Daniel 5

Belshazzar’s Feast

1Belshazzar the king
Lit made
held a great b  feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking wine in the presence of the thousand.
2When Belshazzar tasted the wine, he gave orders to bring the gold and silver c  vessels which Nebuchadnezzar his
Or forefather, and so throughout the ch
father 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.
3Then 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. 4They e  drank the wine and praised the gods of f  gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

5Suddenly 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 palm
back of the hand that did the writing.
6Then 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.
7The king called aloud to bring in the l  conjurers, the
Or master astrologers
Chaldeans 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.”
8Then all the king’s wise men came in, but r  they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king. 9Then King Belshazzar was greatly s  alarmed, his
Lit brightness was changing upon him
,
u  face grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed.

10The queen entered the banquet
Lit house
hall 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 changed
face be pale.
11There is a y  man in your kingdom in whom is
Or possibly the Spirit of the holy God
a 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 priests
magicians, conjurers,
Or master astrologers
Chaldeans and diviners.
12This 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 Wall

13Then 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?
14Now I have heard about you that
Or possibly the Spirit of God
a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you.
15Just 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 word
message.
16But 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 triumvir
third ruler in the kingdom.”

17Then 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 kingdom
sovereignty ax  grandeur, glory and majesty to Nebuchadnezzar your father.
19Because of the grandeur which He bestowed on him, all the peoples, nations and men of every
Lit tongue
language 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.
20But 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 man
mankind, 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 descendant
son, Belshazzar, have bj  not humbled your heart,
Lit inasmuch as you
even though you knew all this,
23but 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. 24Then the
Lit palm of the hand
,
br  hand was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.

25Now 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.’
26This is the interpretation of the
Lit word
message: ‘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-ras
Persians.”

29Then 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 triumvir
third ruler in the kingdom.

30That same night cd  Belshazzar the Chaldean king was ce  slain. 31
Ch 6:1 in Aram
So cg  Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.
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