Daniel prays to God (Dan 6:10-6:10)

“Although Daniel knew

That the document

Had been signed,

He continued to go

To his house.

It had windows

In its upper room

Open toward Jerusalem.

He got down

On his knees

Three times a day

To pray

To God.

He praised him

As he done previously.”

Daniel knew that his fate had been sealed. The king had signed the decree. However, that did not faze him. He continued to pray in his house that had open windows facing Jerusalem on the second floor or the upper chambers. He got down on his knees, as he usually did, 3 times a day. He then prayed and praised God, as he had done so often before.

King Belshazzar was afraid (Dan 5:6-5:6)

“Then the king’s face

Turned pale.

His thoughts

Terrified him.

His limbs

Gave way.

His knees

Knocked together.”

The king was upset about this mysterious hand writing on the wall. His face turned pale because he was terrified. His limbs went limp, as his knees knocked together.

Prosperity (Isa 66:12-66:14)

“Thus says Yahweh.

‘I will extend prosperity to her

Like a river.

The wealth of the nations shall be

Like an overflowing stream.

You shall nurse.

You shall be carried on her arm.

You shall be dandled on her knees.

As a mother comforts her child,

So I will comfort you.

You shall be comforted in Jerusalem.

You shall see.

Your heart shall rejoice.

Your bones shall flourish

Like the grass.

It shall be known

That the hand of Yahweh is

With his servants.

His indignation is

Against his enemies.’”

The prophet proclaims that Yahweh, in the first person singular, will bring prosperity to Jerusalem like an overflowing river. Yahweh will nurse and carry them in his arms. He will rock them on his knees, as Yahweh assumes the anthropomorphic feminine role of a nurturing mother. He will be like a comforting mother as he comforts Jerusalem. They will see and rejoice as their bodies flourish like wild grass. Yahweh’s hand is with his servants, but his indignation is against his enemies.