17ThenDanielanswered and saidbefore the king, Let thy giftsbe to thyself, and give thy rewardsa to another;yet I will read the writing unto the king, and make known to him the interpretation.18
O thouking, the most highGodgaveNebuchadnezzar thy father a kingdom, and majesty, and glory, and honour:19
And for the majesty that he gave him, allpeople,nations, and languages,trembled and fearedbeforehim: whom he would he slew ; and whom he would he kept alive ; and whom he would he set up ; and whom he would he put down .
But when his heart was lifted up , and his mindhardened in pride ,b he was deposedfrom his kinglythrone, and they took his glory from him:21
And he was drivenfrom the sons of men; and his heartc was madelike the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven;till he knew that the most highGodruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointethover it whomsoever he will .
And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast nothumbled thine heart,though thou knewestallthis;23
But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels of his housebefore thee, and thou, and thy lords, thy wives, and thy concubines, have drunkwine in them; and thou hast praised the gods of silver, and gold, of brass,iron,wood, and stone, which seenot,norhear , norknow : and the God in whose hand thy breath is, and whose are all thy ways, hast thou notglorified :
24Then was the part of the handsentfromhim; and thiswriting was written .
And this is the writing that was written , MENE , MENE , TEKEL , UPHARSIN .
26This is the interpretation of the thing:MENE ; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.
27TEKEL ; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art foundwanting.28PERES ; Thy kingdom is divided , and given to the Medes and Persians.29ThencommandedBelshazzar, and they clothedDaniel with scarlet, and put a chain of goldabout his neck, and made a proclamationconcerning him, that he should be the thirdruler in the kingdom.30
In that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeansslain .
And Darius the Mediantook the kingdom, being about threescore and twoyearsold.