Daniel Chapter 5

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Daniel 5

1 Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lords, and drank wine before the thousand.

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.

3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

6 Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.

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.

8 Then came in all the king’s wise men: but they could not read the writing, nor make known to the king the interpretation thereof.

9 Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.

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?

14 I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.

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.

17 Then Daniel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.

18 O thou king, the most high God gave Nebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:

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.

20 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him:

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.

22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

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:

24 Then was the part of the hand sent from him; and this writing was written.

25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.

26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

18 thoughts on “Daniel Chapter 5

  1. This chapter illustrates example. Belshazzar had an example, however he ignored it; “And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this”. The word of God is given as an example, which one must not ignore it, as one and all will be accountable. What a mighty God we serve! May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  2. 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.

    What can people say about you? Is your name of good report, or is there corruption? When we follow the will of God, for our lives, there is nothing to hard for God. At my job my name name says to the management that I work well with people. Your name is the your greatest asset you will have in this physical life. Save that which is God and of God. A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches. We must remember that it is when we say ,” in Jesus Name.” That we have power. His name is great and greatly to be praised.

  3. IDOLATRY IS REWARDED

    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:

    Idolatry is was and is such a slap in the face of GOD. We as believers must comprehend and understand the short season of the temporary pleasure that accompanies sin. IDOLATRY is tempting because of the association that it brings with other like minded people. However, in the eyes of the LORD it is a grave act of disobedience.

    We learn from this testimony of 2 generations of rebellious leadership that idolatry is judged by GOD himself in HIS time and on HIS terms.

    30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

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  4. The king had taken the “holy” things from the temple and made them commonplace.

    3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

    We must be ever so careful to not take lightly anything regarding God. It’s so easy to get caught up in ritual that we forget God. Nothing about our relationship with the Lord or our walk with God should be taken for granted or become common.

  5. WhatAGlorious day to praise the Name of Jesus. i read a scripture today in Psalms~ “do not rely on man’s ways but God’s way” He’s the best one to rely on. Thanku Jesus!

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    30 In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.

    31 And Darius the Median took the kingdom, being about threescore and two years old.

    As soon as Belshazzar put in motion to defile the vessels of the Lord, the Medes and Persians put their plan to conquer the great city of Babylon. History says that the Medes and Persians diverted the Euphrates River to where it was almost dry and marched into Babylon in the river bed. The same night Daniel prophesied, was the same night this happened. By stealth of the low river and at night, the Medes and Persians conquered an almost unconquerable city with ease.

  7. Listen to every word the man of God tells you, and take it to heart, or death will be upon you.
    May it be of spirit or body.

  8. Separation of church and state

    Every time the king has a problem he calls on Daniel. First it happened with Nebuchadnezzar then Balshazzar.

    If the White House would look to the man of God today, not necessarily in a time of trouble but just in general, then things would be a lot different.

    Jesus is THE king of kings and THE lord of lords. He is the only wise king.

  9. Just a finger

    5 In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.

    The king knew what he was doing was wrong. He knew that he should not have the things from the temple. He knew that he should not use those items because they were sacred and to be used only by the preists of the temple. His aragonce said that he was as good as them. His arrogance said that he did not have to fear God because he was the king. All this changed when fingers came up without a body and wrote on the wall.

    Why is it that a finger could cause a king to tremble, but we complain about it when we are used as a finger for God. If we are his body and we are all his members then why are some people displeased by their job. No one should be complaining about their function in the kingdom. If all you do is empty the water in the water cooler tray, keep doing what you do, praising God the whole time your doing it. We are not all called to be the preacher or his wife. They need support from the rest of the body to minister. In this scripture it only talks about the finger, but we must all work together to glorify God and to lift Him up so that all men would be drawn unto Him.

  10. Vs.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?”
    Vs.14, “I have even heard of thee, that the spirit of the gods is in thee, and that light and understanding and excellent wisdom is found in thee.”

    The king told Daniel that he had heard that the spirit of the gods was in him, and that light and understanding and wisdom was in him. I believe that when the king meet Daniel, he also saw the spirit of God and the light of God in him, and that he was full of understanding and wisdom.

    This leads me to a couple of questions. When people talk about us, what do they say, and when people look at us, what do they see? There’s a song that goes, “When the world looks at me do they see Jesus? When the world looks at me, what will they see? Will they see hope? Will they see love? Will they see charity? When the world looks at me, what will they see? We need the Holy Ghost, the light of God, shining through us, so that, we can minister to others just as Daniel did to the king.

    Prov. 22:1 says, “A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.”

    There’s alot to be said about a name. It’s about INTEGRITY.

  11. What’s In A Name?

    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?

    Proverbs 22:1
    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

    After all those years, even the daughter-in-law of the king who renamed Daniel still knows him as Daniel. The king then knew him as Daniel of the Jews. What a testimony of Daniel’s walk with God that he was known for how God used him and his identity as one of God’s people. Daniel had opportunity to trade all that for temporary pleasures, but he chose “a good name” over what the world offered.

    We must ask ourselves, what does our life say about how much we value a good name? In the end, the only name that will matter is not something of this world but the Name above all names, Jesus. We must chose if will we take His name or trade it for the temporal…

  12. 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.

    Excellent Spirit….
    Daniel was a man who was favored of the Lord. He was called of God and allowed God to use him in a amazing way in the kingdom. Now he was being mentioned in such glowing words and compliments, but the greatest compliment to me would be an Excellent Spirit… that means having a right attitude. It means having a great personality and being in favor with God and men. I desire in His kingdom to be clothed with an “Excellent Spirit”

  13. Who are vessels of honor

    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.

    3 Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.

    4 They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone.

    WE ARE THE VESSELS OF HONOR OF THE HOLY GHOST.

    We are the vessels of honor of the Holy Ghost for He dwells in us. When we leave the church to run to the world and sin, we take our vessel of honor and use it for dishonor. We slap God in the face with the idolatry of sin. We have a great time because we are in unity with others that do the same thing but it shall last only a brief time. For all justice, all righteousness belongs to God and everything twisted He will straighten. Do not fall for the tricks of the devil, do not dishonor your vessel.

  14. It would be wise of us to listen and obey the word of The Lord. Everything our Pastor has taught to us is from God and it would be wise to listen.

  15. 25 And this is the writing that was written, Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin.

    26 This is the interpretation of the thing: Mene; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

    27 Tekel; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

    28 Peres; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    29 Then commanded Belshazzar, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

    No warning goes without clarification. We see yet another example of grace and love, though to some it may not seem so, but God gave a warning in a manner far greater that human understanding, but He did not act upon it till the subject to whom it was directed understood the message. Why? Because God wants everyone to come to repentance. There is a grace period of repentance right after we hear the message. Likewise, the message of this salvation must be made known to man. Since because of sin, everyone comes short of the glory of God, but how will they know what they don’t understand, then it is our job, us filled with the Holy Spirit, that have knowledge of the most Holy God to be or act as Daniel, we don’t have to be prophets to tell the world about Jesus. The message of the good news. The Word says; my people perished for lack of knowledge. We that have the revelation need to be the light in the darkness…

  16. 17. Then Dan’-iel answered and said before the king, Let thy gifts be to thyself, and give thy rewards to another; yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation. 25. And this is the writing that was written, ME’-NE, ME’- NE, TE’-KEL, U-PHAR’-SIN. 26. This is the interpretation of the thing: ME’-NE; GOD hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it. 27. TE’- KEL; thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting. 28. PE’- RES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Per’-sians. 29. Then commanded Bel-shaz’-zar, and they clothed Dan’-iel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.

  17. After Nebuchadnezzar had repented to God after his trial in the wilderness and followed God, his predecessor turned a place that probably was a house of Worship to God into a place of partying and drunkiness, I believe this immediately drew an anger response from God as it says in John 2:16

    16. And (Jesus) said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hense, make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise. 17. And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house eaten me up.

    And this powerful sign from God immediately struck fear into their hearts. For the things of God are glorious to the believer but are strange and terrible to the unbeliever.

    And once again God sends one of his chosen to interrupt what was written. In the same way we are sent to interrupt the word of God to those that don’t believe in that we can help bring them to Jesus our Savior.

  18. The way of the fool

    22 And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this;

    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:

    Surely, Belshazzar had heard about how God humbled Nebuchadnezzar. If Belshazzar had any wisdom, he would have learned form this and humbled himself willingly. Instead, he defiled The Lord by drinking from the vessels taken from the temple. Therefore, Babylon would be given over to Medes and Persians.

    We don’t need to follow the way of the fool. James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

    We just need humility. If I (me) be lifted up, I shall surely fall.

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