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Belshazzar's Feast

1 Belshazzar the king held F142 a great feast R224 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 vessels R225 which Nebuchadnezzar his father F143 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 drank R226 the wine and praised the gods of gold R227 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 back F144 of the hand that did the writing. 6 Then the king's face R228 F145 grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip R229 joints went slack and his knees R230 began knocking together. 7 The king called aloud to bring in the conjurers, R231 the Chaldeans F146 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 clothed R232 with purple and have a necklace R233 of gold around his neck, and have authority as third R234 F147 ruler in the kingdom." 8 Then all the king's wise men came in, but they R235 could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king. 9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, R236 his face R237 F148 grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed.

10 The queen entered the banquet hall F149 because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, "O R238 king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your face F150 be pale. 11 "There is a man R239 in your kingdom in whom is a F151 spirit R240 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 the R241 F152 king, appointed him chief of the magicians, F153 conjurers, Chaldeans F154 and diviners. 12 "This was because an extraordinary R242 spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. R243 Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation."

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 exiles R244 F155 from Judah, whom my father the king brought R245 from Judah? 14 "Now I have heard about you that a F156 spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. 15 "Just now the wise R246 men and the conjurers were brought in before me that they might read this inscription and make its interpretation known to me, but they could R247 not declare the interpretation of the message. F157 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 interpretation R248 known to me, you will be clothed R249 with purple and wear a necklace of gold around your neck, and you will have authority as the third F158 ruler in the kingdom."

17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Keep F159 your gifts R250 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 "O F160 king, the Most R251 High God granted R252 sovereignty, F161 grandeur, R253 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 language F162 feared and trembled before him; whomever R254 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 lifted R255 up and his spirit became so proud R256 F163 that he behaved arrogantly, he was deposed R257 from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him. 21 "He was also driven R258 away from mankind, F164 and his heart was made like that of beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild R259 donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven until he recognized that the Most R260 High God is ruler over the realm of mankind and that He sets over it whomever He wishes. 22 "Yet you, his son, F165 Belshazzar, have not R261 humbled your heart, even F166 though you knew all this, 23 but you have exalted R262 yourself against the Lord R263 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 gods R264 of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see, hear or understand. But the God in R265 whose hand are your life-breath and all your ways, R266 you have not glorified. 24 "Then the hand R267 F167 was sent from Him and this inscription was written out.

25 "Now this is the inscription that was written out: `MENE, F168 MENE, F168 TEKEL, F169 UPHARSIN.' F170 26 "This is the interpretation of the message: F171 `MENE'--God has numbered your kingdom and put R268 an end to it. 27 " `TEKEL'--you have been weighed R269 on the scales and found deficient. 28 " `PERES'--your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes R270 and Persians." F172

29 Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed R271 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 third F173 ruler in the kingdom.

30 That same night Belshazzar R272 the Chaldean king was slain. R273 31 So F174 Darius R274 the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.


FOOTNOTES:
F142: Lit made
F143: Or forefather, and so throughout the ch
F144: Or palm
F145: Lit brightness changed for him
F146: Or master astrologers
F147: Or a triumvir
F148: Lit brightness was changing upon him
F149: Lit house
F150: Lit brightness be changed
F151: Or possibly the Spirit of the holy God
F152: Or O king
F153: Or soothsayer priests
F154: Or master astrologers
F155: Lit sons of the exile
F156: Or possibly the Spirit of God
F157: Lit word
F158: Or triumvir
F159: Lit Let...be for
F160: Lit You, O king
F161: Or the kingdom
F162: Lit tongue
F163: Lit strong
F164: Lit the sons of man
F165: Or descendant
F166: Lit inasmuch as you
F167: Lit palm of the hand
F168: Or a mina (50 shekels) from verb ``to number''
F168: Or a mina (50 shekels) from verb ``to number''
F169: Or a shekel from verb ``to weigh''
F170: Or and half-shekels (sing: peres) from verb ``to divide''
F171: Lit word
F172: Aram: Paras
F173: Or triumvir
F174: Ch 6:1 in Aram

CROSS REFERENCES:
R224: Esther 1:3; Isaiah 22:12-14
R225: 2 Kings 24:13; 25:15; Ezra 1:7-11; Daniel 1:2
R226: Isaiah 42:8; Daniel 5:23; Revelation 9:20
R227: Psalms 115:4; 135:15; Isaiah 40:19,20; Daniel 3:1; Habakkuk 2:19
R228: Daniel 5:9,10; 7:28
R229: Psalms 69:23
R230: Ezekiel 7:17; 21:7; Nahum 2:10
R231: Isaiah 44:25; 47:13; Daniel 4:6,7; 5:11,15
R232: Genesis 41:42-44; Daniel 5:16,29
R233: Ezekiel 16:11
R234: Daniel 2:48; 5:16,29; 6:2,3
R235: Genesis 41:8; Daniel 2:27; 4:7; 5:15
R236: Job 1:18:11; Isaiah 21:2-4; Jeremiah 6:24; Daniel 2:1; 5:6
R237: Isaiah 13:6-8
R238: Daniel 3:9; 6:6
R239: Genesis 41:11-15; Daniel 2:47
R240: Daniel 4:8,9,18; 5:14
R241: Daniel 2:48
R242: Daniel 5:14; 6:3
R243: Daniel 1:7; 4:8
R244: Ezra 4:1; 6:16,19,20; Daniel 2:25; 6:13
R245: Daniel 1:1,2
R246: Daniel 5:7
R247: Isaiah 47:12f; Daniel 5:8
R248: Genesis 40:8
R249: Daniel 5:7,29
R250: 2 Kings 5:16
R251: Daniel 4:2; 5:21
R252: Daniel 2:37,38; 4:17
R253: Jeremiah 25:9; 27:5-7
R254: Daniel 2:12,13; 3:6; 11:3,16,36
R255: Exodus 9:17; Job 1:15:25; Isaiah 14:13-15; Daniel 4:30,31
R256: 2 Kings 17:14; 2 Chronicles 36:13
R257: Job 1:40:11,12; Jeremiah 13:18
R258: Job 1:30:3-7; Daniel 4:32,33
R259: Job 1:39:5-8
R260: Exodus 9:14-16; Psalms 83:17,18; Ezekiel 17:24; Daniel 4:17,34,35
R261: Exodus 10:3; 2 Chronicles 33:23; 36:12
R262: 2 Kings 14:10; Isaiah 2:12; 37:23; Jeremiah 50:29; Daniel 5:3,4
R263: Daniel 4:37
R264: Psalms 115:4-8; Isaiah 37:19; Habakkuk 2:18,19
R265: Job 1:12:10
R266: Job 1:31:4; Psalms 139:3; Proverbs 20:24; Jeremiah 10:23
R267: Daniel 5:5
R268: Isaiah 13:6,17-19; Jeremiah 50:41-43
R269: Job 1:31:6; Psalms 62:9
R270: Isaiah 13:17; 21:2; 45:1,2; Daniel 5:31; 6:8,28; Acts 2:9
R271: Daniel 5:7,16
R272: Daniel 5:1,2
R273: Isaiah 21:4-9; 47:9; Jeremiah 51:11,31,39,57
R274: Daniel 6:1; 9:1

 
 

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