Now I have heard that you are able to give interpretations and to solve difficult problems.1 If you can read this writing and tell me what it means, you will be clothed in purple and have a gold chain placed around your neck,2 and you will be made the third highest ruler in the kingdom."317
Then Daniel answered the king, "You may keep your gifts for yourself and give your rewards to someone else.4 Nevertheless, I will read the writing for the king and tell him what it means.
"O king, the Most High God gave your father Nebuchadnezzar5 sovereignty and greatness and glory and splendor.619
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;7 those he wanted to spare, he spared; those he wanted to promote, he promoted; and those he wanted to humble, he humbled.820
But when his heart became arrogant and hardened with pride,9 he was deposed from his royal throne10 and stripped11 of his glory.1221
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 sovereign13 over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.1422
"But you his son,a O Belshazzar, have not humbled15 yourself, though you knew all this.
Instead, you have set yourself up against16 the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives17 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.18 But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life19 and all your ways.2024
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 days21 of your reign and brought it to an end.22