The queen,a hearing the voices of the king and his nobles, came into the banquet hall. "O king, live forever!"1 she said. "Don't be alarmed! Don't look so pale!
There is a man in your kingdom who has the spirit of the holy gods2 in him. In the time of your father he was found to have insight and intelligence and wisdom3 like that of the gods.4 King Nebuchadnezzar your father--your father the king, I say--appointed him chief of the magicians, enchanters, astrologers and diviners.512
This man Daniel, whom the king called Belteshazzar,6 was found to have a keen mind and knowledge and understanding, and also the ability to interpret dreams, explain riddles7 and solve difficult problems.8 Call for Daniel, and he will tell you what the writing means.9"
So Daniel was brought before the king, and the king said to him, "Are you Daniel, one of the exiles my father the king brought from Judah?1014
I have heard that the spirit of the gods11 is in you and that you have insight, intelligence and outstanding wisdom.1215
The wise men and enchanters were brought before me to read this writing and tell me what it means, but they could not explain it.1316
Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.14 If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck,15 and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."1617
Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.17 Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.