Daniel 5:10 Index
"Now the queen, by reason of the words of the king and his lords, came into the banquet house: and the queen spake and said, 'O king, live for ever: let not thy thoughts trouble thee, nor let thy countenance be changed:'"
Research Material

"Now the queen..."

  • According to Oriental custom none but a ruling monarch's mother would dare to enter the presence of the king without being summoned. Even the wife of a king endangered her life by so doing (Esther 4:11, 16). Babylonian cuneiform letters written by kings to their mothers show a remarkably respectful tone and clearly reveal the exalted position in which royal mothers were held by their sons. (4BC 803)
  • As the Chaldeans were unable to read the writing on the wall, the king's terror increased. He knew that this was a rebuke of his sacrilegious feast, and yet he could not learn the exact meaning. The the queen-mother remembered Daniel, who had "the spirit of the holy gods," (Daniel 5:11) and who had been made master of the wise men in the days of Nebuchadnezzar as the result of interpreting the king's dream. (SNH 80-81)
  • It appears from the circumstance here narrated, that Daniel as a prophet of God had been lost sight of at the court and palace. This was doubtless because he had been absent at Shushan, in the province of Elam, whither he had gone on the business of the kingdom. (Daniel 8:1, Daniel 8:2, Daniel 8:27). Probably the invasion of the country by the Persian army compelled him to return to Babylon at this time. The queen, who made known to the king that there was such a person to whom appeal could be made for knowledge in supernatural things, is supposed to have been the queen mother, the daughter of Nebuchadnezzar. She must have remembered the wonderful counsel Daniel had given in her father's reign. (US 91)
  • There was in the palace a woman who was wiser than them all,—the queen of Belshazzar's grandfather. In this emergency she addressed the king in language that sent a ray of light into the darkness. (The Youth's Instructor article "The Unseen Watcher—No. 2" May 26, 1898)