"O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar1 sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.219
Because of the high position he gave him, all the peoples and nations and men of every language dreaded and feared him. Those the king wanted to put to death, he put to death;3 those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.420
But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,5 he was deposed from his royal throne6 and stripped7 of his glory.821
He was driven away from people and given the mind of an animal; he lived with the wild donkeys and ate grass like cattle; and his body was drenched with the dew of heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign9 over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.1022
"But you his son,a O Belshazzar, have not humbled11 yourself, though you knew all this.
Instead, you have set yourself up against12 the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives13 and your concubines drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood and stone, which cannot see or hear or understand.14 But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life15 and all your ways.1624
Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
"This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN+F25 ARAMAIC "UPARSIN" (THAT IS, "AND PARSIN")+E
"This is what these words mean: Mene"b: God has numbered the days17 of your reign and brought it to an end.1827
Tekel"c: You have been weighed on the scales19 and found wanting.2028
Peres"d: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes21 and Persians."2229
Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck,23 and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.2430
That very night Belshazzar,25 king26 of the Babylonians,e was slain,2731
and Darius28 the Mede29 took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.