5 Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand emerged and began writing opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the [a]back of the hand that did the writing.6 Then the king’s [b]face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together.7 The king called aloud to bring in the conjurers, the [c]Chaldeans and the diviners. The king spoke and said to the wise men of Babylon, “Any man who can read this inscription and explain its interpretation to me shall be clothed with purple and have a necklace of gold around his neck, and have authority as [d]third ruler in the kingdom.”8 Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not read the inscription or make known its interpretation to the king.9 Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, his [e]face grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed.
10 The queen entered the banquet [f]hall because of the words of the king and his nobles; the queen spoke and said, “O king, live forever! Do not let your thoughts alarm you or your [g]face be pale.11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is [h]a spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, insight and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And King Nebuchadnezzar, your father, your father [i]the king, appointed him chief of the [j]magicians, conjurers, [k]Chaldeans and diviners.12 This was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, interpretation of dreams, explanation of enigmas and solving of difficult problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Let Daniel now be summoned and he will declare the interpretation.”
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