He summoned 1 the officers of the units of hundreds, the nobles, the rulers of the people, and all the people of land, and he then led the king down from the Lord’s temple. They entered the royal palace through the Upper Gate and seated the king on the royal throne.
He issued a proclamation and said, 1 “In Nineveh, by the decree of the king and his nobles: No human or animal, cattle or sheep, is to taste anything; they must not eat and they must not drink water.
1 On a bare hill raise a signal flag, shout to them, wave your hand, so they might enter the gates of the princes!
I considered these things carefully 1 and then registered a complaint with the wealthy 2 and the officials. I said to them, “Each one of you is seizing the collateral 3 from your own countrymen!” 4 Because of them I called for 5 a great public assembly.
in the third 1 year of his reign he provided a banquet for all his officials and his servants. The army 2 of Persia and Media 3 was present, 4 as well as the nobles and the officials of the provinces.
As for God’s chosen people who are in the land, and the leading officials I admired so much 1 –
Then let this clothing and this horse be given to one of the king’s noble officials. Let him 1 then clothe the man whom the king wishes to honor, and let him lead him about through the plaza of the city on the horse, calling 2 before him, ‘So shall it be done to the man whom the king wishes to honor!’”
My God placed it on my heart to gather the leaders, 1 the officials, and the ordinary people so they could be enrolled on the basis of genealogy. I found the genealogical records 2 of those who had formerly returned. Here is what I found written in that record: 3
hereby participate with their colleagues the town leaders 1 and enter into a curse and an oath 2 to adhere to 3 the law of God which was given through Moses the servant of God, and to obey 4 carefully all the commandments of the LORD our Lord, 5 along with his ordinances and his statutes.
When I had made an inspection, 1 I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the great and awesome Lord, 2 and fight on behalf of your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives, and your families!” 3
So they brought the gold and silver 1 vessels that had been confiscated from the temple, the house of God 2 in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, together with his wives and concubines, drank from them.
Then King Belshazzar was very terrified, and he was visibly shaken. 1 His nobles were completely dumbfounded.