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  • Son of Nebuchadnezzar II and last king of Babylon, who in the Bible was warned of his doom by handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel.

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  • n. (Old Testament) Babylonian general and son of Nebuchadnezzar II; according to the Old Testament he was warned of his doom by divine handwriting on the wall that was interpreted by Daniel (6th century BC)


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  • It resembled the storm in Belshazzar's feast,49 and we learnt that even in the river, sheltered by the woods, several of our ships at anchor had been cast on their beam ends.

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  • Belshazzar might easily be ignorant of his services. the king ... thy father the king ... thy father -- The repetition marks with emphatic gravity both the excellencies of Daniel, and the fact that Nebuchadnezzar, whom Belshazzar is bound to reverence as his father, had sought counsel from him in similar circumstances.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Love of wine often begets a proud contempt of divine things, as in Belshazzar's case, which was the immediate cause of the fall of Babylon (Da 5: 2-4, 30; compare Pr 20: 1; 30: 9; enlargeth his desire as hell -- the grave, or the unseen world, which is

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Then he took her to the sunshine room, laid her on the bed, locked the screens and her door, called Belshazzar to watch, and ran to the stable.

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  • He knelt and gathered her in his arms a second, then called Belshazzar to guard, and went into the sweet spring night, to jubilate with that wild surge of passion that sweeps the heart of a strong man when he is most nearly primal.

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  • At three o'clock she dressed and at almost four unlocked the screen, called Belshazzar to her side, and slowly went down the drive to the bridge.

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  • He looked at it for a long time, and then called Belshazzar and carried it out to show Ajax.

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  • Nabonadius had a son called Belshazzar, who may have been his father's associate on the throne at the time of the fall of

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Sunday (4/9) was the chorus presentation of Handel's "Belshazzar".

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  • Jehovah as the sacred word, and "Belshazzar" as the pass-word.

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