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Daniel 5:1-7 Common English Bible (CEB)

Belshazzar’s party

King Belshazzar threw a huge party for a thousand of his princes, and he drank a lot of wine in front of them. While he was under the wine’s influence, Belshazzar commanded that the gold and silver equipment that his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken from Jerusalem’s temple be brought to the party so that the king, his princes, his consorts, and his secondary wives could drink wine out of them. So the gold[a] equipment that had been carried out of the temple, God’s house in Jerusalem, was brought in; and the king, his princes, his consorts, and his secondary wives drank out of it. They drank a lot of wine; and they praised the gods of gold, silver, bronze, iron, wood, and stone.

Writing on the wall

Right then the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the king’s palace wall in the light of the lamp. The king saw the hand that wrote. The king’s mood changed immediately, and he was deeply disturbed. He felt weak, and his knees were shaking. The king yelled, calling for the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the diviners.

The king told these sages of Babylon: “Anyone who can read this writing and tell me its meaning will wear royal robes, will have a gold chain around his neck, and will rule the kingdom as third in command.”

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 5:3 Vulg, Theodotion add silver.
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Daniel 5:17 Common English Bible (CEB)

Daniel interprets the writing

17 Daniel answered the king: “Keep your gifts. Give the rewards to someone else. But I will still read the writing to the king and interpret it for him.

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Daniel 5:25-28 Common English Bible (CEB)

25 This is what was written down:

mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.[a]

26 “This is the meaning of the word mene: God has numbered[b] the days of your rule. It’s over! 27 tekel means that you’ve been weighed[c] on the scales, and you don’t measure up. 28 peres[d] means your kingship is divided[e] and given to the Medes and the Persians.”[f]

Footnotes:

  1. Daniel 5:25 Aram Upharsin
  2. Daniel 5:26 Aram menah, which is a wordplay with Mene
  3. Daniel 5:27 Aram teqal, which is a wordplay with Tekel
  4. Daniel 5:28 The singular form of the plural Parsin in 5:25
  5. Daniel 5:28 Aram peras, which is a wordplay with Parsin
  6. Daniel 5:28 Aram Paras, another wordplay with Parsin
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