New American Standard Bible
Then King Belshazzar was greatly alarmed, his face grew even paler, and his nobles were perplexed.
King James Bible
Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his lords were astonied.
Darby Bible Translation
Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his countenance was changed in him, and his nobles were confounded.
World English Bible
Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled, and his face was changed in him, and his lords were perplexed.
Young's Literal Translation
then the king Belshazzar is greatly troubled, and his countenance is changing in him, and his great men are perplexed.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Then was king Belshazzar greatly troubled - Not doubting that this was a Divine intimation of some fearful event, and yet unable to understand its meaning. We are quite as likely to be troubled by what is merely "mysterious" in regard to the future - by anything that gives us some undefined foreboding - as we are by what is really formidable when we know what it is. In the latter case, we know the worst; we can make some preparation for it; we can feel assured that when that is past, all is past that we fear - but who can guard himself, or prepare himself, when what is dreaded is undefined as well as awful; when we know not how to meet it, or how long it may endure, or how terrific and wide may be the sweep of its desolation?
And his countenance was changed in him - Margin, "brightnesses." See the note at Daniel 5:6.
And his lords were astonied - Amazed. The Chaldee word means to perplex, disturb, trouble. They were doubtless as much perplexed and troubled as the king himself.
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"All around terrors frighten him, And harry him at every step.
Wail, for the day of the LORD is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
A harsh vision has been shown to me; The treacherous one still deals treacherously, and the destroyer still destroys. Go up, Elam, lay siege, Media; I have made an end of all the groaning she has caused.
We have heard the report of it; Our hands are limp. Anguish has seized us, Pain as of a woman in childbirth.
Now in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; and his spirit was troubled and his sleep left him.
Then the king's face grew pale and his thoughts alarmed him, and his hip joints went slack and his knees began knocking together.
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