Daniel 5:12 Index
"'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.'"
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"...let Daniel be called..."

  • The queen mentioned here is no doubt the mother of Belshazzar. According to Oriental custom, none but a ruling monarch's mother would dare enter the presence of a king without being summoned. As a child she had seen and heard many of the events in which Daniel and her father, Nebuchadnezzar, were involved. According to archeological discoveries, Belshazzar's grandmother died in 547 B.C. After Nebuchadnezzar's memory and kingdom had been restored, he lived only a few more years. His son and grandson took over the leadership and a new regime came into power. The policy of righteousness and justice that Daniel stood for came into disfavor and he was retired from public service. The fact that Daniel later entered the service of Persia shows that his retirement at the close of the Babylonian Empire was not due to old age or ill health. Faced with the crisis of the handwriting on the wall, and the inability of the wise men to interpret it, the queen clearly remembered Daniel and how he had counseled and advised King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel's straight reprimand of Belshazzar's lifestyle and polices showed his disapproval of how the affairs of state were being conducted. (KC 64)