You have exalted yourself against the Lord of heaven! The vessels of his temple have been brought in before you, and you and your lords, your wives and your concubines have been drinking wine from them. You have praised the gods of silver and gold, of bronze, iron, wood, and stone, which do not see or hear or know; but the God in whose power is your very breath, and to whom belong all your ways, you have not honored.
"So from his presence the hand was sent and this writing was inscribed.
And this is the writing that was inscribed: mene, mene, tekel, and parsin.
This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of a your kingdom and brought it to an end;
tekel, you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting;
peres, b your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians."
Then Belshazzar gave the command, and Daniel was clothed in purple, a chain of gold was put around his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him that he should rank third in the kingdom.
That very night Belshazzar, the Chaldean king, was killed.
31c And Darius the Mede received the kingdom, being about sixty-two years old.
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