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Daniel 5:28-30

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5:28 As for peres 1  – your kingdom is divided and given over to the Medes and Persians.”

5:29 Then, on Belshazzar’s orders, 2  Daniel was clothed in purple, a golden collar was placed around his neck, and he was proclaimed third ruler in the kingdom. 5:30 And in that very night Belshazzar, the Babylonian king, 3  was killed. 4 

1 sn Peres (פְּרֵס) is the singular form of פַרְסִין (pharsin) in v. 25.

2 tn Aram “Belshazzar spoke.”

3 tn Aram “king of the Chaldeans.”

4 sn The year was 539 B.C. At this time Daniel would have been approximately eighty-one years old. The relevant extra-biblical records describing the fall of Babylon include portions of Herodotus, Xenophon, Berossus (cited in Josephus), the Cyrus Cylinder, and the Babylonian Chronicle.



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