24 “This is the interpretation, Your Majesty, and this is the decree(A) the Most High has issued against my lord the king: 25 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox and be drenched(B) with the dew of heaven. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High(C) is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.(D) 26 The command to leave the stump of the tree with its roots(E) means that your kingdom will be restored to you when you acknowledge that Heaven rules.(F) 27 Therefore, Your Majesty, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.(G) It may be that then your prosperity(H) will continue.(I)

The Dream Is Fulfilled

28 All this happened(J) to King Nebuchadnezzar. 29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon, 30 he said, “Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory(K) of my majesty?”(L)

31 Even as the words were on his lips, a voice came from heaven, “This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.(M) 32 You will be driven away from people and will live with the wild animals; you will eat grass like the ox. Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone he wishes.”(N)

33 Immediately what had been said about Nebuchadnezzar was fulfilled. He was driven away from people and ate grass like the ox. His body was drenched(O) with the dew of heaven until his hair grew like the feathers of an eagle and his nails like the claws of a bird.(P)

34 At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity(Q) was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.(R)

His dominion is an eternal dominion;
    his kingdom(S) endures from generation to generation.(T)
35 All the peoples of the earth
    are regarded as nothing.(U)
He does as he pleases(V)
    with the powers of heaven
    and the peoples of the earth.
No one can hold back(W) his hand(X)
    or say to him: “What have you done?”(Y)

36 At the same time that my sanity was restored, my honor and splendor were returned to me for the glory of my kingdom.(Z) My advisers and nobles sought me out, and I was restored to my throne and became even greater than before. 37 Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt(AA) and glorify(AB) the King of heaven, because everything he does is right and all his ways are just.(AC) And those who walk in pride(AD) he is able to humble.(AE)

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24 王啊,讲解就是这样:临到我主我王的事是出于至高者的命。 25 你必被赶出离开世人,与野地的兽同居,吃草如牛,被天露滴湿,且要经过七期,等你知道至高者在人的国中掌权,要将国赐予谁就赐予谁。 26 守望者既吩咐存留树墩,等你知道诸天掌权,以后你的国必定归你。 27 王啊,求你悦纳我的谏言,以施行公义断绝罪过,以怜悯穷人除掉罪孽,或者你的平安可以延长。”


28 这事都临到尼布甲尼撒王。 29 过了十二个月,他游行在巴比伦王宫里[a] 30 他说:“这大巴比伦不是我用大能大力建为京都,要显我威严的荣耀吗?” 31 这话在王口中尚未说完,有声音从天降下,说:“尼布甲尼撒王啊,有话对你说:你的国位离开你了! 32 你必被赶出离开世人,与野地的兽同居,吃草如牛,且要经过七期,等你知道至高者在人的国中掌权,要将国赐予谁就赐予谁。” 33 当时这话就应验在尼布甲尼撒的身上,他被赶出离开世人,吃草如牛,身被天露滴湿,头发长长好像鹰毛,指甲长长如同鸟爪。

34 日子满足,我尼布甲尼撒举目望天,我的聪明复归于我,我便称颂至高者,赞美、尊敬活到永远的神。他的权柄是永有的,他的国存到万代。 35 世上所有的居民都算为虚无,在天上的万军和世上的居民中,他都凭自己的意旨行事。无人能拦住他手,或问他说:“你做什么呢?” 36 那时,我的聪明复归于我,为我国的荣耀,威严和光耀也都复归于我,并且我的谋士和大臣也来朝见我。我又得坚立在国位上,至大的权柄加增于我。 37 现在我尼布甲尼撒赞美、尊崇、恭敬天上的王,因为他所做的全都诚实,他所行的也都公平,那行动骄傲的,他能降为卑。

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  1. 但以理书 4:29 原文作:上。

The Writing on the Wall

King Belshazzar(A) gave a great banquet(B) for a thousand of his nobles(C) and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking(D) his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets(E) that Nebuchadnezzar his father[a] had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines(F) might drink from them.(G) So they brought in the gold goblets that had been taken from the temple of God in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. As they drank the wine, they praised the gods(H) of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.(I)

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale(J) and he was so frightened(K) that his legs became weak(L) and his knees were knocking.(M)

The king summoned the enchanters,(N) astrologers[b](O) and diviners.(P) Then he said to these wise(Q) men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this writing and tells me what it means will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around his neck,(R) and he will be made the third(S) highest ruler in the kingdom.”(T)

Then all the king’s wise men(U) came in, but they could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant.(V) So King Belshazzar became even more terrified(W) and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.

10 The queen,[c] hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. “May the king live forever!”(X) she said. “Don’t be alarmed! Don’t look so pale! 11 There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods(Y) in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom(Z) like that of the gods.(AA) Your father, King Nebuchadnezzar, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.(AB) 12 He did this because Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar,(AC) was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles(AD) and solve difficult problems.(AE) Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.(AF)

13 So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, “Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?(AG) 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods(AH) is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.(AI) 15 The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.(AJ) 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.(AK) If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck,(AL) and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”(AM)

17 Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.(AN) Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.

18 “Your Majesty, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar(AO) sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.(AP) 19 Because of the high position he gave him, all the nations and peoples of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death;(AQ) those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.(AR) 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,(AS) he was deposed from his royal throne(AT) and stripped(AU) of his glory.(AV) 21 He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like the ox; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign(AW) over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.(AX)

22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,[d] have not humbled(AY) yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against(AZ) the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives(BA) and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand.(BB) But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life(BC) and all your ways.(BD) 24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.

25 “This is the inscription that was written:

mene, mene, tekel, parsin

26 “Here is what these words mean:

Mene[e]: God has numbered the days(BE) of your reign and brought it to an end.(BF)

27 Tekel[f]: You have been weighed on the scales(BG) and found wanting.(BH)

28 Peres[g]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes(BI) and Persians.”(BJ)

29 Then at Belshazzar’s command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck,(BK) and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.(BL)

30 That very night Belshazzar,(BM) king(BN) of the Babylonians,[h] was slain,(BO)

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  1. Daniel 5:2 Or ancestor; or predecessor; also in verses 11, 13 and 18
  2. Daniel 5:7 Or Chaldeans; also in verse 11
  3. Daniel 5:10 Or queen mother
  4. Daniel 5:22 Or descendant; or successor
  5. Daniel 5:26 Mene can mean numbered or mina (a unit of money).
  6. Daniel 5:27 Tekel can mean weighed or shekel.
  7. Daniel 5:28 Peres (the singular of Parsin) can mean divided or Persia or a half mina or a half shekel.
  8. Daniel 5:30 Or Chaldeans


伯沙撒王为他的一千大臣设摆盛筵,与这一千人对面饮酒。 伯沙撒欢饮之间,吩咐人将他父[a]尼布甲尼撒耶路撒冷殿中所掠的金银器皿拿来,王与大臣、皇后、妃嫔好用这器皿饮酒。 于是他们把耶路撒冷神殿库房中所掠的金器皿拿来,王和大臣、皇后、妃嫔就用这器皿饮酒。 他们饮酒,赞美金、银、铜、铁、木、石所造的神。


当时,忽有人的指头显出,在王宫与灯台相对的粉墙上写字。王看见写字的指头, 就变了脸色,心意惊惶,腰骨好像脱节,双膝彼此相碰, 大声吩咐将用法术的和迦勒底人并观兆的领进来,对巴比伦的哲士说:“谁能读这文字,把讲解告诉我,他必身穿紫袍,项戴金链,在我国中位列第三。” 于是王的一切哲士都进来,却不能读那文字,也不能把讲解告诉王。 伯沙撒王就甚惊惶,脸色改变,他的大臣也都惊奇。


10 太后[b]因王和他大臣所说的话,就进入宴宫,说:“愿王万岁!你心意不要惊惶,脸面不要变色。 11 在你国中有一人,他里头有圣神的灵,你父在世的日子,这人心中光明,又有聪明、智慧,好像神的智慧。你父尼布甲尼撒王,就是王的父,立他为术士、用法术的和迦勒底人并观兆的领袖。 12 在他里头有美好的灵性,又有知识、聪明,能圆梦,释谜语,解疑惑。这人名叫但以理尼布甲尼撒王又称他为伯提沙撒。现在可以召他来,他必解明这意思。”

13 但以理就被领到王前。王问但以理说:“你是被掳之犹大人中的但以理吗?就是我父王从犹大掳来的吗? 14 我听说你里头有神的灵,心中光明,又有聪明和美好的智慧。 15 现在哲士和用法术的都领到我面前,为叫他们读这文字,把讲解告诉我,无奈他们都不能把讲解说出来。 16 我听说你善于讲解,能解疑惑,现在你若能读这文字,把讲解告诉我,就必身穿紫袍,项戴金链,在我国中位列第三。”


17 但以理在王面前回答说:“你的赠品可以归你自己,你的赏赐可以归给别人,我却要为王读这文字,把讲解告诉王。 18 王啊,至高的神曾将国位、大权、荣耀、威严赐予你父尼布甲尼撒 19 因神所赐他的大权,各方、各国、各族的人都在他面前战兢恐惧,他可以随意生杀,随意升降。 20 但他心高气傲,灵也刚愎,甚至行事狂傲,就被革去王位,夺去荣耀。 21 他被赶出离开世人,他的心变如兽心,与野驴同居,吃草如牛,身被天露滴湿,等他知道至高的神在人的国中掌权,凭自己的意旨立人治国。 22 伯沙撒啊,你是他的儿子[c],你虽知道这一切,你心仍不自卑, 23 竟向天上的主自高,使人将他殿中的器皿拿到你面前,你和大臣、皇后、妃嫔用这器皿饮酒。你又赞美那不能看、不能听、无知无识,金、银、铜、铁、木、石所造的神,却没有将荣耀归于那手中有你气息,管理你一切行动的神。 24 因此,从神那里显出指头来写这文字。


25 “所写的文字是:弥尼,弥尼,提客勒,乌法珥新。 26 讲解是这样:弥尼,就是神已经数算你国的年日到此完毕。 27 提客勒,就是你被称在天平里,显出你的亏欠。 28 毗勒斯[d],就是你的国分裂,归于玛代人和波斯人。” 29 伯沙撒下令,人就把紫袍给但以理穿上,把金链给他戴在颈项上,又传令使他在国中位列第三。


30 当夜,迦勒底伯沙撒被杀。

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  1. 但以理书 5:2 “父”或作“祖”,下同。
  2. 但以理书 5:10 或作:皇后。下同。
  3. 但以理书 5:22 或作:孙子。
  4. 但以理书 5:28 与“乌法珥新”同义。