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20 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!

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While Belshazzar was drinking the wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver cups that his predecessor,[a] Nebuchadnezzar, had taken from the Temple in Jerusalem. He wanted to drink from them with his nobles, his wives, and his concubines. So they brought these gold cups taken from the Temple, the house of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives, and his concubines drank from them.

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Footnotes

  1. 5:2 Aramaic father; also in 5:11, 13, 18.

Again you will plant your vineyards on the mountains of Samaria
    and eat from your own gardens there.

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22 Don’t put your trust in mere humans.
    They are as frail as breath.
    What good are they?

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Drinks were served in gold goblets of many designs, and there was an abundance of royal wine, reflecting the king’s generosity.

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27 The king made silver as plentiful in Jerusalem as stone. And valuable cedar timber was as common as the sycamore-fig trees that grow in the foothills of Judah.[a]

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  1. 9:27 Hebrew the Shephelah.

21 All of King Solomon’s drinking cups were solid gold, as were all the utensils in the Palace of the Forest of Lebanon. They were not made of silver, for silver was considered worthless in Solomon’s day!

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