Daniel 5:7 Index
"The king cried aloud to bring in the astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. And the king spake, and said to the wise men of Babylon, 'Whosoever shall read this writing, and shew me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.'"
Research Material

"the Chaldeans and, the soothsayers..."

  • The Chaldean astrologers and soothsayers were called, but the writing was meaningless to them. They who taught all earthly languages failed to recognize the language of heaven. The four strange characters remained as at first seen, emblazoned in letters of fire on the wall. (SNH 79)

"...shall be clothed with scarlet..."

  • Ancient royal purple was deep purplish red in color, more nearly like crimson. That purple was the royal color of antiquity is attested by documentary evidence form the time of the Persians (Esther 8:15; Xenophon Anabasis 1. 5. 8), the Medes (Xenophon Cyropaedia 1. 3. 2; ii. 4. 6), and later periods. (4BC 802)

"...and have a chain of gold..."

  • The custom of honoring favorite public servants of the crown by the granting of gold chains, decorations, or collars existed in Egypt many centuries earlier (Genesis 41:42). The custom was common among ancient nations. (4BC 802-803)

"...shall be the third ruler in the kingdom."

  • Prior to the time that Belshazzar's place in the kingdom and his relationship to Nabonidus were fully understood... commentators could only conjecture as to the identity of the second ruler in the kingdom... Now that it is known that Belshazzar was only a co-ruler with his father, and hence the second ruler in the kingdom, it is clear why he could bestow no higher position in the realm.... (4BC 803)