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The Holy Spirit
Chapter 5 Thirty-two years later! 538BC
You cant hurt me!
1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand. Note 1
2 Belshazzar, while he tasted the wine [and was drunk], commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father [or ancestor] Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink in them. 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. Note 2
A helping hand
5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster 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 struck one against another. Note 3
7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spoke, and said to the wise men of Babylon,
"Whoever shall read this writing, and show me the interpretation of it, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom." Note 4
The queens advice
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 of it. Note 5 9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied [astonished]. Note 5a
10 Now the queen by reason of the words [or noise] of the king and his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spoke and said,
"O king, live for ever: let not your thoughts trouble you, nor let your countenance be changed: 11 There is a man in your kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar your father, the king, I say, your father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; 12 For as much as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing 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 show the interpretation." Note 6
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spoke and said to Daniel, "Are you that Daniel, which are of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry? The king did not personally know Daniel, the wisest man in the kingdom!
14 "I have even heard of you, that the spirit of the gods is in you, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in you. 15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known to me the interpretation of it: but they could not show the interpretation of the thing.
16 "And I have heard of you, that you can make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if you can read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation of it, you shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about your neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom." Scarlet was only used in royal robes. Note 7
God says, My way? Your way?
17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, "Let your gifts be to yourself, and give your rewards to another; yet I will read the writing to the king, and make known to him the interpretation." Note 8
18 "O king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar your 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. Note 9
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 appoints over it whoever He will.
22 "And you his son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart, though you knew all this; 23 But have lifted up yourself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of His house before you, and you, and your lords, your wives, and your concubines, have drunk wine in them; and you have 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 your breath is, and whose are all your ways, have you not glorified. Note 10
24 "Then was the part of the hand sent from Him; and this writing was written. 25 And this is the writing that was written,
MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN Note 11
[Literally, Numbered, numbered, weighed, and portioned (into pieces)]
26 This is the interpretation of the thing:
Mene; God has numbered your kingdom,
and finished it. [This is repeated for emphasis].
27 Tekel; You are weighed in the balances,
and are found wanting. [Return to notes Matthew 25]
28 Peres [the singular of pharsin ("U" means "and")]
Your kingdom is divided, and given to
the Medes and Persians. Note 12
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.
30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain. 31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore [or sixty] and two years old. He reigned for two years. Note 13
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