Belshazzar’s Feast1 Belshazzar the king ▼
▼ Lit madeheld a great b feast 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 c vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his ▼
▼ Or forefather, and so throughout the chfather 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 e drank the wine and praised the gods of f gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone. 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 ▼
▼ Or palmback of the hand that did the writing. 6 Then the king’s ▼
▼ Lit brightness changed for him, i face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his j hip joints went slack and his k knees began knocking together. 7 The king called aloud to bring in the l conjurers, the ▼
▼ Or master astrologersChaldeans 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 n clothed with purple and have a o necklace of gold around his neck, and have authority as ▼
▼ Or a triumvir, q third ruler in the kingdom.” 8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but r they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly s alarmed, his ▼
▼ Lit brightness was changing upon him, u face grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed. 10 The queen entered the banquet ▼
▼ Lit househall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said w “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your ▼
▼ Lit brightness be changedface be pale. 11 “There is a y man in your kingdom in whom is ▼
▼ Or possibly the Spirit of the holy Goda aa spirit 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 ▼
▼ Or O king, ac the king, appointed him chief of the ▼
▼ Or soothsayer priestsmagicians, conjurers, ▼
▼ Or master astrologersChaldeans and diviners. 12 “This was because an af extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named ag Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”
Daniel Interprets Handwriting on the Wall13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. The king spoke and said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the ▼
▼ Lit sons of the exile, ai exiles from Judah, whom my father the king aj brought from Judah? 14 “Now I have heard about you that ▼
▼ Or possibly the Spirit of Goda spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. 15 “Just now the al wise men and the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they am could not declare the interpretation of the ▼
▼ Lit wordmessage. 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 ao interpretation known to me, you will be ap clothed with purple and wear a necklace of gold around your neck, and you will have authority as the ▼
▼ Or triumvirthird ruler in the kingdom.” 17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king ▼
▼ Lit Let...be for“Keep your as gifts 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 ▼
▼ Lit You, O king“O king, the au Most High God av granted ▼
▼ Or the kingdomsovereignty ax grandeur, 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 ▼
▼ Lit tonguelanguage feared and trembled before him; az whomever 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 ba lifted up and his spirit became so ▼
▼ Lit strong, bc proud that he behaved arrogantly, he was bd deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him. 21 “He was also be driven away from ▼
▼ Lit the sons of manmankind, and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the bg wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the bh Most High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and that He sets over it whomever He wishes. 22 “Yet you, his ▼
▼ Or descendantson, Belshazzar, have bj not humbled your heart, ▼
▼ Lit inasmuch as youeven though you knew all this, 23 but you have bl exalted yourself against the bm Lord 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 bn gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. But the God bo in whose hand are your life-breath and all your bp ways, you have not glorified. 24 “Then the ▼
▼ Lit palm of the hand, br hand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out. 25 “Now this is the inscription that was written out: ‘ ▼
▼ Or a mina (50 shekels) from verb “to number”MENE, ▼
▼ Or a mina (50 shekels) from verb “to number”MENE, ▼
▼ Or a shekel from verb “to weigh”TEKEL, ▼
▼ Or and half-shekels (sing: peres) from verb “to divide”UPHARSIN.’ 26 “This is the interpretation of the ▼
▼ Lit wordmessage: ‘MENE’— God has numbered your kingdom and bx put an end to it. 27 “‘TEKEL’— you have been by weighed on the scales and found deficient. 28 “‘PERES’— your kingdom has been divided and given over to the bz Medes and ▼
▼ Aram: Pa-rasPersians.” 29 Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they cb clothed 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 ▼
▼ Or triumvirthird ruler in the kingdom. 30 That same night cd Belshazzar the Chaldean king was ce slain. 31 ▼
▼ Ch 6:1 in AramSo cg Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.
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