Book of Daniel
King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his lords, with
whom he drank.
Under the influence of the wine, he
ordered the gold and silver vessels which Nebuchadnezzar, his father, had taken from the temple in
Jerusalem, to be brought in so that the king, his lords, his wives and his entertainers might drink
When the gold and silver vessels taken from
the house of God in Jerusalem had been brought in, and while the king, his lords, his wives and his
entertainers were drinking
wine from them, they praised
their gods of gold and silver, bronze and iron, wood and stone.
Suddenly, opposite the lampstand, the fingers of a human hand appeared, writing on the
plaster of the wall in the king's palace. When the king saw the wrist and hand that
his face blanched; his thoughts terrified him,
his hip joints shook, and his knees knocked.
Daniel was brought into the presence of the king. The king asked him, "Are you the Daniel, the
Jewish exile, whom my father, the king, brought from Judah?
I have heard that the spirit of God is in you, that you possess brilliant knowledge and
But I have heard that you can
interpret dreams and solve difficulties; if you are able to read the writing and tell me what it
means, you shall be clothed in purple, wear a gold collar about your neck, and be third in the
government of the kingdom."
Daniel answered the king:
"You may keep your gifts, or give your presents to someone else; but the writing I will read for
you, O king, and tell you what it means.
rebelled against the Lord of heaven. You had the vessels of his temple brought before you, so that
you and your nobles, your wives and your entertainers, might drink wine from them; and you praised
the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, that neither see nor hear nor have
intelligence. But the God in whose hand is your life breath and the whole course of your life, you
did not glorify.
By him were the wrist and hand sent,
and the writing set down.
"This is the writing that was
inscribed: MENE, TEKEL, and PERES. These words mean:
MENE, God has numbered your kingdom and put an end to it;
TEKEL, you have been weighed on the scales and found
PERES, your kingdom has been divided and given
to the Medes and Persians."
Book of Daniel 3:18.104.22.168.66.67.
Sun and moon, bless
the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
of heaven, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
Every shower and dew, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all
All you winds, bless the Lord; praise and
exalt him above all forever.
Fire and heat, bless the
Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
chill, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever.
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to
Saint Luke 21:12-19.
Before all this happens, however, they will seize and persecute you,
they will hand you over to the synagogues and to prisons, and they will have you led before kings
and governors because of my name.
It will lead to your giving
Remember, you are not to prepare your
for I myself shall give you a
wisdom in speaking that all your adversaries will be powerless to resist or refute.
You will even be handed over by parents, brothers, relatives, and
friends, and they will put some of you to death.
will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair
on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance
you will secure your lives.