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Belshazzar's profane feast, ver. 1 - 4.
The hand writing on the wall, ver. 5 - 9.
Interpreted and applied by Daniel, ver. 10 - 29.
The accomplishment of it, ver. 30, 31.
1: Belshazzar - The grandson of Nebuchadnezzar. Made a great
feast - After the manner of the eastern kings who shewed their
magnificence this way. But this is prodigious that he should carouse
when the city was besieged, and ready to be taken by Darius the Mede.
2: To bring the vessels - Triumphing thereby over God and his people.
4: And praised the gods of gold - At the same time insulting the
great God of heaven and earth.
5: Came forth fingers - The likeness of a man's hand.
6: His knees smote - So soon can the terrors of God make the loftiest
cedars, the tyrants of the earth.
10: The queen came - The women in those courts had an apartment by
themselves, and this being the queen - mother, and aged, did not mingle
herself with the king's wives and concubines, yet she broke the rule in
coming in now, upon this solemn occasion.
24: From him - From that God whom thou hast despised.
26: MENE - MENE MENE, it is numbered, it is numbered; the words
are doubled for the greater confirmation. It relates to the number
of the seventy years for the overthrow of the Babylonish empire.
27: Art found wanting - There is no weight nor worth in thee; thou
hast made light of God, and the Lord makes light of thee.
28: PERES - Separated, divided, broken. Phars signifies two
things, broken off, and Persian; noting that, first, this kingdom
was broken down from Belshazzar. Secondly, that it was given to
31: Darius the Mede - This was he that with Cyrus besieged and