23 (A)And you have [a]lifted yourself up against the Lord of heaven. They have brought the (B)vessels of [b]His house before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines, have drunk wine from them. And you have praised the gods of silver and gold, bronze and iron, wood and stone, (C)which do not see or hear or know; and the God who holds your breath in His hand (D)and owns all your ways, you have not glorified. 24 Then the [c]fingers of the hand were sent from Him, and this writing was written.

25 “And this is the inscription that was written:


26 This is the interpretation of each word. MENE: God has numbered your kingdom, and finished it; 27 TEKEL: (E)You have been weighed in the balances, and found wanting;

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  1. Daniel 5:23 Exalted
  2. Daniel 5:23 The temple
  3. Daniel 5:24 Lit. palm
  4. Daniel 5:25 Lit. a mina (50 shekels) from the verb “to number”
  5. Daniel 5:25 Lit. a shekel from the verb “to weigh”
  6. Daniel 5:25 Lit. and half-shekels from the verb “to divide”; pl. of Peres, v. 28

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