Daniel 5:13 Index
"Then was Daniel brought in before the king. And the king spake and said unto Daniel, 'Art thou that Daniel, which are of the children of the captivity of Judah, whom the king my father brought out of Jewry?'"
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"Then was Daniel brought in before the king..."

  • Daniel, the prophet of God, was called to the banquet room. As he came before Belshazzar, the monarch promised to make him third ruler in the kingdom if he would interpret the writing. The prophet, with the quiet dignity of a servant of the most high God, stood before the gorgeous, terror-stricken throng that bore evidence of intemperate feasting and wicked revelry. (SNH 81)
  • Daniel is remembered, and brought to the banqueting hall. The servant of God sees the evidences of the degradation and idolatry of the feast, so suddenly brought to an end; but Daniel was not disconcerted in the presence of the king and his lords. (The Signs of the Times article "Results of Refusing to Walk in the Light," July 20, 1891)

"...Art thou that Daniel..."

  • The salutation suggests that Belshazzar was acquainted with Daniel's origin, but that he had had no official intercourse with him. This much seems clear, Daniel was no longer the president of the magicians at the king's court.... Belshazzar and his predecessors evidently knew all about God's dealings with Nebuchadnezzar, but had deliberately rejected the latter's policy of acknowledging the true God and cooperating with His will. (Daniel 2:48, 49). (4BC 804)
  • When Daniel came in, the king inquired if the prophet were of the children of the captivity of Judah. Thus it seems to have been ordered that, while the princes were holding impious revelry in honor of their false gods, a servant of the true God, one whom they were holding in captivity, was called in to pronounce the merited judgment upon their wicked course. (US 91)