Nahum painted this picture of chaos in Nineveh. He said that the river gates were opened, so that the palace and the people in it were trembling. The people of this city were going to go into exile. The slave women were led away, moaning like doves and beating their breasts. The whole city of Nineveh had become like an overflowing pool. People were saying stop, but no one was listening. No one turned back as they keep on fleeing. Meanwhile, there was a great plunder of their treasures of gold, silver, and the other abundant precious things. Everywhere there was devastation, desolation, and destruction in this great city. Hearts were fainting, while kneels were trembling. Their faces grew pale as their loins shook.
Daniel explained in the first-person singular what happened to him when he saw this grand vision. Although there were other people there with him, he was the only one who saw the man clothed in linen. They did not see anything, but they began to tremble and then hid themselves. Thus, Daniel was left alone to see this vision by himself. He, too, had a problem. His strength left me. His complexion turned pale. When he heard the sound of this bronze man’s voice, he fell into a trance, face to the ground.
Daniel finished his account about the terrifying dream of the four beasts. Actually, most of it was about the little horn of the 4th beast. He was a little introspective, as he kept all these disturbing thoughts about these matters in his mind. However, his face turned pale.
The queen or the queen mother heard the things and the discussions happening in the banquet hall. Thus, she came in and gave the usual greeting to the king. She told him not to be terrified or pale. Just take it easy and relax! If she was the queen, she would have been at this party, but she might have been the mother of Belshazzar or the queen mother.
However, when all the wise men came in to see the king, they could not read or interpret the writing on the wall. Then the king got afraid, as his face turned pale again. Even his important lords at this party were perplexed, since they did not know what to do.
“The king was seated on his royal throne. He was clothed in the full array of his majesty. He was all covered with gold and precious stones. He was most terrifying. Lifting his face, flushed with splendor, he looked at her in fierce anger. The queen faltered. She turned pale and faint. She collapsed on the head of the maid who went in front of her. Then God changed the spirit of the king to gentleness. In alarm he sprang from his throne. He took her in his arms until she came to herself. He comforted her with soothing words. He said to her.
‘What is it, Esther?
I am your husband.
You shall not die.
Our law applies only to our subjects.
This Greek text shows the king seated on his royal throne with all his majesty and splendor, covered with gold and precious stones. He had a fierce terrifying look on his face. Queen Esther faltered, turned pale, and fainted. She fell on the maid in front of her. With that, God changed the spirit of the king to gentleness. He took her in his arms and told to take courage. She was not going to die since the law about interrupting the king unannounced applied only to the subjects of the king and not to her as his wife.