Bible: Daniel 5:5-12

5:5 At that very moment the fingers of a human hand appeared 1  and wrote on the plaster of the royal palace wall, opposite the lampstand. 2  The king was watching the back 3  of the hand that was writing. 5:6 Then all the color drained from the king’s face 4  and he became alarmed. 5  The joints of his hips gave way, 6  and his knees began knocking together. 5:7 The king called out loudly 7  to summon 8  the astrologers, wise men, and diviners. The king proclaimed 9  to the wise men of Babylon that anyone who could read this inscription and disclose its interpretation would be clothed in purple 10  and have a golden collar 11  placed on his neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.

5:8 So all the king’s wise men came in, but they were unable to read the writing or to make known its 12  interpretation to the king. 5:9 Then King Belshazzar was very terrified, and he was visibly shaken. 13  His nobles were completely dumbfounded.

5:10 Due to the noise 14  caused by the king and his nobles, the queen mother 15  then entered the banquet room. She 16  said, “O king, live forever! Don’t be alarmed! Don’t be shaken! 5:11 There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 17  insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 18  of the gods. 19  King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 20  5:12 Thus there was found in this man Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar, an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and skill to interpret 21  dreams, solve riddles, and decipher knotty problems. 22  Now summon 23  Daniel, and he will disclose the interpretation.”

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