Daniel 5:21-31 NIV

21 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 sovereign1 over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.2

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22 "But you his son,a O Belshazzar, have not humbled3 yourself, though you knew all this.

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    • d 5:22 - Or "descendant "; or "successor"
      23 Instead, you have set yourself up against4 the Lord of heaven. You had the goblets from his temple brought to you, and you and your nobles, your wives5 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.6 But you did not honor the God who holds in his hand your life7 and all your ways.8

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      24 Therefore he sent the hand that wrote the inscription.
      25 "This is the inscription that was written: MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN+F25 ARAMAIC "UPARSIN" (THAT IS, "AND PARSIN")+E
      26 "This is what these words mean: Mene"b: God has numbered the days9 of your reign and brought it to an end.10

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        • e 5:26 - "Mene" can mean "numbered" or "mina" (a unit of money).
          27 Tekel"c: You have been weighed on the scales11 and found wanting.12

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            • f 5:27 - "Tekel" can mean "weighed" or "shekel."
              28 Peres"d: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes13 and Persians."14

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                • g 5:28 - "Peres" (the singular of "Parsin") can mean "divided" or "Persia" or "a half mina" or "a half shekel."
                  29 Then at Belshazzar's command, Daniel was clothed in purple, a gold chain was placed around his neck,15 and he was proclaimed the third highest ruler in the kingdom.16

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                  30 That very night Belshazzar,17 king18 of the Babylonians,e was slain,19

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                    • h 5:30 - Or "Chaldeans"
                      31 and Darius20 the Mede21 took over the kingdom, at the age of sixty-two.

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