Daniel 5 ©
Belshazzar's impious feast. The handwriting on the wall, which the magicians could not explain, troubleth him: at the recommendation of the queen Daniel is brought in: he reproveth the king of pride, profaneness, and idolatry: he readeth and interpreteth the writing. Belshazzar slain; the kingdom translated to the Medes.
Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring cthe golden and silver vessels which his 1father Nebuchadnezzar had 2taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, dmight drink therein.
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.
The king cried 6aloud ito bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the *soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to jthe wise men of Babylon, kWhosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, lshall be clothed with 7scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the mthird ruler in the kingdom.
sThere is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy 9father 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 tmaster of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and *soothsayers;
Forasmuch as uan excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, 10interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and 11dissolving of 12doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named vBelteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
yI 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.
And I have heard of thee, that thou canst 14make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now aif thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, bthou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.
gAnd for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, htrembled 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.
And he was driven from the sons of men; and 18his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and jhis body was wet with the dew of heaven; ktill he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
But nhast lifted up thyself against othe Lord of heaven; pand 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 qpraised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, rwhich see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God sin whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not tglorified:
uThen was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.
¶And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.
This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God hath vnumbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
Then commanded Belshazzar, and they aclothed 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.