Then commanded Belshazzar
As soon as he had heard the writing read and interpreted; instead of being full of wrath, as might have been expected, he orders the reward promised to be given, to show he had a regard to his word and honour, as a king; and to secure his credit with his nobles and people; and perhaps he might not understand, by Daniel's interpretation, that the destruction of him and his kingdom was so near at hand as it was; or he might put this evil day far from him, and hope it might be prevented: and they clothed Daniel with scarlet;
the king's servants by his orders: or, that they should clothe Daniel with scarlet
F1; these were his orders; but whether executed is not certain; probably not, since the king was slain the same night; and so the rest of the clauses may be read, and should put a chain of gold about his neck, and should make
proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in
all which was the reward promised to him that should read and interpret the writing, ( Daniel 5:7 Daniel 5:16 ) , but that this was done, the king's death being so sudden, does not appear; and therefore it is needless to inquire the reasons of Daniel's acceptance after his refusal.
F1 (wvyblhw) "ut induerent", Gejerus.