Daniel 5


King Belshazzar's Feast

Belshazzar the king made [2supper 1a great] for his great men -- a thousand; and before the thousand was the wine. And drinking Belshazzar spoke in the tasting of the wine to bring the items, the ones of gold and the ones of silver which [3brought forth 1Nebuchadnezzar 2his father] from out of the temple in Jerusalem. And they drank with them -- the king, and his great men, and his concubines, and his mistresses. And they brought the items of gold, and the ones of silver, which were brought forth from out of the temple of God in Jerusalem, and they drank with them -- the king, and his great men, and his concubines, and his mistresses. They drank wine, and they praised the gods of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of iron, and of wood, and of stones.

The Writing on the Wall

In the same hour came forth fingers of the hand of a man, and they wrote over against the lamp upon the whitewashed portion of the wall of the house of the king. And the king viewed the knuckles of the hand writing. Then [3of the 4king 1the 2appearance] changed, and his thoughts disturbed him, and the bonding together of his loin parted, and his knees struck together. And [3yelled 1the 2king] in strength to bring the magi, and the Chaldeans, and the astrologers. And he said to the wise men of Babylon, Who ever should read this writing, and [2its interpretation 1should make known] to me, purple shall be put on him, and the necklace of gold upon his neck, and as third in my kingdom he shall rule. And entering were all the wise men of the king, and they were not able [2the 3writing 1to read], nor [2the 3interpretation 1to make known] to the king. And king Belshazzar was disturbed, and his appearance changed in him, and his great men were disturbed. 10 And the queen entered into the house of the banquet. And [3responded 1the 2queen] and said, O king, [2into 3the 4eon 1live]! [3not 1Let 4disturb 5you 2your thoughts], and [4appearance 3your 2not 1let] be changed! 11 There is a man in your kingdom in which [2spirit 5God 3of the 4holy 1is]. And in the days of your father, vigilance, and understanding, and wisdom as wisdom of God, was found in him; and king Nebuchadnezzar your father [3ruler 4of enchanters 5of magi 6of Chaldeans 7and of astrologers 1placed 2him]. 12 For [2spirit 1extra] is in him, and intelligence, and understanding of interpreting dreams, and reporting things held, and untying things bonded together -- it is Daniel, and the king put to him the name -- Belteshazzar. Now then let him be called! and its interpretation he will announce to you. 13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. And [3said 1the 2king] to Daniel, Are you Daniel, the one from the sons of the captivity of Judea, of which [4brought 2the 3king 1my father]? 14 I heard concerning you, that spirit of God is in you, and vigilance, and understanding, and [2wisdom 1extra] is found in you. 15 And now there entered before me the wise men, magi, and astrologers, that [2this writing 1they should read], and the interpretation they should make known to me. But they were not able to announce to me. 16 And I heard concerning you, that you are able [2judgments 1to interpret]. Now then, if you should be able [2this writing 1to read], and its interpretation to make known to me, purple shall be put on you, and the necklace of gold will be upon your neck, and as third in my kingdom you shall rule.

Daniel Interprets the Writing

17 Then answered Daniel, and he said before the king, [2your gifts 4yours 1Let 3be], and the present of your house [2to another 1give]! But I [2the 3writing 1shall read] to the king, and the interpretation of it I shall make known to you. 18 O king, God the highest [2the 3kingdom 4and 5the 6greatness 7and 8the 9honor 10and 11the 12glory 1gave] to Nebuchadnezzar your father. 19 And because of the greatness of which he gave to him, all the peoples, tribes, languages were trembling and fearing from before him. Whom he willed he did away with, and whom he willed he beat, and whom he willed he raised up high, and whom he willed he humbled. 20 And when [2was raised up high 1his heart], and his spirit was fortified to be prideful, he was brought down from the throne of the kingdom, and the honor was removed from him. 21 And from the men he was driven out, and his heart [2with 3the 4wild beasts 1was given to be], and with the wild donkeys among which he dwelt. And grass [3as 4an ox 1was fed 2him], and [3of 4the 5dew 6of the 7heaven 1his body 2was dipped], until of which time he knew that [3dominated 1God 2the highest] the kingdom of men, and to whomever it seems good he gives it. 22 And you, his son, O Belshazzar, humbled not your heart in front of God, of which all these things you knew. 23 And against the  lord the God of heaven you were haughty, and the items of his house they brought before you; even you, and your great men, and your concubines, and your mistresses [2wine 1drank] in them, and the gods of gold, and of silver, and of brass, and of iron, and of wood, and of stones, the ones that see not, and hear not, and know not, you praised; and the God of whom your breath is in his hand, and all your ways -- him you glorified not. 24 On account of this, [4from 5his presence 3was sent 1the knuckle 2of a hand], and this writing he arranged. 25 And this is the writing being arranged -- Mene, Tekel, Peres. 26 This is the interpretation of the saying, Mene -- God measured your kingdom and finished it. 27 Tekel -- it was set in the yoke balance scale and found lacking. 28 Peres -- [2was divided 1your kingdom] and was given to the Medes and Persians. 29 And Belshazzar spoke, and they put on Daniel purple, and the [2necklace 1gold] they put around his neck, and proclaimed concerning him for him to be [2ruler 1third] in the kingdom. 30 In the same night [6was done away with 1Belshazzar 2the 3king 4of the 5Chaldeans]. 31 And Darius the Mede took the kingdom, being [3years old 1sixty 2two].
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