Daniel 5:12 Index
"'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.'"
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"...an excellent spirit..." (Daniel 5:8 and Daniel 6:3)

  • The case of Daniel was presented before me. Although he was a man of like passions with ourselves, the pen of inspiration presents him as a faultless character. His life is given us as a bright example of what man may become, even in this life, if he will make God his strength and wisely improve the opportunities and privileges within his reach. Daniel was an intellectual giant; yet he was continually seeking for greater knowledge, for higher attainments. Other young men had the same advantages; but they did not, like him, bend all their energies to seek wisdom—the knowledge of God as revealed in His word and in His works. Although Daniel was one of the world's great men, he was not proud nor self-sufficient. He felt the need of refreshing his soul with prayer, and each day found him in earnest supplication before God. He would not be deprived of this privilege even when a den of lions was opened to receive him if he continued to pray.
  • Daniel loved, feared, and obeyed God. Yet he did not flee away from the world to avoid its corrupting influence. In the providence of God he was to be in the world yet not of the world. With all the temptations and fascinations of court life surrounding him, he stood in the integrity of his soul, firm as a rock in his adherence to principle. He made God his strength and was not forsaken of Him in his time of greatest need.
  • Daniel was true, noble, and generous. While he was anxious to be at peace with all men, he would not permit any power to turn him aside from the path of duty. He was willing to obey those who had rule over him, as far as he could do so consistently with truth and righteousness; but kings and decrees could not make him swerve from his allegiance to the King of kings. Daniel was but eighteen years old when brought into a heathen court in service to the king of Babylon, and because of his youth his noble resistance of wrong and his steadfast adherence to the right are the more admirable. His noble example should bring strength to the tried and tempted, even at the present day. (4T 569-570)
  • In the fourth commandment we have the fact set forth that the Maker of heaven and earth is the true God. “But the world in its wisdom knew not God.” There is much wisdom in our world, but men, proud in their knowledge, do not employ their wisdom as did Daniel. They do not behold the beauty, the majesty, the justice, the goodness of God. They do not see the wisdom and holiness of his truth in his law, which is the transcript of his character. (The Signs of the Times article "What Manner of Persons Ought Ye to Be?" October 1, 1894)
  • We may keep so near to God that in every unexpected trial our thoughts will turn to Him as naturally as the flower turns to the sun. (SC 99, 100)
  • The natural powers are enlarged because of holy obedience. From the study of the words of life, students may come forth with minds expanded, elevated, ennobled. If they are, like Daniel, hearers and doers of the Word of God, they may advance as he did in all branches of learning. Being pure-minded, they will become strong-minded. Every intellectual faculty will be quickened. They may so educate and discipline themselves that all within the sphere of their influence may see what man can be, and what he can do, when connected with the God of wisdom and power. (The Signs of the Times article "Our Great Treasure-House" October 17, 1906)
  • The relations between God and each soul are as distinct and full as though there were not another soul upon the earth to share His watchcare. (SC 100)
  • Let nothing turn the attention away from the great work that is to be done. Let the thoughts, the aptitude, the keen exercise of the brain power, be put to the highest uses in studying the word and will of God. The Lord has a place for the very best ability he has intrusted to men. In the work of building up his kingdom, we may employ every capacity given of God, as faithfully and earnestly as did Daniel in Babylon, when he was found faithful to every duty to man, and loyal to his God. (The Youth's Instructor article "Words to Students" May 24, 1894)

"...let Daniel be called..."

  • The queen mentioned here is no doubt the mother of Belshazzar. According to Oriental custom, none but a ruling monarch's mother would dare enter the presence of a king without being summoned. As a child she had seen and heard many of the events in which Daniel and her father, Nebuchadnezzar, were involved. According to archeological discoveries, Belshazzar's grandmother died in 547 B.C. After Nebuchadnezzar's memory and kingdom had been restored, he lived only a few more years. His son and grandson took over the leadership and a new regime came into power. The policy of righteousness and justice that Daniel stood for came into disfavor and he was retired from public service. The fact that Daniel later entered the service of Persia shows that his retirement at the close of the Babylonian Empire was not due to old age or ill health. Faced with the crisis of the handwriting on the wall, and the inability of the wise men to interpret it, the queen clearly remembered Daniel and how he had counseled and advised King Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel's straight reprimand of Belshazzar's lifestyle and polices showed his disapproval of how the affairs of state were being conducted. (KC 64)