Song Preview for Daniel 5
5:1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a
thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.
5:2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to
bring the golden and silver vessels which his father
Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in
Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and
his concubines, might drink therein.
5:3 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.
5:4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of
silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.
5:5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand,
and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of
the wall of the king's palace: and the king saw the part of
the hand that wrote.
5:6 Then the king's countenance was changed, and his
thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were
loosed, and his knees smote one against another.
5:7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the
Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said
to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this
writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be
clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his
neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
5:8 Then came in all the king's wise men: but they could
not read the writing, nor make known to the king the
5:9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his
countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
5:10 Now the queen by reason of the words of the king and
his lords came into the banquet house: and the queen spake
and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts
trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
5:11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit
of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father light and
understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was
found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the
king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians,
astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and
understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing 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 shew the interpretation.
5:13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the
king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which
art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king
my father brought out of Jewry?
5:14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods
is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent
wisdom is found in thee.
5:15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been
brought in before me, that they should read this writing,
and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they
could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
5:16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make
interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read
the writing, and make known to me the interpretation
thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a
chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler
in the kingdom.
5:17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy
gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I
will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him
5:18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy
father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:
5:19 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.
5:20 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:
5:21 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 appointeth over
it whomsoever he will.
5:22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine
heart, though thou knewest all this;
5:23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven;
and they have brought the vessels of his house before thee,
and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have
drunk wine in them; and thou hast 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 thy
breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not
5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this
writing was written.
5:25 And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE,
5:26 This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God
hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
5:27 TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found
5:28 PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes
5:29 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.
5:30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans
5:31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about
threescore and two years old.
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