5:3 So they brought the gold and silver 1 vessels that had been confiscated from the temple, the house of God 2 in Jerusalem, and the king and his nobles, together with his wives and concubines, drank from them. 5:4 As they drank wine, they praised the gods of gold and silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.
5:5 At that very moment the fingers of a human hand appeared 3 and wrote on the plaster of the royal palace wall, opposite the lampstand. 4 The king was watching the back 5 of the hand that was writing. 5:6 Then all the color drained from the king’s face 6 and he became alarmed. 7 The joints of his hips gave way, 8 and his knees began knocking together.
[5:3] 1 tc The present translation reads וְכַסְפָּא (vÿkhaspa’, “and the silver”) with Theodotion and the Vulgate. Cf. v. 2. The form was probably accidentally dropped from the Aramaic text by homoioteleuton.