Amplified Bible

Daniel 5

Belshazzar’s Feast

1Belshazzar the king [who was a descendant of Nebuchadnezzar] gave a great feast for a thousand of his nobles, and he was drinking his wine in the presence of the thousand [guests]. Belshazzar, as he tasted the wine, gave a command to bring in the gold and silver vessels which his [a]father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the [b]temple which was in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his [c]concubines might drink from them. Then they brought in the gold and silver vessels that had been taken out of the temple, the house of God which was in Jerusalem; and the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines drank from them. They drank the wine and praised the gods of gold and silver, of bronze, iron, wood and stone.

Suddenly the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and began writing opposite the lampstand on [a well-lit area of] the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace, and the king saw the part of the hand that did the writing. Then the king’s face grew pale, and his thoughts alarmed him; the joints and muscles of his hips and back weakened and his knees began knocking together. The king called aloud to bring in the enchanters (Magi), the Chaldeans [who were master astrologers] and the diviners. The king said to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever can read this writing and explain its interpretation to me shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold put around his neck, and have authority as the [d]third ruler in the kingdom.” Then all the king’s wise men came in, but they could not [e]read the writing or reveal to the king its interpretation. Then King Belshazzar was greatly perplexed, his face became even paler, and his nobles were bewildered and alarmed.

10 Now the queen [mother], overhearing the [excited] words of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet area. The queen [mother] spoke and said, “O king, live forever! Do not be alarmed at your thoughts or let your face be changed. 11 There is a man in your kingdom in whom is [f]a spirit of the holy gods; and in the days of your father, illumination, understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods were found in him. And [g]King Nebuchadnezzar, your father—your father the king, appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, Chaldeans and diviners. 12 It was because an extraordinary spirit, knowledge and insight, the ability to interpret dreams, clarify riddles, and solve complex problems were found in this Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called and he will give the interpretation.”

Daniel Interprets Handwriting on the Wall

13 Then Daniel was brought in before the king. And the king said to Daniel, “Are you that Daniel who is one of the sons of the exiles of Judah, whom my father the king brought from Judah? 14 I have heard of you, that a spirit of the gods is in you, and that illumination, insight, and extraordinary wisdom have been found in you. 15 Now the wise men and the enchanters, were brought in before me so that they might read this writing and reveal its meaning to me, but they could not give the interpretation of the message. 16 But I personally have heard about you, that you are able to make interpretations and solve complex problems. Now if you are able to read the writing and reveal its interpretation to me, you shall be clothed with purple and have a chain of gold put around your neck, and you shall have authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.”

17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, “Keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the writing to the king and reveal the interpretation to him. 18 O king, the Most High God gave Nebuchadnezzar your father a kingdom and greatness and glory and majesty; 19 and because of the greatness that He gave him, all the peoples, nations, and speakers of every language trembled and feared him. Whomever he wished he killed, and whomever he wished he kept alive; whomever he wished he promoted and whomever he wished he humbled. 20 But when his heart was lifted up and his spirit became so proud that he behaved arrogantly, he was deposed from his royal throne and his glory was taken away from him. 21 He was also driven from mankind, and his mind was made like that of an animal, and his dwelling place was with the wild donkeys. He was given grass to eat like cattle, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven until he came to know [without any doubt] that the Most High God rules over the kingdom of mankind and He appoints it to whomever He wills. 22 And you, his [h]son, O Belshazzar, have not humbled your heart (mind), even though you knew all this. 23 And you have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven, and the vessels of His house have been brought before you, and you and your nobles, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them; and you have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which do not see or hear or understand. But the God who holds in His hand your breath of life and your ways you have not honored and glorified [but have dishonored and defied]. 24 Then the hand was sent from the presence [of the Most High God], and this inscription was written:

25 “This is the [i]inscription that was written, ‘mene, mene, tekel, upharsin [numbered, numbered, weighed, and divided].’ 26 This is the interpretation of the message: ‘mene’—God has numbered the days of your kingdom and put an end to it; 27 tekel’—you have been weighed on the scales [of righteousness] and found deficient; 28 [j]peres’—[k]your kingdom has been divided and given over to the Medes and [l]Persians.”

29 Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed with purple and a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation concerning him was issued [declaring] that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.

30 During that same [m]night Belshazzar the [last] Chaldean king was slain [by troops of the [n]invading army]. 31 So [o]Darius the Mede received the kingdom; he was about the age of sixty-two.

Notas al pie

  1. Daniel 5:2 This Aramaic word (see note 2:4) may also mean “ancestor” (see vv 11, 13, 18).
  2. Daniel 5:2 Gold utensils had been used in the temple building itself, and silver utensils had originally been stored in the “treasuries of the house of God” (2 Chr 5:1).
  3. Daniel 5:2 See note Gen 22:24.
  4. Daniel 5:7 Nabonidus was first, Belshazzar, his son, was second.
  5. Daniel 5:8 In light of what Daniel says in v 25, it is hard to escape the conclusion that for some reason the letters were unreadable to the wise men. The ancient rabbis speculated that the words were written in some kind of code that had to be deciphered. Among the suggestions were reversing the order of the letters (e.g. ENM for MENE etc.) and an elaborate puzzle in which the letters of each word were separated and spread out to form three senseless words: “MMTUS NNKFE EELRN” (“M...N...E” etc.).
  6. Daniel 5:11 Or possibly the Spirit of the Holy God, and so throughout the chapter.
  7. Daniel 5:11 Twenty-three years have passed since Nebuchadnezzar’s death in 562 b.c.
  8. Daniel 5:22 The Aramaic (see note 2:4) word may also mean “grandson” or “descendant.”
  9. Daniel 5:25 These words are ordinary Aramaic from that time, so some commentators have speculated that the wise men recognized them but just could not put them into orderly sentences. Yet here Daniel seems to clearly “read” the words simply by pronouncing them in Aramaic (cf note v 8). His interpretation (vv 26-28) goes far beyond what the simple words mean by themselves.
  10. Daniel 5:28 The singular of upharsin (see v 25).
  11. Daniel 5:28 Foretold in Is 21:2, 5, 9.
  12. Daniel 5:28 Aram Paras.
  13. Daniel 5:30 The 16th of Tishri (October 12, 539 b.c).
  14. Daniel 5:30 The Persian army had been outside the walls of Babylon for some time, but waited until this time of national feasting before invading.
  15. Daniel 5:31 Some scholars believe “Darius” may be a title rather than a proper name and in this context refers either to Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who conquered Babylon or (more likely) to Gubaru, Cyrus’ commander who led the nighttime attack on the city and was appointed governor of the Babylonian territories.

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Daniel 5

Daniel tyder skriften på väggen

1Kung Belsassar inbjöd tusen av sina främsta män till en stor fest, där vinet flödade.

2-4 Medan Belsassar festade och drack kom han att tänka på de guld- och silverbägare som för länge sedan hade tagits från templet i Jerusalem och förts till Babylon under Nebukadnessars regering. Han gav order om att dessa bägare skulle hämtas till festen. Belsassar och hans furstar, hans hustrur och bihustrur drack vin ur dem och prisade samtidigt sina avgudar av guld och silver, koppar och järn, trä och sten.

Plötsligt fick de se fingrar från en mans hand skriva på väggen mitt emot den stora ljusstaken. Kungen själv såg handen när den skrev.

Han blev likblek i ansiktet av skräck, knäna skakade och benen gav vika under honom.

Hämta hit trollkarlarna och astrologerna! vrålade han. Hämta alla visa män och rådgivare! Den som kan läsa skriften på väggen och tala om för mig vad den betyder ska bli klädd i den röda kungliga manteln, få en guldkedja kring sin hals och bli den tredje mannen i riket med stor makt och inflytande!

Men när de visa männen kommit var det ingen av dem som kunde förstå skriften, än mindre tala om vad den betydde.

Kungen blev alltmer hysterisk. Hans ansikte var förvridet av skräck och hans ämbetsmän uppskakade.

10 Men när kungamodern fick höra vad som hänt, skyndade hon sig till festsalen och sa till Belsassar: Var bara lugn, Ers Majestät. Bli inte så upphetsad över det här!

11 Det finns en man i riket som har den helige gudens ande i sig. På din far Nebukadnessars tid visade han sig vara vis och förståndig - nästan som om han själv varit en gud. Han blev satt över alla spåmän, trollkarlar och astrologer i hela Babylon.

12 Skicka efter denne Daniel, eller Beltesassar, som kungen kallade honom, för hans sinne är fyllt av gudomlig kunskap och insikt. Han kan tyda drömmar och lösa gåtor och svåra problem. Han kommer att tala om för dig vad skriften betyder.

13 Man skickade alltså bud efter Daniel, och när han kom frågade kungen: Är du den Daniel som kung Nebukadnessar tog med sig från Israel som judisk fånge?

14 Jag har hört att du har gudars ande i dig och att du är full av vishet och förstånd.

15 Mina visa män och astrologer har försökt tyda skriften på väggen och tala om för mig vad den betyder, men de har misslyckats.

16 Man har sagt mig att du brukar kunna lösa alla slags mysterier. Om du kan tala om för mig vad de här orden betyder ska jag klä dig i en purpurmantel och ge dig en guldkedja om halsen och göra dig till den tredje mannen i riket.

17 Daniel svarade: Behåll dina gåvor eller ge dem till någon annan! Jag ska tala om för dig vad de där orden betyder ändå.

18 Ers Majestät ska veta att det var den allra högste Guden som gav din far, Nebukadnessar, majestät, härlighet och ära.

19 Han gjorde honom så mäktig att alla världens folk darrade av fruktan för honom. Han dödade dem som gick emot honom, och han skonade människors liv, när han så ville. Folk blev upphöjda eller avsatta på hans inrådan.

20 Men när hans hjärta och sinne blev förhärdat av högmod, flyttade Gud bort honom från hans tron och tog ifrån honom hans härlighet.

21 Han blev utkörd ur palatset och fick bo på fälten. Hans tankar och känslor blev som ett djurs och han bodde bland vildåsnor. Han åt gräs som oxarna, och hans kropp var våt av himlens dagg, tills han slutligen insåg att den allra Högste regerar över alla mänskliga riken och att han utser vem han vill till att regera.

22 Och du Belsassar, hans efterträdare, du känner till allt detta men har ändå inte blivit ödmjuk.

23 Du har trotsat himlens Herre och hämtat hit dessa bägare från hans tempel. Du och dina furstar, hustrur och bihustrur har druckit vin ur dem medan ni ärat gudar av silver, guld, koppar, järn, trä och sten, gudar som varken ser eller hör. Men du har inte ärat den Gud som gett dig livet och bestämmer över det.

24-25 Därför lät Gud dessa fingrar skriva ett budskap riktat till dig personligen. De har skrivit detta: 'Räknad, räknad, vägd, delad'.

26 Och detta är vad det betyder:Räknad - Gud har räknat din regeringstids dagar, och nu är de slut.

27 Vägd - du har blivit vägd på Guds våg, och det har visat sig att du är för lätt.

28 Delad - ditt rike ska delas och överlämnas åt meder och perser.

29 På Belsassars befallning blev då Daniel klädd i en purpurmantel, en guldkedja hängdes om hans hals och han utropades till den tredje mannen i riket.

30 Den natten blev Belsassar, kaldeernas kung, dödad,

31 och Darejaves av Medien tågade in i staden och tog över makten vid sextiotvå års ålder.