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Daniel 5:28

    Daniel 5:28 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    PERES; Your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Peres; your kingdom has been cut up and given to the Medes and Persians.

    Webster's Revision

    PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    World English Bible

    PERES; your kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    PERES; thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.

    Barnes' Notes on Daniel 5:28

    Peres - In Daniel 5:25 this is "Upharsin." These are but different forms of the same word - the word in Daniel 5:25 being in the plural, and here in the singular. The verb (פרס peras) means, to "divide;" and in this form, as in the previous cases, it is, according to Gesenius, participle meaning "divided." As it stands here, it would be applicable to anything that was "divided" or "sundered" - whether a kingdom, a palace, a house, territory, etc. "What" was divided could be known only by Divine revelation. If the "word" had been understood by Belshazzar, undoubtedly it would have suggested the idea that there was to be some sort of division or sundering, but what that was to be would not be indicated by the mere use of the word. Perhaps to an affrighted imagination there might have been conveyed the idea that there would be a revolt in some of the provinces of the empire, and that a part would be rent away, but it would not have occurred that it would be so rent that the whole would pass under the dominion of a foreign power. Josephus ("Ant." b. x. ch. xi. Section 3) says, that the word "Phares in the Greek tongue means a "fragment," κλασμα klasma - God will, therefore, break thy kingdom in pieces, and divide it among the Medes and Persians."

    Thy kingdom is divided - That is, the proper interpretation of this communication is, that the kingdom is about to be rent asunder, or broken into fragments. It is to be separated or torn from the dynasty that has ruled over it, and to be given to another.

    And given to the Medes and Persians - On this united kingdom, see the notes at Isaiah 13:17. It was "given" to the Medes and Persians when it was taken by Cyrus, and when the kingdom of Babylon became extinct, and thenceforward became a part of the Medo-Persian empire. See the notes at Isaiah 13:17, Isaiah 13:19.

    Wesley's Notes on Daniel 5:28

    5:28 PERES - Separated, divided, broken. Phars signifies two things, broken off, and Persian; noting that, first, this kingdom was broken down from Belshazzar. Secondly, that it was given to the Persians.