Over the ignorance concerning the result of the debauchery before God and the insult to His holiness
Belshazzar's debauchery before God and the insult to His holiness
the king 2made
a great feast for a thousand of his lords; and he 2drank
wine before the thousand.
the influence of the wine, commanded men
to bring the gold and silver avessels
that Nebuchadnezzar his forefather had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem, that the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines might drink from them.
they brought the golden vessels that had been taken out of the temple of the house of God, which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his lords, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.
drank wine and praised the 1agods
of gold and of silver, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
The writing by the hand sent from God
the fingers of a man’s hand came forth and wrote opposite the lampstand upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace. And the king saw that
part of the hand that wrote.
the king’s countenance changed and his thoughts alarmed him; and the joints of his hips loosened and his knees began to knock together.
king cried loudly to bring the conjurers, the Chaldeans, and the diviners. The king responded and said to the wise men of Babylon, Any man who reads this writing and declares its interpretation to me shall be clothed in purple and shall have
a chain of gold around his neck and shall rule as the athird ruler
in the kingdom.
all the king’s wise men came, but they could not read the writing anor
make its interpretation known to the king.
King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed; his countenance was further
changed, and his lords were perplexed.
Daniel's interpretation of the writing on the wall
queen mother, because of the words of the king and his lords, came to the banquet house. The queen mother responded and said, O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you, nor let your countenance change.
is a man in your kingdom in whom is a aspirit
of the holy gods; and in the days of your forefather light and insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar your forefather — your forefather, O king — made him chief of the magicians, conjurers, Chaldeans, and
spirit and knowledge and insight, and
the interpretation of dreams, the declaring of riddles, and the resolving of problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named bBelteshazzar
. Let Daniel now be called, and he will declare the interpretation.
Daniel was brought before the king. The king responded and said to Daniel, Are you Daniel, one of the captives of Judah, whom my forefather the king brought from Judah?
I have heard about you that a spirit of the gods is in you and that
light and insight and surpassing wisdom are found in you.
now the wise men, the conjurers, have been brought in before me that they might read this writing and make its interpretation known to me, but they cannot declare the interpretation of the thing.
I have heard about you that you can give interpretations and resolve problems. If you can now read the writing and make its interpretation known to me, you shall be clothed in purple and shall have
a chain of gold around your neck and shall rule as the third ruler
in the kingdom.
Daniel answered and said before the king, Let your agifts
remain with you, or give your rewards to another; nevertheless I will read the writing for the king and make the interpretation known to him.
, O king, God the Most High agave
to Nebuchadnezzar your forefather kingship, greatness, glory, and majesty;
because of the greatness which He gave to him, all peoples, nations, and languages trembled and feared before him; whomever he wished he slew, and whomever he wished he kept alive, and whomever he wished he raised up, and whomever he wished he brought down.
when his heart was alifted
up and his spirit became so arrogant that he conducted himself in pride, he was deposed from his royal throne, and his
glory was taken away from him.
he was driven from the sons of men, and his heart was made like that of the beasts, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys; men
fed him with grass as they do
bulls, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven, until he came to know that God the Most High is the Ruler over the kingdom of men and sets over it whomever He wills.
you his descendant, Belshazzar, have anot
humbled your heart, though you knew all this;
you have exalted yourself against the Lord of the heavens; and they have brought the avessels
of His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives, and your concubines have drunk wine from them; and you have praised the bgods
of silver and of gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see nor hear nor know. But the God in whose hand is your cbreath
and to whom all your ways belong
, you have not honored.
part of the hand was sent from before Him, and this writing was inscribed.
this is the writing that was inscribed: 1MENE
, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
is the interpretation of the matter: MENE — God has numbered your kingdom and brought it to an end;
— You have been weighed in the ascales
and found to be lacking.
— Your kingdom has been divided and given to the aMedes
Belshazzar commanded; and they clothed Daniel in purple and put
a chain of gold around his neck, and they made the proclamation concerning him that he should rule as the third ruler
in the kingdom.
The destiny of Belshazzar
that very night Belshazzar the Chaldean king was 1slain
Darius the Mede received the kingdom at about the age of sixty-two.