"O king, the Most High God made your father Nebuchadnezzar a great, important, and powerful king.
Because God made him important, all the people, nations, and those who spoke every language were very frightened of Nebuchadnezzar. If he wanted someone to die, he killed that person. If he wanted someone to live, he let that person live. Those he wanted to promote, he promoted. Those he wanted to be less important, he made less important.
"But Nebuchadnezzar became too proud and stubborn, so he was taken off his royal throne. His glory was taken away.
He was forced away from people, and his mind became like the mind of an animal. He lived with the wild donkeys and was fed grass like an ox and became wet with dew. These things happened to him until he learned his lesson: The Most High God rules over every kingdom on earth, and he sets anyone he chooses over those kingdoms.
"Belshazzar, you already knew these things, because you are a descendant of Nebuchadnezzar. Still you have not been sorry for what you have done.
Instead, you have set yourself against the Lord of heaven. You ordered the drinking cups from the Temple of the Lord to be brought to you. Then you and your royal guests, your wives, and your slave women drank wine from them. You praised the gods of silver, gold, bronze, iron, wood, and stone that are not really gods; they cannot see or hear or understand anything. You did not honor God, who has power over your life and everything you do.
So God sent the hand that wrote on the wall.
"These are the words that were written on the wall: 'Mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.'
"This is what the words mean: Mene: God has counted the days until your kingdom will end.
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found not good enough.
Parsin: Your kingdom is being divided and will be given to the Medes and the Persians."