Daniel Chapter 5
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2 Belshazzar, whiles he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, might drink therein.
7 The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.
10 Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:
11 There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of thy father 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 master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;
12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.
13 Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, Art thou that Daniel, which art of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?
15 And now the wise men, the astrologers, have been brought in before me, that they should read this writing, and make known unto me the interpretation thereof: but they could not shew the interpretation of the thing:
16 And I have heard of thee, that thou canst make interpretations, and dissolve doubts: now if thou canst read the writing, and make known to me the interpretation thereof, thou shalt be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about thy neck, and shalt be the third ruler in the kingdom.
19 And for the majesty that he gave him, all people, nations, and languages, trembled 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.
21 And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.
23 But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and 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 praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass, iron, wood, and stone, which see not, nor hear, nor know: and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou not glorified:
28PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.
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Matthew Henry's Daniel Chapter 5 Bible commentary...
Belshazzar's impious feast; the hand-writing on the wall. (1-9) Daniel is sent for to interpret it. (10-17) Daniel warns the king of his destruction. (18-31)1-9 Belshazzar bade defiance to the judgments of God. Most historians consider that Cyrus then besieged Babylon. Security and sensuality are sad proofs of approaching ruin. That mirth is sinful indeed, which profanes sacred things; and what are many of the songs used at modern feasts better than the praises sung by the heathens to their gods! See how God struck terror upon Belshazzar and his lords. God's written word is enough to put the proudest, boldest sinner in a fright. What we see of God, the part of the hand that writes in the book of the creatures, and in the book of the Scriptures, should fill us with awful thoughts concerning that part which we do not see. If this be the finger of God, what is his arm when made bare? And what is He? The king's guilty conscience told him that he had no reason to expect any good news from heaven. God can, in a moment, make the heart of the stoutest sinner to tremble; and there needs no more than to let loose his own thoughts upon him; they will give him trouble enough. No bodily pain can equal the inward agony which sometimes seizes the sinner in the midst of mirth, carnal pleasures, and worldly pomp. Sometimes terrors cause a man to flee to Christ for pardon and peace; but many cry out for fear of wrath, who are not humbled for their sins, and who seek relief by lying vanities. The ignorance and uncertainty concerning the Holy Scriptures, shown by many who call themselves wise, only tend to drive sinners to despair, as the ignorance of these wise men did.
10-17 Daniel was forgotten at court; he lived privately, and was then ninety years of age. Many consult servants of God on curious questions, or to explain difficult subjects, but without asking the way of salvation, or the path of duty. Daniel slighted the offer of reward. He spoke to Belshazzar as to a condemned criminal. We should despise all the gifts and rewards this world can give, did we see, as we may by faith, its end hastening on; but let us do our duty in the world, and do it all the real service we can.
18-31 Daniel reads Belshazzar's doom. He had not taken warning by the judgments upon Nebuchadnezzar. And he had insulted God. Sinners are pleased with gods that neither see, nor hear, nor know; but they will be judged by One to whom all things are open. Daniel reads the sentence written on the wall. All this may well be applied to the doom of every sinner. At death, the sinner's days are numbered and finished; after death is the judgment, when he will be weighed in the balance, and found wanting; and after judgment the sinner will be cut asunder, and given as a prey to the devil and his angels. While these things were passing in the palace, it is considered that the army of Cyrus entered the city; and when Belshazzar was slain, a general submission followed. Soon will every impenitent sinner find the writing of God's word brought to pass upon him, whether he is weighed in the balance of the law as a self-righteous Pharisee, or in that of the gospel as a painted hypocrite.
Jane Beresford's Daniel Chapter 5 comment on 11/29/2012, 7:40pm...
Dear All Daniel 5 tells us, firstly Belshazzar took the vessels from the temple. Secondly, he and his people drank from them. Thirdly, he and his people worshipped the gods of silver, gold, brass, iron, wood and stone. Then came the writing on the wall. Belshazzar promised scarlet clothes, chain about the neck and a high position to the person who could interpret. Although Daniel, presumably, may not have been motivated by the offer of scarlet, gold and a position, he did what God had wanted him to do, to humble himself and do what he was told. The vessels are children of God, they were contaminated, the thing which was done against God was that Belshazzar praised the gods of earthly things, and Daniel, possibly unknowingly, ended up being surrounded by earthly things, the gold chain, the scarlet clothes and the high employment position. Let us not be tempted with these things even in ignorance. However, Daniel was in a very difficult position and despite his previous experience of the lion's den, he risked it and told Belshazzar the truth, that he will surely die and his so called kingdom will be split in two. All must surely know that God's kingdom shall not be put to shame.
Jacqueline Whittaker's Daniel Chapter 5 comment on 10/09/2012, 8:57am...
God who is our Most High God should not be disrespected. His Words stand and we must follow or perish. Our Lord's command is straightforward and should not be mistaken. This verse and the previous shows that profession means nothing if you are not a child of God. Praise his Holy name.
Lillian Emokah's Daniel Chapter 5 comment on 10/04/2010, 10:19am...
The Scripture cannot be broken, and the Word of God is yea and Amen.God is not a respecter of persons, therefore, all Honour and Glory must be given unto him,for He created the Heavens and the Earth and everything and everyone in it (ps.24:1).God CANNOT SHARE HIS glory with a man or an Idol for God's soul hates idolatory. Belshazzar not only blatantly flaunted Idolatory before God by praising the gods of gold and silver,he desecrated the holy vessels of God by turning them into personal drinking vessels,thus showing utter disregard for God,and incurring the anger of God,for He is a jealous God. This makes us realise that we are accountable to God for whatever we do, we should also give him glory for any blessings we have,and flee far from idolatory.
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