Hear my prayer,(A) Lord God Almighty;
    listen to me, God of Jacob.
Look on our shield,[a](B) O God;
    look with favor on your anointed one.(C)

10 Better is one day in your courts
    than a thousand elsewhere;
I would rather be a doorkeeper(D) in the house of my God
    than dwell in the tents of the wicked.
11 For the Lord God is a sun(E) and shield;(F)
    the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold(G)
    from those whose walk is blameless.

12 Lord Almighty,
    blessed(H) is the one who trusts in you.

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  1. Psalm 84:9 Or sovereign

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?(A) 14 I have heard that the spirit of the gods(B) is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.(C) 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.(D) 16 Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.(E) 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,(F) and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom.”(G)

17 Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.(H) 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(I) sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.(J) 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;(K) those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.(L) 20 But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,(M) he was deposed from his royal throne(N) and stripped(O) of his glory.(P) 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(Q) over all kingdoms on earth and sets over them anyone he wishes.(R)

22 “But you, Belshazzar, his son,[a] have not humbled(S) yourself, though you knew all this. 23 Instead, you have set yourself up against(T) the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives(U) 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.(V) But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life(W) and all your ways.(X) 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[b]: God has numbered the days(Y) of your reign and brought it to an end.(Z)

27 Tekel[c]: You have been weighed on the scales(AA) and found wanting.(AB)

28 Peres[d]: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes(AC) and Persians.”(AD)

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

30 That very night Belshazzar,(AG) king(AH) of the Babylonians,[e] was slain,(AI) 31 and Darius(AJ) the Mede(AK) took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.[f]

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  1. Daniel 5:22 Or descendant; or successor
  2. Daniel 5:26 Mene can mean numbered or mina (a unit of money).
  3. Daniel 5:27 Tekel can mean weighed or shekel.
  4. Daniel 5:28 Peres (the singular of Parsin) can mean divided or Persia or a half mina or a half shekel.
  5. Daniel 5:30 Or Chaldeans
  6. Daniel 5:31 In Aramaic texts this verse (5:31) is numbered 6:1.

The Parable of the Two Sons

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’(A)

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors(B) and the prostitutes(C) are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness,(D) and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors(E) and the prostitutes(F) did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent(G) and believe him.

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