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Daniel 5:5-6

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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.

1 tn Aram “came forth.”

2 sn The mention of the lampstand in this context is of interest because it suggests that the writing was in clear view.

3 tn While Aramaic פַּס (pas) can mean the palm of the hand, here it seems to be the back of the hand that is intended.

4 tn Aram “[the king’s] brightness changed for him.”

5 tn Aram “his thoughts were alarming him.”

6 tn Aram “his loins went slack.”



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