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As for teqel – you are weighed on the balances and found to be lacking.
So these men concluded, 1 “We won’t find any pretext against this man Daniel unless it is 2 in connection with the law of his God.”
Consequently the supervisors and satraps were trying to find 1 some pretext against Daniel in connection with administrative matters. 2 But they were unable to find any such damaging evidence, 3 because he was trustworthy and guilty of no negligence or corruption. 4
A scroll was found in the citadel 1 of Ecbatana which is in the province of Media, and it was inscribed as follows: “Memorandum:
I have heard about you, how there is a spirit of the gods in you, and how you have 1 insight, discernment, and extraordinary wisdom.
Then those officials who had gone to the king 1 came by collusion and found Daniel praying and asking for help before his God.
So I gave orders, 1 and it was determined 2 that this city from long ago has been engaging in insurrection against kings. It has continually engaged in 3 rebellion and revolt.
along with all the silver and gold that you may collect 1 throughout all the province of Babylon and the contributions of the people and the priests for the temple of their God which is in Jerusalem.
so that he may initiate a search of the records 1 of his predecessors 2 and discover in those records 3 that this city is rebellious 4 and injurious to both kings and provinces, producing internal revolts 5 from long ago. 6 It is for this very reason that this city was destroyed.
So Arioch quickly ushered Daniel into the king’s presence, saying to him, “I 1 have found a man from the captives of Judah who can make known the interpretation to the king.”
There is a man in your kingdom who has within him a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father, he proved to have 1 insight, discernment, and wisdom like that 2 of the gods. 3 King Nebuchadnezzar your father appointed him chief of the magicians, astrologers, wise men, and diviners. 4
Thus there was found in this man Daniel, whom the king renamed Belteshazzar, an extraordinary spirit, knowledge, and skill to interpret 1 dreams, solve riddles, and decipher knotty problems. 2 Now summon 3 Daniel, and he will disclose the interpretation.”
My God sent his angel and closed the lions’ mouths so that they have not harmed me, because I was found to be innocent before him. Nor have I done any harm to you, O king.”
Then the king was delighted and gave an order to haul Daniel up from the den. So Daniel was hauled up out of the den. He had no injury of any kind, because he had trusted in his God.
Then the iron, clay, bronze, silver, and gold were broken in pieces without distinction 1 and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors that the wind carries away. Not a trace of them could be found. But the stone that struck the statue became a large mountain that filled the entire earth.