Babylonian power seems to have been hanging precariously in the balance while Viceroy, Belshazzar, Nabonidus’s son, appears to be the life of the party.
What happened next seems to have shocked the king to the core. A hand appeared and wrote, supernaturally, on the wall, “Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.”
Pandemonium erupted as none of the wisemen could help Belshazzar make head or tail out of the message. It seemed to be in a foreign language.
The queen emerged just then to offer advice. She suggested that the king summon Daniel, the old interpreter of Nebuchadnezzar’s dreams, to help make sense of things.
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