his face turned pale,[a] and his thoughts so terrified him that he soiled himself[b] and his knees knocked together. The king shouted to bring in the mediums, Chaldeans, and diviners. He said to these wise men of Babylon, “Whoever reads this inscription and gives me its interpretation will be clothed in purple, have a gold chain around his neck,(A) and have the third highest position in the kingdom.” So all the king’s wise men came in, but none could read the inscription or make its interpretation known to him.

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  1. 5:5-6 Lit writing, the king’s brightness changed
  2. 5:6 Lit that the knots of his loins were loosed

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