"It's Daniel 5. 1-9." My son has a daily study book that we are following. It is great, as it explains things simply with additional cartoons and puzzles.
While I find the reading he wriggles into position. He is perched on the edge of my daughter's high-bed, legs sticking out over the stepladder and quite likely to fall off. She is at the pillow end, looking over my shoulder as I read. It has taken a while to get into this precarious position, as I adjudicated over a fight about who has the study book and who has the bible.
Still, it is a great story: the writing on the wall, as the king at his great banquet sees a hand moving but no-one is able to interpret what it has written. Tomorrow night Daniel comes to the rescue, like Superman, though it wasn't a great message to have to tell the king. I start reading.
"King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. Will you please stop fidgeting?"
"I'm not!" my daughter complains.
"Yes you are."
"No I'm not!"
Anything to end this pantomime! "Will you please just sit still and concentrate?"
"Okay," she says reluctantly.
I return to the reading, recapping from the beginning.
"King Belshazzar gave a great banquet for a thousand of his nobles and drank wine with them. While Belshazzar was drinking his wine - You said you would sit still!"
"What was the name of the king?" I ask slyly.
"Erm..." she squirms. "King ... er... King B..."
I spot her looking through my fingers. All credit to her: Belshazzar is hardly an easy name for a seven-year-old to say.
"Right. Come on. Listen properly this time."
A rather grumpy assent from the little girl.
"Okay, where were we? While Belshazzar was drinking his wine, he gave orders to bring in the gold and silver goblets that Nebuchadnezzar his father had taken from the temple in Jerusalem, so that the king and his nobles, his wives and his concubines might drink from them."
"Mu-um?" This time my son interrupts. We've only reached the end of verse 2 and not yet got to the interesting and slightly spooky bit of the writing on the wall.
"What are concubines?"
Quotes from The Bible, NIV.