the inscription and make its ainterpretation known to me, you will be bclothed with purple and [wear] a necklace of gold around your neck, and you will have authority as the Ithird [ruler] in the kingdom.”

[13] ILit sons of the exile aEzr 4:1; 6:16, 19, 20; Dn 2:25; 6:13 bDn 1:1, 2
[14] IOr possibly the Spirit of God
[15] ILit word aDn 5:7 bIs 47:12f; Dn 5:8
[16] IOr triumvir aGn 40:8 bDn 5:7, 29

17 ¶ Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “IKeep your agifts for yourself or give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription to the king and make the interpretation known to him. 18 IO king, the aMost High God bgranted IIsovereignty, cgrandeur, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father. 19 Because of the grandeur which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and [men of every] Ilanguage feared and trembled before him; awhomever he wished he killed and whomever he wished he spared alive; and whomever he wished he elevated and whomever he wished he humbled. 20 But when his heart was alifted up and his spirit became so Ibproud that he behaved arrogantly, he was cdeposed from his royal throne and [his] glory was taken away from him. 21 He was also adriven away from Imankind, and his heart was made like [that of] beasts, and his dwelling place [was] with the bwild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the cMost High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and [that] He sets over it whomever He wishes. 22 Yet you, his Ison, Belshazzar, have anot humbled your heart, IIeven though you knew all this, 23 but you have aexalted yourself against the bLord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them; and you have praised the cgods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. But the God din whose hand are your life-breath and all your eways, you have not glorified. 24 Then the Iahand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.

[17] ILit Let...be for a2K 5:16
[18] ILit You, O king IIOr the kingdom aDn 4:2; 5:21 bDn 2:37, 38; 4:17 cJr 25:9; 27:5-7
[19] ILit tongue aDn 2:12, 13; 3:6; 11:3, 16, 36
[20] ILit strong aEx 9:17; Jb 15:25; Is 14:13-15; Dn 4:30, 31 b2K 17:14; 2Ch 36:13 cJb 40:11, 12; Jr 13:18
[21] ILit the sons of man aJb 30:3-7; Dn 4:32, 33 bJb 39:5-8 cEx 9:14-16; Ps 83:17, 18; Ezk 17:24; Dn 4:17, 34, 35
[22] IOr descendant IILit inasmuch as you aEx 10:3; 2Ch 33:23; 36:12
[23] a2K 14:10; Is 2:12; 37:23; Jr 50:29; Dn 5:3, 4 bDn 4:37 cPs 115:4-8; Is 37:19; Hab 2:18, 19 dJb 12:10 eJb 31:4; Ps 139:3; Pv 20:24; Jr 10:23
[24] ILit palm of the hand aDn 5:5

25 ¶ “Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘IMENĒ, IMENĒ, IITEKĒL, IIIUPHARSIN.’ 26 This is the interpretation of the Imessage: ‘MENĒ’—God has numbered your kingdom and aput an end to it. 27 ‘TEKĒL’—you have been aweighed on the scales and found deficient. 28 ‘PERĒS’—your kingdom has been divided and given over to the aMedes and IPersians.”

[25] IOr a mina (50 shekels) from verb “to number” IIOr a shekel from verb “to weigh” IIIOr and half-shekels (sing: peres) from verb “to divide”
[26] ILit word aIs 13:6, 17-19; Jr 50:41-43
[27] aJb 31:6; Ps 62:9
[28] IAram: Pāras aIs 13:17; 21:2; 45:1, 2; Dn 5:31; 6:8, 28; Ac 2:9

29 ¶ Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they aclothed Daniel with purple and [put] a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he [now] had authority as the Ithird [ruler] in the kingdom.

[29] IOr triumvir aDn 5:7, 16

30 ¶ That same night aBelshazzar the Chaldean king was bslain. 31 ISo aDarius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.

[30] aDn 5:1, 2 bIs 21:4-9; 47:9; Jr 51:11, 31, 39, 57
[31] ICh 6:1 in Aram aDn 6:1; 9:1


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Belshazzar's impious feast.

1 ¶ Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. 2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which [was] in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein. 3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which [was] at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them. 4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

[1] Gn 40:20; Es 1:3; Is 21:4; 22:12, 14; Jr 51:39, 57; Na 1:10; Mk 6:21.
[2] 2S 9:7; 2K 8:25; 24:13; 25:15; 2Ch 11:20; 15:16; 36:10, 18; Ezr 1:7; Jr 27:7, 16; 52:19; Dn 1:2; 5:4, 11, 13, 18, 23.
[4] Jg 16:23; Ps 115:4; 135:15; Is 40:19; 42:8, 17; 46:6; Jr 10:4; Dn 3:1, 8; 4:37; 5:23; Ho 2:8; Hab 2:19; Ac 17:29; 19:24; Rv 9:20.

A handwriting, unknown to the magicians, troubleth the king.

5 ¶ In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. 6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. [And] the king spake, and said to the wise [men] of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and [have] a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom. 8 Then came in all the king's wise [men]: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof. 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

[5] Jb 20:5; Ps 78:30; Pv 29:1; Dn 4:31, 33; 5:8, 15, 24; Lk 12:19; Col 2:14; 1Th 5:2; Rv 20:12.
[6] Jb 15:20; 20:19; Ps 69:23; 73:18; Is 5:27; 13:7; 21:2, 3; 35:3; Ezk 7:17; 21:7; Dn 2:1; 3:19; 4:5, 19; 5:9, 10; 7:28; Na 2:10; He 12:12.
[7] Gn 41:8, 42; Nu 22:7, 17; 24:11; 1S 17:25; Es 3:1; 10:2; Pv 1:9; So 1:10; Is 44:25; 47:13; Ezk 16:11; Dn 2:2, 6, 48; 4:6, 14; 5:16, 29; 6:2.
[8] Gn 41:8; Is 47:9, 12; Dn 2:27; 4:7.
[9] Jb 18:11; Ps 18:14; 48:6; Is 13:6; 21:2; Jr 6:24; 30:6; Dn 2:1; 5:6; 10:8; Mt 2:3; Rv 6:15.

At the commendation of the queen, Daniel is brought.

10 ¶ [Now] the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: [and] the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed: 11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom [is] the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, [I say], thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, [and] soothsayers; 12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation. 13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. [And] the king spake and said unto Daniel, [Art] thou that Daniel, which [art] of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? 14 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. 15 And now the wise [men], the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing: 16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and [have] a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.

[10] Gn 35:17; 1S 4:20; 1K 1:31; Jb 13:4; 21:34; Dn 2:4; 3:9; 6:6, 21.
[11] Gn 41:11; 2S 14:17; Dn 2:11, 47, 48; 4:8, 9, 18; 5:2; Ac 12:22; 14:11; 16:16; Rv 3:9.
[12] 1K 10:1; 2Ch 9:1; Ps 16:3; Pv 12:26; 17:27; Dn 1:7; 4:8, 19; 5:14, 16; 6:3; Col 1:29.
[13] Ezr 4:1; 6:16, 19; 10:7, 16; Dn 1:21; 2:25, 48; 5:2, 11, 18; 6:13; 8:1, 27; Jn 7:1, 3.
[14] Dn 5:11.
[15] Is 29:10; 47:12; Dn 2:3; 5:7.
[16] Gn 40:8; Dn 5:7; Ac 8:18.

He, reproving the king of pride and idolatry,

17 ¶ Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour: 19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled and feared before him: whom he would he slew; and whom he would he kept alive; and whom he would he set up; and whom he would he put down. 20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: 21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling [was] with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and [that] he appointeth over it whomsoever he will. 22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; 23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunk wine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath [is], and whose [are] all thy ways, hast thou not glorified: 24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

[17] Gn 14:23; 2K 3:13; 5:16, 26; Ps 119:46; Dn 2:6; 5:29; Ac 8:20.
[18] Dt 32:8; Ps 7:17; 9:2; 47:2; 92:8; Lm 3:35, 38; Dn 2:37; 3:17; 4:17, 22, 32; 6:22; Ac 7:48; 26:13, 19.
[19] Pv 16:14; Jr 25:9; 27:5; Dn 2:12; 3:4, 6, 20, 29; 4:22; Hab 2:5; Jn 19:11; Ro 13:1.
[20] Ex 9:17; 18:11; 1S 6:6; 2K 17:14; 2Ch 36:13; Jb 15:25; 40:11; Pv 16:5, 18; Is 14:12; 47:1; Jr 13:18; 19:15; 48:18; Ezk 30:6; Dn 4:30, 37; Lk 1:51; 18:14; He 3:13.
[21] Ex 9:14; Jb 30:3; Ps 83:17; Ezk 17:24; Dn 4:17, 25, 32, 35, 37.
[22] Ex 10:3; 2Ch 33:23; 36:12; Ps 119:46; Is 26:10; Dn 5:18; Mt 14:4; 21:32; Lk 12:47; Jn 13:17; Ac 4:8; 5:29; Jm 4:6, 17; 1P 5:5.
[23] Gn 2:7; 14:19; Jg 16:23; 1S 5:1; 2K 14:10; Jb 12:10; 31:4; 34:14; Ps 104:29; 115:4, 16; 135:15; 139:3; 146:4; Pv 20:24; Is 2:12; 33:10; 37:19, 23; 42:5; 46:6; Jr 10:23; 50:29; Ezk 28:2, 5, 17; 31:10; Dn 4:37; 5:2, 3; Hab 2:4, 18; Ac 17:25, 28; Ro 1:21; 1Co 8:4; 1Ti 3:6; He 4:13; Rv 13:5.
[24] Dn 5:5.

readeth and interpreteth the writing.

25 ¶ And this [is] the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN. 26 This [is] the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians. 29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and [put] a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

[25] Dn 5:25.
[26] Jb 14:14; Is 13:1; 21:1; 47:1; Jr 25:11; 27:7; 50:1; Dn 9:2; Ac 15:18.
[27] Jb 31:6; Ps 62:9; Jr 6:30; Ezk 22:18; Mt 22:11; 1Co 3:13.
[28] Is 13:17; 21:2; 45:1; Dn 5:31; 6:28; 8:3, 20; 9:1.
[29] Dn 5:7, 16.

The monarchy is translated to the Medes.

30 ¶ In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. 31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, [being] about threescore and two years old.

[30] Is 21:4; 47:9; Jr 51:11, 31, 39, 57; Dn 5:1.
[31] Dn 6:1; 9:1.


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