In their heat I will make their feasts
I will order it that their feasts shall be id the time of heat, that so they may be made drunk; so Jarchi: or when they are hot with feasting, I will disturb their feast by a handwriting on the wall; so Kimchi; see ( Daniel 5:1-6 ) ; to which he directs: or when they are inflamed with wine, I will put something into their banquets, into their cups; I will mingle their potions with the wine of my wrath; and, while they are feasting, ruin shall come upon them; and so it was, according to Herodotus and Xenophon, that the city of Babylon was taken, while the inhabitants were feasting; and this account agrees with ( Daniel 5:1 Daniel 5:30 ) . This text is quoted in the Talmud F3, where the gloss on it says,
``this is said concerning Belshazzar and his company, when they returned from a battle with Darius and Cyrus, who besieged Babylon, and Belshazzar overcame that day; and they were weary and hot, and sat down to drink, and were drunken, and on that day he was slain;''and the Targum is,
``I will bring tribulation upon them:''and I will make them drunken, that they may rejoice;
in a riotous and revelling way; or that they may be mad and tremble, as R. Jonah, from the use of the word F4 in the Arabic language, interprets it; so drunken men are oftentimes like mad men, deprived of their senses, and their limbs tremble through the strength of liquor; and here it signifies, that the Chaldeans should be so intoxicated with the cup of divine wrath and vengeance, that they should be at their wits' end; in the utmost horror and trembling; not able to stand, or defend themselves; and so the Targum,
``they shall be like drunken men, that they may not be strong;''but as weak as they: and sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake, saith the Lord;
not only fall asleep as drunken men do, and awake again; but sleep, and never awake more; or die, and not live again, until the resurrection morn; no doubt many of the Chaldeans, being in a literal sense drunk and asleep when the city was taken, were slain in their sleep, and never waked again. The Targum is,
``and die the second death, and not live in the world to come;''see ( Revelation 21:8 ) .
F3 T. Bab. Megilia, fol. 15. 2.