5:7 The king called out loudly 1 to summon 2 the astrologers, wise men, and diviners. The king proclaimed 3 to the wise men of Babylon that anyone who could read this inscription and disclose its interpretation would be clothed in purple 4 and have a golden collar 5 placed on his neck and be third ruler in the kingdom.
5:16 However, I have heard 6 that you are able to provide interpretations and to decipher knotty problems. Now if you are able to read this writing and make known to me its interpretation, you will wear purple and have a golden collar around your neck and be third 7 ruler in the kingdom.”
1 tn Aram “in strength.”
2 tn Aram “cause to enter.”
3 tn Aram “answered and said.”
4 sn Purple was a color associated with royalty in the ancient world.
5 tn The term translated “golden collar” here probably refers to something more substantial than merely a gold chain (cf. NIV, NCV, NRSV, NLT) or necklace (cf. NASB).
6 tn The Aramaic text has also the words “about you.”
8 tn Aram “Belshazzar spoke.”