Shallum son of Jabesh conspired against him; he assassinated him in Ibleam 1 and took his place as king.
Gad went to David and told him, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Pick one of these:
Because of this the king got furiously angry 1 and gave orders to destroy all the wise men of Babylon.
Now 1 at that time certain 2 Chaldeans came forward and brought malicious accusations against 3 the Jews.
“But you, his son 1 Belshazzar, have not humbled yourself, 2 although you knew all this.
(6:1) 1 So Darius the Mede took control of the kingdom when he was about sixty-two years old.
So King Darius issued the written interdict.
In light of the fact that we are loyal to the king, 1 and since it does not seem appropriate to us that the king should sustain damage, 2 we are sending the king this information 3
You are authorized 1 by the king and his seven advisers to inquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of your God which is in your possession, 2
With this money you should be sure to purchase bulls, rams, and lambs, along with the appropriate 1 meal offerings and libations. You should bring them to the altar of the temple of your God which is in Jerusalem.
When Esther’s female attendants and her eunuchs came and informed her about Mordecai’s behavior, 1 the queen was overcome with anguish. Although she sent garments for Mordecai to put on so that he could remove his sackcloth, he would not accept them.
The king replied, “I know for sure that you are attempting to gain time, because you see that my decision is firm.
The wise men replied to the king, “There is no man on earth who is able to disclose the king’s secret, 1 for no king, regardless of his position and power, has ever requested such a thing from any magician, astrologer, or wise man.
Then Daniel went in to see 1 Arioch (whom the king had appointed to destroy the wise men of Babylon). He came 2 and said to him, “Don’t destroy the wise men of Babylon! Escort me 3 to the king, and I will disclose the interpretation to him!” 4
Then there will be a fourth kingdom, one strong like iron. Just like iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything, and as iron breaks in pieces 1 all of these metals, 2 so it will break in pieces and crush the others. 3
In that you were seeing feet and toes 1 partly of wet clay 2 and partly of iron, so this will be a divided kingdom. Some of the strength of iron will be in it, for you saw iron mixed with wet clay. 3
You saw that a stone was cut from a mountain, but not by human hands; it smashed the iron, bronze, clay, silver, and gold into pieces. The great God has made known to the king what will occur in the future. 1 The dream is certain, and its interpretation is reliable.”
Therefore when they all 1 heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, trigon, harp, pipes, 2 and all kinds of music, all the peoples, nations, and language groups began bowing down and paying homage to the golden statue that King Nebuchadnezzar had erected.
But since the king’s command was so urgent, and the furnace was so excessively hot, the men who escorted 1 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were killed 2 by the leaping flames. 3
“This is the dream that I, King Nebuchadnezzar, saw. Now you, Belteshazzar, declare its 1 interpretation, for none of the wise men in 2 my kingdom are able to make known to me the interpretation. But you can do so, for a spirit of the holy gods is in you.”