The Book of Daniel: With Introduction and Notes (Classic Reprint)

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The scene of ch. V. Is Belshazzar's palace, on the eve of Cyrus' conquest of Babylon (b.c. 23 years after the end of N ebu chadnezzar's reign (b.c. When Daniel, supposing him to have been 16 or 17 at the time of his captivity (b.c. Would be 83 or 84 years Old. Belshazzar and his lords are at a feast, impiously drinking their wine out of the golden vessels which had once belonged. To the Temple of Jehovah in Jerusalem. Suddenly there appears on the white plaister of the wall, almost directly above where the king is sitting, the palm of a hand, with fingers writing on the wall. The 'wise men, ' being summoned to interpret what is written, are unable to do so. At the suggestion of the queen-mother, Daniel is called. He reads the king a lesson on his impiety and pride, and on his neglect to take warning by the example of Nebuchadnezzar; and having done this, interprets the writing. Its import is that Belshazzar is no more worthy to enjoy his kingdom: its days are numbered, and it is about to be given to the Medes and Persians. Daniel thereupon receives from Belshazzar the rewards which he had promised to any one who should interpret the writing; and is made one of the three chief Ministers in his kingdom. In the same night Belshazzar is slain, and 'darius the Mede' 'receives' the kingdom.

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