Daniel 5:11 Index
"'There is a man in thy kingdom, in whom is the spirit of the holy gods; in the days of thy father light and understanding and wisdom, like the wisdom of the gods, was found in him; whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father, the king, I say, thy father, made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers;'"
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"There is a man..." (Daniel 6:3)

  • It need not be thought strange that Daniel was not among the group of wise men summoned by the king. His term of public service had doubtless closed some time before, perhaps with Nebuchadnezzar's death... Yet he would be well known to a representative of the earlier generation, to which the king's mother belonged. (4BC 803)
  • The terror of the king increases. He is conscious that this writing is a rebuke of his impious feast, and yet he cannot tell its exact import. The queen then reminds him that there is a man in his kingdom “in whom is the spirit of the holy gods,” and that in the days of his father, “light and understanding and wisdom like the wisdom of the gods was found in him;” whom his father “made master of the magicians, astrologers, Chaldeans, and soothsayers; forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar. Now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation” (Daniel 5:12). (The Review and Herald article "The Life of Daniel an Illustration of True Sanctification" February 8, 1881)
  • Then the queen mother remembered Daniel, who, over half a century before, had made known to King Nebuchadnezzar the dream of the great image and its interpretation. (PK 527-528)

"...spirit of the holy gods..."

  • The similarity (see Daniel 4:8 and Daniel 4:9) supports the probability... that the queen was a close relative, probably a daughter, of Nebuchadnezzar. The information she imparts concerning Daniel's distinguished service in the past and concerning the prophet's elevated position under Nebuchadnezzar is apparently new to Belshazzar. This suggests that Daniel had not held office for some time prior to the event narrated here. Hence probably few men, if any, in the king's entourage, who had grown up with him, were well acquainted with Daniel. (4BC 803-804)

"...whom the king Nebuchadnezzar thy father..."

  • Nebuchadnezzar is here called Belshazzar's father, according to the then common custom of calling any paternal ancestor father, and any male descendant son. Nebuchadnezzar was in reality his grandfather. (US 91)